Bookish Roundup – August, 2017

August Roundup Pic

Fall is almost here, y’all, and I’m soooo excited! Fall is my favorite season of the year: the cooler temperatures and crisp air does my body good – as long as that sun keeps shining, anyway. Gotta have my sunshine, y’all. Despite the hot, hot summer we had here in Nebraska, August was surprisingly mild as far as temperatures went – most days were in the 80’s or even below. If we have to have Summer, that’s the kind of weather I like. Because of the cooler temps I was able to spend more time outside reading on my porch – one of my fave places to read.

It was a CRAZY month, though, y’all. I participated in the Bout of Books 20 Readathon, which was so much fun. Unfortunately, right smack in the middle of the readathon I wound up on the hospital’s ICU ward for two days! I was in the hospital for a total of four days, which really cramped my reading style – but I didn’t let it keep me down. I finished out the readathon, anyway. Books for the win, y’all!!

I found some great books in August, I’ll tell you what. Twenty-one of them, to be exact. Let’s take a look:

So many of these books were winners, y’all, but one stood out by a long shot. The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard will definitely be included in my top books of 2017. It was beautiful and sweet and funny and sad, and Elvira Carr stole my heart almost as soon as I opened the book. It is a must-read, and I expect a full report from each of you!!

It’s another mild Summer day today, y’all, and I’m off to read on my porch again while Poppie and The Boy gorge themselves on Saturday college football (ugh). I hope you have a wonderful September and until I see you again, Happy Reading!!

What was your fave read in August?


Bout of Books 20: Day 2 Update

BoB20-200x200Well. Well, well, well. So, Day Two of Bout of Books 20 unfortunately did NOT go as planned or expected. My reading time yesterday was abysmal (compared to what I usually read). I’m really going to have to pick up the pacce the rest of the week to redeem myself!

Excuse time: excuses, excuses, I know, I know… But! The Boy had a couple appointments yesterday that took forever. I was also feeling under the weather (bad sushi??) and wound up taking a nap in the middle of the day as well as going to bed earlier than usual. All of that added up to a poor, poor day of reading for me!!

Let’s take a look at those embarrassing stats that I’m talking about:

Total Time I Read:

1 hour, 23 minutes

Number of Books I Read:


Books I Read:

Total Number of Books I’ve Read:


I’m so hoping that Day 3 is going to be a much better day!! I do have to accompany my father to a doctor’s appointment but other than that, I’m free and clear. It’s go time, y’all. Go. Time. If you’re participating in Bout of Books this time around, good luck to you!! If you’re just an observer, then Happy Reading to you!!


What I’ve Been Reading – April, 2016


Well. Hmmph. So, here’s the thing. I’m almost embarrassed to share with you my reading exploits for April, particularly after comparing them to those of March of this year. You see, in March I read twenty-two books. Par for the course, for me. This month, however, I will be lucky to have read nine novels by the end of the month. Now, no less than five of those novels were 1,000+ pages long, which may be somewhat of an excuse, but not entirely enough of one. Granted, there has been some upheaval in the Pathologically Literate household in April – The Boy was in the hospital for a week with Pancreatitis, Poppie was sick with Strep Throat, and there were umpteen appointments to attend to related to these occurrences – however, I’m still not sure quite how this slowed my reading down by over half. I’ll be curious to see how things go in May (reading-related things, that is) so I have one more month to compare to these last two.

In the meantime… The last book that I read in March was one that had been on my TBR list for ages, and strongly influenced my reading list for April, which is why I’m mentioning it now. Y’all, I finally read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and it was everything it was promised to be! I loved it so much and immediately moved on with the series (as I am wont to do when I find an author/book series I admire). Thus, my book list for April:

Now do you see what I mean? Diana Gabaldon up the a**! And while I’ve mostly enjoyed it, I am finding that the series is getting a little more out there and a bit less exciting as it moves on. Hopefully that will change with A Breath of Snow and Ashes, book six in the series, which I have just begun. The Murder of Mary Russell is a novel I had been eagerly awaiting – love me some Sherlock & Mary!! – and while it was refreshingly different from past novels, it didn’t have the Wow Factor I’d been hoping for. Alas, not much has held that Wow Factor for me lately; I don’t know if I’ve become harder to please or if people just aren’t writing as well anymore…

Depending on how quickly I get through A Breath of Snow and Ashes, I may have time before month’s end for one more book. If so, I’ll include it in May’s round-up. Until then, y’all, take care and don’t forget to get your Read on!

