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Whimpulsive by Suziqoregon - 1d ago

Lace Cap Hydrangea

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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 generally post it every two or three weeks but sometimes more often depending on how many books I’ve finished.

Finished in Print

The Dinner by Herman Koch

This is one I read for a challenge. I needed a book with a meal in the title for this year’s What’s in a Name Challenge. I’ve heard mostly good thing about this book and I’m glad I finally read it. It’s one of those that doles out the secrets a little at a time and gradually reveals the truth about what happened. I thought it was good but not something I’m going to go around recommending widely.

Started in Print

Queen Victoria: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life by Lucy Worsley

We have watched and enjoyed several historical documentaries by Lucy Worsley. When I heard about this new book from her I knew I’d read it. It’s not a typical birth to death type of biography. Instead she focuses on twenty-four specific days that were important in or to Victoria’s life.

Continued on Audio

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes narrated by Julia Whelan

I have been a fan of Linda Holmes from back in the early days of the television shows Survivor and The Amazing Race. She wrote the recaps and moderated the forums on the Television Without Pity site. She’s now the host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast and has been writing about Pop Culture for NPR for many years. This is her first novel and I’m absolutely enjoying it so far.
Books Reviewed since my last update:

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst

Stitches: A Memoir by David Small

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Whimpulsive by Suziqoregon - 1w ago

Emerald Bay
Lake Tahoe (2015)

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The Things I Liked This Week July 7, 2019

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

Here are the things I liked this week:

1. Canada Goose vs. Cows

Really a Canada Goose is going to win against pretty much any opponent

Courageous goose doesn't back down from group of charging cows - YouTube

2. Sandra Boyntons

I’m so glad I follow her on Twitter

I love my garden, and I’m committed to helpful signage. pic.twitter.com/LdlRqrJ5Ku

— Sandra Boynton (@SandyBoynton) July 1, 2019

3. Ducklings

This wild duck has moved her family into the Mountain Goat habitat at the Oregon Zoo.

A mallard mom is raising her fluffy family in the mountain goat habitat pic.twitter.com/1GxSrPlsPL

— Oregon Zoo (@OregonZoo) July 2, 2019

4. Unwanted Ivanka and Revolutionary War Airport memes

There were so many this week. These are my two favorites.

This is my new favorite...#unwantedivanka pic.twitter.com/zat1AorIDI

— Dr. Terri E. Givens (@TerriGivens) July 3, 2019

5. Anne Lamott

6. Baseball

Our local minor league team is a Short Season Single A team and their games are just a lot of fun. We went to our first game of the season last night. They lost but we still had fun.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Whimpulsive by Suziqoregon - 1w ago

To the beach!

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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 generally post it every two or three weeks but sometimes more often depending on how many books I’ve finished.

Finished in Print

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

I’ve had this memoir in graphic novel form on my TBR list for a while. It happens to work for a couple of different challenges for June so it was time to finally read it. What an excellent memoir in graphic novel format. Touching and thought provoking. I learned a lot about Vietnam before and during the war.

Stitches: A Memoir by David Small

This is another memoir in graphic novel format. David Small is an award winning children’s book illustrator and author. His childhood was unusual in many ways. This one comes highly recommended by a fellow reader I trust. I can pass on the recommendation. It’e very good.

Continued in Print

The Dinner by Herman Koch

This is another one I’m reading for a challenge. I need a book with a meal in the title for this year’s What’s in a Name Challenge. I’ve heard mostly good thing about this book and I’m glad to finally be reading it. Now I just need enough time to actually sit down and read it.

Finished on Audio

Voice of the Violin by Andrea Camilleri narrated by Grover Gardner

This is another road trip book for The Hubster and I. We finished it on our road trip to Seattle last weekend. Inspector Montalbano is an honest and decent man, although he has a tendency to be a bit grumpy. He enjoys good food and the books usually make me hungry. This was another fun entry in the series deftly narrated by Grover Gardner. I need to get the next book in the series loaded onto my ipod for a future road trip.

The Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst

I have almost always enjoyed the audio editions of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. This one was a bit of an exception. While I enjoyed the narration by Robert Bathurst as always there were some elements of the book that just annoyed me. I’m not sure I’ll continue with the series.

Started on Audio

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes narrated by Julia Whelan

I have been a fan of Linda Holmes from back in the early days of the television shows Survivor and The Amazing Race. She wrote the recaps and moderated the forums on the Television Without Pity site. She’s now the host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast and has been writing about Pop Culture for NPR for many years. This is her first novel and I’m definitely looking forward to listening to it.

Books Reviewed since my last update:

The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White

Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson narrated by the author

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Voice of the Violin by Andrea Camilleri narrated by Grover Gardner

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July 2019 Photo a Day Challenges

Tomorrow is July! Time for another month of daily photos!

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 July:
(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 7 years of daily photos

Follow my Daily Photos on Instagram

These are the most liked of my June 2019 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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Whimpulsive by Suziqoregon - 3w ago

Cape Kiwanda and Haystack Rock
Pacific City, Oregon

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Bookish Nostalgia June 2019

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.

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 Indiebound for more information. Links for 2007 and later take you to my review.

2005:

Julie and Romeo by Jeanne Ray

A sweet charming romance.featuring 60ish rival florists. I should read it again.

2007:

Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs

This is the first in a series that was the basis for the TV show Bones. I never watched the show but I liked the book. I read the first few books but the series kind of dropped off my radar.

2009:

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Another very good but disturbing book from Gillian Flynn. I didn’t like it quite as much as Sharp Objects though. It was pretty gruesome.

2010:

Ghosts of Everest by Jochen Hemmleb, Larry A. Johnson, and Eric Simonson

This was a fascinating book about the 1999 expedtion that found George Mallory’s body on Mount Everest.The book tells the story of both Mallory’s 1924 expedition and the 1999 expedition that found him in parallel stories. There’s a follow up book called Detectives on Everest that I still want to read

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Five Books I Want to Read: Spring 2019

I’ve been doing this seasonal list of Top Books I’d Like to Get To for a while now. Sometimes I do better than others with getting through my choices.

For Spring I picked 5 books. I finished all of them.

The books I read are:

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
This was a fascinating story of a family complicated by bigamy. It would make a great book club book because there is so much to discuss.

A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton
This is the first in a mystery series set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This one has been on my ereader for years. I’m so glad I finally read it.

The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White
I liked the first book in this series more than this second one. I did enjoy the parts the history of Charleston, South Carolina and the mystery was interesting enough. I’m not sure I’ll continue with the series though.

Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall
While I have loved all the Walt Longmire books on audio, this one was just okay for me. Away from the usual cast of supporting characters and more violence than usual for this series kind of left me flat.

The Colors of All the Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith narrated by Lisette Lecat
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series narrated by Lisette Lecat is one of my favorites. This one was as delightful as usual for this series.

Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice so it’s time to pick my Summer possibilities that I want to read before the Fall Equinox on September 23rd.

The Five Books I Want to Read This Summer

This season I’m picking a few books have been on my shelves or TBR list for way too long.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Almost everyone I know who has read Backman seems to love his books. It’t time I read one.

The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner

I’ve always been fascinated by the Romanovs and then I got a copy of this from LibraryThing. I loved Gortner’s book about Catherine de Medici and I’m looking forward to reading this one.

S is for Silence by Sue Grafton

Many years ago I binged the first four or five books of Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series and then read the new ones as soon as they were released. I stopped reading after R. Now that Grafton has passed away and the series ends with Y I decided I wanted to see about finishing it. I’m going to read this one and then decide if I want to read the last of them or not. I’m thinking about listening to the audio edition.

When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis

I was interested in this book already and then won a copy. Now I need to read it.

The Travelers by Chris Pavone

I liked Pavone’s first two thrillers quite a bit. I’ve had this on my shelf for far too long and I don’t have any good reason why I haven’t read it yet.

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

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