It’s Monday! What are you reading?

IT'S MONDAY!

JUST FINISHED

So, uh, thanks to the readathon this is a really long list. So, bear with me:

Giant Days #13 by John Allison
Rat Queens #15 by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Lumberjanes #24 by Shannon Watters
Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez (160 pages)
Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Hellboy Volume 1: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola
Morning Glories Volume 2: All Will Be Free by Nick Spencer
Wayward #15 by Jim Zub

CURRENTLY READING

Oh my gosh, I have to check! I seldom read books I have already have going on during the readathon; I find they bog me down. Okay, I’m (still) reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin, and Pretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link.

 UP NEXT

Um, I can only think of one book that is next:

bluelily

So I can get to THIS.

ravenking

This is like Harry Potter Book SEVEN level of anticipation y’all. I can’t friggin’ wait.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

 

Currently // Recoverin’

Right this minute | Sitting on the couch with my girl after a day of rest. The readathon takes it out of me y’all.

Feeling | Great. Another readathon in the books and for the most part, everything went swimmingly.

Reading | Ha. I have a reading hangover. I finished all of these during the readathon:

Giant Days #13 by John Allison
Rat Queens #15 by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Lumberjanes #24 by Shannon Watters
Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez (160 pages)
Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Hellboy Volume 1: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola
Morning Glories Volume 2: All Will Be Free by Nick Spencer
Wayward #15 by Jim Zub

All in all, I read 927 pages.

Listening | I am listening to The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater at the moment. Part two of my epic reread. I gotta step on it. The Raven King comes out Tuesday!

Watching | Daughter and I are watching the last episode of Psych. She’s going to be so sad!

Blogging | Not much. Was much too busy last week!

Promoting | Nothing at the moment! Woot!

Loving | My couch.

Hating | POLLEN.

Eating | I had baked (gluten free) ziti for lunch and it was delish.

Anticipating | More resting on my couch. 😀

Have a great week y’all!

Getting My Butt in Gear

Getting

I was always the skinny girl.

If you look at my daughter now, it’s like looking at me 10, 20, even 30 years ago. I weighed 92 pounds when I ran track in high school. I was all knobby knees. I weighed 105 when I graduated. I weight 115 when I graduated college. I was 115 when I got married. 3 years later, when I got pregnant with my daughter, I was 125. I gained about 50 pounds with her, but lost it quickly and was in my pre-pregnancy pants within the year. I was 130 when I got pregnant with my son and, again, gained about 50 pounds. It took longer, but I lost the weight.

Then 35 hit. And my metabolism slowed down. I took a job as a manager, and began to sit all day at my desk. I gained weight. And then I gained some more. By the time I took my new job, I was the heaviest I had ever been besides when I was pregnant. I currently weigh 165 pounds. At 5’4″, this is obese for my height and age.

I know, deep down, that this is not a lot. My husband tells me I look fine (not QUITE what I’m going for, but whatever. He’s not one for hyperbole.). I have friends who weigh more. I have friends who have struggled with their weight for years. I have friends who tell me I’m crazy. Maybe I am crazy.

BUT. I AM NOT HAPPY.

My joints hurt. My stomach (thanks to the babehs) hangs slightly over my pants. My knees are no longer knobby, just knock-kneed. I can’t chase my kids any more, let alone pick one up. I pant when we go hiking. My hip drives me crazy, my knees crack, I get heartburn all the time. And, last time I went to the doctor, I was told to go on cholesterol medicine because my LDL was too high.

I refused. I said I would lose weight and eat better.

Yet, I haven’t. Until now. Because my daughter asked me if she was fat. My barely 80 lb, 12 year old daughter, pointed to her thighs that DO NOT TOUCH and asked if they were fat. And I realized, I have complained too much in front of her. I have made my insecurity her insecurity. And I have failed to teach her that as long as she eats well and feels good, it doesn’t matter what she looks like. She also knows that I AM NOT HAPPY.

The last straw came when I walked a 5K last week for my daughter’s school. I could barely walk the next day. I’ve had enough. I’m making plans, changing things. I am making the change, not only for me, but for her. I will get healthy and I will be a good role-model for my munchkin. Because I will not have her worry about such things any more.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

IT'S MONDAY!

Just Finished

Y’all. I finished 3 books last week. Granted, two were short, but still. I feel all the accomplished. I totes loved The Wander Society by Keri Smith and can’t wait to incorporate some of her wandering ideas into my own wandering. I finished up the first book in my epic rereading of The Raven Cycle with The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I know I don’t have to tell you guys how much I love those books and cannot WAIT for the last book. Lastly, I popped up a short reread/listen of Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. I didn’t realize that book could get any better until I listened to the audio. The full cast really made it amazing.

