Sunday Post: A little cooler next week

Sunday-Post

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.

Home and Blog

Should be a little cooler next week. Yay!

I didn’t do too much this week though my Iowa daughter and I went clothes shopping on Saturday. We both needed a few new clothes and were both happy when we left the store! I also played Mah Jongg twice during the week–a good inside  air-conditioned activity for hot weather. And it was hot this last week . . . in the upper 90’s and once to 100 degrees and with the heat index above 100 each day. Luckily, we got a big storm one night and about an inch and a half of rain. Even so, the yard is drying out and the few new plants we have needed water every day.

Family Reunion

Every year on the first weekend in August we have a big family reunion in northern Wisconsin. It’s loads of fun and it’s always great to catch up with people. This is my husband’s family who mostly live in the Midwest and we get together for a big party twice a year–in August and at Thanksgiving. Last August we celebrated with our oldest family member’s 90th birthday and there were about 100 people. This year there will be fewer people so a little more relaxed. The family who holds the reunion live on a lake so there’s boating, swimming, barbecuing and lots of conversation. Each family who comes signs up for making meals, clean-up and bringing supplies. Our family is making Sunday morning breakfast and we’ve decided to do waffles, overnight oatmeal and fruit so I’ve read up and am planning making waffles for a crowd. My three kids are coming, too, so my husband and I will have lots of help.

A second blog

I’ve started a second blog–Remember the Families–so that’s taking some of my time. I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’ve started working on genealogy again after about a ten-year absence. The research and reading about DNA and history of the areas my family lived is taking up some of my time. But I’m having lots of fun! However, I have to admit I’m not spending as much time with this blog. I’m trying to balance the two and will work to do that in the next few weeks.

Blog posts
Blog posts planned
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  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Dark Run by Mike Brooks

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen

What I’ve read

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

Luck and Judgement by Peter Grainger

Some books I got recently

To the Hilt by Dick Francis

Deadly Focus by R.C. Bridgestock

Abercrombie Trail by Candace Simar (Kindle Unlimited)

Persons of Interest by Peter Grainger (Kindle Unlimited)

Interesting on the Internet

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.

Available July 20-26

Gone by Michael Grant | Read by Kyle McCarley

Published by Tantor Media

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: on your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else . . .

Michael Grant’s Gone has been praised for its compelling storytelling, multidimensional characters, and multiple points of view.

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth | Read by Mark Turetsky

Published by HighBridge Audio

Devin doesn’t remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it’s soon clear that it’s no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home’s horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.

Fans of dystopian fiction and spine-chilling adventure will devour The One Safe Place; its haunting themes will resonate long after readers have turned the final page.

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

Sunday Post: August 14

Sunday-Post

This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

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.

Last week–home and blog

We arrived home from our family reunion Tuesday night so I feel like I’ve been playing catch-up all week.

Family Reunion

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The family reunion was wonderful. About 100 people there (even relatives from Ireland) and it was a weekend of catching-up with people, water activities–including the annual “Swim the Lake,” partying, eating and celebrations.

The Annual “Swim the Lake” is very popular especially with the children and we even had a golden retriever in a life jacket. Everyone wears a life jacket and boats go alongside. It’s something to look forward to each year.

Since we celebrated our oldest living relative’s birthday (he’s 90 years old) we had a big party Saturday evening. There was even dancing and a dance instructor to teach dances like the Charleston. Lots of music from the 40’s, too. A very fun time. And even though Bill is 90 he’s very spry and has a great attitude about life.

On Sunday we had a baptism for one of the youngest family members! A beautiful, happy child!

Television

When we watched TV this week we watched the Olympics. I’m always amazed each Olympics to watch sports I seldom see–badminton or ping pong–or some I’ve never seen before (trampoline gymnastics or slalom canoeing). I love the swimming and track and field events, but I wish they would show more equestrienne events.

The blog

My daughter and I listened to an audiobook–Malice in the Palace–on the way to and from Wisconsin. That was a perfect book to listen to. I love the narrator. I managed to read a couple other books, too.

No commenting on other blogs. I need to find out what everyone else has been up to as summer winds down. I hope visiting other blogs will happen soon!

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
What I read last week
  • Lying Dead by Aline Templeton
  • Malice in the Palace by Rhys Bowen
  • The Last Death of Jack Harbin by Terry Shames
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

Black Run by Antonio Manzini

Lamb to the Slaughter by Aline Templeton

Interesting on the internet

Free Sync Audio books

Sync is back again for the summer (May 5 – Aug 17). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. Each set of books are only available for one week.

Only 1 more week of Sync books!

The Sync books available this week (August 11 – 18):

  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby; read by Dan Bittner
  • Classic American Short Stories by O. Henry, Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, James Fenimore Cooper; read by William Roberts, Garrick Hagon, Liza Ross

To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.

Note: Some of the books have international restrictions, but some are available even if you live outside the U.S.

Next Week–home & blog

A week to catch-up, I hope. Still lots to do around our house–everyday cleaning as well as reorganizing and sorting the things to go to charity since they don’t work in our new house. Still a few boxes of stuff to find a place for!

Lots of reviews to write and schedule and lots of good books to read!

Blog posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

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

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Sunday Post: Jul 5

rp_sundaypostmeme13.jpgThe 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 Week

Home & blog

My family is here visiting. The first group arrived Tuesday evening–my brother and sister-in-law. And then our children arrived Wednesday and Thursday. Everyone leaves by July 7. We’ve had lots of fun. A little sightseeing, lots of community cooking and baking and lots of conversations. By the time everyone leaves we will make six round trips to the airport! It has been so much fun having everyone here.

My brother is a dragonfly expert (he just returned from a trip to Costa Rica where they cataloged and photographed dragonflies and damselflies). He identified over 10 species of dragonflies in our pond behind our house! I had no idea. I knew there were several kinds, but not that many.

I was going to post of photos, but our internet is running slowly–probably too many people trying to use it!

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Tilt-A-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein

What I read last week

Disturbed Earth by E. E. Richardson

The Deep End by Julie Mulhern

New–Books, E-books, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

Library Books

None

E-books

Death and the Redheaded Woman by Loretta Ross

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower

Audiobooks

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

Around the Internet

Free Sync Audio books

Sync is back again for the summer (May 7 – Aug 14). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. One audiobook is a current audiobook and the other is a classic audiobook. Each set of two books are only available for one week.

To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.

For the week of July 2 – 9

 

Echoes of an Angel by Aquanetta Gordon & Chris Macias

Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja

For the week of July 9 – 16

The Explorers Club by Nell Benjamin

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Next Week

Home & blog

Once all the family are gone by Tuesday evening it will be quiet here. My husband will be back at work, too, so it will be the cats and me! I plan to catch up on sleep and reading and blogging.

Blog Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie
  • Review: Lock In by John Scalzi
  • Sunday Post

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