Ooooooooops. Sorry, guys. I didn’t mean to disappear like that on you and certainly had no intentions of taking a week off from posting! Last week was a crazy one, with a couple of late nights (including one day that went from 4:00 a.m. until midnight, and on three hours’ sleep the night before, too – ouch). It wasn’t a bad week, just a particularly busy one, and we were really in need of a weekend when Saturday finally rolled around. I spent most of Saturday cleaning, because we had a very unusual event that night – a night out! My firm had a big function, involving dates, and we lined up one of Peanut’s teachers to babysit. The night went incredibly well – Peanut was overjoyed to have her teacher in her house, and Nugget behaved really well for her too – but I couldn’t let her see the place in its usual messy state. So there wasn’t much time to read on Saturday. But I made up for it on Sunday – finished one book, made progress on another, and finally joined Audible.
So, on the subject of reading – despite a crazy week, as I said, I finished two books – The Summer Before the War, by Helen Simonson (author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand) in print, from the library, and Elizabeth and Her German Garden after weeks of picking at it on my iPhone. I really, really enjoyed The Summer Before the War. It was one of those atmospheric novels that just pulled me in and tugged me right along with beautiful, descriptive prose, and it’s been lingering ever since I closed the cover and returned it to the library. I was expecting to enjoy it, but I wasn’t expecting to be quite as moved as I was. Then I turned to Everyone Brave is Forgiven, the new historical novel from Chris Cleave – World War I to World War II! I’m predictable, am I not? – and I’m enjoying it, although not quite as much as I enjoyed The Summer Before the War. And then somewhere in there, over the course of the week, I finally polished off Elizabeth and Her German Garden, which I liked, but not as much as The Enchanted April (von Arnim’s more famous work, which I loved). At some point I’ll get back to Elizabeth (there are two sequels) but right now I need a break from her joyless marriage. Once I finish with Everyone Brave, I’ve got something very exciting to follow – Heat and Light, the new… wait for it… BAKERTON novel by Jennifer Haigh! I love Haigh’s writing and particularly her Bakerton books, so I’m thrilled to have gotten a copy from the library so close to the release date.
On the blog this week, I promise content! No more vanishing act! On Wednesday, I’ve got a recap of Mother’s Day weekend (better late than never, right?) and a 5K I ran that Saturday. And on Friday – try to stay on your chairs – a book review! I’m really wanting to get back to doing more book reviews, so I’m working on putting a few together over the coming weeks, starting with a recent favorite. Check back!
What are you reading this week?