This picture of August the cat is pretty much how I’ve felt over the last several days. The transition into September has been tough. So tough that I slept through my alarm on Monday, which hasn’t happened since… ever? And I’ve felt perpetually behind because of it. I hope you’re having an easier go of things this month than I am! But I’m here today to update you on what I’ve been reading. I finished a couple of readaloud chapter books with the kids and have spent my own reading time with two big books. I can’t wait to share my progress!
FINISHED THIS WEEK:
This week Bryce and I finished reading The Phantom Tollbooth together. I first read it as an elementary school student, then reread in 2008 as an adult. I have been waiting anxiously to read it with my own children ever since! Bryce is 8 and is probably still a little too young and a lot of this went over his head, but he’s always been up for listening to hard books. When I read this as a sixth grader, I remember being over the moon about it. I’d never realized that such things could be done with words. I hope Bryce reads it on his own again in a few years.
Bronwyn and I finished Changes for Josefina this week, which is the last book in the Josefina series. In this one, Tía Dolores realizes that the Montoya girls are capable of taking care of their home on their own and decides it is time to return to her parents in Santa Fe. The sisters jump into action and make a plan to convince her to stay. The Montoya family has been my favorite of the series so far; I loved learning about their home and traditions. Next we turn to Kirsten, who was my favorite American girl when I was little because I loved anything to do with the prairie. I’m anxious to see how she and her family hold up for me after all of these years!
UPDATE ON MY BIG BOOKS:
Reading for myself has been difficult but I’m starting to find pockets of time in this new routine when it’s possible to squeeze in a few pages. I’m in the middle of two big books: Kristin Lavransdatter and September. Last week I mentioned it would be unlikely that I’d finish either before writing today’s post but promised to update you on my progress regardless.
I am listening to Kristin Lavransdatter on audio and just started chapter 19, which is about 9 hours into the 45:00 book! The opening chapters are gorgeous – the landscape of Norway in the fourteenth century appears pristine and perfect. Life, of course, is not easy even for Kristin’s family who is relatively well off. The sexism is off the charts and I’m fascinated by the expectations Kristin’s family has for her.
I listened to a bit of it yesterday for the first time since September 3rd because it’s been hard to squeeze in audio time. But I was pleased to find that the characters made quite an impression and I hadn’t forgotten anything while I was away. I’m excited to keep going!
I’m also reading September and it’s just perfection. The book starts in May and leads up to a big party being planned in mid-September. I’ve reached 9/13 and the party is less than a week away. Everyone is gathering at these wonderful Scottish estates, including characters who have been away for a very long time. There are several mysteries afoot, which unfold deliciously as you read.
Pilcher paints the changing season so well. She is my kind of person, let me tell you. And while the home is full of grand estates, it also has plenty of cozy cottages that are described with the best details. I’m only just over halfway through so I might not be able to finish it by next Wednesday and that’s okay. I don’t mind staying in this world for a long time!
One of my goals on Monday morning was to get caught up with all of you, but I lost that chance when I overslept. And then yesterday Colton woke up VERY early and I didn’t get a chance then. I’m hoping to curl up with my computer and coffee over the next few days and finally leave some comments on your blogs. Thank you for your patience with me!
I hope to be back on Friday with a few joyful moments. Until then – take good care.