Back to school, y’all, Back. To. School. That’s right, friends, on Tuesday we duded The Boy up in his back-to-school finery and drove him off (an entire four blocks away) for his first day of 7th Grade. How’s he liking it? Well, that seems to change on a day-to-day basis… Hopefully things will settle down soon and he’ll get into the groove of things. The Boy is like his Pathologically Literate Mama – we do not like change one little bit! Of course, our truck broke down on the second day of school, so he had to hoof it for a couple of days; good ‘ol Poppie kept him company on those long, harrowing, four-block hikes to and from school each day. But that’s up and running again, too, so happy days are here again. The Boy also travelled to Iowa overnight this weekend to visit his great-grandma (my Grandma Choo-Choo) – he loves visiting her. She lives on a lake and he always gets to fish with my Uncle Tim and be the center of attention – a role he was made for. So, what, you may ask, did I do with all my free time? Well, I certainly didn’t get any extra reading done, now did I? Please do not ask me why, for I cannot give you a good reason. Trucks broke down, errands were run, and most importantly – naps were taken! It was an early dismissal week, after all, so it’s not like with all the errand-running and nap-taking that was going on I had much extra time, after all. Next week it’s back to full school days and that’s when the pressure will be on for me to get my bum in gear… Here’s a glimpse of what I did manage to read this week:
Books I read this week:
- The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
- The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
- The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett
- Swim by Jennifer Weiner
Book I’m currently in the middle of:
- The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
Books I reviewed this week:
- Light on Snow by Anita Shreve
- Compound Fractures by Stephen White
- Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
- Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew
Upcoming reviews for the week of August 19, 2013:
Oh, y’all, The Girl You Left Behind was so, so good – even better than I’d anticipated! Look for my review very soon. The Burgess Boys… eh. ‘Nuff said. The Bookman’s Tale was another great read – once again, better than I’d expected. Swim by Jennifer Weiner (one of my fave authors) is a short story that she recently rewrote – the original version was included in a collection she published in 2006 called The Guy Not Taken. Swim is basically a prequel to her most recent novel, The Next Best Thing – which is a great book, by the way. If you plan on reading The Next Best Thing, definitely check Swim out first! We have lots of reviews coming up this week – I’m trying to stay away from the library so I can get to some of those books I bought in April and July, so wish me luck. Until next time, folks, happy reading!
Did you find time to read this week? Tell us about your book(s)!