The Relentless Weekly – Sept. 11, 2020

Let’s call this one the Relentless Bi-Weekly since I skipped last week, if that’s okay with you?

Loving: FALL WEATHER! I’m not thrilled that we went from 85 to 45, but I’m loving these crisp mornings in Wisconsin. I want to go to a pumpkin patch. I want to drink hot apple cider. I want to read spooky books!

Reading: I’m having trouble reading print right now. Something is going on with my eyes. That something might just be that I’m 46 years old? (I’ve worn glasses since elementary school, and started wearing bifocals last year.) I can’t decide whether to reach out to my optometrist or not. Maybe? Is it time to switch to an e-reader so that I can adjust the font size?

Listening: Thank goodness for audio since my silly eyeballs are misbehaving. I’m currently listening to Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea. The sinking of the Essex whaling ship in 1820 was the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Let’s be real, this is as close as I’ll get to reading that doorstop! It’s been quite good, really scratches that itch I have for narrative nonfiction.

Re-Thinking: We’ve all made some adjustments this year haven’t we? We’ve been using our imaginations to make things work in new ways. I recently had a conversation about Halloween with my sister. No matter what our respective towns decide, we won’t be participating in any sort of public trick-or-treating. (Giving for us, receiving for her – I have an empty nest while she still has young ones at home.)

After thinking about it for a while we decided to treat Halloween more like Easter. Candy hunts in the yard! Pumpkin baskets filled with goodies! Why not let the kids run around in costumes and video chat with various grandparents and family members? Times are weird. It’s okay to lament the weirdness. But what if we leaned into the weird and created some new traditions? Let’s give it a try.

Have a great weekend, you gorgeous creatures. Let me know what you are reading or loving or re-thinking. I always love hearing from you.

Reading Wrap-Up – August 2020

Another month is ending. Goodbye August, you were another weird month in a very strange year. I do believe I’ve run out of ways to describe the times we’re living in. Unprecedented doesn’t cover it. I would like to go back to PRECEDENTED times, thank you (as far as pandemics go that is).

Until that time I will keep on keeping on. In that spirit, I’m here to share with you the books I read this month!

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow (Young Adult)

The Black Death by Dorsey Armstrong (Nonfiction)

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Re-read)

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents by Lindsay C. Gibbons (Nonfiction)

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Re-read)

Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi (Nonfiction)

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris (Nonfiction)

It was a good month of books with lots of nonfiction, a couple of comforting re-reads, #OwnVoices, and even a dash of YA fantasy.

How was your month in reading? I want to hear about it!