January Reading Wrap Up

This month year decade (woah) started with the kids and I finishing up listening to Jim Dale narrate Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I didn’t have much memory of anything Harry Potter after book 3, so I don’t know why I gave the Order of the Phoenix a 3 star rating when I first read it about 11 years ago. At the time it was my least favorite book in the series. This time I found it pretty close to perfect (I gave it 5 stars). I loved it, and I love experiencing the books with my kids; they are really enjoying the series. At 8 and 9 years old, I am sure a good amount is over their heads, but they are following pretty well so far. I meant to stop at Prisoner of Azkaban because I feel like after that point HP books get more dark and written for older audiences…but they wanted to continue, so here we are. We are about 100 pages into HP and the Half Blood Prince now…the opening chapter of this book confused them (they didn’t understand why Fudge was recounting events to the “other minister”) but overall I am impressed with their retention of detail.

My first physical read of the year was Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. In my opinion it was just shy of hitting the 4 star mark. In my reading journal I marked it as 3.75, which is entirely arbitrary, but felt right. I found it harder to get into than Rogerson’s debut stand alone, An Enchantment of Ravens. I also found the romantic chemistry in Thorns to be completely flat, while I was enthralled by the romantic tension in Ravens. The plot in this sophomore novel was definitely more ambitious, and the lack of connection to the main characters was made up for by my adoration for Silas, the supporting demon. I also loved the bookish theme of this fantasy. All in all, an enjoyable YA fantasy read.

Next I read Sarah Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan (3.5 stars). This was a very quick read that caught my attention as I was organizing my bookshelves. I added it to our home library knowing that it was an award winning children’s book, but I couldn’t remember what was so great about it. It was fairly enjoyable, despite the robotic dialogue. For kids, this is a story about children getting a mother in reply to their widowed father’s advertisement in search of a wife. For adults, this is a story about a quite, displaced woman trying to maintain agency over her own life within the limits of her gender.

I listened to The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, narrated by Tom Hanks (4 stars). Hanks did a wonderful job reading this novel; so well I didn’t even increase the playback speed, which I usually do to match the audiobook to my own reading speed. I think the novel started off very strong with its fairytale-esque characters: the disengaged father, the evil stepmother, the beautifully charming daughter, the innocent son, and even the fairy godmother type housekeepers. The second half of the book dragged quite a bit, and I feel like it strayed away from the connecting theme of the house that was the driving force of the conflict. I’m actually surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did, because I have to admit the overall tone was rather bleak. The plot spans 50 years and it felt like it. This is starting to sound negative… but I really did enjoy this. I highly recommend it and actually want to try reading more Ann Patchett.

I found the latest release in Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series, Come Tumbling Down, to be wonderfully dark and intense. I definitely prefer the books in this portal fantasy series that take place in high logic worlds. In this novella, we return with Jack and Jill to the Moors where tension between the sisters has reached a deadly high. To be honest the beginning had me questioning if I would enjoy it as much as I had anticipated, but maybe I was just distracted, because by the end I was captivated and gave it 4 stars.

I read The Story of a Goat by Perumal Murugan (translated from Tamil) on the recommendation of booktuber Russell, from the channel Ink and Paper Blog. He posted this book on his Instagram and I was immediately intrigued. What I expected was a feel-good story about a couple adopting a sickly goat and the animal in return bringing joy back to their lives. Not. the. case. There is so much to unpack from this short novel. We get an examination of humanity from the perspective of the goat, political commentary and an illustration of caste systems from the perspective of the humans, and overall themes of love, desperation, pride, and loss. (4 stars)

The kids and I listened to The Lost Heir, book 2 in the Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland (3.5 stars). I really appreciate that this middle-grade novel doesn’t hold back. It is high stakes and the consequences are real. There is betrayal, violence, and death without being gratuitous. Ultimately friendship and loyalty is rewarded. The kids have enjoyed following up the audiobooks in this series by reading the graphic novel versions (which are gorgeous).

I have really been feeling the Force this month. Not only did I start watching the Clone Wars animated series on Disney+, but I also got a 400 page Clones Wars graphic novel out from the library, AND downloaded the audiobook of the Clone Wars movie novelization by Karen Traviss from Overdrive. The graphic novel (Star Wars Omnibus Clone Wars volume 1: The Republic Goes to War, to be exact) was AMAZING!!! I love discussing the gray areas of Jedi ethics with my husband. Seriously, the nerd talk is intense. This graphic novel was full of Jedi questioning their role in the conflict between the Separatists and the Republic. The audiobook had full sound effects, so that was a lot of fun, and it did raise the same sorts of questions, particularly regarding the Republic’s use of clone soldiers, but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much (I gave it 3 stars, where I gave the graphic novel 5 stars).

