Sunday Post: Memorial Day weekend


Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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Memorial Day

This is the day we honor those who died while serving in our country’s military. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials this weekend. It is good to remember those who died.

Lots of people also correlate it with the beginning of the summer vacation season.

The weekend

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We went to see a baseball game Friday night. We have a triple-A minor league baseball team in town–the Iowa Cubs–affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. They are fun to watch, the tickets aren’t expensive and the stadium is great. The Iowa Cubs led during most of the game, but in the end the Reno Aces won 7-6. It was a good game and fun to watch since there were lots of hits. Every Friday night home game they have fireworks after the game which are so fun to see, too.

On Saturday we went to a nursery to look at plants and get ideas of what we might want to plant. However, we have to build more flowerbeds first. My husband brought home a bunch of hostas from his Dad’s yard after he visited this last week. He has spent a lot of time dividing and planting hostas this last week and not gotten them all planted yet!

My sister-in-law is driving here to visit for a couple of days on Sunday so that will be fun. She wants to play croquet which really makes me think of summer. We don’t have too much else planned, but the weather is supposed to be nice so I’m sure we’ll have a great time even if we just hang out.


I had a very busy week this last week with several doctors’ appointments, physical therapy for my lower back and neck plus several other activities. Thus, I didn’t get much blogging done again. I did visit a few blogs which was fun. Nice to see what book bloggers are blogging about. I’ll try again this week to do a little more.

Blog posts
Blog posts planned
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Review: Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima

What I’ve read

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

An Accidental Death by Peter Grainger

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Some books I got recently

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

But for the Grace by Peter Grainger

Into the Shadows by Shirley Wells

Sync Audiobooks

Every week until August 16 two young adult audiobooks are free to download. These books are young adult titles so if that’s your favorite genre check them out.

Audiobooks available May 25 – 31

Freakling by Lana Krumwiede | Read by Nick Podehl

Published by Brilliance Audio

Taemon has always known he’s a bit different. But in the walled city of Deliverance, where everyone possesses a form of telekinesis known as psi, being different is dangerous. Being different can get you labeled a freakling. Or worse, see you banished to the Powerless Colony, where even the simplest tasks, like getting dressed or turning on the lights, must be done by hand. Taemon has learned to blend in, to pretend he’s just like everyone else in Deliverance. To pretend that he can’t send his mind wandering into objects and see exactly how they work. But Taemon’s brother, Yens, suspects the truth, and he’ll stop at nothing—even murder—to expose Taemon’s secret. In this thrilling dystopian novel from newcomer Lana Krumwiede, Taemon must choose between accepting his life among the freaklings or fighting for the destiny he’s never wanted?—and all that comes with it.

Boy by Anna Ziegler | Read by Sarah Drew, John Getz, Travis Johns, Amy Pietz, Bobby Steggert

Published by L.A. Theatre Works

Anna Ziegler’s Boy is a powerful statement about sexual identity and the mystery of what makes us who we are. After a baby boy is seriously injured in an accident, a doctor persuades his parents to raise the child as a girl. As the child grows up, the child—known as Samantha and Adam at different times—faces an extraordinary challenge to carve out a place in the world.

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:

Sarah Drew as Jenny
John Getz as Dr. Wendell Barnes
Travis Johns as Doug
Amy Pietz as Trudy
Bobby Steggert as Adam Turner

Directed by Debbie Devine. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in July of 2016.

Boy is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

Audiobooks available June 1 – 7

Beast by Donna Jo Napoli | Read by Robert Ramirez

Published by Recorded Books

Young Persian Prince Orasmyn lives a peaceful life of quiet duty and thoughtful obedience. Tending his fragrance garden gives him much more pleasure than the bloody royal hunts staged by his father. But a single wrong decision sets in motion an ancient curse that changes Orasmyn’s fate forever. Told he will be killed by his own father, he is transformed into a lion on the day of a great hunt. The prince has no choice but to flee beloved Persia and his precious family. Balancing his fading human memories with his new beastly impulses, he makes his way to Europe-where his destiny awaits in the person of a French beauty named Belle. Donna Jo Napoli once again weaves the magic she has shown in books like Crazy Jack and Zel, transforming a well-known fairy tale into an unforgettable epic of duty, love, and redemption. Robert Ramirez’s narration captures all the anguish and struggle of Orasmyn’s quest to regain his humanity.

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay | Read by Julia Whelan

Published by Tantor Media

It’s pointless. Hopeless. Even if she weren’t afraid of me, we’ll always be enemies at the core . . .

In the city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra is raised to be a human sacrifice. Her death will ensure her city’s vitality.

In the desert, a mutant beast named Gem fights to save his people, known as the Monstrous, from starvation.

Neither dreams that, together, they can return balance to their worlds. When Gem is captured for trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, he becomes a prisoner of the city. Isra enlists his help, and soon begins to care for him—and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

She’s a queen; I’m her prisoner. I am her monster and she is mine.

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning?






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.

3 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Memorial Day weekend”

  1. I love this time of year. So many activities and planting to do. And, of course, the swimming! I started reading River Of Teeth last night. It sure is different and loving the characters already.

    Enjoy your new books and have a great weekend.


  2. Hope you are feeling better– I suffer from chronic neck, spine and lower back issues, so I can commiserate with you. Sounds like you are having a good time visiting with all your extended family members. I can’t wait to move and be able to see some of extended family again too!

    I laughed at River of Teeth description on GR! Should be a fun read for you 🙂 The Shirley Wells looks good for me. Enjoy it all…


  3. Sorry to hear of your back issues – I used to suffer from low back pain and chronic sciatica and recall how disabling and miserable the pain could be. I have recently acquired River of Teeth so I’m looking forward to reading this one:). I hope you are having a great holiday week-end and envy you being able to plant hostas in your garden – I love them, but sadly, so do the slugs… Take care:)


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