Monday, August 10, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (8/10)

Welcome to another week.  You know, sometimes it seems like this summer is flying by and, at other times, it feels like it just crawling along.  We only have a little over 2 more weeks left of official summer here as my daughter starts back at school in late August (my son goes back in mid-September).  I'll be glad to have our routine back, but the thought of getting up early every day just scares me to pieces!  I get a taste of it this week as my son has his preschool camp.  It's just 4 mornings, but that is 4 mornings when we have to be dressed, out of the house, and someplace by a decent hour.  Yikes!

Last week on the blog:
Wednesday, August 5 - Book Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
Friday, August 7 - Book Review: Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline
Saturday, August 8 - Saturday Snapshot

Right Now, I'm Reading:
The Main Book:
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Okay, I have nothing to say about this one because I will be reading it by the time this post goes live, but as of this writing, I haven't even cracked it open yet.  It arrived through one of my postal book clubs and I'm not letting myself read the synopsis ahead of time.  I don't have too many opportunities to go blind into a book, so always grab them when they come.

The "Purse" Book:
The Other Side of the Bridge by Katharine Swartz
So, ditto the above on this one--although I did read the synopsis this time and it looks intriguing.  I recently read a novella by Swartz and enjoyed it.  Notice, though, that I've switched from calling this my "phone" book and now it is my "purse" book.  Basically, my paperwhite now just lives in my purse, but the purpose is the same: it's the book I whip out to read when I'm waiting somewhere or something like that.  It will take me a longer to get through this one, though, as I took my son out of 5-day a week swimming lessons.  Let's just say he started to show some signs of stress that little 4 year old boys sometimes show.  I can't tell for sure if it was because of swimming lessons every day, but it started at the same time....  Anyway, my daughter still has swimming lessons, but only twice a week, so my "purse" reading might be a little limited for a while.

With My Daughter:
Ivy and Bean and the Ghost Who Had to Go (Ivy and Bean #2) by Annie Barrows
Well, its official.  Ivy and Bean ranks up there with Laura and Ramona in my daughter's eyes.  She loves these books and I will admit that they are pretty fun and not saccharine, like some of the chapter books we've read together.  There are 8 more books (as of now) in this series, so we'll be reading them for quite some time!

Last week, I finished reading:
Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline (finished 8/3)
My review already went live, so you can click over and see what I thought of it.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (finished 8/4, review 8/21)
Since this one was for my book club, I won't be posting my review until after our meeting.  I will say this, though.  Last week when I said I was reading this, Pechluck commented that I needed to suspend my disbelief for this.  THANK YOU!  Normally, that might fall into spoiler territory for me, but I really needed to hear that for this book.  I think if I wasn't warned, my experience reading this would have been much different.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal (finished 8/9, review 8/13)
Okay, I finished this book right before I started this post, so I'm still a bit in processing mode over it.  However, this was a "purse" book that just took over and I couldn't read anything else until I finished this.  And, yes, there are recipes!

We'll see how much reading I get done this week with our "tiptoe" into routine again.  I could just plow through everything--or next week's post may look very similar to this one!

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