My bookclub read Sylvain Neuvel’s The Test this month. It was a really short book that packed a HUGE punch. The story revolves around a man from Tehran in the not-so-distant future taking a citizenship test in the UK. Let’s just say that from the vague reviews I’d seen of this, I expected the point of the book to be calling out the hypocrisy and absurdity of immigration requirements, but this book took a crazy turn! I should have known, since Neuvel’s other novels are super twisty scifi, but it caught me by surprise. I gave it 3 stars, but after our bookclub discussion I think I appreciate it more.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., I read to the kids his biography in the “Who Was___” series. They actually really liked it. It presents historical and biographical information in a manner very digestible for young readers.

And finally…

I read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison this month. I had posted on Instagram that I haven’t read any Toni Morrison, and my high school English teacher messaged me to correct that, and to start with The Bluest Eye, Morrison’s debut novel. So I did. But I didn’t love it. I feel so terrible about that. While there were moments I was blown away by the evocative writing, I didn’t find the story enjoyable. I know that’s the point, but I feel like there have been books with hard subject matter that I have still managed to find the experience of reading it positive (The Story of a Goat, for example). I didn’t enjoy all the tangents the story telling took- too often the focus broke away from the main plot to introduce background characters. I don’t usually mind this; in fact, I loved the way Fredrick Backman creates a familiarity with every resident of Beartown for the reader. But for some reason it didn’t work for me in this case. I wish the progression of the plot in The Bluest Eye was more linear. I don’t always mind when the narrative bounces around in time, but I didn’t care for the way it was done here. I’m not sure what precisely missed the mark with me and this book, and I’m pretty disappointed in myself for not liking it much (I gave it 2.5 stars).

I have some books that I didn’t finish this month that I look forward to wrapping up in February… and so many more I can’t wait to pick up. In the meantime- Happy Reading!

Anxiety Can Suck It… and Other Goals for 2020

2019 was…not great.  I don’t even really want to reflect on it, just pretend it didn’t happen.

It would seem I was not alone in the Great Anxiety Flare of 2019.  Late summer/fall seems to have hit a good number of the booktubers and bookstagramers that I follow with this collective emotional knock-out punch (the only reason I don’t include fellow bloggers is because I have no idea what was going on in this community… I couldn’t bring myself to check.  Thanks anxiety).  Once I crawled out from the wreckage of my own self-sabotaging mind, it was good to know I was not alone.  What does that mean though?  I’m not very knowledgeable with astrology, but something about some celestial body in retrograde? House Ravenclaw in turmoil? (insert shrug emoji here)

But that is the past. The future is now.  Just keep swimming.

Anxiety can suck it… I want to put more effort into making the time for me and the things that make me happy.


My 2020 Bookish Goals

I posted this on Instagram at the very beginning of the year.  Here they are with a little more detail and a note of how it’s going so far.

Read from my TBR- my first goal is to put my focus on the books I own, and limit my library loans to audiobooks, graphic novels, nonfiction, and book club selections.  (This is already proving to be extremely difficult and January is not even over.  I love my library!)

Limit book buying- I don’t buy many books new or at full price, but I want to make it a goal to only do so when I have a gift card to use.  I also want to make sure that I am only buying 1 book for every 5 that I read from my TBR.  Lastly, I will only hit up library book sales once a month!  There are weeks that the kids and I are at the library 3+ times, and I can’t help but browse the Friends of the Library Book Store every visit.  I really need to put this limit on myself!   (So far I haven’t spent a penny on books, HOWEVER I have been growing my home library with Little Free Library swaps and taking in books from friends.  So while not technically breaking my own rules… I have definitely taken advantage of my own loophole.  The intent was to not bring in more than I read, but I left that door open and ran through it! If you follow me on Instagram @stay.at.home.reader you can see my #nospend #bookhaul)

Blog more- I want to get back into the habit of posting, reading, and interacting with more blogs.  It’s something I really enjoyed doing.  An unfortunate element of anxiety is losing the desire to do even the things we love.  That really blows!  So… the goal is to get on here at least once a week with a reading check-in.  I also plan on renaming my blog for the sake of Instagram cohesiveness.  My thinking on that is it will make it easier for me to interact with fellow bibliophiles across platforms.  (This is obviously proving difficult for me since it’s taken me until the third week of January to get on here.  Hoping this first break back in is the hardest, and from here on out I can meet my weekly goal.)

