Spring Reading Thing: Update Week 5 & 6

A bit behind on my weekly updates… here goes!

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~* Books Finished *~

Club Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 3, by Charlaine Harris
I don’t have that much to say about the books that I haven’t said yet – they are all pretty good, still a nice mix between Mystery/Investigation and Fantasy/Supernatural fiction. I find that they are getting better as we move through the series, and the plots are getting more complex, more intricate, and more characters are being introduced in every book. I think each book COULD be read as a stand-alone, the author does summarize the key parts of the action of previous books to explain some of the things happening in that book, but it’s pretty basic, and I think a reader wouldn’t get the full scope of the intrigue and building up of the stories without reading them from Book 1.
The next few sentences are a bit of a spoiler (but not too much πŸ™‚ ), so heads up if you don’t want any πŸ™‚Β  I kind of like that Sookie is not tied in to anyone in particular, portrayed as the ultimate soul mate. I like a good romance story with strong soul-mates like the next girl, but at the same time, it can become pretty predictable and kind of Been There, Done That. Sookie ends up involved with a bunch of different people, as love interests and as friends (or, enemies), it keeps things fresh and real: a real (not perfect fictional character) would have ambiguities, different levels of friendships, people who annoy you but you like anyway, etc. Personally, I found myself routing for various person at different time, and am mighty curious as to how this whole adventure will end up πŸ™‚
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Dead to the World: Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 4, by Charlaine Harris
Same as above πŸ™‚ I actually really liked this one, (spoiler-alert!) Memory Loss Eric was actually kind of sweet! Made me root for him for awhile, actually, I’m still slightly rooting for him πŸ˜‰


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Dead as a Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 5, by Charlaine Harris
Although this book was also good, it’s probably my least favourite of the series so far. Nothing major, just maybe didn’t draw me in as much. But the intrigue is getting more complex, and new elements & characters were introduced. I’m looking forward to Book 6!

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~* Books Started *~

Room, by Emma Donoghue
One of my playgroup hosts regular Book Club meetings, and this is the next selection. I’m free on the evening they are meeting, and my other book club kind of fell through the cracks, so I thought I’d join in! Pretty good book so far, even though the subject matter is a bit of a dark one.


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~* Next Up & Added on the List *~

No-Cry Sleep Solutions, by Elizabeth Pantley

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Definitely Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 6, by Charlaine Harris
It’s in from the library – I’ll read it as soon as I’m done with Room!

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Feeding Your Soul, by Jean Fleming
This is our next Monday Night Bible Study book, starting May 30th.

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Spring Reading Thing: Update Week 4

2 (and ~3/4) books this week!

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~* Books Finished *~

The ADD & ADHD Answer Book, by Susan Ashley
I liked the Q & A format of this book, made it easy to go through and find precise information. Overall, I’d say the book is fairly basic – a good first overview of the subject, to get basic info and know where to move on from there. It does a fairly decent job at explaining the different aspects of ADD & ADHD, as well as various methods to manage the disorder, including but not limited to medication, and presents ideas for working with teachers and schools. It presents options in a neutral way, neither advocating medications nor condemning it – rather, it presents the facts and guides to reader into making an informed decision, including questions to ask your care provider. It’s fairly easy to navigate and find answers to a specific issue/aspect you want more information on. The Q & A format also lets the reader read the parts that are relevant to him (or their child, etc.) at that moment and gloss over or skip those that are not. I would recommend it to anyone who has a child with ADD & ADHD, or who suspects their child might have, it perhaps even suspect THEY might have it. It’s a very good introduction book and/or first resource book to find more info, and could be a valuable tool to have in your personal library if you need to manage this disorder yourself or for someone under your care.
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Living Dead in Dallas: Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 2, by Charlaine Harris
A little bit different than the first one: not as much mixture between mystery and fantasy, more fantasy with some investigation going on, but more of a fantasy-related investigation than pure police investigation… if that makes sense πŸ™‚Β  The first book had a feel for both style, but with this one I felt we went more in the vampire/supernatural realm, although there is a murder, and we do follow it through. It was a bit like there was 2 stories in one: the book started with a story, then introduced the 2nd story, we concluded that one, and the came back to conclude the other one. It flowed well, but I have to admit I had almost completely forgotten about the first intrigue until it came back up – in fact, by the time we concluded the first one, I was wondering what the rest of the book was going to be about since there was a good chunk of it left but we had seemingly just tied all the plot lines for that second intrigue! πŸ˜‰Β  But all and all though, a good book, just like the first one. I couldn’t put it down, and I had to start book #3 immediately πŸ™‚

