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How’s everyone doing this week? We’re living in a very strange time, truly experiencing something historic. The quarantining, social distancing, and working from home have became the new normal, but it feels nothing like normal. Our first week of providing distance learning was undoubtedly the hardest week of my teaching career. We had so many problems and glitches in the system as millions are all trying to access the same materials at the same time. Publishers websites could not keep up. Top that off with hundreds of emails from kids and parents and I pretty much was on the computer all day every day, working much, much longer days than normal. That left very little time for reading, but I’m hopeful this week will go more smoothly and I’ll be able to have more time with books.
Stay well and let me know what sort of books you’re reading right now. I know many of us are on the hunter for simpler, lighter books to hold our interest right now.
Hosted by Kathryn at Book Date
Last Week’s Read
- I only finished one book last week, but it was a really good one. The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah is about the life of a Muslim woman and a terrifying encounter she has with a shooter at the girls’ school where she’s the principal. It started off slowly, but the further I got in her story, the more I liked it. It won’t be for everyone, but it was great for me. I’ll have a full review next week.
- Last week was a rainy one, so several days I couldn’t get out for a walk, so that and no driving really hurt my listening time. I’m trying to find new ways and times to listen to books, but still have about three hours left in American Royals by Katherine McGee. This YA royal soap opera is easy to listen to and well done, too. I’ve found that the further I go, the more I enjoy the characters. It’s great for where my hear space is right now.
- Emily Neuberger’s debut, A Tender Thing, takes place in the late 1950’s and tells the story of Eleanor, a naive 21-year old woman who leaves Wisconsin to follow her dreams of Broadway. It’s sort of an old-fashioned story, but the synopsis promises it will take an unusual turn, as Eleanor is cast in a controversial new musical. At 25%, I’m finding it easy reading that I’m looking forward to getting back to.
Likely to Read Next
- With the libraries all closed, I’m happy to have a lot of April e-galleys to choose from. St. Ivo by Joanna Hershon is one of those books. This book is supposed to have a lot of suspense to it’s story, but much more, too. This line form the synopsis intrigued me, “Over the course of three hot September days, the two couples try to reconnect.” I like stories of strained relationships and short time frames also often work for me.
- Like A Tender Thing, Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould also takes place in NYC and its story revolves around music. This one features a mother and daughter and the secrets between them. I’ve already heard good things about Perfect Tunes, so am really looking forward to it.