(I still don’t have my commenting situation figured out and frankly, I give up. I’m the least technical person ever, despite working for an IT company, and it all hurts my head. If I renew my blog this year, new hosting will be happening…. and the challenges of sorting out all of that!)
I’m sure you are just dying to know <insert sarcasm here> what I’ve been up to since I’ve been quiet on this old blog for the last six weeks. A short list of what I’ve been doing: working out, working like a crazy person, cooking, time with friends, adjusting to life without kiddos, enjoying a visit from my brother, surviving nearly a week of alone time when the hubs was out of town for work, coming to grips for the millionth time with my grief and loss of my mom, hitting and some days exceeding my daily step goal of 10,000 steps, thought about blogging but then didn’t for 101 reasons, binge watched Season 2 of Jane The Virgin, reading, reading and more reading.
According to Goodreads, I have 122 days and 6 hours (at the time of writing this post) to complete my self-set goal of reading 68 books this year. I’m sitting pretty at at 45 books read and am currently on track to hit my goal.
I’ve picked new books like The Weekenders, by Mary Kay Andrews- a little bit mystery, a little bit romance, a whole lot of fun (I read it in one weekend) and I highly recommend this book for your Labor Day weekend or last summer getaway.
I listened to an unabridged audiobook version of The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs, by Nick Trout, picked up for me at the library by my dad during one of our Saturday Dad/Daughter dates. It was charming and adorable… so much so that I bought the second book in the series for $1.99 on my Nook a few weeks ago.
I finally picked up, read, finished (and ok, cried) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by JK Rowling. That book made me have all the feels. Originally I read it so I could go out and get the play/book thing but for now I’m enjoying how much I loved the seventh book and am in no mood to ruin that.
After discovering how lovely it is to listen to audiobooks in my car, via the CD player – yes, I still have one! – rather than my iPhone, I’ve been on an audibook kick and am currently listening to the first book in another series by Janet Evanvoich, Wicked Appetite. It’s fun and fluff and I am enjoying it. Perfect for the commute to work. I also have another audibook by Beth Harbison (read her book When in Doubt, Add Butter and devoured it) on tap for my walks at work and when I do housework.
I’ve always been a fan of series books, especially when the characters are lovable, well written and full of depth so I finally returned to the Elm Creek Quilt series and finished The Runaway Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini earlier this week. The last 100 pages were packed with angst, cliffhangers, resolution, wonder, emotions and I’m reminded once again why I enjoy this series so much. Pretty sure I’ll be requesting the 5th book from the library soon.
I have a stack of library books and books I own staring me down, trying to decide what to read next. It’s a lovely problem to have, isn’t it? Too many books, so little time?
As my friend Lisa recently said to me, “if you can figure out a way for me to read and still get paid, let me know.” It would be my dream to read for a living. If only.
What’s the last series you read and enjoyed? Anything striking your fancy book wise these days?