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Sunday Matters: So Many Shows

Sunday Matters

Bright Star opened this week and will run for two weekends. This was my son’s return to the stage after taking some time off from performing. We saw it opening night and really enjoyed it. We may try to catch it again next weekend but daughter is about to head into production week for HER show, Footloose.

Right Now:

No church today as we went this past Thursday. I really like to go on Thursday when we can. It’s less crowded and makes my Sunday a little less packed. We got to hear Bob Goff at that Thursday service. You know him from the books he’s written, Love Does, being one of them. What a personality! He is seriously larger than life. REALLY, enjoyed hearing him speak.

This Week:

My husband’s birthday is this week but with my son’s show and my daughter’s Footloose rehearsals, we don’t have time to actually go out for it…yet. He wants to see Avengers: Endgame but it’s going to be awhile before we can all go together. Someone already spoiled it for my daughter. Spoilers are everywhere. He and I will probably celebrate by going out to dinner and then do the family thing later.


I finished Stewart O’Nan’s latest, Henry, Himself. I really enjoyed it and for those who read Emily, Alone and Wish You Were Here, you’ll be happy to know that all three books center around the same family and setting. My review should be up soon.

I am about to start The Wife Between Us. Someone is reading it for a book club on Instagram and I decided to join her.

The Wife Between Us


Not a thing. I’ve not been feeling great so I’ve been hitting the sack early. I do feel a little better though.

New Things I’ve Tried:

Haven’t really tried anything new either. Gosh, when you don’t feel well all you can do it get through the day. That’s how this past week has been.

Grateful for:

Talented kids. I really do love everything that they do. Between the shows and the concerts we are always busy but that is the type of busy that I don’t mind. I just get to sit there in a darkened room and enjoy them.

What’s your plan this week? May is almost here and I feel like most of the year has gone by in a snap.


How Do You Decide What To Read?

As a book blogger, I put a lot of thought into what I am going to read and what I want to request. This year, I’ve only requested what I think I’ll enjoy. I used to request the hottest titles regardless of how I felt about the story but that didn’t always work out.

Plus, there are books that I just want to read for myself. Mood reading is a big thing with me this year. I want to be able to just pick up what I am in the mood for, without any obligation whatsoever, so I do that too. In-between my review books, there are mood picks and also book club picks that I must read for discussion.  I cannot forget the books I buy on a whim from the bookstore because of a slick display. I am a sucker for a good display or a fabulous cover.

I am missing the classics though. I used to always work a few in but I guess I haven’t been in the mood for them.

So, how do you pick your books these days? If you are a reviewer, do publication dates dictate your reading list? Or do you just review them when you get to them?

If you are a mood reader, what have you been in the mood for lately and do the seasons play a role in that?

I’ve got an entire bookshelf at home that holds all of my physical “to-read” copies and it’s getting a little out of hand. I will most likely do an Instagram story on it.

Right now I am in the mood for a really good foodie memoir or a novel set in a great location but centered around food. Know of one?