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I’m back in dreary southern Ohio, where we’ve been absolutely bombarded with rain over the course of the week. The rivers in the area have already reached the flood stage, and everything is just soggy and damp. This is definitely a far cry from my weather last weekend. Let me pause for a moment to reflect (and cry)…

Photo: Reading on the beach
Sun, sand, friends and books!

While work hasn’t let up at all, I did come back from my mini-vacation refreshed and in a more positive frame of mind. I also decided I was not going to let work dictate my home life. No more working 12 hours on weekends, no more working an additional 4 hours at night. Home means home, and work means work unless there is an absolute emergency. This is my new philosophy, and I’m sticking to it!

I’ve been reading some great novels lately. The highlight this week was definitely Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen. If you haven’t checked it out yet, it is absolutely worth all the buzz it is generating. I also shared my thoughts on Justin Taylor’s The Gospel of Anarchy, Jim Butcher’s Storm Front, and Michael Grant’s Gone. Connor was too busy to write a review but shared what has been keeping him so busy with videos of his performance at last week’s piano recital. Lastly, I dived into the phenomenon that is the multitude of giveaways and asked what people thought about all of them that are occurring lately.

I managed to finish John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces and Christina Meldrum’s Amaryllis in Blueberry this week. Expect those reviews to go live in two weeks. Other than that, I’m tackling the last of Jean Auel’s Earth Children series with her soon-to-be released The Land of Painted Caves. At 758 pages, I know it is going to take me some time to finish, but I’ll be enjoying her larger-than-life landscapes and people to the very end. As we head into the busy spring season, with soccer starting in two weeks and an increase in ballet practices before the big recital, I plan to spend the day immersed in Ayla’s world again. I can’t think of a better way to spend a gloomy and cold Sunday.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing Sunday. Happy reading!!

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