It’s Sunday morning. I have the COFFEE and I have my workspace all set up in the book room. Life has been…
My weekdays are loaded with work and my weekends are my catch up on house and yard and nonprofit to dos. I consistently try for balance and usually come up with something resembling that- for instance, yesterday.
I had my list of things I wanted/needed to get done over the weekend. Yet when I sat down in the morning to do them… instead I downloaded a new book to listen to, I went to look for an elliptical (found one), cleaned up the book room and spent almost three heart filled hours sitting in the sun at a coffee shop speaking with a mom who lost her son in an accident a year and a half ago. It was good solid me time actually and I don’t do that enough.
So today… all those things I pushed to the side yesterday are waiting and I am in a clearer frame of mind to handle them.
I was reading an article this morning about the second half of 2020 Most Anticipated Books and how the writer of the article just felt kind of “meh” towards the selections and could not figure out if they were just not that exciting, or if in the state of the world, we just can’t wrap our head around what we once did as there is so much muchness going on…
I can relate and believe it is the latter. I don’t think the selections are poor, I think that with everything going on even if we don’t really think we are burning brain energy thinking about it, I believe we are. When we change how we do many things, when the future can in some ways be uncertain (jobs, finances, trips, the health of those we love, events, plans…) it all takes up space in our head. I know for myself when things are crazy its hard to get into a deep book… I tend to drift towards lighter reads that may even lean a bit towards “feel good” reads. And God Bless the feel-good reads 🙂
I’ve got a little mix going on currently:
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes. I listened to this on audio and it was wonderful and light and made me laugh. This is our Books Burgers and Brews discussion book for tomorrow evening and while there is not a lot to discuss in the book I have some ideas…. (tune in you want we go like at 6 pm central time on the Books Burgers and Brews Facebook page)
The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben. Absolutely enjoyed! Its Coben at his finest. Also, audio listen and grabbed me right from the start so I know I am not completely hopeless in the book department.
My Girls by Todd Fisher. I just started this one and will probably mow the lawn today while listening to it. It is the true story of Carrie and Debbie Fisher told by Carrie’s son, Todd. So far, so good.
28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand. LOVED IT. I usually love Elin’s books (not all… but most of them) and this one was so so good! I loved how each chapter was a year and well … yes, read it. Perfect and not heavy.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. I LOVED the Hunger Games series yet struggled with this one holding my attention. I put it down many times after reading only a few pages and not sure if I am just too preoccupied or what.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley. It sounded goooooooood. I downloaded it yesterday and either the narrators accent or the book itself or both did not grab me.
Amy: My Search For Her Killer by James Renner. Also an audio download, I do admittedly like the occasions true crime read yet this one… I don’t know. I may have given up to soon but let it go.
The Book of Second Chances by Katherine Slee. This was our book club read and initially I would have said here that I was just really good at carrying this one around the house and deck without opening it but having intention too, HOWEVER, this one was just discussed by my book club this past Tuesday and after listening to the half-hearted thoughts on it… I am not going to invest time in it.
So that’s the current book situation. I am super behind on reviews and hopefully will write them one of these days.
I will leave you with this… You have read the Queen Event details here for years (If not, type in the search area – upper right side “Queen Event” and you should find those posts) so I do not want to leave out the 2020 version. We changed a few things up as we are not full Bookies at this time as some are still staying home due to COVID and others have had commitments, but 9 of us did make it to our Annual event this past Tuesday and reviewed our book (The Book of Second Chances) and ate boxed lunches instead of our usual potluck and passed the Queen title, crown, scepter and throne by random drawing instead of the talent portion and vote like we used to do mainly because we could not all attend and some of us (me included) are tapped out of ideas. For now. 😉
Have a super awesome day all.