Things have been busy in my corner of the universe lately and, while the reading hasn’t stopped, the recording of it definitely has.
In my reading update posts, I normally do an Inbox (what I’m about to read), an Outbox (what I’ve recently finished), and sometimes add a Currently Reading section. Because I haven’t done one of these in a month or so, I’m going to switch things up and talk about all the things I’ve finished.
Over the past couple of weeks, soooo many of the books I’ve been excited for have come in for me at the library. My pile is at least ten books high. It’s a bit overwhelming, but very fun.
If we were having coffee, we’d be meeting at my local coffee shop once again. Because summer is finally here, I’d be sipping an iced vanilla latte on the back deck, basking in the morning sun. What would you be having?
It is so good to be back with you all again! I just returned from a vacation out west and, while hiking in the mountains was a great adventure, I missed these weekly chats. What have you all been up to?
It’s crazy that summer is finally here! Spring is slow to come here in Minnesota, but summer appears in the blink of an eye. One day, you’re wearing light sweaters complaining about too much rain and, the next, it’s eighty degrees.
With the sunny weather and kids being out of school, the library is busy this time of year. Our annual Summer Reading Program is up and running. We had a kids musician come for our opening program this week, which was really fun. Next week, I’m launching Lego Club, summer preschool story time, and having the local princess candidates in to read to the kids. I’ve been in post-vacation catch-up mode all week, running around like a crazy person, but it’s good to be back. Continue reading →
When I was a kid, Gail Carson Levine’s stories were some of my absolute favorites. I still read Ella Enchanted almost every year and it gets better each time. When I heard that she was coming out with another book set in the world of The Two Princesses of Bamarre, I knew I had to read it.
Currently, I’m halfway through this brick of a novel. Yes, over two weeks of listening only to this audiobook in the car has me only halfway. The pacing is pretty slow, but I know that Sanderson likes to take his time. The world building is incredible (no surprise there) and I am growing to love the interesting and complex characters. It’ll probably be a few more weeks until I read the end, but I think spending so much time in this world will only make the conclusion more satisfying.
I keep seeing this book everywhere and am deciding to give it a go. While it looks pretty trippy and weird, it has a high Goodreads rating. And the main character is a librarian… which, of course, is awesome.
This has been on my TBR list for ages… in a moment of weakness, I ordered the audiobook from the library. I love Sanderson’s fantasy books, but I honestly don’t know if I can handle listening to this one. It is 45 hours long–which is even longer than the Geroge R.R. Martin books I listened to earlier this year. So, while I still really want to read this book and am including it in my list this week… might not actually get to it for a while.
If we were having coffee, we’d be sitting at a table by the window at my local coffee shop overlooking the lake. The sun is shining, but do not be deceived! It is colder outside than it looks. As I write to you today, I actually AM at my local coffee shop. Much to the chagrin of my family, our internet is down for the weekend.
Today is super exciting because it’s Shakespeare’s 453rd birthday!! Someday, when I’m on my own with a circle of friends who live near me, I want to host annual birthday parties for the Bard. I think it would be so much fun to have themed snacks, games, trivia, and readings. For now, though, I’ll just reminisce about the time I toured his house in Stratford-Upon-Avon and watch the adaptation of Twelfth Night I rented from the library. Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play or poem?
At my library this week, we had a MASSIVE donation! A man brought in ten large boxes of books! My Friday had been shaping up to be pretty boring, so I was thankful for something concrete to do. I spent most of my afternoon sorting books by size, genre, and author. Our sale area has been pretty pathetic lately, so it was really nice to fill it up with good books.
I took Saturday off work so I could get out and enjoy Earth Day! It was a beautiful day–so sunny and warm that I got to wear shorts. I planned attending my local March for Science, but arrangements fell through at the last minute. So I instead went for a long hike at a local state park and thoroughly enjoyed being out in this beautiful world we live in.
Today, I’m feeling a bit under the weather. I don’t know if it was all the exercise I had yesterday (I spent an hour helping my mom in her garden in addition to the hike) or the cooking at the fundraiser breakfast we went to after church, but my stomach isn’t feeling too great. Around noon, I did something uncharacteristic and took a nap. I normally don’t attempt sleep in the day, but today I definitely needed it.
How was your week? What would you share over coffee?
This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up, now hosted by Nerd in the Brain.
I haven’t touched this book since my freshman year of high school. I’m about halfway through the audiobook and it’s just as enjoyable as I remembered. Plus, Atticus Finch is the one of the best dads in literature.
Yes, I’m reading this for the third time this year. I just keep being drawn back to it. I spent a great deal of time reading reviews and analysis on various book blogs the other day and my appreciation for the story has only been growing. Is it perfect? Definitely not. But Maas impressively weaves heady subjects like mental illness and abusive relationships with the story–something that isn’t common in the fantasy genre. Plus, book three comes out in LESS THAN A MONTH and I can’t wait.
Over the past year, Rachel Held Evans has become one of my favorite Christian writers. In this memoir, she takes us through her journey as she goes from fundamentalist certainty to doubt to faith. I’m about halfway through and am loving every moment.
One of my favorite podcasts just did an episode discussing this book and it made me want to pick it up again. I haven’t read it since early high school! That was ten years ago and I’m sure I didn’t appreciate it properly. Thankfully, my library had an audiobook copy available on the shelf. I will be traveling long-distance next weekend and hope to convince my car buddy to let us listen to it.
If we were having coffee, we’d be at the Caribou Coffee by Target on the edge of the Minneapolis suburbs–you know the one? You’d take a seat opposite me and I’d scramble to make room for you. You see, my laptop and lunch are taking up the whole table. I’d offer to share my cucumbers and carrots while messily trying to keep my chicken caesar wrap from falling to bits.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve joined in the coffee share. How have you been lately? I’ve missed you. I’ve been suffering from writer’s block and even the thought of drafting a casual post was was enough to send me scrambling away from my computer. But I’m back! Continue reading →
I keep seeing things for this book everywhere! It hasn’t even been out a month and there is already a movie lined up. I saw that the audiobook was available through Overdrive at the library and decided to jump on the bandwagon. The book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and tells the story of a teenage girl who was in the car when one of her childhood friends is shot by a white police officer. So far, although Star’s story is very different than my own, I really appreciate the perspective this book gives.
I was introduced to Nadia Bolz-Weber a few years ago and loved her book, Pastrix. She, like Anne Lamott, Rachel Held Evans, and Sarah Bessey, offer a broken and beautiful picture of Christianity. Books like these help me sort through the baggage of the fundamentalist evangelical church of my childhood. They help me stay true to my faith and grow in new directions.
It’s been a while since I’ve participated in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is books that you read in one sitting. Now that I’m working full time, I’m not able to read for hours on end anymore.
So here is a list of books and series that, if possible, I would have consumed in one sitting. I couldn’t limit it to just ten.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
Green Rider series by Kristen Britain
The Evermen Saga by James Maxwell
His Fair Assassins series by Robin LaFevers
Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Selection series by Kierra Cass
Everything Rainbow Rowell has written
Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier
Saga comic series by Brian K. Vaughan
Everything Morgan Matson has written
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Everything Sarah J. Maas has written
Have you read any of these? What books have you read that were so addicting you couldn’t put them down?