Weeknd Update – The Ten Things I Liked This Week September 2017 Edition

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Fun, The Things I Liked This Week, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week September 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week August 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. Vacation in Reno
We had a great long weekend there last weekend.
Reno Arch


2. The View From Mt. Rose Highway


3. And Lake Tahoe at the other end
The surf was up on Lake Tahoe on Monday
Lake Tahoe


4. The Fiona Show
The Cincinnati Zoo has put together a video series about my favorite baby hippo. Heres the first episode.


5. This


6. Rain
We desperately needed it to help with the wildfires.


7. A Bad Jokes
My inner 8 year old giggled.


8. I need this on a T-Shirt
Walk a mile in my shoes


Turn on the volume. The play call is brilliant.


10. My new iPad
We’re getting me a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro today.
10.5 inch iPad Pro


Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Five Books I Want to Read: Fall 2017

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Fun | 4 comments

Five Books I Want to Read: Fall 2017

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 do so well with getting through my choices.

For Summer I picked 5 books and I finished two of them and I’m currently reading a third. Clearly I was little overambitious regarding my summer reading

The two I finished are:

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I let the Sherlock Holmes books drop off my radar a couple of years ago. It was good to get back to them and finally read this classic.

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese O’Neill
This was fun and interesting. I listened to the audio edition narrated by Betsy Foldes Meiman.

The one I’m currently reading:

The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore
This history of all the Romanov rulers of Russia is quite interesting.

This Friday is the Autumn Equinox so it’s time to pick my Fall possibilities that I want to read before the Winter Solstice on September 22nd

The Five Books I Want to Read This Fall

I’m going to start with the two I picked for summer but didn’t get to because I still want to read both of them.


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.


Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

This book has been on my TBR list since it was released. It’s about time I read it. I have both print and audio out from the library but I haven’t decided which format I’ll read yet.


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

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

Once I started listening to the audio editions of this series I knew I’d never go back to the print editions. I need to read this next one for me before I let too much time pass with this series.


The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

There was so much buzz about this one when it was released that I didn’t want anything to do with it. Now that there’s been a television adaptation starring Tom Burke (who I loved in The Musketeers), I decided it’s time to finally read it. HBO has the US rights to the television series but no US premiere date has been set yet


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

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Weekend Update – Bookish Nostalgia September 2017

Posted by on Sep 17, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 2 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia September 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.”

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.


Mrs. Pollifax on Safari by Dorothy Gilman – audio edition narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
This is such a delightful series and the one that kicked off my love for Barbara Rosenblat as a narrator.


One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash
This continues to be one of my all time favorite books. I should read it again.


Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
As old as this one is I was surprised that it didn’t feel more dated. It’s a short book but the gradually building tension makes it disturbing but good.


Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
This is the beginning of a great series about a group of Australian teens and what they do when war breaks out. I have the final two books on my ereader but haven’t read them yet.



Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in 2017, 4.5 stars, Book Review, Graphic Novel | 0 comments

The Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel GreenbergThe Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: 2016 Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 224
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in one hundred nights, he can have his castle–and Cherry.

But what Jerome doesn’t know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love and betrayal and loyalty and madness.

My Thoughts:
So many people I know and trust recommended this graphic novel that I just had to get on the waiting list at the library.

I am so glad I did. This is simply a wonderful graphic novel. The story and the stories layered within it are interesting, fun, sad, touching, dark and also humorous.

Also beautiful is the artwork by the author. It places the action firmly in a world created by the daughter of a god.

The stories Hero tells become stories within stories and are about the women. They’re part fairy tale and part feminist manifesto. Some are retellings of familiar tales but with changes that still make them new. They are also about the stories and the power of storytelling.

I loved it and I think you will too

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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