The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 08/25/13

Reviews:
Son of a Gun by Justin St. Germain

Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain

Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Read:
Beyond the Pale by Elana Dykewomon
The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
Wolverine Cirque by Joseph Olshan (Short Story)
The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden
Currently Reading:
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Upcoming:

I’m going to do it! Les Mis will be coming up very soon. If anyone would like to read it along with me that would be fantastic. No schedules or check-ins. Just knowing that someone out there is tackling it at the same time would make my heart happy. Interested? 

 Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Bookish/Bloggish Business:
Bout of Books! I didn’t participate as much as I had hoped to but I did read more than usual so I’m happy.
It’s been a fun/busy week at home. We’re gearing up for a new school year, yay! My son is off to his sophomore year of high school. I don’t homeschool him. He tried it for one year but It wasn’t his thing. (No cute girls!)  So, it’s just my daughter and I at home. She’ll be starting 8th grade. 
Back before I was a homeschooling mom this was my favorite time of year. I would skip around singing this. No lie. But now that I’m thinking about it, it’s still my favorite. I love buying new clothes and new supplies. I like seeing what classes my son has picked and I love picking out curriculum and making plans for my daughter. I’m looking forward to a good year. 
I hope you guys and gals had a great week. What are you up to? Tell me about it!

56 thoughts on “The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 08/25/13

  1. Can you believe it's back to school time already? I bought my two their supplies and clothes a few weeks ago. I like having them home, but it's good they keep busy with school.Have fun reading Les Mis! It's on my TBR. And the cover on Songs of Willow Frost is very pretty. Happy Sunday.

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  2. We have another week of summer vacation and then it's back to school for my girls, too. I think they're looking forward to it.Good luck with Les Mis–I think I'm going to have to plan a serious block of time to get that one done. Knowing you, you'll finish it in no time! 🙂

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  3. I admire you for being a homeschool mom! The public schools in our area are not great and, if we didn't have the option of the private school where we'll be sending our kids, I might have had to consider homeschooling. Honestly, that probably would have been a nightmare for all involved…I don't think either my daughter or I would have the patience for it (the jury is still out on my son….). So, kudos to you!

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  4. I will so read Les Mis with you, it's on my classics club list and I've been dreading reading it alone. I would even be cool with a rough-ish schedule, so I know when I'm going to finish it! I will email you 🙂

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  5. I think it's great you homeschool, we have seriously considered doing that. And fall is my favorite time of year, just cause I love the season! Thanks for the link, I LOVE that song- favorite Andy Williams (and fave Christmas song too for that matter).

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  6. Buying new supplies and getting a few new clothes is a great way of starting the new year of school, (even for me as a teacher!) 🙂 Have fun coming week and good luck with Les Mis (daunting)Kind regards,

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  7. I found your blog on Sherrey Meyer's website Between the Covers. I never want to pass up a chance to connect with a fellow book lover. Just finished Little Heathens and now reading The Chosen with THe Liar's Club in the queue. Yes, I'm into memoirs at the moment. My own blog is memoir-ish, describing my earlier life as Mennonite girl in Lancaster County, PA.As far as I can tell you are an inveterate reader, teacher, mom and more with a sense of humor. Right?

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  8. I applaud you for homeschooling! I worked most of my adult life as a Special Ed. teacher's assistant/Title 1 reading specialist. My son has Asperger's and at that time it was not widely known or understood, and his teachers struggled to follow his Individualized Educational Plan. He attended public school off & on, with me schooling him for 4 years of his elementary schooltime(we also belonged to a huge, secular homeschool group that did art lessons, theater practice, scouts, day trips, etc. We mostly \”unschooled\” for the last 2 years of his high school, with him doing a lot of his own research because he was motivated. He passed the GED, attended state university and is currently studying for his LSAT so he can apply to law school in the near future. It isn't for everyone, that's for certain, but for those who do, the rewards are huge. Sorry to ramble on, & to pass on Le Mis, but I did request Pastrix from Netgalley, so maybe on that one.

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  9. I can't wait to read your thought on Five Days at Memorial. I plan on reading it soon though I wish I had a print copy to keep up with my notes. Is it me or is it easy to spend hours pouring over catalogs and websites when it comes to picking out new curriculum? I love it. This week I plan on reading and writing as much as I possibly can. 🙂 Have a good week.

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  10. I am getting ready to go back to school too, but for work. 😦 So sad. Omg, Les Mis! That is quite the challenge. I will have to think about reading it, I love the story, but have never read it. Maybe over Christmas break. (yes, I am thinking about that already)Songs of Willow Frost looks gorgeous!I will have to pop back for your review. 🙂

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  11. I'm looking forward to your review on Songs of Willow Frost! My dear Jen, I have been threatening to read Les Miserables for a while, and I will think about reading it with you, because I'm so behind with my reading and I know you read fast 🙂 Will let you know.

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  12. Sounds like a great week. 🙂 Maybe you can host a Les Mis readalong? My sister has the Dutch version of it, so maybe I'll join in 😉

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  13. Our public school are honestly really good here. But there were other circumstances 😉 I never thought it would be something I'd do. If you would have asked me 5 years ago? I would have laughed you out of the room, lol. Thanks Melinda 😀

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  14. Ramble away, I love it 🙂 We go through a local charter school. My daughter attends enrichment classes there once a week. It's great because they teach things that I can't/won't. 😉 This year she'll be taking a Shakespeare class, for example.Congrats to you and to your son 😀 The rewards are HUGE! Oh, I hope you get to read Pastrix. It's so darn good!

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  15. I thought about making it a bit more structured. But I'm terrible at readalongs, lol. I think I'd be the worst host in the world. I read too stinking fast..which is usually a blessing. But for readalongs? Not so much. :/

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  16. I finished reading 'Songs of Willow Frost' a few weeks ago (actually working on the review for my site now). Oh my goodness, be prepared to totally fall in love with that book!

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  17. I am so tempted to do the Les Mis thing… hmmmm. I think I'm maybe too swamped now for it but, we'll see. 🙂 It's definitely on my TBR bucket list.We're starting our homeschool co-op this week, and there are something like 8 other preschool kids who will be there. C is sooooo excited about it! I don't feel like a \”real\” homeschool mom yet because we don't start registering/reporting until next year, but the kid is doing Singapore Math and flying through Reading Eggs so… yeah. It's an adventure!

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  18. Good luck with Les Mis. I would totally read it with you, but I have committed to too many books for September! And yay for school starting again soon. It is a fun time of year. I used to get all excited to go teach and now I am just excited to see all the new school supplies. . . even though I don't buy any. -Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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  19. OOoo how is the new Jamie Ford book?And hooray are we tackling Les Mis in September?! It's a good thing I make a list of all of my books as they go into boxes, so I know exactly which one to dig it out of 😉 Do you want to email or tweet as we go?You are so brave for homeschooling your girl. And honestly, picking out lesson plans and stuff just sounds fun, because I'm nerdy and neurotic like that, LOL!

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  20. The Ford was very good 😉 Melancholy as all get out.YES, you're still in! I wasn't sure! We can do whatevs, tweet and/or email. Sam from Tiny Library is going to read it too. I started yesterday 🙂 Oh my word, that's the best for us nerdy folks! Seriously, love that stuff so much!

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