A cute epigraph to start what is hopefully a fun read.
Not a funny moment in the book, but the dramatic six-year-old Sophia made me laugh. What avid reader hasn‘t heard some rendition of this utter despair from their family and friends??
I know this is yet another late #BFCr2 check-in, but I didn‘t check in at all last week, and I couldn‘t let that happen again! I got 75 minutes of cardio this week and 30 minutes of stretching. I‘m not hitting my goals, but I‘m still doing more than I did before #BFC, so I‘m happy about that. I also finished the tagged book; my first of four. Not quite what I was looking for, but still a good read. (Pic from a walk this week.) #smallsteppers
Sorry for the late #BFCr2 Week 2 check-in. It was another crazy week! Some unexpected travel and some expected houseguests. Not sure how much cardio I got, but I golfed 18 holes with my husband, which we haven‘t done for years, because kids, so happiness meter filled. (We first met each other on the golf course!) Looking forward to a much slower-paced second half of this week! I hope to finish tagged and pictured book this week. #SmallSteppers
I am so proud of my fellow #SmallSteppers in week one of #BFCr2! You guys have done great! The quote above is my positivity quote I needed to remember this week. I was out of town half of the week, and I only got 60 of my 120 minutes of cardio and 30 of my 60 minutes of stretching in. But it all adds up, right?? I also started The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, and it‘s gorgeous so far!
Let‘s keep it up in Week 2!!
I thought this quote would be good inspiration on the first day of #BFCr2. Time to start thinking I can! My fitness goals are 120 minutes of cardio or strength training per week and 60 minutes of yoga or stretching per week. My book goal is to finish four books. Excited to finally get started and cheer on my team! #BFC #BookFitnessChallenge
Thank you to @cwarnier for a spectacular #SummerSantaGoesPostal package! I love everything! Can‘t wait to read the books and use the pens, post-its, and bags. I actually just broke my favorite glass, so the new summer ones are perfect. My daughter tried to steal the flip-flops, but that‘s not going to happen! 😆
And a heartfelt thank you to @BookishMarginalia for once again organizing a great swap. Your efforts are greatly appreciated! ❤️
A few more days to sign up for #BookFitnessChallenge! The first round looked so fun, and I can use whatever help I can get to get moving! You set goals that make sense for you. I set a goal for cardio/strength training and yoga/stretching. Plus a reading goal! Books and fitness...what more could you ask for? #BFCR2
What a thorough examination of the Golden State Killer case. I do wish Michelle had survived to see him finally captured. I guess my best review of this book would be: After moving to a more rural area, I had been a bit relaxed about shutting my curtains at night. After reading this book, I‘m shutting them all tight and double checking the door locks. An excellent true crime read.
What time is it? Butterfly time! 🦋 I love summer because the monarchs (and other butterflies) return. This spring I uprooted most of two garden plots and replanted them with butterfly-/pollinator-friendly plants. The bees already dig it. I usually don‘t start looking for monarch eggs until June, but I planted lots of milkweed and was rewarded with 14 eggs already. I raised 47 monarchs last summer...already on my way to beating that this year!
A sample of the goodies for my #SummerSantaGoesPostal recipient! The package is ready to mail out except for two items arriving Monday. I‘ll have it in the mail as soon as they get here! #SummerSolsticeBookExchange🌷🌸🌼🌞🌻🌹🌺
1. I like to have a bookshelf dedicated to books I‘d like to read soon. But I have zero attention span, so maybe someone suggests something on Litsy I have to read now, or I see a shiny new title at the library.
2. I don‘t usually use a bus or train, but I‘d read on them if I did.
3. Seems like everything these days.
4. Tea and maybe a cookie or two.
5. If anyone else would like to participate, consider yourself tagged! 🙌
It may be freezing out (are we ever going to get a spring??), but soccer has started. Looking forward to my two hours of practice...er, reading...every week. Excited to finally start this one! 😱
I had to stop by the library today and found these two hanging out on the book sale shelf. I felt it irresponsible to leave them there, so they came home with me.
I‘ve heard good things about both. Which one to start with?
I just finished reading this book to my kids, and I‘ve discovered I‘m raising monsters. Not a tear was shed over the totally tear-worthy event at the end of this book. I, however, wept openly. Again. And I knew what was going to happen!
The chapter in the cave is my favorite chapter, perhaps of the whole series. And this is still my favorite book of the series. Such a great setup before the final book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
1. I‘m in the middle of a few short books right now, including the tagged one. My attention span is zero at the moment.
2. Clearing some garden beds in the hopes of planting some new plants next weekend. 🌺🌸🌹🌷💐
3. Love them!
5. Yes! 🙌
I guess my reading attention span is pretty short these days. Maybe that‘s why nothing has really stuck over the past few months. But this one is going well. A graphic novel combined with journal entries. The illustrations are great and detailed (I usually find myself turning back the pages and reviewing them), and combined with the journal entries, it‘s making for a very creepy, atmospheric read.
I have been in such a huge reading slump these past few months. I‘ve tried several books, but nothing seemed to stick and in the slump I stayed. But it seems like the blog entries of Ursula K. Le Guin may be what pulls me out of it! She‘s fantastically wry, and her takes on old age, as well as her cat stories, are a breath of fresh air. So far she‘s been a wonderful reading slump companion.
I ordered my #JustABook book today! And it gets to go all the way to Australia!
