I had some family things come up that took me away from the blogger's life. My daughter had ankle surgery at the end of July and was doing physical therapy. She was released the last week in October to play softball again, and injured herself in the first game - concussion, shoulder injury. We had to start therapy over and in December they decided she needed ANOTHER SURGERY! That happened at the end of December. Just today she was released from her PT for that. During all of this she also developed severe stomach pain and we spent ALOT of time at the Dr, ER, Urgent Care to find a cause. It turned out to be minor, but took a long time to find the cause.
Add other children,work, starting a new workout program, financial stress, anxiety disorder starting to return, etc and my blog fell to the side. It was like life took me to the alley and beat the crap out of me!
Most of my issues are still around, but life feels under control again. I have continued to stalk many blogs, publishers, tweets, etc. I have missed all the interaction. I have decided, however, that I am going to go about this blogging thing more lightly. I have always been hard on myself with my writing and how often I reviewed, but now I am going to be more ME. My friends who know me IRL say I am so funny in person and so serious on the blog. My new goal is to throw in some more of my personality while still reviewing books and making blogging friends.
Here is a list of what I have read since I have been gone (give or take a few). Doctor's offices really lend time to lots of reading!
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
Knit the Season - Kate Jacobs
The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? - Padgett Powell
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl - Ree Drummond
Raji - Ariion Kathleen Brindley
Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
The Help - Kathryn Sockett(didn't re-read but had a book club and discussed)
A Blue and Gray Christmas - Joan Medicott
According to Jane - Marilyn Brant
The Wives of Henry Oades - Johanna Moran
The Wrong Mother - Sophie Hannah
The Opposite of Me - Sarah Pekkanen
The Fiddler's Gun - A.S. Peterson (currently discussing on FB book club)
Conversations with Jerry and Other People I Thought Were Dead - Irene Kendig
Divorce Sucks - Mary Jo Eustace
Still Alice - Lisa Genova
The Passage by Justin Cronin
I do plan to review some, but not all of these. I have an opinion on everyone though if you want to know what I think!
See you soon...in the BLOG ZONE