Currently // Happy Trails….

Right this minute | Getting ready to have a cup of coffee, then finish packing up everything we need for a week in the mountains.

Feeling | TIRED. I stayed up til 2:30 to finish YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott. SO WORTH IT.

Reading | Gotta start something new. I’m taking 7 books with me. 7 books, 7 days. Makes sense, right?

Listening | My stupid neighbor, who is sawing wood at this terrible hour of the morning. Jerk.

Watching | My daughter sleep. So peaceful.

Blogging | I think I’m going to take the week off.

Loving | That I’m going on vacation!!! WOOT!

Hating | My neighbor.

Eating | Just had some Cheerios. Gotta use up the milk!

Anticipating | Traveling!

Have a great week everyone!! See you next week!

Top Ten Tuesday – Travel Through Books

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  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – Sweden
  • Mother Tongue: My Family’s Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing in Spanish by Christine Gilbert – Beijing, Beirut, Mexicon
  • An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay – Haiti
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – Iceland
  • Cinnamon & Gunpowder by Eli Brown – The Ocea
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – London Underground
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – England
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Barcelona, Spain
  • Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons – England
  • Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk – Spain

This was a hard one! I have so many favorite books set in other countries. I basically narrowed it down to books that I think the setting actually plays an important part in.

What do you think? What books have you read that are set in other countries?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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Happy Monday friends!

My reading was fabulous this weekend. I read The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl by Jaime Primak Sullivan on Saturday (yes! All of it!) and got a good start on Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton. I hope to finish Lab Girl today (or tomorrow at the latest) and I know I will be sorry to see it end. It’s in my favorites for the year, for sure. I’m still chugging away at Night Watch, which I am really enjoying.

This week I have to figure out which books I’m taking with me on vacation next week. I won’t have a TON of time to read, but I will have a bit. I’ll just be hard to decide which ones I can fit in. More on that later!

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

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Currently // How Much is that Kitty in the Window?

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Right this minute | I’m watching our new cat Cas run around the house. He’s a joy.

Feeling | I have coffee in my hand (well, it’s beside me) and a new book to start. Which one? I have no idea.

Reading | I finished The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl by Jaime Primak Sullivan. I had never heard of the show Jersey Belles, I just liked the sound of the title when I was looking around Edelweiss one day. I read the whole book yesterday! It was apparently exactly what I needed. I’m slowly working my way back to reading.

Listening | I have about 25% of Lab Girl by Hope Jahren and I don’t want it to end. I also found a new composer, Tony Anderson, through Spotify and have been working through his oeuvre.

Watching | My daughter play Minecraft at the moment.

Loving | My coffee.

Hating | Humidity.

Eating | Good question. According to my kids, we have no food.

Anticipating | Finding a new book!

Have a fantastic Sunday everyone!

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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Gosh you guys. I don’t even know. My head and my heart have been in such turmoil, I dropped off the face of the internet. I basically chatted with Andi and that was about it. I’ve done very little reading, very little listening. I just let my brain churn. I expect I’ll be this way for awhile, what with the way the world is going. I’m not going anywhere, but I can see if affecting my blogging. It’ll be spotty. It may be short and to the point. Or it may drop off considerably.

Anyway. I’ve been attempting to read several books. I’m about a quarter into The Fireman, which I am rereading for #FiremanAlong. It’s interesting to read it again while knowing what happens. I got through a decent piece of Night Watch by…hold on…Sergei Lukyanenko. It’s been a nice diversion, what with it’s vampires, magicians, and the like. Plus, it’s interesting to read a book set in Russia and it seem so, well, normal. As normal as a supernatural book can be that is. I have also peeked into The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood and Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter. I’m taking Grief slow because I just know it is going to gut me. I have a few books on deck and will just go with whatever grabs me.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

 

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Eat well, read lots, and stay safe.

As I mentioned yesterday, I had a bit of a readathon of my own this weekend. So far, I’ve finished five books and am deep into two more. I started both Season to Taste and Before the Feast – it’s pure coincidence that both involve food and am currently still deciding if I want to continue Luckiest Girl Alive. I didn’t pick it up all weekend, which is usually a bad sign. In fact, I haven’t picked it up since last Sunday….

I decided to set The Queen of the Night aside for now. It’s epic and historical and feels like such a winter read to me. So I’ll give it another go then. In its place, I plan to start my reread of The Fireman by Joe Hill for the #FiremanReadalong. I loved that book so much and am surprised that I’m rereading THIS soon. I never read a book twice in a year.

