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Sunday Salon: I have no idea what to call this post

Right now it is late afternoon and there is little noise in my house. The kids are all drawing or reading and I am getting on the computer for the second time today. Usually I’m on all day but I needed a break. Earlier I was at the library researching books for one of my classes. I was only suppose to check out two books for the project but instead went overboard and brought home an armful  of books. Oh well.

I just finished Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner. I started it this morning and spent most of the day reading it for this month’s  Well-Read Ladies book club selection.  Every month we read books from different genres and write notes on our group blog for discussion. This month was young adult and next month for our classics pick is John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. I cannot wait! It’s on plenty of my challenges lists.

Speaking of reading challenges, I’ve noticed that I’m not paying much attention to the challenges I signed up for. I’ve only finished two challenges this year, the Essay Reading Challenge and Young Readers Challenge. I am paying attention to the Spring Reading Thing Challenge though. When I signed up I swore I would read at least eighteen of my unread books or give the difference away. I can change the list anytime I want to but not the number. The challenge ends June 20th so I’m still hopefully I can hit eighteen. Since Bones of Faerie is one of my own books, it’s the first book I finished for the challenge. 17 to go. . .

Just when I was thinking of giving up most of my challenges, I found of that the brilliant  Maggie over at MaggieReads is hosting her annual Southern Reading Challenge. When I think of summer I think of this challenge. The challenge is from May 15th to August 15th and you only have to read three books. I had to join one more challenge! As usual I went overboard, picking more than three books but I am going to read at least three. Here’s a list of the books I’m interested in reading:

  1. Mudbound by Hilary Jordan.
  2. One Writer’s Beginnings byEudora Welty
  3. A  Death in the Family by James Agee
  4. Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
  5. All Over But the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg
  6. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
  7. A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
  8. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
  9. The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright

Now it’s time for me to get off and get the kids ready for school tomorrow. After that I plan on curling up with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and finishing it before tomorrow.

Have a great week.

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Southern Haiku Contest

Maggie, the host of the Southern Reading Challenge at MaggieReads is hosting the 2nd of 5 contests to giveaway Hilary Jordan’s Mudbound. I thought the first contest was hard, in which you had to name your homeplace. But no, contest #2 is much harder. You have to come up with a southern haiku. I think that’s such a great haiku, though I doubt I can come up with one. Why don’t you go to Maggie Reads and give it a try?
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Name Your Homeplace Contest

Maggie over at MaggieReads is giving away an autographed copy of Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. To play, you have to look around your house and create the best name for it. Right now as I’m looking around, there are children’s books on the floor along with some of the kids’ pencils and artwork. The living couches are sporting the latest pencil marks, while the kids’ bookcase is piled with books. If you listen closely you can hear a cartoon on in the background.

I was thinking about naming my home Kid Kingdom. There are five kids living here, ages 2, 4, 6, and 8 (twins), and they haven’t left even one corner of this house for Mama or me. Which I don’t mind. Living with so many kids is challenging but a whole lot of fun. Max and Ruby is tied with Scooby Doo for favorite cartoon, pink is the hottest colors for the girls, nap time is the most hated time (but my favorite), and going to Target is the best place in the world.
But then I started thinking about how Mama and I have arrived to where we are now, not just physically but emotionally. It took a lot of love, determination, prayer, and patience to get here. We’ve battled homelessness, poverty, single motherhood… The list is long. All that we’ve went through were lessons for us to learn how strong we are and what we can do. I’m glad for it all and to be where I’m at now. I went back to school and earned my high school diploma and now I’m in college, working toward my business and English degrees. I want to change the world with books, though exactly how I haven’t figured out yet. I know how important school is, my relationship with my mom is the strongest it’s ever been, and my kids worship their grandmother. So after thinking about everything from the past, the present and what I want the future to be, I decided to call my home Not quite what I was planning. A perfect name because to me I couldn’t have planned it any better.