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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 19)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 26)
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Read Our Own Books May 2017

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 12): 06/12/17

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 29)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

Last week put in an application for a six month lease on an apartment close to both schools and near where we hope to buy a home. We found out on Thursday that our application was accepted and we have a move in date of July 15th. That gives us until January 31 to sell our home, purchase a new one, and get it set up the way we like before we have to move out of the apartment.

Our temporary home
Our temporary home

We have a month and a week to pack up as much of our stuff as we can before we move into our apartment. The goal is to spend July getting the townhouse thoroughly cleaned, painted, the remaining carpet replaced with wood flooring, and staged. Then mid August we hope to put the townhouse on the market. Once it's sold, we can shop for our new home!

Our biggest collection is our home library which is around two thousand books. At one point we had as many as four thousand but I've been purging like crazy in the last couple of years. We have about 1,600 books boxed and in storage. By next Monday the remainder should be in storage.

Storage
1,600 books in storage

Tuesday my daughter's Girl Scout troop held it's end of year party and bridging ceremony. We had the party in the mutli-purpose room but it was on the same day as the Spring Concert, so we had to be quick about things.

Harriet bridging
My daughter bridging with her troop.

Immediately afterwards, it was time for the concert, which meant a quick change from Girl Scout uniform to dress for the concert. My daughter performed both in the beginning strings and in the chorus pieces of the concert.


Beginning strings. My daughter's in the very back.


For the first song she had a solo.

Thursday and Friday the drama club put on a performance of "The Entire American Revolution in 40 Minutes or Less." Harriet had two rolls: British soldier one, and General Burgoyne.

The generals and George III
The generals and George III.

On Saturday the drama club met at a local park for a wrap up party. They're already planning next year's performance. It will probably be a musical. We'll find out what they pick in October.

Giant cookie that says Stonbrae Drama club rocks
Giant cookie that says Stonbrae Drama club rocks.

What I read last week:

Lucky Boy
Lucky Boy by Shanti Sekaran
Murder is Binding
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Personal collection - audibook
The first of the Booktown Mystery series
Giant Days Volume 4
Giant Days Volume 4 by John Allison
Personal collection
Wandering Son Volume 3
Wandering Son Volume 3 by Takako Shimura
   

What I'm reading:

The Long Cosmos
The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Personal collection
The Road Movie Book
The Road Movie Book edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark
Research
Us Conductors
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Personal collection

Up Next:

The Unbreakable Code
The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Personal collection - the sequel to The Book Scavenger
Bookmarked for Death
Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett
- audibook
The second of the Booktown Mystery series
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Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates

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Comment #1: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 00:36:40

Greg

Congrats on your new (temporary) place! Hope it all goes well. Are those boxes all books? That's a lot of books. 🙂



Comment #2: Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 21:51:00

Pussreboots

Yes. Those are all books. Eighty boxes of books with roughly twenty books per box. There are approximately 1,600 books in there. We have another two hundred boxed up and ready for storage and another two hundred books that need boxing.



Comment #3: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 00:51:54

Kathryn

Oh my you are going to be very busy with packing and unpacking. I am blown away by that huge home library. Would you need a whole room for them? A dream would be to have a library room!



Comment #4: Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 21:51:00

Pussreboots

Our current place doesn't have a spare room for anything. Every room (except for the bathrooms) have bookcases. Where some homes would have nicknacks, we have books. For the new place, a lot of those books won't be coming with us for long. My goal is to resort them to donate sets of books to local school libraries. Ones that we can't donate we'll sell. Then the ones that we haven't read or want to re-read will come home to where ever we decide to put them. I'm hoping for built in shelves. These remaining books will be organized (something that our current home library never properly was).



Comment #5: Monday, June, 12, 2017 at 01:55:38

Majanka

Wow so many books! So many boxes. I hope the move goes well.

My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.



Comment #6: Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 23:02:00

Pussreboots

The nice thing about this move is that we own the home we're moving out of and will hopefully be owning the home we'll be moving into form the apartment, giving us more control over the time line. We plan on treating the apartment like an extended stay hotel, meaning that we won't move all our stuff there, just the bare minimum. Everything else will stay in storage until we're ready to move into our new home. Also, we're moving locally, so everything we're interested in is with in a five mile loop.



