Daily Archives: May 2, 2020


So it turns out I’m a procrastinator, even in a pandemic quarantine, where time is endless.

That’s a shocker.

Books are great. I love them, now more than ever except maybe back when I was a kid, new to Burkburnett, TX, and walked into the best library ever determined to read every single book on the shelf.

Back then I packed my mom’s bag with all the books I could check out, and strangely, she let me check out any book I wanted. My mom is super right wing these days, but back then, she was incredibly progressive. Weird.

Book I’m reading now: Little Fires Everywhere. Verdict’s still out on this one. It’s enough to keep me reading because the characters are great, but the paragraphs are often super long (I have no idea why this bothers me. It makes me impatient as I read. It doesn’t change the cadence of the words, I don’t think) and the story feels slow 1/3 of the way in. Still, strong characters are my jam, and these characters are awesome. I figure as the story progresses all these little pieces that feel slow are going to be super important. Interesting note: my daughter is moving to the town the book is set in next week. Back to those long paragraphs: as I write this I wonder if the slow unraveling if the plot is mirrored in the long paragraphs adding to the sense of doom. The book starts with the little fires that are big fires but doesn’t really explain then flashes back….yeah. I bet those paragraphs are super important to the storytelling. I know nothing about this story other than it’s a series on Hulu so it will be interesting to see what I think when I reach the end.

***edited to add: HOLY COW! Some of the fires are NOT little at all. They seem little and then BOOM, explosion.

***edited AGAIN 2/3s through. OMG, this book. This. Book. Is. Incredible. How is it so good?!

*****😭😭😭 This is the kind of book you spend years analyzing. The kind you teach, and no matter how many times you read it, you find something new. 😭😭😭

Finished the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, at least through book 3. Loved it. Looking forward to the next ones.

This is all hard, but reading helps. It helps keep my mind off the news, helps keep me engaged, helps me remember what was and pray for what will be.