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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? March 1st.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Well here we are in March, hope you are all okay. It is great to be able to visit around readers’ blogs to see what you are doing and how you are.

I am fine, finding our summer weather just a tad hot for me! Covid wise it’s fine although when we find a case everyone in the country has levels upped. So on Saturday night an alert on my phone told me we were going to L2 where I am which means no groups bigger than a 100. So that cut church out for Sunday as we just don’t have it when we go to L2. In Auckland they are in L3 because that is where the breakout is. They have no school, work at home etc. I guess most of you are familiar with that. It is at this stage only for 7 days. Next Sunday might find me at church again!!

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What I am reading now:

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38 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? March 1st.”

  1. Last time I was in Church it was in New Zealand! Both in real life and then a funeral of a dear friend near Wellington was zoomed to foreign guests in November — she was originally from Canada and had many international friends. It was amazing to see people gathered together and hugging each other.

    I’m not vaccinated yet so I’m huddling in place more than ever — I’ve made it this far without getting tested so I’m trying to make it all the way.

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    1. And wishing you all the best for staying safe. Yes most of the time we are out there doing all that. And I am predicting in another week my part of the country will be back doing all those things. It’s amazing how now a funeral can be streamed to most places in the world.

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  2. Can’t wait for spring here! In my state (Massachusetts) in the US, our numbers are coming down and some restrictions have been lifted, but we are still wearing masks and social distancing and numbers are still limited for indoor and outdoor gatherings. We are hoping to travel in April! We’ll see!

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  3. Wow, NZ has such an organized approach to dealing with COVID!! A single case results in an increase in restrictions – that is pretty mind-blowing in a place where cases kept going up, while restrictions kept getting lifted. Our cases (and deaths, thank goodness) are finally trending downward, thanks to the vaccines, but people are really loosening up on restrictions and being careful. They don’t seem to realize that even with the downward trend, our daily case numbers are still higher than they were last summer, when things were locked down more. It’s frustrating, though we just keep being careful ourselves.

    Hey, you finished A Promised Land? Congrats! That’s a huge one!

    Hope you enjoy your books and stay cool this week – thanks for hosting the linkup!

    Sue

    Book By Book

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    1. Yes Sue exactly, they thought this one case might be a super spreader because he went places after being tested. We are in a holding pattern to see what happens. Our poor prime minister is being hammered by the press, I don’t know how she stays sane.
      I know I thought I’d never get to the end of Obama’s book and to think he has another in the pipeline!!

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    1. All the best Heather. We haven’t been perfect but so far all good. I feel the hinges might be coming off a tad for some here now! Roll on the vaccine and stay safe.

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  4. I hope you can get back to normal very soon. No one in my family has worked anywhere but their home in the past year. Amazing.
    I’ll be interested in your thoughts on the new Novak book. I decided not to get it now but may down the road. Have a good week, Kathryn!

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    1. I will see how the Novak book is, I guess I accepted it because of its title. I am not expecting anything great but could be surprised. Yes I know you have all been working from home for so long. People here don’t realise how lucky they are. I learn so much from my reading and quilting bloggers and too much CNN how grim it has been in the USA.

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  5. Oh I want to read the Novak Kathryn. I wish the US would take some hints from NZ about the virus but we’re so busy infighting between the parties that i just keep scratching my head and saying you can’t fix stupid. At least the vaccine is here, my mom and hubby are getting their shots next Monday I’m still on all the lists keeping my fingers crossed. I just want to go to a restaurant and eat even a fast food one LOL.
    While you’re getting ready for Fall I’m desperately seeking Spring 😉
    Thanks for keeping us up to date.
    xo

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    1. Debbie we have out infighting too and our “stupid” as well. It’s just smaller which does help. Good to hear your hubby and Mom get the vaccine soon. It sure is going to help.

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  6. Glad you are safe….I got my second vaccine, but am still staying in. Still not safe enough for me.

    LOVED The Secret Life of Violet Grant…ENJOY, and enjoy all of your books.

    Take care…enjoy the first week of March.

    Hopefully spring has sprung and we start getting some decent temperatures.

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  7. I like the look of your current read! Will have to check that one out!
    I am in Ontario (Canada) and we just keep going back and forth between open and lockdown… I wish they would just make up their minds, these poor businesses all paid thousands of dollars on equipment to safely open their business, and they keep getting shut down every other week. It must be very frustrating 😦 But we’ll see how it goes – I am hearing of more and more people getting vaccinated so perhaps we will be done with lockdowns in a few months!

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    1. Penelope yes it is a difficult time for many in business. Ours are going mad about being locked down again. Because we are smaller here in NZ it’s somewhat easier to do and its not for long. Vaccination will be good and I hope Canada gets it soon. A big undertaking.

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  8. Hi Kathryn! I’m sorry to hear you had to go to L2. Quite honestly, we have still been in quarantine-mode even though the rules have loosened a bit. I have no desire to go out to eat in a restaurant with strangers around. We have MANY folks that still think the pandemic is/was a joke and that there isn’t a virus. I’m still wearing my mask, distancing, and hand washing – I know there is a virus and I don’t want it!! I have Barack’s book on hold at the library – did you enjoy it? ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Roseanne our latest outbreak is because people didn’t adhere to rules and there is a group of people who think its all a hoax. So sad. The rest of the country is quite cross with them!! Even though we don’t have it where I am I still wash hands and use my phone to scan into places I do go. I Liked Obama’s book, very interesting although a little difficult for me to follow in places. I still can’t work out what a filibuster is. That’s not the right spelling for it I know!

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      1. Ahh – that is difficult to explain. There is an old Jimmy Stewart movie but basically it’s a person taking control of the floor and continuing to speak so no one else can. Either a Senator or House of Representative, and that wouldn’t allow for a vote to be taken either until the person has said his peace. There’s no limit to how long a filibuster can go on, in theory. It’s usually used to avoid or delay an important vote. R

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  9. I wish our country had been so quick to act – and that people adhered to the rules. We are meant to be in lockdown – no visiting other households, even outside, yet both neighbours had relatives around this weekend.
    I’m glad you are keeping safe!

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  10. I love Violet Grant!

    Seeing the different ways countries have been handling COVID has been interesting. Needless to say, the US has been quite a bit more lax! And it shows.

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  11. I hope the lockdown is brief, but having come so far it’s better to be safe than sorry.
    I hope the weather cools for you soon, my summer has been nothing but rain and humidity so autumn will be interesting.

    Wishing you a great reading week

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  12. Our Covid numbers are still high, but there doesn’t seem to be many restrictions anymore. We still wear our masks and stay inside as much as we can anyway.

    Brenda Novak’s book is coming up on my list soon. It looks good. I hope you enjoy your books and have a great week!

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  13. We haven’t been at actual church, in church, since March 2020! We do our church over zoom and, a few times this summer when everything worked out, we were able to have an outdoor service. But, church is one of the things I really miss!

    I would love to have some of your warmer weather! We had our first nice day (which means blue skies, but not warm) in a while and it is making me hanker for spring!

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  14. That’s nice how they do that. Here in the US we just have too many states I guess and no real centralized plan, so every state is different. One of the challenges of living here I suppose. Glad things aren’t going too bad there!

    Buried in the Stack looks fun.

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  15. We have never gotten to the place where we can go places. Sigh. Although now that we’ve been vaccinated, I hope a few things will change.

    Enjoy your week and your books, and Happy March! It has now been a year since we first started the lockdowns.

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  16. We’ve has phases. Our county has good levels now that allow in-person court hearings.
    Hubby and I are thinking about returning to church in March.
    Have a good week and Happy Reading!

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