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Re-Opening The City

Last Monday was the first day of Saskatchewan’s five-phase reopening plan. Some people dread it. I’m one of those people.

For the past months, majority of the world’s population have adapted to what we currently call as the new normal as COVID-19 hits us hard. Here in Saskatoon, certain establishments have been closed for a while. Malls have been closed for weeks. Grocery stores functioning at maybe 50% capacity, going as far as having a person at the door controlling how many gets in. Restaurants only serving through drive-thru and delivery service. Our kids have been out of school since March, thus sending us in a little frenzy (just a little, I promise) of finding home school resources while we wait on the possibility of online learning (my oldest is in Kindergarten). Public playgrounds are closed. Extra curricular activities such as ballet, swimming, soccer, summer camps and story time at the public library are currently cancelled with some requiring refunds. We’ve been cooped up in the house, but we’re fortunate because we have a backyard big enough for the girls to run and get tired in. And also because our neighbours are pretty good with social distancing.

I’m worried. I’m not comfortable with already slowly reopening the city. I understand it will be good for the economy, but I hope they have a plan once the number of COVID-19 cases go up.

Listening

I feel as if I’ve been so behind the Billie Eilish train. Ive first heard of her through the Everything, Everything (Amazon|Indigo.ca) soundtrack which I’ve seen about a couple of years ago. And my kids have been so into Bad Guy since last year. It’s only now that I’ve actively searched for her songs in Youtube, and I’m slowly falling in love with Lovely (video above).

I’m also knee deep into watching TikTok video compilations of people professing their feelings by kissing their bestfriends. Most of these videos have PUBLIC’s Make You Mine and a co-worker was nice enough to google the title of this song for me after I told her I love this song. I can’t get enough of the acoustic version.

Reading

I’ve finally started the last instalment to Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles: Winter (Amazon|Indigo). I’m three chapters in and so far I’m enjoying it. My husband gave me the entire series for Christmas two years ago and I’m glad I’m finally getting around to finishing it.

I’ve started reading Flying Lessons and Other Stories (Amazon|Indigo) this week. Overdrive has this listed in their Asian Heritage Month list so I thought why not give it a try. I will let you know my thoughts on it once I’m done reading (or once I’ve decided the book isn’t for me).

To end this all off, I’ve finished The Hating Game (Amazon|Indigo) a few days ago. I recently joined an online book club our public library hosts and this was May’s book pick. Needless to say, I can’t put it down. The book had it’s own pros and cons but I will get to that in a different post. Overall, I enjoyed it a lot and it helped get my head off of the current pandemic situation in our city.

Hope you all are having a great time this Mother’s Day weekend. Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, my mother-in-law, sister-in law, to my mom friends and co-workers, and to all other moms out there.

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Resources to Help Kids Stay Busy During the Remainder of the School Year

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A few weeks ago, my oldest is suddenly home from school and my family and I decided to supplement what she’s learned from school by having a simple homeschool routine for her. As of this week (the week this post is going up) our school system is busy preparing for online learning. We’ll be haring from their teacher on Thursday to see how this new set-up will work for everyone.

Here are a list of resources I’ve gathered to help us through this transition. Keep in mind that links preceding a ($) were either purchased, or are subscription based.

These are the ones we use often. Please feel free to leave links to other resources in the comments section 🙂

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SPL March Book: The Nickel Boys

The capacity to suffer. Elwood — and all the Nickel boys — existed in the capacity. Breathed in it, ate in it, dreamed in it. That was their lives now. Otherwise they would have perished. The beatings, the rapes, the unrelenting winnowing of themselves. They endured. But to love those who would have destroyed them? To make that leap? . . . Elwood shook his head. What a thing to ask. What an impossible thing.

Whitehead, Colson. The Nickel Boys. p 172

When I found out our book club’s March pick was The Nickel Boys, I got excited. After all, I have heard great things about The Underground Railroad. The Nickel Boys follows Elwood and the other kids admitted to Nickel, a school based on the reform school which operated for 111 years. It also paints a picture of what the school is for and how it operates.

So a few things I enjoyed / liked about this book:

  • I love how the story opens up with a group of students finding out about a graveyard and an unmarked grave site, both by the school, and what it meant in relation to the students who attended Nickel. It upset me in a way because for some reason, I knew that those bodies belonged to the students. It made me wonder just what kind of school Nickel was, and what the students endured during their time there. Yes it was a bit grim, but that was a great opening for this book.
  • I liked that it was divided into 3 different parts: pre-Nickel Elwood (although how he got admitted was just wrong); Nickel Elwood; and post-Nickel Elwood.
  • And that TWIST closer to the end!

If there was anything I wished there was more of, I would’ve loved to see more brutality. It would’ve made me incredibly uncomfortable, but I felt like it was lacking a bit in that department. We hear stories, and in some cases we’re put in the environment of the punishment but we’re not supposed to talk about it. There are times when reading this book, I tell myself, “What happened??? I want to know!”

It was also would’ve been great if we were able to follow other kids as faithfully as we did Elwood. With him, we were able to experience his beating and how that affected his attitude towards Spencer, Nickel, and the other boys. With the others, we deal with the aftermath without fully knowing how we got there in the first place.

Have you read The Nickel Boys? What are your thoughts about it?

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Ep. 5 – July Wrap-Up, Currently Reading, and August Reading Plans

Ep. 5 – July Wrap-Up, Currently Reading, and August Reading Plans

 
 
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In today’s episode, I share with you the books I’ve read in July, what I’m currently reading, and my reading plans for the month of August.

Click here for a list of books mentioned in this episode, along with other important links.

If you enjoyed listening to this episode, feel free to subscribe, rate and review on a podcast platform of your choice. You can also follow and message me through Instagram, or through the comments sections in my blog.

Thank you for listening!

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Ep. 3 – June 2019 Wrap-Up

Ep. 3 – June 2019 Wrap-Up

 
 
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In this episode, I talk about the books I read in June. Since June is Pride Month, I made a conscious effort to pick books which features LGBTQ authors and/or characters.

Click here for a list of books mentioned in this episode, along with other important links.

If you enjoyed listening to this episode, feel free to subscribe, rate and review on a podcast platform of your choice. You can also follow and message me through Instagram, or through the comments sections here in my blog.

Thank you for listening!

She Reads Again: Blog | Instagram | Goodreads

 

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Ep. 2 – Library Reads | May 2019

Ep. 2 – Library Reads | May 2019

 
 

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For my second episode, I wanted to introduce you all to a series which started as blog posts and I would now like to turn into podcast episodes.

Library Reads is a series about the books my daughter borrows from the library. We don’t necessarily end up reading all of the books we borrow from the library, but the ones we do sometimes would be read multiple times in the three weeks we have them.

Click here for a list of books mentioned in this episode, along with other important links.

If you enjoyed listening to this episode, feel free to subscribe, rate and review on a podcast platform of your choice. You can also follow and message me through Instagram, or through the comments sections here in my blog.

Thank you for listening!

She Reads Again: Blog | Instagram | Goodreads

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