Happy Monday folks!
It's gorgeous outside! A perfect day to sit and read on the porch. I can't wait to go out there!
I'm feeling pretty good about myself today. I set a goal to finish 12 books this month, and so far I'm doing pretty well! I finally finished two books I had been working since May, and while I didn't finish the audiobook I had planned to complete last Saturday, I only have a couple of hours left.
And in other good news, the poison ivy rash that has been plaguing me for the past couple of weeks is finally dying down! I've been using Benadryl to keep the itch away (surprisingly, it doesn't make me drowsy), and it's looking much better. I definitely learned my lesson the hard way: I'm super allergic and I need to be extra careful when handling the plant.
To top it off, I'm doing well financially! Summer is always a good time for dance lessons, which means I'll be expecting a lot of extra cash by the end of this month. Always a good thing, especially since I have some plans for our garden that I want to put into action.
Anyway, back to reading! Here are the books I finished this past week. Click on the book cover to see my full review.
I'm so proud of myself for finishing this book. I didn't finish this book when I was a kid, and I had been meaning to try again for years. It was a marathon to read, but I'm glad I'm finally done. I'm also really heartbroken. This book was so upsetting to read, but the annotated edition I read was really helpful.
This is the second Russo book I've ever read, and I'm beginning to really like this author.
This book was surprisingly dense, but also pretty darn good. It has a nice rambling quality, with characters that you can like, although you might get a little exasperated by some of their antics.
This is book 2 in the audiobook series I'm currently working on. I've read this before, and I did enjoy this book better the second time around. I don't think I can really declare this series a favorite, though, just a really good series.
Okay, so my next deadline is June 20th. I know, I know, I'm a little crazy to have a reading schedule, but I feel like I've been in a bit of a slump and I want to get myself back on track. It's also keeping me away from the TV and bingeing on my favorite shows (like Doctor Who, already approaching the end of Season 4).
Here are the books I hope to finish by the 20th (click on the cover for book details):
This will be the first book to finish. I was supposed to finish this on the 10th, but I fell behind. I'm almost done though, with only a couple hours left on the audiobook.
This is the last BOTM for my library book club, before the club takes a break for the summer. It's not too long, so I feel I can finish this pretty quickly.
Another BOTM for an online book club that I've been neglecting. This is clearly going to be a fast read. It didn't take long to finish 10% of the book. I'll probably finish this in 3 days.
The next installment in the audiobook series I'm listening to. Definitely will finish this by the 20th. Easily.
Book 5 of the audiobook series. This might be a bit of stretch to expect myself to finish this by the 20th, but I'm going to try. It'll give me a good excuse to go outside and work in the yard, at the very least.
Anyway, it's way too gorgeous to stay inside any longer. I'm going to finish watching the news and then go out there with a book. Have a great day every one!