I have a pile of books out of the library, plus my Summer TBR and two more days off work. I can’t wait to see what I get through!

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

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Currently // Summer Reading

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Right this minute | I think I’m nursing a reading hangover! I finished 4 books yesterday, plus made a dent in 2 more. It was glorious. My own personal readathon.

Feeling | Well, my neck doesn’t agree that it was glorious. It’s putting up a fuss today. So stiff.

Reading | I’m going to continue to work on Before the Feast by Saša Stanišić, Scott Pilgrim #6, and get back to Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. I also started reading Season to Taste by Natalie Young on a whim and next thing I knew I’d read 30 pages. I’m just going to roll with this train as long as it’s running.

Listening | Still listening to The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee. I really need to get through it so I can start The Fireman!

Watching |Still watching Doctor Who with the daughter. We just got to the Library episodes. River Song!

 

Loving | Reading!

Hating | My NECK.

Eating | Peanut butter was the last thing I had,

Anticipating | More reading! I hope!

Have a great Sunday and a safe Holiday Weekend! Happy Independence Day!

Friday Finds – July 1st

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Andi’s husband shared this list of 23 Audiobooks to Get You Hooked on Facebook and I can’t resist sharing. I’ve read and/or listened to 13 of them and agree whole-heartedly. Adding the rest to my list of books I want to read!

Speaking of audiobooks, Trish has a great post on How to Fit Audiobooks Into Your Day. Check it out!

I plan on going on a comic book tear this weekend, which reminded me of HOW MUCH I WANT this Ramona Flowers figure. I have Scott Pilgrim 5 and 6 waiting for me at home.

I can’t get enough of food in bowls and this Rosemary Chicken Salad with Avocado and Bacon recipe is on my list to try VERY soon.

Got Litsy? I hope you do, or will very soon! Check out this conversation Beth Fish Reads had with Co-Founder Todd Lawton! PS: it is coming to Android VERY SOON. Yay!

I am totally crazy about Simon’s Cat on YouTube. Here is my favorite:

Happy Canada to all my Canadian friends! Enjoy your poutine!

And don’t forget The Fireman readalong! It starts today!

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Monthly Wrap Up – June 2016

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I hate to say it June, but I’m with Zelda on this one. While we did a lot of reading together, nothing really grabbed me by the nose-hairs. It was a snooze. A dud. A yawn, if you will. Here’s what was read:

70. Descender, Volume 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire
71. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, read by Neil Gaiman
72. Basil & Victoria: Sati by Yann
73. Mother Tongue: My Family’s Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing in Spanish by Christine Gilbert
74. Giant Days, Issue 15 by John Allison
75. Basil & Victoria: Jack by Yann
76. The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro, read by Hillary Huber
77. Toil and Trouble, Issue 1 by Mairghread Scott
78. Toil and Trouble, Issue 2 by Mairghread Scott
79. The Mermaid Girl by Erika Swyler
80. This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison, read by Susan Boyce
81. Peanuts: Volume 1 by Charles Schulz
82. Outcast: Volume 1 – A Darkness Surrounds Him by Robert Kirkman

I enjoyed the heck out of my reread of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. My hunch was right; that book gets better with rereading. Mother Tongue was fun. So was The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club. And my free month of Unlimited on Comixology resulted in QUITE a few comics being read. Yet, the one thing I wanted – another Regional Office is Under Attack, Sleeping Giants, or The Fireman didn’t happen.

Here’s hoping July brings some really gripping reads!

What did you read in June? Anything really grab you? Or did you yawn a bit too?

Top Ten Tuesday – The Best of 2016 – So Far

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Since I missed the prompt last week, my favorite reads so far this year, I decided to do it this week. Yay me!

Without further adieu….

  • Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
  • The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  • Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser
  • Stoner by John Williams
  • The Fireman by Joe Hill
  • The Wander Society by Keri Smith
  • The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

These are in no particular order. I don’t think I COULD put an order to them. They are all SO GOOD. As soon as I want to say The Fireman was my favorite, I want to change it to The Sculptor. But then Sweetgirl completely blew me away. Mr. Splitfoot was soooo trippy, in the best way. Sleeping Giants was magnetic. Stoner moved me in so many ways. I can’t get enough Fredrik Backman. The Wander Society inspired me to put the phone down and get out to see the world, without the lens of the camera. I was SO SAD to let the Raven boys go with The Raven King – which was an incredible end to an incredible series. And damn if The Regional Office is Under Attack was just not the most fun ever.

If it’s this hard now, I can’t wait to see what the end of 2016 is like. This is quite the year for books.

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