Monday, August 31, 2015

Lovely to See You Again, My Dear

Summer vacations can drag on and on, it seems--and it was with perturbation I looked at the date of my last post and saw it was in July! Shocking!

It has been a very busy summer, what with almost two weeks in Orlando in August (gulp!) and the succeeding weeks being busy getting #1 Son ready for college. We drive up there next Friday, so that will be an interesting day...

I have been taking a break from middle grade fiction, and instead read THE BOYS IN THE BOAT by Daniel James Brown. Fascinating stuff, especially since I was a rower in my younger days--although I never feel quite so spiritual while slaving over my oars as did these young men in the 1930s. There were great insights, too, about life during the Depression years, and of pre-war Germany under Hitler.

I am almost done, too, with Michelle Knudsen's EVIL LIBRARIAN, which is a fun YA and which I may post about one of these days in my occasional "YA for a Day" series.

In two weeks, I will definitely be back full-time on Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, featuring Tricia Springstubb's MOONPENNY ISLAND

What about you? How has your summer been, and what have you read? Do spill.


  1. I think a lot of people take time off from blogging in the summer. I just took off August and it was great. Good luck moving your son into college. I move my daughter in on Thursday. I'm so grateful she'll still be in town, but am still not looking forward to the challenge of living alone.

  2. The college process takes MUCH longer than one suspects, sometimes. Just delivered my daughter yesterday, so she is glad to be back. Looking forward to more reviews from you.

  3. Welcome back! Your summer reading sounds fascinating. I managed to read ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE while in Maine. It's gorgeous, and I loved the short chapters.

  4. Nice to see you here again. Moonpenny Island is such a sweet book. I loved it. I just read an adult book -- Badlands by C. J. Box -- and it was a good one if you like cops and murders. I have been breaking a bit here and there from blogging, mostly due to some travel. Have fun taking your son to college. It's such an exciting time.

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  6. Sounds like you've had a nice break. My husband rows at 5 am most weekday mornings so I get up then and write (if I'm not too tired). It's an interesting sport, though I've never tried it. Good luck with getting your son off to college. My daughter is in her third year this year and it's still hard.


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