Tally Monday- October 20, 2014

Checked Out

  1. Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge


  1. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan


  1. Secret Bedroom by R.L. Stine



Oh, man.  I have been bad, you guys.  Seriously bad.  First off, I have not been completely honest about my check out because, you see, I’ve been working on checking out all of Gaiman’s Sandman series and I haven’t been recording it.  I jsut thought that I would wait until I had it all but I’ll just tell you guys right now that I have up to 5 in the collections.  The last half of the set is on order.  I’ve checked out more than I’ve been telling you.  But I feel better now that I’ve come clean  Whew.

Now, on to buying.  When should I list things that I’ve ordered?  I don’t usually order books, you know, but this week I broke down and ordered Best American Short Stories of 2014 and Best American Essays of 2014.  I don’t know why except that I wanted them and a psychic told my mother to tell me not to worry about money so much.  They should be here tomorrow but I have pretty much lived the past week in total anticipation.  Our first issue of The New Yorker should arrive this week too and every day I check the mail with  a heart full of hope.  It’s not like I’m getting any actual reading done.  I don’t know how adding more is going to help.

Seriously.  Seriously.  I only read one book again this week.  Hubby was still not feeling well so there was still a lot of House watching going on.  Then some stuff came up during the week.  I had early days on Monday and Tuesday this week but ran some errands with Hubby on Monday and then had dinner with the in-laws on Tuesday.  I’m still not in top shape myself.  I manage to steam roll myself into normalcy while I’m at work but by the time that I get home I am exhausted by the effort.  I made myself go to sleep at 10:30 every weekday last week and, quite frankly, I was barely making it that late.

These are all excuses, of course.  I started Afterlife with Archie last week and I was brimming with excitement.  It was exactly what I expected and not at all what I wanted.  I tossed it aside.  Then I picked up The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams and I experienced the same thing I experienced with Hitchhiker’s Guide:  I couldn’t get into it.  Then, amazingly, at 50 pages I shot off.  I read 140 pages yesterday afternoon AND took a nap.

Basically, I have higher hopes for this week.  I took Wednesday off to hang out with my mom (and buy some effing shoes that I can wear) and I’m sure that I’ll end up with an afternoon of reading.  I’ve just got to keep on keeping on.


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