Sunday Post: August 10

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The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

 

Last Two Weeks

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I didn’t do a Sunday Post last week since I was in the Wisconsin North Woods and I didn’t have either the time (I was having fun with family activities) or the internet connection (the worst problem). We had about 75 family and friends and lots of fun activities–swimming, eating, boating, eating, etc., etc.!

I flew to Des Moines the day before we left for Wisconsin. My daughter and I came back Monday of this week and we’ve got the house puppy-proofed for the puppy she’s getting next week. She’s very excited and a little apprehensive!

My older daughter drove to Des Moines from Illinois this weekend. We’ve had so much fun together. The Iowa State Fair is going on now and it’s amazing all the food they put on sticks!

 Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Break In by Dick Francis (audiobook)

Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan

Unhinged by A. G. Howard (audiobook)

What I read this week

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Bloodshifted by Cassie Alexander

E-books & Audiobooks bought (or free)

Moving Mars by Greg Bear

Codex Born by Jim C. Hines

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

The Amtrak Wars: Cloud Warriors by Patrick Tilley

Blightborn by Chuck Wendig

Nightfall by Stephen Leather

Earthlight by Arthur C. Clarke

Audiobooks

Storm Born by Richelle Mead

Dark and Stormy Knights edited by P. N. Elrod

Around the internet

  • Sync downloads

Sync is a site for young adult audiobooks. In the summer (beginning May 15 to August 13) they offer two free audiobooks each week.

Note: This is the last week for the free books for this summer.

August 7 – August 13
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS by Ben Lesser, Narrated by Jonathan Silverman and Ben Lesser (Remembrance Publishing)
THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick, Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson (HighBridge Audio)

Check out the entire Sync schedule.

  • So many new adaptations from books

The Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon made into a TV series on Starz. It started August 9. You can watch the first episode for free at Starz.com, on demand on TV or on the STARZ play app. Here’s a review of the series.

The Syfy channel is developing John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War into a series (calling it The Ghost Brigades). Syfy is also interested in a pilot based on Lev Grossman’s The Magician and a series based on Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. I hope these will become successful, well-done series.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle is being adapted into a possible movie for Disney.

Into the Woods–not an adaptation from a book, but one of my favorites musicals (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) and I just discovered it’s being made into a movie by Disney set to open in the U. S. on Christmas Day 2014. It stars Meryl Streep (as the witch), Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick and Emily Blunt. I hope they’ve done a good job. A teaser trailer

Next Week

Home & blog

My daughter and I pick up the puppy–a black female Labrador Retriever–next Saturday so this week will be busy making sure we are ready!  She’s planning to name the puppy Bailey.

Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Review: The Escape by Mary Balogh
  • Sunday Post

What books did you collect last week? What are you planning next week?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

19 thoughts on “Sunday Post: August 10”

  1. That picture looks very nice- lots of water fun being had from the looks of it. I’ve heard LEviathan Wakes is good- and I like the old school sci fi feel of the Earthlight cover.

    It is state fair season, isn’t it? We have a big fair coming up soon too, and are looking forward to spending a few days with that. Have a great week. And good luck with the new puppy!

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    1. It was beautiful weather and lots of kids so lots of water fun. The state fair is great. We visited the puppies this weekend…they are so cute and happy.

      Leviathan Wakes is good. I’m looking forward to reading more in the series. And isn’t that a great cover for Earthlight?

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  2. Sounds like you’ve been having a great time! How fun your daughter is getting a puppy! Labs are about the cutest puppies out there too. I’ve got Suddenly Last Summer coming up on my reading list and am really looking forward to reading it. Have a great week!

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  3. we are actually considering to go to the North Woods. any suggestion where exactly to go? we love hiking and birding. and to stay? we don’t like hotels, we prefer cabins or lodges. let me know if you have ideas, thanks

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    1. Well, I don’t go to the North Woods that often and we stay with our relatives so I don’t know any places myself, but I’ll ask my daughter since she goes more often. I’ll get back to you!

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  4. I watched the first episode of Outlander this weekend. It was a bit slow to start, but I think that’s perfect given the source material. I’ve only read the first book, but I liked what I saw and I think Starz did a good job. I’ll probably keep watching.

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  5. Your vacation sounds lovely! 75 family and friends? Wow!

    I’m looking forward to Into the Woods, and (with reservations) to the Wrinkle in Time adaptation. (The last one didn’t impress me.) And how are you enjoying Break In? I rather like that one. There’s a sequel (rather rare for Dick Francis) called Bolt.

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    1. And some people couldn’t come! We had such a fun time. I hope the Wrinkle in Time adaptation will be good, too. I finally finished Break In and loved it. Thanks for the info on Bolt. I’m sure I read them since I was reading all of his books 20-30 years ago. But I don’t really remember them.

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  6. 75?!? Whoa! That’s a LOT of people – but sounds like great fun! And getting some space from the internet can be pretty great. Have fun with the new puppy and good luck helping your daughter get her settled. Labs are the sweetest things though 🙂

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  7. My husband’s family is huge and they love to get together–always in the summer and at Thanksgiving and then at weddings, christenings, etc. And it’s always lots of fun.

    We’re picking up the puppy tomorrow. Very excited! I’ll have photos for my Sunday Post.

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