********If you feel another "book binge" coming on, Mrs S. is hosting the July Book Blowout reading challenge. I've signed up, even though I mostly avoid such things, and here's a list of the books I'll attempt to read during July (not strictly required - the challenge only asks for target number of books for the month - but if I'm going to be accountable, I may as well go whole hog):
Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon...and the Journey of a Generation, by Sheila Weller (for review; via Nicole Bruce at The Book Report Network)
Between Here and April, by Deborah Copaken Kogan (for review; ARC via LibraryThing Early Reviewers )
No One You Know, by Michelle Richmond (for review; ARC received directly from the author, who recently guest-blogged here - thanks again, Michelle!)
The Accidental, by Ali Smith (took it on vacation but didn't get to it!)
Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time, by Rob Sheffield (just because I like to mix in a memoir or other nonfiction every few books...)
I'm supposed to be hosting the August Bookworms Carnival with the theme of children's and YA literature, and if I'm still planning to read those vampire books for that one, I guess I'd better fit them in during July too...
********There's still a couple of days to sign up for July's NaBloPoMo round: this month's theme is FOOD. I came thisclose to doing it, since that is definitely one of my favorite subjects - but I already post nearly every day anyway. I'll work the theme in wherever it fits in my regular posting, and it will give me a nice fallback if I get stuck for a topic some days, but I'm not going to be an official participant this time. Are you playing?
*********Congratulations to everyone who made it through yesterday's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon! Hope you're catching up on some rest today.
New in Google Reader:
A Novel Challenge, via Weekly Geeks - just in case I ever do decide to join another one of those reading challenges
The AllMediocre blog - since I'm part of the pack, I should keep up, right?
VenturaMom (gotta support the locals!)
An Unfinished Person, another blog from Just a (Reading) Fool
Many - probably most - of the blogs I mention here are bigger and better-known than mine, and yes, sometimes I'm a little jealous of their success and their readership. Sometimes it's inspiring, though, and here are some thoughts on making blog envy work in your favor.
More fun than your average day at the office
Even more fun - a birthday party! These kids sound totally normal to me...but then, for me, geeky is normal
The Queen addressed the mom-blogging community and held a wake for Twitter. Wouldn't you know Twitter started having health problems not long after I joined?
If you don't start early raising your kids to be independent and responsible, will you still be giving them money when they're well over 40?
You know, we actually might have used these at our wedding...Speaking of weddings, plans overheard while in a doctor's waiting room; and a perspective on love in the long term - I'd like to keep some of these thoughts in mind the second time around, since the first one went...well, you know. And if...well, you know...happens to you or anyone you're close to, these are really good "dos and don'ts" for talking to someone about an impending divorce.
A lost-and-found story with a happy ending for all concerned
Go ahead, get them the coffee - and then serve a nice little slice of crow along with it.
******Check out the Google Reader "starred posts" widget in the sidebar for other posts I found notable this week.
Hope you're enjoying your weekend!