Monday, May 20, 2013

A Schizophrenic Weekend Recap, and Currently Reading!

Good morning, friends! This weekend was super fun and pretty laid back all around. Recap? Well, sure!

Greyson spent three and a half days with his dad since his daycare was being renovated on Thursday and Friday of last week. He had a great time hanging out with his older siblings, and he got a swanky new haircut.

Handsome, eh?

I spent Wednesday night and Thursday reading The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. And WOW. The very enthusiastic review will be coming down the pike tomorrow.

Friday night, while David was driving up from central Texas, I waged war on the house: laundry, dog hair, cleaned bathrooms, put toys away.

Saturday we went to see the movie, Olympus Has Fallen, which I actually really enjoyed. It was non-stop action and shoot-em-up bloodiness, but Gerard Butler is always sassy and fun to watch.

I tried to fend off a sinus headache Friday and into Sunday morning, so I wasn't good for much besides lazing around. After it passed on Sunday morning, we tackled some yard work: weed-eated my overgrown front flower beds, planted some Purple Queen, and filled the bird bath with flowers and new plantings around the base (Moss Rose).

Purple Queen
Moss Rose
While I haven't followed through on my raised garden beds I was so hoping for this year, I do have a planter full of banana peppers in my back yard. They are coming along nicely!

And back to books (this is the jumpy, schizophrenic part I referenced in the title...ahem!)...after I ripped through The Knife of Never Letting Go last week, I haven't had much mojo to start another book. Until I snatched Kindred by Octavia Butler from the library yesterday.
I'm reading this one for the Estella Project. If you haven't heard about it, this is mine and Heather's latest Estella Society project. Readers submitted their BEST OF THE BEST books. The goal is to read three from the list before September 1st.

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
  • Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

I already own The Glass Castle, A Fine Balance, The Sparrow. However, I'm also really excited to finally have a push to read more of Octavia Butler's work. I picked Kindred up at the library yesterday, so it'll be my first undertaking from the list. Beyond that, The Glass Castle and The Sparrow are my intended reads. I'm not feeling the pull toward A Fine Balance as much. 

What did you do this weekend? What are you reading this week? 

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