Monday again, and the start of fall. Last week was pretty rough. Nothing I can or want to get into, but yeah – it was stressful. Lots of running around, lots of talk about grown-up things, not lots of reading. I didn’t get in one lunchtime reading session last week – I was either running up to the daycare to feed Nugget, or I had lunch meetings, or I was working through lunch to stay on top of my workload. I’m remembering how it was after going back to work when I had Peanut; this is about the time the novelty wears off and I start feeling beat down by it all. It’s all kind of too much.
Anyway – reading last week. Even though I missed out on lunchtime reading (and probably won’t be doing much lunch reading until I stop going to the daycare to feed Nugget – so that’s some months away) I still got in a bit of reading in the evenings. I finished Secrets of the Baby Whisperer and was kind of underwhelmed. The author made me feel like a terrible mother, and convinced me that I probably need to cool it on all the parenting books I’ve been reading lately. More to the point, I mentioned one of the Baby Whisperer’s theories to Nugget’s pediatrician and he was pretty skeptical. But it was a quick read. The only other book I managed to finish this week was a comic: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 1. It was snappy and funny and just what the doctor ordered.
Currently reading: The Custom of the Country, by Edith Wharton, for our #FallingForEdith readalong. I’m about half way through, and… Poor Ralph Marvell! I’m rooting for him to kick Undine to the curb and take up with Clare. Look for my final thoughts on it next Wednesday… And reminder, if you have finished the book and want your thoughts included in a roundup post, drop me a comment on the master post with a link to your review. The roundup post is going live first thing in the morning on October 2, so I’ll need all links and writeups by the evening of October 1, or they won’t make it into the roundup. (If you don’t have a blog and you’d like me to add your comments to the roundup, send me an email.)
And speaking of current reads, this is noteworthy (for me, anyway): inspired by my friend Katie’s wise words in this post, I actually abandoned a book this week. I’d started Bright Lines after seeing all the buzz about it on the web, but it just wasn’t speaking to me, so I put it down after about 60 pages, and it’s headed back to the library. It might be a case of right book, wrong time – I think I’d like it better if I picked it up with my head in a different place – but for now it’s not meant to be. Look at me abandoning a book! Growth, that’s what that is.
On deck for this week, in addition to (hopefully) the rest of The Custom of the Country, is the new Salman Rushdie novel, and maybe another comic or two. We’ll see. And on the blog, more summer adventures on Wednesday and Friday – check back,
Hope you all have a good week, my friends. What are you reading?