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So I'm in a bit of a reading slump still I guess. I only read one book and it took me all week to get through it. That is kind of shocking considering it was a Rick Riordan book and I normally love his books and finish them in just a day or two. Now I'm starting on my book group reads for the month instead of picking up what I want to read. We meet next week and I thought I had one more week than I do! Last month I had both books read with weeks to spare.
I didn't have a very productive week at work and I'm starting to feel the stress of bad planning. I realized that I only have a week to go on my murder mystery dinner at the library and I forgot to order the background music CDs. I also still need to buy craft supplies for our Pinterest craft night this Tuesday. Oops! Somehow I know it will all get done. At least the important stuff anyway. Both programs are full and have waiting lists which is also a good sign that we are doing something right! I am considering letting more people into the craft program if I can squeeze more out of my budget. I still have a craft to plan for our holiday open house next month. Right now I'm thinking either a sock wreath or a mason jar snow globe of some sort.
One positive thing was the round table I hosted for librarians who plan programs for adults. It was nice to share what has worked and commiserate over what didn't. I also got some good ideas like the website ConsumerCrafts (for cheaper craft supplies) and cookbook club (participants pick a recipe to try from the same cookbook and bring it to the meeting to share while discussing the cookbook) which is apparently a really popular program in Ohio libraries. I think I will try that one next year but we won't meet monthly. Three book clubs might just be too much for me to keep up with!
Last week on my blog:
The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (review)
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
I liked this book in the end but in a way it was a disappointment. It didn't live up to my high expectations I guess. Normally I find Riordan's books to be laugh out loud page turners with a good mix of humor, action and mythology. I did learn quite a bit about Norse mythology but I didn't connect with the characters like I'd hoped and it wasn't as nearly as funny as his other books. I still plan to give the next book a shot but I will check it out from the library.
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
This is our afternoon book group pick. I've only read a little bit but so far I like it.
What I plan to read next:
This House is Haunted by John Boyne
I thought it would be fun to read a spooky story in our evening book group and hopefully this won't disappoint.
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
I've heard really good things about this YA historical novel and I hope to get to it soon. It has a surprising number of holds on it at the library as historical fiction usually isn't that popular with teens. (That doesn't stop me from buying it for them to read!)