This Pandemic Sucks

I figured working at home would give me more time to read/review/blog, etc. Right? No. Not right. I’ve been putting in some modest overtime, thankful I have both jobs, but adjusting to working them both online. The teaching job turned out to be the hardest to adapt, which I chalk up to the class and not teaching online in general. The point is that I have not reviewed books I have finished, have not tried to pick up my internet presence, and have generally been in an all-around funk. That plus, a double-ear infection, allergic reaction of unknown origin, and a couple of heart procedures have left me digitally unmotivated.

That said, I’m going to try to be back. I do have an announcement to make to the two or three people who may read when I do post. More on that later this week. But it’s big and I’m excited. And it has to do with books.

Since I don’t have the energy for a full-fledged review right now, here’s a small re-cap of the last few books I’ve finished and what I thought. Enjoy.

OMG. I’ve read 17 books since my last review. Aye. That’s what I get for putting it off.

Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in AmericaGolden Gates: Fighting For Housing In America was the book I was reading last time I posted. For those who don’t know, I’m a paralegal and I work for a nonprofit law firm that helps low- and very- low income people with civil issues. I work on the housing team and deal with evictions. So this book was professional as much as person.

This book is a must read. Period. Affordable housing and class division will tear this nation apart and this book proves it.

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for WhitenessAustin Channing Brown (whose name was given so she would appear to be a white man, writes about what it’s like to be an African-American woman in a world built for anything but. She works in the church community and has challenges that even normal women and women of color don’t face in the workforce. I won this book a while ago and delayed reading it. It’s short (my husband asked if I would be done in five minutes), but it’s full of insight and information about what it’s like to not meet initial expectation, institutional racism, and fighting for what’s right. I really learned a lot from this book.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

This is my second time reading Just Mercy. I did the audiobook this time. Bryan Stevenson narrated. I loved it. This book holds so much meaning for me. Especially now that I work in an area of the law where there isn’t really justice and the poor don’t have the same access as the rich.

I think that in a world where it’s easy to love athletes and movie starts, Bryan Stevenson is my hero. Tireless work for people who often have no one else. He is grace and humility and humanity.

I Was Told It Would Get EasierHave I mentioned I love Abbi Waxman? Yes, I have. Every time I review one of her books. I Was Told This Would Get Easier is no exception. She know how to write complicated relationship and the misunderstandings that often impede intimacy.

I love her and I loved this book about a mother and daughter who are so different, yet very much alike. Having a 17 year old daughter, I identified with so much of this book. Even if you don’t have a teenager, this is a fantastic story and a good book.

So. There’s a tine mini-review wrap-up of my reading. I’m working on All That You Leave Behind by Erin Lee Carr for book club, which I will definitely be posting a second review about. Having lost my dad since the first time I read this and that being the subject of the book, I have many new and different thoughts about this book. Hang in there, peeps. It will get better. I promise to post more and will be back with a big announcement. Thanks for sticking with me.


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