I have discovered something about myself during the past two weeks. I can’t stop reading in order to write. I don’t mean that I literally can’t put a book down and open my laptop. But when I have a limited amount of free time – and during our homeschooling year, that’s pretty much the case all of the time – I can’t just not read so that I can write. If I do, I get very cranky and I don’t like my life anymore. Reading is a necessity for me – for my mood, my sanity, for my children’s and husband’s sakes.
So, I’m hoping that at some point there will be a NaNoWriMo during our summer break, but for now, I’m admitting defeat. The homeschooling takes up enough time, but then you throw in Natalie’s IV infusion treatment in Spokane, orthodontist and eye doctor appointments, Josiah’s 9th birthday party (which was Friday) and now Thanksgiving coming soon – you get the picture.
While I haven’t been writing, though, I have been reading – and reading some great books. I finished Dave Cullen’s Columbine in three days after reading Jen’s wonderful review at Literate Housewife as well as her follow-up post. I also encourage you to read Sandy’s review. These ladies did such a fantastic job of reviewing a book that is so well-researched, brilliantly written and horrifically disturbing that I’m not even going to try. I will say that if you think you know why the Columbine massacre happened and the facts of what happened on that day, you’re probably wrong. I certainly was. This book disturbed me in a way that no other book has in a long, long time. It should be required reading for teachers and all members of law enforcement.
On a much lighter note, I listened to both Shiver and Linger by Maggie Stiefvater on audio – amazing, wonderful, can’t wait for book three!
Right now, I’m reading What I Thought I Knew by Alice Eve Cohen and How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway in print, and listening to Torment by Lauren Kate and Shoulder the Sky by Anne Perry on audio.
I also spent some time last night and today putting together a new page called Series Reading. It basically takes my post listing all the series I’m reading to another level – listing all the series with their associated web sites and all titles listed in order, marking off the ones I’ve read so far. I’m also going to go through and add release dates for upcoming titles – but that will take a while.
So, what are you reading this Sunday? Do you read anything special during the holiday season?