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Hello you guys! I seem to have forgotten how to blog with everything going on around here. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Hope you all are coping okay?

Last week Things finally got to some semblance of a routine this week and I've been finally feeling better and in charge of my emotional faculties. I've taken over one of the upstairs bedrooms and set it up as my office-cum-homeschool room. In other words, the room is a big mess, but both my daughter and I are able to navigate the room fine as everything in the room has a meaning in our own brains. We're both very organized that way. I've been using a sit-stand desk for my work laptop and I'm a little glad that I got to try this system finally. When I'm not working, I'm helping the girl with her letters, numbers, or fun activities. Trust me, this is difficult but we worked through the system this week, and think we have it under control. My father-in-law watches my son during the day as the little ma…

It's Monday! What are you reading? -- Mar 22, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading this week?
This is a weekly event initially hosted by J. Kaye at J. Kaye's Book Blog, now by Sheila @ One Persons Journey through a world of Books, to celebrate what you are reading for the week as well as books completed the previous week.

Books completed last week
- White Oleander by Janet Fitch
- Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel (To be reviewed)
- Liar by Justine Larbalestier (To be reviewed)
- Sugar by Bernice L. McFadden (To be reviewed)

I am currently reading

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien: I hadn't been able to start this one yet, and as always, I am late to the LOTR Read-along party.


The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs: Finally, I started this one last night! Phew! That was a one-month delay for me!




My reading plans for the next week

For a change, I am not listing any of my next reads. I do have a good reading weekend coming up, hopefully. I'll just try to pick up what suits my interest, rather than plan in advance!

Comments

Introverted Jen said…
I was never able to finish The Lord of the Rings. I keep saying I need to go back and give it another try, and I keep not doing it. Enjoy your books!
bermudaonion said…
I bet you breeze through The Friday Night Knitting Club!
I won Last Nigh in Montreal and am also looking forward to reading Liar. Oh, and I have the Friday Nigh Knitting Club so can't wait to see your review!
Lydia said…
You can never be late to the Tolkien party. I love it when I see Tolkien on people's lists. One of my favorite authors.
White Oleander is a memorable read! And I just read The Friday Night Knitting Club...loved it!
Bibliobabe said…
I have seen "Sugar" everywhere - but haven't read it yet. I look forward to your review.

Here's mine:
http://www.bibliobabe.com/
Jan von Harz said…
You had a good week reading. Hope next week is fruitful too. I will have to stop back to read your reviews on Liar , Sugar, and Last Night in Montreal.
Whatever you choose to read - I hope it is wonderful and look forward to seeing what you chose :)
Christina T said…
I hope you are enjoying LOTR. I am curious about what you thought of Liar. I've read mixed reviews (and I inadvertently found out the big spoiler) so I'm not sure I'll be reading it. The Friday Night Knitting Club looks good. I hope you enjoy your books.
susan said…
- Liar by Justine Larbalestier (To be reviewed)
- Sugar by Bernice L. McFadden (To be reviewed)

Very interested to hear what you think of these.
Dana said…
Oh, I've heard great things about Friday Night Knitting Club - looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
Nise' said…
Great reading week. My boys tell me over and over that I must read LOTRs. Will get to Liar one of these days.
Alyce said…
I love it when I'm able to just pick up whichever book suits my mood and read it.
The1stdaughter said…
You know...everytime I see your reading The Lord of the Rings it reminds me I need to get you that paper of my husbands! Will remember to ask, I promise!

I actually have a copy of Friday Night Knitting Club and haven't gotten to it yet. I'll have to see if your review pushes that one into my lap!

Have a fabulous reading week!
Unknown said…
Yeah, Friday Night Knitting Club is really easy to read. I enjoyed it.

I see you have Middlesex up there on your sidebar. Wonderin' if that'll be comin' up soon. I have that book and haven't read it yet. It's pretty long. I should though. It keeps staring at me. Ha ha

I like to do that too sometimes...just pick up what I'm in the mood for at the moment.

Have a great week, Aths :)
Kristen said…
What a good reading week last week. Hope this one is going along well too.

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