It was an okay week. We are nearly done with quarantine after our trip to California last month and we are so excited to be able to leave the house again. Thankfully no fevers or any other symptoms for either Pepper or myself. We were very careful with masks and hand washing the whole trip across the country and back and we seem to have done okay since we’re both still healthy.
Even though we’ve been home every minute for almost two weeks it feels like I didn’t get much reading done. I’m trying to catch up on work that was neglected for almost three weeks while we were gone and Pepper came home sad after leaving everyone and with some regression in her behavioral issues, including tantrums and hitting me. We’re working on it and she’s doing a lot better already, but saying goodbye to everyone and then coming home and having it just be the two of us for so long really messed with her mojo. I’m glad to get some semblance of normal again next week.
I did manage to finish three books this week, but two were short and one I read most of in July. I really enjoyed them all though so I’m definitely counting it as a win.
Our Doris by Charles Heathcote ✰4✰
This was really good. But the way the characters had of speaking really irritated me for the first few chapters. “I said to her, I said” was repeated every time someone spoke and it irritated me to me no end for the first few chapters. By the end though I just found it charming. I really loved Doris and Harold and their antics and their relationship. It was wonderful. I look forward to reading more of these characters.
The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney ✰4✰
This is the third book in the series. I’m working my way through this series on the recommendation of my sister in law and I really like them. They are for middle schoolers so they are really fast reads, but I’ve been collecting the whole series because they are just so cute and funny. I’m waiting for Pepper to be willing to read about characters that are boys so she will give Greg a try. He loves video games and drawing and jokes just like my Pepper. I think she will really love this series at some point soon, but for now she insists she will only read books about girls.
The Giver by Lois Lowry ✰5✰
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I read it dozens of times as kid. I read the full quartet once as an adult. One night this week I decided that I wanted to pick it up again so I read this book in an evening. I’m reading the next book now.
I am currently in the middle of eight books and I plan to read at least some out of all of them this week.
- You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
- Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- Out to Pasture by Effie Leland Wilder
- Don’t Die Waiting to Be Brave by Andrea T Goeglein
- My Wife said You May Want to Marry Me by Jason Rosenthal
- Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi
- Rocket City by Cathryn Alpert
What are you reading this week?