August. It seems like we were just talking about the beginning of summer, and here it is now August. It now means that school is just around the corner, and with school comes the extracurricular activities. Soccer for both kids, the continuation of piano lessons, my daughter wants to start ballet lessons, my son wants to join the school band. In addition, I committed to the first two parts of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam for the second week of September and the second to last week in October. Eek! I’m hoping that all of these practices will give me plenty of time to study and still squeeze in some reading. As soccer practices start on Tuesday, we shall see.
Considering it was the first week back from vacation, I was surprisingly not swamped at work, but obviously my available time for reading was hampered by work itself. I did manage to stay ahead on The Brothers Karamazov. I also finished Pat Conroy’s latest, South of Broad, as well as re-read Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. Also, I finally finished a book for a professional development program I am in at work, Be Your Own Brand by David McNally and Karl D. Speak. All three of those books will have reviews posted some time this week.
Next week, I hope to continue staying on top of the reading schedule for The Brothers Karamazov. Next week’s milestone includes the section where I continually lose interest. I liken it to “The Monologue” from Atlas Shrugged, except this one is roughly fifty pages on religion versus a world philosophy. I also hope to finish my first random book for the Random Book Challenge, Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. I also plan to finish one more book for the professional development program, Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton. As long as I stay on my self-imposed reading schedule, I feel pretty confident that I will be able to finish it all plus start a new one. Of course, at least one of those books will have to be put down if I receive the sequel to The Hunger Games from my dear friend Stephenie this week. She was going to send on her ARC to me. Once I get that, all bets are off on reading lists. Re-reading the first in the series last night clinched that decision for me.
It appears that August means being busy again. This week should be a good test for me to see how much I can get done and balance studying with reading. I’m hoping it won’t be too bad. We shall see.
Happy reading, everyone!