Growing, growing, growing

Mount TBR of course. Sigh. Out of that nice list I made before my 3 day weekend I got two of the books read. TWO! Well, two and a bit because I’m about 75 pages into I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes, which, by the way, is proving to be weird as I thought it would be but I’m thinking it’s a good weird (I still haven’t quite decided). And I think that The Sweetest Hours is not going to be something I just sit down and read in one go. It’s a collection of short stories and I tend to nibble at such collections rather than gobble them up in one large serving. At this rate it’s looking as though I may not get to crack the cover on Spook. It’s due back on Saturday so it’s still possible I’ll start it although doubtful I’ll finish it. Hmm what else was on my list…oh, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. I’ll finish that ummm sometime. I doubt it will take me much more than an hour to read, 90 minutes tops. I have a bunch of books due back at the library on June 5th…six books actually. I just counted. They are:

· The Canadian Housewife: an affection history by Rosemary Neering (I’m trying to hold out until June 1 before starting this one b/c I want it to be one of my summer reading challenge selections…)

· Make Him Look Good – Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

· My Lucky Star: a novel- Joe Keenan

· Odd Girl Out - Rachel Simmons

· We Are All Welcome Here: a novel – Elizabeth Berg (I’ve been wanting to read one of her books for awhile)

· We Beat the Street: how a friendship pact helped us succeed – Sampson Davis

Today I returned some books and picked up 5 new ones (reserves only – that’s my rule and I’m sticking to it…for now…and also trying very hard to not adding anything to my reserve list even though it is so very tempting):

· Not Buying it: my year without shopping – Judith Levine (this one has made the rounds on the personal finance blogs – I’m hoping to learn how to leave my house and not spend money…)

· Odd Girl Speaks Out – ed. by Rachel Simmons

· Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See (I kind of want to bump this up the list, by a lot, but will try to resist)

· Tea and Pomegranates: a memoir of food, family and Kashmir – Nazneen Sheikh (this has been on my request list *forever* and I’m glad it finally came in came in)

· Yarn Harlot: the secret life of a knitter – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (fellow Torontonian and blogger – you can read her blog here)

Ok, so I somehow have to get all these books read by June 13, unless of course I give up on some because they just aren’t jiving with me. And then whatever I pick up from the library between now and then (but it doesn’t look like I’m too high on the list for many things). And then I leave on June 17th for a week. I’m hoping to only take books I own with me to PEI (and knock of a few books on the Summer Reading Challenge while I’m at it) and no library books but we’ll see how that goes. FYI I may not blog while I’m in PEI. I plan to take the laptop with me but…are you ready for this??? My mother doesn’t have internet access! I hope no one fell out of their seat…

Oh and um…did I mention that I bought two more books this weekend? I didn’t mean to. It just sort of um…happened. I had been out and about all day and had actually bought very little other than food and coffee and the knitting needle case that I went out to buy on purpose because it was on sale (I saved $20 – woohoo!). But then as I was getting of the subway at Eglinton I somehow convinced myself that it would be a good idea to go into the discount bookstore within the subway station. Doh! I managed to leave with only two books: The Rag and Bone Shop by Jeff Rackham and The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier (she also wrote The Girl with the Pearl Earring). Mind you I bought them thinking that I could use them as Summer Reading Challenge selections even though I already have at least five book that I own that need to be read. Yes, I can see how this challenge thing is going to get me into trouble. And one of the science books I want to read has a huge request list at the library and the chances of me getting it are pretty slim so you know, I can see this as being an excuse for me to *buy* more books as well. The blogosphere is a dangerous place people! Proceed with caution and at your own risk!