Welcome to a new feature on this blog!! Every quarter I’ll be doing a newsletter post where I’ll talk about books I’m excited about reading, other blogs I’ve discovered, behind the scenes of this blog (including hints of exciting upcoming posts and new developments), and little things going on in my life. This will be a place to share with you the things on my mind and the things I’m excited about.
(Some of the book covers contain affiliate links.)
Books I’m Currently Reading (and how that’s going)
I’ve been in a reading slump lately which is not fun at all. There are so many books I want to read, but I’m just not doing it. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that I’ve been extra busy (I’ll talk about that below). But here are the books I’m trying to read.
History of Britain and Ireland – I’ve been reading this for almost a year. And I’m not making much progress. I’m only on page 70 of 400. This book, like British history, is very long. It’s fascinating, but I’m having trouble keeping track of kings and queens and battles, and I’m not sure how to pronounce most of the place names. I’m not giving up, though! 🙂
Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write About Anything – Actually it’s not a book; it’s one of the Great Courses. But I’m currently “reading” it since I need it to count toward my Goodreads goal. 😉
Some of the Blogs I’ve Been Enjoying
Here are some wonderful blogs I’ve been reading.
Recent Additions to my Bookshelves
Sherlock Holmes – I haven’t read any Sherlock Holmes stories yet, and I don’t know which one to start with, but I’m pretty sure I’ll want to read these eventually.
Do Hard Things – I’ve already read this book three times, and I love it. I was very happy to find it at a thrift store that benefits rescue animals.
For Women Only – Just looking through this, I don’t know if I agree with everything, but I hope some of it will be helpful. I mostly wanted to read it to understand how guys think. I guess I was looking for more of a brain science kind of book that explains things like what are the physiological differences between the male and female brain; are men generally more abstract thinkers or concrete thinkers; and what can we do about common communication misunderstandings between men and women?
Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog – I got this through Paperback Swap. I’ll be doing a post about swap sites in the future, but for now, if you’re interested, here’s my link which will allow you to get a $3 discount on standard membership. There’s certainly a free membership option, though, too.
• I’m working on this 14-day plank challenge, and it’s taking me longer than 14 days. 😦
• Farming just took over my entire life. (On my about page, I mentioned I live and work on a farm, but I’ve never talked about it otherwise.) It’s been deathly dry here on the dusty plains of Colorado. Or at least in my little corner of them. That means crop irrigation starts really early. Not fun. This past week we irrigated the alfalfa. Tons of work. Not much sleep. Very exhausted. Here’s a picture of a sunrise last year when I was out irrigating the hay:
• I’ve been considering joining the Classics Club. I would need to commit to reading and reviewing 50 classics in 5 years or less. I always say I want to read more classics so this might be a good way to do that.
Books I’m Going to Read Soon (I hope)
I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think in the comments.