Read 20 Nonfiction Titles- my goal for last year was 12 and I barely managed it.  For some reason I though 20 in 2020 would be a good idea.  It’s going to be hard, I think. (My first attempt at nonfic has resulted in a DNF…. so not off to a great start.)

No Monthly TBRs or Goodreads Challenge-  First of all, I can’t stick to a monthly TBR and it just ends up stressing me out, so why set myself up for failure?  Secondly, I really want my focus this year to be on quality and not quantity.  I spent a good part of last year binging mediocre audiobooks.  Part of that was because they were all I could invest myself in mentally, and the thrill of seeing my Goodreads numbers padded.  This year I decided I wouldn’t set a goal for the Goodreads challenge, but because I do like being able to click on the challenge link and see only books read in the present year, I went ahead and set it to 1.  Mood reading.  Quality books.  That will be my focus.  (The desire to read as much as possible as quick as possible is still brimming at the surface, but I am making a conscious effort to focus my reading more, to only have one audio and one physical book going at a time… not to have 6 or 7 books going simultaneously.)


Hopefully I will be back on here in a week’s time.  Happy Reading!

Hello 2019!

We are going to power right on through the awkwardness of me trying to come up with a reason I went AWOL back in October and have been away from my blog 2+ months.   There’s no reason, it just happened.


And here we are.

Hello 2019!

Last year, I set my Goodreads challenge at 45 books.  Thank you audiobooks and graphic novels… I upped my challenge goal to 150 midway through the year, and PASSED that!  My final number on Goodreads was 163.  It’s not totally accurate, though, because I didn’t include all of the books I read with my kids, only the ones that felt were more substantial (not page count wise, but plot wise).

This year my Goodreads challenge goal is set to 75 (to start anyway).  I feel like this year won’t be quite as high because 1) I don’t have a 24+ volume graphic novel series to bulk up my numbers, and 2) I’ve set a couple of other reading goals for myself that I think will slow down my reading pace.

What are those goals?  I’m so glad you asked.

1. Read 12 nonfiction books

I think I can manage 1 nonfiction book per month.  I have a couple ideas of what I want to get to- mostly biographies of people like Walt Disney, Fred Rogers, Jim Henson, Steve Irwin, and I got a copy of Michelle Obama’s Becoming.  I enjoyed reading about a specific aspect of baseball history, so I think something similar may find its way into my summer TBR.

2. Read Them Classics

I have several examples of classic literature on my shelves that I have picked up here and there from thrift stores and library sales.  Now it’s time to read them.

3. Author/Series Goals

I took a good long look at all the books I own and prioritized authors I have multiple books from, and series I’m excited for and own at least the first book of.

4. Don’t Forget EBooks!!!

I have so many ebooks that I completely disregard because they are not visible!  I wrote out a list of titles I own digitally that I was excited about when I added them, but then forgot about.

5. Make a dent in my collection of unread physical books

We all have this goal, don’t we?


Do you set reading goals for the year? What are they?

Happy Reading!

Spookathon Readathon Day 4 & ‘Estranged’ Review

Well, I got one book finished for the readathon, and it wasnt even on my TBR for the week.

Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge

This middle grade graphic novel was an impulse grab at the library. That cover just called out to me and refused to be ignored. I found all of the art stunning and the slightly reminiscent of Labyrinth…but not really… but kinda. I can’t decide, but I loved it regardless.

The plot of the novel follows a Human Childe raised by raised by Faerie Royalty. Well, raised by a goblin nanny actually, as the King and Queen were excessively superficial and interested only in how fashionable having a human Childe is. When an evil faerie queen takes the thrown, Childe and his golem friend, Whick, travel to the human realm to enlist the help of the powerful changeling who has been taking his place in his human family.

Set against a fantastical backdrop, the story raises questions of identity, acceptance, loyalty and belonging.

I initially gave it 4 stars on Goodreads, but almost immediately went ahead and gave it that last fifth star. Yup I went ahead and considered this a 5 star read. I found the queen a little to easy to defeat, but once I reminded myself that it was MIDDLE GRADE, and that I shouldn’t expect it to get as dark or as high intensity as a YA fantasy, I realized that I had no problems with it. 5 stars.


