A move... and reading update

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Hello friends,

Last week we took a road trip to the DC area, to continue the home search. With the dogs in tow, we spent 3-4 hours a day driving through neighborhoods, scouting out necessities that let us build a version of our northern NJ life in Virginia.

We drove by/walked through almost thirty homes. I can tell you not to believe a photo. Close to the district we saw houses with no yard, some twenty feet from the street, and one near a jail. Heading into northern Virginia, we saw a home with a gas station in the backyard, and a filthy total gut (which wasn’t listed ‘as is’).

After four days of searching, we came home a day early after narrowing the search down to one suburb. Knowing we can create a version of our life in NJ was enough for us. I expected the process to be easy. The housing market is confusing… at least to this Midwesterner.

Let’s talk books

I may not blog about books much these days, but I do track everything on goodreads. For me, this website replaced the need for a book blog.

In the first eight weeks of the year, I have read nine books! This might be a record for me, but I attribute this to books piquing my interest:

  • 4 stars: Waiting for Eden, The Night Olivia Fell, Magic, and The Girls at 17 Swann Street

  • 3 stars: The Girl he used to know, The Adults, Hello Sunshine, The Gown, and The Book of Essie

Thoughts/Updates:

  • The Girls at 17 Swann Street - if you have dealt with an eating disorder, I do not recommend this book. It’s a dark, eye opening story.

  • I canceled my Audible subscription last week, but not before downloading Unmarriageable and The Secrets between Us.

  • My local mall has a new bookstore called Indigo. It opened months ago but last weekend was my first visit after the holiday’s. I was pleased to see every chair taken in the cafe, people lingering and discovering books.

What are you reading now?

Here are a few books I plan to read next month.

The Last Romantics: When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time.

Trust Exercise: upending novel about what happens when a first love between high school students is interrupted by the attentions of a charismatic teacher .

Annalies: A powerful and deeply humane new novel that asks the question: What if Anne Frank survived the Holocaust? 

Last week I was the guest on a podcast… where I confessed that I have never read Pride and Prejudice. I have seen the movies and read several books following the plot, but I haven’t read THE book. While it’s not an excuse, I didn’t start reading until middle school and wasn’t introduced to Jane Austin until I was an adult (I was obsessed with Shakespeare as a teen). Do you have a book that you know you should have read by now but haven’t?