5 on a Friday

February 5, 2021

1- 2021 BOOKS PAGE IS UP! Here you go! (It’s also available on the top menu bar for easy reference). Newsletter also out with this link if you are a subscriber.

It made me happy to create this list but also sad in a way because it forces me to acknowledge the limited number of books that can actually be read in a year! I do not aim for any specific number, but last year I came in at 50.

Books from prior years + Anxious People which I just finished!

2- One of my current favorite skincare products is back in stock:

Unlike most nighttime products, it is not water based and therefore seems to really seal in moisture and does not make my face feel wet/cold when I put it on. (not sponsored / not an affiliate link)

3- Planet Money nailed their episode Can’t Stop GameStop explaining the whole GameStop bubble phenomena. (Which is not surprising. Planet Monday is such a consistently good podcast!)

4- I took an after school walk with Annabel yesterday. It was lovely.

5- Josh and I are both off this weekend! It has been a long time since a regular ol’ weekend where we are both off (we were ‘off’ during our COVID-19 fiasco but . . . that wasn’t the same). Excited!


  • Reply Jara C. February 5, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Love the 2021 book list! A lot of those nonfiction are on my list for this year, too. I’m currently reading “Becoming” and “Medical Apartheid” and they are both phenomenal, though “Medical Apartheid” is, of course, absolutely heartbreaking. I’m really a mood reader, so I don’t tend to make reading lists for fiction and instead just keep several books of various genres on hand and select my next read based on what I’m feeling that day. I’m definitely impressed by the organization and forethought involved in creating a book list like yours!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns February 5, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Can’t wait to check out your reading page. 50 books is a lot so great work on that. I wondered how much my reading would decline when our kids are older and go to bed later so this gives me hope that I will still find time to read!

    Enjoy your weekend off together. This reminds me that we take for granted not having to work weekends/work similar schedules.

    I turn 40 tomorrow but it will be a pretty lame weekend. The high is 1F and with Covid we aren’t seeing anyone indoors. So it will just be us 4 and we will order Indian. I also requested Prosecco. Hopefully by august we can have some people over for an outdoor gathering as my husband turns 40 that month.

    • Reply CNM February 5, 2021 at 12:34 pm

      As someone with an older child (8 yo), I still read in the evenings. We just read together as a family in the living room.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 5, 2021 at 3:10 pm

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I know, pandemic birthdays are lame. But hopefully you can find some fun, and yum -Prosecco!

      I accidentally did Dry January (just rarely drink these days!) and I think a little champagne for V day would be great 🙂

  • Reply Taryn February 5, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    I love the Farmacy make-up remover, it melts right off. Seems like they have good products. Anyways, hope you have a great weekend!

  • Reply L February 5, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    As a parent of older kids (one grown and out of the house and 11, 16, and almost-18 at home), I’ll put in an endorsement for early bedtimes. At our house, bedtime is 8-8:30 until middle school, then 9ish. As they get older, this can be just going to your room to read/draw/listen to an audiobook. For the teens, I don’t worry about when they actually go to bed, of course, unless they have problems getting up for school. They both periodically show up in the kitchen to snack, and that’s fine too. But establishing early on that the living room is adult space after 9 has been good for our marriage and for adult alone time.

    • Reply Grateful Kae February 5, 2021 at 4:48 pm

      Love this. Mine are 11 and 12 and their bedtimes have been drifting later… it has become kind of an issue some days. Sometimes they end up taking over the living room and my husband and I will retreat to our room to watch a show, but I really would prefer they are in their rooms/ having solo quiet time/reading by 8:30/9 or so as well. We aim for lights out by 9:30 or so for them but sometimes it seems to get even later! ugh. We need to do better. I miss hanging out with my husband in the living room + fireplace, but so many shows (even tame ones like This Is Us) have sex scenes or just things I don’t really want the kids popping in on/listening in on from down the hall. Haha. So our bedroom has become our place to watch anything not on like, Disney +. 🙂

    • Reply Natasha February 5, 2021 at 10:32 pm

      Same here- my kids are 10,17, 19 and after 9:00pm the den is for parents. They also know to ask me any questions (permission forms for school, money needed to buy school things, help purchasing something online etc) before 9pm. That is my time to read, text friends, or watch a show without interruptions. The older two def get up and about very late to eat snacks but I’m fine with that it it doesn’t involve me. I read 56 books last year and 100 books in 2019- that wouldn’t have happened without me getting daily kid free down time.

  • Reply Jenny February 5, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    Thank you for posting your book list! I love getting ideas from what others are reading, but I’m jealous that you can plan it out that much! I borrow from the New York Public Library, so you get what you get off your hold list when you get it and sometimes you have to wait months to get a popular book. I’m curious as to what you think of Disappearing Earth.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 5, 2021 at 5:04 pm

      Ours definitely has waiting lists for very new / popular titles but I find once they are 6-12 months old you can get almost anything fairly quickly! I’m really grateful and happy with the Broward County Library system.

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