Weekend Update – January 10, 2014

As you can see, I decided to quit calling this post a Sunday Salon. I always write the darn thing on Saturday, and then time it to publish early Sunday morning, but why? And since I’m not self-identifying as a “book blogger” anymore (blog layout and title changes coming soon – Kevin is working on it!), it doesn’t feel right to call it a Salon post. So, for lack of a better title, “update” it is.

Our first week back to homeschooling went well, even though we ended up delaying our start by a day due to a boatload of snow dumped on us Sunday night. The boys spent three hours shoveling – at home and for a couple from church – so I called an audible and told them we’d wait to start until Tuesday. They didn’t argue, and did a little extra the rest of the week to get caught up. Noah and I both finished The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: he read it in print; I listened to the audio narrated by Elijah Wood. We both liked it, but agreed that the story went downhill toward the end with the addition of Tom Sawyer’s character. Elijah Wood was the perfect choice to narrate, in case you’re thinking of listening to it.

Natalie started in to her college classes for Running Start, too, and this looks like it will be her easiest quarter thus far. No math class. Office Procedures, Intro to Communication, and Human Relations in Business. Lots of writing, but she’s good at that.

Kevin had a phone interview Friday morning for a job that we would be THRILLED for him to get. Now is the waiting game – hopefully, we will hear something this coming week. I’ve also got something simmering when it comes to employment (first time back in the outside-the-home work force in 18 years!), but can’t really talk about it yet. Sending up prayers and keeping your fingers crossed would be appreciated.

Tonight, I will be firmly planted in front of the TV, watching my Seahawks kick Carolina’s collective butts. ๐Ÿ™‚

As far as reading goes, I am thoroughly enjoying the freedom that comes with not having a single book in a “must be reviewed” stack. Here’s a breakdown of everything I’ve got going in print and on audio:

~ Love, Lies, and Liquor by M.C. Beaton – An Agatha Raisin mystery, because they’re fun!
~ Countdown: Newsflesh Trilogy 0.5 by Mira Grant – I’m reading this on my Kindle app on my iPod, at night when I can’t sleep and Kevin is snoring away.
~ The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker – I saw this reviewed somewhere, put it on hold, and started reading it as soon as it came into the library – freedom!
~ Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer – This series keeps showing up on blogs and in magazines, so again, I put it on hold, and voila!
~ Duma Key by Stephen King – Listening to this on audio, and it is so creepy-good.
~ What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver – This is my bathroom book. Come on, you know you have one, too – don’t judge! It’s perfect, cause the stories are all very short.
~ Graduation Day (The Testing, Book 3) by Joelle Charbonneau – Reading this aloud to Josiah; we both love the series.
~ Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon – On audio, and it’s looooooooooooooooooooooong.
~ City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book 1) by Cassandra Clare – Starting this series over, because I stopped after book three and let too much time go by. Natalie owns them all, so I’m borrowing her copies.

So, that’s how my New Year’s reading has stacked up so far. Other than the Twain audio, I have finished three other books: One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart (This is a last minute review copy that came in the mail; review goes up in April, closer to the release date. It was excellent, of course.); The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (I read this aloud to the boys.); and The Perfect Paragon by M.C. Beaton (another Agatha Raisin mystery).

How has your New Year’s been – bookishly and otherwise?

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10 Responses to Weekend Update – January 10, 2014

  1. Prayers and fingers crossed for you.

    I’ll still read your blog whenever you post it. I know at least one other blogger who does a weekend update too. Even though I post at The Sunday Salon on Facebook, I don’t always identify it as such (except in the tags). I was trying to think up a tagline or title for my own feature like others have, but I don’t think I necessarily need to do that. I’ll just do what I do, when I do it, whatever it’s called…and you do what you do and whatever you want to call it.

    Good luck to your Seahawks.

  2. Kailana says:

    I am not really sure what I am… I just blog sometimes… Looks like you have a lot of good books on the go! I am mostly reading graphic novels because I want to read all my TBR. I am listening to the Snow Child on audio and liking it!

  3. Trisha says:

    The Mortal Instruments series is one I have no problem re-reading. I really enjoyed that series.

  4. Michelle says:

    Fingers and toes crossed. Prayers sent. I have good feelings about both of the possibilities you mention for Kevin and for you! You must let us know the minute you hear the good news!

    You are still listening to Written In My Own Heart’s Blood? I can see you are thoroughly enjoying it. (hehehehe)

    I changed the name of my Sunday posts too. They are not really bookish in nature anymore anyway, so the title never really fit. Besides, your site, you do whatever you want, right?

    Have a great week!

  5. irene says:

    Good to hear your New Year had a good start, great list of books. I’ve stolen some much needed rest this week, or should I say my body did. Got a nasty ear ache that made me not so good at walking, so I’ve rested, I haven’t even been able to read, so I really rested. For me that’s a good start to the New Year, sometimes you just need to stop. Best of luck on the job fronts, I’ll say a pray for you.

  6. yay Seahawks! so glad things are going well for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ and wow that’s a lot of books to have going.

  7. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    Sounds like you’re in a great place. Fingers and toes crossed on the employment front.

  8. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I have to make you laugh. I first thought you said your bathroom book was “We Need to Talk About Kevin”. I thought “What. The. Hell.” LOL. Guess I need to slow down. Isn’t Duma Key good? I really enjoyed it, and even cooler was that we have vacationed over there, right where Duma Key would be if it were real. I will cross my fingers and say a prayer for the job prospects for both you and your husband ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Susan says:

    Sending out positive vibes you both get the jobs! Sounds promising. So far the new year has been good. It seems like you have a lot of reading in the works! enjoy

  10. My fingers are crossed for both you and Kevin on the job front, Carrie.

    Is it wrong that I still go and hide in the bathroom sometimes when I need to get away? I’m not even always safe there though . . .