Sunday 13 September 2009

Sunday Salon - a slow reading week.

Sunday Salon can be found here.

Good morning to all Sunday Saloners and anyone else who happened to be passing.

I have had a very slow reading week this week. I finished reading Flyte by Angie Sage, which is the second book in the Septimus Heap series. It is quite a big book at 520 pages, but that was not the reason it took me so long to read. I struggled to get into at the beginning of the week, as the children went back to school on Monday and everything just seemed to become really chaotic. There uniform no longer fitted and they had only tried it on three weeks ago and it had been fine. Two doctors appointments for me which really breaks your day up. Also the girls started dance classes at a new dance school, which involved trying to purchase new ballet and tap outfits. I just feel exhausted by it all and a little overwhelmed.

I always find the beginning of a school year so stressful as I never know how the girls are going to react to the changes that occur. One of my daughters has settled quite nicely into her new class, however my other daughter, also in the same class, is struggling a bit and very anxious. She is constantly worrying over every little thing and as of yet, she has no reason to be worrying, so I am finding it really difficult to console her. She has always struggled more than her sister and I suppose it must get really annoying to her to have a twin who appears to be cleverer than her. I need to find something she is good at to help build her confidence.

So, as I mentioned reading has been slow. I have recently started 'The Girl Who Stopped Swimming' by Joshlyn Jackson, which I will have a new copy to give away after I have reviewed it. The story has ghosts in it, so it is ideal for the RIP challenge. I have also started reading The Spellbound Hotel by Tom Eglington, which is full of ghosts too.

During a library visit I picked up four graphic books to tuck into which should increase my reading level next week.

I spent a little while looking through my reading challenges this week and decided to write a list of books that I need to read by the end of December. The list seems quite long, so I have decided to join the Fall Into Reading Challenge, where you basically make a list of the books you want to read and hope to achieve your goal.

I doubt if I will get much reading done until this evening, as I promised my daughter (the one full of worry), that I would help her clean out her bedroom, which actually goes beyond disgusting, so my whole day will be taken up. I am not relishing cleaning anything as I am nursing a hangover, the result of an evening with friends.

Have a great Sunday. I will be so jealous if you are reading all day.


  1. Not reading here. Going to a cardmaking class with my eldest. I still insist I'm not a cardmaker, I don't enjoy it as much as I do other crafting but have had a couple I've loved and it's 2 hours I get to spend one-to-one with dd which is pretty great.

    BTW you could have warned me about the end of Friday Night Knitting Club ;) I thought it was a feel good Happy Ever After Book! I totally embarrassed myself in front of my toddler at the ending during the week! :P

  2. Isn't it crazy how you think you'll have more time after the kids go back to school, but a lot of times it ends up crazier? Sigh.

  3. I had a slow reading week, too, because I had so much going on. I'm not sure this week will be much better. I hope your daughter gets settled in school soon.

  4. Sounds like you are a little stressed; I hope things settle down, and that your daughter starts enjoying classes more and worrying less...that's hard on a mom :(

    Thanks for mentioning the Fall Reading Challenge--i enjoyed that last year.

  5. The Spellbound Hotel by Tom Eglington sounds like a great book. I am looking forward to your review. Have a nice Sunday!

  6. Good luck to the girls. And good luck to you; cleaning out bedrooms can be awfully tasking. :)

  7. I was going to suggest picking up a few graphic novels, but you already did that. :) I read a couple of them this week just to break up my reading, and it was a nice change.

    I hope that everyone is able to settle into school well.

  8. I'm sorry to hear your girl has been feeling a bit anxious :( But your idea of finding a way to boost her confidence is an excellent one. Good luck with everything!

  9. Awww, bless. I'm sure your daughter will be fine in the end. As you said, maybe she needs to find her niche. Good luck with the room tidying - I'm getting flashbacks to teen years when my mum would rifle through my room every couple of months to give it a good clean and end up finding the most hideous junk.

  10. I hope your daughter will be able to cope. I'm sure she'll be OK.

    I've been slow with my reading too and to pick up speed again, I'm going to minimize photography-related stuff. It has really slowed me down even though it was deeply satisfying at the same time. I want to also spend more time with my books.


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