Sunday Post: Sep 7

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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!

 

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Bailey meets Golden Retriever puppy at kindergarten

Last Week

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Bailey began puppy kindergarten this week and visited the vet to get shots and microchipped. She was so busy licking up the treat they gave her she didn’t even notice the shots…LOL. She’s growing so fast–almost 25 lbs. now!

Karen and I went to a vintage and made fair on Saturday. That was lots of fun. I bought a carved wood bird for our Christmas tree. Karen bought a Christmas candle holder with green tin trees and wool mittens. And we each got henna tattoos! henna-handsMine is the smaller one on my wrist! (And I’ve already smudged it a little at this point.)

When my daughters and husband and I visited my father-in-law last Labor Day weekend my daughters and I decided to start a family blog. We’ve talked about it for several months and finally took the plunge. It’s been fun to plan and get started.

COYER Summer Vacation ended this week and I read and reviewed 16 books during the reading challenge. I didn’t end up participating very much in reading challenges or other fun stuff. I was much busier this summer than I thought I would be. One of the good things about COYER is that I’m caught up on my reviews. Yay!

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Bones of the Fair by Andrea K. Höst

What I read this week

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

E-books 

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Audiobooks

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Next Week

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I’m heading home to Maryland the middle of this week. I’ll miss Bailey and Karen, but it will be great to see my husband and my kitty cats. I’ve missed them all.

Posts

  • Review:
  • Review: Small Favor by Jim Butcher
  • Sunday Post

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

Sunday Post: August 31

 

Happy Labor Day to everyone in the U. S.

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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!

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Last Week

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My sister-in-law and father-in-law came for a short visit Sunday afternoon–just time for a house tour, meet Bailey and have lunch. That was fun!

We drove to eastern Iowa Friday night for the Labor Day weekend to visit my father-in-law. My husband and older daughter met us there. We’re all having a good time. Bailey has a huge backyard to play in and a new house to explore. It’s great to see all the family members. I’m spending another 10 days or so in Iowa with my daughter and Bailey.bailey-082714

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

What I read this week

Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

E-books & Audiobooks bought (or free)

Royal Airs by Sharon Shinn

Small Favor by Jim Butcher (from the public library)

The Assassin’s Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas by Sarah J. Maas

Audiobooks

 I bought many Audible books this week during the First Anniversary Sale of Daily Deals. 100 books were for sale at the Daily Deal price–up to $5.95 per book.

Some of the books I bought: Persuader by Lee Child; Hyperion by Dan Simmons; Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth and The No. 1 Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.

Next Week

Home & blog

Bailey begins puppy kindergarten this week and goes to the vet to get microchipped so we’ll have a busy week!

COYER Summer Vacation ends this week so I’m trying to get my reviews posted before the end of the reading challenge.

Posts

  • September books on my radar . . .
  • Review: Bloodshifted by Cassie Alexander
  • Review: John Golden: Freelance Debugger by Django Wexler
  • Review: The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
  • Review: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire
  • Sunday Post

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

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

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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

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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 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

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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?