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Five Bookish Quotes & Five Fall TBR

 Since I missed last week's T op Ten Tuesday , I'm doing a combo edition today. Five bookish quotes for this week's prompt and five books I'm looking forward to reading this fall from last week's. Five Favorite Bookish Quotes 1. "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." -Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R. R. Tolkien This has been one of my favorite quotes for a long, long time, but fortunately or unfortunately, it's especially poignant in these pandemically and politically tumultuous times. 2. "Some worlds are built on a fault line of pain, held up by nightmares. Don't lament when those worlds fall. Rage that they were built doomed in the first place." -Hoa, The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin So true of our world. We shouldn't lament what is falling. We should be thinking about building anew. 3.   “This is the trouble with history. You can't see what's not there. You can look at an empty space

Weekly Wrap-Up

Since I don't commute anymore, my life has been largely sans audiobooks for the past seven months. Really, before that, since I switched jobs to be much closer to home. I got into audiobooks when I had a long, at least 45-minute commute, each way (sometimes one, or on a couple memorable occasions, two hours, if I was unlucky). I'd never been much into them before, but I loved them for driving. Sometimes, I'd even stay in the car for a few minutes after I got home. But I don't read audiobooks much at home. I've tried a few over the past several months, usually because that's all I could get from the library digitally when there were long waits for ebooks, before my library started offering contactless pickup. Even now, I prefer borrowing ebooks when I can. But with all the audiobooks I tried, because I needed to get the read in before a book club meeting, I would keep following asleep. And missing things. And having a hell of a time finding out where I was suppos

Weekly Wrap-Up

This week, I finally finished a couple of books I'd been reading for a while, and finally watched something other than The West Wing!  Finished Reading A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson "Speech Sounds" by Octavia Butler (short story)-glad she finally made the bestseller list but seriously can't believe she hadn't already/while she was still alive.  Real Simple magazine-I'm loving this new subscription. it's the oerfect antidote to the world right now, focusing on what we can control. Hadassah magazine--reflections on getting ready for Rosh Hashanah and lots of book recs! Watched Love, Guaranteed Netflix movie--This one was cute though unrealistic (suing a dating site). <3 Damon Wayans Jr.  Seasons 5 and half season 6 of The West Wing Other Things Socially distanced walks with friends are fun, and I'm taking advantage while the weather is nice. I had a great walk with a friend yester

August Wrap-Up

I didn't finish many books in August, but the two I did were excellent. I also spent plenty of time prepping for my online courses, and starting them at the end of the month!   Books Read This Month The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi Shows Watched This Month A lot, a lot, a lot of The West Wing... I'm in season 5 now. It's such a (necessary) jarring dissonance with today's political landscape. Things were bad then but there were still boundaries. Concerns about not catering to campaign donors. Worrying about lying to the public. Scruples about separation of church and state. Even if they didn't always get it right, they at least tried to do what was right, and that is what is lacking right now. And yes, I know it's a TV show, but it reflected the moral values of the time. Less than 20 years ago. Other Things I'm back at work, so that's why you're seeing less of me here. I'm enjoying tea