Books of June

I have just, unexpectedly, been gifted several days without the kids and The Man to do... well, whatever I want, I guess.  The family is off camping and instead of having me stomp around a campsite moaning about being hot, mosquito bitten and dirty, they left me behind.

Works. For. Me.

I have a list of things that should be done but, frankly, the older I get, the more I realize that should is an incompetent master, better to be kept at a distance otherwise it'll suck up all of your living energy. 

And we all know we only have a finite amount of that.

So, I put a curry in the slow cooker and went to the library instead to stock up for several days gross neglect of all things should-ish.  

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Lookit my kitty, he's so excited.  Both cats like to sit by any books that happen to be laying on the bed because they know, eventually, I will wander in, pick up the book and lay down to read.  And then they will slink up close and revel in any absent minded scratches that come their way.

You may notice that the above reading represents a small departure from the genre I have been spending the majority of my time with this past year.  Perhaps it because there are suddenly no juveniles in the house - even the cats are middle aged - that I decided against children's literature and am going for something a bit more... oh, I don't know... wordy?  Unnecessarily complicated and wrought with drama?  Isn't that we adults make of our lives?

Before I bunk off to get lost in Jeanette Winterson's Sexing the Cherry, I will put up my reading from the past month because it is that time again and, also, I want to.

The books of June - reading list

 Children's Literature - in which I will not summarize each book individually but will tell you upfront each one was delightful, Gothic, mysterious, and had all sorts of really funny caricatures of adults while the children were clever and brave.

The Joy of Spooking: Unearthly Asylum by P.J. Bracegirdle
The Incredibly Ordinary Danny Chandelier by Laura Trunkey
Horten's Incredible Illusions by Lissa Evans
Doll Bones by Holly Black
The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey
The Death Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski
The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (reading with girl child)

Adult Non-Fiction - in which I demonstrate, once again, how much I love memoirs.

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Full Body Burden by Kristen Iversen

And that's it.  All I have for you.  Oh, except this: I really like this tumblr blog.  Now I'm done.

I gotta go read and, probably, absent mindedly pet the cat.

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  1. The Harry Potter is the only book on the list that I have heard of! Excited to add them to the list of books to look into!

    I've decided that I'll just list our books as well. All in all, we ended up reading or listening to over 40 books last month. I do like keeping track of them though, as it will be fun to see which books she reads again as she gets a bit older.

    Enjoy your Mama Time!

  2. Did you like Bossypants? I enjoyed it. And having worked for years for the YMCA in the US, I can say she's pretty much spot on in descriptions.

  3. you know, everyone going camping and leaving me at home sounds like a dream come true to me. My family seem to think they can't survive without me so I doubt it will ever happen. Enjoy your solitude.

  4. Samantha,
    I loved Bossypants and watched a couple of Tina Fey's movies to celebrate finishing it. I laughed so hard at the YMCA bits. Having spent sometime using the rec portion of a YMCA, I was pretty sure she wasn't exaggerating.