Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What's Making Me Happy This Month - July

What's making me happy this month?

Time.

Time to catch up on gardening, household chores, paperwork.



Time to read. Slowly. Uninterrupted. With purpose, and time for reflection.



Time to enjoy a little afternoon siesta. But not for too long.



Time to explore, discover, learn. Lots.








Time to visit, reconnect, share extra time with the ones I love.

Time to slow down a little, take stock, reflect.

Time to savour.

Time.




         


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Update - MustReadIn2015

There's really something to be said for setting realistic goals.

Last year, I was living in dread of the Must Read updates. Sure. I was reading lots, but I had just lost interest in some of the titles on my MustReadin2014 list. I had a bit of a wandering eye, you could say.

Not this year. I am still in love with my assortment of picture books and YA, Middle Grade, and Adult Fiction.

Halfway through the year and 10 out of 15 titles completed.  More importantly - 10 out of 15 titles enjoyed.

On January 1 my list looked like this:



On April 1 I was happy to talk about these titles:



Today, I add 3 more titles to my Completed List:


I devoured this fun read! A member of my new Book Club recommended it after we read Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret. She claimed that she liked Big Little Lies much better.

Me too! Moriarty is like an Aussie Maeve Binchy with a little more bite.

Grab this one for a great day at the beach. Or head to bed early on a rainy night and read until the last page is turned. It can be done!



“The dead are never far from us. They're in our hearts and on our minds and in the end all that separates us from them is a single breath, one final puff of air.” 

I'm still not sure how Ordinary Grace ended up on my Must Read list, but as it turns out, it appeared on the Reading List for my new Book Club (which, by the way, I am loving. How fortunate was I to be invited to join a great group of fun, intelligent women?).

I absolutely adored this novel. It is a mystery to me how an author can so adeptly create tone and pace. I was easily transported to the summer of 1961 where this coming-of-age story takes place. Outside of the beautifully written prose, Ordinary Grace had me thinking a lot about family, faith, and finality. I'm sure I will re-read this one.



In anticipation of an author visit by Eric Walters, I read the YA novel The Rule of Three. It may be a little unfair -  it's no secret that dystopian fiction is not my genre of choice, but I just didn't find this narrative as exciting as the previews would have me believe it was going to be. Still, it's a great story idea, and in the right hands it may be better received.

So, what's up next? I've just cracked open If I Stay. It's too soon to have formed any worthwhile opinion, yet.

If it ever gets to resemble summer in my neck of the woods, I'm going to start on The Summer of Letting Go. I'm saving it for a quintessential summer day and heading poolside.

In a few days I'll be jumping on a train and going to our nation's capital to visit Daughter1. My plan is to have The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B in my carry-on bag and ready to go.

That should leave me with 2 Picture Books - a realistic goal for the October 1 update, wouldn't you say?