Happy Easter! We have had a wonderful spring break and I've enjoyed being extremely lazy, reading and just hanging out. All those things on my to do list -- are still there waiting to be done and I'm not going to feel the least bit guilty about any of it. We have nine more weeks and 7th grade will be done. It was a bit more stressful this year since we joined Visions, our public home school charter, and followed their schedule which meant fewer breaks. The past few years we did 4 weeks on, 1 week off and usually ended mid June. I discovered those breaks are absolutely necessary for all involved or we get extremely grumpy with each other and mom has less patience. So we are going to allow for more breaks come 8th grade.
Reading wise, I should be reading Manuscript Found in Accra which is being released April 2, but I got sidetracked with Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock Series and read Skinwalker. Finished it, liked it enough to start the 2nd - Blood Cross. What can I say, I'm a sucker for paranormal fantasy series. This month my reading was eclectic ranging from suspense, psychological thrillers, romance, science fiction, paranormal and urban fantasies.
Calculated in Death - J.D. Robb (New York - 400)
Never Let You Go - Erin Healy (U.S. - 352)
Kitty Steals the Show (KN#10) - Carrie Vaughn (eb)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip Dick (futuristic S.F. - 256)
There was an Old Woman - Hallie Ephron (New York - 293)
Odd Hours - Dean Koontz (California -413)
The Likeness - Tana French (Ireland - 466)
Hopscotch - Julio Cortazar (Paris/Argentina - 564)
Touch of a Demon (#5 Kara Gillian) - Diana Rowland (448)
Relentless - Cherry Adair (Egypt - 368)
Angelopolis - Danielle Trussoni (New York/Paris/Siberia - 302)
Odd Interlude - Dean Koontz (eb)
Sand Castle Bay - Sherryl Woods (North Carolina - 384)
The Wanderer - Robyn Carr (Oregon - eb)
Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin #8) - Jennifer Estep (eb)
Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock#1) - Faith Hunter (New Orleans - eb)
I also had the 'eyes are bigger than my stomach' syndrome lately when it comes to book offers and will have quite a few reviews coming up in the next couple months. This week is the release of the first book in Sherryl Woods new Ocean Breeze comtemporary romance series Sand Castle Bay and Paulo Coehlo's latest Manuscript Found in Accra.
Writing wise, don't ask. It's been rather sparse lately, including here on the blog and I'm working on improving. Speaking of blogs, March marks my 6th year blogging on My Two Blessings and my 4th year hosting Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks. We'll find a way to celebrate in April, perhaps with a giveaway or two.
This week on 52 books it is book week 14 and highlighting Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that create the World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart which lead me to Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother. James and I have had many a conversation about Lincoln's mother and how she died from milk sickness so of course I had to buy it. We'll also be doing a readalong starting April 7th of 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. 1Q84 originally was published in three volumes in Japan in 2009-2010 and released as one book in North American in 2011. It is according to Murakami, a mind bending ode to George Orwell's 1984.
Have a Happy Easter and a wonderful Week!