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

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Ten Things, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week July 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week July 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. A beautiful morning
A lovely morning inspires me to get off the train a few stops early and walk to work.
Pretty morning

 

2. The Musketeers
for the second time We’re partway through rewatching the first and second seasons before we watch the third and final season for the first time. Such a fun show.

The Musketeers

 

3. Fiona spending time with her parents.
(You knew there would be a Fiona update didn’t you?). I have an irrational desire to fly to Cincinnati and hang out at the zoo until I see her in person.

 

4. The Hubster’s birthday present
He adores the Minions for some reason so he needed Turbo Dave. It’s hilarious.

 

5. These clowns
Abby loves Howie. Howie is getting old and was just diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism as well as some other issues. He’s now on daily meds and once the thyroid issue is settled down we’ll see how much of the other things were side effects of that.
Howie and Abby

 

6. Broadchurch
This is just an excellent show. The third and final season is airing now. David Tennant and Olivia Coleman are so good as detectives.
Broadchurch

 

7. Marvin
I was fully prepared to ignore Amazon Prime day until the Roomba. I’m impressed so far.
Roomba

 

8. Field trips for ice cream
On Friday my boss scheduled a ‘meeting’ at Ben and Jerry’s. Supporting our downtown Ben and Jerry’s supports a good cause.

Ben and Jerry's Downtown Portland

click on the image for a larger version

 

9. This
Turn up the volume

 

10. Wonder Woman
We finally saw it yesterday. I loved it.
Wonder Woman

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update The 11 years of Blogging Edition

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Weekend Update | 8 comments

Weekend Update
Eleven years of Blogging

This week (Wednesday) is the 11th anniversary of my first post on this blog.

I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for eleven years.

Eleven Years!!

Eleven Years!!

As I said last year a lot has changed. The world has changed. Technology has changed. I’ve changed. Blogging has changed. One thing that has not changed is my love of books and reading.

When I started a blog all those years ago I was planning on it being an online reading journal that I might share with a few friends and family who asked about book recommendations. I was shocked to get a comment from a total stranger a couple of weeks after going live. I had no idea that book blogs were even a ‘thing’.

I followed the links on her blogroll (gosh, remember those) and discovered a whole new world of booklovers and readers. Over the years many have come and gone but I have a solid group of core reading friends I wouldn’t even know if I hadn’t started this blog.

Next month I’m going to meet one of those first commenters who is now a friend. It’s a meetup over ten years in the making.

This little online reading journal led me to a wonderful community of readers who have become my friends. So yeah, it’s totally worth it to still be doing this after all these years.

Thanks for visiting. Thanks for reading. I hope we’ll still be here for many years to come.

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Weekend Update – June 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up, Weekend Update | 2 comments

Weekend Update
June 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

June 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Here’s what I read in June:

Novels and Novellas

Imitation in Death by J.D Robb (audio narrated by Susan Ericksen)

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (review coming this week)

 

Graphic Novels and Comics

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

Secret Path by Gord Downie

Queen & Country: Operation Saddlebags by Greg Rucka

 

Nonfiction

Oops! I didn’t finish my nonfiction audio before the end of the month. I read two last month and will read two next month so my average nonfiction reading this year is still good.

 

Hope you had a great reading month in June. What was the best book you read last month?

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia June 2017 Edition

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia June 2017

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.”

Most 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:
Final Account by Peter Robinson
Robinson’s Inspector Banks series is just excellent. It’s been far too long since I’ve read one. I need to fix that.

2005:
gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
This was her first book and it was just wonderful. If you haven’t read it, you should.

2006:
Birdman by Mo Hayder
This is the first in her Detective Jack Caffery series. It’s rather brutal but she does such an fabulous job with this series and it’s troubled protagonist,. This is yet another series I need to get back to.

2007:
Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado
Parrado was one of the survivors of a plane crash in the Andes in 1972. His first person account is harrowing and uplifting.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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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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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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