Books & More – April edition
Hello everyone, and welcome to my first Books & More edition.
This series is dedicated to catching you up on what’s going on behind the scenes of The Browneyed Bookworm. All the things, big or small, that might not get their own blog post. Like regular book news, book hauls, TV & movies I’m currently watching, what I’m reading or listening to, and anything else I would like to chat about. It’s a way for me to catch you up on everything that happened – and anything goes.
So let’s get started…
Hello my fellow bookworm, just wanted to say hi. How are you?
Shelter in Place
Here in California, but especially in the Bay Area we’ve had a Shelter in Place directive since March 17th. That makes it almost 5 weeks next Tuesday. And I must admit at the beginning, during the first week, my brain didn’t really get what it all meant. The second week it actually hit home. Seeing the numbers that came in – I was a mess. And the last three weeks have been surreal at best. Every day feels like the next, I actually have to check the calendar to remind myself of the actual day. The only good thing, out of all of this, is that I have time to read. When I can concentrate on books, that is. I actually had a hard time reading books during the first two weeks, and mostly watched Netflix. It started getting better when I realized that there is not much I can do about any of it. Accepting the loss of control was what got me over the hump. And that eventually helped getting my reading mojo back.
A friend called Netflix
That brings me to Netflix. I’m one of those people who don’t own a TV, and hasn’t for the last 8 years, so I’m used to not watching and I don’t actually miss it. But during these trying times, I realized I needed something mindless to occupy my thoughts. I got a Netflix subscription and started watching the Great British Bake Off, I’m on season/collection 5. I also was in the mood for a Harry Potter movie marathon, and fell absolutely madly in love with Schitt’s Creek. If you haven’t watched it yet, you must!!! Eww David!!! I was also told to watch Money Heist next, and I MIGHT fall down the rabbit hole of Tiger King – I might!!!
I mentioned earlier that I my reading mojo came back, that’s mostly in regards to re-reads. I’m a mood reader, and also a big fan of re-reads. I have an entire keeper shelf, and a folder on my kindle with favorite re-reads. So last week I had the great idea of re-reading the entire Kate Daniels series, that’s TEN books. And yes, I started it, couldn’t put them down, and finished all 10 books in 7 days. There wasn’t much time for anytime else if I’m honest, I turned into a bonafide lazy bum. I didn’t even post on Instagram for most of the week. Couldn’t be bothered – I was busy watching Kate kick ass!
Has the lockdown made you start baking yet? Staying home all day long makes me do all kinds of things, turning into a lazy bum is one, and now baking is another thing I’ve taken up. Everyone on IG seems to brush up their baking skills, from baking bread, to pretzels, to brownies – the last one is all I managed to bake!!! Not at all surprising, my brownies never last long.
Since all of this started, the not leaving the house situation, I lost all sense of routine. No bra. No jeans. Washing hair only when necessary. And sleeping in until I fell like it. IT’S BAD!!!!!! I’m going to be in SO MUCH trouble when this is all over. I know this can’t last much longer. But I also don’t want to think how life will look like, with Covid-19. Until then, I’ll keep Netflix and my books close and hope for the best.
And here are the ARCs I recently managed to read:
Books & More – April edition