Comment #7: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 02:41:20

Poem Fanatic@Poems and Poets

I can't believe you managed to read so much among shifting houses and your kids spring performances!



Comment #8: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 07:38:00

Pussreboots

One of the books was the audiobook I listened to as I packed boxes. Two were comic that I read in bursts at night. Lucky Boy was the only one that took serious effort and I had to read it as there is a long hold list for it; I wouldn't have been able to renew it.



Comment #9: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 08:56:26

Pat @ Posting For Now

Moving can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Good luck with your move.



Comment #10: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 07:41:00

Pussreboots

So far, this is the least stressful move we've had. It helps that it's the shortest move we've had in a long time. It also helps that our children are old enough to help and to be supportive of the move. It also helps that we're our own landlords and can take our time on the selling part / buying part.



Comment #11: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10:29:10

Kathy

Sounds like your moving plans are going well. My move went almost flawlessly. Today the carpets in the old house are being cleaned and it goes on the market tomorrow. My realtor is going to try selling it empty first. If that doesn't work, she'll stage it. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #12: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 07:41:00

Pussreboots

We're going to go with staging right away because there aren't as many town homes on the market. Plus the place was really built to be a bachelor pad so it'll be good to show a modern day interpretation of the space.



Comment #13: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10:51:07

Laurel-Rain Snow

Wow, you have a lot of books! When I had 1400+ on my shelves, I purged about 600 of them over a few months.

I don't have any in storage. They're all in the house, which is why the purge.

Good luck with the move, and enjoy your children's activities...great concerts, etc.

Thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #14: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 09:51:00

Pussreboots

We've been purging for the last year, originally expecting to move to Canada. The books that are in storage now are there because we're emptying out our house to sell it. I plan to purge more after we move but I want to reorder the books to give entire collections to various school librarians I know. As the school year ends on Wednesday, it's easier for everyone, myself included, to do this sorting and purging in the fall.



Comment #15: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 12:13:42

anna herding cats

Woo! Sounds like a busy week! That's awesome on the apartment and getting things moving. Good luck packing things up this week!



Comment #16: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 09:53:00

Pussreboots

Audiobook mysteries make packing more fun. We have five weeks before we can move in.



Comment #17: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 12:18:07

Jade @ Reading with Jade

Now that's a lot of books! Congratulations on the temporary homes; it sounds like you have solid plans there. Good luck with process!

Happy reading and have a great week!



Comment #18: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 09:59:00

Pussreboots

It is but it's the bulk of our possessions. The next biggest collection we have is our kitchen. We also like to cook.



Comment #19: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 12:49:19

Jane @ Raincity Librarian

Wow! What a library!! I actually rarely buy books and don't own all that many - perks of working in a library (and the reality of living in a teeny tiny apartment). 😉



Comment #20: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10:05:00

Pussreboots

The books are a mixture of computer science / math books, which my husband actively refers to on a regular basis, research books for my road narrative project, and children's books (belonging to our children or ones I've reviewed on this blog). Many of the children's books will be donated next fall when the school year starts up. Our place is small too — about 1,100 square feet shared with four people and two cats.



Comment #21: Monday, June, 12, 2017 at 15:09:26

Deb Nance

Wow. Your daughter was wonderful. And, gee whiz, look at all those books!



Comment #22: Monday, June, 12, 2017 at 20:17:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. She and her classmates worked hard for all their performances. It's a lot of books but it's the bulk of what we own. So once they're packed, the rest should go smoothly.



Comment #23: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 17:09:59

Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

Wow, so many books to pack up and move! Good luck with that! And all your kids activities. How cool to get to be a part of all that. I bet you are super proud 🙂

I recently did a massive book declutter (which I wrote about on the blog) and got rid of about 160. Luckily when we moved into this place last year I got rid of about 600 so it wasn't too big of a job this time around!

Hope you have a great week 🙂



Comment #24: Monday, June, 12, 2017 at 20:21:00

Pussreboots

We decluttered about a thousand books last fall when we thought we would be moving to Canada. We won't be moving all those books into the apartment. We've agreed to each have one box of books that we want to read over the summer. Then once we get into the new house, we'll move in the books slowly — probably to the garage or a spare room, so I can sort them. Many of them will be going to various local school libraries.



