Weekend Update – November 12, 2017

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Weekend Update

We had way too much dreary weather this week. That combined with the time change was kind of annoying. This lighter in the morning due to the time change stuff is lost on me. I get to work at 7am and it’s still dark.

I spent a lot of time this week getting my new laptop set up. It’s so much faster than my old one. I’m a big fan of solid state drives. As usual with a new laptop its been a matter of figuring out what worked on the old one that doesn’t work on the new one and finding alternatives.

It’s hard to believe that there’s only one more weekend before Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to that week though. I have both Thursday and Friday as work holidays and I’m taking the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as a vacation day. Two day work weeks for the win! I’m hoping we can go see Thor Ragnarok on that Wednesday.

My reading has been hit and miss. I’s slowly making my way through The Blackhouse by Peter May. I’m loving it but I’m just getting enough time to read. I finished listening to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also read the second volume of The Fade Out trilogy.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.

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November 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

November 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

I have found a way to make daily photo prompts work well for me.

No single photo a day prompt list fully works for me. I choose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. Every once in a while I just can’t find a prompt that works for me that say so I give myself permission to tag whatever I do want to photograph. I’m happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I’ll be using for November:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

If committing to a month at a time feels like too much, there are other weekly and daily options available on Instagram
There are several Instagram accounts that feature a new theme every day or every week. I follow these accounts and every once in a while they save me when I just don’t like any of the other prompts. These are all worth following on Instagram.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of using prompts for daily photos because it helps make a personal photo journal and also makes me look for inspiration throughout my daily life. It helps me to notice and appreciate the little moments and things every day.

I’ve been doing this since March of 2012 so I now have over 5 years of daily photos.

Follow my Daily Photos on Instagram

These are the most liked of my October 2017 Photo a Day photos:

If you’re not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you’ll consider it because it’s a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.

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The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in 2017, 3.5 stars, Agatha Christie, Book Review, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Body in the Library by Agatha ChristieThe Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery
Format: Trade Paperback and Ebook
Series: #3 in the Miss Marple series
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 1942 Originally, 2011 This Edition
Pages: 207
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

It’s seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing an evening dress and heavy makeup, which is now smeared across her cheeks. But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry?
The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple into their home to investigate. Amid rumors of scandal, she baits a clever trap to catch a ruthless killer.

My Thoughts:
It’s been a while since I read a Miss Marple book. I wanted something short after finishing a chunkster and this was on my ereader. I was just what I needed. A classic mystery with just enough touches of humor.

This time around Miss Marple is one of several people investigating the murder both professional and amateur. Mrs. Bantry wants to be part of the investigation after she invites her friend Jane Marple to find out what happened. She wants the murder solved to prove her husband didn’t have anything to do with it but she doesn’t mind having a little fun along the way. Multiple police departments are involved as well as a retired Scotland Yard commissioner. Of course, Miss Marple is the one who solves the case.

I enjoyed this one partly for the characters and partly for the mystery. I had some guesses along the way but wasn’t sure before Miss Marple explained it all.

Now that I’ve read a few Miss Marple books I’m planning to start the Hercule Poirot series.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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Weekend Update – Bookish Nostalgia Ocrober 2017

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Uncategorized, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia October2017

I totally stole this idea from Kay at Kay’s Reading Life. Every month she looks back in her reading records to see what she was reading this month in past years. I decided that would be fun even though my reading spreadsheet doesn’t go back as far as Kay’s records do.

Bookish Nostalgia

I’ve only been tracking my reading since October 2003 but it’s still fun to take a look back occasionally. Anything before mid-2006 hasn’t been on my blog and some of those old reviews are frankly a little embarrassing at this point. I’ll link to my full reviews when I think are worth reading.

Sometimes my reaction is “I can’t believe I read that” and other times it’s “Oh I remember where I was when I read that one”. and occasionally it’s “I really want to read that again.”

Some of these are pre-blog so the links take you to Powell’s for more information. Links for 2007 and later take you to my review.

 

2004:
The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons audio edition narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
This is such a disturbing story. It gave me the creeps. If you’re looking for a creepy Halloween read you should give this one a try.

 

2009:
Still Life by Louise Penny audio edition narrated by Ralph Cosham
This is the first in one of my favorite audio series. If you haven’t started reading this series you should.

 

2010:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K Rowling audio edition narrated by Jim Dale
This was my first time rereading this series in the audio format. It was wonderful. Next time I’m going to listen to the British editions narrated by Stephen Fry.

 

2011:
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray audio edition narrated by the Author
It’s simply fabulous. Instead of filming an all female version of Lord of the Flies (which two men are planning and it’s stupid) they should film this, I liked this audiobook so much I made The Hubster listen to it when we were on a road trip. He loved it too.

 

2012:
Charlotte’s Web by E.B White narrated by the author
Hearing the author read this was simply a lovely experience. From my review:

The audio production is certainly not up to the standards expected today. At one point I distinctly heard something falling over in the background and I heard paper shuffling several times but I didn’t care.

E.B White reads the story much the same way as you’d expect a kindly grandfather to read the story to a child. It was recorded after the book was already a success and this bit from the NPR article was what made me want to hear him.

in 1970, he sat down in a studio to record the narration.
“He, of course, as anyone does doing an audio book, had to do several takes for various things, just to get it right,” Sims says. “But every time, he broke down when he got to Charlotte’s death. And he would do it, and it would mess up. … He took 17 takes to get through Charlotte’s death without his voice cracking or beginning to cry.”

It’s only three and a half hours long so do yourself a favor and listen to it.
 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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