What did I do this week? Read. Pretty much all the time.
I finally seem to have gotten into the quarantine reading spirit; I finished eleven books last week and eight of them were adult titles.
I heartily want to recommend The Splendid and the Vile. I started this year deeply saddened by the mean-spirited political climate in America, and I began the year reading only mood-boosting books. The Splendid and the Vile would be an excellent addition to that list. It's perfect for this awful time in the world. The Splendid and the Vile tells the story of Winston Churchill, prime minister of England during the terrible days, weeks, months of bombing from Nazi Germany. I felt heartened by reading the words of Churchill. We could all become better people if we modeled ourselves after that man (well, we might skip the cigars and whiskey).
I also loved the novel Migrations. There's an end-times feel to Migrations, with the main character, Franny Stone, attempting to follow the last migration of the last of the Arctic terns from the north all the way to Antarctica. Franny is an unreliable narrator and the world feels unreliable, too, with mass extinctions occurring everywhere. There is the sense that everything is falling apart; there is uncertainty in how to act in these sorts of times. Migrations will be published in August of this year.
I also finished:
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
Wild Lives: 50 Extraordinary Animals That Made History by Ben Lerwill (5 stars)
Happiness Is...500 Ways to Be in the Moment by Lisa Swerling
The Paris Hours by Alex George
The Candy Mafia by Lavie Tidhar
The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis (5 stars)
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman
Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler (5 stars)
I'm reading four wonderful books right now:
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Emergency Poet: An Anti-Stress Poetry Anthology edited by Deborah Alma
Weather: A Novel by Jenny Offill
Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
Lots of articles about Quarantine Reading:
What Your Go-To Quarantine Reading Says About You from Literary Hub
What to Read in Quarantine by The Harvard Crimson
The Exquisite Pain of Reading in Quarantine in The Atlantic
Several bookish events going on now or soon:
1. I had a cough this week with aches and maybe a touch of fever. That doesn't sound like a good thing, does it? But the cough was not a dry cough, and it seems to be diminishing, and the fever and aches are gone. My daughter-in-law, son, and two grandchildren all had something similar the last time we saw other human beings, three weeks ago.
2. Sunny, cool days.
3. Our daughter-in-law and son in Chicago mailed us a package this week. Hurray!
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