Sunday Post: To Michigan and back

Connecting with others to talk about books plus a little about our personal lives

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.

Personal life

We’ve had lots of fall weather this last week! Cool temperatures and some rain at times.

Only one of my daughters was able to go to Michigan this week. We were sorry Kate (my older daughter) couldn’t get away from work, but Karen (my younger daughter) and I had a great time together. And Kate has come to visit us for a long weekend. She has to go home Monday or Tuesday.

Michigan

Karen and I left Wednesday morning for southwestern Michigan. The drive took about three hours since we made a few stops along the way. We couldn’t check into our airbnb until later in the afternoon so it was great to take our time and enjoy the drive.

We took one of Karen’s dogs, Bailey with us. Her yellow lab Juneau doesn’t always get along with other dogs. (She was bitten by another dog a few years ago when she was in doggy day care so she’s afraid.) Bailey had a wonderful time being the only dog for a change and Juneau was spoiled by my husband!

I hadn’t been to this part of Lake Michigan before. And it’s beautiful. Lots of cute towns, beaches and autumn foliage. I’m sure it’s very crowded in the summer since those cute little towns have some nice restaurants, gift stores, beaches and views. We found a couple of bookstores and bought some books plus we found places we could take Bailey. One brewery allowed dogs because they didn’t serve food so that was nice. Bailey loved it since everyone wanted to pet her.

The above slideshow shows some of our sights during the weekend. We had some wind and rain, but that made the waves on Lake Michigan fun to watch. It didn’t rain constantly so we got out for walks with Bailey who didn’t mind getting wet at all! We got home Friday afternoon. We had a great time and plan to visit again.

Weekend cooking

On Saturday Kate made a birthday crepe cake for her sister’s birthday since she hadn’t been here to celebrate earlier in the month. It was so fun to watch her put together the cake. While the cake was chilling we played cards. The cake tasted so good. It was a fun day.

Blog

I managed to visit a few book blogs and made a few comments before we left for Michigan on Wednesday morning. It’s always nice to see what people are doing and what they’re reading.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Bellwether by Connie Willis
  • The Good Son by Dustin Stevens
Books read
  • Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
  • The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
  • The Boat Man by Dustin Stevens
New books

What did you do last week? What are your plans for next week?

Sunday Post: Mid September, but still hot

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little my personal life last 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.

Personal life

Labor Day is over, kids are back in school–and now it’s mid September!

We had cooler weather last week , but next week the temperatures are forecast to be close to 90 degrees. I love the cooler temperatures of fall so I’m looking forward to more cool weather!

Back from Indiana

I spent a week in Indiana visiting one of my daughters and got back during the middle of this week. I had lots of fun visiting with her and her two Labrador retrievers. They are such fun happy dogs. (And my daughter is pretty fun, too…lol)

Chicago wedding

This next week we’re driving to Chicago for a niece’s wedding. It will be fun to see lots of family members and see our niece and her fiance get married. They seem very happy!

Blog life

You may have noticed that during the last month my blog was gone for a few days and then back and then may have disappeared again. It’s finally back though I do still have a few things to tweak.

I spent a lot of time over the last month deciding whether to keep my self-hosted blog or to try to move the blog to WordPress.com. I wrote a post about that earlier in the week. I published a number of posts this week and am working on more posts for the future. It feels good to be back.

Recent posts
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Night Raven by Sarah Painter
What I read recently
  • Craks in a Marriage by Barbara Barrett
  • A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee
  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
  • Bright Shards by Meg Pechenick
  • The White Shepherd by Annie Dalton
  • The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
  • The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan
Books I got recently

Last Boat to Camden Town by Paul Charles (Kindle Unlimited)

Poor Man’s Flight by Elliott Kay (Prime)

Echo in Onyx by Sharon Shinn

A Shot in the Dark by Matthew Costello

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

What have you been doing? What are your plans next week? Are you looking forward to autumn or mourning because summer is nearly gone?

Sunday Post: August 24

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The 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!Bailey-082014

 

Last Week

Home & blog

Lots of puppy time this week. We took her to the Vet this week to have her checked out and make sure she’s healthy. She is 🙂

She’s 9 weeks old now and she sits quite reliably (before eating, before going into another room, going up or down stairs). She loves to play with her toys, but she especially liked a gallon size plastic milk carton! We have some steep stairs to go down to get outside and she hasn’t gone down those yet. We’ve had to carry her and both my daughter and I had sore backs by the end of the week (she weighs about 17+ pounds already!) The next step is for her to learn to go down those stairs so we don’t have to carry her as often!

I’ve spent a lot of time reading and listening to books this week. I didn’t get as much blogging done as planned. I was too busy playing with Bailey to concentrate on writing posts!

 Blog posts

  • Sunday Post
  • Books recommended to me. . .
  • TBR Review: The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

Books

What I’m reading

Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

What I read this week

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

Jhereg by Steven Brust

John Golden: Freelance Debugger by Django Wexler

The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

E-books & Audiobooks bought (or free)

Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler

Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy

The Human Division #1 & #2: The B Team  & Walk the Plank by John Scalzi (series of short stories)

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Doon by Carrie Corp & Lorie Langdon

Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan

Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Audiobooks

The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison

Neverwhere (BBC adaptation) by Neil Gaiman (link connects to Audible)

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Around the internet

The 2014 Hugo Award winners were announced!

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie won the Hugo for Best Novel. I bought this book awhile back and I really should read it.

There are awards for many different categories including lots of short form stories as well as dramatic presentations, editors and many others. Check out the nominees and winners in all categories.

Next Week

Home & blog

More puppy stuff this next week! We’re going to eastern Iowa this week to visit my father-in-law. My husband and older daughter will be there, too. We’ve been taking Bailey for rides in the car so she gets used to riding in the car.

Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Review: Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
  • Review: Break In by Dick Francis
  • Sunday Post

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

Sunday Post: August 17

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The 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

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My older daughter visited last weekend. She left Sunday to go home. We talked her into a short detour and went to visit the puppies. That also gave us a chance to ask questions and make sure we’re ready for the puppy on Saturday. So exciting.

The puppy–Bailey–a black Labrador Retriever–came home with my daughter and I yesterday. She already comes pretty well when we call her name, rode home in the crate with a minimum of fuss and is so much fun! I’m putting up a picture of her. I’m a proud grandma! I’m sure I’ll be adding photos for the next few weeks while I’m here…LOL

I’ve spent some time reading and blogging, visiting other blogs and getting caught up. I had a backlog of comments I had missed. I think I got caught up.

 Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

Unhinged by A. G. Howard (audiobook)

What I read this week

Break In by Dick Francis (audiobook)

Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan

E-books & Audiobooks bought (or free)

The Magicians & The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Underground by Kat Richardson

John Golden: Freelance Debugger by Django Wexler

Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

Audiobooks (2 for 1 sale and Daily Deals on Audible)

Hammered by Kevin Hearne

The Rose and the Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Izzy and Lenore by Jon Katz (I bet you can tell why I got this one!)

Bellwether by Connie Willis

Jhereg by Steven Brust

Around the internetUprooted

A new series by Naomi Novik

Uprooted–described as a dark fairy tale. Not too much info here, but it doesn’t come out until June 2015.  I love the cover of this new book. Naomi Novik is the author of the Temeraire series (which I haven’t read, but plan to!)

Next Week

Home & blog

Lots of puppy stuff this next week! I’m taking care of her during the day so I’m getting ready for that! She’s a bundle of energy. I hope I get time for reading and some blogging!

Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • TBR Review: The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan
  • Review: Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
  • Sunday Post

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

Sunday Post: August 10

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The 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 Two Weeks

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I didn’t do a Sunday Post last week since I was in the Wisconsin North Woods and I didn’t have either the time (I was having fun with family activities) or the internet connection (the worst problem). We had about 75 family and friends and lots of fun activities–swimming, eating, boating, eating, etc., etc.!

I flew to Des Moines the day before we left for Wisconsin. My daughter and I came back Monday of this week and we’ve got the house puppy-proofed for the puppy she’s getting next week. She’s very excited and a little apprehensive!

My older daughter drove to Des Moines from Illinois this weekend. We’ve had so much fun together. The Iowa State Fair is going on now and it’s amazing all the food they put on sticks!

 Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Break In by Dick Francis (audiobook)

Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan

Unhinged by A. G. Howard (audiobook)

What I read this week

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Bloodshifted by Cassie Alexander

E-books & Audiobooks bought (or free)

Moving Mars by Greg Bear

Codex Born by Jim C. Hines

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

The Amtrak Wars: Cloud Warriors by Patrick Tilley

Blightborn by Chuck Wendig

Nightfall by Stephen Leather

Earthlight by Arthur C. Clarke

Audiobooks

Storm Born by Richelle Mead

Dark and Stormy Knights edited by P. N. Elrod

Around the internet

  • Sync downloads

Sync is a site for young adult audiobooks. In the summer (beginning May 15 to August 13) they offer two free audiobooks each week.

Note: This is the last week for the free books for this summer.

August 7 – August 13
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS by Ben Lesser, Narrated by Jonathan Silverman and Ben Lesser (Remembrance Publishing)
THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick, Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson (HighBridge Audio)

Check out the entire Sync schedule.

  • So many new adaptations from books

The Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon made into a TV series on Starz. It started August 9. You can watch the first episode for free at Starz.com, on demand on TV or on the STARZ play app. Here’s a review of the series.

The Syfy channel is developing John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War into a series (calling it The Ghost Brigades). Syfy is also interested in a pilot based on Lev Grossman’s The Magician and a series based on Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. I hope these will become successful, well-done series.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle is being adapted into a possible movie for Disney.

Into the Woods–not an adaptation from a book, but one of my favorites musicals (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) and I just discovered it’s being made into a movie by Disney set to open in the U. S. on Christmas Day 2014. It stars Meryl Streep (as the witch), Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick and Emily Blunt. I hope they’ve done a good job. A teaser trailer

Next Week

Home & blog

My daughter and I pick up the puppy–a black female Labrador Retriever–next Saturday so this week will be busy making sure we are ready!  She’s planning to name the puppy Bailey.

Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Review: The Escape by Mary Balogh
  • Sunday Post

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