Bookish Roundup – September, 2017


It’s Fall, y’all!! My favorite season is finally here, and I’m so excited! While I haven’t exactly seen my favorite things about Fall yet (apart from the Pumpkin Caramelicious at Scooter’s Coffeehouse!!), the air is fraught with anticipation and it won’t be long before temperatures drop and that crisp, cool air blows through my hair as I read on my porch on a sunny Fall afternoon… I can feel it now. Oh, yes – Fall is here, y’all!!

Unfortunately, my pre-Fall reading habits have taken quite the hit this year. I was moving along at quite a pace the last few months, hitting between at least 15 to 20 books per month. And then… The Boy bought a new puppy with his earnings from his summer job. Was this Pathologically Literate Momma happy about that? Well, it is what it is, and there ain’t no turning back now. One thing is for sure, a brand new 6-week-old puppy in the house is almost like having a new baby in the house at times – especially when it comes to trying to get things done. Granted, she is now 11 weeks old and we’ve adjusted a little bit, but she’s still taking up a looooot of time and even though The Boy is pulling his weight, a lot of that time seems to be my own which has made reading a lot harder than it used to be. Where it used to take me 1 1/2 to 2 days to read a book, it’s been taking me more like 3 or 4. Yikes! But how can you be mad at this cute little face…?


Meet Tootsie, y’all!! Tootsie is a Min-Pin (Miniature Pinscher) and would not have been my own first choice in a dog. We already have an eight-year-old Sheltie (Ruby) and my hope had been to get another Sheltie puppy at some point. Well, that’s all gone up in smoke now! Not that I’m bitter or anything, right? Seriously, though, even though a Min-Pin was not my first choice in a dog, she’s a pretty darn cute – if energetic – puppy. She’s definitely taking some getting used to – and will for a while – but I have faith that she will eventually grow on me. Please, God, let her grow on me…

And now, without further ado, let us take a look at my September Reading List:

Ten of the fourteen books I read in September were YA titles. Both of the Meg Medina titles were amazeballs. The Sea of Tranquility was as wonderful as everyone had promised it would be, as was The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy. Words in Deep Blue was a testament to book lovers everywhere, and I adored it. All four of the adult fiction titles I read in September were winners, too. Celeste Ng’s sophomore novel, Little Fires Everywhere, was on point and even better than her first. I really lucked out last month – I may have read less, but at least they were worth my limited time!

October is already shaping up to be a better month, methinks. I believe I’m beginning to get back into my reading groove (please, God!). I recently checked out some awesome titles for my Kindle and from the local library, and have some exciting ARCs to read as well. All that reading time I’m planning for my front porch this Fall is going to be put to goooood use, my friends. Can’t wait! Hope you have a Happy Fall full of Happy Reading, y’all!!

Where is your fave place to read in the Fall?


Weekly Review: Sunday, March 23, 2014


That’s my little Ruby up there – isn’t she a smoochie cutie?! And I’m not kidding, y’all – Best. Dog. Ever. She was born potty-trained and behaves like the valedictorian of an obedience school (even though she’s never been to one). Shelties are one of the best breeds you can get for a family dog, by the way – but there’s no way any of you would ever find one as fantabulous as my Ruby. Sorry. That’s just the way it is. Anyway. Just wanted to share a little part of our Pathologically Literate family with you! It was a great week of reading for me, I will tell you what. Amazingly, even with homeschooling, I was able to get through several books. The best part – almost every single one was absolutely awesome! I love it when I hit a good streak like that. Let’s take a look at the week:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently reading:

Posts from the week of March 16th:

Upcoming posts for the week of March 24th:

  • Review: The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose
  • …and more!

Oh, y’all, where do I begin? The Collector of Dying Breaths is an amazing read, and I’m reviewing it later this week, so that’s all I’ll say about that. Ely Griffiths did not let me down with The Outcast Dead, part of the Ruth Galloway series that I started following last year. The Weight of Blood, a debut novel by Laura McHugh, was absolutely captivating! Really, really good stuff. I look forward to reading more of her work. Willie Vlautin’s The Free totally lived up to all the hype – it was a very deep and moving novel. The Orphan Train – oh, The Orphan Train! I so loved this book. An absolutely charming novel about a present-day orphan teaming up with an elderly woman who was also an orphaned child and discovering that there is more to life than they had previously believed. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Any of these books would be a great read for you to look into for this week, or any other week, for that matter. Take note, my friends – you’ll be missing out big time if you don’t.

What did you read this week?


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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!

Weekly Review – June 30, 2013

Well, y’all, I don’t really know what to tell you… This was a fairly uneventful week here at the Pathologically Literate Household. We had ZERO playdates at our house and ZERO sleepovers, which allowed me to recharge and get the house back to ship-shape condition (well, ship-shape for me, that is – that’s probably still messy to someone else). The Boy and I just had some great quality time together – very nice. Poppie took The Boy to the fireworks stand on Friday, so they’ve been out in the driveway every evening lighting off fireworks. Ruby alternates between whimpering and barking at the smoke bomb smoke as she stares through the window. I will likely be writing my next blog post from The Clink, as The Po-Po will surely be rolling up any minute to cite us for early firework usage. The Boy is too young, and Poppie is too old, so I’m the obvious one to get thrown in The Slammer… Next time you see me I’ll be wearing a do-rag and will have a jailhouse tattoo on my arm that says “Tootie’s Bitch”. While I await my fate, here’s where I stand on the literary front:

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 1, 2013:

None of the books I read this week were really mind-blowing; I was somewhat disappointed. I like to have my mind blown at least once a week. Alas, we can’t always get what we want. Maybe Tootie will know the names of some good books. I’ll let you know what I find out. Have a great week, y’all!

What did you read this week?

Weekly Review – Sunday, June 16, 2013

Whew! What a crazy week it’s been at the Pathologically Literate Household! The Boy had friends over most days this week, and we had sleepovers here three nights this week. That’s just a little too social butterfly-ish for Moi, thank you very much. We will definitely be playing it much more low-key in the coming week (unbeknownst to The Boy). The Boy had two baseball games during the week, baseball pictures on Saturday, and on Sunday he attended a baseball clinic with the Lincoln Saltdogs players followed by watching a Saltdogs game with Poppie for a Fathers Day/Birthday surprise (yes, Poppie’s birthday was on Father’s Day this year!). Personally, I hid at home with Ruby amid all of the Thunderstorm/Tornado Watches and Warnings… It was the perfect time for some blogging and, of course, reading:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently in the middle of:

Books I reviewed this week:

Upcoming reviews for the week of June 17, 2013:

John Sandford’s Prey series is one of my guilty pleasures – I’ve been reading it since I was in high school and it just doesn’t get old. I got to read a review copy of The Last Whisper in the Dark, the sequel to The Last Kind Words by Tom Piccirilli, which was exciting – you can look for a review closer to the time of publication. The Postmistress was totally different than what I’d expected – in a good way. I also enjoyed Learning To Swim – it’s the first installment in a new series by Sara J. Henry, of which there are only two books so far – the second one is A Cold and Lonely Place. I’ve got some great picks for the upcoming week’s reads, so I’m ready to get this week started!

Happy Father’s Day to all of you Dads out there, and to all of you single Moms who are bustin’ your butts doing it all on your own! Keep on fighting the good fight, ladies!

What did you read this week?