Sunday, July 23, 2017

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? - July 24 #IMWAYR

Well, hello there!  Yes, I've been absent for the past few weeks...and my absence was due to the most pathetic reason ever.  I was procrastination on writing 2 reviews.  Now, I enjoyed both books (Kiss Carlo and Lift and Separate) and was excited to tell you all about it...but it just took everything in me to actually sit down and write the reviews.  I still have one more to write (you'll see it on Wednesday) and, while I thoroughly enjoyed the book, the review has yet to be written.  Sigh.  You just know that once I finish that one--the last solicited review I have on the docket at the moment--I'll probably get the urge to review all the books.  Because that's how things go.

Anyway, this past week was a hectic one as it was my daughter's first of two weeks of day camp.  It's the same thing this coming week, except the drop-off is farther away and we have to be there earlier.  Because, again, that's how things go.  After this, though, we have nothing planned for the rest of the summer.  We are hoping to go up to my father-in-law's house to do some camping at some point and we might squeeze in a road trip.  We have yet to make it to the beach this summer, so I'd like to see that on the docket as well.  My kids start back to school on August 29th, so it is still a question how much we can fit in before then.

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So, I realized this week that I have too many books that have been languishing on my Currently Reading list for far too long.  So, my current project is to get through these books before I start anything else (well, I'll probably start a new audiobook once I finish my current one..but the others are top priority!).

I was really concerned about Lust & Wonder: A Memoir.  The only other book by Augusten Burrough's I've read was Running with Scissors, which I hated.  But, so far, this one seems a bit easier for me to handle and I think I'm in it for the long haul.

I've been waiting ages to read An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League) and just now was able to get to it.  It's my current eBook and, sadly, I'm not having as much time to devote to it--partly because I have all the other books to read and partly because I don't have a lot of waiting-around-time when my kids aren't in school.  I do, however, try to only bring my Kindle when we travel, so I should plow through some titles if we get out of town.

I'm still working on The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.  I put it aside when we went north for the 4th because, as I said, I don't like to bring print books when we travel--and that one is a library book and I'm paranoid that those will be left behind.  Anyway, I'm getting back into it again.

I was trying to "work" through Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere), but now I've decided to just read it through and then go back and do the exercises.  I think that I need to have the complete view before I get too deep in the actual writing.  But more on the writing later (probably much, much later....)

I had started reading The Littlest Bigfoot to my daughter, but I think the subject matter was just a little too old for her.  I don't mean that there was anything objectionable, but that my daughter just couldn't quite relate to it yet.  So, the two of us will try again later.  In the meantime, I'm going to finish it!

I'm still working through the audiobook of  In Her Shoes and I hope to be finished soon.  I can't think of anything more to say that I haven't already said.  I've already read it, so the story is not new.  I'm enjoying the story, but I think the narrator (Barbara McCulloh) is miscast for it.

My goal is to finish all these books this week and then have a completely new, and shorter, slate to share with you all next week.  Fingers crossed!

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