Summer Reading and Plans

Blogging has been sparse lately – I’ve had good plans (and I have posts to write) but time and energy have been lacking. Last week I was on vacation (yay!) and I took my laptop with the idea that I’d get caught up on posts there. Hah! I had some time while the baby napped, and the big kids were with their grandparents, but I was so exhausted that I didn’t do anything on the computer at all. The downside is I didn’t get caught up or even ahead on posting, but the plus is that I did recharge. ๐Ÿ™‚

Saving CeeCee HoneycuttI also did a fair amount of reading – I finished As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, Big Little Lies, and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. I almost finished listening to Harry Potter #1, and made progress in You Are Not So Smart and Grace at Bender Springs. And of course I read each of the books I brought for my youngest about 100 times, because how can I resist her when she repeats “read?” “story?” “book?”

While I like going on vacation before the summer really starts – it wasn’t as hot, and it was much less crowded – now vacation is over and we’re still not finished with school, so it’s back to the regular routine. In many ways it would have felt more satisfying to finish the school year and then travel.

Ramona and Her FatherWe’ve only got five days left though, so G should wrap up everything this week. I’m still debating having him do some math during the summer, but I am definitely going to require him to do some reading every day. And of course I’m going to continue to read aloud to all of the kids throughout the summer. First on the agenda is Ramona and Her Father. G has loved the Ramona series, so usually as soon as we finish one we’ve moved into the next one. This summer I’m also looking at reading him some Astrid Lindgren, and Roald Dahl, and additional titles to be determined later. ๐Ÿ™‚

Climbing the Mango TreesI’m also thinking about making myself a summer reading list. I’ve never done that before (at least since high school I haven’t) so I’m not sure why I’m considering it this year – maybe as a way of prioritizing my reading, since I am reading so much less lately? Book club titles would have to go on the list first, so that will be The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (as a readaloud to the big kids), Better Than Before (a reread), The Cuckoo’s Calling, Climbing the Mango Trees, The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley, and Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence. That takes me through August for all three of my bookclubs (I’ve already read the other three titles those clubs will be reading over the summer).

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'dBeyond that, I’m not sure what I’ll end up prioritizing. I do want to read Stars Above, and I just got it from the library again after having to return it unread earlier this year. I’ve got lots of nonfiction on my TBR list, but I haven’t been in that much of a nonfiction reading mood. I’m looking forward to the latest Flavia de Luce mystery (Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d), but that’s not scheduled until September. September is also when Shauna Niequist’s new book Present Over Perfect is releasing, so that should be a nice month for new books!

Give Your Child the WorldThinking of new releases also reminds me that Jamie Martin’s book Give Your Children the World comes out next month! I preordered it ages ago, and it seemed like forever until it would be published. Now it’s only two more weeks, and I can’t wait to see it. I am such a sucker for book lists, and the sneak peek I saw of this one makes me think it’ll be fantastic. I’ve already got my daughter’s school books planned for her Kindergarten year, but I may be making some changes after flipping through this title.

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  1. Ooooh, thank you for letting me know the new Flavia is coming out in September. I just put it on hold at the library, and I’m only hold number 52 on 15 copies. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m 2/3 through Empire of the Summer Moon, and Big Little Lies just came in, so I think I might be able to get caught up for your book club by the end of the month, huzah!

    I’m glad you had a restorative vacation.

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