July and August in Review
I'm combining these summer months since I never got a chance to review July by itself. So, I've finally been able to get some more reading done but it's nowhere near where it was before. I am working only one full time job now but, ironically, this one job is keeping me insanely busier than when I had a different full time job combined with graduate school combined with this job part-time as an internship. How is that possible??? But there are other perks to this job so I guess it's just a trade-off that I'm willing to accept.
As for my blogging, I reviewed four books in July:
- Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
- Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
- The Storm at the Door by Stefan Merrill Block
- Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward
- Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn
- Silver Sparrow by Tarayi Jones
- The Rules of the Tunnel by Ned Zeman
- Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
- The Third Option by Vince Flynn
In July, my husband and I traveled to Washington, D.C. with my parents for a little vacation originated from plans to go see Manchester United vs. Barcelona play at Fed Ex Field in Landover, MD, as my mother is somewhat of a soccer hooligan! (okay, slight exaggeration!) The trip was incredibly fun and a nice escape from what has been a stressful time at work. August brought my 29th birthday (one more year of being young, heheh... actually I'm looking forward to my 30's). However, we also got bad news medically about my mother, as she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She just recently underwent surgery and we are hoping she will be good after that, as they call it a "favorable" cancer. But it's still scary and she has some recuperating to do and some minor treatment (relatively speaking) to still undergo.
In other blogging news, I've been feeling sort of discouraged about blogging lately. It's ridiculous how something meant to be fun, to be an outlet, an escape, can often turn into pressure and create other negative feelings. I won't go too much into it, but I'm finding that I often have to remind myself that I just plain like to read and that's what I should do. And there shouldn't be such things as pressure and even "belonging" necessarily in merely enjoying a hobby. It's complicated. The last thing I need to do is stress over the lack of time I have to devote to blogging! I'm thinking other book bloggers will likely understand, and if any of you reading this are not bloggers you're probably thinking I don't have enough to worry about, haha!
Anyway, I actually have some EXCITING news... okay, really it's nothing big or life changing necessarily, but after five years of living in our home and not doing anything to our second bedroom but using it as a storage room (reminiscent of a beginning hoarder) and overcoming severe disappointment that it will likely never be a nursery, we decided to clean it out and turn it into a READING ROOM!! Only a book nerd would be excited about that, I suppose. We covered the one wall with wall-to-wall bookshelves. We do have a computer desk in there but we simplified from the huge desk we had to a little IKEA desk. The desk actually came with a nice-sized sturdy shelf where we have stored our "educational" books (ie. textbooks, my trusty DSM IV-TR, etc.), we covered the door-less closet with a curtain, and we bought two reading chairs (super comfortable even though it may not look it)! We need to finish it off with a couple matching foot stools (that were out of stock when we IKEA'd) and maybe a rug. We also put up those two fabulous reading art pictures by Pamela Miller that I bought at the UCF Book Festival. No pictures of the room yet because I want to finish it up for real. But the room has transformed from something I rarely even went in or looked at to the most relaxing, peaceful room in the house!
So now that I'm settling in to this "new" job and the recent craziness, I'm hoping to have more time to enjoy what I want to do. But then, these next few months usually get crazy don't they?