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~* Books Started *~

Club Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 3, by Charlaine Harris
I really wanted this book to count as a finished book this week! πŸ™‚Β  I’m almost 3/4 done, and if I didn’t have a conference to attend today, followed by my parents and sister visiting afterwards, I’d have postponed posting this until later today and finished it during naptime πŸ˜‰ Ah well. No cheating today!
I would have been done sooner, but I gave some priority to my Bible in 90 days reading, seeing as I neglected it for, ahem, 2ish weeks, and I’m now very behind. But I still want to finish on May 5th, so! Also, DD2 gets too distracted with I read paper books versus on my Nook when I nurse her to sleep, resulting in, well, not falling asleep. Since I currently do a bulk of my reading when I nurse her to sleep 3 to 4 times a day, well, paper books go “slower” πŸ˜‰ The waiting list for them from the library is toooo long for my patience in reading them, so I’ll stick with the paper version my dad lent me. I have them to book 5, and I already placed books 6 to 8 on hold from the library – hopefully they’ll be ready when I am!!

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~* Next Up & Added on the List *~
I’ve added a couple of books to my list, which now brings it over 25 books. I’m going to maintain my goal of 25 books, meaning I might not read all the books in my list – I tend to choose my next book based on what I feel like at the moment rather than a set in stone list, anyway… πŸ˜‰

No-Cry Sleep Solutions, by Elizabeth Pantley

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Dead to the World: Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 4, by Charlaine Harris

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Dead as a Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 5, by Charlaine Harris

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Spring Reading Thing: Update Week 3

2 books this week!

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~* Books Finished *~
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Positive Discipline for Preschoolers, by Jane Nelsen, Cheryl Erwin, and Roslyn Ann Duffy
I really enjoyed this book. My counsellor had highly recommended it when I expressed doubts on my parenting techniques (to make a long story short, I had Postpartum Depression/Anxiety/OCD after my first child, which came along with lots of doubting etc. I’m in a much better place now, but being proactive and all, I started seeing a counsellor pretty much as soon as I found out I was pregnant, and I’m still seeing her casually every 2 months or so, just to keep on top of it all – PPD can point it’s nose anytime during the first year, in any case. I would say I don’t have it, but I get tendencies, or moments. Anyway – I promise one day I’ll sit down and write about all that in more details!)
In any case, she recommended the book, and I found it to be excellent! Unlike many parenting books, it’s not a “This is a precise method and if you follow it to the letter you will FOR SURE get X results, and if you don’t it’s because there’s something very wrong with either you or your child”. Bah! No, rather, they present their ideas, back their claims, and then give you tools you might choose to use and/or adapt to your needs and parenting. And I can see why my counsellor kept telling me to just read it already (oops – I kept forgetting to check it out!) – it speaks EXACTLY to the type of parenting I was striving for, and was for the main part doing already. Perhaps it’s a bit of a preaching to the converted thing, but for me, anyway, it just reaffirmed my ideologies, as well as what I was already doing, and then gave me some tools and ideas to work on some areas we are currently having more struggles with.
All and all – I highly recommend it if you’re interested in learning more about this type of parenting/teaching/disciplining.
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Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 1, by Charlaine Harris
Heard a lot about this series, supposed to be good. Have not seen the True Blood series on TV yet, but I know it’s based on these books. I like supernatural/fantasy/magic type genre books, so I thought I might like these ones!
I never know how to label these types of books, it seems anyone you talk to will be using a different name for the genre. I suppose there are subgenres too… I guess one could also use the term “vampire fiction”, but I never like to use that, to describe my reading in any case, because it’s not the only fantasy/supernatural genre that I’ll read and like. Example: totally adore the “Charmed” TV series (kay, not a book, but same point :P) I suppose Lord of the Rings would also fit into this broad supernatural/fantasy genre, yet it’s completely different.
Anyway! Moving on.
As it turns out, it is supernatural/fantasy/magic type genre, but with a twist: it’s also very much a mystery/police investigation genre book. Which I normally don’t enjoy that much. But then again, I really liked this one, and I fairly enjoyed Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie too. Hmm…
All this to say it was a good book, and the mix between the two genre was refreshing and entertaining. I already have book #2 of the series on my nightstand πŸ™‚ And I will be renting the DVDs – hopefully before the new season starts on June 26th. Think I can finish the books before then too…?

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The ADD & ADHD Answer Book, by Susan Ashley
I needed more info on ADD & ADHD (for personal reasons), so I searched the library’s catalogue, and thought I’d browse this book. Should be a quick read as it’s all in Q&A form, and I’m skipping those that are not significant for me at this time.

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Living Dead in Dallas: Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 2, by Charlaine Harris
Book 2 of the series – I had it on request as an e-book, but I just finished Book 1 and it’s darn good and I just have to start book 2 NOW, if you know what I mean πŸ˜‰ So I got it as a good ‘ol paper book.

Night World is being bumped down the list – the book was due back at the library with holds on them and I hadn’t had a chance to start it yet, and anyway my sister has them so I’ll just ask her to bring them over when she comes to visit next weekend.

