Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mid-year Status Report

Dear Jenny,

After five strong years of writing this blog, we hit 2016 and... well, it hit us instead. But it's June now (well, it's July tomorrow... eep) so maybe it's time to see if we can get this train back on the track?

I thought maybe a little "status report" would light a fire under my butt (at the very least, it's a good little To Do list.) Even though I have only reported on one. single. book. this year, I have actually read four more! Just need to write about them.

Five Children and It We both read this and discussed it way back in April (!) Did you take the notes? I can barely remember this book now. It was super charming, right? (Also... did we know it was made into a movie?)

Wolf in White Van  Man. I burned through this book a couple of months ago and did not take many notes. This will be a tough one to write. I think there's a slowly unfolding secret and, for the life of me, I cannot remember what the "big reveal" ends up being. I might have to semi re-read this book. Have you read it?

Lincoln on Leadership — This one was a slog... it was given to me while I was a manager, then finished (slooowly) when I was no longer working. But I learned a lot about Lincoln and I was pleased to discover that it seems like he was as great as I had always thought he was. So that was nice.

Women in Clothes — You gave me this book a few years ago and I cannot begin to tell you how much I LOVED it. Love, love, LOVE. I finished it this week and every morning, I am sad to re-discover that I am done with it. I put about a million tags on it, so that's going to be a long post/rave. Or I'm just going to have to say "This is great!" and hand it over for you to read. We'll see.

So... that's 5 books total that I have read out of 12. We're just wrapping up the 6th month of the year, so reading wise, I'm only one book behind. But yeah... there's the writing part. Time to get on that.

aaand... Book Exchange!
In other random bookish news, the book exchange in our front yard is going strong -- it's fun to see new books show up and old books go every day. I sort of feel compelled to start leaving notes with the books I put out (a "Why I recommend this book" note) but I'm sure that's over-thinking, so I have resisted.

This thing might also be... a little dangerous. I mean... new books are showing up on our front lawn every day.  I'm going to have to implement a strict "I must leave a book if I take a book" policy. Otherwise, my TBR list is going to get out of control. And I can barely keep up with the 12 I've picked for this year!!

In conclusion: It's July.
Soooo... Tomorrow is July 1and Beloved is on deck for us to read together. You ready?


1 comment:

  1. Kelly,

    Yes, 2016 seems to be the year of dead celebrities and a dead blog for us. But I think we can bring it back. I'm not ready to #brexit out of this yet.

    My mid-year report is that I do have the 5 Children and It notes and will work on writing that this weekend.

    My own list is a little frightening...I'm pretty far behind, having only read 4 and having to write up 2. (I have to also write up Excellent Sheep, which I finished last week).

    I have been reading...but mostly romance novels. This is basically the equivalent of TV-watching for me. Everyone falls in love and is happy! That also makes me think that I should write about my trip to LA and The Ripped Bodice.

    This is me some priorities and things to do for next week. And since I'm about to get on a train, maybe I should take one of my books with me!


    PS. Can we talk about how much I love your little library and how much I want to have one of my very own. I might have to make that happen. And since Darius gets back tomorrow, we will also go through his books together and send you some kids books--as promised!