Currently . . . Overwhelmed

Mar 26, 2014

And no, I'm not talking about the house.

Or the impending baby.

I'm talking about the stack of books I'm currently reading. 

I generally try to have about three books going at the same time: a book I'm reading, a book I'm listening to, a book I'm reading to the boys.

But this? This is ridiculous.

I'm trying to remember how I even got to such a place.

A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion - I started this book in . . . August. As in, seven months ago August. I read half of it for my education group. Then it had to go back to the library. I ended up just buying my own copy because I wanted to be able to mark it up and reference it. But honestly, I haven't touched it since it came in the mail. So maybe I shouldn't count it as a book I'm "currently reading." Except that I have every intention of finishing it. So it's hanging over my head.

The Forgotten Garden - I wish I had read this book over Christmas. Instead, I started it just as we got back from all the holiday traveling, and between moving and book clubs and children, my reading of it has been laboriously painful. Really, for a book with such a great plot and so much mystery and intrigue, I should be flying through it. But I'm not. I finally checked out the audio copy because my time to listen is more plentiful than my time to sit down and read. I'm finally making some headway.

Siblings Without Rivalry - I put this book on hold in a moment of desperation. My children are fighting so much, and it's driving me crazy. There's especially a toxic connection between Maxwell (4) and Bradley (2.5). If they go ten peaceful minutes in the same room together, I consider it a small miracle. Anyway, I read the bulk of this book very quickly but couldn't finish it before it had to go back to the library. I immediately put it on hold, and it just came in again this week. So I just need to finish up the last chapter or two (and maybe review some parts since my kids are still fighting).

In Defense of Food - I checked out the audio of this one when we were moving. I thought I would listen to the entire thing while I was cleaning our old place. And then I ended up not listening to anything, which is really unusual for me. It's interesting for sure--I love Michael Pollan's style--but I switched over to The Forgotten Garden for awhile.

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth - Remember that one? Usually I can't get enough of birth stories, but hers are a little intense for me. That, and it also had to go back to the library (you can tell I'm really on top of reading the books I check out since they all have to go back before I can finish them). Now I have it again. And the clock is ticking (. . . 9 weeks to go), so I need to make this a priority.

Jane Eyre - My book club is reading this book for April. I've read it before, so this should have been an easy out for me, but I couldn't resist. I'm 100 pages in and loving it all over again.

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher - The boys and I are reading this together. I can tell it's geared for kids who are a little older, but they're totally entranced with it nonetheless.

There were two other books I wanted to read for other events (The Grace of Silence and The Rent Collector), but I just looked at the pile I already had going and thought, I'm not that crazy.


  1. Not to add to your pile (which has got some seriously great stuff in it), but I just read a book that made me think of you - I bet you'd really enjoy it!: Jessica Day George's Dragon Slippers. There's even a clever reference to Shannon Hale's The Goose Girl! Do you know of it?

  2. Ohh I read the Forgotten Garden just last month and loved it!! Can't wait to hear your thoughts. She sure can weave a tale! Also thanks to your suggestion I just finished reading Edward Tulane to my kids. One of my all time favorites now. We laughed and cried, both tears of sadness and joy! Good luck reading. I am also finding it harder than ever to carve out some reading time - there's always too much to do!

  3. I've definitely done that to myself before! If it helps, I adored The Forgotten Garden! Also, somehow I missed that you were pregnant. Congratulations!!!!!

  4. I'm thinking I need to read Jane Eyre soon.

  5. Honestly, I think squabbles are oar for the course with almost all young children. The good news? They grow out of it. The bad news is that you have other younger kiddos who

  6. Might continue the cycle. And then one day they'll be best friends!

  7. Two of my kids were being particularly bad in complaining and picking on each other. I started to make them tell me one nice thing about each other every night at dinner. They weren't great at it, but I think that making them even try to think about that helped pull them out of the rut they were in.

  8. Well, I'm glad I'm not the only mom with constantly bickering kids. :)


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