The Relentless Weekly – Nov. 21, 2020

Well, hasn’t everything been something lately? Whew.

Writing: A whole lot of nothing! Ah, that’s not entirely accurate. I’ve written loads if we’re talking about college assignments (#GrandmaGoesToCollege), exasperated tweets about the shredded state of our democracy, or sternly worded letters to our elected officials. But no, I haven’t written here in a few weeks.

Reading: I recently finished The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer, another excellent nonfiction offering from him.

I wanted to dig right into Obama’s bio, but I’ve decided to put it off until Monika’s #ChunksterReadathon at the end of December. (Doesn’t that sound like fun!? Join in!)

As of now, I’m listening to With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. Great stuff so far. (Teen mom stories always speak to me.)

Working: After a long year of being sidelined I’m back to work! I’ve accepted a new position, and was delighted to do so. My brain is buzzing from stepping into a new office and learning new things. I admit that working full-time and going to school full-time is a challenge, but it’s one of the good ones.

Speaking of, I have to get a bunch of homework done today. I’d better sign off and get to it. I hope you’ve had a good week and that the one ahead is even better!

Reading Wrap-up – October 2020

I really enjoy a gorgeous October. Maybe in 2021 that’s what we’ll get. This one was snowy, cold, and fairly disastrous for the country I live in. But, we’re here to talk about books, yes? Here’s what I managed to read this month:

Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf

There There – Tommy Orange

Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents – Isabel Wilkerson

The Mercies – Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Institute – Stephen King

Rust & Stardust – T. Greenwood

The Exiles – Christina Baker Kline

The Splendid and the Vile – Erik Larson

Trials of the Earth – Mary Hamilton Mann

Pardonable Lies – Jacqueline Winspear

11 books, not too shabby! I did have a number of false starts with books that I ended up adding to my Did Not Finish pile. Life is too short for books that aren’t speaking to me. Sometimes it’s the book, sometimes it’s me… sometimes it’s just some weird combination of timing and mood. You know how it goes.

How was your month? Did you read something that you want to shout from the rooftops about? Let me know!