Monday Updates

I. Have. Not. Blogged. In. WEEKS!

It’s not just pure laziness; I think the biggest reason is because I am 35 weeks pregnant and sitting anywhere while typing on a computer gives me serious back pains. So for this short post today I am utilizing my iPad :)

Today has been a good day because I GOT STUFF DONE! Being productive on Monday always helps me get over the weekend (even if I stayed in my pjs until 2…When I get the urge to clean, everything else can wait). 

So to celebrate my productiveness I ended the afternoon with a long overdue trip to the library, where I picked up Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings and The Duff by Kody Keplinger.

I’m also reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with my husband (which means I completed my goal of getting through the first three before the end of summer!) and Villette by Charlotte Brontë for my Classics Club list and a Goodreads group read along. 

What are you reading this week?

18 thoughts on “Monday Updates

  1. Oh, so curious about your thoughts on Villette! It’s like Jane Eyre through a glass darkly to me. You should definitely be enjoying your rest while you can! :) I’m glad you got to blog a bit and made progress with things though!

  2. Hallo Maggie!

    If your feeling guilty about your absence, imagine my guilt in being OFFLINE for over 12+ days due to a switchover nightmare ontop of personal reasons for staying offline until yesterday! Goodness, when I finally logged back online not only was my blog schedule in tatters, but my sanity for understanding where I am and where I need to be was in a quagmire! I finally sorted myself out this afternoon/evening, had to re-schedule a few blog tours, and set on a course of gaining ground on the hours I lost to rectify my absences! :)

    I have to overhaul my Bookish Events on my blog because I’m using my journal right now to keep track of what is posting on which dates — however, the most current place to find what is happening is at the top of my blog where I’m running the current posts/reviews in sequence until I can resume using my Bookish Events page.

    I get to return in time for PERIL, SciFi Month and the Sci Fi Experience, but I MISSED Austen in August completely and September *blinked!* off quicker than the Doctor can take orbit in the police box! Good grief!

    I’m so out of focus with my tCC readings it’s one of my angsts of late. It’s part of my getting my tail back into gear before 2016 goals, too! I want to get current with #JLASblog before the ball drops in Times Square and part of that goal is to finish reading a few classics I’ve earmarked for myself! :) I won’t mention what they are right now — I’ve been jinxed enough as it were! I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised once the ruminations of them go live in the next few months! :)

    Happy to hear your health is fairing well — I know you haven’t had an easy pregnancy and I’m thankful despite the awkwardness right now with a computer, your doing well! :) Here’s to blogging and reading with life’s tides settling down for the both of us! I’m truly loving my new connectivity and the ease in which I can blog now that my switchover with providers is finalised! :)

    • Hi Jorie! Glad to hear you’re back online :) technology problems can really be a pain in the butt. I’m really hoping to tackle the rest of the Classics Club list. I love working towards deadlines, and I gave myself 3 years to read these 50 novels so I have until next December to finish. I’m planning on getting all the sci-fi classics crossed off in November :)

  3. I’m reading the Complete Works of Dorothy Parker. Love her style and optimistic depressing-ness (if that is such a thing). Congratulations on your pregnancy. I adore your blog and look forward to reading more from you.

  4. Look at you being productive! I’m curious to hear how you like The Interestings. That one has been on my TBR for awhile after I loved Wolitzer’s debut (at least I think it was her debut). I’m currently reading The Custom of the Country and then planning to pick up the new Salman Rushdie, which is about the descendants of the Jinn and looks great!

  5. Sounds like you have the PERFECT excuse for not blogging :) I only got to 35 weeks with one of my three pregnancies (the other two came at 29 weeks — yikes!) and I was so exhausted by then that I could barely keep my eyes open for more than an hour a day! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy and have fun with your new library books. I couldn’t stand THE DUFF, but I seem to be in the minority on that one …

    • 29 weeks-wow!! I’m at 36+5 weeks today and I’m hoping he comes within the next two weeks. But who knows!

      I wasn’t a big fan of The Duff either, despite the fact that I actually like the movie. The book was just too unrealistic for me and way too full of sex.

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  7. Are you reading The Duff because of the movie release coming soon? I love Mae Whitman (I’ve been binge-watching The Parenthood lately), and I’d really love to see it! I just don’t have as much time for books these days because I’m doing so much reading in my teaching job. ALSO–this is unrelated, but I’ve been meaning to ask you–have you come across a classic lit-based web series centered on any American classics? I would love to integrate a web series into my class, but I feel like they’re all based on British lit.

    • Yeah, I saw the movie when it came out and really liked it so I decided to give the book a shot, too. I prefer the movie. The book was centered heavily on sex and I thought most of it was unrealistic. But it had some good themes. I watched the movie again after I finished the book and I really like all the changes they made & the anti-bullying message at the end :)

      That’s a great question. Pemberley Digital, the company that made LBD and Emma Approved, also did a webseries on Little Women (March Family Letters). I only watched the first few episodes so I can’t tell you much about it, but I know it ends halfway through the book (I didn’t know this before, but apparently Little Women as we know it today is actually two books combined?). There is also The Misselthwaite Archives, which is based on The Secret Garden (it’s kind of British-American Lit since it was written/published in the States but takes place in England). I’ve never watched it though I’ve heard good things about it. The only other webseries that I know of that’s close to American Lit is Green Gables Fables, but that’s Canadian.

  8. I also haven’t been active in the book blogger world in weeks! :( I’ve been listening to a ton of non-fiction and classics, and I just don’t feel like giving reviews of those, ya know? But I’ve been burned out on mediocre fiction…

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