The Reading Machine [10]: September 28, 2014

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For my Stacking the Shelves/Sunday Post, which I’m calling The Reading Machine, I list the books I’m hoping to read in the upcoming week as well as a short life/blog update.

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and you can find out all about it here. Sunday Post is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, and you can find out all about it here.

The Reading Machine:

So I’m still in a weird reading mood. I keep starting books but then can’t concentrate. While I have read a couple of good books, they haven’t broken my slump. Although, it’s been going on so long now that I don’t think it can be called a reading slump. It’s a general life slump, whee! Maybe I need a vacation.

Ah, well. Onto the books I hope to read in the upcoming week.

UNBORN by Amber Lynn Natusch
for review
RISE OF THE KING by R.A. Salvatore
for review
for review
THE JEWEL by Amy Ewing
for review

I am all caught up on reviews that needed to be written, so I’m diving into a new round of review books. I’ve picked out a few that I’m excited to read, and maybe that’ll keep me turning the pages. Right now I’ve been rereading old favorites, which is okay, but when you reread a book back to back… yeah.

On the Blog:

I’ve posted quite a few book reviews since the last time I did a Sunday post, so here we go:

Book Review: Adagio (The Company #1) by Delancey Stewart
Book Review: 84 Ribbons by Paddy Eger
Book Review: Frostborn (Thrones & Bones #1) by Lou Anders
Book Review: Thorn Jack (Night and Nothing #1) by Katherine Harbour
Book Review: Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1) by Sebastien de Castell
Book Review: After the End (After the End #1) by Amy Plum
Book Review: Passion Blue (Passion Blue #1) by Victoria Strauss
Book Review: Color Song (Passion Blue #2) by Victoria Strauss
Book Review: Shameless by Nina Lemay
Book Review: Prisoner of the Queen (Tales From the Tudor Court #2) by E. Knight
Book Review: Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta

What Up, Life?

See that? That’s half my yard. I often joke that I almost want a push mower for the exercise, but by the time I finished, I’d have to turn around and start over. I’ve spent enough time outside this summer to get a tan, and I have never tanned in my life. I always burned, turned into a lobster, and peeled back to white. For a while I was even rocking a farmer tan.

In the past month, I have:
Cut the grass
Cut the grass
Cut the grass
Cut the grass
Stained the wraparound porch
Cleaned out the garage
Cleaned out the gutters
De-grubbed the lawn
De-skunked the house
Stained the bottom of all the barns
Picked up a truckton of walnuts and sticks

In case you were wondering, it stinks hellabad when a skunk sprays right behind your house.

Hence why I’ve been so brain dead. I have a lot of thinking time outside, and I’ve come up with a fair number of blog ideas and posts I want to do, but by the time I’m done for the night, I’m usually too worn out to think anymore. Let alone actually do anything. I’m almost excited for winter, although I know I’ll regret that when it feels like -15 outside.

Also, it is so weird to be tired at 8pm. :| Major night owl here.

So that’s my fun month!

– leeanna

12 thoughts on “The Reading Machine [10]: September 28, 2014

    • Hahaha. That’s one of the better looking parts. Grubs have gotten into some, but the worst thing is you don’t know they are there until they eat the grass and kill it. Have a good week.

  1. That’s some serious mowing! I can relate some. We’re on about an acre but thankfully not all of it is grass! During the summer my husband gets nothing done on weekends because of all the mowing! When we get the older kids through college the first thing I’m doing is hiring a lawn service! I can see why you’re in a reading slump! You must be exhausted. I’ve had that happen where I’m just done – physically and mentally. I tend to drift to rereads too if I read at all. I think my brain is to tired to process new information. Have a great and hopefully non-skunky week!

    • Yep, I have about 8 acres of grass. It’s a lot of work!

      Good to know I’m not the only person who rereads! Sometimes I swear 99% of bloggers don’t.

      Have a good week.

  2. The yard looks great! I am the only one that gets out there and mows the lawn. cattle prodding my teenagers is exhausting, I mine as well do it myself. I have unborn too, not sure if I am going to read it this year. I am a bit backlogged with all the have-tos right now. Have a great week!

    • Aww, thanks. Nice to hear someone say that!

      I know what you mean about have-tos, that’s why I feel good about being caught up for once, but now I’m so overwhelmed by choices I don’t know what to pick!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Awww, I’m sorry you’re still in your slump! I recommend The Young Elites for busting that slump up, definitely lots of fun world-building craziness ;-) . The Jewel I found quite enjoyable, though the world-building is a bit lacking, the magic is cool :D

    • I have sort of started The Young Elites. (Okay, I did a raid and read a few pages while I waited. LOL). Going to dig into it more tomorrow. I’ll see if I agree with you on The Jewel!

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