A whirlwind week! If I am ever tempted to schedule part of the kids’ annual standardized testing for the Monday after a weekend full of sleepovers, remind me that this is NOT a good idea. This is a stressful thing for me each year. The kids always score at or above grade level, so I don’t know why I get stressed about it, but I do – it’s like the test scores have to be that good to validate our decision to homeschool. Oh, well, they got two-thirds of the testing done this week, and will finish up tomorrow morning.
They also started their enrichment classes for second semester, which means more time in the car shuttling them back and forth. That also means more audiobook time while driving, and print reading while waiting for them to get out of class, though, so there are some benefits.
Today will be busy – church in the morning, then straightening up the house. We’re taking my folks out to dinner and then they’ll come over and visit, so it moves our usual Monday morning chores up to Sunday after church, but that’s okay – it will be nice to chat with them. It’s been busy, and though I’ve been down to visit them a couple times, we haven’t all been together since Christmas, even though they only live a half-hour away.
If I do find some down-time for reading, these are my current choices:
~ Divergent by Veronica Roth – I love it! Why did I wait so long?
~ In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Margaret Atwood – Buddy read with Kelly
~ Pretty by Jillian Lauren – Very good so far, but I’m a bit worried about how it might end.
~ The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney – Love, love, love, love it.
~ Digging to America by Anne Tyler – Really enjoying this one.
I also just finished A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd, the first in the Bess Crawford WW I mystery series, on audio – and it was excellent. A review will be coming soon – and I can’t wait to listen to the second book in the series.
Bookish posts this week:
~ Mini-reviews: The Annotated Persuasion by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard; The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman; and Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
~ Movie review: One for the Money – based on the Janet Evanovich novel
And now, I’ll leave you with the links I’ve been collecting the past couple of weeks – I didn’t have time to post them yesterday.
~ I was privileged to welcome author Jonathan Maberry for a guest post yesterday: The Literary Zombie
~ Sarah Jio revealed the cover of Blackberry Winter, her new book due out in September. She has fantastic luck with her book covers – they have all been gorgeous!
Reviews and blog posts that have me adding to my to-read list:
~ The Chalk Girl by Carol O’Connell, reviewed by Jenn at Jenn’s Bookshelves
~ The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, reviewed by Kelly at The Written World
~ The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy, reviewed by Sandy at You’ve Gotta Read This
~ The Slap by Chris Tsiolkas, reviewed by Heather at Book Addiction
~ The End of Everything by Megan Abbott, reviewed by Jen at Devourer of Books
Book to movie news:
~ The Beautiful Creatures movie is finally getting started! The brilliant Viola Davis from The Help will portray Amma. Ethan and Lena have also been cast. I don’t know anything about the actors, but they have the right look.
Other bookish links: