I missed the Sunday Salon last week – life got in the way. Things have been busy since school has started full force. Funnily enough, I’ve had more time to read, though, now that I’m done with planning lessons and am actually teaching them. Since Natalie is in high school and doing most of her courses online, I have one less child to teach, which means I get a little more free time during our school days.
Our weekends have been crazy, too. We spent a Saturday at the lake, getting some fishing and swimming in while we’re still enjoying hot weather. Last weekend, we celebrated Jonathan’s 12th birthday with a houseful of boys. Yesterday was the first Saturday I spent at home in a while!
As far as life issues – no real changes. Kevin still has not found a job. We are trying not to worry, to trust that God has a plan. Sometimes, we actually succeed.
In the bookish side of life, it’s been a good couple of weeks. I’ve finished some fantastic books that I can’t wait to tell you about: The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta; A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown by Julia Scheeres; Bossypants by Tina Fey (on audio); Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (also on audio) – reviews of all of these will be coming soon. I also had one dud: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. You’ll hear all about that one on Saturday.
I’m currently in the middle of some great reads, too: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley; You Are My Only by Beth Kephart; Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl; and The First Husband by Laura Dave.
I just started two new titles on audio: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson, and Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy. Too soon to tell what I think of these.
Not sure that I’ll have a lot of time to read today, though. After church, I’m heading south to my folks’ to watch the Seahawks game with my dad. Yes, I am a die-hard ‘Hawks fan, which I think means I’m a bit of a masochist. Here’s hoping they can at least score against the Cardinals, and don’t get completely shut out like last week.
In the evening, Mom and I are heading to an author event! Yes, an author event in our little rural area. We are lucky that author Lynne Hinton used to live in Chewelah, and is back for a visit this weekend. She’s giving a talk for aspiring writers, and will also talk about her new book, Pie Town. (I reviewed her book Friendship Cake last year.) So, at the most, I will have some audiobook time while driving back and forth from my parents’ house.
Are you reading or listening to anything today?
Bookish posts in the last two weeks:
~ Faith and Fiction Round Table Discussion: Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
~ Mini-reviews: The Dowry by Walter Keady; The Sherlockian by Graham Moore; and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
~ Book Review: My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
~ To Autumn by John Keats
~ Book Spotlight: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Strikingly True
~ Mini-reviews: The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession by David Grann; The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum; and While I Live by John Marsden