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It had already been a rough couple of weeks and then we lost Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. She was a powerhouse, forever fighting for equality for ALL people. To honor such a woman, we need to fight to carry on her legacy. For so many reasons, these are scary times. Smoke blanketed Washington for 10 days until we finally got rain on Saturday. I was able to go on my first walk in a long time that day and it felt wonderful. I’d been missing going outside so badly, especially after sitting at a desk, in front of a computer for eight hours a day. Teaching fully online has been tough: Lots of tech issues for the kids, frustrated parents, and overworked teachers. Hopefully, it will get easier as time goes on.
Work has seriously cut into my reading and blogging time the last couple of weeks. Plus, my brain has been pretty much fried, so sticking with reading has been difficult for me. Instead, I’ve watched more TV than usual and I have two shows to recommend. On Apple TV, For All Mankind is wonderful. It’s a reimagining of the space race, only the Russians make it to the moon first, causing the Americans to really amp up their own space program including bringing in women and minorities much more quickly than actually happened. I loved it and the 70’s soundtracks are great, too. After that I stuck with space, and watched Away on Netflix. It stars Hilary Swank and is about the first manned mission to Mars. I didn’t like it quite as much as For All Mankind, but still it was very good. Now (finally) on to books!
Hosted by Kathryn at Book Date
Last 2 Week’s Reads
- The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim is a book that you might have seen a lot of mixed reviews about. I definitely fall on the side of readers who enjoyed it. It’s a mother-daughter immigrant story, told through dual timelines. I liked one side of the story a bit more than the other, but it held my interest throughout and that’s not easy this week. (Mini-review coming next week.)
- Wendy Walker’s new book, Don’t Look for Me is about a mother who vanishes on a stormy night and her daughter determined to find her. There’s a lot more to the story than that as we learn from each of the women’s perspectives. This was a book that was easy for me to pick up and put down, but easily had me wanting to come back to it. (Mini-review coming next week.)
- With my brain space over-flowing with school the last couple of weeks, I knew I needed something lighter to listen to and Majesty by Katharine McGee was exactly that. I think I actually enjoyed this sequel to American Royals (my review) more than the first. I’ll be sharing my review on Wednesday in my September Audiobook Reviews.
- A Knock at Midnight by Brittany K. Barnett has been eye-opening and completely engrossing. It puts faces on what really happened to Black people during the “War on Drugs” years. The justice system during those years was anything but just. I’m eager to finish Barnett’s wonderful memoir of both her own life and her fight to free those sentenced to prison for decades (and more) often for minor connections to drugs.
- I’ve only listened to the first of 13 hours of Yaa Gyasi’s debut, Homegoing, but already am really engrossed in it. I reviewed Transcendent Kingdom last month (here), and knew I needed to find time to read this much lauded debut. My Libby hold came in on the audiobook just as I was looking for something to listen to, so perfect timing!
Likely to Read Next
- The next book I plan on picking up is Leave the World by Rumaan Alam. This story “explores how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis.” Both a thriller and a commentary on contemporary life, Leave the World Behind was just long listed for the National Book Award.
I’m currently reading The Last Story of Mina Lee and truthfully, I’m having trouble getting through it. So many people liked it that I’m sticking with it, but at the halfway point, I’m wondering, what is the point? Anxious to read your perspective on it.
My review posts on Wednesday, but I shared it on Instagram a week ago, if you follow me there. It got a little slow in the end, but I really liked Mina’s part of the story.
JoAnn @ Gulfside Musing says
Just when I thought 2020 couldn’t get worse, RBG’s death was announced. It’s a difficult time for so many, but reading has been a welcome distraction. Homegoing was a favorite a few years ago and I’m looking forward to Transcendent Kingdom, hopefully within the next few months. Glad you were finally able to get out for a walk!!
I only have about 40 minutes left in Homegoing and I’ve loved it. Don’t know why it took me so long to read it.
Kathy Martin says
I’m glad you’re able to get outside again. Walking is a great stress reliever and the rest of your life sounds stressful to me. I have American Royals on my Kindle but haven’t had a chance to read any of it yet. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
Yeah the year has taken another terrible turn — when will it stop? I think I need to investigate the space shows you mention. Sounds like good escape. I’m hoping your virtual teaching will get at least somewhat better. Great you can go for walks now!
I loved the space show, especially For All Mankind. I really like that 70’s era in books and shows. And, yes, this year is awful!
Les in OR says
Echoing Susan – when will it stop?! This year has been nothing but shocking and stressful news. I hope we have something to celebrate in the coming months…
We want to watch Away, but won’t be able to watch For All Mankind since we don’t have Apple TV. We just finished Bosch, which was excellent.
Yes, 2020 feels like the year that just keeps getting worse and worse. Please, please, please let’s turn it around in November!
The only reason I have Apple TV is because I bought an iPad in the summer and you get a free year of Apple TV when you but any Apple product. It’s been nice to have another source for shows. They have some good ones.