All posts tagged: books

Four genres to read if you’re burned out (plus an update from me)

When I made plans for the two week sabbatical my company awards when an employee reaches their ten year anniversary, I never thought it would coincide with a global pandemic. I expected to be waking up in Florida today, visiting my mother in law along with my husband. Instead I find myself at home, in a city where all bars are closed and restaurants are limited to take out and delivery, and many other businesses are closing, fighting of bouts of anxiety. The prospect of a shelter in place order looms. I make a daily schedule for exercise, blogging, crafting, chores and reading to keep my mind occupied. Since it’s been a little tough focus on anything too dense, the below four genres are the ones I’ll be reaching for while I’m home. Admittedly, there is a part of me that doesn’t mind at all. I’m an introvert by nature, so finding myself at home with two weeks to myself to relax, write, and work on long deferred projects isn’t so bad. I just wish …

Back Alley Deals

Operating for over 200 years, Brattle Book Store is one of Boston’s original book shops. The first time I visited was my sophomore year of high school. I had just just finished the full 20 mile loop for Boston’s Walk for Hunger with my friends, and my feet were so swollen, I was limping. I just wanted sit on a bench with the Ben and Jerry’s bar the walk’s organizers bestow on everyone who crosses the finish line. But my friends convinced me to begrudgingly limp a little bit further, to check out a bookstore a few blocks away. It was worth it. I loved the creaky wooden floors, the narrow isles between shelves stuffed full of books, and the quiet of the third floor, reserved for rare and antique books. The best part, however, was the outdoor sale in the alley adjacent to the store. Everything was three dollars or less, and I wound up buying a hefty National Geographic photography book for two dollars. I still own it. I went back again and …

Strange Happenings in March

March holds much to look forward to. The start of spring, the year’s first super moon, and the one day a year restaurants list a boiled dinner as the day’s special. There’s also new books to read and new shows to watch while we wait out the wind and rain that usually make up winter’s last gasps. March 1st We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry on shelves. Set in Danvers, Massachusetts during the 1989, a high school field hockey team discovers witchcraft may be the key to a winning season. Since I grew up in a small Massachusetts town and also played field hockey in high school, I am absolutely looking forward to reading this book! My team certainly could have used a little magic to break our cycle of losing seasons. Dispatches from Elsewhere begins on AMC. A departure from much of Jason Segal’s previous work, ‘Dispatches’ follows four people from different walks of life who’s lives are changed by a puzzle that opens them up to a world of possibility and magic. …