The Sunday Post #90 - 14th March 2021

    

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Hello everyone!

Not a lot happened this week, I had a busy work week, I neglected my housework and I really couldn’t get in to reading.  I couldn’t get past the first page of three books, nothing stuck apart from the ones below. 

In other news the my daughters return to school for one day next week, people seem to be excited about the end of homeschooling which confuses me as there will still be four days of homeschooling.  I’m needless to say a little nervous about how things will go with the return.  My kids are sensible, others not so much.

I’ve been enjoying some good tv this week with a rewatch of the excellent Good Place.  I’ve also been loving The Handmaids Tale, it is so good.  Elisabeth Moss is perfect as June.  

Hope you are all well, have a lovely safe week x

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  1. Some classes are starting for first time on Monday. That is going to be huge here as children have been at home for months and months.
    I had the same problem with books. I could not get enthusiastic over two of them but did finish. It seems so hard to finish when you don't much care for content.

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    1. I feel for the kids, they’ve had to adapt so much to the new way of learning. It’ll be nice for them to see their friends and teachers again.

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  2. It seems weird to have the school going back just one day a week and the rest homeschooling. I suppose parents figure it will keep easing but I'm not as confident!

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    1. No I’m not either but it’ll do my pair he world of good to see their friends even if it has to be from two metres away.

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  3. Our schools are also talking about sending kids back, and I think parents are so excited that even one day feels like a party, lol.

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    1. I can see that, I think I’m not partying because my pair are older and have got on with it but for parents of younger kids it will be a relief!

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  4. I hope all goes well with your kiddos' return to school. I've heard about a friend's child who is going back half a day, once a week. It seems odd, but maybe it's good for the kids to see their friends, if only for a short time.

    I plan to start watching The Handmaids Tale once I finished This Is Us. I've been watching it for over a year now, but only every so often since my husband doesn't care for it. We just finished the first season of Fortitude, which was very good, but confusing and a big gruesome. The cover art for Colony (Benjamin Cross) reminds me a bit of the setting for the show.

    Hope you have a good week and that your reading slump disappears!

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    1. I think it’ll definitely be good for them to see friends in person even if it’s just for the day.

      I’ve not tried This is Us, I wasn’t sure if it was my cup of tea. Fortitude will be, the setting looks amazing!

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  5. We homeschool all the time so all the school changes have just been more entertainment for us but I can see how getting a day break would be nice. Hopefully it will go smoothly. Have a great week!

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  6. The elementary school where I work has been doing in-person school since last August, and we've had no school transmissions of the virus. The few kids who have had to stay home and quarantine, or who got the virus, were exposed through family. School ended up being a lot safer than we feared last fall. And 90% of the kids do really well at keeping their masks over their noses. I hope things go as well for your daughters!

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    1. I think they be ok, they are sensible girls! It just that fear of the unknown, something you cannot control. The school have done really well too considering everything, it is a small school - 600 pupils - but they are looking out for all of them.

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  7. I hope that the one day a week return goes well. One of the reasons I chose to homeschool (my own curriculum apart from the school system) this year is because I was afraid of too many changes (and there have been lots between quarantine weeks and a return to in person). I've come to discover that I love it! It's such a stressful year to know what to do with/for the kids.

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    1. It has been stressful hasn’t it, though I’m hoping with the vaccine now in place once they are back at school they’ll continue to stay there.

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  8. My kids have been going on a staggered schedule, but I really hope things will settle down in our area in time for the next school year. Some semblance of normalcy will be good, as my son is starting high school in September and my daughter is about to enter her 3rd year in uni.

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    1. Yes I hope things start to settle down for the kids sake, they’ve coped so well but it’ll be good for them to get out of the house.

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  9. I am curious about the one day a week. Are they going in shifts? As a former teacher, I would be tearing my hair out. The lack on consistency is tough with the kids. I hope all goes well for your children. I want to read Hana Khan. I loved Jalaluddin's last book.

