Monday, April 30, 2007

Two books from the TBR

Ok, at the beginning of the year, I made a goal to read some books each month from my tbr shelves. Well, with reviewing getting in the way, I haven't been doing a very good job with that, but I have been doing some reading from the shelves, just not in the order I originally planned.

In January, I read The Bridesmaid by Hailey Abbott.

February: I read The Potluck Club and The Potluck Club: Trouble's Brewing by Shepherd and Everson

March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak--I don't know if this one really counts though, because it never really made it out of the pile next to my bed and onto the tbr shelf. But it was a book I own, so I guess I can count it.

April: Recipes for a Perfect Marriage by Morag Prunty and Thr3e by Ted Dekker (has been on my shelf a very, very long time!)

So I am making progress, albeit quite slowly.
I really want to keep with this for the coming months. I am doing two things to help myself with that:
1. I am cutting back on the amount of reviewing I'm doing. I cannot keep up this pace.
2. All of my books are now on shelves, I am making a point to choose from the shelves.

But books are still coming in at a much faster pace than they are going out, so I need some motivation to keep plugging away at the tbr shelves.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


We have a new bunny here in our house. It's Grace's technically, but it's turning into a family bunny. She lives in the house in her hutch, and we are probably going to litter box train her. She's currently 8 weeks old:

She's a Holland Lop and Grace is now ready to join 4-H and enter her in the fair.

She's got a great personality and is getting along really well with the other animals.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Oh, a new review!

I forgot I had a new review posted:

Laguna Cove

Not a good reading week

I haven't had a very good reading week. Not sure why, I need to stop myself from having such high expectations of what I'm about to read.

First book I read--

Give it Up by Mary Caromagno. The premise sounds so interesting. She chooses one thing to give up for each month of the year (alcohol, cell phones, tv, eating out, etc) and then writes a chapter about it. Unfortunately for her...she learned absolutely nothing from her experiences. She just went back to the same old, same old after the month was up. And I wasted reading time for this?

The Elevator by Angela Hunt. Decent book. Dont' get me wrong, I actually rated it a B. The message was good, and it did give me a lot to think about. But after her last couple of books (Uncharted, The Novelist, Unspoken) I was expecting so much more from this one.

True Light by Terri Blackstock. The first two books of this series were fascinating and I was gripped while reading them. They made me ponder what I would do if there was no more electricity or mechanical items. Could my family survive? But this one was basically a straight forward mystery with only passing notion to the fact that the world is without power. It wasn't a focal point of the story, which was disappointing.

The Cure by Athol Dickson--Just a confusing story about an alcoholic ex-pastor/missionary who ends up with a cure for alcoholism and the havoc it wreaks on his life. The plot was not told in a very straightforward way, which confused me.

I'm hoping for some better books in the coming days.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I've been tagged

I haven't been doing many reviews except for Romantic Times, so I haven't had any links to post.
Daphne tagged me I'd better get back to blogging a little more often.

10 Things You Don't Know About Me

10. I sang a solo in my 6th grade music program

9. My parents still live in the house I grew up in

8. I am an incredibly great speller, but a horrible typist. My errors are typos, not because I don't know how to spell something.

7. I have been diligent about keeping a journal since I was a young child

6. I have never been able to memorize any piano music, even after playing a song hundreds of times over.

5. I have always loved to eat ice, and I think it's genetic because my kids love to do it too. Even though it's horrible for our teeth.

4. There are four oldest children in our family of five. (Confused? Both hubby and I are oldest. Kimber is oldest from her family, Logan is the oldest born to me)

3. I really dislike gardening and working in the yard.

2. I hate making decisions, especially about where to eat out.

1. I am one of the biggest control freaks I know :)

Ok! Is everyone happy I finally posted something?