Sunday Post: Summer is nearly over

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

Hard to believe summer is nearly over. This summer has flown by. It’s dry here, but at least it’s not too hot. My husband continues to work on our driveway and is making great progress since it hasn’t rained lately. We need some rain, but if it’s too wet our clay soil makes it very hard to work.

Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair started at the end of the week, but I don’t think we’ll get a chance to go this year. Maybe next year, since it’s great fun to go and see all the exhibits and shows and try the amazing foods (like deep-fried Oreos and pecan pie with bacon…lol). This year, of course, many of the Presidential candidates are visiting the fair where they each have 20 minutes to speak at the Des Moines Register Soapbox. Of course, they’re expected to try some of those foods!

Summer travel

We’re leaving next week to visit our daughters and then fly to Seattle to visit our son. I’m hoping the plane to Seattle won’t be too crowded, but since it’s still summer it probably will be. It’s always great to see our kids and we love Seattle. We’ve been in Seattle many times over the years since my husband’s sister and brother-in-law live there. Now that our son is also living in Seattle we have even more incentive! We’re also going to meet my brother and his family on the central Washington coast for a few days. My brother and sister-in-law live in Oregon so we’re each driving partway. It will be fun to see them.

Blog life

My head is feeling better, but I’m still taking it easy. Most mornings my head starts hurting so I lie down and close my eyes for a while. I haven’t spent much time using my computer, but have managed to do some reading especially audiobooks. I especially loved listening to Evvie Drake Starts Over. It’s a great summer read. Made me feel really happy!

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Craks in a Marriage by Barbara Barrett
  • A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee
What I read recently
  • Ascending by Meg Pechenick
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Dropbears by W.R. Gingell
Books I got recently

A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon

Bright Shards by Meg Pechenick

Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

What have you been doing? What are your plans next week?

Sunday Post: July 28

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

Cooler this week. I especially loved the cool mornings (55-60 degree range all week). I think hotter weather is on it’s way. That’s what a Midwest summer is all about!

Travel in the Midwest

I spent most of the week in Indiana with one of my daughter’s. We had so much fun together. On Friday we drove to Iowa to spend the weekend with our family. We’re going to celebrate a retirement and celebrate a life lived well.

We’re driving home on Sunday evening, then leaving again on Thursday for a long weekend in northern Wisconsin.

RAGBRAI (The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa)

A group of my sister-in-law’s family rode this year in RAGBRAI. I’ve never done RAGBRAI, but a number of my husband’s family have ridden in it through the years. In recent years the organizers have had to limit the size to 8,500 bicyclists since it’s gotten so popular.

Blog life

A few posts done this week including a review of a book I read in February for Booker T’s Farm “They Call It Puppy Love” Challenge. It was such a fun book.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan
  • The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
What I read recently
  • Walking Back to Happiness by Lucy Dillon
Books I got recently

Murder on Amsterdam Avenue by Victoria Thompson

Ascending by Meg Pechenick

Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney

Aftershocks by Marko Kloos (Prime Book)

The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan (audiobook/library)

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (audiobook/library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans next week?

I missed spring on my blog and don’t want to miss summer

Scorch, Elf and book
Scorch and Elf on my lap as I read one of my favorite books so far this year

You may have noticed I haven’t blogged for a few months. I didn’t mean for that happen, but as the days went by it was harder and harder to jump back in again. Summer’s here now. I missed Spring on my blog. I don’t want to totally miss Summer!

Blog updates in April

I stopped blogging in April to update and upgrade various parts of my blog. I’d been planning to do it since January when WordPress 5.0 came out. I thought it would only take a day or two, but one thing led to another . . . .

I worked on my blog much of April. I upgraded my PHP version as well as upgrading my theme. Since I upgraded my theme I decided to change some things on my blog and to freshen the look of the blog. This all took time since I didn’t know how to do some of the stuff I was doing. However, I finally did upgrade WordPress. 🙂

Frustrations

During that time I didn’t post anything since I was busy trying to get finished. As time went on I got frustrated and didn’t want to fix things or to blog. I still have things to change and fix and will gradually work on them. However, I didn’t even want to look at the blog for a while.  😦

Excited to reconnect

I’ve gotten past that now and am excited to reconnect. I know I stopped blogging at least one other time during the six years since I started my blog. Each time I thought I’d be back in a few days. Then as the days and weeks went by I had a hard time returning. Has this ever happened to you?

I don’t want it to happen to me again–but if it does I need to put a message on my blog that I plan to come back.

