Monday, June 6, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? - June 6, 2016

Well, I'm late as usual to the game!  I try to have these post written and published on Sunday evenings, but that just didn't happen this week.  I spent most of my free time this weekend prepping for my daughter's last official Girl Scout meeting of the year...oh, and hiding from the heat.  Let me tell you, it was HOT here this weekend!

Okay, time to come clean.  After all my big talk last week, I failed miserably this week.  Memorial Weekend--while fun--derailed me a bit.  Then, later in the week, I had something I was very nervous about--and I worked myself into a tizzy over it and ate everything in the house (and, of course, it ended up not being nearly as bad as I thought).  Yes, I could have gotten out there and, you know, moved to deal with all the stress..but I didn't.

Added to this is the fact that last week and this are sort of transitional weeks for me.  My son graduated from preschool before Memorial Day weekend, so he's home.  My daughter's school wraps up later this week and then they'll both be home--and, no, my gym does not have child care.  I realize all I have to do is figure out a new schedule for the summer, which is not hard, but I just haven't done it yet.  

So, here is my inglorious week:

1 - 70,000 steps a week
Sunday, 5/29 - 7340 steps (3.3 miles)
Monday, 5/30 - 5392 steps (2.42 miles)
Tuesday, 5/31 - 10,603 steps (4.76 miles)
Wednesday, 6/1 - 6232 steps (2.8 miles)
Thursday, 6/2 - 5389 steps (2.42 miles)
Friday, 6/3 - 8988 steps (4.04 miles)
Saturday, 6/4 - 8106 steps (3.64 miles)
TOTAL - 52,050 steps (23.38 miles)

2 - 2 strength training workouts a week
Nada, zilch....

3 - 96 ounces of water a day
To be fair, I might have met this one...or not.  I just failed to actually track how much water I was drinking each day. there is that.  This week can only be better!

Right now, I'm reading:
Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood
So, exciting news...I'll be hosting a Facebook launch party for this book on June 13th (next Monday!) and noon Pacific Time.  The author will be there and I'm working on putting together discussion questions for the event (I spoilers!)  This is the first time I've done something like this, so I'm a wee bit nervous about it all.

If you'd like to join the party, you just need to be a member of the TLC Readers group (which is just a great readers group anyway). You can find the group here and Lisa, who runs the group, will approve you right away.  

Kiss Me That Way (Cottonbloom #1) by Laura Trentham
Well, I haven't officially DNF'd this one yet, but I think that is coming.  Two issues here--the first is that I sort of binged on romance novels during April and May when my life was so hectic and now I'm ready for some meatier reads.  Secondly, this book is making me angry.  I won't go into details, but let's just say that--so far, at least--it is what I would consider sexist.  So, I don't know if I'll continue with it.  I may just put it away for a while and come back to it later, but I'm giving myself one more week to decide.

Alexander Hamiltion by Ron Chernow
I'm still plugging away at this and am a bit ahead of schedule.  Still, it will be months before I finish this one.  I have to admit that I'm retaining so much more of it than when I was trying to listen to it!  

Right Now, I'm listing to:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (narrated by Thandie Newton)
I didn't get much of a chance to listen to this one this week.  I'm not in any rush to finish it--I've read the book enough times I almost have it memorized, so I'm just savoring this.

Last week, I read:
What Happens in Texas by Carolyn Brown (finished 6/1, review 6/7)
During the height of my stress months, I requested a number of romances from Netgalley.  Never again!  Usually, when I get something from Netgalley, I just read it, post a review and we're good.  However, with the romance, I frequently (but not always) find that I am also expected to be part of a blog tour, to post sponsored giveaways, etc.  Obviously, I have no problems with blog tours, but I don't think that the ones I've encounter in my Romance/Netgalley experience are handled particularly well and, several times, I felt "tricked" into participating in the tour.  Because of that, I'm done requesting romance galleys. It just isn't worth it to me.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (finished 6/5, review 6/9)
So, this was a weird experience.  I had read this book before--or, at least I thought had.  I had it marked as read in Goodreads, told people I had read it, and all that.  However, when "re-reading" this, I am wondering if I had ever finished it before?  This is not a commentary on the book--I quite enjoyed it--but the last half of the book seemed completely new to me.  So, either I had blocked out part of this book, or I lied to myself and everyone else about reading it years ago!

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