I’m running a little behind, but I finally did my fall planting this week. I’m growing peas (after a pretty much disastrous attempt in the spring), lettuce, and spinach. I also plan to plant garlic, but that doesn’t go in yet because it’s planted later in the fall for harvesting next summer. This was my first year at growing anything other than tomatoes. My lettuce did really, really well. We had a lot of great salads until it got too hot for the lettuce and it died out. The peas and green beans got flooded due to an extremely wet June and then they were eaten by bugs. I harvested my onions last week and and my potatoes this week when I was planting. I have soooooo many potatoes! My husband just kept digging them out while I was planting the peas and we filled up a big bowl. Some of them are tiny and some are about the size of my fist, but I’m just so excited that there are so many. The tomatoes didn’t do as well as last year, in part to due to squirrels. I think the neighbors’ grandchildren were also stealing some of them. But I have had quite a few, especially now that those kids are back in school and not spending their days next door, and I still have time.
For Behind the Blog, I picked some of my ideal reading spots.
I’m starting to TRY to pick books that are a little more obscure for my Waiting on Wednesday posts. I hate going around and seeing the same book on ten people’s posts within a week or two. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for some of them too. I just like seeing people post something different sometimes.
I am the worst at coming up with discussion topics, but I actually did it this week: Reviews: Why Write Them?
Movie casting has kind of ruined Divergent for me — I suffered through all five seasons of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and that was more than enough Shailene Woodley for one lifetime — but I plan to stick with it to the book finish and then never revisit it again.
Scarlet and If You Find Me were Waiting on Wednesday finds from this week. I’m kind of skeptical about The Bone Season, but I though I’d give it a try. I saw Samantha Shannon on The Today Show a few weeks ago and they seemed to like her book.
I’m really excited about Going Long. It’s the sequel to Waiting on the Sidelines (reviewed this week and linked above). The author sent it to me after reading my review. I have to finish Shatter Me first, but as soon as I do, I’m starting Going Long!
Currently Reading: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Fantasy is More Fun is accepting signups for the Clean Out your E-reader Challenge in November. I’m not sure if I’m going to sign up for this one. I’d like to but I don’t get many freebies from Amazon. The free books I have are usually ARCs from NetGalley/Edelweiss and I never know if I’m going to have any at a given point in time. I’ll probably wait until late October and see if I have any before I make a decision.
This is actually from last week but I don’t care, I’m linking it anyway. Bloggers Commenting Back is a list of bloggers who reply to comments left on their own blogs and then try to visit the commenters’ blogs and comment there as well. It’s a great way to promote interaction in the blogging community, especially for those who maybe aren’t as active on Twitter. I always seem to hit Twitter at dead times. I can go back and tweet/reply to people but by then the conversation has pretty much moved on.