Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday Maunder: January 9, 2012

It's Monday, which means time for a bit of maundering!  I'm tired, so this one may be a bit more maundering than even the norm here!


I decided to go with finishing The Count of Monte Cristo this week.  I really have not yet had a lot of time to read, so it is taking me a bit to get back into it.  Considering this book was started a little over a year ago, I am a bit surprised at how interested I still am in the characters, wondering just how the fates will end up for each.  I have avoided the movie all these years because I didn't want to spoil this one until I read it for myself and 2012 will be the year I do it!

I did start reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with my son this last weekend!  I promised him a while ago that when he turned seven, we would read these books together.  He has kept me to his promise!!

I also started listening to Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson today on my walk.  This one seems like it is going to be one interesting read and I'm not even that far into it!  Good excuse to get out and exercise for a bit to get more reading time in!

Last, but not least, I am just curious if anyone would be up for a group read of Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare or Wicked by Gregory Maguire.  I'm hoping to dive into these in February and one of my fave book buddies (Hey Kristen!) mentioned reading these together.  Would anyone want to possibly join us?


This last week, I posted my first official post in the {RNW} or Ramblings of a Night Writer series, and received a great response!  I wanted to know how people made time for writing.  If they wrote every single day or if they went with a different plan.  Though I did spend time writing five days last week (unfortunately, almost all for this site), I have not felt like I have discovered my own method quite yet.  I really liked the idea of spending my busy weekdays of more mapping, pondering, and taking notes with the weekends where the story began taking form through words.  I also appreciated this link, talking about writing for five minutes every single day.  I think I am going to be doing a bit of trial and error to find the way that best suits me!  I will keep you posted!  In the meantime, you can check back here later this week for another topic on writing!


This last week, life returned to the normal routine of work and school with a couple of highlights for the week: my son's first basketball game and his birthday party!  In the former, I was the proud mama, cheering loud for my boy, especially after he scored his first basket of the season!  In the latter, I was pleasantly surprised at the success a bit of bowling and a package of Pop Rocks could be with a bunch of first graders!!  The simple things in life bring me great pleasure!

What are you reading this week?  What have been your highlights?


  1. The book I'm reading now is Baltimore Blues, first book of 2012!!

  2. Childrens parties are so easy to organise when they're young! Gook luck with finishing The Count of Monte Christo.

  3. Congrats on your son's game. :) As far as reading, I have no clue. Before I went on vacation, I had a bookmark in four books and I couldn't tell you the titles to save my life right now. I do plan on getting back to those tonight though.

    As far as writing, that's where I am. It's all trial and error. And what doesn't work now might work at a later time.

    BTW, I love this new Monday post. Adds lots of personality to your blog!

  4. Count of Monte Christo - wow! Ambitious! Last night I started reading The Stranger by Camus. I've started picking up my daughter's high school English books. Some I have already read in high school myself, like The Stanger, and some are new to me, like Beloved, which was amazing.

  5. Good for you for sticking with The Count of Monte Cristo! I have a stack of classics by my bed that I keep promising myself I'll read, but they're still sitting there. Catching up on some review requests, then will read a book or two for fun!

  6. Scientist ... And, how is it going so far?!?

    Tracy ... They are so easy and so much fun! And, thanks for the luck!

    365andMe ... Ha! I go through spurts of reading multiple books at one time! I'm trying not to do that so much these days! That's a really good point about the trial and error working later! I will not throw out my tools, just in case! And, I'm so glad you enjoy these new posts! :)

    Jenny Beatrice ... I have not read either of those, but Beloved has been on my list. I really need to get to that one!

    Alexia561 ... Which classics are in your stack? Maybe we can do a read-a-long?!? Sometimes that can help in getting those read!

  7. I've got quite a few, as I tend to pick them up with high hopes of finally reading them! Have Bleak House, Madame Bovary, Leaves of Grass, Daisy Miller, Vanity Fair, House of Mirth, and several others. The read-a-long sounds like a good idea! What unread classics do you have?

  8. Alexia561 ... I have a ton buried in my pile. Let me take a look and I will let you know. I don't think I have any of the ones you have mentioned, though I am definitely interested in reading a few of them!

  9. I'm up to hold 60 on 73 copies of Clockwork Prince! :) I should get it right around the beginning of February. Yay! It would be a perfect break from the Dickens project I'm starting then too. I hope more people join in!

  10. Kristen M. ... The beginning of February should be just right for me too! I will try to send you a quick email this weekend to chat about it more!

  11. Up to position 47 now ... this isn't exactly going by as fast as I thought it would! I know I will have my copy for just as long as it takes me to start reading it and then add about two days for the actual reading. ;) I almost put the new Stephen King on hold today but I want to get this one and read it first. Too many big books to read right now!

  12. Kristen M. ... Oh my! I am so excited to read this one, but I can definitely wait until you get it! I would LOVE to read the new Stephen King one too, but I agree about too many big books right now!! We should consider that one at some point though!


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