I had the coziest baseball mom set up today. But the dang wind kept blowing my pages and I was trying to keep my hands tucked into my sweater. I never get as much reading done as I hope to at the kids practices, but I always try anyway.

My Starbucks drink is a grande soy latte with one pump of vanilla.  It’s literally the only thing I know how to order.  That and steamed almond milk for the kids.


The Spookathon IG Photo Challenge for today was Ghosts. These are some of our Halloween picture books that fit the bill.


And finally…

Here is an update on my pages/challenges for the readathon:

My Plain Jane

  • Readathon challenge: Purple cover, Set in a different time
  • Currently on page 259 of 464

The Graveyard Book

  • Readathon Challenge: Has Picture, Spooky word in the title
  • Currently on page 35 of 307 This hasn’t changed since yesterday, even though I did listen to about an hour more.  I accidentally dozed off a few times while listening and have to go re-read whatever it was I missed.

Estranged

  • Readathon challenge: Has pictures
  • Finished

Spookathon Readathon Day 2

Last night I decided to start My Plain Jane as my first book for the readathon. I am really doubting I’ll be able to get to all 5 books from my tbr, BUT I realized I can easily double up the challenge prompts.

My Plain Jane will count for a book with purple on the cover (if you have the Owlcrate exclusive cover, that is…which I don’t, but I know that it exists and that it is purple, so I’m counting it), as well as a book not set in this time.

I read a whopping 8 pages before falling asleep last night, but as soon as I woke up this morning I managed to read to around page 86, and I am currently on page 118. I still don’t know if I’m going to love this book, but I do love that it is a quick and easy way to kind of revisit Jane Eyre. Kind of. In a really cheesy way. Definitely cheesy.

And now for a recap of my day in pictures:

  • Husband brought me coffee in bed, and I got right back to the book I barely started last night.

  • The Spookathon Photo Challenge prompt on Instagram was SKULL.  My son thought that this was the best book cover choice because the skull is so subtle.  In his opinion, people will like that more.  Okay, kiddo.

  • Kids and I went to the beach so they could catch Pokemon…

  • So many Pokemon!

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  • We stopped by Savers for book shopping… I mean… to drop off donations.  But I mean, we were there, soooooooooo.  We got some great books.

  • This kid could’t wait to start Dory Fantasmagory

 

  • I got a couple pages of reading in at soccer practice this evening.

  • I could watch my baby read a chapter book to himself all night.  He whisper read chapter one to himself, then had me read chapters 1 through 3 to him.  We’d recently read two other Dory Fantasmagory books that we checked out from the library and he loves them! LOVES THEM! They are pretty great, I must admit.  So we were so happy to find this at the thrift store today.


And now I am off to bed.  How many pages will I get to before my eyes give out on me tonight?  Place your bets now.

Spookathon Readathon Day 1

Hellooooo! I’m still here!

Been busy, been away, been reading…but have not been blogging.

I have been having a great time participating in the Spookathon Photo Challenge over on instagram, though. Let me just say… I WISH I had them sick bookstagram skills. But, alas, I do not.

The readathon portion of Spookathon, which is hosted by Books and Lala, started today (Oct 15) and I had every intention of participating, but so far today the only reading I’ve gotten done is listening to Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) while getting to some housework. I’ll probably grab one of the books from my readathon tbr to crack before calling it a night, because I’d hate to fail completely straight out of the gate!

I based my TBR for the readathon on the challenges:

  1. Read a thriller
  2. Read a book with purple on the cover
  3. Read a book not set in this time period
  4. Read a book with a spook word in the title
  5. Read a book with pictures

Is any one else participating in Spookathon? Or doing any other October theme readathon?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? vol. 2

Oh hi! I forgot today was Monday.  I’m so thrown off by my husband being home… yay three day weekends!!!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Last week I was able to meet my goal of finishing The Final Empire.  To get the second half of the book finished I ended up switching back and forth through e-book and graphic audio, and it made for a really immersive reading experience.  Once I started listening to it I was able to connect with the characters a little better- I heard the actors’ voices as I read on my own, and I picked up more on the humor and character interactions from listening to parts of it.

