Back to school time…..

16.5 books

I have been a little quiet on my blog for the last few weeks mainly because my twins started nursery school on Wednesday. Reading has taken a bit of a back seat to days out, cuddles and epic amounts of Toy Story 1, 2 & 3 (how sad is the end of Toy Story 3??). I’m now a bit emotionally drained and am trying desperately to get over the fact that my babies are growing up and taking their first steps towards independence.

Can you handle the cute? :)
Can you handle the cute? 🙂

So, there’s a back to school vibe here at 746 Books and despite the lovely weather here in Northern Ireland, it’s safe to say that summer is officially over – as is my 20 Books of Summer Challenge.
Or, to be specific, my 16 ½ Books of Summer Challenge.

That’s right, I didn’t manage all 20, but I think that 17 (well, nearly 17!) is none too shabby. I went from the sublime (The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox) to the ridiculous (Hollywood Wives) and made the rookie mistake of taking it easy at the start of the summer then having to play catch up with my reading plans. My ½ book is The House of Mirth which I should be finished by next week and then I’ll be getting all spooky as I start The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson as part of RIP IX. I will try to read the three books I didn’t get round to, but I am quite looking forward to having the freedom to choose what I fancy reading next rather than what I’ve set myself to read.

Thanks to you all for supporting me on my 20 Books Challenge, it was always going to be tight as to whether or not I got all 20 read, but I’ll know better for next year!

20 Books of Summer

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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

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  1. No matter what people say about Lord of the Rings or the Godfather,Toy Story will remain my favourite trilogy!!
    You’re right: the ending truly is sad…

    And you have twins! 😮
    I didn’t think you had kids! 🙂
    Twin girls are very,very cute!


  2. Your kids are very cute! Well done on nearly 17 books–that’s far more than I’ve read this summer.

    I am 24, which I am pretty sure makes me a grown-up by all reasonable standards, and the end of Toy Story 3 still made me cry the first time I saw it. I was at the cinema, and the whole place was full of bemused-looking children looking at their adults as the adults wept. Beautiful send-off for the series, though.


  3. Oh, how I feel for you, sending your babies off to nursery school (I am assuming for the first time). Those were the roughest three autumns of my life (my children are all introverts like their mother). But, now, I can just send them off with a kiss and a wave, and feel lucky they still let me kiss them.
    And, your twins are very, very, cute! 🙂
    As for books, 16 in the summer is great! I usually read less in the summer than any other time of the year. I read about 14, depending on when you consider summer to have started. For me, it’s when the kids get out of school until they go back. Forget the calendar dates.


  4. Oooh, back-to-school time is always draining, even for the children (or the adults like me who do go back). I have to say, you have two beautiful and healthy children. Has anyone told you the girl looks a lot like Reese Witherspoon??? The resemblance is uncanny, at least in that picture.

    I hope they love nursery and school and they get to share their bookish love with their classmates 🙂


  5. I sent Kids #1 and 2 off to school this year. It was harder than sending just one off. It doesn’t help that #3 is upset each morning that he can’t leave as well. My first question at pickup is about books as well. 🙂 Great job reading all those books over the summer! Almost in the 600s now!!


  6. 16.5 books is great! I think I did manage to read 10 (I had mentioned trying to do half your challenge) this summer and your post has inspired me to write about it next week.

    And congratulations on your twins! It is so hard, isn’t it? My son just entered his final year of primary school…the only thing that makes it bearable is seeing him doing interesting new things. Always such mixed emotions. Hope you have a great year!


  7. 16 and a half is quite respectable; well done. I managed to read only three of your titles, and I don’t have the excuse of children to distract me. Only cats. Cats in constant need of attention, mind. I have told you before how ridiculously adorable your twins are, so won’t repeat it here … oh, blast, just did. And I’ve never seen any of the Toy Story films, something that apparently I should rectify immediately. I will report back when I have watched them; it sounds as if I will need to be armed with Kleenex Man Size tissues


  8. Your twins are adorable! And 16.5 books is a lot of books for the summer. I’ve actually never read House of Mirth, though I enjoyed Wharton’s Age of Innocence. I’ve been seeing others read it lately. Is there a Wharton challenge going on or something? 🙂


    • I don’t think so! I read Ethan Frome earlier in the year as part of a Wharton Reading Challenge and really enjoyed it so thought I’d try House of Mirth. They are very different books though, but I’m really enjoying it.


  9. Aww, your twins are gorgeous. 🙂 Congratulations on reading so many of your challenge books. You’d be so busy with two young children to care for! House of Mirth is one of my favourite novels of all time.


  10. Well done on reading nearly 17 books this summer; that’s a great number. I might have to skip your review of The House of Mirth for a few weeks as I’m planning on reading this one in the not too distant future (and I prefer to avoid reviews if I’m about to dive into a book). I’ll definitely come back to it later, though!


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