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~* Next Up on the List *~
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No-Cry Sleep Solutions, by Elizabeth Pantley
I think we might need to address some sleep issues with Miss C, so I thought I’d revisit the book.

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Spring Reading Thing: Update Week 2

First week for me, but officially week 2 of the challenge.
Edit April 3rd: Oops! I had forgotten to list my finished magazines!

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~* Books & Mags Finished *~
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New York, by Edward Rutherfurd
As usual – EXCELLENT. I love Rutherfurd’s books!
I would say though that perhaps the pace was a little too quick – lots of periods covered, and so each section was rather short and quick, except for one or two that lingered longer. I think I prefer it when there’s a huge chunk of story over a couple of years with the same characters, and then a jump of a few generations to another chunk of story with their descendents. You can linger on the characters longer, get to know them, and really get into the story. When it jumps around every dozen pages to a few years later and you only spend a chapter or two with each generation… you don’t get to know them as well.
But that would be my only critic – and it’s very much a personal preference thing anyway. πŸ™‚Β  Other than that – if you enjoy historical novel, then pick this one up, and if you enjoyed Rutherfurd before, you won’t be disappointed!

Today’s Parent, April 2011
I figured I would read the latest issues as they come in, and then work on my backlog in between… πŸ˜‰
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Positive Discipline for Preschoolers, by Jane Nelsen, Cheryl Erwin, and Roslyn Ann Duffy (21% done)
My counsellor highly recommended that book, so I’m reading it!

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~* Next Up on the List *~
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No-Cry Sleep Solutions, by Elizabeth Pantley
I think we might need to address some sleep issues with Miss C, so I thought I’d revisit the book.

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Night World No. 1 (Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, Spellbinder), by L. J. Smith (I already read Secret Vampire last May, so I guess this is technically a To Finish book… but anyway πŸ™‚ ).
Came in from the library, so it’s a next up!

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Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 1, by Charlaine Harris
Also came in from the library.
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Spring Reading Thing 2011

In the fall, I participated in the Fall Into Reading 2010 challenge – and did pretty well! I got 20 books off my To Read list. Granted, Miss C was still a little wee baby then, spending hours nursing and sleeping in arms, so I had a LOT of reading time… πŸ™‚Β  It might be a bit different this time around! But I still like a challenge!

And so, here is my reading list for March 20th to June 20th. I may add or change up some books in this list as we go along, depending on my mood… πŸ™‚

25 books, plus some magazines, in 3 months (or 12 weeks). Think I can pull it off?

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Books already finished

  1. Vampireology: The True History of the Fallen Ones, by Archer Brookes

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Books to finish

  1. New York, by Edward Rutherfurd (~70% done)
  2. Green For Life, by Gillian Deacon (40% done)
  3. Preparing my Heart for Easter, by Ann Marie Stewart (41% done – it’s a daily Bible Study, end date is May 1st, one week after Easter)
  4. The Bible (~50% completed; my Bible in 90 days plan is scheduled to end on May 5th. I’m a bit behind at the moment, but I’ve mostly keep ahead so far, so I’m confident I’ll catch up πŸ˜‰ )

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Books to read

  1. Night World No. 1 (Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, Spellbinder), by L. J. Smith (I already read Secret Vampire last May, so I guess this is technically a To Finish book… but anyway πŸ™‚ ).
  2. Night World No. 2 (Dark Angel, The Chosen, Soulmate), by L. J. Smith
  3. Night World No. 3 (Huntress, Black Dawn, Witchlight), by L. J. Smith
  4. Positive Discipline: The First Three Years, by Jane Nelsen, Cheryl Erwin, and Roslyn Ann Duffy
  5. Positive Discipline for Preschoolers, by Jane Nelsen, Cheryl Erwin, and Roslyn Ann Duffy
  6. Living Beyond Postpartum Depression, by Jerusha Clark
  7. La tueuse de dragons, by HΓ©loΓ―se CΓ΄tΓ©
  8. Revenir de loin, by Marie Laberge
  9. Dancing With My Father, by Sally Clarkson
  10. L’arbre de l’Γ©tΓ©: La tapisserie de Fionavar, TΓ΄me 1, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  11. Le feu vagabond: La tapisserie de Fionavar, TΓ΄me 2, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  12. La route obscure: La tapisserie de Fionavar, TΓ΄me 3, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  13. Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt
  14. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
  15. The Vampire Diaries, The Return Vol. 3: Midnight, by L. J. Smith (on hold at the library, I hope I get it before the end of the challenge!)
  16. Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 1, by Charlaine Harris (also on hold from the library, but I’m next in line πŸ˜‰ ).
  17. The ADD & ADHD Answer Book, by Susan Ashley (also on hold, also next in line).
  18. Wicked Lovely: Wicked Lovely Series Book 1, by Melissa Marr
  19. Turned: The Vampire Journals Book 1, by Morgan Rice
  20. Loved: The Vampire Journals Book 2, by Morgan Rice