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    1. I loved her last book too so I was excited to see this one!

      Yes, they are going in shifts, certain year groups on certain days and the classes will be longer too. The school seems organised but we will see how it works in real time.

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  10. I think the kids all went back to school full time last week, down here south of the border. I am hoping that we don't see a rise in cases etc. again in the next couple of weeks, although with Easter coming up soon maybe all will be good!

    I am liking the sound of both books you are currently reading and I hope that you get enough of your reading mojo back to enjoy them both.

    I also like the sound of 'People Like Them'. I am really getting into this emerging genre of books which are blended fact and fiction stories, although reviewing can be a bit tricky when you don't know where fact ends and fiction begins, and vice versa, especially when the 'story' involves the author personally!

    Thanks for sharing and have a good week :)

    Yvonne xx

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    1. Yes that is the one thing that worries me, a rise in cases. I’m sure it will be fine but there is always that worry.

      I’m really enjoying both my books though I’m having to read Thirteen Storeys during the day as it is included creepy but so good.

      I’m hoping People Like Them will be good, the synopsis caught my eye, fingers crossed it’s enjoyable.

      Have a lovely week too!

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  11. I love the Good Place. :-) I still need to watch The Handmaid's Tale. I was waiting for a time my husband and I could watch together without my daughter around, but it's been since the show came out . . . So, I might as well just face it I'm better off just watching it on my own. LOL

    I hope your daughter's transition back to in-person school goes well. Some of my daughter's friends returned to one day in classroom this week and it seemed to go well.

    I hope you find something to read that you can really get into. Your new books all look good! Take care and have a great week!

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    1. The Good Place is so well done, it never fails to give us a laugh, I especially love Janet and wish I had her in my home!

      I’ve been watching Handmaid’s on my own, my husband would ask too many questions, so it’s easier to watch on my tablet.

      They are both looking forward to school and seeing their pals, they are both sensible but it’s always a worry.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Good luck with back to school! Even if only one day. I was nervous when my daughter went back but luckily it hasn't been too bad. there have been cases but I honestly thought there'd be more. Course we've had Covid already lol but it's been a few months now, who knows how long immuniy lasts?

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    1. Thanks Greg. I think it’s just the thought isn’t it, you usually have worse case scenario pop up in your head and of course it’s never as bad.

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  13. Books have worked and haven't worked for me at times during this pandemic. I could read and then I couldn't. Up and down. Right now, I've found some cheery books and that has seemed to help.

    We discovered Good Place last year, and we found it was delightful. It also felt true to our experience of 2020.

    Good luck with your daughters' return to school. They say that schools are one of the safest places to reopen, so I hope all goes well.

    I like the look of Hana Khan Carries On. Let's see what you think.

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    1. Cosy crimes have been my cheery books, they are good fun and of course not too serious!

      The Good Place is fantastic and I think this is our second watch of it, it is just so good and all the cast are great.

      I think all will be well with the girls, I tend to worry and of course it’ll all be fine!

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  14. Heather, I hope the return of your daughter to school one day a week will go well and that schools will soon be able to be fully open for you. Take care and happy reading in the coming week. 🙂

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  15. Yay! You didn't buy any books! Good job. 👏👏👏

    I think in my school district parents can still choose to keep their kids home, but I'm not 100% sure. I think they have been going two days a week here. The first time the schools opened back up here, a kindergarten teacher, and one of the custodians died from Covid. I don't know if all of the teachers and staff have been vaccinated now or not. 😐

    Have a wonderful new week. 🌞

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    1. The only books passing my letterbox are the few I ordered last year, I have not cracked for nearly three months and my willpower has impressed me so much I’ve stopped eating junk food during the week too.

      My goodness that’s terrible, I don’t think the teachers here have been vaccinated, only if they are in the age groups getting priorities and as the majority of teachers seem to be 20-40 I doubt they’ve been done yet.

