I’m not sure if any of my regular readers (!!!!) have noticed that things have been quieter than usual around these parts lately, but there is a reason for it. It might best be explained by what’s on my nightstand (besides the requisite books, which I’ll get to in a moment). For about the past month, some sort of food has frequently been found there, and I can assure you that I’m not someone who usually eats in bed. Specifically, I have attempted the much-lauded saltine crackers as an early-morning antidote, but I have found that something bland and, well, less crunchy is my food of choice.
Yes, dear readers, I am pregnant. A new little lad or lassie will be coming to the House of Hope some time around the first of June. 🙂 The girls are EXCITED, Steady Eddie and I are excited, and all is well, relatively speaking.
Honestly, though, pregnancy puts me in quite a funk. The near-constant nausea is accompanied by a bad case of what we call in the South the “can’t help its.” What that means is, I lack motivation to do ‘most anything. Unfortunately, that even includes reading sometimes, and it most definitely does include blogging almost all of the time. This has put something of a crimp in my Big Book Push plans, but I am soldiering on. Right now I am somewhere in the middle of A Tale of Two Cities and I’ve almost finished The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (review forthcoming, maybe even tomorrow!).
I have had a dreadful time, though, settling on anything to read. I’ve tried several, spending the most time on but ultimately abandoning A Walk with Jane Austen by Lori Smith. It just didn’t appeal to me–what I read seemed mostly about her love life (or lack thereof), and honestly, I’m just not that into reading about others’ romantic escapades. I thought it needed editing; I couldn’t follow the strand I really wanted to read–the Jane Austen part. My go-to book on days when I couldn’t get into anything has been The Well-Trained Mind. For real.
So, for better or worse, here’s the list of what I’ve reviewed since last month’s Nightstand post:
- Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
- Winter Birds by Jamie Langston Turner
My girls and I have enjoyed a few chapter books, though. We’ve read (and LOVED) the lengthy Tumtum and Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall , as well as the shorter Louisa May Alcott tale An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving. We are currently stalled out in The Family Under the Bridge, but I hope to revive it after Thanksgiving; it’s turning out to be a nice Christmas story.
As for the future and my own personal reading, who can say? I have a couple of Christmas tales I wouldn’t mind revisiting, but my only concrete goal for the rest of November (!!!) is to get through A Tale of Two Cities. I’m enjoying it, but that Dickens, he is dense. 🙂 (His writing, I mean.)