I finished my 52nd book of the year yesterday, We Are The Weather - Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer. It was... wow. Basically an existential crisis about personal responsibility/culpability in the climate crisis. I am there myself, so could relate to so much of it. There is a lot to think about, though really, it’s pretty simple. Pretty much the easiest and most effective thing an individual can do to curb their emissions is to stop eating animal products. I highly recommend it, though it may make people feel uncomfortable (but it should).
QOTW: We don’t have any New Years Eve plans yet except that during the day, the kids are doing my Meals on Wheels route with me (they don’t get to see “my people” that often because of school). We’ll probably be in bed by 10.
Post by sassypants on Dec 27, 2019 23:19:25 GMT -5
I've finished Voices by Ursula K LeGuin. I liked it much beter than that first one in the trilogy. I am starting The Institute by Stephen King.
QOTW: A bunch of local theatre friends have banded together to throw a NYE Prom at one of the theatres. I found a dress on my first stop into a Goodwill and I am STOKED I didn't have to go all over creation and/or spend a lot on it.
Post by expectantsteelerfan on Dec 28, 2019 15:08:40 GMT -5
I just finished Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak. It's a book set over Christmas, and I wanted to pick it for my IRL holiday book club, but another member had read it and said it was too depressing for that, so we went with a cheesy holiday book that no one liked at all instead. Now I wish we had picked this, because even though it was depressing, it would have made for much better discussion! I'm excited now to read The Institute. I got it from the library right before the holidays, but it was new and only a 7 day loan, so I returned it without starting because I wanted to read holiday books. I ended up with 104 books for the year, which is more than I imagined I'd read. QOTW: Nothing other than taking the kids to get their passports. We might not even stay up till midnight (usually only do so if we're invited to something, and nothing has come up this year).
Currently (actively) reading The Farm, it's good but upsetting. I've put Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor and Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins aside because I've pretty much been only reading at bedtime, and these are both terrible bedtime books.
QOTW: We'll be staying in. I plan to take a CBD/THC "sleeping" pill that doesn't actually make me sleep, and enjoy that it takes the edge off the fireworks that will be going off like bombs in our neighborhood, and then eat a bunch of junk food.
Post by rainbowchip on Dec 29, 2019 0:33:47 GMT -5
I'm reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes. I well exceeded my goal this year (66/52) so I finally am picking this one up.
QOTW: I really want to go out to eat somewhere so I don't have to cook or make my own drink.
Then we will come home and watch Forest Gump. A tradition that we started when I was pregnant with DS 10 years ago and hung out with the ILs. It was on TV so we all just sat and watched and then went to bed.
I expect to meet my goal of 52 books before the New Year - winter break from work has allowed so much reading time.
Read: Of Blood and Bone (#2), Nora Roberts - 4*- I like the series Vox, Christina Dalcher - 5* - I read it in a day, infuriating, but I liked it Euphoria, Lily King - 3* - it was fine, not bad enough to quit, but I didn't really like it From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, EL Konigsburg, 4* - I am not sure how I didn't read it as a kid, cute story
Currently reading: What She Ate, Laura Shapiro - one story left The Lost Book of the Grail, Charlie Lovett The Rise of Magicks (#3), Nora Roberts - my hold just came in, excited to finish the series.
QOTW: We will have friends over for bubbly, Asian food, games, and general revelry! It is the only way I will stay up until midnight!