Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.


I've been looking forward to this one for a while.

A coworker of mine has been raving about this one. 

What did you get this week? Share your loot below.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

I've enjoyed all the other Emery Lord books I've read and this one was no different. If I wasn't an Emery Lord fan girl before, I am now. The Names They Gave Us is one of the best I've read this year.

Lucy Hansson is 17. She's the captain of her swim team, has a good boyfriend, and is close to her parents but then her mother's cancer returns. Lucy, who's had a strong faith in God, starts to question her faith and starts to feel like she's falling away from God. It's summer vacation and Lucy's mom insists that Lucy attend a secular camp rather than the Christian camp that Lucy's parents run. Lucy doesn't want to at first. But after she goes she realizes that there is a lot of different ways to have faith.

I really liked Lucy. Sheltered at first but curious about the outside world. She sees other girls and how close they are. Lucy has friends but nothing like a best friend. I liked all the issues raised in this book although it felt like a lot. But that's life, you can get bombarded by information. You adjust and move on. The end of The Names They Gave Us threw out a lot of information and revelations. That part of the story felt rushed but I enjoyed the book so much that I won't complain more. I would love to hear more about Lucy in the future. She was a great character.

I couldn't stop thinking about Lucy and her struggles.  I highly recommend The Names They Gave Us. Others who shared their thoughts on The Names They Gave Us: The Teen Librarian Toolbox, Pretty Deadly Reviews, and The Girl In The Pages.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Favorite...Way To Spend a Weekend

My favorite way to spend a weekend. I love spending time at home. I used to never like to be home but now I love it. Hanging out on the couch with Tai and our pooch. Listening to music, watching tv, reading a book. A good weekend has time for it all. Maybe run out for a bite to eat. The perfect weekend has no plans but lots of possibilities and plenty of time to relax.

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I was looking for books set in Central America and this one fit the bill.

I heard good things about this one.

More poetry. Hopefully I like this one more. 

What did you get this week? Share below.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

May Goals Update

Prepare to do something physically challenging in 2018. Trying to keep my walking up. Since we mowed the back yard and put up an aerial dog run, Houdini's walks are shorter. 

Be able to park my car in the garage by December 31, 2017. Kind of stalled on this one. Spent too many weekends out of the house so I had limited time to work on the garage. 

Add yoga back into my life at least once a week. I didn't get an yoga in this month at all :(

One hour a day without technology (no phone, no computer, no tv). Still doing good on this one. 

Add more art into my life. Nothing formal but keeping an eye out for art everyday. 

Get back to meal planning. Going well. I love Plated and making new meals each week is fun. 

New monthly goal: Bike 60 miles this month. Ha! I biked 5.5 miles. 

June monthly goal: Make something on my loom (either a hat or a scarf).

Monday, June 5, 2017

May Book Tally

My Fair Duchess by Megan Frampton
Revival vol 5 by Tim Seeley
Shirley Jackson's The Lottery: The Authorized Graphic Adaption by Miles Hyman
What I Hate by Roz Chast
An Age of License by Lucy Knisley
Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill
One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale

Lots of graphic novels this month. I started lots of other books but didn't finish them. Either they had to be returned before I could finish them or they didn't catch my attention.


Book Stats:
Foodies Read: 0 (None this month) YTD: 2
What's In A Name: 0 (None This Month) YTD: 1
Read Harder: 0 (None This month) YTD: 5
Total: 46

Friday, June 2, 2017

Weekend Cooking: The Comic Book Story of Beer by Jonathan Hennessey & Mike Smith

I picked up The Comic Book Story of Beer because I like comic books and I like beer. While whiskey is alcoholic beverage of choice, I appreciate a good beer. I love trying new brews. But I know very little about beer.

I really enjoyed The Comic Book Story of Beer. It starts with the beginning-the first fermented drinks. The story takes the reader through the entire history of how beer went from a seasonal beverage to a huge national product. I loved the single page panels that explained one type of beer like porter, India Pale Ale, lagers, and Belgian wits. This book definitely made me want to go out and try more beer.

This was my third read for the Foodies Read Challenge.

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth  Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book reviews (novel, nonfiction), cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs, restaurant reviews, travel information, or fun food facts. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I don't remember how I found out about this one but it sounded intriguing. 

I'm on a Knisley kick. Trying to read all her stuff right now.

What did you get this week? Claire has the linky.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

"An addictive debut thriller about the mysterious death of a small-town golden girl and the secret lives of three people connected to her: the social misfit who loved her from afar, the rebellious girl who despised her, and the policeman investigating her death."

"With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humor to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments."

 "Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood - and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster."

"Saints. Miracles. Family. Romance. Death. Redemption. "About 'creepy Colorado magic' and 'dust' and is loosely based on a story she wrote in 2008 as a riff on a fear that dogged her in her early teen years."

"Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. For over a decade, Hazel put up with being veritably quarantined by Byron in the family compound, her every movement and vital sign tracked. But when he demands to wirelessly connect the two of them via brain chips in a first-ever human “mind-meld,” Hazel decides what was once merely irritating has become unbearable. The world she escapes into is a far cry from the dry and clinical bubble she’s been living in, a world populated with a whole host of deviant oddballs."

"Jenny Zhang's debut short story collection Sour Heart centers on adolescent girls growing up in Chinese or Taiwanese immigrant families in 1990s New York City. In seven stories, Zhang portrays the complex inner lives of these young women struggling to come to terms with their identities, bodies, history, families, and poverty."


Eat Only When You're Hungry
"In Eat Only When You’re Hungry, Hunter elicits complex sympathy for her characters, asking the reader to take a closer look at the way we think about addiction—why we demonize the junkie but turn a blind eye to drinking a little too much or eating too much—and the fallout of failing ourselves."


The Dark Calling
The last in The Arcana Chronicles.


The Necklace
"This intoxicating novel set in the rarified world of money and society alternates between two generations of the Quincy family: the wealthy robber baron brothers who vied over a bewitching Jazz Age beauty and the young woman who inherits a spectacular and mysterious Indian necklace and its secrets."


Just Another Viscount in Love
"As the toast of the ton, Samuel Wortham, Viscount Ellery, should have no trouble finding a wife. Yet each lady he pursues ends up married to another. As a last hope, Sam plans a house party, intending to choose a bride from one of his guests. But when he encounters a raven-haired beauty by his estate’s pond, he’s captivated by her charm and desperate to see her again.

A quiet trip to the country is just what Gemma Desmond needs to take her mind off marriage. After all, as the daughter of a notorious criminal, her prospects seem quite grim. The last thing she expects is a chance meeting with a handsome lord and an invitation to his lavish house party. Ellery is everything she hoped for in a husband. But can she ever escape the stigma of her father’s misdeeds?"