Sunday Post: Memorial Day weekend


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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Memorial Day

This is the day we honor those who died while serving in our country’s military. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials this weekend. It is good to remember those who died.

Lots of people also correlate it with the beginning of the summer vacation season.

The weekend

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We went to see a baseball game Friday night. We have a triple-A minor league baseball team in town–the Iowa Cubs–affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. They are fun to watch, the tickets aren’t expensive and the stadium is great. The Iowa Cubs led during most of the game, but in the end the Reno Aces won 7-6. It was a good game and fun to watch since there were lots of hits. Every Friday night home game they have fireworks after the game which are so fun to see, too.

On Saturday we went to a nursery to look at plants and get ideas of what we might want to plant. However, we have to build more flowerbeds first. My husband brought home a bunch of hostas from his Dad’s yard after he visited this last week. He has spent a lot of time dividing and planting hostas this last week and not gotten them all planted yet!

My sister-in-law is driving here to visit for a couple of days on Sunday so that will be fun. She wants to play croquet which really makes me think of summer. We don’t have too much else planned, but the weather is supposed to be nice so I’m sure we’ll have a great time even if we just hang out.


I had a very busy week this last week with several doctors’ appointments, physical therapy for my lower back and neck plus several other activities. Thus, I didn’t get much blogging done again. I did visit a few blogs which was fun. Nice to see what book bloggers are blogging about. I’ll try again this week to do a little more.

Blog posts
Blog posts planned
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Review: Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima

What I’ve read

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

An Accidental Death by Peter Grainger

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Some books I got recently

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

But for the Grace by Peter Grainger

Into the Shadows by Shirley Wells

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.

Audiobooks available May 25 – 31

Freakling by Lana Krumwiede | Read by Nick Podehl

Published by Brilliance Audio

Taemon has always known he’s a bit different. But in the walled city of Deliverance, where everyone possesses a form of telekinesis known as psi, being different is dangerous. Being different can get you labeled a freakling. Or worse, see you banished to the Powerless Colony, where even the simplest tasks, like getting dressed or turning on the lights, must be done by hand. Taemon has learned to blend in, to pretend he’s just like everyone else in Deliverance. To pretend that he can’t send his mind wandering into objects and see exactly how they work. But Taemon’s brother, Yens, suspects the truth, and he’ll stop at nothing—even murder—to expose Taemon’s secret. In this thrilling dystopian novel from newcomer Lana Krumwiede, Taemon must choose between accepting his life among the freaklings or fighting for the destiny he’s never wanted?—and all that comes with it.

Boy by Anna Ziegler | Read by Sarah Drew, John Getz, Travis Johns, Amy Pietz, Bobby Steggert

Published by L.A. Theatre Works

Anna Ziegler’s Boy is a powerful statement about sexual identity and the mystery of what makes us who we are. After a baby boy is seriously injured in an accident, a doctor persuades his parents to raise the child as a girl. As the child grows up, the child—known as Samantha and Adam at different times—faces an extraordinary challenge to carve out a place in the world.

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:

Sarah Drew as Jenny
John Getz as Dr. Wendell Barnes
Travis Johns as Doug
Amy Pietz as Trudy
Bobby Steggert as Adam Turner

Directed by Debbie Devine. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in July of 2016.

Boy is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

Audiobooks available June 1 – 7

Beast by Donna Jo Napoli | Read by Robert Ramirez

Published by Recorded Books

Young Persian Prince Orasmyn lives a peaceful life of quiet duty and thoughtful obedience. Tending his fragrance garden gives him much more pleasure than the bloody royal hunts staged by his father. But a single wrong decision sets in motion an ancient curse that changes Orasmyn’s fate forever. Told he will be killed by his own father, he is transformed into a lion on the day of a great hunt. The prince has no choice but to flee beloved Persia and his precious family. Balancing his fading human memories with his new beastly impulses, he makes his way to Europe-where his destiny awaits in the person of a French beauty named Belle. Donna Jo Napoli once again weaves the magic she has shown in books like Crazy Jack and Zel, transforming a well-known fairy tale into an unforgettable epic of duty, love, and redemption. Robert Ramirez’s narration captures all the anguish and struggle of Orasmyn’s quest to regain his humanity.

