Monday, March 31, 2014

Book Club recap! (plus lots of other miscallaneous other info... )

Hello, hello! How was your Monday? Mine was just okay. I didn't feel as inspired as I did last Monday and I'm just ... tired. Tired of school! There is only 40 something days left and, it feels impossible, but at the same time, I feel SO READY for summer. I need another break.

The day did get better though. We started a persuasive writing unit today and I began with an example piece of writing in which I wrote a letter to the principal stating why RECESS should be eliminated or cut in half. The looks on my kids' faces was priceless and I had to turn away from them to keep myself from laughing. As far as I know they still believe it is true (gosh, I'm mean) and I'm so impressed with the counter-arguments they came back with. Cannot wait to see them put it into writing! We just might have to show the principal. ;)

Well, tonight we met for book club, and it was such a great stress-relieving time for me. I think I needed to vent about a few things in a healthy way with my girlfriends and it felt good! Everything that is going on this year just gets me sometimes, and it seems to be dumb things that make me break. I didn't really break per se, but I did need to talk about it.

Planning a wedding is fun, but can also be disappointing at times. It's the disappointment that I don't want. Disappointment when things do not work out the way you want them, disappointment over not being able to afford what you want and (most of all) disappointment when people you care about won't be there. I was pretty disappointed this week by that last statement and I'm trying hard to remind myself that the people that matter will be there. I am so lucky for the great group of friends I have. I know what I have is rare and I need to remember that. I am so lucky.

Anyway, back to book club. I wish I could talk about the book, but ... only on of us read it! No, that one person was not me. :::hangs head in shame::: We read The Last Letter from Your Lover Jojo Moyes and I got to around page 90 and just put it down. I couldn't get into it. I still can't decide if I want to try and finish it or not. I have so little time for reading that I really want to be sure I'm reading something that I really enjoy!

However, I did recently finish a book that I really enjoyed!! Recently I was sent Sarah Pekkanen's newest novel, Catching Air and I was SO EXCITED to read it! It was probably the reason I put TLLFYL down (in fact, yes it was!)

Sarah's books almost always include multiple viewpoints and characters that you just cannot help but love! I automatically wanted to know more about several of the characters and read every chance I got! If you're a fan of Jane Porter, Emily Giffin, or Jane Green, I think you would really like Sarah Pekkanen!

Definitely check out Catching Air or anything else on this author's backlist. I assure you, that you will not be disappointed! 

What was the highlight of your day? Mine was Zumba, book club and the amazing class discussion about cutting recess in half or eliminating it (I couldn't pick just one!)


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I am glad you had a chance to see girlfriend and vent about some frustrating things in your life. I know you have some exciting things happening in your life but just because they are things you want and are excited about doesn't mean they can't stress you out and you are totally entitled to feel that way. I am reminding myself of this during my job search as it's just incredibly stressful and hard to handle at times and I keep reminding myself a job back home is what I want so I have to handle all the stress that comes along with the job search. But it's still stressful and sometimes I just want to lay in the fetal position and cry about it. Ha I sound like a head case. ;)

The highlight of my day yesterday was my run at the end of the day. It was a beautiful day and it felt great to run in the sunshine and warm temps (although my body is not used to those temps!). With last night's run, my total mileage hit 60 which I am very happy with! Besides the run I also had another good development with my job search, which is good, but oh my God, more stress....

Julie said...

We're currently in a wedding situation that gives me a headache and I'm not even in the wedding, planning the wedding or anything. But when I was, those girls nights were major stress relievers and its good that you have them.

And yes remember those who do care will be the ones there. You'll see, there will be lots of love for you both there that night :)

Mandy said...

Hooray for friend time! A night out with friends is always such a great time. I just read The Girl You Left Behind and it wasn't fun. I didn't enjoy it. It was my first JoJo Moyes book and I should have started with Me Before You.

Have you read Tell the Wolves I'm Home yet? I loved that book. Best book I've read in 2014.

Hope you find something you love. Have a great week!

Becky said...

This is so funny because Amber from Girl with the Red Hair just posted about how she didn't really like the last letter book either! I only got 1/4 of the way through Me Before You before I put it down. People said it was a tearjerker at the end but if it’s like pulling teeth to get me there? NOT worth it.

Honestly? I don't have a highlight of my day from yesterday - it was a really hard day and I'm hoping today is better.

Lesli said...

wish I could have been at book club, but I will be next time, I promise! And I will be at your wedding too! :-)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I haven't read either of those books but they sound pretty good. I totally get what you mean about not being able to afford some things and feeling disappointed.

Celyn PS said...

these sound like great books! thanks for sharing!