My husband and I completed our final IUI today. We’ve been struggling with infertility for over a year and have previously tried two other IUIs, which were, unfortunately unsuccessful. We met with our doctor last week and he advised us to move onto IVF if this final IUI doesn’t work. Apparently, there isn’t much of an increase in odds after the third attempt, plus we have some other aspects that make it less likely to work for us. I’m really hoping it does, though. As far as IUIs go, this one has the best odds of being successful so my fingers and toes are crossed, and most importantly, I am praying. The third time’s the charm, right?
Aside from that, my school, as well as every other school in Indianapolis, is going completely virtual starting November 30th. All week, we’ve been prepping our in-person students for this shift and next Monday and Tuesday they will be working on packets from home while the staff preps for a full virtual shift. I. Am. Elated. While this may not be the best thing for students academically, it is the best thing for them physically right now, and we have a really great plan set in place this time. At this point, if students do not perform, that will be on them. We have done the leg work to make this successful. Now, it’s on them. Which is hard, but I do feel okay about it.
The choice to go fully virtual does positively impact me. I am excited to work from home. My husband and I set up a cheap work from home station for me this past week and I think this will be really good for my overall mental health.
Thanksgiving is coming up and that is my favorite holiday. I can’t wait to cook everything for my family. We are still planning to meet together to celebrate the holiday, but there will only be 5 of us, so I’m not too concerned about the spread of covid for us. With all of these positive things happening, it’s hard to feel down, which I had been for awhile. I’m glad my mood has taken a step up.
This month so far, I’ve finished 6 books and am only 5 away from reaching my goal of 100 for the year. I think I will be surpassing that goal, which is insane to me as I have never read this much in a year before! So, without further adieu, let’s talk books.
My first read of the month was The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and wow.
Have you ever read a book that was just exactly what you needed and hit you right at the perfect time? Well, that was this book for me. I’m so glad I read this one. This one is definitely a favorite of the year for me and possibly in my top 5. The story centers around a woman who essentially wants to kill herself and somewhere in between, she ends up living multiple versions of her life based on the books of her life in the midnight library. Through this, she not only sees her regrets and mistakes and gets to play out “if” scenarios, she also learns to love life again. (5/5)
The next book I read was a very forgettable thriller called The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell. I had previously read two other books by this author: one that I loved, and one that was predictable and unimpressive. This one, unfortunately, was more like the latter. The novel was fine and it was fast paced, but I just wasn’t invested in the characters or the plot. Jewell is an author that has proven she can write a great novel, but I worry she has fallen prey to the publishing world that insists she push book after book out. 3/5.
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab was a book that took me far longer to read than I had originally expected. The book itself was long, but the problem with my attention was due to the book not gripping it. I was about to give up on the novel if it weren’t for everyone and their mom screaming about how much they loved this book. Finally, about half way through, I started to love the novel, but the build was so slow that I became frustrated. The main love interest doesn’t even come into the picture until the midway point, which meant that the first half was just a lot of set-up. Too much in my opinion. 3.5/5.
After reading and loving The Midnight Library, I decided to check out some more of Matt Haig’s work. The first of these was his novel How to Stop Time. This one was not as big of a hit for me. The premise of the story focuses on time. The main character has some sort of medical condition that makes him age at a much slower pace so he has seen centuries of life. I loved the concept, but the execution was a bit cheesy for me. As soon as the main character kept meeting real celebrities and historical figures, it felt far-reaching for me. The end was a bit too sappy and rushed as well. I do hear this is being turned into a movie. I actually think it may be better as film than book. 3/5.
My next Matt Haig book was a collection of essays and observations titled Reasons to Stay Alive. This book is for anyone who has ever experienced depression personally or though someone near to them. I found the raw writing to be an essential look into the trials of when that darkness invades your mind. As someone who has struggled deeply with depression, I found solace in this book with the reminder that A) I’m not alone and B) it gets better. This is a book I will definitely be recommending to people. Plus, it’s about time the world better understands this disease. 4/5
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong was some of the most beautiful prose I’ve ever read. I was absolutely taken away by the poetic writing. Unfortunately, the story itself was lacking. Vuong writes his novel in the format of a letter from a son to his mother. This felt deeply personal and pulled me in initially, but about half way through it became jarring and felt pretentious to me. The writing was so damn beautiful though. I have to give this 4 stars, despite the lack of a fluid plot. 4/5.
I’ve just started This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens and so far I am enjoying it. It’s reminding me a bit of The Unhoneymooners and One Day. I’m excited to finish it.
I’ll catch you again at the end of the month for more book reviews. Until then, happy reading y’all!