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Pandemic Perusing: What Made Me Laugh?


I know, I know – most everyone else has already shared their reading lists. But I am not considering my “year” to be the 2020 calendar. My “year” is before my vaccination and after my vaccination. So, my year officially ended with my second vaccine and you now can hear about my pandemic reading. You may or may not care about what I read, what twisted my imagination or challenged me – but I felt the need to sidle up to all the big-time influencers and let you know what my library card returns look like and how I filled my Good Reads challenge. Much like my pandemic moods my Pandemic Reading List is all over the place.

I was in Ethiopia when the U.S. went on lock down. As soon as I got back home, I got my Libby Account so that I can use my library card for audible and e-books. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND you get a Libby app! It saved my life this last year! I read a LOT. I won’t even mention the books that I didn’t like or were just “meh”.

This first blog lists those that made me laugh out loud. There came a time in about October when I thought – good grief, when was the last time I laughed? REALLY laughed! Since I was walking the Trinity River every day and listening to some pretty hefty works, I changed my trajectory and tried to find books that would make others that passed me on the trail wonder what I was laughing about. Here were my favorites:

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey – I am late to the party on this one but I still got to the party. I love Tina Fey even more now. She shares such fun, funny stories about her life and family. Of course, her SNL days... Her work ethic is impeccable and so impressive! She juggles it all and reminds us that we all have a lot to laugh about. As a mom, wife and daughter she is just the best!

Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me by Mindy Kaling. Oh, Mindy. I want every man over 30 who is trying to date to read this! You would learn so much! Even though she's my kids' generation I laughed with every page. She's another super hard worker! Loves her parents and friends - and you want to be her friend when its all over.

The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary. These are the quirkiest of fictional characters with a crazy plot of two people sharing a flat to save money and because they both work different times of the day. Just a fun, (almost) wholesome story. No spoilers...

Nobody Will Tell You This but Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story by Bess Kalb. I put this book in the “made me laugh out loud” list but it also made me cry as I am much closer to the grandma in the book than the author. I desperately want to give all sorts of unsolicited advice to my daughter and granddaughters! Bobby, Bess’ grandma, has no qualms about giving advice from beauty to boyfriends. More of us should be like her.

Next - my favorite fiction. Good grief with pandemic and politics I had to escape reality as much as possible!

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