Sunday Post: End of Summer


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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It’s Labor Day weekend here in the United States. This signals the end of summer–kids going back to school and all the activities start up again. I love fall, but it seems to just fly by and before I know it Christmas is past and it’s another new year.

August is over

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August was a busy month and I didn’t do a whole lot of blogging or even very much reading. But we did go to a family reunion in northern Wisconsin, to the Iowa State Fair, traveled a couple of hours south to see the total eclipse, a baseball game (complete with fireworks) as well as other summer activities. Now we’re taking care of my daughter’s two dogs while she’s on vacation in Alaska. She gets home on Tuesday. She’s been sending us beautiful pictures. She’s done a lot of fishing and has caught salmon and halibut and seen lots of whales.


I’ve watched several shows mostly on Amazon Prime, Acorn and Netflix: Vera (A British mystery series), Hamish MacBeth (a humorous mystery series set in Scotland), Endeavor (Masterpiece Mystery on PBS), Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West (Amazon Prime–set in Manitoba, Canada where two couples try to live on the Canadian prairie like 1870’s homesteaders), Blood and Water (Amazon Prime about a homicide detective investigating her first homicide as lead detective) and Father Brown (on Netflix). I like all of these except Blood and Water which didn’t wow me. I watched three episodes and probably won’t watch any more.


I’m hoping to keep to a more regular blogging schedule and hope to get reviews done. I plan to write mostly mini reviews like I wrote on yesterday–Putting the mystery into historical. We’ll see how that goes since I haven’t managed to do much blogging lately.

August Blog posts
Next week
  • Reviews
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indriðason

Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine

What I’ve read

Dark Run by Mike Brooks

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen

The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrota

Among the Dead by J.R. Backlund

Some books I got in August (from the library, Kindle Unlimited, Audible, Amazon)

My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen (Kindle Unlimited)

One Last Lesson by Iain Cameron (Kindle Unlimited)

A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrota (library)

Among the Dead by J.R. Backlund (library)

Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine (library)

Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey (library)

The Branson Beauty by Claire Booth (library)

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong (library)

Starfire: A Red Peace by Spencer Ellsworth (ebook)

Darktown by Thomas Mullen (ebook)

Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage (audiobook)

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning the rest of the summer? 

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.

18 thoughts on “Sunday Post: End of Summer”

  1. Sounds like you had a pretty busy August but a fun one! I can’t believe it’s already September and I don’t like it cause it means winter is going to rear it’s ugly head soon. 😦

    I love Vera she is cool! I didn’t like Hamish but maybe I should give him another try. Love Endevour but we don’t get that channel anymore…boo. Have you tried Dr. Blake Mysteries on Netflix? Love it!

    You got some great reads this month! Happy reading!


    1. Oh, yes, I’ve watched all the Dr. Blake Mysteries out so far and love that series, too. Sorry you don’t get to watch Endeavor. I’m really enjoying it this season. Maybe they’ll show it on Netflix.

      Hamish is a little uneven at times. I wonder if different people write different scripts because a few of them are kind of strange! The more I watched the more I liked it though and my husband and I figured out that the actor playing Hamish–Robert Carlisle–was in Stargate Universe which my husband really liked.


  2. I enjoyed Mrs. Fletcher, and I’m going to look up the show Vera. Father Brown is in my queue, but I haven’t watched it yet.

    Love those pictures!

    Have a great week, and thanks for visiting my blog.


  3. Your August looks busier than mine, and that’s saying something. I loved your photos and your daughter’s Alaska photos. Nice whale shot!

    Another Father Brown fan, hurray! And your book haul looks amazing.


    1. It was a fun busy though as I hope yours was, too, Lark. The Alaska photos have been great. And, yes, I really like Father Brown. The only problem is that now I have to wait for another season!


  4. Have a great Labor Day weekend! I’ve been curious about Blood and Water so I’m bummed that you didn’t love it! Maybe it’ll get moved down my list. Great haul! Darktown looks really great – I may have to check that one out!


    1. Thanks, Tracy. It was a nice, quiet weekend which wasn’t bad. Blood and Water wasn’t bad. It just seemed a little slow to me. Darktown does look good. I hope I read some of the books I got sometime soon…lol.


  5. What a wonderful collection of photos – I think looking after the dogs is fair exchange for such magical landscapes. Your pics looks wonderful, too:)). As for the series – I’ll echo your enthusiasm for Vera, Father Brown and Endeavour – all great murder mystery series. Have a great week and thank you for swinging by:)


  6. Thanks, Sarah! And you’re right about the exchange though I’m enjoying taking care of the dogs. I love finding a new mystery series which happened when I started watching Vera this month. I just wish there were more episodes!


  7. I love your photos from the Iowa State Fair! We just wrapped-up the Minnesota State Fair and the butter sculptures are a huge deal up here – thanks for sharing!


    1. Oh, that’s so neat you have butter sculptures, too. I’ve only been living in Iowa for a year so I didn’t know anything about butter sculptures until we got to Iowa. It is so fascinating. I can see why people go to the Iowa State Fair year after year.


  8. You are right times does fly way too fast! I sounds that even though August was busy and you [like me!] didn’t do a whole lot of blogging, you had fun! I watched the eclipse too with my kids 🙂 Hope you catch up with your blogging soon 🙂


    1. August went by so quickly, but it was fun. There are always so many great activities during the summer and so many I don’t get to, but wonderful for the ones I do. And I’m working to catch up with blogging…but we’ll see! And the eclipse was really great.


  9. I want to read some of the books you read, like the Elizabeth Bonesteel book. I just need to get around to it.
    Have a great week!


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