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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Girls’ weekend and beautiful weather
The weather here is a little cooler with less humidity this weekend so that has made it fun to be outside. Both my daughters are here this weekend and my husband is visiting his dad so we’re having a Girls’ Weekend! We’ve done lots of talking and laughing and we had a fire in the fire pit last night. We went to our favorite winery which is out in the country and has a wraparound porch and rocking chairs plus some pretty good wine! We brought cheese, crackers and fruit to have with the wine. Such a fun afternoon. We’ve watched some TV including a show called 800 Words on Acorn TV. It’s about a father and his two teenage children who move from Sydney, Australia to a small town in New Zealand after his wife dies. It’s funny and sad and really good.
Next weekend we are driving eight hours to our family reunion in northern Wisconsin so I probably won’t have a Sunday Post. The Internet is unreliable plus I will be visiting with friends and family so no time to spend with my computer! I’ll post photos later.
Imagine a wold where great airships ply the skies, strange creatures wait to be discovered, and adventure lurks around every corner. Got it? Good. Then you’re ready for the captivating adventures of cabin boy Matt Cruse, who manages a daring midair rescue of a stranded traveler in a derelict balloon—and sets in motion a string of events that will either raise him to new heights, or dash him to his doom.
Sixteen-year-old Suzume is a shadow weaver, trained in the magical art of illusion. She can be anyone she wants to be—except herself. Is she the girl of noble birth, trapped by the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama? A lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens? Or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Land? Even Suzume is no longer sure of her true identity. But she is determined to steal the heart of the Moon Prince and exact revenge on her stepfather for the death of her family. And nothing will stop her. Not even her love for fellow shadow weaver Otieno, the one man who can see through her illusions.
Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life—until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father’s prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?
In the fall of 1939 the Nazis invaded Irene Gut’s beloved Poland, ending her training as a nurse and thrusting the seventeen-year-old Catholic girl into a world of degradation that somehow gave her the strength to accomplish what amounted to miracles. Forced into the service of the German army, young Irene was able, due in part to her Aryan good looks, to use her position as a servant in an officers’ club to steal food and supplies (and even information overheard at the officers’ tables) for the Jews in the ghetto. She smuggled Jews out of the work camps, ultimately hiding a dozen people in the home of a Nazi major for whom she was housekeeper. An important addition to the literature of human survival and heroism,In My Handsis further proof of why, in spite of everything, we must believe in the goodness of people.
What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning the rest of the summer?
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.
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