It’s been a bit of an up and down week, and I have to admit I’m glad it’s over. We thought my van’s fuel pump was dying on us, and we don’t have the money to get it fixed, so that caused a day or two of total stress until we discovered that it seemed to be related to the heat and have found a fix. We’re praying that it will hold until after the New Year, when we can use tax money to get it replaced.
Natalie was gone all week camping with friends, and so it was also a strange week. Whenever one of the kids is gone – I experienced this when Josiah was at my sister’s, too – it feels like I’m just waiting for them to come home. Nothing feels normal. Makes me worry a bit about what it’s going to be like when they start actually leaving home for good.
Can you believe July is almost over already? It’s been hot here, in the 90s every day, and so part of me is ready for cooler weather, but I’m not ready to even think about school starting up again.
As far as my reading world is concerned, I finished two print books: Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch, which I didn’t like, and The Cradle by Patrick Somerville, which I liked okay. I also finished listening to Requiem by Lauren Oliver on audio. Loved the narration by Sarah Drew, but had a hard time connecting to the story and characters. I’m thinking maybe too much time had gone by since I started the series.
I’m currently reading three print books: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett; The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies; and Remembering by Wendell Berry. On audio, I’m listening to Shadow People by James Swain, the sequel to Dark Magic.
I can’t let the week end without giving another plug for Paradigm by Helen Stringer. If you are in the mood for some great YA science fiction, you should definitely check it out. You can also read my interview with Helen, in which she tells the story of why she decided to self-publish.
Today will be low-key: church this morning, reading this afternoon, and then Natalie comes him this evening! I can’t wait. Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday. What are you reading today?