Weekend Update – The Four Things on January 15th Edition

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in Weekend Update | 12 comments

Weekend Update

Four things:

  1. I’m done with Winter. Last weekend we had an ice storm then we got nearly a foot of snow Tuesday night and most of it is still here because it’s barely been above freezing since then. Both of these things are unusual for Portland. Luckily, I can work from home.
  2. I love the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets except for one thing. I have to read the pages with the spiders very fast.
  3. Vacations are nice. We’ve got a couple of long weekend getaways planned and I’m looking forward to both of them.
  4. I’m going to the Women’s March on Portland on Saturday. I know many of my friends are participating in marches all over the country. We’re in this together!!

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update – 2017 Reading Plans

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Weekend Update
2017 Reading Plans

I like to keep my reading plans rather nebulous. If they’re too specific or extensive it starts to feel like homework. It’s the same reason I no longer accept review copies. I get resentful when I feel like I HAVE to read this book.

That said, I do have some plans for this year.

Five books this season
I will continue to do my quarterly seasonal “Five Books I Want to Read” lists. Sometimes I read all five and sometimes I don’t but I like picking a few books I want to read in the next few months.

What’s in a Name 2017
I am participating in the What’s in a Name 2017 Challenge. It’s the only challenge I do. This year’s books will be a bit tricky to find but it’s going to be fun.

The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories. (Examples of books you could choose are in brackets – translations and other languages most definitely count!):
• A number in numbers (84, Charing Cross Road; 12 Years A Slave; 31 Dream Street)
• A building (The Old Curiosity Shop; I Capture The Castle; House Of Shadows; The Invisible Library; Jamaica Inn)
• A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it (The Girl Next Door; The Running Vixen)
• A compass direction (North and South; Guardians Of The West; The Shadow In The North; NW)
• An item/items of cutlery (The Subtle Knife; Our Spoons Came From Woolworths)
• A title in which at least two words share the same first letter – alliteration! (The Great Gatsby; The Luminous Life Of Lilly Aphrodite; Gone Girl; The Cuckoo’s Calling)

Bout of Books
I’m wrapping up the first Bout of Books for 2017 today. There are two more planned in May and August.
It’s a low key week long readathon that gives me a great excuse to say “not today, it’s my reading week.

Lastly, I’m going to try to read more nonfiction this year. I have quite a bit of nonfiction on my shelves. I know I hesitate to pick them up because most of them are chunksters, I’m going to set a goal of reading one nonfiction book a month this year.

Do you make reading goals? What are yours?

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Weekend Update: December 2016 Reading Wrap Up

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up, Weekend Update | 8 comments

Weekend Update
December 2016 Reading Wrap-Up

December 2016 Reading Wrap-Up

As usual the holiday season and the associated general busyness interfered with reading time. Hoping January is much more conducive to spending quality time with my books

Here’s what I finished in December
The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

May Day by Jess Lourey

Graphic Novels
Chew Vol. 11: The Last Suppers by John Layman

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, narrated by Cary Elwes and others from the movie.


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

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia December 2016 Edition

Posted by on Dec 25, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia December 2016

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.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
I hadn’t read it for a long time so it was go to revisit the original.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
For the first time.

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
Fascinating nonfiction about a group of divers who found a sunken WWII German Submarine.

Eli the Good by Silas House
To say I loved this book would be an understatement. It remains one of my all time favorites.

It’s the summer of 1976. Eli Book is ten years old and it seems that his family may be coming apart at the seams. His Vietnam vet dad is having horrible nightmares. His mom seems distant. His 16 year old sister is defying her parents. His very best friend is hurting because her parents are divorcing. His aunt who was a protester of the war her brother fought in is staying with them. Eli is an observer of people and of nature. He eavesdrops on conversations and finds himself knowing things he probably shouldn’t.

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Weekend Update – The Five Books I Want to Read Winter 2016-17 Edition

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Weekend Update | 8 comments

Five Books I Want to Read Winter 2016-17

The Five Books I Want to Read Winter 2016-17 Edition

I’ve been doing this seasonal list of Top Books I’d Like to Get To for a while now. This time I didn’t read all the books I picked but I’m carrying over the one I haven’t started yet for next time.

For Fall I picked 5 books and read three and have started a fourth.

The three I finished are:

A Gentleman’s Game by Greg Rucka – This is a novel related to Rucka’s Queen and Country comic series. The book works just fine as a standalone and is a pretty good spy thriller.

The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles – This one was a reread. This is the first in a ridiculously long family saga series. I read it several years ago and liked it a lot. I bought the second in the series shortly afterward. Since it’s been so long I wanted to reread this one before I read the second.

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart – This was a fun mix of historical fiction and crime fiction. I enjoyed it and plan to read the sequel soon.

The one I started and might finish by Wednesday:

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson – I enjoyed the first in this Shades of London series more than I expected to and didn’t want this one to be another second in a series books that I read years after the first.

Wednesday is the Winter Solstice so it’s time to move on and pick my Winter possibilities that I want to read before the Spring Equinox on March 20th.

The Five Books I Want to Read This Winter

The Likeness by Tana French

The Likeness by Tana French

The Likeness by Tana French – This is the one on my Fall list that I didn’t get to. It’s yet another second in a series book that has languished on my shelves for years. I finally figured out that I kept putting it off because the print in my copy is too small for me to read comfortably. I now have the ebook which will be much friendlier to my eyes.

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell – We enjoyed the TV series based on this series of books. The Hubster read the first few books in the series and said they were good. I’ve checked this out from the library a couple of times already. This time I need to actually read it.

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik – I bought this several months ago and it’s sat on my desk behind the the library books. I’m looking forward to reading it so I need to keep it in front of the library books.

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash – I bought this one because it was highly recommmended by several friends. It’s sat on the shelf for too long. Time to read it.

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald – This is another one that many friends recommended. I was considering reading it until Trish from Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity started talking about how much she was enjoying the audio edition. So this is on my iPod and will be my next audiobook.

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 December 2016 Edition

Posted by on Dec 11, 2016 in Fun, photos, Ten Things, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week October 2016

Ten Things I Liked This Week December 2016

I started doing Ten Things I Liked This Week a about a year and a half ago 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. My new leggings
These are my new favorites
Flamingo leggings
2. This puppy
Just too stinkin’ adorable


3. Finishing the outdoor decorations
The weather kept interfering but we finally got it done. The minion is The Hubster’s new addition this year.
Christmas decorations done


4. This
This is so me
I have so much to do that I'm going to read


5. Car Curling
The video was wild the first time I saw it but it was fabulous after the curling play by play was added.


6. Working from home
I was so glad to be able to work from home this week when freezing rain made my windows look like this.
ice coated window


7. Muppets
The Carol of the Bells (with Animal)


8. This
A friend of mine posted this on Facebook this week and I loved it.
things to remember


9. Saltine Toffee Bark
This was the fist time I made this amazing concoction but it won’t be the last.
Saltine Toffee Bark


10. My new kitchen rug
This is perfect for the holiday season
reindeer rug

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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