Book Review?

When I started this blog thing I was excited because I was able to concentrate long enough to read and write again. That is why I started doing a book review every week or two. I haven’t done one in a long time because I am back to only being able to concentrate on reading or listening to a couple paragraphs at a time. It frustrates me because my whole life I was able to read books from cover to cover in no time. Now I get angry at the narrator for using too many examples to prove a point or if reading I keep going back to read again because I am so spaced out and my mind is flying.

I don’t know why I wanted to do it. I don’t think I have convinced anyone to read a book with my layman’s interpretation. I like boiling down the plot and sharing the points I find most interesting. I was also getting lucky with the books I picked. My method is almost random. I scan through titles until something catches my eye and then I will read the blurb on the inside cover if it is a real book or the description of a digital one. Admittedly it is not the best way to commit to reading for 8 hours. Who would have thought a book called, “Think Like A Freak” would actually be a self help book designed to make you more productive at work? I had no idea. I don’t pay much attention to “Bestseller Lists” because I know it is usually the publishing company buying all the first copies which make it a bestseller.

I have gotten pretty lucky picking books at random but recently I hit a lot of self help make you more productive at work books. Why would you want to learn how to make your boss more money? That may be why I have been losing interest so quickly. I also found newer books by some of my favorite (obviously still living) authors. I have a hard time because I am now interested in non-fiction books but that is where the self-help books are gathered. I also don’t like straight up biographies of long dead people. I do like auto biographies of people I know. My favorite still is David Sedaris books which are just edited versions of his daily journals and I find him very interesting.

I put my digital library books on hold for 7 days to give me a break and maybe I will be able to concentrate enough to remember what to write about. I miss reading all the time like I used to do. I spent most of my life reading fiction. Sci-fi, fantasy, horror, then suddenly I lost interest and started reading non-fiction, mostly sciences. Subjects I have always been interested in but never sought out.

That’s the end of this fantastic book review. My recommendation is to read whatever you like. You obviously like to read if you are following blogs on here.

Breaking Quarantine

I went to my daughter’s (14) yesterday! It was the first real time I’ve spent with her in 3 months due to my state’s stay at home order. She has put the break to good use. She has gotten a lot better at playing bass guitar which she started recently. She was popping out some bumping bass lines for me. She is a hipster so she learned a couple songs by Sublime and Green Day because she is into ’90’s music and she learned some songs by lesser known artists of today. One band I said I never heard of and she said, I know, nobody has. I guess that’s the point of being a hipster. She also increased her collection of Doc Marten boots to 8 pairs which she buys with her Christmas and birthday money. Still, it is like $1600 worth of shoes. Unbelievable!

This is a picture of one of the more recent pair of boots she purchased. She likes the platform soles. The first day she wore them they gave her huge blisters but she was determined and kept wearing them. Now she says they are broken in and comfortable. I don’t really care what she spends her money on as long as it makes her happy. The next item she wants is a new Fender Jazz bass. They go for about $700. Her birthday is coming up this month and it looks like I am pitching in with her mom to buy it. I hope she continues to play because she is picking it up pretty quickly and is good at it. Also I have been playing guitar since I was her age so I have an interest in the same type of music.

It was good to get out of the house for an extended period of time. The depression I had in the winter has lifted so I can do more than just force myself to go to the grocery store when I run out of food. The store is no fun with all the people wearing masks due to the Covid scare. It was really the only place I could go during the shutdown. It only helped to serve my depressive isolation tactics where I shut out people and don’t leave the house anyway.

Were any of you separated from family during the shutdown? I know a lot of people couldn’t visit their relatives in nursing homes. I feel especially bad for people who passed away with no family with them.

My daughter had a hard time with school being online. She doesn’t want to talk about it but her mom told me she was really stressing about it. She needs some of the in person connection with her teachers. I hope they can open the schools back up for the next year. I don’t know how other kids are dealing with it. I just told her not to worry about it so much and enjoy her time off during the summer. She is a happy kid and that is what matters.