It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. As she says, it’s “a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!” This is a wonderful meme for rounding up posts and organising myself, and I have to say a big CONGRATULATIONS as this is the 200th “It’s Monday!”
I am, at this point, just hanging on. Maintaining my blog gives me a slight sense of control and normalcy and like I’m still doing something fun for myself, but it’s also a bit of a drain right now. I have so much to do between now and the end of September, there’s so much to organise and sort out and do yet no time to get it done, and no help in looking after Hugh either. I spent most of Saturday fruitlessly looking for a dress to wear to my brother-in-law’s wedding, and rather resenting how much of my time such a thing was eating up – not to mention the money! (You’ve guessed right: I’m not a fan of weddings!)
Good news is, on Friday he started using the potty, yay! I was getting to the point where I thought, Maybe I should give up? and then I’d think, Oh you’ve come this far, can you hang in there a bit longer? He’s still having accidents of course but most of the time he sits himself down and goes when he needs to – for which he gets a sticker! So that’s relieved me of one bit of stress (I’m like a sandy beach: clear a hole in the sand and it quickly fills with water; clear out one stressful task and the gap quickly fills with another!).
Last week I also posted:
The Shelves Are Groaning
win a copy of THE PANOPTICON by Jenni Fagan!
The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan
The Serpent and the Pearl by Kate Quinn
by Susanna Daniel
I’m reading/reviewing this for TLC Book Tours – expect my review to be on on Thursday sometime. I’ve barely had a chance to start this yet as I just finished The Serpent and the Pearl before going to bed last night, so here’s the publisher’s summary from Goodreads:
When Georgia returns to her hometown of Miami, her toddler son and husband in tow, she is hoping for a fresh start. They have left Illinois trailing scandal and disappointment in their wake: Graham’s sleep disorder has cost him his tenure at Northwestern; Georgia’s college advising business has gone belly up; and three-year old Frankie is no longer speaking. Miami feels emptier without Georgia’s mother, who died five years earlier, but her father and stepmother offer a warm welcome-as well as a slip for the dilapidated houseboat Georgia and Graham have chosen to call home. And a position studying extreme weather patterns at a prestigious marine research facility offers Graham a professional second chance.
When Georgia takes a job as an errand runner for an artist who lives alone in the middle of Biscayne Bay, she’s surprised to find her life changes dramatically. Time spent with the intense hermit at his isolated home might help Frankie gain the courage to speak, it seems. And it might help Georgia reconcile the woman she was with the woman she has become.
But when Graham leaves to work on a ship in Hurricane Alley and the truth behind Frankie’s mutism is uncovered, the family’s challenges return, more complicated than before. Late that summer, as a hurricane bears down on South Florida, Georgia must face the fact that her choices have put her only child in grave danger.
Sea Creatures is a mesmerizing exploration of the high stakes of marriage and parenthood, the story of a woman coming into her own as a mother, forced to choose between her marriage, her child, and the possibility of new love.
I really don’t know. Every time I try and organise my reading, something comes up and I have to scrap my plan. I know what I want to read, and I know what I have to read, but as for what I actually will end up reading? It’s actually more stress than it’s worth, trying to figure all this out! So I’m going to surprise myself, maybe.