Weekend Jumble of Thoughts is a new feature where I blab about various things, some bookish, some not. Part of me hopes these posts will help motivate me to hunker down and seriously work on the novel I’ve been writing for years, so expect some writing talk here and there, and part of me wants to drum up some discussion outside of my reviews. I’m sure I won’t post these every week, so they’ll probably be as random as the stuff contained within them. Here goes:
**I mentioned at the end of July that I was pulling back from 4-5 blog posts per week to 2-3 because my reading had slowed during the busiest part of summer. I was starting to feel overwhelmed even before summer because I wasn’t reading fast enough to post reviews.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve started posting only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and catching up on my blog reading in between…and I love the new schedule. I feel lighter, and I’m reading faster without the blog hanging like a cloud over my head. I think I’m going to stick with that schedule over the long-term, with the occasional weekend rambling post.
I’m so glad to have found a solution to my problem before I really started feeling burned out. I love blogging too much to give it up, and I don’t know what I’d do if one of my favorite creative outlets became a burden.
**The Girl started 7th grade earlier this week. Oh, how the time flies! She’s having a blast so far this year, and has already finished a book for her reading class, Judy Blume’s Just as Long as We’re Together, which she picked up at the library when I mentioned that it was one of my favorite books when I was her age. I don’t remember anything about it now, so I’m glad she’s agreed to write a review when she has time.
She’s glad that her teacher this year doesn’t focus on quantity over quality; I guess there were some kids last year who weren’t reading in class or at home, so the teacher started giving them page limits, saying they had to finish 20 pages in 30 minutes or something ridiculous like that. She was reading harder and longer books than some of the other kids because, as she says, “I want to challenge my mind.” (Oh, how I love her!) So when she got a C for the day’s reading because she finished 15 pages, not 20, she abandoned the book she was reading (The Chronicles of Narnia…so sad that the teacher turned her off from reading it) and started reading easier diary books for the remainder of the year. Since that teacher took over when the school year was nearly over, I wanted to take a wait-and-see approach, and thankfully that worked out for me.
Her teacher this year is encouraging the kids to read books with higher Lexile numbers than their reading level, so for her second book of the school year, she stole Code Name Verity off my shelf. I can’t wait to pick her brain when she finishes it!
**My book club met last weekend, and we chose our books for the next 8 months. This time, we each brought 2 or 3 titles to put up for a vote, and whatever book received the most votes from the rest of the members was the winner. Then we drew months out of a hat to set the order, and this is what we came up with:
October: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
November: King Solomon’s Ring by Konrad Lorenz
December: Ripper by Stefan Petrucha
January: Eyes, Stones by Elana Bell
February: Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick (my husband’s book)
March: Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada (which is my book!)
April: Winter’s End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat (The Girl’s book)
May: The Last Van Gogh by Alyson Richman
Now you can see why we go by the name The Eclectic Bookworms! I hope these are all as good as they sound.
**I also hope all of my U.S. readers are enjoying the Labor Day weekend. This holiday weekend couldn’t come soon enough, as I’ve been running around like crazy, between book club and back-to-school preparations. I have no plans except to read, relax, and talk a walk if it doesn’t get too hot. What are you all doing?
**Of course, you’ve all read some good books lately. Are there any you think are must-reads? Please let me know in the comments!
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