Monthly roundup

Monthly Roundup: September 2022

Welcome to October, friends!

Fall has begun with its lovely, crisp, cool air here in the Midwest. A few of our trees have started to change, but nothing major quite yet. The temperatures are absolutely gorgeous, though; it’s been in the mid-60’s for a few weeks now, our windows are open, the heat isn’t on yet, and it’s straight-up hoodie weather. I’m loving it.

The reading is sloooooooooooooooowwwwww right now, though. Homeschooling my daughter takes up as much time as a full-time job, and then there’s all the cooking, cleaning, running errands, and planning that I need to do in order to make life run, and I’m barely getting any reading done right now, let alone posting reviews. I am currently SO far behind in writing reviews, it’s so bad. We’re also smack in the middle of the High Holidays, so I’ve had stuff to do because of that, which I’m grateful for. Doing my best, though, and that’s all I can do!

Let’s get this roundup started, shall we?

Books I Read in September 2022

1. Good Talk by Mira Jacob

2. Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower

3. History Smashers: The Mayflower by Kate Messner (no review; read out loud to my daughter)

4. Tillly and the Book Wanderers by Anna James (no review; read out loud to my daughter)

5. Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker (review to come)

6. Repairing the World by Linda Epstein (review to come)

7. Button Pusher by Tyler Page (review to come)

8. Miracles and Menorahs by Stacey Agdern (review to come)

9. Why We Fly by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal (review to come)

10. Last Chance for Magic by Ruth Chew (no review, read out loud to my daughter)

11. The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis (review to come)

12. Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous!) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy by Steven Nadler (review to come)

13. The Vicious Vikings by Terry Deary (no review; read out loud to my daughter)

14. Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America by Peter Edelman (review to come)

15. You’re the Only One I’ve Told: The Stories Behind Abortion by Dr. Meera Shah (review to come)

Told you I was behind! That’s what you get when you homeschool a kiddo like my daughter. I want her to have the best education possible, and that means dedicating basically all day long to her (she has ADHD and struggles with focusing, so it’s a LOT of work!). I’m going to work to get caught up this weekend, though. I should be able to knock a bunch of reviews out!

In terms of sheer numbers, however, this isn’t too bad, and is likely a lot higher than it’ll be next month, I’m guessing. Four read out loud to my daughter; three graphic novels. I’m not counting every book I read to/with my daughter for school, but I will count the ones I really enjoyed, and I’ll continue to count the ones I read to her at bedtime (The Vicious Vikings ended up a bedtime book, though it was on our school list, per my daughter’s request!). Kate Messner’s History Smashers: The Mayflower was excellent and a really fun read!

Ten of these books came from my TBR.

State of the Goodreads TBR

So, last month, we started off at 131. I read ten books from my TBR this month, so let’s do the math…*counts on fingers, carries the one* 132 books!

Hmph. Book math.

Books I Acquired in September 2022

None! Phew. I acquired a LOT of books over the summer, so a no-books month is a good thing. Kinda.

Current Podcast Love

Still listening to, and really enjoying, You’re Wrong About. I learn so much about a variety of different topics, and I really enjoy the banter between the hosts. Highly recommended!

Stephanie’s Read Harder Challenge

Still trying to figure out how to fit this into our new schedule. Maybe as the homeschool year progresses, I’ll be able to fit it in during the day. Last year, I was having my daughter read for 30 minutes at the end of each day, and I was doing this with her, but now, she reads so much more that I don’t need to schedule a reading time for her (and I usually segue right into making dinner when school is done!). Maybe when she’s mastered cursive (which is what we do to finish up the school day), we’ll have time to fit some extra quiet reading in…

Real Life Stuff

Shanah tovah and g’mar chatima tovah! Rosh Hashanah was last week; Yom Kippur is this week (and they’re followed in quick succession by Sukkot and Simchat Torah. If you know a rabbi, give them a break and maybe a gift card for a restaurant, because they’re exhausted this time of year!). I’ll still be attending services virtually; I’m not comfortable in huge crowds right now – who knows if I’ll ever be – so that’ll change our school schedule around a bit for that day. Not much, fortunately; Wednesday is our easy day, where we do art and music, so I’m grateful for that. I do love the High Holidays and the introspection they require.

While we’ve missed two weeks of counseling appointments thanks to COVID showing up at our counselor’s house, I have to say that taking my daughter to a counselor has helped a LOT. School has gone well for three straight weeks, with only minor foibles here and there. While I’m still running around like a headless chicken trying to get everything done, my stress levels are down considerably, now that she doesn’t fight me over every. single. thing. It’s a huge relief, and I’m SO glad I made the decision to take her back in the spring.

Not really much else going on! It’s school, cooking, cleaning, errands, and a little bit of reading here the end of every day. I’m trying my best to sneak in some exercise here and there, but that’s not always easy when my schedule is always so jam-packed. Walks are especially lovely right now, with the cooler fall temperatures!

Wishing you all a pleasant October, full of crisp air, colorful leaves, and a stack of excellent books!

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