Comment #25: Monday, June, 12, 2017 at 21:09:22

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie

That is a lot of books!!! 🙂 And congrats on the move, how exciting!! We have been thinking about moving, but our timeline is going to much slower. But we dream of it! 🙂 The end of the year stuff looked like a blast, especially that Revolutionary play. 🙂



Comment #26: Monday, June, 12, 2017 at 20:28:00

Pussreboots

The play was fun. They did three performances: one as a school assembly, and two for the parents.

We've been debating moving for a while but this is the first year we've been able to afford it. We want to move now to give our son a chance at having his own room. In three years he's off to college!



Comment #27: Monday, June, 12, 2017 at 21:38:41

MarthaE

Hope your move is going well. That is a lot of books to carry along! You have several cozies and The Long Cosmos has my interest. Happy Reading!



Comment #28: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 20:31:00

Pussreboots

The bulk of the books are now in storage where they will stay until after the house is purchased and fixed up. My husband will do the lifting of the books to the home just as he has done the lifting of them to storage. Then I will unbox them, sort them, and shelve the ones we'll keep. The others will either go to local school libraries or will be sold.



Comment #29: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 22:31:42

Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

Glad you found a temporary apartment. I can't believe how many books you own! Wow!



Comment #30: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 20:33:00

Pussreboots

We used to own more. But we don't have many other things. Books are our biggest hobby.



Comment #31: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 08:01:36

Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews

Wow on those books.

Love all the photos.

Hope all goes smoothly.

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Comment #32: Tuesday, June 13, 18:48:00

Pussreboots

It doesn't feel like all that many since we'd already gotten rid of about a thousand, and we started packing them up a month ago, meaning that there's no rush to get it all done.

I'm glad you enjoy the photos. I'll be taking more. Photography is my hobby.



Comment #33: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 09:38:05

Beth F

I love books, until it comes time to move. Then UGH



Comment #34: Tuesday, June 13, 18:51:00

Pussreboots

This is our seventh move, though our first one in over a decade. We've learned a thing or two about moving our books with a little stress as possible. Thankfully too, this is our shortest move in terms of distance, making putting things in storage feasible.



Comment #35: Tuesday, June, 13, 2017 at 13:03:05

Anita

I can't wait to see your book collection out again, at some point. A lot of end of the year things happening, and still time to read...go you!



Comment #36: Tuesday, June 13, 18:57:00

Pussreboots

I can't either — especially sorted and on display in new or built-in shelving. I'm also excited to donate collections to the local schools.



Comment #37: Tuesday, June, 13, 2017 at 14:07:31

Yvonne

Congrats on your move! I have boxes of books stored like that too. We're in the process of wanting to move soon and already cleared out alot. Good luck with everything!



Comment #38: Tuesday, June 13, 18:57:00

Pussreboots

We started putting things in storage six weeks ago. So the packing has been slow and steady, rather than rushed and stressful.



Comment #39: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 01:03:58

Geybie's Book Blog

I hope you enjoy the books you're currently reading. Happy reading and have a wonderful week. :)



Comment #40: Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 22:01:00

Pussreboots

It's been a good week.



Comment #41: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 08:40:37

Sarah

Wow, you had one busy week, but it also looked like a lot of fun as well. I can't imagine having to pack up that many books, and yet, looking at my own shelves, I have about 1000 books as well and will one day need to pack it all up to move. Good luck selling your place and finding a new one.



Comment #42: Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 22:03:00

Pussreboots

I've been packing books for about a month. Most of that work is now done.



Comment #43: Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 17:48:38

Reading with Beth

Wow...so many books! Hope everything goes well with your move. :)



Comment #44: Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 17:21:00

Pussreboots

It's going well. The remainder of the books should be packed up this week.



Comment #45: Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 05:05:27

Louisa

Having to purge books, and box them up, oh, at least that means more progress in the moving process! Sounds like a pretty great week! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!



Comment #46: Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 19:31:00

Pussreboots

I did an initial purge in the winter when we were planning for an international move. I have other books I want to purge but I won't do that until after the school year starts. Most of these books are children's and YA that I want to give to local schools. I should be able to box up the remainder of the books this week.