Books Make the Best Gifts – Holiday 2020

I just finished reading my 74th book in 2020. Way back in January, or what feels like eight years ago now, I set a goal to read 55 books; Goodreads tells me I'm at 135% of that goal--and I'm not done yet! Still, it's time to purchase holiday gifts and I have some readers on … Continue reading Books Make the Best Gifts – Holiday 2020

Reading: September 2020

I anticipated that my reading would slow down as we progressed into fall. Helping my kiddo manage his school load, plus adding a grad-level writing class of my own, has meant less time devoted to whatever strikes my fancy. However, there were also a couple of hits-and-misses that went back to the library, one forever … Continue reading Reading: September 2020

Reading: August 2020 Pt2

You guys, it's serious... My right thumb swelled up. It hurts to bend it. I don't remember bumping it on anything; could it be from practicing yoga? It has no visible bruising, but it shook so that I have to put it under my Kindle while I'm reading and use my left hand to swipe...to … Continue reading Reading: August 2020 Pt2

Reading: August 2020 Pt1

In January I set a goal through the Goodreads reading challenge to read 55 books this year. Reading four to five books each month seemed doable. Not a pushing-myself challenge, but something to keep me on track. Here it is mid-August and I have completed the challenge: I've read 55 books, with more in progress, … Continue reading Reading: August 2020 Pt1

Reading: July 2020 Pt2

I normally read a lot on vacation, and this year I didn't even have to pack and travel to accomplish that "more than usual" book consumption. Staying home I had more time than ever! Book titles link to Amazon for more info + easy purchasing. Please note: As an Amazon Associate, I may earn from … Continue reading Reading: July 2020 Pt2

Reading: July 2020 pt1

Nothing like a global pandemic to shut down summer travel! During a typical summer, we would spend a week on the Monterey coast. We would probably also get away for some camping or to visit family. Guy and Q16 had reservations for a Scout bike trek in Maui, and Q would also have gone to … Continue reading Reading: July 2020 pt1

Reading: June 2020

In May I finally got around to reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The song the Oompa-Loompas sing in response to TV-obsessed Mike Teavee shrinking when he is the first human "sent by television" caught my attention: How used they keep themselves contentedBefore this monster [TV] was invented?Have you forgotten? Don't you know?We'll say it … Continue reading Reading: June 2020

Reading: May 2020 pt2

I've been planning another reading post for weeks, but I couldn't anticipate how an upside-down world would spin off its axis yet again. In light of George Floyd's murder and the resulting protests, I've been pondering, praying, quiet, recognizing just how much I don't know and that, while my voice is important and silence isn't … Continue reading Reading: May 2020 pt2

Reading: May 2020 pt1

I normally post reading reviews once a month but we no longer live in "normal." I've read more books in two weeks than in a typical month. Maybe I haven't read more pages, though, since I've read several YA books, including a graphic novel. I love a good YA and even more so now in … Continue reading Reading: May 2020 pt1

Reading: April 2020

Entering our eighth week of shelter-in-place and I have been reading more. However, the pendulum swung from not reading as much as usual as SIP began to reading far too much, reading to avoid present circumstances. Always slow to transition, I am slowly developing healthier rhythms. I'm finally sleeping most nights during mostly normal hours … Continue reading Reading: April 2020