It’s May 5. Probably about time to wrap up April.
In April, I read:
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg (audio) 4 stars
- The Absolutist by John Boyne (audio) 4 stars
- The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout (ebook) 2.5 stars
- The Elite by Kiera Cass (audio) 4 stars
- Drama: An Actor’s Education by John Lithgow (audio) 3 stars
- Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauen Graham (ebook) 4 stars
- Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne (audio) 4 stars
Not a bad month, but once again the majority of my books are audio. I’ve GOT to find some time to sit down with a print book. Maybe on my new patio furniture?
I also reviewed Parlor Games; The Art Forger; The Pluto Files; Being There; The Life You’ve Imagined; and Scarlet and shared the latest on my TBR;
I’m on hold for the moment. I’ve been having some pain in my left foot and the doctor told me I’m on injured status for awhile. So far it isn’t making me feel better, so I may just go back to running anyway. I’m sad to miss the Mother’s Day race I was going to run. The doctor also told me to buy new shoes – that part I like!
I did, however, post about my FitBit this month. I’m still trying to walk as much as possible.
Well, Evan is 11 months old and plans for his first birthday are well under way. I have no idea how this happened. He’s walking and talking (well, he says cat – or “tat”) and become a kid instead of a baby.
This month, I shared photos of Evan at the zoo and on Easter; a video of some of Evan’s very first steps; and before and after photos on our one-year home anniversary.
I am going to try a new Sunday Salon format to match my new look.
In February, I read:
- The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro – audio – 4.5 stars
- The Ghost Runner by Blair Richmond – ebook – 3.5 stars
- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – audio – 4 stars
- The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet by Neil deGrasse Tyson – audio – 3 stars
- The Life You’ve Imagined by Kristina Riggle – print – 3.5 stars
- Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio – audio – 4 stars
- Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans – print – 4 stars
As you can see, I am a bit behind on reviews. But, I did manage to actually get some reading done. Yay!
In addition to The Ghost Runner, I reviewed Apollo’s Angels; City of Bones; Every Day; Rapture; The Book Thief; The Casual Vacancy.
Between the illness that plagued our house and a photography workshop I took, I only made it to class once this month. But man it felt great once I got back.
My running suffered for the same reason – the baby was sick and I was sick. Now I am having some back issues again, but I hope to get running again soon. I had originally planned on running the 5k at Gasparilla last weekend, but I’ve learned my lesson and I won’t run another race without training at least a little bit. I am going to sign up for a Mother’s Day 5k, which should allow me plenty of time to get back in running shape. We are also planning on joining the YMCA so I will have no excuse.
Evan is nine months old. He’s still sch a joy to be around. We’ve regressed a little on sleep, but I’m hopeful that will change soon. If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that I can’t predict the future. A few weeks ago, Evan started refusing breast milk bottles and preferring formula. I fought him on it and tried everything to get him to take them again. But earlier this week, I decided to let it go and let him just have the formula. At nine months, the fight isn’t worth it. I’m sad that we’re one step closer to weaning, but I do love the freedom from pumping (only 1x/day!).
We’re having lots of fun cruising, clapping, waving, and playing in our new playroom.
How did February treat you?
In November, I read:
All I can say, once again, is thank goodness for audiobooks.
This month, I reviewed:
Hmm…I should probably post reviews more often.
I also shared my Pin It and Do It wrap up , discussed my new book club, my experiences cloth diapering and breastfeeding, and 30 things for which I am thankful.
Reading My Own Books is still going very slowly. November’s book – yep, book – was If I Stay. I am now reading The Book Thief. I really might actually finish this three-month project with only three books read. But that’s three fewer books on the TBR, right?
Evan continues to be just an awesome little person. He is 6 months old, 28 inches, and 17 lbs 1 oz – tall and skinny. He is almost sitting and crawling, just starting on solids, and has 6 teeth. He finds sneezes and balloons hilarious and smiles all the time. And he just keeps getting cuter:
I am continuing with my photo a day project, and I’ve added a holiday themed one. You can follow them on Instagram or Tumblr.
I am also participating in Trish’s laidback Holiday Pin It and Do It. Posts to come.
Final note: I am going to take the blog down for a few days this week. I have a trial starting tomorrow and I usually hide it from the view of googling jurors. It’ll be back up in a few days – I promise. I will also be making my twitter account private temporarily.
It’s that time again. October in review.
This was not my best reading month. I am still trying to figure out how to be a working mom and find time to read. Bear with me. In October, I read:
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle (audio) (reread)
- The Doula by Bridgit Boland (audio)
- With My Body by Nikki Gemmell
- Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr (audio)
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
In addition, I also reviewed Perfect; The Chaperone; The Ugly Duchess; and A Land More Kind Than Home.
I shared the baby products I couldn’t live without; I asked for opinions about listening to audiobooks with the baby; and, most importantly, read my own books!
Evan is five months old. Can you believe it? He’s rolling over both ways, trying to sit up, and interested in grabbing EVERYTHING. It’s really fun watching him grow and change and develop a personality.
And now I am off to run a 5k. With absolutely no training. Wish me luck.
I owe you all an apology. I have really let the blog go this month. I posted only 4 reviews (one for a book I didn’t even finish) and only 1 other Sunday Salon (gone are those leisurely Sunday mornings where I could whip one up last minute). I will try to be a little more organized in October and actually review some books for you.
I feel like I barely read anything in September, but looking back, I managed to finish 7 books. So I suppose I did a little better with the reading than I did with the blogging.
- Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading
- Redshirts by John Scalzi (audio)
- A Million Suns by Beth Revis
- Messenger of Truth by Jaqueline Winspear (audio)
- Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate
- Battle Royale by Takami Koushun (audio)
- The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James
My favorite this month was probably A Million Suns. But Redshirts is a close second.
I am not going to list my other posts for the month. There are so few that you can just look to the right under “Recent Posts.”
It’s hard to believe Evan is four months old. But he is. And still just an incredibly happy baby. He’s reaching and grabbing, trying to sit up, and sleeping 6-8 hours in one go at night. We’ve gotten into a good work/daycare routine. Our next great adventure is cloth diapering – I’m giving it a trial run in October.
I am still participating in Fat Mum Slim’s Photo-a-Day challenge. Head over to my tumblr to see the September pics.
What have you all been up to lately?
Well, the fun had to end sometime. Now that I’m back at work, I am not reading nearly as much as I was when I was on maternity leave. Since Evan is also much more alert and active now, I’m not sure how much I’m going to get done on the weekends either. But I did manage to finish six books this month. So I’m not going anywhere yet.
This month I read:
My favorite of the month is probably Across the Universe. Unfortunately, many of these did not live up to the hype for me. In addition, I reviewed:
Three months old, and Evan continues to just be an awesome baby. He is so easy-going and such a joy to be around (even at 2am). He handled the transition to daycare like a rockstar. He loves watching the older kids (there are four other one- or two-year-olds there with him) and adores his daycare provider. I am very thankful that we found something close to my office. I go over there at lunch most days to see (and nurse) him.
Evan continues to grow and learn. He’s rolling over, reaching and grabbing, and my mom even taught him how to blow raspberries last weekend. I wish he had a doctor’s appointment this month so I could get his official measurements.
My favorite picture of Evan from August:
How was your August? Back to school? Ready for fall?
The reading frenzy continues. This month I read 11 books. Which might be a record. I fully expect it to end there though since I have to go back to work in two weeks.
(No book cover collages this month because I’m in a photo storage transition that makes it rather difficult. Sorry.)
Most of those reviews are forthcoming (I need to play catch up a bit). My favorite book of the month was Cinder. In addition, I also reviewed:
Plus, I shared what I was listening to (as well as my uncontrollable hair) in 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.
Evan is doing great. He’s growing like its his job (which it is) and we’re pretty sure he is going to be taller than us by his 5th birthday. We’ve had a nice visit in Michigan and he’s been able to spend a lot of time with his family and friends up here. We had a party for him last weekend and it was such a great way for everyone to meet him. We head back to Florida on Wednesday. Sadly, my maternity leave is coming to an end soon. Time is flying.
My favorite Evan picture from July:
Photo a Day
The photos (click here to see larger versions):
How did July treat you?
May was a tough month. I only read 4 books and three of them were audios. Despite being ridiculously excited for Shine, it took me three weeks to read it. Between settling in the new house, getting ready for the baby, and having the baby, May just flew by without leaving me much time to myself. But I finished a book on June 1 already, so hopefully I do a little better now that Evan is here.
What I did read in May, I enjoyed. All four of these books were very different and made for an interesting mix of baseball, zombies, WWI, and ghosts.
- The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (audio)
- Zombiestan by Mainak Dhar (audio)
- Pardonable Lies by Jaqueline Winspear (audio)
- Shine by Jeri-Smith Ready
I also reviewed:
In addition, I showed you the book collection Evan has already amassed, shared a whole series of pictures of the new house (exterior and living room; kitchen, dining room, and porches; guest room/library and baby’s bathroom; master bedroom; and nursery), and introduced my son.
And now I will leave you with an image that just melts my heart. Happy June, everyone.
Ben and Evan
April was the month that I didn’t read.
There are four books here. Two of them are audio and two of them are really, really short. EDIT: I forgot THREE books when I originally posted this! I’m not so much of a slacker as I thought.
- A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd (not pictured)
- The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (not pictured)
- A Good American by Alex George (audio)(not pictured)
- Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear (audio)
- Candide by Voltaire
- Countdown by Mira Grant
- Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan (audio)
It was also the month that I didn’t review books. I didn’t get to any of the ones I read in April. The four I managed to bring you:
But, lest you be too concerned, I did talk about a few other things, like my new favorite breakfast; the UCF Book Festival; the new Shins album; my love of Blind Pilot; and dance shows.
And now it is May. And I could have a baby this month. So I should probably squeeze in some actual reading while I can, huh?
January ended up being a pretty good reading month for me. Probably because I did all of those mini-reviews in December so I had to keep reading in order to keep blogging. Nothing like a little pressure to get me going. I read a pretty diverse pile of books as well (and look, Ben, only two YA books!).
In January I read:
- The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar
- Out of Breath by Blair Richmond
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (audio)
- The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
- Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (audio)
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- When Elves Attack by Tim Dorsey (audio)
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
In addition to the links above, I reviewed The Poisonwood Bible, and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. I also shared the authors whose next book I am anxiously awaiting, Ingrid Michaelson’s new album, and I posted my 2011 wrap-ups: reading stats and new goals; my favorite albums; my husband’s top ten of 2011; and my favorites of the year.
My favorite book this month was The Fault in Our Stars. Naturally.
I must go now and continue my weekend of doing grown-up things like going to the theater and buying houses and naming babies. But leave me a comment and let me know how 2012 started out for you!