Five Books I Want to Read: Summer 2017

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Fun | 2 comments

Five Books I Want to Read: Summer 2017

I’ve been doing this seasonal list of Top Books I’d Like to Get To for a while now. This time I did pretty good with getting through my choices.

For Spring I picked 5 books and I finished four of them and I’m currently reading the fifth.

The four I finished are:

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy
This is the fourth in a cozy mystery series featuring a White House Chef.

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
This one languished on my shelf far too long. A book about the elements of the Periodic Table sounds a bit dry but it wasn’t. It was a lot of fun and filled with wonderful tidbits of scientific history.

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey
The Serge Storms series is wild, violent and totally wacky. I love it.

1776 by David McCullough
This is another one that sat on my shelf for far too long after I bought it. I enjoyed it and learned a lot.

The one I’m still reading:
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
I adore the movie and I’m having fun reading the book.

Today is the Summer Solstice so it’s time to pick my Summer possibilities that I want to read before the Fall Equinox on September 22nd.

The Five Books I Want to Read This Summer

For this summer I’m picking a mix of non-fiction and books from series I’m currently reading.

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

I bought The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore back in December but haven’t read it yet. I’ve always been fascinated with the Romanov Dynasty.

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I started reading the Sherlock Holmes books several years ago. It’s been a while and The Hound of the Baskervilles is next for me.

 

 Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese O'Neill

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese O’Neill

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese O’Neill is an audiobook I bought a while ago. I keep hearing more good reviews of it so it’ll be coming up soon on my iPod.

 

The Blackhouse by Peter May

The Blackhouse by Peter May

More and more people keep telling me that The Blackhouse by Peter May and the rest of the trilogy are excellent. I need to read it.

 

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor is fun time travel adventure. I need to read the next one up for me, Second Chance.

 

What books are you looking forward to reading in the next few months?

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Weekend Update – The Ten Things I Liked This Week June 2017

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in Fun, Ten Things, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week June 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week June 2017

I started doing Ten Things I Liked This Week in June of 2015 and it’s definitely become my favorite monthly post. I love adding to my list throughout the week.

Here are ten things I liked this week:

1. Mini Mini-Golf
One of the hotels in Portland turns their parking lot into a miniature mini-golf course and beer garden in the summer. It’s a blast.
Mini Mini -Golf

 

2. Instant Pot Mac & Cheese
This recipe from Dad Cooks Dinner is delicious.
This is also his photo because it’s better than my photo.
Dad Cooks Dinner Mac & Cheese

 

3. Pod Save America
Currently my favorite podcast
Pod Save America

 

4. Jigsaw Puzzles
I enjoy doing them but get a little obsessed and do little else until they’re done. This one,  The Craft Cupboard from Ravensburger was tough but fun.
Jigsaw Puzzle

 

5. A Fiona Update
You knew there’d be something about Fiona didn’t you? She’s been spending more and more time with her mother and in the outdoor pool.

 

6. Starting Fresh
I deleted my TBR spreadsheet this week. Then I returned all the library books I had out with the exception of the one I have through interlibrary loan. Prior plans are no longer relevant.
Delete

 

7. A New Job for The Hubster
He was laid off in April. He’s getting severance pay so we’re not hurting but this week he accepted a new job starting August 1st. It’s a relief.Your'e Hired

 

8. My New Kitchen Light
We’re in the process of winding down the slowest kitchen refresh in history. We started with paint back in 2005 This week we replaced the old light over the kitchen table.

 

9. My Friend’s Siberian Kittens
They are adorable and mischievous.

 

10. Movie Day
We’re finally seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 this afternoon.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #82

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 3 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #65

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

This was fun and interesting nonfiction about the elements of the Periodic Table. Lots of interesting scientific history.

 

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

I ended up having fairly mixed feelings about this one. There is definitely some beautiful writing in it but the story as a whole left me a bit flat.

 

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

This is simply a fabulous graphic novel and you should read it.

 

Started in Print

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

I adore the movie and have been intending to read this for years. I picked up this gorgeous illustrated edition earlier this year and decided to finally read it.

 

Continued on Audio

Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

This series has been a guilty pleasure of mine for years. After listening to the audio of the previous book I’m not going back to the print editions. Susan Ericksen does a great job of narrating this mix of police procedural, light science fiction, and romance.

 

Reviews since my last update:

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

 

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – The 2017 What’s in a Name Challenge Wrap Up

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, Weekend Update | 2 comments

Weekend Update

The 2017 What’s in a Name? Challenge

This is my favorite Reading Challenge and the one I have done every year since it first started.

The Tenth Annual What’s in a Name Challenge

What's In A Name 2017

What’s In A Name 2017

Charlie at The Worm Hole hosts this one.

For the What’s in a Name Challenge participants are asked to read books whose titles fit a selection of categories. I typically end up looking for a book in December to fit that one tricky category that seems to come up almost every year. This year I completed the challenge before the end of May. I think that’s the earliest I’ve ever completed this annual challenge

Here are the 2017 categories and the books I read:
(Clicking the images will take you to my reviews)

A number in numbers 

1776 by David McCullough

1776 by David McCullough

 

A building

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

 

A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

 

A compass direction

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

 

An item/items of cutlery

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

 

A title in which at least two words share the same first letter

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

 

It’s not too late to join in on this challenge. For more details check out the sign up post at The Worm Hole.

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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