Monday, July 27, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (7/27)

For someone who loves to read, I've been a bad reader this week.  I think I may have spent maybe two hours reading over the entire week.  It isn't as if I've been in a rut.  I do want to read, I apparently just don't want to read enough.

This past week was supposed to be one of the least busy weeks of the summer--which I thought would mean I'd have more reading time. meant I had 2 kids wanting all my attention.  Trust me, there are few things less conducive to reading than bored children.  Then, at night, I fell down the rabbit hole of Netflix Binge Watching.  The culprit this time is Marvel's Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.  My husband says he's watched every episode already, but he seems surprised by every twist and we're only at the beginning of season 2, so I'm not so sure about that.  Anyway, I've realized I need to be a bit restricted with this.  Not only is this cutting into my reading time, but I realized that, at the rate I'm going, I'm going to finish season 2 over a month before season 3 starts.  And, well, we can't have that.  So, I'm putting myself on an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. diet--no more than one episode a night!  Either that or I'll just have to find another show to binge watch in August.

I've also realized that the "immediate" section of my TBR list, which is those books that have a deadline, is out of control.  Between books for review, book club books, and netgalley books it feels like I have no choice in what I read.  So, I've decided to lower the priority of my netgalley titles (instead of reading them by their publication date, my goal is to read them by the end of the year) and to "reconsider" some of my book club choices.  There are one or two left on the docket this year that I'm just not excited about and I'd rather spend my time reading books that interest me.

I decided that 2015 would be the year of no Goodreads giveaways (I still have piles of books I won from them to get through) and I think that 2016 will be my year of no Netgalley.  I also need to realize that I will never be able to read all the books....

So, in other news, things look a little different around here.  This caused a bit of sweat and a lot of swearing Saturday.  I've been bored with my canned template for quite some time.  Back when this was sort of a lifestyle blog, I did get a blog design, but the designer is no longer in the business.  I don't want to spend a lot of money, but I thought I had earned enough for a modest design through advertising on this site.  Well, I was wrong.  Phew!  Blog design must be a lucrative business these days!  I did find one design studio that was reasonably priced AND was my style...but she had closed up her shop.

Ultimately, I headed over to canva and put together a new header and then played around with some of the formatting, and this is what I ended up with.  Is it better?  Maybe.  It is what I want?  No, but it will do for now.  It's still a bit messy and all, but maybe I'll just wait for a while and then blow all my earnings on a design later.  Sigh!

Okay, as unimpressive as this week was, here we go...

Last week on the blog, I posted:
Tuesday, July 21 - Book Review: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Wednesday, July 22 - Book Review: The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
Thursday, July 23 - Book Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Saturday, July 25 - Saturday Snapshot

Right Now, I'm Reading:
The Main Book:
The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff
I just need the world to go away so I can concentrate on this book.  When I do get to read it, I'm really enjoying it--but the kids have made it their personal quest in life to keep me from reading this specifically (and reading generally).  I have a review scheduled soon, so I'd better get on it.

On My Phone:
Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline
As I said last week, I didn't expect to make much progress on this book this past week because my daughter only had one swim lesson this week (although I did make some more progress at the hair salon).  This week--and the 3 following weeks--I'll be at the pool for lessons every day and should be able to get through this book fairly quickly.

With My Daughter:
Amy and the Missing Puppy (Critter Club #1) by Callie Barkley
Bedtime reading also took a hit this week.  I don't think my daughter is as interested in this book as she has been in some others.  I told her we could read the next Ivy and Bean book next, which is what I think the real motivation to read this book is for her.

Last Week, I Finished Reading:
Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God by Margaret Feinberg (finished 7/26, no review)
I finally finished this one--and I'm glad I took the time to savor it.  I picked it up to see if it would work for a bible study for my women's group in the fall.  This particular version isn't set up for that, but there is a group study version, which I will suggest.  This was the first book by Feinberg that I've read and I know it won't be my last.

I do have a couple of reviews coming up this week, but then I've pretty much gone through the reserve I built up in June.  Sigh!  I guess I'd better get back to the books!

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