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I didn’t listen to or read anything else until I finished The Final Empire, but once I had that done I moved onto Fables vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland.  I really enjoyed reading this volume.  It did a better job at sticking to one story line than the previous volume did.  This was a very emotional and eerie installment.   I can’t recommend this graphic novel series highly enough. It got little ‘meh’ for a few volumes, but I really love the series overall.

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This morning I started The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw.  I have very high expectations for it as the kickoff of my fall/dark/witchy/spooky/Halloweeny TBR.  Afterwards, I plan on reading Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.

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I also decided that I should go ahead and start the next Mistborn book, The Well of Ascension, and just take my time with it while reading some other things.  I know if I put it aside completely I am likely not to come back to it.

I also picked up Infidelity, a Memoir by Ann Pearlman from the library.  This sounded interesting, but I have a feeling it will be something I thumb through, not read cover to cover.  We’ll see what happens.


 

What have you been reading?  What will you be reading?

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The Relationshipper Book Tag

I was so excited to see that I was tagged to do this by the ladies at Fiction No Chaser.  I had every intention of getting this posted sooner….but….kids.  I haven’t gotten a chance to sit here and compose coherent thoughts until now.

This post is all about the ships.

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The Rules:

  1. Answer the eleven questions provided by the blogger who tagged you
  2. Come up with eleven new questions of your own!
  3. Tag 5 new bloggers!
  4. Mention the blogger who tagged you and have fun!!

 

This was harder than I thought it would be….

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What fictional character from a book would you date and why?

All of them.  For the sake of this tag I will pick Marko, from the Saga graphic novel series by Brian K Vaughn.  Because DAYUMMMMM can Fiona Staples draw one heck of a man! Yes I know he is a fictional character, but he is so hot! And sweet.  He loves so deeply and he’s a great dad, too….  Swoon…

What would your first date with this character look like? What would you do?

Bookshop and cuddle.  I’m also down for Netflix and chill.  Introvert dating.

What fictional characters would form your book significant other harem?

I want my harem to mesh well and have amazing chemistry, so I’m gonna make this easy on myself and say: you know The Lunar Chronicles? yeah…. that’s my harem now.

What’s your least favorite trope when it comes to book relationships?

Is miscommunication a trope?  Because I hate when that happens.  I hate when the characters are heart broken, fighting, or avoiding each other for no reason.  COME ONE GUYS!  Talk it out!   Stop jumping to conclusions!  You what they say: ‘when you assume….’

What’s your favorite ship?

How do I answer this?!  I feel like the ship in The Kiss Quotient is great.  It fell into that miscommunication trope I that I hate, but I feel like the respect and comfort that the relationship was built on was just…ugh… perrrrfect!  I will take Michael Phan over Christian Grey a hundred times over.

Also, Zuzana and Mik’s adorable relationship kind of steals the show in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.  I haven’t read their novella, Night of Cake and Puppets, yet, but I expect great things and swoony feels.

What’s a ship you *hate*?

Let’s go with Ana and Christian in the 50 Shades books.  I loved these WHILE I was reading them, but as soon as I finished the series (which I binged while high on pregnancy hormones) and started discussing it, I quickly realized how many problems I had.  These two characters used sex as a weapon.

Also- Just like Jess and Teagan… I HAAAAATE Cal and Mare!

What’s a ship you’d like to third wheel with and why?

Simon and Bram (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli)- because they are so freaking adorable! I feel like I would get a giddy contact high off of their cuteness.  If I had to third wheel (cue prom weekend memories) it would totally be fun hanging out with these two love birds, I think.

If you could delete one ship from a book, who would it be and why?

That would be from my current read, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.  Vin and Elend do not need to be a thing.  I am always all for the romance in just about any story; and I am all for insta-love.  But no thanks.  Not this time.  My gosh the romance adds nothing to the story and it makes the character Vin ANNOYING!!!!

What two characters from different fandoms would you like to see together?

I don’t know, I’ve never really considered this…. hmmmm…..

Alucard Emery (Shades of Magic trilogy) and Jesper Fahey (Six of Crows duology).  Not only would this be a GORGEOUS couple.  Their playful personalities and hardcore flirtation would be electric!

What ship that ended are you still mourning?

I might break down and sob just thinking about this…. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo DESTROYED me.  I’ll leave it at that.

 Jacob or Edward?

Ok so… I was Team Edward…. BUT Team Taylor when it came to the actors.  If I read the books over now (I won’t) I have a feeling that I might just switch teams.


