Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Reading Time - December

Sooo ... it appears I last book-posted in August. Since then, I’ve been a little busy and haven’t been able to focus on reading as much as I’d like. I’m still reading every day, but by the time I can get to my book ... I’m already exhausted and lucky to get a chapter read and sometimes it ends up being a paragraph or two. Always thankful for Steph and Jana hosting this linkup - check out the other posts and add to your TBR.

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So since August when I posted I was then-currently reading “Hope Rides Again”, I can say I finished that one! It’s a sequel to Hope Never Dies, and I preferred Book 1 to this one. It could be a stand alone book, but I recommend Hope Never Dies first anyway. It was a good introduction to what they were doing after they left office. I’m still curious if President Obama and/or Vice President Biden have read either of these and what they think. Book 2 seemed to be rushing the story line - it was a solid 2.75 stars for me.

According to Goodreads, it took me 2 months to finish that one and I didn’t start my next book for another two weeks. It seems like I was slacking, but in my defense I was also finishing up training runs for marathon #5 and sleep was a priority for me. Then I made the mistake of starting two books at the same time. That’s normally not an issue for me but these were too similar to each other: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell and When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal. Well, they were similar at the beginning - and I don’t think I’m giving away any spoilers by saying both involved a missing daughter who died in one book and was presumed dead in the other. One was set in London and the other was set in California and New Zealand and there I was trying to figure out 'am I reading the one where the daughter really died or only they thought she died?' Anyway, I set the Mermaids one aside to finish Then She Was Gone.

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This one was good once I was able to differentiate between did this daughter really die and the location. All good now - I'm easily confused these days. 4 stars, though I did kind of guess where it was going. I thought I had read others by this author but that's a no - I have most of her books in the Want To Read category. Those who have read her, which one should I read next?

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I thought I would have finished this one by now, but then the house situation happened (in the process of selling). It's very good so far (about 75% done) and I can see myself in both sisters - aloof and analytical but also a pro at compartmentalizing (is that a word?). 

Not sure if I'll get much reading done after this one for the rest of the year - I have to go through my hundreds of books to sort through what I want to keep and what I want to donate. I guess that's a benefit of Kindle/e-books, but I still very much prefer real books I can see on the shelves and hold in my hands. 

So, there you have it. About 2 books in 3 1/2 months. It's been worse and I know it'll get better. Again, check out the other posts in the linkup and feel free to leave a comment on if you've read these and what tips you have for selecting books to keep forever or anything else. 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

When suddenly ... December

There's nothing like the passage of time to make one ... freak out.


I have been meaning to post something non-book related this year and failed miserably. But this has been a year for the memory books and I at least want to post something year-endy so I have something to remember. Looking at all my posts still in draft mode, I'll try to consolidate some of the highlights of the year. Keep in mind though - I'm still going to be wordy so TL;DR - it was a good year and looking forward to 2020.

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Home - excitement awaits as I close the final chapter on this house and we prepare to move to a new one. All of this was so random, so unplanned, yet happened so quickly that I still am not sure this is real. Recap: we purchased current home between kids. In fact, in one week our toddler son had surgery, the next day we closed on purchasing this house, and the day after that I find out I'm pregnant with #2. Sixteen years later and I. am. done. Too many unfinished projects, too many rooms (5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms -- just ridiculous for one person there full-time), not enough know-how or funds to pay someone with know-how ... and far too many false/tainted memories that I want to escape from. I really just want to escape it all and the kids are right there with me on that. A neighbor who is a realtor posted on Next Door in the spring that she had a client looking to move to our neighborhood. I commented that it's too bad my house needs a lot of work. That was all I said but that was all it took. Next thing I know, she was bringing her clients around to see just what needs to be done -- they came by twice but then decided it was far too much work for them. I was resigned to staying in this dump till I died. It led to some depression and trying to keep everything together on the face of things but I'll admit it - it was rough. I kid you not, during a particularly bad evening when I was ready to just pack a few things for the three of us and just leave with the dogs, I got a text from the realtor that someone wanted to make an offer. It was enough to cover my mortgage, cover the down payment on another place, and a small cushion to help with moving costs ... truly a Godsend and I still get weepy thinking of how it transpired. (Also, not sure why the font is so small ... technology confuses me)




Family - my mom is still physically doing well at her nursing home; mentally, not so good. Her long term memory is shot and her short term memory is non-existent. And with everything that's been going on, it's been difficult to get over to visit with her as often as a good daughter should. Kids are now young adults and it's freaking me out. Son is getting ready to graduate and daughter isn't far behind. Gah!! I've been able to spend time with my new niece - which is especially nice since I don't get to see the others (sad about that after reaching out to my former SIL and realizing that no response is still a response).