I can’t wait to hear what you’ve been reading this month! Please share in the comments below!

Weekly Review: Sunday, June 15, 2014


Summer is coming into full swing, y’all, and The Boy sure knows it! He spent some time at the swimming pool this week and came home with the Sunburn from Hell. I put Poppie in charge of the sunscreen and unfortunately he did not acquire that of the waterproof variety… thus The Boy resembled a boiled lobster. There are even a few blisters – yikes! Poor little guy. While he was recuperating at home, I actually got out of the house for once and headed out to the country to visit a close friend for the first time in ages. It was nice to have some “grown-up time” away from the kiddos. I didn’t know how much I needed it until I was there! As always, however, I made time for my reading – and read I did. There were some good ones this week:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently reading:

Posts from the week of June 8th:

Upcoming posts for the week of June 16th:

  • Review: One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
  • Library Love
  • …and more!

The Forgotten Seamstress was much more engrossing than I had expected, and I read through it pretty quickly. Dune Road was another Jane Green hit – in my eyes, anyway. The Shining Girls – wow. Wow, wow, wow. What an amazing novel! A serial killer who stalks his victims via time travel, and a surviving victim who stalks him right back? Awesome, y’all, just awesome. Mother, Mother was creepy as hell. Talk about your dysfunctional families – Josephine Hurst is one sick Mama. It’s definitely worth a read as well. I kind of hit a wide spectrum of genres this week, didn’t I? Historical Fiction, semi-Chick Lit, Thriller-Fantasy, and Contemporary. Whew! I was all over the place! I like it, though – keeps me on my toes. Have a great week, y’all – and Happy Reading!

Do you have a favorite genre of books that you prefer to read?



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Happy Veteran’s Day


This is the flag that flies in front of our home. It is there in honor of Poppie, who bravely fought in the Vietnam War. It is there in honor of my grandfather, Francis Heilman, who courageously fought in World War II. It is there in honor of my friend, David Poppas, who served fearlessly in Iraq. It is there in honor of all veterans and soldiers, young and old, who have served our country with their hearts and souls while we sleep safely in our beds. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you.


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Weekly Review – Sunday, August 18, 2013

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:

Book I’m currently in the middle of:

Books I reviewed this week:

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)!

Weekly Review – Sunday, August 4, 2013

Mr. Bubbles

Well, y’all, tragedy dropped in at the Pathologically Literate Household this week. Poppie and The Boy went to the Lancaster County Super-Fair on Friday, where The Boy won himself a goldfish {spending $20 at the Ball Toss in the process!}. Yes, Mr. Bubbles was a mighty fine goldfish – for the entire 1.45 hours he lived in our home. Yes, you heard me right, y’all – at 9:54 PM on Friday, August 2, 2013, Mr. Bubbles passed on from this world. At his side were Poppie, The Boy, and Ruby. It was a sorrowful affair, where many tears were shed {The Boy is a tad sensitive}. Burial has not yet been scheduled; until such time, Mr. Bubbles will currently reside in the Pathologically Literate Freezer. Please send donations to Goldfish Sanctuary in lieu of flowers.

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently in the middle of:

Books I reviewed this week:

Upcoming reviews for the week of August 5, 2013

A couple of the books I read this week were ho-hum, and a couple were really great. I really loved The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope. I laughed out loud at Her Royal Spyness – I can’t wait to read further into that series. The Lost Husband was a nice read, as well. The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. seemed a little… pointless, if you know what I mean. I just never really felt the story, you know? Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power was quite interesting, as well as quite loooong and a little dry in places. I’m looking forward to the books I have lined up for the coming week, as well as the books I’m reviewing over the coming week. They’re all great books. Read ‘em and weep, y’all.