Reading Now

Right now I have about 5 books going and I have to stop and thing about which ones they are. Can we say Gobbledybooks? I can currently nose deep in The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez, Hammer Head: the Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin, Pretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link, and Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese by Eric LeMay. I’m ear-deep in The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro, which is read by the amazing Xe Sands.

Up Next?

I’m stockpiling graphic novels for the readathon. I CANNOT WAIT to have a day of reading and partying with you guys. It is going to rock.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

 

Currently // Whistle While I Work…

Right this minute | I’m drafting readathon posts!

Feeling | Pretty good, despite the snot.

Reading | I’m trying to wrap up all the books I have going (so many!) so I can start clean on Saturday. I only have 5 books going at the moment. I had the gobbledybooks.

Listening | I’ve been listening to The Art Forger by BA Shapiro. It’s read by Xe Sands and I wonder; why is this the first book I’ve listened to that was read by her? Her voice is honey.

Watching | I watched Everest with my husband last night. What a nerve-wracking movie. I mean, it’s like watching Titanic. I knew people were going to die, I just didn’t know which ones. It was so sad. And now I must read John Krakauer’s book, Into the Air. After I finish a few books first!

Blogging | I haven’t been blogging much because my laptop died! Luckily, my hubby is handy with the electronical stuff and we fixed it for less $10. Woot!

Promoting | I think you have a pretty good idea what I’m going to say:

DEWEYs

Loving | Spring! It is Spring! And it actually feels like it!

Hating | Pollen. Alas, it comes with the Spring.

Eating | I made a big pot of spaghetti yesterday and it was yum.

Anticipating | Next Saturday!!

Have a great week!

Currently // It’s Monday Y’all!

Right this minute | I’m at work. I have a crazy busy week in front of me.

Feeling | Slightly overwhelmed, frankly.

Reading | I finished The Wander Society by Keri Smith yesterday and wow. All I want to do is go wander around outside and see what there is to see. I also got through a lot of The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez and sweet golly Susan B. Anthony is it fun. Lastly, I am reading Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link with Andi. I made the exciting discovery that Ms. Link attended my alma mater (!!!!!) last week and it caused us to want to read one of her collections. So far it’s pretty fun.

Listening | I’m ALMOST finished with The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater. I may listen to something short next, but then it is on to The Dream Thieves. I have to get through the first three books again before The Raven King comes out!

Watching | Watching? What is that?

Blogging | I’m not sure what this is either.

Promoting | Oh, you know. The usual. Sign up, won’t you? Reading here, cheering here. Would LOVE to have you for both.

DEWEYs

Loving | The weather! It was a gorgeous weekend! Rain tomorrow though. Cooler too. So will enjoy the 70s today, for sure.

Hating | I did a 5k Saturday, my first one, and I did absolutely no training for it, like a complete moron. I feel like I am remarkably well recovered! With the exception of my left hip. I think it is going to fall out.

Eating | I had cottage cheese with raspberries this morning, with my oatmeal breakfast bar and a cup of coffee. I have no idea what I’m having for lunch.

Anticipating | A day off! Soon!

Happy Monday everyone!

Checked Out Now

CheckedOutNow

Y’all. I am NOTORIOUS for checking out books and then never reading them. I renew them. Then never read them. It is a DISEASE I tell you. These are the books I have checked out now. Which ones do I really need to jump on? I will be forever in your debt.

artofeatinginvisiblewomen

The Art of Eating by MFK Fisher – See below. Sounds awesome, right? Only problem? It’s 784 pages of awesome.

RUTH REICHL
“Mary Frances [Fisher] has the extraordinary ability to make the ordinary seem rich and wonderful. Her dignity comes from her absolute insistence on appreciating life as it comes to her.”

JULIA CHILD
“How wonderful to have here in my hands the essence of M.F.K. Fisher, whose wit and fulsome opinions on food and those who produce it, comment upon it, and consume it are as apt today as they were several decades ago, when she composed them. Why did she choose food and hunger she was asked, and she replied, ‘When I write about hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth, and the love of it . . . and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied.’ This is the stuff we need to hear, and to hear again and again.”

ALCIE WATERS
“This comprehensive volume should be required reading for every cook. It defines in a sensual and beautiful way the vital relationship between food and culture.”

Calling invisible women : a novel by Jeanne Ray – This is one of those books that just shouted to me from the shelf. It sounded interesting, so I picked it up. I totally get that INVISIBLE feeling.