Sunday Post: A girls’ weekend

Sunday-PostKimberly 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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Girls’ weekend and beautiful weather

The weather here is a little cooler with less humidity this weekend so that has made it fun to be outside. Both my daughters are here this weekend and my husband is visiting his dad so we’re having a Girls’ Weekend! We’ve done lots of talking and laughing and we had a fire in the fire pit last night. We went to our favorite winery which is out in the country and has a wraparound porch and rocking chairs plus some pretty good wine! We brought cheese, crackers and fruit to have with the wine. Such a fun afternoon. We’ve watched some TV including a show called 800 Words on Acorn TV. It’s about a father and his two teenage children who move from Sydney, Australia to a small town in New Zealand after his wife dies. It’s funny and sad and really good.

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Family Reunion

Next weekend we are driving eight hours to our family reunion in northern Wisconsin so I probably won’t have a Sunday Post. The Internet is unreliable plus I will be visiting with friends and family so no time to spend with my computer! I’ll post photos later.

Blog posts
Next week
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Review
  • August books on my list

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

Nothing finished

Some books I got recently

A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Interesting on the Internet

Sync Audiobooks

Only three more sets of audiobooks available for Summer 2017!

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.

July 27 – August 2

 

Airborn

by Kenneth Oppel | Read by David Kelly

Published by Full Cast Audio

Imagine a wold where great airships ply the skies, strange creatures wait to be discovered, and adventure lurks around every corner. Got it? Good. Then you’re ready for the captivating adventures of cabin boy Matt Cruse, who manages a daring midair rescue of a stranded traveler in a derelict balloon—and sets in motion a string of events that will either raise him to new heights, or dash him to his doom.

by Zoe Marriott | Read by Amy Rubinate

Published by Brilliance Audio

Sixteen-year-old Suzume is a shadow weaver, trained in the magical art of illusion. She can be anyone she wants to be—except herself. Is she the girl of noble birth, trapped by the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama? A lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens? Or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Land? Even Suzume is no longer sure of her true identity. But she is determined to steal the heart of the Moon Prince and exact revenge on her stepfather for the death of her family. And nothing will stop her. Not even her love for fellow shadow weaver Otieno, the one man who can see through her illusions.
August 3 – 9

 

Between Shades of Gray

by Ruta Sepetys | Read by Emily Klein

Published by Listening Library

Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life—until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father’s prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?

by Irene Gut OpdykeJennifer Armstrong | Read by Hope Davis

Published by Listening Library

In the fall of 1939 the Nazis invaded Irene Gut’s beloved Poland, ending her training as a nurse and thrusting the seventeen-year-old Catholic girl into a world of degradation that somehow gave her the strength to accomplish what amounted to miracles. Forced into the service of the German army, young Irene was able, due in part to her Aryan good looks, to use her position as a servant in an officers’ club to steal food and supplies (and even information overheard at the officers’ tables) for the Jews in the ghetto. She smuggled Jews out of the work camps, ultimately hiding a dozen people in the home of a Nazi major for whom she was housekeeper. An important addition to the literature of human survival and heroism,In My Handsis further proof of why, in spite of everything, we must believe in the goodness of people.

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: 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
  • ??
  • 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: mid July and blazing hot

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

The forecast is for 90+ degrees all next week and just down into the 70’s at night. Add in humidity and the temps feel like they’re above 100. My forecast app on my phone has shown it actually getting to 100 degrees one day this next week.

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I haven’t blogged much lately. It’s a busy summer with visitors, outdoor activities, indoor activities, a new computer to set up.

My daughter took part in a triathlon a week ago. It was a 90+ day, but they started out in the morning so it wasn’t too bad though I got hot sitting in the shade watching and waiting! She also adopted a rescue dog during June so now she has two dogs–a yellow lab and a black lab. The dogs are getting along very well and love playing tug-of-war with each other! Juneau, the yellow lab and new dog, loves to retrieve and is blazing fast when she runs. The dogs are having a great time when they come to visit us since our huge backyard is fenced now.

We’ve visited the botanical gardens a few times so far this summer. Nice to see what’s blooming plus they have a great cafe for lunch! The Japanese beetles are terrible here this summer even at the botanical gardens. 😦 We have a huge tree that must have thousands of beetles in it. I can see the beetles flying around the tree and in the tree all day long. They are eating lots of leaves, but the tree has lots of leaves and the beetles usually are only out for about a month so hopefully the tree won’t lose too many leaves. There isn’t a lot to do about Japanese beetles in this country especially not for big plants like trees. The main thing if you don’t want them in your yard is to not plant what they like–however, they like lots of plants…lol. One of their favorite plants is roses and I love roses. I haven’t planted any roses here in our new yard and am debating whether to plant any. Japanese beetles are a really awful invasive species which first showed up in the eastern U.S. in the early part of the twentieth century. They have slowly made their way westward through the years. I don’t think they are to the west coast yet…probably just a matter of time.

