Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events: First Chapter/Intros, now hosted by  Socrates Book Reviews; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s featured book is a new one that speaks to what is happening in our world these days:  Life In Pieces, by Dawn O’Porter.


Intro:  (Introduction)

Dear 2020,

Earlier this year I got myself a paper diary.  I wanted to go back to writing things down, rather than having everything on my phone.  I found it today and got so sad when I saw how empty it was.  Just months of nothing.  No people, no meetings, no life.  I sat and looked at it and got a little weepy.  There was supposed to be all this other stuff, and it just wasn’t there.  There was only emptiness.


Teaser:  4 April

Isolation Update – The bee was on the SOCK

Chris has just handed me the strongest margarita I’ve ever had in my life, so apologies in advance for any typos in this entry.

Hiccup. (p. 71).


Synopsis: From reflections on grief and identity, bad hair and parenting, sleep and spirituality, to the things we can control and the things we cannot, Dawn has been doing a lot of thinking about life in lockdown. Mostly from a cupboard. Discover the daily diaries that track the journey – for a hilarious, heartbreaking and highly entertaining glimpse into the new normal.

‘There’s been a lot of well-meaning but mad advice on how to contend with the strangest period of human history any of us has ever lived through. Dawn O’Porter redresses the balance by telling it as it really has been: holding out for 5pm to crack open the tequila’ Mark Watson


Would you keep reading? I think many of us will find that it resonates.



  1. Hi Lorraine,

    Loving the cover art! I think the toilet paper sums up just about the entire year so far, and not just in the context of ‘life in pieces’, if you get my drift!!

    The most (only) exciting things to appear in my diary have been 3 hairdresser appointments, 2 dental appointments, one day of each week when I order the online groceries, and the one day each week when they are delivered!!

    Christmas is set to be a very solitary affair this year, so I wonder if Dawn will ever write a follow-up book, about how it all ends 🙂

    Thanks for sharing and stay safe.

    Yvonne xx

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne, and I have been more restricted than most people I meet online, since I live in a senior residence where we have been locked down, literally, since March.

      Going to activities in the community and to the dining room is about what we are allowed. Sigh.

      But…I get to read and watch movies in my apartment, which I enjoy.

      I can definitely relate to the toilet paper debacle!

      I would love to see what the author does next year.


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