A mom in her early fifties, Clover knows she no longer turns heads the way she used to, and she’s only really missed when dinner isn’t on the table on time. Then Clover wakes up one morning to discover she’s invisible–truly invisible. She panics, but when her husband and son sit down to dinner, nothing is amiss. Even though she’s been with her husband, Arthur, since college, her condition goes unnoticed. Her friend Gilda immediately observes that Clover is invisible, which relieves Clover immensely–she’s not losing her mind after all!–but she is crushed by the realization that neither her husband nor her children ever truly look at her. She was invisible even before she knew she was invisible.

Clover discovers that there are other women like her, women of a certain age who seem to have disappeared. As she uses her invisibility to get to know her family and her town better, Clover leads the way in helping invisible women become recognized and appreciated no matter what their role. Smart and hilarious, with indomitable female characters, Calling Invisible Women will appeal to anyone who has ever felt invisible.

thehorsetrace

The horse : the epic history of our noble companion by Wendy Williams – Whim. Complete whim.

Horses have a story to tell, one of resilience, sociability, and intelligence, and of partnership with human beings. In The Horse, the journalist and equestrienne Wendy Williams brings that story brilliantly to life.

Williams chronicles the 56-million-year journey of horses as she visits with horse experts around the world, revealing what our biological affinities and differences can tell us about the bond between horses and humans, and what our noble companion may think and feel. Indeed, recent scientific breakthroughs regarding the social and cognitive capacities of the horse and its ability to adapt to changing ecosystems indicate that this animal is a major evolutionary triumph.

Trace : memory, history, race, and the American landscape by Lauret E. Savoy – If there is a WORD for my 2016, it is to learn. So I keep grabbing titles like The Horse and this one. 

Sand and stone are Earth’s fragmented memory. Each of us, too, is a landscape inscribed by memory and loss. One life-defining lesson Lauret Savoy learned as a young girl was this: the American land did not hate. As an educator and Earth historian, she has tracked the continent’s past from the relics of deep time; but the paths of ancestors toward her—paths of free and enslaved Africans, colonists from Europe, and peoples indigenous to this land—lie largely eroded and lost.

In this provocative and powerful mosaic of personal journeys and historical inquiry across a continent and time, Savoy explores how the country’s still unfolding history, and ideas of “race,” have marked her and the land. From twisted terrain within the San Andreas Fault zone to a South Carolina plantation, from national parks to burial grounds, from “Indian Territory” and the U.S.-Mexico Border to the U.S. capital, Tracegrapples with a searing national history to reveal the often unvoiced presence of the past.

In distinctive and illuminating prose that is attentive to the rhythms of language and landscapes, she weaves together human stories of migration, silence, and displacement, as epic as the continent they survey, with uplifted mountains, braided streams, and eroded canyons.

So, how ’bout it? Should I read any of these? Which should I dive into before I have to take them back? Cause you know I have no renewals left. 

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

IT'S MONDAY!

Just finished

epidural

Y’all. This book. If you need a laugh, especially if you’re a parent, here’s your book.

Currently Reading

immortalmilkregionalofficewander

Immortal Milk just makes me want cheese. The Regional Office makes me which I was at home so I could read on it and The Wander Society makes me just want to move. Wish I could do all three at the same time.

Up next-

drinkinginamericahammerheadrain

I think I’m on a nonfiction kick because it’s (almost) all I want to read! These are next up for me.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

 

Currently // Help!

Right this minute | I’m being forced to watch Pee Wee’s Big Holiday. SAVE ME.

Feeling | I don’t know if it’s the pain in my neck or allergies, but I have a wicked case of vertigo. The room spins.

Reading | Friday, I was sneaking a glance at Twitter while at work, when a friend posted about a new book from Keri Smith called The Wander Society. I am so in love with this book. I’m also reading Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese by Eric LeMay, which is super interesting. Only problem is everytime I read it, I want cheese and lots of it.

Listening | I have started an epic rereading of The Raven Boys Cycle in preparation for The Raven King, the last book, coming next month. Hold me.

Watching | See right this minute and seriously; SAVE ME.

Blogging | As I can y’all. As I can.

Promoting | READATHON!!! We have over 500 signed up! Have you?

Loving |The weather!!!

Hating | The resulting allergies.

Eating | Cheerios and a banana so far. Would kill for some Easter chocolate.

Anticipating | Right now, I just want to find a quiet, dark corner, and hide from Pee Wee.

Have a great Sunday!