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Happy first day of spring! It is ironic that the high is in the low 40s today and there is snow in the forecast but I guess that isn't too unusual for Ohio in March!
This week I will be heading to my parents' house on Wednesday. I was already planning to go home this weekend to celebrate Easter and my dad's upcoming birthday but on Wednesday my mom will be getting the results of her bone marrow biopsy and I wanted to be there for that. The doctor believes she knows what the result will be so I've been doing some research to be prepared but I'm also praying that the doctor is wrong and we get good news. It wouldn't be the first time my mom has stumped science.
The library's Celtic music concert on Tuesday was a big success. There weren't enough chairs for all the people in attendance so I saw some folks standing up in the back. The music was fantastic. A local musician and instrument maker played the harp, various kinds of pipes, and even an accordion at one point. He played mostly Celtic music with a few movie songs that had a Celtic feel also included (In Dreams from The Lord of the Rings, Misty Mountains from The Hobbit and A Narnia Lullaby from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe). Since my music programs are usually poorly attended I was thrilled. I definitely plan to invite him back for next year!
#FitReaders Weekly Check In
#FitReaders is hosted by Felicia at The Geeky Blogger and Jen at That's What I'm Talking About
I did much better with my steps this week which made me really happy! I exercised on most days this week but what really helped me get my steps in was shopping! I needed some retail therapy and spending an afternoon in Barnes and Noble on Wednesday did wonders for me both mentally and physically :)
Unfortunately I did not eat a very healthy diet and Girl Scout cookies and chocolate were on the menu (though I did have a few healthy things like oatmeal, spinach and broccoli too). While I plan to try to eat healthier this week I have a feeling I won't succeed. I'm sure we'll have birthday cake for my dad and my parents usually ply me with chocolate every time I visit!
Last week on my blog:
Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix (review)
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
I liked this book though I preferred the historical fiction part to the paranormal fantasy stuff. That aspect reminded me a little bit of Cassandra Clare's books with the demon-like Deceivers. I definitely liked her YA fantasy novel Eon more than this one though I may read the sequel just to find out what happens.
Books listened to:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (reread)
I enjoyed this audio book version of Pride and Prejudice. I thought the narration was well done and it was just fun to revisit a favorite novel. Now I want to watch the miniseries again. I may also check out some other Jane Austen novels on audio book. With my upcoming road trip I need to find something good to listen to!
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (reread)
Not much progress made this week. I am at the part where Frodo and Sam discover that Gollum is still following them. Things are about to get interesting.
A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
I like this book so far. Something about the writing style reminds me a little of Liane Moriarty. The main character is in her late 30s and with her husband's sudden loss of job has to leave her beloved part time job as a magazine book reviewer to take a full time job, meaning less time to spend with the kids too.
On my TBR pile:
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
I am moving this contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice up on my TBR pile because I think it would be fun to read it so soon after rereading the original. I've never read anything by Curtis Sittenfeld but I hope I will enjoy this novel.
The Skylighter by Becky Wallace
I thought the first book in this series was fantastic (The Storyspinner) and it sort of ended on a cliffhanger so I am eager to read The Skylighter to find out what happens next.
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
New books received:
See How They Run by Ally Carter (from the library)
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews (for review)
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (for review)