Animals - we added another bird to the menagerie (Kale, joins Turnip) and lost garage-kitty (Millie). Spade is basically blind (he can see some but he does walk into things, so he'll mark something if it's out of place ... grrrr.) Frannie is my old girl (still don't know how old) - she pulled through her gall bladder/liver issues from 2018 but she's slowing down and doesn't hear well. Belle went from a little fluff ball smaller than the pugs to a 65 pound Tigger who bounces around the house and uses the pugs as her live-action chew toys. The concern with all of them at the new house is that it's considerably smaller (that was one of the reasons for moving!) and the back yard isn't as big for Belle to run around in - I see many more walks in my future and less relying on the backyard for potty breaks.

Reading - another year of likely missing my Goodreads goal and another year of not really caring about it. Tune in next week for the Show Us Your Books link-up, hosted by Steph and Jana. Aahhh ... and another thing about going from monstrous house to cute bungalow ... no built-in bookshelves, not a lot of storage space, and trying to figure out whether to keep all the books or pare down CONSIDERABLY. Sad, really. But the Friends of the Library will be getting the bulk of my collection and that's a good thing. Currently reading: When We Believed in Mermaids
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Eating - all the pantry and freezer items so as not to have to move as much stuff. No exciting recipes - pretty much the same stuff, but with different spices. No garden spot at the new place, but that's more than fine with me and my brown thumbs.

Buying - nothing. Christmas presents are done and I have no idea what's in store for the move - I'll need to add a backyard fence and buy a fridge, but other than that? To be determined ...

Selling - everything. It's overdue. Wedding presents, furniture, books, tools, ... it's amazing what sells on eBay, Craigslist, FB marketplace, ... because the more I sell or donate, the less I have to move.

Running - it was a year of Personal Records, a disappointing result that was a learning experience, and more races and mileage than I've ever done.
Here's a list from my Google Keep -- the numbers in parentheses are total race mileage for year:
March 9 - Rodes City 10k (6.2) - PR! 1:06:07 at 10:38 pace
March 23 - Sam Costa half (19.3) 2:25:51 (new to me race but no PR on the distance)
April 7 - Filly Women’s half (32.4) 2:29:13 (no PR)
April 27 - KDF half (45.5) 2:28:23 (still no)
May 4 - Indy Mini (58.6) 2:28:04 (still no)
May 18 - Horse Capital Marathon (Lexington) (84.8) 6:13:20 (new to me race and horrible time)
June 8 - Barnyard Dash 10k (91.0) 1:06:52 (almost a PR and with HILLS)
Sept 8 - Downtown Doubler 30k (109.6) - 2nd year doing this but course was too short last year due to flooding. They moved it to my side of the river and was the full distance.
Sept 28 - Indy Women’s Half (122.7) 2:26:57 - no PR
Oct 5 - Indy Half at Fort Ben (race entry won!) (135.8) 2:24:16 - PR!! Finally!!
Oct 12 - Susan G Komen 5k run/walk (138.9) (new to me course and not chip timed - course was short too)
Nov 9 - Monumental Full  (165.1) PR!! 5:07:09
Nov 17 - Harrods Creek 5k trail race (168.2) - new to me race
Nov 28 - Fast Freddie's Five Miler (173.2) no PR - 51:11.40 (51:03 is PR, dang it)
Dec 21 - 12Ks of Christmas (180.7) - new to me race
Dec 28 - Waverly Park Trail Bash 1/4 marathon (187.25) - new to me race

Each year I say I'll slow down on the races and find another hobby ... and then I'll win an entry or get awesome discounts or FOMO after talking with friends and the next thing I know ... my weekend mornings are booked again. 2020 will bring two different marathons (one in Philadelphia!) and a bunch more new-to-me races (trails!). So very thankful for running friends.
Looks like a midnight run but it was early evening. 
The run was cut short when we spotted 'glowing eyes' in a field along the Greenway ... however, that definitely gave us negative splits on the way back!

