So…March was…strange (as I’m sure you can all relate to). My husband and I are now on day 20 of quarantine, and I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I worry about things like finding a new job and being able to go to my friend’s wedding this summer. I also miss hanging out with friends and going to my favorite community spots, and I feel general anxiety over the state of the world. But in the grand scheme of things, I am only moderately inconvenienced by the quarantine, and (although I feel spoiled saying this) some positive things have come out of the extended time off – like realizing that it actually isn’t too complicated to work remotely, and having more time than usual for yoga and reading.
- Weather by Jenny Offill – 4 stars [review]
- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett – 3.5 stars [review]
- Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara – 3.5 stars [review]
- Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner – 4.5 stars [review]
- Dominicana by Angie Cruz – 2 stars [review]
Books in progress/April reading goals:
I’m currently reading Actress by Anne Enright. So far, I am loving the author’s writing style; the plot has not compelled me as much as the writing, but I’m not very far into the book so things can still change. I also plan to read Red at the Bone, The Most Fun We Ever Had, and A Thousand Ships this month.
Posts that stuck with me:
- This longreads post from Anna Lea Hand about her experience with miscarriage
- Ashley Leia’s post about blogging during a pandemic
- Another post from Ashley Leia, which nicely synthesized information from public health experts re: the COVID-19 pandemic
I also want to shout out the bloggers who are reading through the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist! It has been wonderful to read their takes on the novels, and to feel a sense of bookish community. You can find some great WP longlist coverage on Rachel, Callum, Gilana, Naty, Hannah, and Corey‘s blogs.