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Magazines to cover

  1. Today’s Parent: July 2010, August 2010, September 2010, October 2010, November 2010, December 2010, January 2011, February 2011, March 2011, April 2011
  2. Mothering Magazine: March-April 2011 (their LAST issue!!! snif!!!)
  3. Life Learning Magazine: whenever I get my first issue – it’s my replacement magazine Mothering gave me as a subscriber. I chose this one because it’s an unschooling magazine, looking forward to trying it out! (even if I’m still super bummed about Mothering…)

#3in30 – February Week 4 Update + #HelloMornings Update

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Final Week for Feb!

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  1. Get up at 6 am every morning (well except maybe Saturdays), as part of the Hello Mornings challenge hosted by Inspired to Action.
    I’ve been continuing to concentrate on going to bed earlier, and then waking up earlier if the night hasn’t been very (very) short. Which was not often this week. There’s been a few 3-4 am bedtimes (between both girls waking up and not falling back asleep), so 5-6 am wake ups were not even to be considered. πŸ™‚ The past 2 nights were good though, so this morning I’m up! I’m glad I’ll have a bit of quiet time before the action of the day, I really find that it sets the tone much better when I’m able to “wake up” on my own for an hour or so than if I’m rushed to get up and going at the same time as the girls!Next month I think I will just keep this goal going. As DD2 gets older, it will get easier.
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  2. Work on the activities, games and crafts for Miss A THE MONTH PRIOR.
    I’m done all of the St. Pat’s stuff, which I’ll picture and post later. DD1 found them and already started crafting/playing with them. πŸ˜› I’ll make her a few crafts for Spring at the end of the month, then on to Easter celebrations!
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  3. Having more patience and grace.
    Definitely still lots of improvement here! πŸ™‚
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See you next month!

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#3in30 – February Week 3 Update + #HelloMorning Update

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I didn’t post an update for Week 2, so… this is two-week update!

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  1. Get up at 6 am every morning (well except maybe Saturdays), as part of the Hello Mornings challenge hosted by Inspired to Action.Humm… I should rephrase that: Go to bed early in the evening, so that I MIGHT be able to get up at 6 am, as part of the Hello Mornings challenge. πŸ˜‰

    Yea. The whole things isn’t working out as well as I had hoped for. As I mentioned in my first post about it, I planned on being gentle with myself. The fact is, I have a not-so-new-anymore newborn around (5 mo on Monday – eep!), as well as a busy toddler, and frankly, the nights are often short. DD2 is often not in bed for the night before 11 pm, at which point DD1 usually decides to make an apparence in the story and wake up – it’s not rare that we finally get some shot eyes around 1 am. Add to that a mid-night (~ 3 am) nurse with DD2, and 6 am comes quick – too quick. And that’s a good night.

    But…. It HAS helped me so far to just GO TO BED in the evenings. I’m a night owl, big time. I would just stay up in the evening, and when the girls would wake up around midnight-1 am, I hadn’t even slept a bit yet. At 7 am when the girls got up… it had been a shooort night. But now, I usually go up around 9-9:30 pm with DD2 for her bedtime nurse, and when she’s done, I hop in bed right away. Sometimes I even start dozing before she’s done… πŸ™‚

    And then, if the night is pretty good and no one wakes up too much… come 6 am, I wake up and feel refreshed – and get up. πŸ™‚

    I have to say though, I do really enjoy having some quiet time before the crazyness of the day starts, so I’m not really letting go my Hello Mornings. Just taking it slower. DD2 has started consolidating her day sleep, and will have more of a “schedule” soon, and her bedtime will get earlier and she starts doing more solid and predictable naps. All in due time. Soon enough, I’ll miss those night time one on one times… πŸ™‚

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  2. Work on the activities, games and crafts for Miss A THE MONTH PRIOR.I’m almost done March! I have pretty much all my St. Patrick’s stuff printed and gathered, I’m just finishing up a few stuff like cutting the crafts, or putting together the file folder games. Then I’ll gather a few spring ideas to get us through March 18-31, and April will be Easter. πŸ˜‰

    Next month, this goal will be to put together April’s activities πŸ˜‰Β  I really like being 1 month in advance – it’s so much easier to have everything together and in the activity drawers when I want to do a game or a craft, then finding an idea, rummaging to find the materials, and DD1 will give me about 5 min of patient waiting before she starts acting bored so it’s just, well, stressful.

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  3. Having more patience and grace.Still going strong on that one! I like being more aware of it, and the days go much more smoothly when I’m not, well, freaking out πŸ˜‰

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Final week!

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