Lately: Whew! This past week simply flew by. More time with my sister and her boys: trips to the park, the movies, and the lake. Then yesterday I drove three-and-a-half hours west to take Marni and her boys to meet her husband Hans. Now things are back to normal, and I have a couple of busy weeks ahead of me. I’m planning to spend Monday and Tuesday reading and relaxing, but then things get busy again. I’m beginning to think that this summer is just going to be that way, and I might as well accept it.
Reading: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver; The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman; We Were Liars by E. Lockhart; Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics edited by Chris Duffy
Recently finished reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman and The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
Watching: My mom took my sister, Marni, and I to see Maleficent on Tuesday, and I absolutely loved it. Then Marni and I watched Mansfield Park, which I also enjoyed, even though it bore very little resemblance to the novel.
I haven’t been blogging much, or listening to audio much, but I’m hoping that this will change now that our household has downsized back to its normal eight members. I also have a bunch of lesson planning to finish – I am typically done by this point in the summer, and I’m not even close this year! I do have several reviews coming up in the next two weeks – if I can only find time to write them. Sigh.
What are you doing this first Sunday in August?
Books completed in July:
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving – 5 stars – my review
The Fever by Megan Abbott – 4 stars – my review
Love Poems by Charles Bane, Jr. – 3 stars – my review
Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen – 5 stars – my review
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon (audiobook) – 4 stars – my review
Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver – 4 stars – my review
No Book but the World by Leah Hager Cohen – 3 stars
American Gods by Neil Gaiman – 4 stars