It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (#2)

This weekly meme is hosted over on The Book Date. It’s a chance to share what we’ve read over the last week, what we’re reading currently, and what we plan on reading next.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve shared what I was reading because we’ve been too darn busy! Last Monday was my husband’s birthday and between that, Halloween, and the kids getting sick, I really had no idea what day was when.

It’s Monday now and I’m home with two sick kids and I really hope they get better soon so they can go back to school! It’s been trying to snow lately, which just screams COZY, and that makes me happy. We had a good Halloween despite the fact that I was a little sick from some dental work getting a crown (Sidenote: my 4 year old was very disappointed when she looked in my mouth to see my crown only to see it looked like all my other teeth and NOT like a sparkly crown.) and I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t catch what the kids have. I bought some probiotics for the husband and I just in case so I hope that means since I was proactive that we won’t get it. That’s how sickness works, right?

On to the books …

I’m actually quite surprised because in the past 2 weeks I’ve finished 6 books! Since I’ve only read 31 books so far this year, that’s more than I’ve read in months combined.

I’ve read:

  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • The Travelling Bag and Other Ghostly Stories by Susan Hill
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (reread)
  • The Last Seance: Tales of the Supernatural by Agatha Christie
  • Watcher in the Woods (Rockton, #4) by Kelley Armstrong

I’ve loved all the spooky reading I’ve done over the past few weeks, especially my few rereads. And I was ridiculously excited to get the new Agatha Christie collection in time to read it for Halloween.

Currently I’m reading:

  • Ghost Stories, collection edited by Peter Washington
  • Gerald’s Game by Stephen King
  • The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke, #2) by Tessa Dare
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

I use the term “reading” loosely because I haven’t picked up any of the first three for a while now, though I plan to finish The Governess Game over the next few days to knock it off my reading pile. I just started North and South last night and am loving it so far. It’s my first Gaskell and everything I read or watched said to start here and I’m glad I did!

Next, I plan to read:

I’m not entirely sure what I plan to read next! I think I might pick out one of the many new releases I have piling up on my bedside table. I’m thinking Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins or The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman OR Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center. As for classics, I want to either read The Haunted Man by Charles Dickens or maybe starting Emma by Jane Austen. My daughter has one of those Little Miss Austen books for Emma that’s about emotions and one of them says “Harriet is sad” and she asked me why Harriet was sad and I told her I’d have to read the book to find out!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Good morning! This is the first bookish meme I’ve decided to participate in on this blog, – seeing as I’d like to make some friends in the community, I better get a little social, right? This weekly meme is hosted over on The Book Date.

It’s hard to say what I’ve read since I haven’t really been sharing too much of that so far, but to recap the year so far, it has been a less than stellar reading year. Oddly, I’m okay for that, and that’s coming from someone who’s biggest reading year was reading 230+ books, going down to reading just 25 books by mid-October.

Since my last post on this blog, I’ve finished a few books, including the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark series by Alvin Schwartz (major throwback to my school days!), Wherever She Goes by Kelly Armstrong, and four Stephen King books (The Colorado Kid, Thinner, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Dolores Claiborne).

Currently, I’m actively working on a reread of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I didn’t plan on rereading it, but I bought myself the 75th anniversary hardback edition and was looking for something spooky to read in October that wasn’t Stephen King and settled on this one. I’m LOVING the reread. And I say I’m actively reading it because I also have two other books “on the go” though I haven’t picked them up in a while – Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong, The Governess Game by Tessa Dare, and Gerald’s Game by Stephen King (this one I have been reading but need to devote a good chunk of time to get a bit further in).

I’m not sure what I want to read next but I have my eyes on something by Shirley Jackson – my classics have been calling my name and I think they make for great reading in the fall and winter.

And in non-bookish items, I’ve been knitting dishcloth, starting to knit a sweater, and knitting socks. Obviously I’m GREAT at starting projects. I’ve started watching Jane The Virgin on Netflix, in between horror shows and movies (because October), and I’m listening to White Hinterland.

