What are you reading right now?

I love to read and as the mother of a relatively young child, it can really be a luxury when I get the chance to sit down and become engrossed in a book. Right now I might get a page or two read here and there while attending swimming or violin lessons. I sneak in a few more pages just before bed. Gone are the days of curling up on the couch with a hot cup of tea and a fire going and losing myself in a great story.

This is my current stack of books:

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And yes, I have started all of them. Crazy? Probably. I am a habitual ‘multi-book at one time’ reader. Not sure if that is a thing, but it has always been my thing. It only gets confusing if you have too many of one kind of book going at the same time.

I love Carl Hiassen’s books. They are fast reads, with lots of snarky and fun characters. I just finished his book “Skinny Dip”, but I think my favorite so far has been “Bad Monkey”. I just loved the main character. They are perfect summer time books. Not heavy, bit of fun, some mystery but nothing too out there. Good stuff.

“The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie”, by Alan Bradley, was a book I picked up at Annie Blooms yesterday on recommendation from one of the staff. So far I am really enjoying it. It is about an 11-year-old girl who has a passion for poison living in 1950s England. A murder occurs and she is off to solve it!

I generally love a Bill Bryson book, but this one is taking me a while to get through. I really enjoyed his books “A Walk in the Woods” and “In A Sunburnt Country”. Perhaps because I live with a Brit, this one is hitting a little too close home. Not sure. The others were hilarious and fun.

The other 3 books have a little something to do with summer and beyond! Yeah! I am hoping to cover at least 7 national Parks this summer, and Yosemite is just one. I will have a lot to write about I think!

Not represented in this stack is the hook the Lad and I are currently reading. We bought the box set of Roald Dahl’s books and started “The BFG” a week or so ago. Little did we know the movie is currently in the works! I wasn’t sure if the story would be too scary with all of the giants eating people (as a kid, I couldn’t handle it), but it seems the voice I use for the giant makes everything sound funny. The giants monologues are tricky for me to read with all of the funny words, but the Lad just loves it can’t wait for his next chapter each night. I am looking forward to starting “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” soon!

Other than my books, I have also just picked up the latest Sunset Magazine.

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They even have a whole section about camping with kids this month!

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Even if you don’t have kids, there are sections about varying degrees of camping from backpacker to car camper. My favorite bits are the 114 best campgrounds in the west revealed. I can’t wait to visit some of them! This month’s copy is worth picking up.

Other than this blog, what is it you are reading right now? Any books or magazines you would recommend? Why? Let us all in on them!

Off to catch a few pages of my book before catching a few winks!

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