The Sunday Salon – September 26, 2010

The Sunday

Our first official week back to school went fairly well – and things are going to start getting very busy from here on out. Next week, the kids start their enrichment classes: Natalie is taking acrylic painting and continuing with voice; Noah is taking digital photo editing, guitar, tae kwon do, and a science lab class; Jonathan is taking a geography class and a science lab; and Josiah is taking a backyard science class. Which means lots of driving for me, less time at home to get the important subjects (like math, language, social studies, etc.) taken care of, and, as a result, less time to read. It’s a good thing I found some time for books this past week!

I finished Bellwether by Connie Willis on audio (review – or mini-review – to come). This was my first experience with Willis’ work, but I will definitely be seeking out more of her titles – in particular, Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog. I am still listening to The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and also started Laurence Gonzales’ Lucy on audio – it already has me fascinated.

In print, I finished four books: Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin; A Timbered Choir: Sabbath Poems 1979-1997 by Wendell Berry; How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff; and Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok. They were all wonderful, with the last title and the poetry both being 5-star reads.

Yesterday afternoon, we took advantage of a sunny Saturday – possibly the last for a while – to take the kids fishing. Kevin and the kids had fun out in the rafts catching crappie, while I sat on the shore and read. I started The Secret Keeper by Paul Harris and Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, and those are the books with which I’ll be spending my reading time today.

What are you reading this last Sunday of September?

Reviews this week:

~ The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
~ The Gendarme by Mark T. Mustian

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11 Responses to The Sunday Salon – September 26, 2010

  1. Michelle says:

    Sounds like you’ve had a good week. I’m glad that school starting has been so positive. The erichment activities you have going look fabulous!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Michelle – the enrichment opportunities is one of the biggest benefits of homeschooling through a public school program. Many homeschooling parents would say that we’re “not really homeschoolers,” since we are involved with the PS system, but I disagree, as I do the majority of the teaching – and I couldn’t care less, because the benefits are fantastic.

  2. Michelle says:

    Welcome to fall! LOL! My husband and I have been running around like crazy for several weeks now with extracurricular activities. We do it for the children, but it is exhausting, isn’t it? Good luck with yours!

    Your Saturday sounded wonderful. Glad you could enjoy the weather, and being together as a family again!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Michelle – I normally am all geared up for fall busy-ness, but our summer was so nuts and abnormal that I’m not quite ready. Oh, well, ready or not, right? πŸ™‚

  3. Kerry says:

    I love Connie Willis. I have been meaning to reread Passage in the wake of a family death this year.

  4. Stephanie says:

    You’ve got a very busy family! I will be looking forward to your review for We need to Talk About Kevin. Such a horrible subject matter but I thought Shriver did a wonderful job with it.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Stephanie – it was a horrifying read, but she managed to make it a complete page-turner.

  5. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    You are on a reading roll! I hope you’re able to get some reading in this week.

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