Category Archives: Reading

September Reading

I hardly read at all this summer and am now back on the wagon! With some travels and another move, it pretty much got away from me. I started up again in September, which is a good thing (if I hope to get 52 in this year)!

September books:
1. Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, by Vicki Myron
2. Julie & Julia, by Julie Powell
3. The Lightning Thief (book 1), by Rick Riordan
4. The Sea of Monsters (book 2), by Rick Riordan
5. The Titan’s Curse (book 3), by Rick Riordan
6. The Battle of the Labyrinth (book 4), by Rick Riordan

The never logged the few books I read in June either, so here they are!

June books:
1. From Dead to Worse (book 8), by Charlaine Harris
2. Dead and Gone (book 9), by Charlaine Harris

I’ve really enjoyed all of my September books so far. If you love cats and non-fiction, definitely check out Dewey. I didn’t love, love Julie & Julia – I thought it was going to be way more about cooking. But, it was still a funny and good read. The Rick Riordan series kind of catches you, but its very basic middle school reading. The adventures are fun and so I decided to stick through them. I’m currently reading my 34th and 35th book for the year. Yahoo!

May Reading

Wow! I read alot of books in the final two weeks of May. I have Charlaine Harris and Sookie to thank for that!

May books:
1. Dead Until Dark (book 1), Charlaine Harris
2. Living Dead in Dallas (book 2), by Charlaine Harris
3. Club Dead (book 3), by Charlaine Harris
4. Dead to the World (book 4), by Charlaine Harris
5. Dead as a Doornail (book 5), by Charlaine Harris
6. Definitely Dead (book 6), by Charlaine Harris
7. All Together Dead (book 7), by Charlaine Harris

While I did absolutely love Twilight, they also left me emotionally drained. Sookie, on the other hand, is full of energy, life, and mystery. Yes, some do call them trashy, but I thought they were entertaining and fun. I read some of the above books in a day or two and was able to read book 8 and book 9 while we were on vacation in Boston and Maine. Now, Charlaine just has me waiting for the next one to be released! If you haven’t picked up these books, I really suggest giving them a try :)

As a side note: I’m really excited because I’m over half way with my New Year’s resolution goal of reading 52 books this year. I have 27 done already!


April Reading

April was a sad, sad month in the reading department. My lack of reading was really due to two factors: I had an extremely small amount of time, and I think I had gone a little overboard with non-fiction the previous months. The book I had barely started a few weeks ago, Body Toxic by Nena Baker, still sits untouched on my night stand. Its not that this book didn’t interest me, I just think I am not ready for a “here’s the truth” kind of book. Time for a break. The solution you ask? Charlaine Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse series. I ordered it on Amazon right before we left on our trip, and it was waiting for me this week. I finally dove in last night with the first book. I think I’ll be back into reading in a heartbeat….

April Books
1. A Gap In Nature: Discovering the World’s Extinct Animals, by Tim Flannery and Peter Schouten
2. Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell

I still have so much to catch up on! Here’s another snapshot of our recent camping trip –

Claret Cup Cactus

The Claret Cup Cactii were in bloom…. gorgeous reds all over the place provided lots and lots of picture taking opportunities. Have a great weekend!

March Reading

In March, I started and finished these books:

March Books
1. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver
2. The Theory of Light and Matter, by Andrew Porter
3. The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton
4. The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield
5. Wesley the Owl, by Stacey O’Brien

Another amazing set of books! I haven’t found any reading this year so far that I have really disliked. After years and years of reading very little, I have enough to catch up with. My favorite book this month was Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. If you haven’t read it, you MUST! The Daily Coyote and Wesley the Owl fall under the same category – taking in and “taming” wild animals. A controversial topic, yes, but so entertaining. You should check out Shreve’s Daily Coyote blog for some amazing pictures and stories.

Any other reading suggestions you think I would enjoy?!

And, a fun picture for today – hiking with Amelia:


February Reading

In February, I started and finished these books:

February Books
1. Blue Highways, by William Least Heat Moon
2. A Walk In the Woods, by Bill Bryson
3. The Future of Ice, by Gretel Ehrlich
4. A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson

Not as strong as January’s seven books, but the month was short and life got busy. These were all very good non-fiction reads (can you tell that I heart non-fiction?). My favorite out of the above books was probably Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson. You’ve probably heard of him and his witty writing style. He was able to liven up a book about, well pretty much everything in the final book of the month (which I highly recommend if you have any interest in science).

What am I reading now? Well, I’ve been slowly making it through Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. This is a fabulous book, but one that I’ve needed to read slowly and carefully. This book will really change your life, and how you look at food. Kingsolver demonstrates the importance of buying local, organic foods to help sustain small farms, and the environment. I’ll save the review for Goodreads, but I really think everyone should pick up this book (it has fabulous recipes in it to boot)!

And, a sneaky little picture for today. I’m going to try to post more sneak peak pictures prior to my Sunshine Yarns Tuesday store updates. For this Tuesday’s post, I have lots and lots or roving, Sunsilk, Silk Lace and sock yarn.


Have a very happy weekend!