Thursday, September 23, 2010

On my nightstand

The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie was September's book club selection and it was the funnest murder mystery I have read. I love Flavia DeLuce! And yes, I am in the camp that is glad that funner and funnest are now in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. English is a LIVING language!

This was an extra summer selection for book club. It was written well, but was just sadness followed by sadness followed by sadness. I prefer happy endings.

Another extra for the summer, but I haven't read it yet. It takes place in Ottawa though, so I'm curious to see if I'll "recognize" some places.

I loved The Hunger Games and I think I might have liked Catching Fire even more!

The conclusion to the trilogy did not disappoint. Of course, the premise of all the books is horrible- corrupt government, greed for power, materialism, war... but love is prevalent too and I enjoyed the ending.

I felt obligated to read this since I read the whole Twilight series. It was somewhat interesting, but I don't think it was 178 pages interesting. I felt sad for both of Bree's lives and I don't like the Volturi!

I've only heard good things about The Host, so I thought I'd finally try another flavor of Stephenie Meyer.

I did enjoy the first 4 books in this series, but I can't get into book 5 yet. This series is just so colossal!

I saw my toe surgeon this summer and he said when he did my surgery 2 years ago he was afraid the scar tissue would fuse with the joint and that's exactly what has happened. The only way to "fix" it is to have another surgery removing the 2 pins and then correct the hammer toe it's become. I asked if my toe problems could have caused the problems I had with my knees this summer and he thought they were unrelated, but told me to get this book and start swimming instead of running. I've got the book, now I just have to read it and find the time to swim...

Since we've been married I've been in Young Women's or Primary, except for 1 year I taught Relief Society in Taiwan. I want to go back and re-read all the of the Teachings of Presidents of the Church. I just finished Joseph Smith's. I am always inspired by his faith and dedication. Each day I have to remind myself to endure to the end.
*Also on my nightstand is Fablehaven 5, but I put it's picture on this blog earlier, so I didn't want to again. I'm excited to see how the series wraps up. I also have the 4th House of Night book, Untamed. I'm embarrassed to admit I continued reading the series after we read the first one for Book Club, but I am curious to see how this one will wrap up too. I also have more chapters of my friend, Laura's book. I love it so far and can't wait to read it when it's been published! Some books I want to have on my nightstand soon are: Daughter of War, The Forgotten Garden, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And I need to make time to read The Goose Girl trilogy I bought last year. Next month Kaleb and Noe will start their own book club with their school class and I look forward to reading Number the Stars again with them!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

9 by Design

Have you seen this show? We watched the first episode last night and all I can say is that, "I am jealous!" The husband and wife are a design team that buy old houses in New York City and then renovate/rebuild them, decorate them all up, then sell them for millions. They do all of that while raising SEVEN children too! Kudos to them! I so wish Len and I could do that. We'll just have to try and do some creativity in our own way.

I found these chairs online last year and I just love them. I think the next time I have to decorate our home I'm going to be more daring and choose things like these crazy chairs.

I have so many ideas floating around in my brain, it's too bad life gets in the way of my plans- tee hee!