TSS: Week in Review and a New Video of Daniel

tss It is a beautiful, sunny, slightly cold day here in Chicago. I’m excited for this week because we will be having temperatures in the mid- to high-50s, a big improvement over last week’s low- to mid-40s.  This is more fall-like weather, which makes me happy as it is October.

What I Read:

I only read 3 books this week, although that added up to a pretty good page count, as “The Kingmaking” was 500 pages of epic 5th century historical fiction.  One thing that makes me happy is that I have actually WRITTEN REVIEWS for all three of these books already, and they are all scheduled for this coming week.  I’m hoping to get most of my backlog of reviews written this week (even if it negatively impacts my reading) before the Readathon, so I don’t end up with WAY too many reviews to write.  Anyway, here’s what I read this week:

the kingmaking midnight guardian Bad Mother

Again, look for these reviews over the next three days

What I Reviewed and Posted:

I posted three book reviews this week:

haunting bombay the strain right of thirst

In addition to my regular Teaser Tuesday and Library Loot, I also featured a guest post from author Shilpa Agarwal about the journey of her novel, an author event Daniel and I attended with James Dashner, and my much-too-big Readathon piles.


I still have two current giveaways.  My giveaway for “The Queen’s Mistake” goes through the end of the day on Monday, and the one for 250 custom business cards runs through the end of the day on Tuesday.


I’m doing terribly on Swapna’s Clear Off Your Shelves challenge right now.  I have SO many books out from the library that I’m trying to get through some of them and return them.  I’m hoping/planning that the Readathon will get me caught up a little bit.  I’m aiming for 30% of my reading in October and November to be TBR books and right now I’m at 20% – 2 of the 10 books I’ve finished so far this month are TBR books.


Last weekend my husband started to teach Daniel how to ‘play’ the keyboard.  He was really enjoying it!

15 comments to TSS: Week in Review and a New Video of Daniel

  • What a great video! Daniel is so beautiful.

    I have The Strain in my read-a-thon pile but I’m thinking about reading it this week. Can’t wait to read your upcoming reviews.

    Don’t feel bad about the challenge. I didn’t join because I knew I was going to fail! =)
    .-= Vasilly´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Thoughts =-.

  • You’ve reviewed The Midnight Guardian? Oh, I want to read that so badly! I hope it’s fantastic.

  • I have Kingmaking in my TBR and hope to get to that soon — I know I’ll like it.

    Daniel is just the cutest!!! And I like that father and son are dressed in matching colors.
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Awarded Three Times Over =-.

  • What a great video! Daniel is such a beautiful baby Jen! He did look like he was having himself a great time playing there-a future star maybe? I look forward to your thoughts on The Kingmaking. It was a book I had enjoyed although quite the chunkster. Have a great Sunday!

  • Such a cutie!
    I haven’t read Bad Mother yet, but there was an interesting piece in the NYT today about Ayelet Waldman and her husband Michael Chabon and their life together as parents and writers. He has a new book out, also centering around parenting, which The Times reporter liked.

  • He’s a natural! And so gosh darn cute!!!

    I’m about halfway through The Kingmaking…my daughter’s been sick so my time has been wrapped up in her. I’m loving it though and hope I can finish it soon. I can’t wait to see your review! I have Bad Mother around here somewhere, so I’ll be interested in that review too.

  • The butt slide! Also known as the most adorable keyboard technique in the world. He’s getting so big!

    I’m so proud that you got your reviews for this week already written. That is some major dedication and good work ethic. I should take a page from your book. ;D

    And the weather! I’m so glad Chicago is experiencing fall finally.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..in my mailbox (18). =-.

  • Daniel is a fabulous musician :)

    Just wait until he’s playing concertos and all sorts of great stuff! What a sweet cute boy!

  • Nan

    I love the video of Daniel! What a cutie!

    I ordered The Strain last week, hoping to get it in time for the Read-a-thon but for some reason there is a delay in the shipping. I hope it arrives by Saturday!
    .-= Nan´s last blog ..TSS: October 18, 2009 =-.

  • Amy

    How cute! :-)
    Can’t wait to read your review of The Kingmaking. It’s been on my TBR for a while.

  • Amy

    Daniel is absolutely adorable! I’m happy to see your husband is starting him on the keyboard early so he learns it well! I am very interested in your review of Ayelet Waldman’s book as I read a very interesting article about it a year ago. Haunting Bombay looks like such a good book, I hope to read it soon.

    Here in NY we had the same issue with weather last week. So far this week is more like Autumn and lovely.

  • I just read THE STRAIN, but I haven’t wrote my review yet. Have a great week!

  • Perhaps a great musician in the making? 😉

    I’m glad the weather is getting better! I seriously need to catch up on reviews this week as well. The Read-a-thon is guaranteed to leave me with a backlog and I don’t want to make it worse!
    .-= Meghan´s last blog ..Review: Amsterdam, Ian McEwan =-.