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There's been a lot going on over here this past week, both at work and at home. I'm looking forward to when I can read a lot in a sitting. Life I've been pretty distressed by all the gun violence news this week. Not that it has ever not been so distressing, but coming out of the pandemic and pretty much hearing about some shooting or the other almost every day, has just shown that nothing has changed in this world. Adam Toledo and Indianapolis this week. And apparently, there is still no way this can be controlled. Ugh, so frustrated.  When I wasn't worrying about the news (or trying not to), I've been busy picking paint colors. The husband and I have been talking about painting our house, or just the upstairs, or just the downstairs, or the basement, or.. for the better part of the past four years. We finally decided to go ahead with it - that is, paint the entire house. It's a massive undertaking, especially considering the painter is going to be here tomorrow

Still the same book | Notes from my Reading

You know that feeling when you've been reading an ebook for hours or days and it feels like a lot has happened - people died, people moved on, kids grew up, trees are bigger, so many words on and on, and then when you check how many pages are left, and you are shocked that you've only read 20% and there's still 300 pages left to read?

That is what I do not like about ebooks. They make for great pocket books and awesome anywhere reading but good luck to you if you decide to read a big book on your phone. Nothing gets me into a reading rut faster than a slow-moving book read on my phone.

The book in question is Sanjena Sathian's Gold Diggers. To be fair - this is a good book (to be released April 6th). The writing is great, it's occasionally humorous, and most of all it is a very authentic Indian-American book that does not shy away from using original words and phrases preferred by locals. The writing keeps in mind the predominant customs and preferences of the place and the time, so you can see why I'm impressed. It's also not a book that should be rushed - something I keep reminding myself. Not that it's slow. On the contrary, it's best read at a moderate pace and put down as needed.

But I didn't plan for that, which is really my fault. Instead, I've been feeling like I'm reading a lot, but really, I'm reading it well (which can be confused for 'a lot') so I've been disappointed by the page count. I know, I know, I'm a bad reader focusing on the wrong aspects of reading. 

What's next?

I'm letting myself take my time with that book - something I should let myself do with any book I read. However, I did start another book that is turning out to be a very exciting read - The Alice Network. I've seen this reviewed and recommended on many blogs so I'm glad to say that the book is so far living up to its hype. It is similar to my reading experience with Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper, which was precisely the type of book I was looking for when I was aching for some historical fiction. Sure, it gets a little cheesy in places but all that can be looked past. 

Other than this, I have two other books on hold from the library that I've been eyeing for a while - the third book in the Murderbot series (Rogue Protocol) and Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. I liked All Sytems Red but it was Artificial Condition that actually made me fall in love with Murderbot. So now I have a lot of expectations for the next book in the series. As for Binti, I may be the last person left to read it. I've always been meaning to read it but it's never available at the library. I finally got into a long waiting list and now that I have the book checked out, I am hoping to start it next week.

What are your favorite books that you would recommend to kick someone out of a reading rut?