Autumn is here! And big things have changed for my family. Last week we moved down to the middle of the San Joaquin Valley of central California after three years in the North State. It is a good change for us, but, as moving usually is, it has also brought a measure of upheaval that is finally settling down. One thing that has settled into place is more dedicated writing time for me. This is important because I have a couple new writing adventures going on. The first is that I am now a regular contributor to a new blog, The Library Adventure (Facebook page)! This is a really fun resource for book reviews for all ages, themed book lists, activities based on children’s books, and other information on using the library. It’s a fantastic source and I am excited to be part of the team. I’ll be reviewing books for middle school kids each month. Go check it out!
Speaking of books, here’s what I’ve been reading over the last few months. It’s not a lot because things have been a little crazy.
- You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins: Good encouragement for anyone who fancies writing but is intimidated by, well, being a writer.
- Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer (her teenage daughter!): Super fun YA fractured fairytale. I love that it was Picoult’s daughter’s idea and they wrote it together.
- True Christian Motherhood by June Fuentes: Simple e-book with Biblical motherhood encouragement.
- Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum: Gut-wrenching Holocaust-era/present-day novel. Terribly sad. Terribly, terribly sad.
- When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke: Re-reading a feel-good fave. Young teacher moves out to the Canadian frontier, falls in love with a Mountie, what’s not to love?
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: Fascinating story combining magic and it’s effect on real-world pain.
Happy Fall, y’all!