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Pandemic-fatigue | Weekly Snapshot

It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well.  Life My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions

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?