      Have a lovely week too!

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  16. We've been back in full swing since beginning January, so a holiday will be very welcome now! The few kids who were still home schoolers at our school, are all coping quite well and a few will return to school next term. Good luck to you, I'm sure you will get into the rhythm soon.

    Glad to see you still don't buy new books!! Proud of you!

    Have a good week and take care!

    Elza Reads

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    1. No books yet apart from my preorders, I feel quite smug!!

      It’ll be strange to have the kids back at school but it’ll be good for them to see their friends and get out the house.

      Have a great week too!

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  17. I love both Elisabeth Moss and June from Handmaid's tale. I am glad you are enjoying it. I hope more people were sensible about the Coronavirus too.

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    1. She plays June really well, I think I’m more scared of her than Aunt Lydia and Serena!

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  18. Housework? What is this thing lol?! I've been swamped with work for weeks, and my house is definitely suffering.

    I hope the return to school goes well. And spring should be coming... though I guess it comes later in Scotland than here in Virginia. We've already got crocus and probably forsythia—although since I haven't gotten out for a walk lately, and we don't have a forsythia bush, I don't know about that one for sure. But our crocuses are blooming, and they always lift my spirits.

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    1. I think the worst thing about housework is I’m working from my dining table so I can see it but choose to ignore it!

      Spring is starting to show its colours, I’ve seen lots of different colours of crocuses and a huge amount of snowdrops. I’m waiting on my daffodils to bloom and I think they will come any day. You are right, I went for a walk tonight and everything was so green and fresh, it does raise the spirits.

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  19. I'm a teacher and we have been back full time since August. I stress to my students that they have to be kind to themselves. Its an adjustment and not everything is going to be smooth sailing. Its hard to be back but have restrictions.

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    1. My eldest is already a little panicked about where she needs to go but I’ve reassured her that it will take time and not to panic.

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  20. Glad you got into Handsmaid tale. I love Margaret Atwood and her depth stories.

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  21. I hope you have a better and smoother week coming up!

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  22. Yeah we have no plans to do things out and about until we are vaccinated but luckily that is starting to happen this week. I hope it goes well.

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  23. Those two books you're currently reading look good (judging strictly by the covers)!!!

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  24. Oooh! I seriously need to watch the Good Place sometime! Hope you have a great week!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  25. It's always frustrating when you just can't get into any book you pick up. I hope you can find one that catches your interest this week. And fingers crossed that the return to school goes well.

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    1. I have found two that are hitting the mark so I am very pleased!

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  26. I'm so curious about the two books you are currently reading. I hope they are good. Sorry you've had trouble getting into reading lately though. It happens!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. They are both excellent reads, one is incredibly spooky and the other is incredibly creepy! I’m loving both of them!

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  27. I hope the return to school goes well for your daughters! My aunt is a teacher's assistant back home in North Carolina and they've been virtual, in-person, and every conceivable combination since August. It's been a mess. The stories she tells! Now that teachers are being vaccinated, I think everyone is feeling better about in-person, including her.

    The Good Place is one of our favorites! We were sad to see it end but glad that the writers stopped when their story was done rather than dragging it on too long.

    The cover of Thirteen Storeys looks pretty ominous. I'm curious to see what you think of it.

    Enjoy your week!

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    1. Thirteen Storeys is very creepy but a wonderful read, I gave it 5 stars!

      I don’t think any of our teachers have been vaccinated yet unless they of an age that they would get it done anyway. My daughters seem to have got on ok but are very happy they only have to go one day!

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  28. Ugh, it's always a bummer to be in a reading rut. I started watching The Good Place, but I'm stuck in season two! I hope your kiddos transition back into school goes smoothly... I like to think we are "halfway there" and that things are looking up. Have a great week!

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    1. I’m halfway through my rewatch of season three, it’s a great show just to have on in the background.

      I think things are looking up, hopefully we are going forward!

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