I loved everything about the inauguration — Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, the amazing Amanda Gorman, seeing the Obamas and Clintons, even the guy whose job it was to sanitize the podium in between speakers. (Could have done without Garth Brooks, but oh well.) And of course, the main event — seeing our new President and Vice President taking their oaths of office — brought me to tears. It feels like a bright and shining new day, although I think it’s going to take all of us a while to get used to how it feels not having to hear about the latest awful thing the 2x-impeached person said or did on a daily basis. A return to normalcy and decency!
I’m loving all the Bernie memes, although I think this is my favorite graphic related to the inauguration:
In terms of my own life, I’ve spent most of this past week sick with persistent headaches and chills — but I tested negative for COVID, so that’s at least a relief. I was supposedly taking sick days, but ended up working practically every day anyway, because apparently work stops for no woman. Starting to feel a bit better finally, and hey, at least I was able to read!
What did I read during the last week?
Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey: The fabulous 5th book in the Expanse series. My review is here.
We Came Here to Shine by Susie Orman Schnall: My book group’s pick for January — historical fiction set at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. My review is here.
Tithe by Holly Black: The 1st book in the Modern Faerie Tales trilogy. My review is here.
The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2) by Julia Quinn: Just couldn’t resist reading more Bridgertons books! My review is here.
Pop culture & TV:
I mean, obviously the highlight was watching the inauguration!
Beyond that, I watched bits and pieces of a few different things:
- Finished The Great on Hulu. Awesome! Can’t wait for season 2.
- Started two Masterpiece shows: All Things Great & Small and Miss Scarlet and the Duke. Liking both so far.
I’m trying to decide what binge to start next, and I think it’s down to either Killing Eve or Queen Sugar. Any recommendations?
I’m also feeling pretty annoyed that there doesn’t seem to be a free option, despite how many streaming subscriptions I have, to watch the new season of A Discovery of Witches. Argh.
Puzzle of the week:
I didn’t do any. Between my achy head and my lack of focus, just couldn’t get into it this week.
Two new books:
What will I be reading during the coming week?
Currently in my hands:
Valiant by Holly Black: The 2nd book in the Modern Faerie Tale trilogy. I decided to keep going, and plan to read #3, Ironside, right after this one.
Now playing via audiobook:
Nothing at the moment, which is really weird for me. Because of how I was feeling this week, I just wasn’t up to listening to anything, and ended up finishing up my most recent audiobook (The Viscount Who Loved Me) by switching to the print version. Hopefully, I’ll get back to my audiobook routine in the next few days.
- Outlander Book Club is re-reading Outlander! We’re reading and discussing one chapter per week. This week: Chapter 33, “The Watch”.
- Our current classic read is part 2 of Don Quixote. My book group is reading and discussing three chapters per week.
- I’m slowly reading The Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger. I’m reading this in small bites, but didn’t make any progress this week.
So many books, so little time…