Weekly Update 38

Off the blog

This has been a fun two weeks. I got lots of books read, and got lots of fun stuff done. ๐Ÿ™‚ Last weekend, we went to the pumpkin patch / corn festival and had lots of fun in the corn pit:

corn pit

A couple days later, we carved our pumpkins. Mine had a few rotten parts, so I carved them out and pretended that I planned my pumpkin that way from the beginning. The kids were so confused!


On Wednesday, Aaron and the kids went trick-or-treating. D was Hermione and M was Batman. Unfortunately, I was feeling really tired that night and didn’t end up getting pictures for you.

We also had parent-teacher-conferences. M is doing very well in school – the teacher is thrilled with him. D is also doing much better than last year, though we still need to get the anxiety under control. I think part of the improvement was that she clicks better with this year’s teacher (who is calmer) than she did with last year’s teacher. Sometimes that happens – it doesn’t mean last year’s teacher was bad, just that sometimes students and teachers don’t click.

I’m down to 6 weeks more of my pregnancy, and will start weekly doctor appointments now. *le sigh* But at least I’m in the last stretch! Today, in fact, is our day-long birthing class. I was skeptical that taking a birthing class would be a good use of time, but decided that my anxiety disorder has been acting up quite a bit with this pregnancy, and I’ll probably be calmer if I feel like I’ve considered everything that needs to be considered.

On the blog

I reviewed: Them, by Ben Sasse; The Cresswell Plot, by Elizabeth Wass; and The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.

In November, I have decided to participate in Nonfiction November, Margaret Atwood Reading Month, and SciFi Month.

I have decided to host a Dresden Files Group Readย and a 2019 Year of Shakespeareย (though I am considering combining with The Classics Club and hosting 3 months of a 37-month Shakespeare event).

Reading this coming week

Currently Reading

Here are the books that I plan on making progress on during the next week. I know I read a lot of books at once. But that’s the way I roll. ๐Ÿ™‚



Over the past two weeks, I have completed 7 books – leaving me on track to get to my goal of 75 books this year.



I pulled off quite the book haul over the past two weeks. The Lies We Told is my BOTM book for October. Scriptures of the World’s Religions and A Survey of Hinduism will be enjoyed slowly as part of my personal education experience. Washington Black is my Litsy Markup Postal Book Club choice for November. I received The Quiet You Carry and A Bright Future as NetGalley ARCS. (Eventually they’ll stop giving me ARCS as my percentage of books reviewed is 54%. I’m currently working on reading down my list while only requesting one book per release-month. I’m out to May in Nonfiction and March in Fiction.)

17 thoughts on “Weekly Update 38

  1. You’re not alone: I read “too many” books at one time as well. Something for any given mood. Have a good week!


  2. I so love these pictures!!! Now good luck with your last stretch. I was always “he or she can’t come soon enough” as this is the part where we don’t sleep so good and when we don’t see our feet while standing anymore! Congrats on all the books you’ve finished this week!


    1. Thanks for the home stretch luck! I’ll need it. Although, to be honest, this is the trimester that has been the least difficult for me. I’m not fatigued and having morning sickness as much in this trimester as I was in the first, and I had pneumonia the whole second trimester! So this is a breeze! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would prefer sooner rather than later, if only because I’m worried he’ll come late and end up on Christmas.


    1. I have pretty bad ADHD. If I’m going to be reading more than a half hour a day, I need to read something different each half hour. That even extends out over several days. I’m only reading one nonfiction book right now, and it’s driving me insane, because I alternate between fiction and nonfiction. But I have to get the book done as it’s an ARC. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Oh my goodness, the corn pit looks like so much fun. I’ve never heard of such a thing. Wonderful photos of your family. It’s very important for children to click with their teachers. When my daughter was in fourth grade her teacher went on maternity leave at Christmas break, my daughter had a terrible time with the new teacher. She was so stressed that she began pulling her hair out. Finally we had to move my daughter to another class.

    You have a wonderful reading week. I like the cover of The Witch of Willow Hall. Enjoy your week.


    1. Yeah, the corn pit was amazing. There was even an “extreme corn pit” with swings and monkey bars! D, fortunately, never started pulling her hair out last year, but she was having a lot of psychosomatic symptoms. And since we didn’t understand her problems as much last year as we did this year, we were frustrated at her “hypochondria.” She doesn’t have as many symptoms this year because she gets along with her teacher so much better.


  4. I haven’t heard of American Psychosis – thanks for putting it on my radar! If you haven’t read it yet I recommend Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care by Dinah Miller and Annette Hanson – similar, but concentrating on current practices.


    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I had not heard of that book, and this is a subject I am particularly interested in. I’ll stick it in my TBR list. Out of curiosity, is it in favor of Involuntary care or against it?


  5. Sounds like a good week overall. You got some great books. I’m enjoying Rachel Caine’s great library series and I LOVE the Harry Dresden series. I hope you like them too Enjoy! Anne – Books of My Heart


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