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2023 Bookish Books Reading Challenge

My Progress:

30 / 30 books. 100% done!

20 Books of Summer 2023

My Progress:

17 / 20 books. 85% done!

2023 Literary Escapes Challenge

- Alabama (2)
- Alaska (1)
- Arizona (2)
- Arkansas (1)
- California (16)
- Colorado (1)
- Connecticut (3)
- Delaware (1)
- Florida (2)
- Georgia (1)
- Hawaii (1)
- Idaho (1)
- Illinois (1)
- Indiana (1)
- Iowa (1)
- Kansas (1)
- Kentucky (1)
- Louisiana (1)
- Maine (4)
- Maryland (3)
- Massachusetts (3)
- Michigan (4)
- Minnesota (1)
- Mississippi (1)
- Missouri (1)
- Montana (2)
- Nebraska (1)
- Nevada (1)
- New Hampshire (1)
- New Jersey (1)
- New Mexico (1)
- New York (15)
- North Carolina (4)
- North Dakota (1)
- Ohio (3)
- Oklahoma (1)
- Oregon (1)
- Pennsylvania (1)
- Rhode Island (1)
- South Carolina (1)
- South Dakota (1)
- Tennessee (2)
- Texas (4)
- Utah (1)
- Vermont (4)
- Virginia (2)
- Washington (6)
- West Virginia (1)
- Wisconsin (2)
- (1)
- Washington, D.C.* (1)


- Australia (3)
- Barbados (1)
- Canada (8)
- Chile (1)
- England (25)
- France (2)
- Ireland (2)
- Italy (1)
- Nigeria (1)
- Norway (1)
- Scotland (3)
- South Korea (1)
- Sweden (1)
- The Netherlands (2)
-Vietnam (1)

My Progress:

51 / 51 states. 100% done!

2023 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

My Progress:

25 / 25 books. 100% done!

2023 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

50 / 50 books. 100% done!

Booklist Queen's 2023 Reading Challenge

My Progress:

52 / 52 books. 100% done!

2023 52 Club Reading Challenge

My Progress:

52 / 52 books. 100% done!

2023 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

My Progress:

40 / 40 books. 100% done!

2023 Pioneer Book Reading Challenge

29 / 40 books. 73% done!

2023 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

My Progress:

16 / 25 books. 64% done!

2023 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

Book Bingo Reading Challenge

20 / 25 books. 80% done!

2023 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

My Progress:

109 / 109 books. 100% done!

Children's Book Reading Challenge...For Adults!

Friday, August 08, 2008

A Monsoon and A Monster Move

So, I've mentioned our big move a couple of times. We were planning to close on the house two weeks ago, but the mortgage industry has not been good to us :( You'd think in this market they would be down on their knees begging for our business. Yeah, not so much. The bank gave us a sizable loan, but they wanted mountains of paperwork and an explanation for every financial transaction we've ever made. My husband finally said, "Lock me in a room, strip me naked, ask me anything you want - just let me close on this **&!@& house." Okay, he said it without the profanity, but you get the picture. Anyway, we will finally close today. We pick up the U-Haul this afternoon, and will be carting things to the new house until our old one is empty. Sounds fun, huh?

My computer will be off during the move, but I will still be picking book winners tomorrow. If you haven't entered my giveaways, do it now. You can just scroll down through my last few posts to get all the info. I have 3 books up for grabs, so the odds are fairly good. My IRL friend, Tara, is also giving away a book on her blog, The Well-Rounded Woman. You can get all the details here.

I've got a couple of post-dated reviews that should show up as I'm unpacking and getting my kids ready to start school. Once I get settled, I'll be back with a vengeance. I've got a tower of review books to read as well as Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn and more giveaways. So, stay tuned!

Oh, I almost forgot. The photo up top was snapped by my husband as we were standing on 1 of the balconies at the new house (it has 2 - dh is so excited). It was a colorful, monsoon-y night. About an hour after this picture, the heavens heaved and it poured down rain. We were at a swimming party; I got completely drenched as I made a mad dash for the parking lot. I loved it. What can I say? You can take the girl out of Washington State, but you can't take Washington State out of the girl!

Enough chit chat - I've got to finish packing. Wish me luck with this monster move!


  1. Good luck with the move, Susan. I know it's exciting, but sooooo much work! That's a gorgeous picture, by the way.

  2. Glad that you survived the monsoon!! Our neighborhood got hit hard but it was steady and wonderful!Should I pray for more rain this weekend?? Boy, throw in starting school and moving - all in the same week?!? Your stress levels may hit maximum capacity.
    Hang in there and take care.
    PS- May your moving boxes be light!

  3. Good luck with the move! I know it seems like it will never happen, but you guys will get there soon! Then comes all the fun unpacking :-)

  4. I remember vividly the nightmare of paperwork that went into buying our house. I do not look forward to going through that again if we end up having to move. Good luck with everything, Susan.

  5. Good luck with your move and getting settled! I'm not a big fan of moving so I suspect I'll be staying put for a long time. It looks like your new home has some great views!

  6. I love your website, i just found it and loved how you have so many different varieties of books. One thing i can say that you should read are Jack Weyland books, especially Charly and Sam! Thankyou for your blog. I am definately putting this in my favorites.


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