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Church - a bit of a break at church when we called a new minister and the congregation split over whether to be inclusive or not. My God loves all -- why is this so difficult? I spoke with some recently who were of the more vocal against the new minister. They said they miss the people but not the church. In my mind, it's the people who make up the church, not the minister -- it's a community and a family. We don't have to agree on everything, but I don't understand how people leave a community because they didn't get their way on one issue. Sad about how that went but thankful to be in a supporting community accepting of all.

What's ahead for the rest of this month and 2020? Looking forward to finding out! Click on over to see what's going on with others in the link-up. I can assure you their posts most likely aren't as long and tedious as mine.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Books! (finally) - August

It's been a hot minute since I've written about books and joined in the monthly linkup. Well, it's been a hot minute, period. The cool, damp spring/early summer was perfect weather for me .. the 90s with heat index in the 100s? Not so much.

Be sure to check out the other posts in the link up and thanks again to Steph and Jana for hosting these each month.

So ... since March (told you that minute was hot), here's what I've read:
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You, by Caroline Kepnes - I wanted to read this one before seeing the series on Netflix. Um ... definitely messed up and I needed a palate cleanser after reading. Tried watching the series and it didn't hold my interest. Maybe because the book was too much for me in a stalkerific way.

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman - I liked this one. It wasn't really what I was expecting though - I guess I thought it was a fluff novel, then it got darker than I was expecting, but I still liked it.

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Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens - Really liked this one. Kind of reminded me of Educated, without the whackadoo religion or the true story aspect.

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Good Riddance, by Elinor Lipman - Meh ... it was OK. A lot that I had to just accept and move on with - main character receives her mom's yearbook, throws it away, realizes it probably wasn't a good idea, then tries to get it back.

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The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, by Kelly Harms - I'd say 3.5 stars ... funny in parts, a quick read, but if I hear "momspringa" one more time ...  The whole concept is ridiculous to me and that's fact.

And then for the 24-in-48 hour book challenge, I picked up several smallish books to breeze through:

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We Should All Be Feminists - by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 5 stars. Read it.

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American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin - by Terrance Hayes Poetry - definitely not my usual jam, but it was good.

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The End We Start From - by Megan Hunter - I liked this one. Kind of an apocalyptic story set in London. Seems like all the end of the world stories take place in the U.S. of A. so that changed things up for me.

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Evidence of the Affair - by Taylor Jenkins Reid - quick read, but it was the first TJR book I've read and I'd been wanting to read her books based on so many others recommending her. However ... trigger-warning ... why do I put myself through these? I mean, the title should have been a giveaway.

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Goodbye, Vitamin - by Rachel Khong - really really good. Also a quick read. Main character moves home to take care of her father, who has dementia.

I didn't track my time for the readathon - 24 hours in 48 is just not feasible for me - but I do like participating in them, because it gives me a reason to step back from all the other stresses going on and just chill with some books. Also gave me a reason to try a new coffee maker and ... hello ... so good ...
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What I'm reading now:
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Hope Rides Again - by Andrew Shaffer - about 1/2 way through. Picks up a little bit after Book 1 (Hope Never Dies). The bromance is alive and well.

Questions for you ...
Have you read any of these? Do you do readathons and track your time? Have you tried a Moka Pot?



Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Bookish questions ... since I haven't been reading lately

I'm in a reading slump ... I want to read and keep getting books from the library. But when it comes time to sit and read? Nope. I blame the nice weather and just the general busy-ness of doing other things. So when I saw this list of bookish questions, I figured I'd answer ... even if no one else cares to read them. If you are reading, hey there! 

Edited to add the links I'm supposed to be linking to! This is kinda/not really part of the monthly Show Us Your Books linkup with Steph and Jana. If you're looking for book recommendations, go to their sites and then peruse the links. Lots of great suggestions on there! Here? ... not so much. Also edited to add, I have no idea what happened to the formatting. I copied the list of questions from Rebecca so maybe that's where I went wrong. :)


What book has been on your shelf the longest?