I’d love to hear what you’re reading so please tell me in the comments!

cleaning my library// book preorders

It’s day 5 and I’m still sick, but that didn’t stop me from reorganizing my home library yesterday. I realized I had books everywhere, putting my read books in the library and then keeping unread books haphazardly piled on another bookcase, on my nightstand, in a pile by my bed, etc. I decided that I wanted to have more of a library feel and went through all my books and put them all in alphabetical order, mixing read and unread books together. I love it. It’s so organized and pretty. And I weeded out ones that I know I won’t read or won’t want to read again and have a good 50-75 books or so to go to the Goodwill.

I also put some more preorders through yesterday which got me thinking about what books I will have coming in the coming months. I’ve been extremely good this year with only buying books by favourite authors and NO random book buying. It feels great!

Here are my preorders for the last half of the year:

August

A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life Of Music and Cheap Lessons by Ben Folds

Life And Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

The Wallflower Wager: Girl Meets Duke by Tessa Dare

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Say You Still Love Me by K. A. Tucker

September

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

The Institute by Stephen King

October

The Giver Of Stars by Jojo Moyes

November

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

saturday mornings

yesterday morning i finished reading ‘big rock’ by lauren blakely and immediately had to start the next book in the series, ‘mister o.’ i think i’ve found a new favourite romance writer. her characters are fun and the books are so sexy!

i also found an app called ‘reading list’ which is a no frills way to track what i’m reading. no following other people, no constant adding of books to my tbr … just adding what i’m reading and what i’ve read. easy peasy.

it’s sunny and hot today, which is terrible for a person like me who loves cold weather. unfortunately, i’ve caught my kids’ cold and i’m hoping it’s gone by the time they go camping since i have 4 glorious days of reading, movie watching, knitting, and sleeping to look forward to – and it would be terrible to be sick!

rest and fluids today …

xx

what i’ve read & what i’m reading

this year i made a BIG decision: to leave Goodreads. this wasn’t based on anything that was happening on the site, but because i felt like it influenced my reading a little too much. i missed the days of just picking up a book and reading it, without feeling like i had to update where i was in the book, share my rating of a book, and write my thoughts about it. i also got in the habit of checking the site before even picking up a book, to see what people thought of that book, rather than just going in blind and forming my own opinion.

however, after deleting my profile, i realizing that i have a really, really bad memory. i still wanted a way to track what i was reading, but without the feeling that i’m falling behind in what i should be reading, or seeing all the hyped books other people were reading. i just wanted a way to know what i was reading so that when i looked back on my year i could remember what was happening. i don’t want to write a list that gets a number in my head of how many books i should be reading in a year – in the past i’ve read over 200 books in a year! – but just a list to document.

so, looking back on the first half of the year, here is what i’ve read:

the mysterious affair at styles by agatha christie
murder on the links by agatha christie
the murder of roger ackroyd by agatha christie
the big four by agatha christie
the mystery of the blue train by agatha christie
peril at end house by agatha christie
poirot investigates by agatha christie
now that you mention it by kristan higgins
i owe you one by sophie kinsella
knitting rules: the yarn harlot’s book of knitting tricks by stephanie pearl-mcphee
in your dreams by kristan higgins
knit one, kill two by maggie sefton
needled to death by maggie sefton

and i am currently reading:

big rock by lauren blakely
born a crime by trevor noah (audiobook)

i’m also listening to season one of the ‘serial’ podcast.

my last many books have been ebooks so i plan to pick up a physical book next since i have a big pile of new releases from this year that i’m just itching to read.

xx

what hygge means to me

i don’t think i was ever one of those people who was busy all the time but after i had kids all i wanted to do was slow down. of course, we do have bursts where we’re busy all the time (or so it feels) but to take a breath and relax is essential to my own well-being – and to my family’s as well.

to me, hygge means many things …

being cozy
warm blankets
reading books
drinking tea
fireplaces
sweaters
winter
wool socks
candles
a dog at my feet
listening to the frogs chirping
looking at the stars
baking cookies
hugs

for me, the perfect hygge-filled evening means cozying up on the couch with a book and a cup of tea, with a blanket wrapped around me, the fireplace roaring. or maybe picking up a knitting project while watching a favourite movie. or just sitting out on the steps under the stars, marvelling in the beauty of this world and of life.

this is what i want to share here on this blog. i want to talk about what i’m doing, what i’m reading, what i’m making, what i’m watching, and i want it to be a place where i can feel peace and document the things i love.

xx