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Welcome to my weekly update for May 16, 2021!
Well, the CDC announcement that fully-vaccinated people in the US can pretty much go back to life as usual was a bit of a surprise, wasn’t it? My husband and I will probably continue wearing our masks inside for a while but at least we won’t feel as uncomfortable when we see other people without theirs. If, like me, you’re struggling with resuming a relatively normal life, I recommend reading this article about irrational covid fears in the New York Times. I read it a few weeks ago and it’s helped me put my fears and the risks in perspective. I do advocate following CDC guidance and doing what feels best for you and your family though.
We’ve definitely gotten more active ourselves since I passed my fully-vaccinated mark (my husband was fully vaccinated in January since he’s a healthcare worker). We’ve been to botanical gardens, the aquarium, taken a kayaking tour, and we have a Segway tour planned for tomorrow. This is why we started traveling with my husband’s job in the first place so it’s nice to get back to activities that we love!
(L) Downtown Sarasota, the John Ringling Causeway, and Sarasota Bay from Bird Key Park
(R) Kayaking through the mangrove tunnels in Ted Sperling Nature Park
The Flight of the Phoenix by R. L. LaFevers–4 Stars
Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran–3 Stars
Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston, read by Imani Parks–4.5 Stars
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer: 4.5 Stars
This looks more impressive than it actually is. I haven’t had the attention for long, complicated books so these are almost all middle-grade, children’s, or graphic novels that I can read quickly.
Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston, read by Imani Parks
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
The Clockwork Girl by Sean O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna
The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
Ghoul Goblin (The Dresden Files Graphic Novels #3) by Jim Butcher & Mark Powers, illustrated by Joseph S. Cooper
The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff
The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles #2) by Jeffrey Archer, read by Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox
Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights by Mikki Kendall, illustrated by A. D’Amico
Renegades by Marissa Meyer, read by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner
I stopped by the library this week and chose all those graphic novels. I also checked out Anahita’s Woven Riddle by Meghan Nuttall Sayres because it’s been on my TBR forever and most libraries don’t have it.
What did your week look like?