That I've read? That would be the Book of Giant Stories. I love that book - my mom found it when going through one of her decluttering phases and gave it to me for my personal library. My memories include climbing up in my dad's lap to have him read this to me, then he'd fall asleep and I'd keep reading aloud to him. I know my son found it and read it when he was younger. It's only 3 or 4 short stories but the artwork is pretty amazing too. And as many times as it's been read and carried around, the binding is in great shape.
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That I haven't read but keep meaning to? No idea - but I did/do have a habit of buying books and then never getting to them, because I would buy more books or go to the library to get other books. So yeah, there are a lot of books that are on my shelves that haven't been read. I've been getting rid of some (donations to Friends of Library booksale or dropping off at the Little Library in the neighborhood), but I swear those books multiply when I'm not looking.
What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
Currently Reading: Good Riddance, by Elinor Lipman
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Last Read:  Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
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Next Read: Becoming, by Michelle Obama
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What Books Did Everyone Like, but You Hated?

Hmm ... not sure. I even went through my Goodreads lists and couldn't find one that I "hated". Life is too short and my TBR list is too long - if I get to the 3rd or 4th chapter and am still not into it, it's gone.

What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Les Misérables ... I have it on my Kindle and may eventually get to the end of it. Reading only a chapter every few months will take forever though. Amazingly, when I do get back to it, I still remember what's going on and who's who.

What book are you saving for retirement?

Why save them? Or maybe that will be Les Mis for me.

Last page: read it first or wait ’til the end?

I won't read it first, but I'll occasionally glance at it to see whose names are mentioned. Spoilers have never really bothered me in books or in TV/movies - it's all about the journey for me.

Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?
Meh - I don't read them. I'll read the dedication page at the beginning, but all the thank yous at the end? nope. I'd rather read about what the author was doing or going through when the book idea came to them or if current events influenced them in some way. 

Which book character would you switch places with?

Elizabeth Bennett - 'nuf said.

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (place, time, person)?
I would always get a John Grisham paperback for the flight back home from Alaska - not sure why other than he happened to release a book every summer and I needed a book to read on the flights. 

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

Can't think of any - I do love it when friends give or loan me a book they think I'll like. The fact that they're thinking of me and want to share a book moment with me strengthens the friendship bond. I used to hoard my books and not want to loan any out, but now I've gotten to the point where I want to share these books with my friends and have been gifting them (no loans - please keep!) if I think they'll like them.
Oh - but I remembered one when I was filling in the last question below: 
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I have a few books at home from my college days as a German major. I doubt I'll ever read them again or if I could even read them now. But one I'll never get rid of is Der Pate. I stayed with a friend for a summer in Germany - wasn't really a foreign exchange student, wasn't really on vacation, just visiting her and traveling around when her school/'Gymnasium' was out for the summer. When I wasn't going to school with her as a pretend-student, I stayed at the house and tried reading Der Pate since I pretty much had the story memorized from reading the English version regularly (The Godfather, if you haven't guessed from the cover). On my last day there, her mom gifted the book to me ... and I haven't tried reading it since. 

Have you ever given a book away for a special reason/to a special person?

Yes - (see answer above)

Which book has been with you to the most places?

My Bible -- not changing Rebecca's answer ... the current one or any other version/format has been with me the longest and thanks to the YouVersion app on my phone, it's always with me. Before smartphones, my Bible went with me to every summer camp in Indiana and Alaska, went to college with me ... I can't say I read it as regularly as I'd like to or should, but I know I'd miss it if I didn't have it.

Any ‘required reading’ you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later

Two years later?? Well, I've been out of school a little longer than that. And I never liked being told what to read or when so I rarely actually finished a book in HS or college. One of my reading goals is to finally read what I said I did in school - so this is only a short list of those books that I've reread/finished in the past 25 years since college: A Separate Peace (Knowles), 1984 (Orwell), Great Expectations (Dickens), Metamorphosis (Kafka) ... I'm sure there are others.

Used or brand new?

No preference

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yep - kind of odd that this was the author suggested for this question though, so I'm wondering why. Is something wrong with his books?

Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Also yep - but I prefer to read the book before I see the movie so I know what's going on in the movie. I really REALLY like The Handmaid's Tale series and am glad that I saw the series (seasons 1 and 2) before reading the book - it's a flip for me because the series helped explain what was going on in the book for me and I think I would have been lost in the book had I tried reading it first.

Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Julie and Julia, by Julie Powell - made me want to try to make some of the recipes. I do have Julia Childs' cookbook, but haven't tried anything from there yet.
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Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Ooh - this is why I always try to look at the posts in the Show Us Your Books linkup. I don't know if there's just one person on there that I take all of their book advice - it's more like a collection of books from everyone's posts that I try to remember when I go to the library. Lately, I'll open up the library's website along with the linkup and start requesting as I come across a book I want to read. Always a fun time when the requests come in all at the same time ... 

Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g. outside of your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

True crime - I prefer to read fiction, but I read I'll Be Gone in the Dark and was quite surprised I liked it.
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BONUS - Fun book facts about me... 

Um ... not sure what to put here. 

I prefer paperbacks, then ebooks, then hardbacks. But prefer ebooks from the library, because ... germs. 

I don't like series and I really don't like that so many new authors are focusing on stretching their stories out to 3-4 more books. Stop. The first book would have to be freaking amazing for me to look for book 2.

There are books in every room of my house and I wouldn't want it any other way. 

I've read almost all of Stephen King's books

I can't do audiobooks because I'm constantly distracted. When I sit down with a book/Kindle, I focus on what I'm reading. An audiobook is, for me, like TV or radio - I can have it it on in the background for noise and do other things, but then I don't know what I just listened to. Even in the car, my mind wanders rather than focusing on the book being read. The only audiobooks I've been successful with were the Harry Potter books ... mainly because I have those stories memorized. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Reading Time - March

It's that time again ... I wasn't expecting to have many books read since the last SUYB - Feb 12 to Mar 12 is a mere 28 days and gone in a blink. However, our illustrious hosts of the monthly link-up added a bonus readathon (thank you again for my prize!). Mix that in with a few winter weather advisories and an unfortunate opportunity to miss another long run, and I was able to read a bit more than originally thought.

Be sure to check out the link-up with Steph or Jana to see what others have posted/read/recommended and let me know if you've read/liked/disliked any of the following.

Please note - the links are only to Goodreads and the off-chance that I actually put a review on there.

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The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
Not sure how this one came to be in my possession - I'm thinking it was a purchase from the Friends of the Library's book sale. It was really good though and I recommend it. I think I thought it'd be similar to The Bees by Laline Paull that was written from the bee's perspective - but, nope. Actually, I recommend The Bees too.

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On the Come Up, by Angie Thomas
This is a standalone and only mentions the events of The Hate U Give a couple times, so don't feel like you have to have read THUG before you read this one. Read them both, but in whichever order you want. Just read them both. This one was just as good and as unputdownable.

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Mischling, by Affinity Konar
I borrowed this one from the library when I stopped by to pick up On the Come Up. An Auschwitz survivor was on the schedule to speak locally so the library had a table dedicated to the Holocaust. Being a Germanic Studies major/European History minor in college (still, why??), I stopped to see what books they were promoting and selected this one. It was OK, but I don't recommend it. If you have any interest in survivor stories, read one from an actual survivor - not a romanticized artsy version that was just too syrupy/mucky. Not really sure how else to describe it.

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The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
Ooh - this one was good and I'm going against personal belief by recommending you see the Hulu series first and then reading the book. I think if I had read this first and then saw the series, I'd be lost while reading. It was good - it really was, but it time-jumped around (much like the series did) and I was glad I had seen the show first to help explain what was going on and vice versa. And apparently there's a second book coming out this year called The Testaments. This was also in my personal collection but I kept skipping over it for something else.

Currently reading:
You, by Caroline Kepnes

Does anyone else's library do this?


Also, shout out to Kristen at See You In A Porridge ... I got an email from Amazon about expiring credits for ebooks and I knew to go to her Instastories to find some good deals. I haven't figured out if I can share ebooks (someone, please tell me if I can) so I'm pretty picky about what I spend those credits on since I'll likely have that book forever.

Also-also, I can't remember whose post I read that mentioned the Unread Shelf Challenge (if you're reading this, please let me know if it was your post last month!). This is definitely a challenge I can get behind and will be doing this year. I need to pare down my book stacks and this is a good motivator. In the three months of SUYB posts, I'm about 50-50 on reading my own unread books vs. reading library books. Not bad ... not bad at all ... of course, we've already bought books this year so the Unread Shelf stays about even. I figure if I can read just one book per month of what I already own, I'll do better than what I have in the past. Trying to find a balance between supporting my library and reading-then-donating my books to keep going with the decluttering.



Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Reading Time - February

Even though I'm no longer blogging, I'm still jumping in on Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana. I thought I was off to a good start with reading in 2019 and even more so with the 24in48 readathon last month ... but life was already crazy, then it got crazier, and I haven't really done as much reading as I thought I had, but it's still more than before. Crazy times.

Anyhoo ... since my last book post:

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Dry, by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
Not to get into the debate on if climate change is real or not (it is), but this was a good read. YA Fiction about a drought in California reaching catastrophic proportions and what people do to survive ... apparently NOT leave the area, because then there wouldn't be drama or a book. Side note: A few years ago, I went on a field trip with my youngest where we learned there is a finite amount of water in the world. You can't create more water - what's already here on earth evaporates into the atmosphere and then develops into precipitation. Constant cycle. Maybe everyone already knew this, but I was near 40 when I learned this bit of info. I now do what I can to conserve water - stop leaks, turn off taps, shorter showers or use the water-saving feature.

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Well, this was NOT what I was expecting and I was blushing or skipping past parts. But it was still good and I would recommend it. Got this one from the library in time for the 24in48 readathon.

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Hello, Sunshine, by Laura Dave
I found this one in one of my bookcases ... no idea where I got it from though and it's headed to the donation box for the Friends of the Library book sale. Quick read and it kept my attention. Main character is a YouTube/cable cooking star who gets 'outed' for not being who she said she is. Good reminder that social media is just selected snapshots of a person's life, not always true, not always accurate, not always the whole picture. Also read during the readathon.

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Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon
I borrowed this one from my daughter, who had recommended it. She had also seen the movie but we're very good about NO SPOILERS in our house, so I didn't know anything about the book, the movie, or the ending ... which I had guessed pretty quickly. It was still a good and very fast read about a girl allergic to literally everything. I vaguely remember the John Travolta movie (Boy in the Bubble) but not all the plot points -- not sure how similar this was though. Also reminded me of Bubble Boy on Seinfeld ...



Currently reading: The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd

Be sure to jump over to the linkup and see what everyone else is reading.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Reading Time - January 2019

Show Us Your Books. Join the Link-Up! Talk books the 2nd Tuesday of Every Month

I finished out the year with some good books, though it helped that we were traveling during some of that time and wi-fi coverage was minimal (if any) in the Grand Canyon. Kicking it old school and thoroughly enjoying it until the kids started complaining.

Since last time ... (links just go to my Goodreads acct - I don't usually leave a review though)

There, There by Tommy Orange

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I had wanted to read this anyway and got it from the library during November's Native American History Month ... or let's celebrate turkey and stuffing and give thanks for Manifest Destiny and small pox. I actually finished it on the plane on our way to vacation ... which was mostly located on reservations. Basically, it was a timely book for me. I highly recommend, but I will say that each chapter is in a different POV and it took me a bit to keep the characters straight in my head. (library ebook)



A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

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First off, didn't realize this was a sequel until I started reading it. I was worried that I should have read the first one, but this is a stand-alone. I will go back and find A Dog's Purpose though. Any book that has me ugly-crying within the first 30 pages should come with a warning. And being 1500 miles away from our doggos while I was reading this? Not good. But I loved this book and highly recommend it to any dog-lovers. I have no desire to see the movie the first book was based on - especially after the controversy that the actor-dogs may have been mistreated ... I can't handle that. I definitely came back home with more empathy? understanding? compassion? for the three pups who greeted us so enthusiastically on our return. (personal collection)


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Not really sure what I expected to get out of this but it wasn't what I thought it might be. It was a good book with some good insights, but I skipped over a lot of it. (ebook - own)

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I think this was an Amazon First Reads book - it's in my personal ebook collection, but I don't really remember where it came from. Good read though and I recommend it if you like psych thrillers. Apparently it's the first in a series ... because if a book isn't part of a series, is it really a book?


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Reading Time - December

Sooo ... it appears I last book-posted in August. Since then, I’ve been a little busy and haven’t been able to focus on reading as much as I...