Monday, October 19, 2015

It's Monday! (10/19/15)

It's Monday! is sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.
Spent part of Saturday raking leaves. Spent all of Sunday feeling it.
There, that's my autumn poem this year.
I feel kind of bad catching up on blogs today that I didn't participate in the Readathon. I know I'd only make it until about 10:00, though, before I fell asleep. Which almost doesn't seem worth it, considering it's a 24-hour deal. As it is, I got some reading done anyway.
Last week, I finished:
Following Atticus was a superb book. So often books about animals are mediocre at best and are just generally terrible--bad writing, too maudlin, poorly edited. But Following Atticus was different. It's an emotional book, but (spoiler!) Atti doesn't die in the end. I don't think I could have survived right now had he not. 
I also finished How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm. It wasn't bad for a parenting book, but I really didn't learn much of anything new.
This week, I'll continue with:
I almost never want to pick up Eats, Shoots & Leaves, but when I do, I enjoy it. Take that for what you will. It's kind of an odd book, owing mostly to Truss's British sense of humor, I think. And the fact that it's about punctuation, I guess. Punctuation makes some of us punchy, some of us grouchy, and some of us both.
Last week I started:

The fall seems the perfect time for Anne Lamott books. Although I seldom get much out of her faith books anymore (our beliefs differ quite a bit), her writing still feels like going home to me. And her books are as hopeful as they are neurotic.
When I finished Following Atticus, I was looking for another audiobook and having very little luck. I thought I'd listen to a long biography of Walt Disney after watching the PBS special on him recently, but when I realized just how long I'd be listening to it, I passed. I finally settled on the second book in Jan Karon's Mitford series, A Light in the Window. It's not exactly what I want to listen to, but it will do, I think.
Next up (rubs hands together in glee):

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