Monday, October 31, 2011

October Reading List

Books Read in October

148 - 01 Waking Up In Dixie, by Haywood Smith (10/5) AUDIOBOOK
149 - 02 Death Qualified, by Kate Wilhelm (10/14) AUDIOBOOK
150 - 03 Ravishing in Red, by Madeline Hunter (10/18) AUDIOBOOK
151 - 04 The Oathblound, by Mercedes Lackey (10/20)
152 - 05 Oathbreakers, by Mercedes Lackey (10/22)
153 - 06 Arrows of the Queen, by Mercedes Lackey (10/23)
154 - 07 Oathblood, by Mercedes Lackey (10/24)
155 - 08 Arrows Flight, by Mercedes Lackey (10/28)
156 - 09 Arrows Fall, by Mercedes Lackey (10/30)

I think there were two, maybe three, other books I read in the beginning of the month. It's been a rough two months. September was spent commuting back and forth from the new job (1 hour each way), plus school, plus hunting for an apartment. I took off from school in October, which should have made things easier. But it still ended up being just as bad. I was still making the commute, plus I had to pack up everything for the move to my new apartment. There was a lot of stuff I had to sort through, since my new home is much smaller than my old apartment. On top of that, I decided that of course I could enter a knitting competition. Not such a good idea.  I made it through the first round, but I was eliminated in the second round.

The good news is that I am now living much closer to work, so the drive is much nicer. I still have several boxes of things to unpack as soon as I can figure out where to put them, but the new place is feeling more and more like "home." I have a patio, which I'm very excited about, and even a sunny window with a ledge for African violets! I don't have internet access yet at the house, but I'm hoping to have the money to add that soon. In the meantime, I've got a terrific Starbucks just down the street so I'll be hanging out there a couple of afternoons a week in order to update the blog. I may even get the podcast back on air soon!

September Reading List

Books Read in September

139 - 01 Homespun Bride, by Jillian Hart (9/1)
140 - 02 Hired: The Boss's Bride, by Ally Blake (9/1)
141 - 03 Pumped for Murder, by Elaine Viets (9/3) 
142 - 04 Nobody's Baby But Mine, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (9/8) 
143 - 05 The Manning Sisters,  by Debbie Macomber (9/18)
144 - 06 Murder is Binding, by Lorna Barrett (9/22) AUDIOBOOK
145 - 07 Full Scoop, by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes (9/27)
146 - 08 Bookmarked for Death, by Lorna Barrett (9/28) AUDIOBOOK
147 - 09 Family Blessings, by Fern Michaels (9/30)

You might notice that there isn't a textbook listed this month. That's because I really disliked the English Composition II textbook that we used. It was focused on pop culture writings, which I image was an effort to appeal to the typical college-aged student. I didn't get most of the references, which just made me feel really old. On top of that, I thought it was a bit like when I try to be "hip" with my teenagers and only come off looking like an idiot. After the first two weeks, I gave up reading the assigned chapters. Instead, I only read the essays that I had to respond to in my homework. I felt like a total cheat, but that was better than suffering through "modern" writing that just annoyed me.