February 2017 Recap

February RecapI feel like all I do lately is say the same stuff. We were sick again in February (stomach bug, and then fever/cough mess), and then I had to work to take care of things that got ignored while we were sick.

None of the sickness was that bad (ok, the stomach bug was bad, but it was short-lived), but multiplying it by 4 and suddenly even somewhat mild illness can take out a week or more of our lives. I hadn’t fully appreciated that fact before having 3 kids who like to share germs with each other, and with me. So, it’s really not that we’re sick all the time usually, or that things are especially bad when we are sick.It’s that the kids seem to take it in turns to draw out the experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

February 2017 in Stats

Books Read This Month: ??
Books Read This Year: 10 + ??

Things That Happened
  • In the Facebook book club we discussed on Moloka’i.
  • G received his probationary black belt in taekwondo, and H received her blue belt.
  • My in-person book club discussed The Year of Living Danishly. I thought the discussion added a lot to the book.
  • G finished Sonlight’s level B, and started the second half of world history with Bookshark’s level 2.
What’s Cooking
  • Menu planning fail: I planned and shopped for meals, and then illness kept me from fixing them (or even moving things to the freezer when that would have worked). We had a ton of food waste this month.
  • R is overhauling his diet, so I’m working on figuring out what that means for our dinner routines.
What Iโ€™m Anticipating in March
  • Book club – And Then There Were None for my in-person book club and Emma in the Facebook group.
  • Basketball ends for G, and softball begins for H.
  • Spring Break, maybe. I’m not sure if we’ll be taking a true break or not. It’ll probably depend on if they end up with play dates arranged with friends, or if neighbors are outside playing.
Books I Read in February
  1. The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty
  2. How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  3. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  4. Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear
  5. Manna from Hades by Carola Dunn
  6. The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry
  7. Extra Virgin by Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar
  8. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  9. Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul by Ruth Soukup
  10. Legacy of the Dead by Charles Todd

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Bookish Announcements

Two quick things:

1. I’ll be announcing all of the picks for 2017’s book club on November 14th, but wanted to give sneek peek at January’s book (for your reading planning purposes). We’ll be reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle, and the discussion will start January 2nd.

I cannot *wait* to share the rest of the year’s picks – I’m so excited about them!

animal-vegetable-miracle

2. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, and you haven’t already chosen your October Kindle First pick, don’t forget! I usually pick mine early in the month and forgot about it this month. I only remembered yesterday, so if anyone else is also behind on things maybe you still need to. There were two interesting historical fiction options, but I settled on It Is Well.

it-is-well


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Reading Your Bookish Kryptonite

Last week I shared about the words and phrases that are my book description kryptonite: the ones that make me immediately put a book aside as not for me.
bookish kryptonite
(I also forgot a few, and was reminded of them in the comments. A second post about additional ones may be forthcoming, especially focused on cover kryptonite.)

But what about when you “have” to read a book that hits one of those otherwise red flags?

This month’s selection for my in-person book club is The Lake House by Kate Morton. I love Kate Morton’s books. I wanted to dive into this book.

Except: the description mentions a baby who has disappeared. Children being harmed is #1 on my “don’t read this” list. I put off reading the book for months, in part because I was dreading the read.

And then I finally picked the book up, faced my fears, and dove in.

Hours later, and waaaaaay past my bedtime, I closed the book. Yes, the central mystery of the book is one that I generally won’t read, but I am *so* glad I trusted Morton to not be too graphic.

While I’m not going to say that I’m going to start reading all of those books I don’t read, I am glad that I didn’t stick to my list without budging. I’d have missed out on a great book.

Now I’m wondering what other books I really should try, even if they are ones I’d usually ignore. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: 5 Translated Novels I Want To Read, and 5 More Iโ€™m Considering

Quarterly Goals Update

2015 Reading GoalsI’m not doing monthly updates this year, but quarterly seems about the right length of time to go between check-ins:

  1. Read 156 books.
    That’s 3 books a week, children’s titles over 100 pages count towards the total.
    I’m behind on this one – I’ve read 67 books so far, which would put me at 134 for the year. I’m ok with that pace, even if it is off the goal I set somewhat randomly (not really knowing what life would be like as baby #3 got older and homeschooling ramped up.) ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. Read all book club selections.
    With one exception: if there is one book that I absolutely hate, I can not finish. I call that the “House of Mirth” rule in honor of the book that inspired it. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I’ve already invoked my one exception to this, so I have to finish everything else this year. Or else go back and finish A Prayer for Owen Meany, which I do not want to do.
  3. Attempt to read all of the books I mentioned I was looking forward to reading.
    If I don’t like the book, I don’t have to finish it, but I do want to at least give them all a shot.
    I’ve read or at least started all of the ones that are currently available. And so far they’ve all been great (not counting Fairest, because I really only listed it as a placeholder before Winter, and didn’t expect much from it).
  4. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    No numbers here – just want to keep fresh material coming in, along with the books we already own.
    Done – this is the easiest goal for me to meet, as my kids love getting new library books. ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. Read the New Testament
    I want to say read the entire Bible, but I’m trying to not be overly ambitious, and I don’t want to set myself up where I’m reading it for speed over anything else.
    I’ve made very little progress with this one.
  6. Promptly share books that I’ve finished via my Pinterest board.
    I did so well at this goal last year, at least pre-baby. And then this got ignored in favor of more pressing needs. We’ll give it another try this year.
    I don’t think I’ve pinned anything since my last update. I guess I know what I need to be doing. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  7. Clear 12 more books off of my TBR stack at home.
    I don’t have to finish them – if I start one and decide it isn’t for me and I’m going to get rid of it, that counts too. I just want to whittle down the stack some more one way or another. They do need to be physical books however – the point of this is to clear out the backlog of books on my bookcases.
    Well, thanks to the “getting rid of it counts, I don’t have to actually read it” clause, this goal is done for the year. I KonMari’d my bookcases and got rid of a mountain.

Clearly I don’t do as well at staying on track with the goals when I check in only quarterly instead of monthly. Oops.

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Happy Fourth of July!

Praying for Boston

I had a post all ready to run today, but it felt too insignificant after events in Boston yesterday. So instead it’ll run next week, and today I’ll focus on praying for Boston, and everyone affected by events. I’m too heavy-hearted to write more on it, or even to link to some of the wise posts I’ve already seen.

Good Friday

Image from last year, but it still fits. Back on Monday.

Blog Break

I’ll be taking the week off from blogging, but I’ll be back next Monday with a post on the books I’m most anticipating reading in 2013.

Enjoy your week! And I hope you’ll come back on Monday to let me know what books you’re excited to read next year.

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