Monday, October 6, 2014

September 2014 Monthly Wrap Up

I'm a little late with this one--life has been crazy since both kids started school....and then I was taken down with a killer cold (which, ironically, did not come from my kids!).

As I posted earlier, my reading life has taken a hit since the kids went back to school.  I'm still reading, of course, but at a slower pace.  As of right now, I have no books in the queue for solicited reviews for the rest of the year--although that may change if something tantalizing comes my way!  So, I'm just working my way through some netgalleys, some First Reads, and my backlog of books.  Other than one review coming up a little later this month (which is already written and ready to go), I have nothing "scheduled," so reviews will just come out as I finish books.

I also want to do some more non-book posting here.  Honestly, the only reason I haven't is that I've just been busy and sick recently.  But, as the reviews here will be a bit more spaced out for a while, I'm hoping to need some other posts!

So, onto the business.

In September, I read:
The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith
Rachel by Jill Eileen Smith
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary (no review)
I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe
Ramona Forever by Beverly Cleary (no review)
I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira
Ramona's World by Beverly Cleary (no review--I did, apparently, get plenty of reading time with my daughter!)
Into the Free by Julie Cantrell (no review)

Right now, I'm reading:
Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Finn (been working on this FOREVER.  However, I will say that I'm enjoying this one!)
Juliet's Nurse by Lois Leveen (technically, I haven't started it yet...but will tonight!)
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (a re-read for my book club.  Link goes to my original review).

In Other News:

  • It looks like I'm going to be a girl scout.  Well, a troop leader.  Growing up, I always wanted to be a girl scout and it just never happened.  Now, my daughter wants to do it and I tried to sign her up, but I was told that the only way I could get her into a Daisy troop was to start one.  So, well, that's what I'm doing.  I'm looking forward to it but, man, there is a lot of training that goes into being a troop leader!
  • In light of the bullet point above, I promise to to hit you all up for cookie sales.
  • My daughter is learning to read right now, which is fun and frustrating.  I think we readers forget how hard it was to make sense of letters and words when we were so young!  I do work with her on it, but I try not to do so much that it becomes unpleasant for her.  
  • Finally, I just want to tell you all that my son--my baby!--turns 4 today.  Where does the time go????

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