This is late in coming, but I wanted to thank the wonderful #JB Littens who passed along some birthday love this year! It was so fun opening these cards over the last few days. And a special thanks to @Soubhiville and @CBee for passing along these awesome books! All of you warmed my heart in these frigid days! 😘🤗
I‘m so behind, but on I read! Genji at 17 is over the top. #Genji4 could be a Friends episode—“The One with the Killer Spirit” (with Joey as Genji, of course). As I understand it, Genji takes a lady friend to a haunted house, where she dies (killed by a spirit who “had taken a fancy to” him, according to Genji). Inconsolable Genji. But, before the mourning period ends, he sends some “How you doin‘?” poems to former lovers. Yes? SMH, #Genji!
Just wanted to say thank you to @Betty for the sweet (and gorgeously handmade!?!) #jb card I recently received. And I just thought of you this morning as an email from #nyrb informed me that the tagged book is their pick of the month, and for the next few days they are offering 30% off all John Williams titles. This one looks interesting! (And I do have Stoner and am enjoying it immensely. But also slowly! Sorry!)
And this is why I‘m trying not to buy any books this year! 🤦♀️ This is my haul from the Book Outlet holiday sale. My first order ever from Book Outlet and a total #blameitonLitsy moment!! Their books are sooo cheap! Now I‘m trying to use my own mountain of books for reading challenge prompts this year. (So far, so good!)
Any reads you‘ve enjoyed in the stack?
1. Before heading to a show on Saturday, my daughter and I tried out a local Korean restaurant. I had beef bugolgi; she tried a sizzling udon bowl (pictured). And we found out we both loved kimchi!
2. I haven‘t bought any books yet this year, but The Tale of Genji was the last one I bought in 2018.
5. No ☹️ Hopefully next year for our anniversary!
“Writers are territorial, and they resent intruders.”
I had no idea Margaret Drabble and A. S. Byatt are sisters. That‘s a prolific pair! Here, Drabble is speaking about not wanting to offend anyone when writing about her relationship with her aunt. I imagine it‘s hard to “write what you know” when you have to call dibs on what you both know.
January is National Puzzle month! To celebrate, I‘m reading The Pattern in the Carpet by Margaret Drabble, which is supposed to be part memoir, part jigsaw history. I don‘t know French, so I don‘t know what these endpapers say, but I do know they are gorgeous! #nonfiction2019 #somethingpersonal
1. Teleport! So many places to go! And they would probably be infinitely more interesting than any minds I could read.
2. Currently reading this one with my son
3. No. They never stick.
4. Nothing on Netflix, but Dr. Who on Amazon and Handmaid‘s Tale on Hulu.
5. Of course! 👍
I have never been more pleased with a quiz result. Jane and I would be quite happy together.
I‘m not sure who originally posted the quiz, but if you‘d like to find out which classic author is your soulmate, here it is:
I guess I‘m going to relate to Genji through late ‘90s/early ‘00s teen movies. Only a bit into Ch. 2 and already 🙄 at men discussing women. “Anyway, the really fascinating girl is the one of whom no one has ever heard, the strangely appealing one who lives by herself....Compared to someone truly flawless, she of course falls short, but for what she is, she is hard to let go.”
I guess there‘s a prom queen/consort in all of us.
My final #bookhaul of the year. I found a gift certificate to my local indie left over from Mother‘s Day (how?!) and felt it should be spent in the year in which it was purchased. I‘ve been drawn to nonfiction lately, and I‘m very excited to read all of my choices in 2019.
Happy New Year, my dear Littens! May your 2019 be filled with stacks of books and plenty of time to read them!
I‘m 110% sure I won‘t be able to keep up, but I also can‘t pass up the opportunity to read what is considered to be the first ever novel (and written by a woman) with a great group of people in the buddy read organized by @Lindy! I‘m a sucker for lists of characters and loads of notes, so I went with the Tyler translation. It‘s over 1200 pages, so I went ebook!
Buddy read starts January 1! Check out Lindy‘s page for some great resources. #Genji
As time goes by, I find I‘m enjoying nonfiction more and more. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa is hosting another nonfiction challenge for 2019, and it could provide the inspiration I need to read it a bit more. #nonfiction2019
Reading my Christmas present on this quiet Christmas night. Today was a good one. We got to stay home instead of running ourselves ragged. The bickering was kept to a minimum (yes, children were plied with Christmas gifts), and our time together was at a maximum. Who knows what future me will have have gone through, but my heart will look back fondly on this one. ❤️🎄
Thank you so much for the #jolabokaflodswap gift @iread2much! I‘ve been looking forward to starting this series for awhile, and the chocolate looks scrumptious! Merry Christmas!
(And thanks for organizing the swap @MaleficentBookDragon! Merry Christmas to you too!)
I sent out my #jolabokaflodswap package today. It will arrive on Christmas Eve. I didn‘t get a pic, so here is my view as I finish up my Christmas cards this evening (late, as usual).
A little late today, but thanks for the tag @GingerAntics!
1. One on Christmas Eve, the rest the next morning
2. The Grinch
3. They both have their charms!
4. Sugar cookies. I keep trying gingerbread cookies thinking I will like them, but I‘m just not a molasses fan.
5. Tagging all those left who would like to participate!
Not exactly light holiday reading, but this is what my daughter and I are reading now. This book came about as we were discussing the bombing of Hiroshima and the subsequent independence of Korea. (She became interested in K-pop over the last year, which has become an obsession with all things Korean—language, history, geography, culture—which has led us down many interesting rabbit holes for homeschool.) Lots of deep discussions ahead!
Thank you so much for the incredible #StuffedStockingSwap package @TorieStorieS! So many wonderful goodies, decorations, and of course, books! The adorable stocking will be hung from the bookshelf with care, and the beautiful Santa ornament is already on the tree! And your bookmarks are adorable! Thank you thank you thank you!
And thank you @Avanders for organizing another great swap!