I have read 2 books this month which rank among my favorites EVER: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai and this one which I read in 3 days (it’s very readable and not long):
Themes: time travel, the nature of life, timeless truths, family relationships, gender inequality, pandemics. There were many references to characters and scenes in her prior works, The Glass Hotel and Station Eleven. I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 — actually I’m not sure which was my favorite. Sort of like my children – they were all different but special in their own ways!
Emily St. John Mandel is someone whose books I will preorder and look forward to. (Other novelists I have felt that way about in the past? Haruki Murakami, esp in my late 20s/early 30s. And also Liane Moriarty! I still love her stuff.)
Anyway, this has been a fantastic reading month so far! Up next is French Braid by Anne Tyler (SIDE NOTE: I believe the last Anne Tyler book I read was Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant which was assigned as summer reading before 9th grade!!! 14 year old me liked it . . .). As much as I prefer physical books I have succumbed to the reality of digital as easier to deal with in the kids’ rooms while they are falling asleep. Thankfully I am talented at completely ignoring G’s Headspace Sleep Story as it plays . . . .
I am sooooooo behind on work! Hopefully today will be a massive catchup day. I have a relatively open afternoon and plan on chugging through work email AND working on planning orientation which is somehow starting on Monday.
(I keep getting disoriented in time. Like, isn’t today June 5th or something!? HOW are we halfway through the month already? HOW do A&C leave for camp in 10 days? AHH! They have started reminded me of the countdown so I guess that is helping.)
Also, I started watching some videos from March – June 2020. Those were some wild times . . . maybe I will finally be ready to create our 2020 family photo album. I suppose.