The Blogger Diaries #2


I’ve been in a weird mood lately and feeling so blah about everything. I think I need a vacation. I think I need to get out of my routine and get a change of scenery. We are taking the kids to Sesame Street Place in Pennsylvania soon, so at least I have life-sized Elmo and Big Bird accosting me to look forward to. Otherwise, I’m reading like crazy and it’s been helpful for making me forget all of the above.

1. Madame Bovary (2000) – Now that the read-along is over, I decided to watch the BBC Series starring Frances O’Connor and Hugh Bonneville so I can write a post for Katie @ Doing Dewey’s Books to Movies Challenge that I signed up for a million years ago. Since I found it on (God bless) YouTube, I’ve been watching the series in 9 minute clips which totally works when you just want to squeeze it in here and there.

2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – It’s quite possible my current mood can explain what a downer I’ve been about the book. But I’m at the last few chapters and pretty sure I won’t change my mind about it. However, it’s been comforting to know that others in the read-along feel the same way. One blogger even DNF’d the book!

3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – I put this on hold to concentrate on the above classics, but I will pick it up again after #1Tale2Cities and make it my only classic until the darn thing is read and done. Even if it takes me all year! (Um, I hope not).

4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – I initially ordered this book for a book club meeting I ended up bailing on. Everyone seems to have either read it or is reading it now for the movie. I finished the book, but will wait until I see the movie to write the review. I liked it, but I didn’t cry and it didn’t blow me away.

5. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield – Slowly making my way through this book because without any plot or tension, I can’t read much more than a chapter at a time.

6. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson – Half-way through and I’m enjoying the story, although sometimes I feel like it’s a little too cute and quirky. I haven’t read The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared, so this is my first experience with Jonasson.

7. Delicious by Ruth Reichel and Girls of Ridyadh by Rajaa Alsanea – Next up in the reading queue. I didn’t pay attention to my stats last year, but following the #ReadWomen2014 and #WeNeedDiverseBooks hash tags, I think I should think harder about the books I’m choosing for the rest of the year.

8. Armchair BEA – I will be participating in the conference all week starting Monday, May 26th. I’m also working on a post for the Armchair BEA International Committee and it will highlight book adaptations that were filmed in all of the provinces and territories of Canada.

9. Summer of the Canadian Short Story – I can’t resist signing up for stuff, so this is my newest reading challenge hosted by Tania at Write Reads. I think I will start with Alice Munro since she’s so big and I haven’t read any of her work. Any other suggestions?

10. Amelia Bedelia’s First Field Trip by Herman Parish – Some of the books I read with my kids are fantastic, but others are just awful and of course, my kids always love the most annoying ones. This Amelia book is the fave right now and I haven’t been able to hold back my feelings whenever we read it (sooo grumpy!). “It’s a badly written book, the jokes are terrible, Amelia is weird,” I keep telling my kids. They just ignore me.


Sure Mr. Dinkins, go have a nap while I run the whole farm and manage this bunch of kids. Grrr, rubs me the wrong way every time.

So now I’m off to read more Dickens. What’s new with you? What are you reading or planning to read? Thanks for stopping by and putting up with my mood lately. Guess I just need a big hug from Elmo.


The Blogger Diaries #1


April is officially the month I have overcommitted myself, but c’est la vie.

1. Divergent – Yay, I went to see the Divergent movie with my friend, Julie! We both agreed the movie was really good and had excellent casting (side note: Theo James is smoking hot). Seeing the movie reminded me of all the things I loved about the first book, especially how Tris struggles with her identity. I may have to read Allegiant now and finish the series.

2. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – I signed up to be a blog cheerleader for the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon taking placing on April 26th. If you would like to participate as a reader or cheerleader, visit their website.

3. Armchair BEA ~ May 26-31, 2014 – I’m also on the International Committee for this year’s Armchair BEA which is the online conference than takes place alongside the Book Expo America/BEA Blogger Convention every year. I joined last year as a participant for the first time and it was great event for meeting other bloggers and the craft of blogging. Registration starts soon so keep an eye on their website.

4. #MadameBovary2014 – The Madame Bovary read-along (read-a-long? readalong? I don’t know anymore) is in full swing! Master post is on my other blog ebookclassics and Juliana just posted the check-in for Part One on her blog. So far it’s been easy to read and I was surprised how quickly the title character transforms from a polite farm girl to desperate housewife.

5. #1Tale2Cities – I also signed up to read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens with Laura @ Reading In Bed between April 21-May19. You should too! I’ve only read Great Expectations, so Dickens is still fairly new to me.

6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – I’m also reading War and Peace for the Russian Literature challenge I signed up for in December. I aim to finish the book by July. The first five chapters have taken place at a party with a bunch of characters I’m sure must be important somehow and then some drunk guys dance with a bear. All sure signs this is a masterpiece.

7. Did Not Finish – I started reading Sister Wolf by Ann Arensberg, but I found the story incoherent (a reviewer on Goodreads called it whack-ass – LOL). I have decided to ditch it because The Wind Is Not A River by Brian Payton came in for me at the library. The story takes place during World War II and is split between a journalist stranded on an Alaskan island and his wife back in the U.S. planning to search for him.

8. The Afterword Reading Society – The National Post here in Canada runs this book club where there are 25 coveted physical copies up for grabs and you have the opportunity to submit questions to the author. After many many months of trying and failing, I was ready to unsubscribe. Of course, now that I have a million books to read this month, lo and behold a cheery email telling me that Lovers at the Chameleon Club by Francine Prose is on its way and I have until April 28th to answer their questionnaire. However, the book has yet to arrive. Ack!

9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – I finally cracked open the Harry Potter DVDs I was given eons ago and watched the end of the series. Why did I wait so long? Now I feel like I need to go back and watch all of the movies again. I haven’t read the books and may wait until my kids are older so we can read them together.

10. Game of Thrones – Finally Games of Thrones is back for Season 4 which is so great because my life was pretty empty without its nudity and violence (kidding!). I heard someone on the Nerdist podcast nickname the show T&A with a chance of dragons. Now we just need True Blood to come back and we’ll have more bare butts than we can possibly handle.

What’s happening in your bookish life?