Weekly Update for November 8, 2020

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Weekly Update at Introverted Reader

Welcome to my weekly update for November 8, 2020!

My husband started his new work assignment last Monday so I feel safe to say that we left Portland, Oregon and we’re now in Oceanside, California, just north of San Diego! We enjoyed our time in Portland but we’re chasing good weather in our RV. We spent last winter in Newport Beach, California, so we’re on slightly familiar territory. We were hoping to go to Arizona but the hospital my husband applied to isn’t in a hurry to hire so he accepted this job instead. It feels good to be a 10-minute drive from the Pacific though! And temperatures right now are perfect for me!

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Book Review: Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them–5 Stars

Book Review: The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham–4 Stars

My Year in Nonfiction for Nonfiction November

Top Ten Non-Bookish Hobbies

6 Degrees of Separation: From Dissolution to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Hole in the Sky by William Kittredge Book Cover

Hole in the Sky by William Kittredge

Currently Reading:

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

The Last Astronaut by David Wellington, read by Megan Tusing

The October Country by Ray Bradbury


The Mandalorian Movie Poster

The Mandalorian Season 2–We love this show so much! We were planning to wait on watching season two until after all the episodes were released but we just couldn’t. We tend to be slow watchers anyway, so why not get started? I’m not sure how my husband manages to actually watch it over my squeals of “Baby Yoda is so cute!!!!!!” Or “I love his baby Moses basket so much!!!!!!” We’re talking serious tween squealing here. But he is so cute!!!

Up Next:

I realized today that it’s been a little while since I listened to a Bloody Jack book, so I think it might be time to visit Jacky and enjoy Katherine Kellgren’s fabulous narration. I placed some library holds on Mary Roach‘s books so I hope one of those becomes available soon. I’ll also be continuing with Nonfiction November and hopefully reviewing some of my nonfiction books from this year.

What did your week look like?

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  1. Oceanside, eh? You got out of Oregon just in time. We’re at an RV park in Junction City (down by Eugene) for a few days and it dropped to 24 the other night. Thankfully, none of our water lines or tanks froze. Phew!

    I lived in San Diego for 20 years and our last house was in Vista. My brother lives in Escondido and one of my nephews works at WorldMark in Oceanside. You’re going to love it there. Which hospital is your hubby working for? I’m curious about where you have your RV parked. We boondock at my brother’s in Escondido and use Uber to get around when we’re visiting. If you want some great Mexican food, head to Solana Beach and go to Tony’s Jacal. Yum!

    1. We hit 30 a couple of nights before we left and turned on our tank warmers and unhooked our water to be safe (we don’t even own a heated hose). I know people live in their RVs in below-0 temps but it just seems like so much work and worry! We’re avoiding it while we can. Thanks for the recommendations!

      1. We unhooked our hose to be safe, too. We have tank heaters, but have never used them. I can’t imagine living in an RV with below zero temps. I would just as soon head to a warmer location!

  2. I started a MustReadNonfiction list a number of years ago. My goal was to read at least 12 a year. I have become an addict. So far this year I’ve read 25 nonfiction and that doesn’t include all the nonfiction picture books!

    1. I visited San Diego twice in one month a couple of years ago. Once for a conference with my job and once as a tagalong for a conference for my husband’s job. I think it’s a lovely city. I’ll just be so glad when we get through the pandemic and can properly explore the places we find ourselves in again.

  3. I’m glad you found a nice spot for the next months with lovely weather. I enjoyed A Deadly Education. I have always wanted to read Get Well Soon but I plan to get the audio because the narrator is Gabra Zackman and I love her. Enjoy your reads!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  4. Great spot to spend the winter! I have A Deadly Education but haven’t put it on my reading calendar yet. I hope to get to it soon. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. There is nothing I would like more right now than to be able to chase the better weather. It’s settling down into winter in the UK, and I miss the sun already. 😦 I’ve been seeing so many people talk about A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik. I think I’ll have to add it to my TBR! 🙂 Happy reading!

  6. I’m really glad that your husband is settling into his new job. Oceanside, California sounds like a wonderful place to live. Look at the beauty of that place. How much fun would it be to move every three months?!

    I’m very curious about A Deadly Education. I think I also need to find out more about The Soul of America.

    Have a good week.

    1. You would probably enjoy The Soul of America. We like exploring new places every three months. Traveling in our RV satisfies my inner homebody since I’m always surrounded by my own things but the new locations make my inner explorer happy.

  7. Glad you are off to some better temps and beautiful beaches! I’m super jealous!

    My hubby and I need to start the Mandalorian too. I’m excited. We also need to finish off the last season of The Good Place. Baby Yoda is too cute. I made a couple crochet projects of him this summer. Loved it.

    Deadly Education is on my list! I started it but I had to get it back to the library before I could finish. The Last Astronaut looks intense. I need to add that one now.

    Which Mary Roach books are you going to read? I’ve read Packing for Mars, Spooked, and Stiff. I’ve been meaning to finish up her others. All have been so good.

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. I’ve read Stiff and Gulp. I requested Spook as a transition from all my horror reading last month into Nonfiction November but I still haven’t received it. We love The Mandalorian and The Good Place so much. I hope you like them! We’re a little sad that we’ve only got two episodes of The Good Place left. We’re torn between wanting to know how it ends and stretching out the series as long as possible.

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