Bookends: July 2013

The first day of each month, I’m posting a summary of what I read the previous month and what I plan to read in the coming month. I would love if this could become a conversation in the comments about what’s on your reading list, too!

May and June were low-volume book months for me, but in July, I was back on my game. It helps that we went on vacation and had 40 hours in the car in which I could listen to audiobooks (kid-friendly audiobooks, but audiobooks nonetheless). Then at our destinations, we had family and pools and fireflies to help occupy the kids while I had my nose in one book or another. It also helped that I was motivated to avoid The History of England, Volume Five, and so picked up book after book saying, “I’ll just read this one book and then I’ll get right back to Hume and Charles I…”

Avoidance turns out to be a strong motivator for me.

So, here’s what I was reading while I wasn’t reading the 18th-century history of 17th-century England:

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Bookends: June 2013

The first day of each month, I’m posting a summary of what I read the previous month and what I plan to read in the coming month. I would love if this could become a conversation in the comments about what’s on your reading list, too!

Despite my best intentions, June came and went with the lowest “books read” total to date. I didn’t even have any kid books to report this month.

In my defense, I did start leading weekly hikes within the homeschool community, rehearsed for and played in a community band concert, and hosted my sister and her boyfriend for a week, all of which impinged upon my normal reading time (but all in a good way).

Excuses aside, this is what I’ve finished this month…

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Bookends: May 2013

The first day of each month, I’m posting a summary of what I read the previous month and what I plan to read in the coming month. I would love if this could become a conversation in the comments about what’s on your reading list, too!

May was another light reading month (light in quantity, not in quality). And I did something I rarely do: I took a book off of my currently-reading list. I decided to stop torturing myself by keeping Fanny Stevenson: A Romance of Destiny hanging over my head and move it to my “stopped-reading” list.

Because the person who loaned it to me said I could keep it and because I’d planned on donating it to the church book sale but missed the deadline, I still have it. I’ve not decided yet whether to keep it and try again or to pass it along. After I Write Like┬ásaid I write like (among others) Robert Louis Stevenson, I thought maybe I should give the biography of his wife a better try, but now I’m not so sure that’s a compelling enough reason to keep me reading.

At any rate, enough about what I didn’t finish reading this month and on to what I did… Read More