Blog posts
Blog posts planned
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

Luck and Judgement by Peter Grainger

What I’ve read so far during July

As the Crow Flies by Damien Boyd

A Question of Inheritance by Elizabeth Edmondson

White Hot by Ilona Andrews

The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer

Some books I got recently

Dark Sky by Mike Brooks

Murder Between the Lines by Radha Vatsal

Remnants of Trust by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Booked to Die by John Dunning

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.

Audiobooks available July 13 – 19

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker | Read by Chris Patton

Published by Dreamscape Media

Mark Schatzker shows us how our approach to the nation’s number one public health crisis has gotten it wrong. The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs. Instead, we have been led astray by the growing divide between flavor – the tastes we crave – and the underlying nutrition. Since the late 1940s, we have been slowly leeching flavor out of the food we grow. Simultaneously, we have taken great leaps forward in technology, allowing us to produce in the lab the very flavors that are being lost on the farm. Thanks to this largely invisible epidemic, seemingly healthy food is becoming more like junk food: highly craveable but nutritionally empty. We have unknowingly interfered with an ancient chemical language -flavor – that evolved to guide our nutrition, not destroy it.

Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall | Read by Tara Sands

Published by Brilliance Audio

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves. When Sugar meets Even (not Evan—his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother. Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.
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 during the last month? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning for the rest of the summer? Any of you in the path of the eclipse in August?

Half over, half left

Life is busy lately–nothing bad, but I haven’t gotten posts done. I’m hoping to fix that and start posting more, but our summer is a busy and wonderful time.

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My daughter adopted a new dog and named her Juneau. She was abandoned by someone and is a real sweetheart. Hard to imagine someone abandoning her. Bailey and Juneau seem to get along well which is really important. My daughter also got a new bike and has enjoyed biking. We have great bike trails.

We’ve had a number of visitors which I love and lots of activities–barbecues, baseball games, a birthday, visiting gardens and garden centers. It’s all fun, but also tiring. When I’ve had time to myself I’ve tended to read which is what this blog is all about–except I haven’t come here to talk about that. And sometimes there wasn’t even time for reading. 😦 However, when I did read I read some really good books.

Books I read in June:

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor–science fiction, time travel

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen–historical mystery, audiobook

But for the the Grace by Peter Grainger–mystery, police procedural

Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell–historical mystery

And what I’ve read or am reading in July:

As the Crow Flies by Damien Boyd–mystery, police procedural

A Question of Inheritance by Elizabeth Edmondson–historical mystery

White Hot by Ilona Andrews–urban fantasy romance

I’ve missed my blogging friends, but am loving summer. Hard to believe June is over already and half the year is gone, too. I’m still struggling to get reviews written so I plan to work on that and write at least a few lines about the books I read. We’ll see how it all goes during the next half-year . . . .

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!

Sunday Post: hot and windy

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

It’s supposed to get into the 90’s during the weekend. And those temperatures will last most of the week. Before Saturday the humidity hadn’t really arrived this summer, but this weekend that changes! It’s also been very windy on Saturday which made the Garden Walk comfortable.

Garden walk

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My husband and I went on a garden walk on Saturday. We got there just a few minutes after it started in the morning since it’s going to be hot all weekend. There were eight gardens to visit. The thing I noticed the most was all the garden art. That was really fun to see. Lots of beautiful plants, too. One garden had lots of clematis; another had over 100 hostas. Two gardens also had chickens and another had raised beds growing vegetables in the entire backyard. I got so many great ideas of things we could do in our yard. By the time we left a little before 11 a.m. it was 87 degrees. And it got up to 96 degrees before the end of the day.

Blogging

Some blogging done this week and I visited a few blogs as I tried to catch up with some of my blog friends. It’s good to see what people are doing as summer arrives.

Blog posts
Blog posts planned
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen

But for the Grace by Peter Grainger

What I’ve read

A Second Chance by Jody Taylor

Some books I got recently

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin

Telepath by Janet Edwards

Deadly Crimes by Michael Hambling

A Trail Through Time by Jodi Taylor

The Trumpet Shall Sound by Aline Templeton

Cop Hater by Ed McBain

The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe

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.

