My preference is to pick 20 books and put them in a pile -- Cathy has no serious rules. This year, I have two summer readalongs of giant tomes, so those count in the list. And I gave myself a couple of alternates, in case. So here are my titles -- some fun, some classics, some challenge titles, all from my two TBR piles since new books aren't really a thing right now:
- The Golden Bough, by Sir James Frazer
- The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Mrs. Radcliffe (readalong #2)
- The View From the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman
- The Spy and the Traitor, by Ben McIntyre
- Edward Lear biography, by Vivien Noakes
- Age of Anger, by Pankaj Mishra
- The Forest of Enchantment, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
- Thames, by Peter Ackroyd
- Beside the Ocean of Time, by George McKay Brown
- The Children of Hurin, by JRR Tolkien
- The Inland Sea, by Donald Richie
- Crossings, by Melissa Inouye
- White Guard, by Mikhail Bulgakov
- Forest of a Thousand Daemons, by D. O. Fagunwa
- Seeing Red, by Lina Meruane
- Oroonoko, by Aphra Behn
- Black Renaissance, by Miklos Szentkuthy
- The Return, by Walter de la Mare
- The Anvil of the World, by Kage Baker
- Uncommon Traveller, by Charles Dickens
- The Scapegoat, by Sophia Nikolaidou
- Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, by Kiran Desai
In other news, I finished this quilt! I've been having a good deal of fun sewing. I've done a bunch of masks for the local hospital too, don't worry, but I can't always sew masks. I've had this top sitting around for a while and somehow didn't get around to quilting it, so I decided to do that. I'm really pleased with how it came out and I think I might enter it for judging in the 2021 quilt show.
Everything else is pretty much the same. We're all working from home, my poor teenager can only see her friends on Zoom and is undoubtedly sick to death of her parents, and I take a lot of walks. Our county has actually been very quiet, with not very many known cases...but then, testing hasn't been all that available either. The county got approval to open back up a bit, so we'll see how it goes.
The schools certainly aren't planning to get back to old ways anytime soon. The colleges (mine too) are planning to be almost entirely online in the fall, except for things like welding where students have to do some work in person. The high school is still thinking about it.
I have been learning to use video editing software to make videos about librarianly things like accessing ebooks and getting citations from databases. It's kind of fun, and I'm using my new skills to make my mom's picture book about local history into a read-aloud video for the 3rd and 4th grade teachers. I'd better hurry up and finish it, or school will be over!
That's my news. Would love to hear how you all are doing ....