- How to Write a Mystery by Larry Beinhart
- Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
- Teen Witch by Silver Ravenwolf
- Purity by Jonathan Franzen
- Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White
- Fox’s Earth by Anne River Siddons
- Living on 24 Hours by Arnold Bennett
- Riverdale Digest, vol 4
Reading Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver, The Naked Witch by Fiona Horne, Deep in the Valley by Robyn Carr, Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, Empowered Mama by Lisa Druxman
Sometimes when I type up this weekly list I surprise myself. This week, for instance, is the exact opposite of what I was expecting. I felt like I made a lot of progress on my reading and like I was not terrible about my check outs and that I hadn’t bought a single book. I am wrong on all three things. But, of course, I can rationalize.
I checked out the Rennison to be my new audiobook series. I tried to read Angus when I was in high school. Back then I was a goth girl who was super into Francesca Lia Block and Marilyn Manson so it’s really no surprise at all that I found the tone ANNOYING. Now, though, this is like Bridget Jones for teens and also a total blast from the past. I’m loving it on audio. It has me laughing like a loon in my car. It has me swinging a little out of my way to get a couple of extra minutes in. It’s encouraged me, even, to drive a couple of back roads, which I have been missing. This is not rationalizing, you guys. I need to keep my audiobooks circulating and I gave up on my last series.
Mom had a great idea for a book last week but it’s a mystery and I’m not great at that so I needed a book, right? And part of all of this remembering who I was to figure out who I am had me wanting to reread my first book on Wicca in an effort to redevelop a practice. The Franzen has been calling my name lately. I listened to both The Corrections and Freedom on audio and I loved them but the woman who reads Purity had the kind of voice that grated on me. I couldn’t get into it. So I broke down and grabbed the book last week because “I’m not checking anything out in August except what is already on order for me.” Today I passed Decluttering and grabbed it for the same reason. August needs to hurry.
My “bought” books were better, at least. I scored both of them from free. One came from the donation pile. I’ve been really good about not borrowing any of these books but I couldn’t resist this one. It looked so mass market and creepy and like I would find it at K-Mart 15 years ago. The Bennett book was a free Kindle book. I found it after a mention in Simple Abundance.
I am currently reading Soulful Simplicity and I honestly thought it would be done by now. I started it on Wednesday when I was home with a stomach bug. It reads easily and a lot of what it says is really hitting home. This was supposed to be my year of less: less weight, less stuff, less debt, less worry. It has not been. The added expense of daycare, previously unforeseen, has driven me into the ground. While at the beginning of the year I was consistently slamming an extra $200 on my debts, I am now struggling not to dip into my emergency fund on the regular. This has create a lot MORE worry and the constant nagging voice, urging me to “do something” when I have no idea what. I just keep piecing it together. It would also help if we could go a couple of months without a clinic visit. $60 copay for urgent care!
But this book has me feeling like there is hope. It’s reminding me to keep doing what I am doing, that I’ve made progress before a stall isn’t the same as a fail. I can just keep getting rid of at least one thing a day and I can keep paying whatever extra I can on things and eventually everything shakes out.
Well, I plan on finishing this book today and then I’m on to Poisoned City about the Flint water crisis. After that it’s a few short books that should speed me right along. Progress. August is a month of fasting: no new checkouts except what is already on order, no new purchases, and a lot of making time to read. The dog days are upon us but summer is almost gone. Don’t let it slip away without sipping some sun tea under your favorite tree with a good book.
And that’s an order.