22 March 2020

Sunday Post - 22 March 2020

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at the Caffeinated Reviewer. It's a chance to share news ~ a post to recap the past week on our blogs and showcase books and things we have received, while also sharing news about what is coming up on our blogs in the next week.

What a week, amiright? No matter where you live, the pandemic is currently rocking your world, and probably not in the best way.
While I will never deny enjoying sleeping in, there's an underlying anxiety that distracts from everything while I'm awake. I have a constant need for more information. Instead of reading for the hours available to me each day, I'm distracted and wandering, and my reading pace is suffering. Weird.

Last Week on SweetlyBSquared

Okay, maybe my reading pace isn't suffering, but I still feel like I'm wasting a lot of time...

Book reviews: The Grace Kelly Dress & The Henna Artist (each 3.5/5 stars),
This One Summer (a not-YA graphic novel), and
The Sea Glass Cottage (a pleasant story of three generations of women over a couple months).
And I played along with some Friday Book Memes.

This Week on SweetlyBSquared

I just finished reading Ninth House (LOVED it!) last night and plan to get a review up for that tomorrow.
I just started reading Tigers, Not Daughters (so far, so good!) and have promised a review on Books I Think You Should Read for Friday, March 27.
I also need to get reading The Darkness We Hide (I've read this author's books before and they're usually quick page-turners) to review that one early the following week.

New Arrivals at SweetlyBSquared

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (expected publication April 7, 2020) - received through Netgalley for review

The Lost Orphan by Stacey Halls (expected publication April 7, 2020) - received through Netgalley for review

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev (expected publication May 26, 2020)- received through Netgalley for review

So - that's all she wrote for now. Back to reading (books and blogs), hopefully sitting down to pick up my counted cross-stitch again (after more than a year!), and following news updates. Tomorrow I've got a box of goodies from Amazon coming - yay!! Take care of yourself, take care of each other, and try to find something to enjoy and appreciate each day.


Yvonne said...

I know what you mean about not taking advantage of all this extra reading time. Instead, I just want to know what's going on with the virus. It's a very strange time for all of us.

I want to read the Grace Kelly Dress and The Sea Glass Cottage. Both look good,

I hope you enjoy your books and have a good week. Stay safe!

Greg said...

I definitely think anxiety is on the rise, what with the uncertainty in general and the terrifying aspects of this illness. I've had trouble concentrating on reading as well- instead I find myself checking the news again or looking at updates. Which I suppose doesn't help!

Glad to hear Ninth House is good! And have fun with your amazon goodies- I just ordered some as well. :)

Rachel @Waves of Fiction said...

My mind has been distracted by all this craziness, too! Makes it hard to focus on reading, but I enjoyed The Sea Glass Cottage too! Take care and stay safe!

Michelle@Because Reading said...

I had my anxiety pretty much under control but had to start taking my meds again just until it passes. It makes me feel better and more focused. I am hoping all fo this passes soon! We all need a break.

Take care and Stay Safe!

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books said...

What a week, indeed. I wish I could escape into reading but I feel like I can't even concentrate. Hope that changes soon because reading sure is a needed distraction right now. I see you just recently read The Sea Glass Cottage. I actually just read my first from Thayne back in December is was totally the right book at the right time. I want to read more but I find her backlist a bit intimidating because there are so many long series.

Northwoman said...

Exactly how it is. I'm sleeping in, distracted and can't seem to focus to get things done.

Have a healthy week and read some good books!

Anne - Books of My Heart

Maureen's Books said...

There's a lot to be distracted about at the moment. I honestly try to not see and read everything at the moment. It makes me feel so helpless.

Have a great week and happy reading.

sjhigbee said...

I am finding books such a comfort right now... It is an amazingly scary time - especially as Himself is still working with no sign of stopping, and no protective clothing either... But I also spend too much time watching news of the virus - though knowledge is power, as they say. Hoping you and yours stay healthy and safe:)

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra said...

Distracted and wandering pretty well describes me too. It's very hard to focus right now. I'm trying to make myself not watch the news as much since it just stresses me out, but it's hard to turn it off right now.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I'm having a hard time focusing. I was able to read several children's books but they were not satisfying. I need to try something different, I think.

Hang in there! We will make it through this rough time.

Martha Eskuchen said...

We are involved in unusual times.
I like the looks/sounds of The Lost Orphan.
Enjoy all of your books and stay safe. Thanks for commenting at my blog. I hope you consider linking at Monday Mailbox too.

Nicci said...

I too feel distracted and wandering... I want to settle down and read but I'm too restless. It's so annoying. :(
The world is not a fun place at the moment.

vvb32 reads said...

Same here regarding reading. Too distracted despite having more time. Love your latest additions to your reading pile. Enjoy.

Lola said...

It's hard to relax and enjoy your reading with everything going on. I hope you feel better this week and can get some reading done. It sure is a weird time with the pandemic being everywhere.

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

I can completely relate to the feeling of distraction and inability to concentrate on much other than the virus. I've started cutting back on how much time I spend looking at the news and on social media like Facebook, because it's just ramping my anxiety up. I'm still checking the news once or twice daily, just not all the time. I think that's helping. Another thing that seems to help is doing things that involve my body. I can listen to an audiobook while cooking, knitting, or cleaning, and I find that easier to focus on than sitting and reading.