quick lit – next page, please {april 2020}

 

This pandemic has taught me a lot of things. Specifically regarding my reading life, I have learned that I am very much a mood reader.  I have continued the trend from last month of starting and stopping so many books I have been excited about and then feeling blah about them as time progressed.  Coincidentally, some books I have picked up on a whim, have been very pleasant reads. I did slightly better than last month and completed three books.

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  • Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo. This is a self-help, get your rear-in-gear kind of book about accomplishing your goals and dreams. Marie believes that “everything is able to be figured out” – hence the name – and she doesn’t tolerate excuses. I was surprised that I enjoyed this book with everything that was going on.  Perhaps it served as a not-so-gentle reminder that it could be worse and we all still have work to do. I was exhausted afterward however, and retreated into something a bit fun and easy.
  • Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey. This was the fun and easy and I read it in three of my reading-before-bed periods.  Fun. Easy.  Just what I wanted and needed in April.
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry. I gifted myself a subscription to Book of the Month last year and this was my April pick. I was thrilled to receive this one early. It’s the story of two authors: one writes romance and one writes literary fiction.  The romance writer no longer believes in love and the literary fiction writer is stuck in a rut. One thing leads to another and they strike a deal to each write a book in the other’s genre.  It’s a book about writers, books, love, and living and it was deeper than I ever expected it to be.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I was also thrilled to discover that it was one of the picks in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide. One book completed!

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Just in Case You Were Wondering

Book of the Month is a subscription service where they pick up five of the new best reads, with emphasis on debut authors, early releases, and fresh perspectives, and you get to select one for $14.99. It’s considerable less than what you would pay for the hardcover, and sometimes the paperback. And I love getting early access to books I want to read.  Beach Read released on May 19th but I was delighted to have finished  on April 29th.  If you’re interested in Book of the Month, check it out here.  You could help me earn a free book. LOL

The Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide is the quintessential guide to a fun summer reading experienced.  Released yesterday, it is the highlight of my reading year.  I can’t wait to dive into my selections.  You can get your own copy here. She also does a Quick Lit post every month discussing what she is currently reading, which I am linking this post to.  Need more ideas, check her out and if you’re here because of her,  I can’t thank her, and you, enough.

How’s your reading life going?

enjoy life…

 

quick lit- next page, please {march 2020}

First, a public service announcement: If you’re looking for some “bookish delight” while staying home, check out the Stay at Home Book Tour over on Modern Mrs. Darcy.  There are two weeks worth of conversations with authors who have books releasing into the world during this time (which is very challenging for authors who can’t do book tours and signings right now).  Some of these books I have read and highly recommend. And others I had not and so, I must confess, my purse is a little lighter. Go ahead, click on over there and see what I mean and then come back here and check out my March reading recap.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled post:

quick lit. March 2020

So, you would think that with Covid-19, I would have read a lot of books.  If you read my “What I’m Into {March 2020}” post, you know that I didn’t really deal to well with everything the first couple of weeks. But I did manage to read a couple of books and I am still four books ahead of schedule for my Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge. My goal is to read 40 books this year.

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I have been dabbling in and out of books this whole month trying to find one that I could enjoy during these strange times. I think I might have started at least seven so I will just share the ones that I have stuck with and am close to completion.

  • Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo. This is a self-help, get your rear-in-gear kind of book about accomplishing your goals and dreams. Marie believes that “everything is able to be figured out” – hence the name – and she doesn’t tolerate excuses. I was surprised to find myself reading and enjoying this with everything that is going on but I did.  Perhaps it served as a not-so-gentle reminder that it could be worse and we all still have work to do.
  • Midnight at the Blackbird Café by Heather Webber. This is the new pick for Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club for for Mat. It’s a  reread for me so, yes, I like it very much. It’s a delight and who couldn’t use a little delight right now?

I have abandoned so many books this past month searching for something that I sink my teeth into right now that I really do not want to go into it.

What about you? How has all of this affected your reading life?

enjoy life…

P.S. Per usual, I am linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Quick Lit post.  If you are here, because of her, I’m grateful. Thank you for being here.

 

what i’m into – keeping me sane {march 2020}

Oh my goodness! What a month!  This month seems have lasted a year!  And I thought that February was a doozy! Ironically, at the end of February, I was hoping for space and time to open up for me and that the weather would be warmer.  It did and it was.

Here’s five things that I have been doing (and should have been doing more of) this month to keep me sane:

  1. Running. I got sick, not coronavirus, one week this month and couldn’t run.  And I felt it, mentally, physically, emotionally, everything. Near the end of the month, I was able to start running again and my sanity seemed to come back.
  2. Media Breaks. I have had to stay off of news outlets and social media. At first, I was going down the rabbit hole in the name of staying informed.  But what it was actually doing was causing panic attacks. Seriously. Three of them. Now, I check the news with the intention of finding out what I need to know for the day and then, I do my best, not to check it again.  I even hid my internet app – it takes me four swipes to get to it. Before, it was on my home screen.
  3. Jigsaw Puzzles. The Buddy Man is a very good puzzle worker for five-years-old and we have been working a few together. My mommy and sister are excellent puzzle workers and I was not as good as they were. Besides, I had my books but Christmas last year, I bought a 500 piece puzzle and enjoyed it.  So this year, I have worked a few more and liked them very much. I think I might be a puzzle worker. There’s something very soothing about it.
  4. Showing Myself Grace. The first two(ish) weeks of social distancing were difficult – see aforementioned panic attacks.  Then I read an article on NPR.org about how COVID-19 has upended our world and that it’s OK to grieve.  And I realized that I hadn’t fully processed my emotions about what was happening.  This allowed me to give myself grace, recognizing that things were different and I have never experienced anything like this before. It’s OK to feel a bit lost and confused.
  5. Family Time. I am so very grateful for the time and space that has opened up in our lives. Both Hubby and I are blessed to still be working but due to social distancing, my Hubby has been home more throughout the day.  We have played games, gone on walks, ate more meals together, and generally spent more time together and with the Buddy Man. I don’t know if I would trade that for the world.

BONUS: I Love Lucy Show. I have been watching old episodes on Hulu.  They are a huge source of comic relief.  And the Coronovirus memes on social media have been so fun.

What kept you sane this month? Tell me below and if you have a monthly recap post, please link it there too.  We do this every month and we will do it again on Friday, May 1st. I pray that, by then, we will be returning to some normalcy, while keeping the things that matter.

enjoy life…