In our state, the vaccine is set aside first for health care workers, those over 65, and people with medical conditions. My husband won't be 65 until June and I won't be 65 until November, and both of us are in excellent health. I want to go ahead and sign up to get the vaccine, but my husband is the good person who tells me that we should wait our turn. So I will.
My fiction reading this year is going much better than last year. I've finished five novels in 2021---Transcendent Kingdom; A Gentleman in Moscow; Miss Benson's Beetle; The Pursuit of Love; Before the Coffee Gets Cold---and I have loved them all. I'm not sure if I read five novels I loved in all of 2020.
The Scrumptious Life of Azaleah Lane by Nikki Shannon Smith (early chapter book)
Hello, Mandarin Duck! written by Bao Phi and illustrated by Dion MBD (picture book)
Ex Libris: 100 Books to Read and Reread by Michiko Kakutani (book-about-books)
How to Be Happy (or At Least Less Sad) by Lee Crutchley (book about happiness)
The World's Poorest President Speaks Out by Yoshimi Kusaba (picture book; nonfiction)
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (fiction)
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (fiction)
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Chapter-a-Day Read-along)
Yes, and...Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr (Daily Meditation Reading)
The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson (Naturalist Book Club)
The Atlas of Happiness by Helen Russell (Nonfiction)
On the Narrow Road to the Deep North by Leslie Downer (Japanese Lit Challenge; Nonfiction)
The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of History and Madness from The Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean (Nonfiction)
I published several blog posts last week including New-to-Me Authors I Read and Loved in 2020 and my last post about our hiking trip to Sedona, Sedona Panoramas. I also read and reviewed three books for Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021: Hello, Mandarin Duck!, TimTimTom Personalized Books, and The Scrumptious Life of Azaleah Lane.
2021 CHALLENGE UPDATE
Good Thing #1:
I'm learning to identify a lot of birds now after participating in Project FeederWatch for six weeks now. I fell in love with this little Caroline Wren.
Good Thing #2:
The Japanese Literature Challenge runs January through March, and I have a lifetime subscription to Rosetta Stone for 24 languages, so I decided to learn a little Japanese this year. I've learned Spanish, French, Italian, and now Japanese, and there's no contest---Japanese is the most difficult for me.
Good Thing #3:
My dad and his wife...my sister and her husband...my brother...my friends...lots of people have now gotten the vaccine.
How are you doing? Is 2021 slowly becoming different from 2020? Have you read any books you'd recommend to me?
I'm happy you found your way to the Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.
Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:
- What was your week like?
- Read any good books? Tell us about them.
- What other bookish things did you do?
- What else is going on in your life?
Other places where you may like to link up over the weekend are below. Click on the picture to visit the site.
My linkup for Sunday Salon is below.