Did you find time to read this week? Tell us about your book(s)!

Library Love, Junior Edition – July 31, 2013

librarylovelogo1Library Love is a recurring post in which I share each week’s bounty from the public library.

The Boy and I finally made it back to the library so he could spend a little time browsing around. You know, these days I like to get in and get out, and I forget how much I used to love just being at the library, wandering around, browsing through the books. I don’t let The Boy do that enough, so I gave  him some time for it today. I, of course, had already reserved some books for him that were ready to pick up, so that was my job:

Thank goodness for me, because when left to his own devices, The Boy does not exactly go for literary or educational feats of greatness:

Coins? Coins?! The Boy doesn’t even collect coins! Ah, yes, the good old Antique Trader… Did I mention to you that The Boy is obsessed with “American Pickers”? He begs Poppie to take him to estate sales and antique shows and flea markets, and comes home with all kinds of knick-knacks that clutter up the Pathologically Literate Household to no end. Although I will admit that every now and then he does find a treasure. But those times are far and few between. My most recent method of dealing with this issue is to let the items sit out for a couple of days until the newness and excitement wears off, then have him collect them in a box or tote and put them in the closet or basement. Things are pretty much out of sight, out of mind for him. So, once school starts in two (two!) weeks, Mama will be making some trips to the Goodwill to drop a few things off… Unless he reads this post, in which case all bets are off. Whoops. I was just joking, honey. I’m not going to get rid of any of your beautiful things. Promise!

Did you take any children to the library this week? How do you deal with excess clutter?

Weekly Review – July 14, 2013

Is your summer moving as fast as ours is? Geez Louise, it’s just flying by! Only a few more weeks until school starts {enter song of praise here}. We haven’t accomplished nearly as much as I’d planned here in the Pathologically Literate Household – we’d better get our butts in gear! We have bird feeders to make, water gun shooting galleries to construct, science experiments to complete… Poppie and The Boy have been off on outside adventures most days so far, so we haven’t had a chance to do much here at home, I suppose. Besides Reading Time, that is. Here’s what I read this week:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently in the middle of:

Books I reviewed this week:

Upcoming reviews for the week of July 15, 2013:

So, do y’all remember last week, when I was whining about finding “that one great book” that blows the others out of the water? Well, I found it! Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. It totally blew me away! Oh, it was so outrageously funny and so breathtakingly heart-stopping at the same time… You have got to read it. I mean it. Go. Go now. Snatch this book up and get to work, folks. Then get back to me and tell me all about how right I was…

What did you read this week?

Weekly Review – July 7, 2013

Before we begin, a quick check-up: everyone have all their fingers and toes? Eyebrows? Hair? Homes? Thankfully the Pathologically Literate Household is still standing strong. Gah! Can you tell I only see tragedy in the festivities of Independence Day? I despise fireworks – that’s right, I said it – I despise them. Every year I lie awake all night long sniffing for the tell-tale signs of smoke, indicating that my home is about to go up in flames because Jim-Bob down the street got a little too happy with the Roman Candles. Poppie and The Boy adore fireworks – of course. I have very grudgingly allowed The Boy to light certain types of fireworks under strict supervision, and only if he is wearing safety goggles. He might lose a hand or a foot, but at least he’ll be able to see – and that way we won’t have to cancel Reading Time… While the rest of the world was trying to blow themselves to pieces, I mostly hid inside with Ruby and read books:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently in the middle of:

Books I reviewed this week:

Upcoming reviews for the week of July 8, 2013:

Once again, there were no heart-stoppingly fabulous books for me this week. Seduction was pretty good once it got going, though, and I’m pretty sure Heather Gudenkauf is going on my list of auto-read authors. These Things Hidden and The Weight of Silence, which I read last week, were both very good. I’m just still missing that… one. You know, the books that you look up from every few pages and say to yourself, EVERYONE MUST READ THIS! Yeah, that one. Haven’t had one of those for a while. So, I’ll just keep on reading, and wishing, and hoping… *sigh*

What did you read this week? Did you find a fantabulous book that EVERYONE MUST READ? Tell me all about it!