Wednesday, September 3, 2014

August 2014 Monthly Wrap Up

I'm a few days late with this one--the end of the month was just crazy for me.  My daughter started full-day kindergarten the last week of the month, we had a big family wedding the Friday of Labor Day weekend (and both of my kids were in the party), and then we--ahem--expanded our family the next day (see below).  So, I'm a bit behind with my posts.

Overall, August was a really busy month for me so I was surprised that I got as much reading done as I did.  I know it seems to the reader of this blog that all I did for the first 2 weeks of the month reading, but almost all of those were books read in July. Anyway...

In August, I read:
Three Bargains by Tania Malik
Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung (no review)
When the World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
The Dinner by Herman Koch (review to be posted 9/19)
Sinful Folk by Ned Hayes
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (no review)
Henna House by Nomi Eve
How To Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer
Sleep Donation by Karen Russell (review to be posted 9/4)

Right Now, I'm reading:
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary (reading to my daughter; will not review)
The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith
Rachel by Jill Eileen Smith
Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn

In Other News:

  • The Book Blogger Summer Reading challenge ended as of 9/1.  My goal was to read 35 books between 5/1 and 9/1...and....I ended up reading 41.  So, go me!
  • I'm still adjusting to our new schedule and I don't feel like I am reading as much.  We shall see how the numbers add up next month.
  • Okay, up above, I mentioned expanding our family. No, I'm not pregnant.  And, no, I wasn't counting my new nephew-in-law (I'm not saying he doesn't count, but I've considered him part of the family for quite some time before he became official).  Folks, we got a cat!  I love cats and my sweet cat Carmel passed on almost 3 years ago.  However, given my kids' ages and my husband's lack of enthusiasm, I waited quite some time before bringing in a new cat.  But, this past Saturday, the kids and I headed down to the Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood, and found this lovely lady:


The shelter gave her the name of Dolores which, well, is hideous.  So, my daughter renamed her Alice, which I think is much more fitting.  She's 9 months old, so not quite a kitten anymore, but still playful and is probably the perfect cat for our family.  Folks, instead of reading, I've been playing with this young thing.  So, sue me!

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