 

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My Questions:

  1. Who was your first book crush?
  2. Who was your most recent book crush?
  3. What popular ship do you sink?
  4. Which unpopular ship do you actually love?
  5. Do you have a favorite friends to lovers ship?
  6. What ship reminds you of your relationship? or the relationship you would like to have?
  7. What ship was just unnecessary?
  8. Imagine your favorite ship 10 years in the future (from when their book ends)… where are they now?
  9. Which book do you want to see adapted to tv/movie? Who would you cast to bring your ship to life?
  10. What is a relationship that you wish happened?
  11. What character(s) have broken your heart?

 

I tag:

Sara @ The Bibliophagist

Vikki @ My Mundane Life

Megan @ The Cozied Reader

And any one else who would like to play along.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday, Reader Friends!

I hope you had a good weekend and managed to read a bit… or not… it’s your weekend, you do you.

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As for me- I got to do some reading at the park on Friday, the beach on Saturday, and I even got to sneak a few pages in at the baseball field on Sunday.


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

Last week I listened to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The audiobook was very well done- there were multiple narrators for the two main characters/timelines and the tabloid articles.

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I had heard nothing but wonderful things about this book. I have to agree, it was fantastic! Evelyn is such an engaging character- you simply cannot help but fall in love with her. She’s a manipulative bitch in the best way, and she is proud of it. She built herself up from nothing, didn’t allow the men in her life to dictate her success, and even at her most selfish moments she felt the need to protect the people she loves. The racial and sexual diversity in the book was amazing. The relationships were all so real in that they were full of the good, the bad and the ugly.

One disappointment I have, and this is just me, is that I didn’t cry. Every reading vlog I watched that featured this book left the reader in tears at the ending. I thought the ending was beautiful and, while sad, didn’t wreck me the way I anticipated.

If you love books with dynamic characters…. this book is where it’s at. check it out.

Also last week: I made slow progress through The Final Empire. I am definitely enjoying it, but I am so discouraged by my own reading pace.

Which brings me into my reading plans for this week:

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FINISH THE FINAL EMPIRE!

My ebook actually contains the entire trilogy- a whopping (and intimidating) 2,045 page count. I think I’ve made it to the half way point of the first book so I am hoping to get it done by the end of the week, and with that, the end of the month.

The next question is: go right into book two, The Well of Ascension, or take a break from this world?

I am worried that if I don’t continue right away, I will take a long time to get back in and finish the trilogy. HOWEVER… as of right now, I feel like I need to move on to something different. I am very eager to start my fall/Halloween reading, and this series is not giving me those spooky vibes. I guess we will see how book one ends and if it leaves me needing more right away.


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Last week, with the kids, I read The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling. I vaguely remembered it as something I read in early elementary, and we picked up a copy from the thrift store to read together. It was a really fun read- the kids both loved it and always wanted me to “read the next chapter!”

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The kids also started listening to The Penderwicks at Last audiobook. We actually read about 90% of the book together but then never finished it (well they didn’t… I went ahead and read the last couple chapters myself).
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The kids also started reading some books on their own last week:
So the reading goals for the kids’ week will be for kid 1 to finish The Magic Tree House #10- Ghost Town at Sundown, and for the little brother to finish Frog and Toad All Year.

We also have a bag bursting of picture books and graphic novels from last week’s library trip. There is no shortage of books in our house!


What are your reading plans for the week?
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8.24.18 At the Moment

It is 8:15am on Friday. I slept really well, my husband made some exceptionally good coffee for me today, the kids are awake and watching some TV before we start our day.

We spent yesterday at the beach and the baseball field. Today will probably be park before baseball. I’m hoping to do some reading outside. I always bring a book, but end up watching the kids’ practice like an I’m an obsessed fan. Well, I kind of am, aren’t I?

I finished my audiobook (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) yesterday and I’m trying to decide if I should start another or focus all my energy on The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve made it to part 2 of the book and I’m hoping I can pick up speed from here. I have the graphic audio recording to try and help move me along, but I’m not sure how I feel about it. A regular audiobook might be better. Or no audio, just read it…cant quite decide on my own mood.

This post is really just a stall tactic- I don’t know why I’m not picking up my nook to continue The Final Empire. I will regret it later if I don’t read at least some before I start my day.

My weekend plans:

  • Clean the house…yeah right
  • Map out the kids’ fall ball schedules
  • Kid 1 has an away game
  • Read Fables vol 18
  • Make progress in The Final Empire

Update 8:48am