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay | Read by Julia Whelan

Published by Tantor Media

It’s pointless. Hopeless. Even if she weren’t afraid of me, we’ll always be enemies at the core . . .

In the city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra is raised to be a human sacrifice. Her death will ensure her city’s vitality.

In the desert, a mutant beast named Gem fights to save his people, known as the Monstrous, from starvation.

Neither dreams that, together, they can return balance to their worlds. When Gem is captured for trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, he becomes a prisoner of the city. Isra enlists his help, and soon begins to care for him—and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

She’s a queen; I’m her prisoner. I am her monster and she is mine.

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






Sunday Post: May 29


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.

My son's dog waiting for him at the airport
My son’s dog waiting for him at the airport

Last Week–home and blog

My son arrived late Tuesday night, picked up Adonis and flew home early the next morning. Then my sister-in-law arrived Friday morning. My brother is attending some meetings in Tennessee so when he’s done he’ll drive here and spend a few days before they drive home to Oregon.

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is on Monday May 30 here in the U.S. to honor our soldiers who have died while serving in the armed forces. Many of us visit cemeteries during the weekend. And it’s a three-day weekend for many people and kind of symbolizes the beginning of summer with lots of barbecues. We barbecued on Saturday.

My daughter, sister-in-law and I leave for eastern Iowa after work on Friday. My husband and older daughter are meeting us at my father-in-law’s home. I’m really looking forward to seeing my husband since it has been almost two months since we’ve seen each other. I’m very much looking forward to his move to Iowa at the end of June.thunderstorm


Lots of thunderstorms and rain this week in Iowa. Luckily, none have been too severe (as I’m writing this), but we’ve had several severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches.

The blog

I finally finished Roses and Rot. It took a long time to read it, but I thought it was good. May has been a very busy month and I’ve gotten very little reading done so far.

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Darkness and the Deep by Aline Templeton
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
What I read last week
  • Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library


Dragon in Exile by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller


Several of Mary Balogh’s older books were on sale on Amazon for the Kindle (Red Rose, Lady with the Black Umbrella, An Unlikely Duchess, A Certain Magic). However, I don’t know if they still are on sale.

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 next week (June 2 — 9):

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

We drive back home on Monday and my husband flies back to Maryland for another month. So good to see him over the weekend.

My sister-in-law and I plan to do some fun things this week including visiting the Des Moines farmers’ market which is huge. I’m hoping for fewer thunderstorms this next week. Also hope to finish some more books!

Blog posts

  • June books on my list
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton
  • Review: Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
  • Sunday Post

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

Sunday Post–May 25

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

Around the house

I’ve been in Des Moines all week. Last Saturday we moved all the big stuff. She hired Two Men and a Truck to do that and they did a great job. We spent the week putting stuff away and the house is looking great! My husband and older daughter arrived Friday night and my husband has been working in the yard ever since! He bought mulch, a Japanese Maple, bird feeders and many other things to populate the yard! We had to rent a pick up truck to bring everything home!

It’s raining (Sunday morning) as I type this and my husband has been outside working since 6 a.m. He’s determined to do as much as he can before we leave tomorrow.

Blog posts

What I’m reading

 Green Rider by Kristen Britain

What I read this week

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (audiobook)

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson (novella/audiobook)

Iron Night by M. L. Brennan

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

E-books bought

The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

A Fairy’s Guide to Disaster by A. W. Hartoin

A Dangerous Madness by Michelle Diener

A Lessson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

From Audible

The Currents of Space by Isaac Assimov

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Next Week

Around the internet SyncSync 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. These books are available from May 22-28:

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Oedipus the King by Sophocles

The following books are available from May 29 – June 4:

CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, Narrated by Emma Galvin (Hachette Audio)
THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Richard E. Grant (Harper Audio)

Check out the entire Sync schedule.

Around the house

We leave for Maryland Monday evening and after being gone for more  than two week I have lots to do.

Posts on the blog

  • Review:
  • Review:
  • Sunday Post

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