I can't believe that this is the last week in June. It did not quite go the way I planned either. I started a new job, which is great, but I also signed up for JuNoWriMo so I could get my novel written...and didn't write a word. It just wasn't feasible with the new job and all. The kids go back to school in a little over a month and I'm going to try to do Camp NaNoWriMo in August, but we shall see. Once the kids go back, I'll have a little more time. I need and want to get my novel written!
What's going on in my/the reading world....
Sign up for the High Summer Read-a-Thon coming in July at the dedicated blog, Seasons of Reading. Click the button to go over and sign up. Would love to have you join us!
Amy's (Passages to the Past and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours) Virtual Baby Shower is this Saturday! Her beautiful son actually arrived early this past Saturday and we couldn't be happier for her. The baby shower is still going forward as planned. If you would like to be involved, visit the invite/information post HERE. Even if you just stop by, there is going to be a great trivia game with a giveaway. Some lovely authors have donated some great books. Be sure to stop by and say hi and wish Amy well. =O)
Kai at Fiction State of Mind is hosting the Summer Chills Reading Challenge. The challenge runs from July 22 through August 31. It's all about doing some fun scary reading this summer. I'm signed up and I'm super excited! If you would like to join us, check out Kai's sign up post HERE.
My annual Christmas in July event at my Christmas blog, The Christmas Spirit, is starting next week. If you love Christmas any time of the year, you'll want to stop by for some fun! I'm also looking for guest bloggers so if you're interested in being my guest during the event, visit the announcement post HERE and find out what all will be going on.
Join us for The Queen's Vow (by C.W. Gortner) Read-a-Long at Historical Fiction Connection. The dates are July 7 through July 21 and you can get all the details and the reading schedule at this POST. Hope you will join us!
What I've been reading....
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (halfway through)
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (yes, foolish me is going to attempt the read-a-long at Five Alarm Book Reviews next month!)
Not sure what else! Haven't decided.
The Queen's Vow by C.W. Gortner (review)
*watch for my interview with Mr. Gortner on Thursday*
Legend by Marie Lu (along with some awesome swag!)...from The Book Monsters
BETTER WORLD BOOKS:
Middlemarch by George Eliot (with intro by A.S. Byatt)
Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley
Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
Pawn of Prophecy: Book One of the Belgariad by David Eddings
DEALS (Dollar Store):
Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan
Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch