Sunday Post: July 3

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.

Happy Independence Day to everyone in the U.S.A.

Several Weeks–home and blog

Missing in Action from blog

I haven’t gotten a Sunday Post posted in about three weeks. The action around here has been wild. In June I had family visits, lots of 90+ degree days and work to get the house ready (in other words, finish unpacking boxes and put things away) before my husband arrived at the end of June.

I fly east for a few hours so I can drive back west to Iowa
sunset on the way west
sunset on the way west

[For those who don’t follow every small action in my life(!) we bought a house in Iowa in preparation for my husband’s early retirement. I moved to Iowa in April, but my husband had to work until the end of June when he could take early retirement. We moved most of our stuff in April, but still had some things to move at the end of June. I decided to fly to Maryland to help with the drive to Iowa. One of our daughters and one of my sisters-in-law also came to help drive our second car and the U-Haul.]

We all had lots of fun and lots of laughs during our drive from Maryland to Iowa, but it was also very tiring. We’ve been in Iowa for a few days now, but I feel like I’m still catching up on sleep.

Des Moines sights and eating

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We have explored Des Moines since my husband has arrived. The Iowa state capitol is a beautiful building and we took a drive around it. There are summer concerts on the lawn so we hope to attend some of those.

Since we had some appointments downtown with government agencies we took the opportunity to check out some restaurants and cafes. One of the thing I love about Des Moines is all the unique restaurants throughout the city and suburbs.

Family celebration

We are having a small family gathering to celebrate my husband’s retirement, his birthday (which was at the end of June) and our country’s birthday. It will be so much fun to have some of our family here–including our three kids–this weekend to celebrate. We plan to barbecue, play games and maybe go to a minor league baseball game. Lots of food and lots of laughs.

The blog

When I decided to take my trip East to Maryland I had mostly run out of extra posts for my blog so very little got posted. I’ve hardly been on the internet for a couple of weeks, but I plan to do more after the first week in July.

Not too much happening on my blog and I haven’t visited many other blogs. I haven’t even picked up my computer for several days in a row (gasp)! And I haven’t had very much time to read either.

Blog posts (since my last Sunday Post)

My books

What I’m reading
  • Borrowing Death by Cathy Pegau
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
What I read the last few weeks
  • The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
  • Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

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Crazy Mountain Kiss by Keith McCafferty

the-zig-zag-girl

The Zig-Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths

battle-cruiser

Battle Cruiser by B.V. Larson

happiness-for-beginners

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

the-rock-hole

The Rock Hole by Reavis Z. Wortham

strictly-analog

Strictly Analog by Richard Levesque

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.

The Sync books available this week (June 30 – July 7):

The Sync books available next week (July 7 – July 14):

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

My husband and I still have a lot to do at our house: unpack boxes, figure out where to put things, hang photos plus figure out what we should get rid of! And we’re still trying to sell our house in Maryland. We have an offer, but I don’t know that we will come to an agreement.

I know I will continue to be busy! However, I’m hoping for more time to read and blog and blog hop!

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?

Sunday Post: Jun 28

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

Rain and more rain . . . and a birthday!
Today is my husband’s birthday! Yay! I got him a book he’s been wanting. It hasn’t been available on Amazon for quite awhile so I found it at The Book Depository. So glad I could get it from there.
We got home from Iowa Monday evening and all week I’ve played catch-up. I did get cards finished and mailed for birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions. Plus a birthday card for my husband!

We’ve had thunderstorms several days this week. Today it started raining in the morning and we’ve had thunderstorms this afternoon plus a flood watch and tornado watch. Our pond has never been so high. At least our grass is nice and green and the plants are growing.

However, when we looked closely at our plants we discovered most of them being eaten by Japanese beetles. One of our roses must have had 50 or more beetles eating the poor plants. I hate these beetles. It makes me feel sick to see our poor plants. Of course, we’re growing several of their favorite plants–roses, birches and crape myrtles. They’ve become a serious problem in North America where they don’t have natural predators. (In Japan they aren’t much of a problem since they have predators to take care of them.) Our next door neighbor has two Japanese beetle traps. Unfortunately, several studies have found the traps may attract more beetles than they trap. Our neighbor doesn’t believe this. 😦

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Disturbed Earth by E. E. Richardson

What I read last week

No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie

When Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm

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

Library Books

None

E-books

The Rabbit Factory & Bloodthirsty by Marshall Karp

Laisrathera by M.C.A. Hogarth

Darkness Brutal by Rachel A. Marks (Kindle First book–free)

Skin Game by Jim Butcher

The Book of Bart by Ryan Hill

Audiobooks

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

The Art of Racing in the Wind by Garth Stein

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

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 June 25 – July 2

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

For the week July 2 – 9

Echoes of an Angel by Aquanetta Gordon & Chris Macias

Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja

Next Week

Home & blog

Our guests arrive this next week! I’m excited to see everyone and at the last minute my sister-in-law is able to come, too! Very happy about that. Also our three children are coming. So happy to have everyone visiting. We’re going to make seven trips to airports to pick up and drop off! I’m going to try to get next week’s posts all set up because, of course, I’m not that organized yet!

Blog Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: When Last the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
  • 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?

Sunday Post: July 6

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!

 

Fireworks

Last Week

I hope everyone in the U.S. had a Happy Independence Day on the 4th!

Home & blog

Sad to watch the U.S. v Belgium game this week. The U.S. played pretty well, but Belgium certainly played better. We’ve watched several other games during the week. We flew into Chicago early Thursday and drove to Iowa for the 4th of July weekend. The weather has been beautiful–sunny and not too hot. We’ve all crowded into the TV room and watched some of the games. We’ve also celebrated several birthdays with a barbecue and lots of desserts! Plus a trip to the theater to see The Wizard of Oz!

I’ve had a couple of tech mishaps this week. First, my daughter drove over my cell phone after I dropped it! Not her fault at all since I didn’t realize I’d dropped it. The screen is badly cracked though it still works. I have to see if I can get it repaired when I get home. Then, my tablet which I bought for travel stopped connecting to the internet. I tried to fix it and one of my tech whiz daughters also tried. Then we called tech support. They couldn’t get it to work either so they’re sending a new computer. Which is great, but didn’t help me get this post written. I had to borrow a computer to do that.

After combining my book review index into one list last week I decided to divide it in two by author and title this week. Not so confusing that way. I participated in a few COYER activities, but it was a busy week and I wasn’t able to do as much as I hoped. I haven’t posted any reviews yet for the COYER. I still have a few older reviews to post so I’ve tried to get through those.

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Break In by Dick Francis (audiobook)

Firebird by Keri Arthur

What I read this week

The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney

E-books bought (or free)

Bloodshifted by Cassie Alexanader

The Escape by Mary Balogh

Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Fireborn by Keri Arthur

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Audiobooks

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

Unhinged by A. G. Howard

METAtropolis by Jay Lake

Around the internet

  • Sync downloads

Sync is a site for young adult audiobooks. In the summer (beginning May 15 to August 20) they offer two free audiobooks each week.

July 3 – July 9

TORN FROM TROY by Patrick Bowman, Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Post Hypnotic Press)
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)

July 10 – July 16
CLAUDETTE COLVIN: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose, Narrated by Channie Waites (Brilliance Audio)
WHILE THE WORLD WATCHED by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George, Narrated by Felicia Bullock (Oasis Audio

Check out the entire Sync schedule.

Next Week

Home & blog

We fly home on Monday. I’ve got another busy week ahead of me. We’re going to visit some of our family in Seattle the week after next so I need to get quite a bit done during the week.

Posts

  • Review: These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
  • Review: The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson
  • Review: Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
  • Sunday Post

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