I have found June tough. For all the talk of lifting restrictions it seems conditions may be imposed that I personally regard as untenable – a choice to conform or accept pariah status. I am beginning to think I will not be able to make overnight trips or even go out socially in the foreseeable future. If this is to be my life – confined, repetitive and blamed for not acquiescing to the demands of believers – I find myself questioning its worth.
Day follows day and I put myself through the motions. I cycle, most often ending up at the gym where I lift weights. I run on local tracks and lanes. I deal with dishes and laundry, trying to stay on top of things for my family. I remind myself of our many privileges.
We celebrated younger son’s 21st birthday at home with cake, champagne and a takeaway. He seemed pleased with his presents. His future plans remain uncertain. I still don’t know if he will wish to return to university, especially now campus students may be required to adhere to a plethora of personal interventions. Another year learning from home would be a lonely existence.
Daughter finished her final stint working the wards in London and has now also moved home. She purchased her first car that she may commute to the job she starts in a few weeks. I am so very proud of all she has achieved but can see she finds living with us full time frustrating after her taste of independence.
Husband and elder son seem in a better place, their jobs providing structure and purpose alongside contact with colleagues.
On the blog, at the request of a reader, I started a new series that will feature one of my many teddy bears – Edward Explores. I am thinking this will be a monthly endeavour. It has proved a much needed injection of fun during what feels a particularly bleak period.
Sorry for being so negative – I hope you are doing better.
I posted reviews for eight books in June before going on hiatus. Robyn picked up the slack, posting fifteen reviews.
As ever in these monthly posts, click on the title below to read the review and on the cover to learn more about the book.
Everything Happens for a Reason by Katie Allen, published by Orenda
Yesterday by Juan Emar (translated by Megan McDowell), published by Peirene Press
Intimacies by Lucy Caldwell, published by Faber & Faber
The Screaming Sky by Charles Foster (illustrated by Jonathan Pomroy), published by Little Toller
Don’t Breathe a Word by Jordyn Taylor, published by Harper Collins
Sourcing the Books
Robyn is on NetGalley and is grateful for all approvals of titles requested. She also received a good number of enticing titles, gifted from publishers or purchased.
I received an eclectic selection of books in the post this month and look forward to reading them all.
As ever I wish to thank the publishers who send me their titles to review – the arrival of a book parcel remains a cheering event in my day.
My thanks also to those who share my words across their social media platforms. Your continuing support is always appreciated.
And to everyone reading this, I wish you and yours good health and as much mental stability as can be mustered in these challenging times. May we strive, at all times, to be kind xx