October has been crazy busy. Once I got back from my cruise, it was non-stop work and volunteering. So much so, I needed to take another mini-getaway to not go crazy. Unfortunately, it’s the same old thing once I got back. I really need to find better balance in my life especially when I want to do so many things before the year ends.
I’m at 262.5 hours of volunteering for the year so far. A fun event I helped out with was PlayDate put on by Mutlnomah County Library‘s Every Child in partnership with East County Health Dept/Gresham WIC. We basically set up an indoor playground and gave out books.
I’m still at 1777 boxes for the Soul Box Project so that’s something I want to work on to reach my goal of 2000 boxes.
For the past eight Halloweens, I had been helping “The Book Lady” give out books to trick or treaters in her neighborhood. It’s my favorite time of the year. She’s been doing this for over two decades. I’ve loved hearing kids run up and say, “This is the book house.” And it’s great when kids return year after year to add another book to their library. It’s these kinds of wonderful people who do nice things for other out of the goodness of their hearts that brings me joy.
I’m up to 526 books read for 2019.
Reading Challenges Update:
-Nonfiction Picture Books- 109 out of 104
-Middle Grade & Early Chapter- 50 out of 104 (I may have overshot my expectations with this one. Plus I had other reading challenges that kind of took away from it.)
And, now for some book reviews…
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I thought this was super cute and a great way to introduce kids to the fun of tidying up.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’d been meaning to read this and I’m glad I finally did because it’s become one of my favorite favorites. The writing is superb immediately drawing you into the story. And even though you know how it’s going to turn out, James Baldwin has created something so alive that you think it might somehow change.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I wish I liked this graphic novel memoir more because it’s about growing up mixed race in America but it didn’t really grip me.
***= Liked It
You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.
My favorite podcast to listen to is Grace Lin and Alvina Ling’s Book Friends Forever.
On their most recent episode- Episode #35-, they answered my question about what they thought of Amazon.com. I really appreciated their thoughts. I should really do a post about why even though I think we should avoid the monopolizing, nonpaying of taxes, and undervaluing local businesses corporation, I find it almost unavoidable- I copy/paste my reviews from Goodreads, after all- because of its convenience. Until then, listen to that episode and feel free to share your thoughts with me.
Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!