Happy Martin Luther King Day to my American friends! I hope you’re all having a great holiday weekend. Mine has been… well… not very holiday-ish. Nothing bad, but just mostly work and not much play. Saturday morning was fun – the kids and I hit up a birthday party at Tifft Nature Preserve! Peanut’s BFF was turning FOUR! and we celebrated in grand style with pizza, crafts and puddle-stomping in our glitter shoes. (Well, that last one was just Peanut.) Party animals! I had a good time chatting with the birthday girl’s mom and – a first for me – met a blog reader! (Hi, Jen!) But other than Saturday morning birthday fun, my weekend was pretty much nothing but work, work, work. I’m currently staggering under the weight of several crushing deadlines at work, which had me running around like a crazy person all last week, and the rest of January is looking like a doozy. I have several BIG, STRESSFUL filings and a hearing between now and the end of the month, I’ve had some personal business pop up unexpectedly which is going to call me out of town for a day or so in early February and I’ve got to prepare for that, and oh, yeah – we’re moving at the end of the month. (Looks like we may have found a place. Cross fingers that it works out.)
So between working all weekend, packing for our move, and regular chores and stuff, I didn’t get much reading done – bummer. But I still have a few books to report. Last Monday I finished up my second collection of Marilynne Robinson’s essays, When I Was a Child I Read Books. As I mentioned in last week’s post, I found this one a bit easier to follow, which I’m hoping means that I’m getting smarter! From there I did pretty much a complete 180 and picked up the fourth volume of Fables. The story is getting more and more intriguing and I’m really enjoying it. (I think I know who the Adversary is.) Then I turned to the first installment in Terry Pratchett’s long-running Discworld series: The Color of Magic. I liked it, but not as much as I was expecting to. I found the world-building a bit difficult to follow, and while I enjoyed the funny bits, it just didn’t ring my bells the way I’d hoped it would. But it was short, so I pushed through to the end and finished it up on Sunday night after a hard afternoon of working and packing.
Up next, it’s looking like a big graphic novel-y week. I’ve got the first volume of Saga and the complete Boxers & Saints out from the library, as well as March: Book One, and I’m excited to dig into those. Once they go back, I’ll be left with just one more book checked out from the library – a historical fiction novel, We That Are Left. It’ll be weird to not have a teetering library stack, especially right before most of my books are about to go into storage for at least a few months. I guess I’ll be leaning on the library even more than usual.
Coming up on the blog: Part I of my bookish 2015-in-review on Wednesday, and my goals and one word for 2016 on Friday. Check back!
Have a great week, my friends! What are you reading?