Wednesday, July 2, 2008


This is one of those nervous, don't quite know what to expect days. I'm sure you've had a few of those. My husband and I were recently given a new calling to work in the temple and tonight is when we start. I'm excited about this new opportunity, but I find I can't settle to writing, cleaning house, or even reading today. I'm just glad I finished the edits (the major edits) on both of my books scheduled for release in October.

If you've ever been a visiting teacher or if you've moved a few times and been the "new person" in your ward, I think you might enjoy a little book I just finished reading. It's called The Crayon Messages by Christine Thackery. Look for a more complete review in my Meridian column later this month.

I have a long list of books to add to my Summer Trek Reading list, several of which I'm really looking forward to. On a Whim by Lisa McKendrick is really a YA book, but I'll read it anyway and report on it for the contest. Lisa is an author I've followed for a long time and I enjoy her work. I think a few others in my stack are young adult too which I don't review for Meridian but will do brief reviews for the summer reading program. The new books in my stack are: The Lost Verses by Barbara Miller, Spare Change by Aubrey Mace, One Lost Boy, by David Beagley, Waiting for the Light to Change by Annette Haws, Against the Giant by Christy Hardman, Keeping Keller by Tracy Winegar, All's Fair by Julie Bellon, and Flashback, by J. Michael Hunter. Fortunately, most are not really thick books.


Kerry Blair said...

I have no idea how you do it all, Jennie Hansen! I'm just glad you do. :)

I need to put up a review for the summer reading thing. I've even read most of the books. I'm just practically petrified because I have written a "book report" since junior high. (And that was in the Dark Ages.) tell how the first day (night) of the new calling went! Wish I were still in your temple district!

Jennie said...

Kerry, it is the most frighteningly wonderful experience. There's so much to learn and memorize and it's vital to be very precise, yet the feeling there is so loving and understanding and everyone is so willing to help and offer support.