- having to chauffeur my son to Driver's Ed classes,
- join my girls at Horse Camp,
- meet with contractors (and sub-contractors) wanting to bid on our remodel project,
- shuttle people to and from airports,
- celebrate birthdays and anniversaries,
- making home-design decisions,
- packing and organizing for our imminent move (out of the house/remodel zone,)
- organizing/planning for home-schooling next year (3rd grader and 11th grader: hello)
- entertaining 3 sets of house guests for weeks on end.
7 Books Read in June: (66 year-to-date)
- The Bird Saviors, William J. Cobb (2) [The 1st Unbridled book I didn't love.]
4 for Fun/Challenges:
- The Lonely Polygamist, Brady Udall (4.5) [see my review]
- Youth and the Bright Medusa, Willa Cather (3.5) [see my review]
- Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (3.5) [see my review]
- The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson (4.5) [see my review]
2 Read-Alouds for my kiddos:
- George Washington: Our First Leader, Augusta Stevenson (3)
- Toliver's Secret, Esther Wood Brady (4)
This month I read 2 books of 51 (24 year-to-date) for my various year-long challenges.
- Willa Cather: Youth and the Bright Medusa (1 more to go)
- Classics: Frankenstein (3 more to go)
3 Current Reads:
- Last Call, Daniel Okrent. Still really enjoying this book. I have 100 pages left, and I don't want it to end. Annotating has certainly helped me stay engaged and retain information here, so much that I think I might annotate just about any nonfiction book from now on.
- How Green Was My Valley, Richard Llewellyn. About halfway through, and book club is discussing it tomorrow night. I really should be reading instead of blogging. Yeah.
- On the Road, Jack Kerouac. Mid-point in the read-along (at Unputdownables) and I'm enjoying this so much more than I thought I would. Not intimidating at all. (what was I so worried about?)
On My Nightstand:
- Selected titles to preview for my son's 11th grade English...mostly short stories (some by Kevin Wilson, some by Banana Yoshimoto) and nonfiction (Booker T. Washington, David Foster Wallace).
- Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear: A book club selection, and hopefully a refreshing read.
- The Sisters Brothers, Patrick DeWitt: I picked this up when I bought The Family Fang, and I'm afraid that if I don't get to it soon it will be doomed to sit on the shelf for years.
Seven books for June is still a pretty good month! :)ReplyDelete
I know, I need to keep it in perspective, right? I've even written about a fair portion of them so I'm actually doing pretty good. :) I think I get progressively more pessimistic the busier I get!ReplyDelete
I keep asking myself how summer can get so busy. I look forward to summer because there's no school. But...ReplyDelete
I'm just getting around to reading some blog posts--I came back from Guatemala two days ago. I can't wait to post some pictures. Seven books would be a great month for me. In Guatemala, I didn't have internet access nor did I read any books!
I'm excited to hear more about your trip, Heidi! I need to catch up on reading some blog posts too, and I haven't even been out of the country. :) Barely 3 weeks into summer and my 8 year old was asking if I could please read her some history or science...this after she had been doing math for hours. Summer? What summer?Delete