Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mid-Week Randomness

This week seems to be moving along so slowly, probably because I'm on vacation all next week and want to be done with the work week already!  Since I haven't written reviews for the 4 books sitting on my desk patiently waiting their turn in the spotlight, I thought I'd post some random updates.

First, I want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes.  You all made my day!  And thanks to my husband for holding a small gathering for me over the weekend, Serena and her husband for the awesome bookish gifts (the Jane Austen action figure rocks!), and to The Girl for making sure I didn't have to do any housework on Monday and could put my feet up with a book after I came home from work.  You are all awesome!

Second, I just want to let you all know that I still don't have an Internet connection at home, so it remains to be seen how often I'll be able to post here or when I'll have time for blog reading and commenting.  I'll do my best to stay current, though, but please forgive me if I'm MIA -- which will be the case when I'm on vacation next week.  Well, at least I can count on more reading time, since my vacation will consist of me sitting at home and relaxing.

Third, I want to direct you to my Examiner page, as I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Donna Jo Napoli, whose YA novels set during World War II are must reads.  (If you haven't already, check out my reviews of Stones in Water and Fire in the Hills.)

Those of you still planning to complete the World War II reading challenge by the end of the year should consider Napoli's books.  They are quick reads, with plenty of action and emotion to hold your attention at a time of year when everything is hectic.  (I can't believe that I'm going to have to start Christmas shopping soon.  Where has the year gone?)

Have a great day, everyone!

16 comments:

Scobberlotcher said...

Sorry I missed sending you a birthday greeting. Happy Belated Birthday. Sounds like you had a good one!

bermudaonion said...

You sound just like Carl. He has next week off, so this week is just dragging by for him. He definitely has ants in his pants.

Serena said...

I can imagine how anxious you must be to be on vacation with this hell week at work. I wish you loads of reading time, though I'll miss you at the office!

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

The week would be dragging fir me too. Glad you had a great birthday celebrations. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Sandy Nawrot said...

The kids are home all next week, so my life will not be its normal routine. I wonder how much of anything will get done? I was wondering...are you and Serena going to another war challenge next year? Any idea what war?

Suko said...

I enjoy these "random" posts so much! My comments, too, will be on the random side.

Happy belated birthday!

How will you fare without an internet connection at home? There are always internet caf├ęs, if need be.

I will visit your author interview next. I also have an author interview at present on my blog.

Enjoy your vacation, Anna. :)

Luanne said...

time always moves slowly before vacation...Have a great time!

Dawn said...

Have a great vacation Anna! I hope you get some rest and get a chance to get some reading done! hahahahahahaha! Just kidding! ;O) Enjoy!!

Staci said...

Have a great time off and don't worry about bloggerville!!

carolsnotebook said...

Enjoy your vacation! Sounds relaxing.

Alyce said...

I'm glad you had such a great birthday!

Melody said...

I hope you have a great vacation, Anna!

Haleyknitz said...

Hey, just wanted to let you know that I've given you an award here: http://haleymathiot.blogspot.com/2009/11/awards-d.html

~H

Marie said...

OH! did I miss wishing you a Happy Birthday? Happy Birthday, Anna! hope you had a great day.

Jenners said...

I've been a bit absent in blogland lately so happy late birthday!! And I hope you have a great vacation ... it think everyone needs some time off every now and then.

Anna said...

Thank you, everyone! The birthday wishes mean a lot to me. And the vacation was so relaxing, but the coming back to all the catch up...not so much!

~Haleyknitz: Thanks so much for the award. It means a lot to me. :)