Sunday Lineup (12.13.2020)

I know I wasn’t super talkative last weekend and I hate to admit it, but I still am not. I’m struggling to get my reviews out and I’m honestly not sure if I’ll be able to post one this coming week. I did finish a couple of books lately but can’t seem to put the words down for them. It’s been an emotionally trying time lately and with things still being up in the air with my health… I just don’t know how to handle some things lately. I barely seem to be able to focus on reading even and that’s just sad. I finished two books that I posted about last week and finally get to continue the third. Here is what I am reading…

Kindle

Ashlords // Scott Reintgen

Current Thoughts:

I’m really enjoying it. Sometimes it’s a little confusing to combine the lack of technology in some areas with the futuristic tech in others, but it’s a lot of fun so far overall. I struggle a little bit with the flow of the 2nd person POV but the other two are in 1st, which I really enjoy. I’m about halfway through and am expecting a good story.

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Audio

Alone Together // edited by Jennifer Haupt

Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, January LaVoy, Dion Graham, Julia Whelan, Adenrele Ojo, Emily Woo Zeller, Thérèse Plummer, Ron Butler, Adjoa Andoh, Christian Barillas, Almarie Guerra, Cynthia Farrell, and Dawn Harvey

Synopsis:

Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort During the Time of COVID-19 is a collection of essays, poems, and interviews to serve as a lifeline for negotiating how to connect and thrive during this stressful time of isolation as well as a historical perspective that will remain relevant for years to come.

Ms. Haupt rallied a diverse roster of more than 90 authors to contribute their work to Alone Together, free of charge, including Kwame Alexander, Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, Jamie Ford, Nikki Giovanni, Pam Houston, Jean Kwok, Major Jackson, Caroline Leavitt, Ada Limón, Dani Shapiro, David Sheff, Garth Stein, Luis Alberto Urrea, Steve Yarbrough, and Lidia Yuknavitch.

Alone Together is divided into five sections: What Now?, Grieve, Comfort, Connect, and Don’t Stop. The overarching theme is how this age of isolation and uncertainty holds the possibility of changing us as individuals and a society.

Why did I choose this:

I’ve always struggled a bit with short story collections but I wanted to give it another go. This one sounded very interesting since all of us are impacted by covid in some way or another.

Current Thoughts:

I still am struggling with short stories it seems. I was excited to be approved for the audiobook since the ebook wasn’t available for Kindle and I struggle to read on my phone. But I still have a hard time getting into short stories. It usually takes me a little while to get invested into stories overall and it seems that as soon as that happens here, it is over and I have to start trying anew. There are several though that really pulled at my heartstrings.

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That is it. I’m hoping to finish both of those this week because I have exciting books lined up after them. If I can get through Ashlords quickly, I can read Ready Player 1 for the first time finally. I grabbed it from the library on a whim and now really want to queeze it in. I don’t have a lot of time left for it though.

I have two more doctor’s appointments coming up this week. Wish me luck. After a comment from someone this week, I again have this tiny speck of hope that I almost wish didn’t exist. It means there’s room for disappointment again also. It is what it is though. Let’s hope things are well whichever way they go.

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