Not Blogging, Just Reading

Sorry folks ~ I’ve been a very bad caretaker of my blog as of late, but I have a great reason. I’ve been reading (and I’m talking real books, not just my Economics stuff).

I’ve read:

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James ~ Excellent
Kiss and Tell by Suzanne Brockmann ~ Very Good
The Kissing Game by Suzanne Brockmann ~ Good
Scenes of Passion by Suzanne Brockmann ~ Good

Next up will be the 3rd in Brockmann’s Sunrise Key Trilogy, Otherwise Engaged. Can you tell I’ve recently read my first Suzanne Brockmann and am hooked (sorry Holly!)?

My Library

Well, I think I’m done. I wish I could show you a picture of the whole thing, but the angle of the room makes it almost impossible to get the whole thing on camera. I’ve done my best though!!!

This is what I started with (well, technically this is what I started with after I painted):




Then I added my books:


Then I had to clean out some of my books, which I either posted on PBS and/or donated to the library (you have to imagine several of these to get the full effect):


Which brings me to the final product:

I have to say, it’s my favorite room in the house now. I still don’t have as much shelf space as I initially planned on, but it works. I had to double up my books, so I have two rows on each shelf, but at least they’re organized, alphabetized (yes, I’m that girl), and taken out of their respective boxes. And even if it didn’t turn out exactly perfect, it’s still a far cry better than this:

You Know You’re Addicted When…………………..

You walk through Target taking pictures of book covers, so that you can rush home to check your library’s website to see if they have them.

Yesterday, Kiddo and I did a little date day. We went to the library (I bought 8 friends of the library books ~ $2.00), we went for gelato, and then we went to Target so kiddo could see if the keyboard she wanted was still there (it was). While we were there, I figured it wouldn’t hurt anything to go to the book section to see what was there. As I was browsing, I made the comment that I wish I had a pen and paper, so I could write the titles down and check the library when I got home. Kiddo said that my phone had a notepad and I could text it (ps – not a big fan of the texting thing. It takes me forever.). Kiddo offered to text for me, but then the lightbulb went off ~ I have a camera phone!! So I told her I would just take pictures of the covers and then look them up when I got home. PS ~ Kiddo didn’t stick around. I think she was 2 or 3 aisles over.

Kiddo made the remark that she didn’t know why I was looking at books anyway because I’m not reading the ones I have (she’s right). I told her that you never knew when you had the time to read a good book and I liked to have options. Kiddo then said she thought I had about 800 books; I told her I thought it was more like 749 (semantics, anyone???).

We were both wrong.

I checked my librarything account today.

940 books owned, not including the pile on my living room floor that I haven’t cataloged yet.

585 of these books are in my tbr pile.

82 of these books are in my TBR Challenge pile (books I really want to read by the end of the year ~ and PS, I think I started the year with 84 books in this pile. What can I say ~ I get distracted.).

I have pictures. I should really post them sometime. I really have run out of room. If I ever disappear, my family knows that they’ll be able to find my body buried underneath the stacks in my living room.

That being said ~ it’s almost October! The new Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas will be released then, and then in November the new Robyn Carr books will be out. I’m saving room at the top of my TBR pile. I think I’ll have some time to read around Christmas.

It’s Official (I think)

School starts August 25. I’m freaking out. So many books to read before that time. I want to finish the Marcelli series by Susan Mallery (5 books total), the Guilty series by Laura Lee Guhrke (2 books left), the McLain series by Jodi Thomas (4 books left), on and then thanks to Holly, I just remembered that the Grace Valley series by Robyn Carr is being re-released (3 books). What’s a girl to do????

Yet Another Update

A few yays: 1st ~ I finished Once a Rake last night and will post my thoughts tonight when I get home. 2nd ~ I’ve lost 6 pounds! Woo-hoo! I’m almost rid of my holiday binge weight.

Next up on the reading front will be Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith and Sundial by Carrie Lofty (and I also need to finsh Sea Swept by Nora Roberts and There’s No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern).

Struggling

I’m really struggling to try and finish up Once a Rake. The book is good, don’t get me wrong. It’s just about 100 pages too long. And the conflicts just keep coming. One conflict ends, and instead of the book concluding with the much anticipated HEA, another conflict enters. And so on. And so on.

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I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes on the bike yesterday. Today, I’ll do either the 3 or 4 mile Walking Away the Pounds workout with Leslie Sansone (love her). Maybe 15 minutes pilates also, I haven’t decided yet.