Sunday Salon Chit Chat







Happy Sunday!  June is turning into a very busy reading month. My 52 Books group is celebrating all things fantasy including the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K.Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  Bloomsbury Publishing has come up with 4 special editions, each with the house flags on the cover. I'm trying to decide which one I want or if I should just get all four.  *grin*  We are also celebrating Father's Day and well as the June Solstice which ushers in Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and Winter in the Southern Hemisphere. With the beginning of Summer, we will be also diving into a summer long read of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace starting on June 18th. 

June means I have three birthstones to choose from for the Birthstone Bookology reading challenge: Pearl, Moonstone or Alexandrite. 

I'm going to work on spelling out Pearl since I have a few P books and L books as well as chunky books on my shelves waiting to be read.  On my reading plate for this month are: The Girl who Played with Guns (chunky), A Crown of Swords (Chunky #7 Wheel of Time), as well as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone  and other fantasy novels.  I'm working my way through Seanan McGuire's October Daye series and next up is  # 4 Late Eclipses.  
I'm currently reading Devon Monk's Gods and Ends, #3 in her Ordinary Magic Series. I so enjoy Devon's creative mind and have read all her books. 

Writing wise:  Also decided I want to experiment more with poetry, so reading In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poets Portable Workshop by Stephen Kowit.   Plus added Fire Up Your Writing Brain: How to Use Proven Neuroscience to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Writer by Susan Reynolds to my writing stacks.   

I've been getting back in morning pages, freewriting, journaling - whatever you want to call. it. Synchronicity is at work since a writerly friend, Molly Totoro,  just published her book - Journaling toward Wholeness: A 28 day to Develop Journaling Practice.  Woot! Woot! Congratulations Molly! 

Plus War and Peace. It will be a second read for me, this time a bit more slowly as I consumed it the first time in a couple weeks.  Yes, I know Tolstoy isn't fantasy but quite a few people in my book group wanted to spread it out over the summer.  We'll probably be doing a volume a month, along with some discussion.  Thank goodness for spark notes.

Eleventh grade is wrapping up as of Wednesday.  Hubby and James are doing a mad dash to finish up Algebra 1.   This year was a mish mash with math as we started the year with Saxon, segued into Starline Press, then ultimately settled on Mathusee mid year. We discovered teaching math is not my forte' so hubby took over completely   He was determined James would complete the whole book, learn everything there is possible to learn about Algebra 1.  Somewhere along the line, things started to click for James and he's been zooming through the lessons.   It's coming down to the wire, however and they are doing a full court press to finish up Wednesday, the official end, rather than easing through to the end of Friday.  I think they are going to make it.  

Off to enjoy our beautiful sunny, breezy day! 


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