Audiobooks available June 8 – 14

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama | Read by Julia Whelan

Published by Elizabeth Fama

A dying wish. A family divided. A love that defies the law. Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays, who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate, and brave, Sol concocts a plan to kidnap her newborn niece—a Ray—in order to take the baby to visit her dying grandfather. Sol’s violation of the day/night curfew is already a serious crime, but when her kidnap attempt goes awry, she stumbles on a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population. Sol escapes the authorities with an unexpected ally: a Ray who gets in her way, a boy she might have hated if fate hadn’t forced them on the run together—a boy the world now tells her she can’t love. Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day/night divide, Elizabeth Fama’s Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.

If I Run by Terri Blackstock | Read by Nan Gurley

Published by Zondervan

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore. But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run? Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez | Read by Kyla Garcia

Published by Ideal Audiobooks

The Red Umbrella is a moving tale of a 14-year-old girl’s journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan—an organized exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro’s revolution.

In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. And soon, Lucía’s parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States—on their own.

Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?

The Red Umbrella is a touching story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home.

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois | Read by Rodney Gardiner

Published by Dreamscape Media

A cornerstone of African-American literary history, The Souls of Black Folk is a classic work by W. E. B. Du Bois. Originally published in 1903, it contains many essays on race and equality, but is also a piece of seminal history as laying the groundwork for the field of sociology. Some of the essays in the novel were even previously published by the Atlantic Monthly magazine. When writing, Du Bois drew from his personal experiences as an African-American in America to highlight the issues of prejudice that were still going on into the 20th century.

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

My beach reads

Top Ten

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week. Check out their blog for more information.

Note: When I linked my TTT to the Broke and Bookish blog I realized I’m a week early with this post!

This week I’m talking about my “beach read” books. I define beach reads as comfort reads. . . books I’m excited to read, from authors I’ve read before and want to read again. These are all books I already own…maybe ones I’ve had on my bookshelf or Kindle for quite awhile. And sometimes I’ve put these off because I’ve felt I had to read other books first.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Hallow Point by Ari Marmell

  • I read book 1 in this urban fantasy series and really enjoyed it. Mick Oberon and the time period (Chicago in the 1930’s) are fun to read about.

The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire

  • Another urban fantasy series that I need to catch up on. This is the eighth in the series and I want to get back into October Daye’s world.

The Human Division by John Scalzi

  • John Scalzi is one of my favorite science fiction authors. This is book 5 of a series–The Old Man’s War–I really enjoy.

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey

  • Book 2 of The Expanse series. I read the first book awhile ago and watched The Expanse series on TV earlier this year. I really liked the first book and know this is a very good series so I need to read the second book and then continue on!

Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

  • I love the Miles Vorkosigan books and I haven’t read any of them for several years. I want to start reading them again.

Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

  • I love this long-running space opera series. And I’m a number of books behind, of course!

The Sleeping Life by Andrea K. Höst

  • I really like Andrea K. Höst’s writing. This is second in the series and the cover is beautiful.

Mysteries

Negative Image by Vicki Delany

  • I’m loving this police procedural series which takes place in British Columbia, Canada.

The Darkness and the Deep by Aline Templeton

  • I recently read the first book in this police procedural series. I really like DI Marjory Fleming–she’s a farm wife and a detective inspector in southwest Scotland.

The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie

  • One of my very favorite mystery series. I’ve savored the books, but now I only have two more books in the series. However, I read that she finally has a new book coming out next year in this series! Yay!

What are your beach reads for this summer?

Sunday Post: Aug 9

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

I’ve stayed with one of my daughters the last couple of weeks. I go back home next weekend.

We had such a wonderful time with our relatives and friends in northern Wisconsin–a group of about 100 this year! It was amazing! The house where most of the activities were held is on a lake so there’s lots of boating and swimming.

My daughter had meetings all week at work including in the evenings so I took care of her dog, Bailey. She finished her meetings on Friday so we went to our favorite winery on Saturday and sat on their porch and had cheese and bread and wine! Such a relaxing afternoon.

Reading and blogging this last week was nice. I had posts ready to go so I was able to read and do some other chores around the house. Now I need to get caught up on my commenting and blog visiting!

Home & blog

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Dark Ascension by M. L. Brennan

The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan Maresca

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley (audiobook)

Tilt-A-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein (audiobook)

What I read last week

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Tea with the Black Dragon by R.A. MacAvoy

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

NetGalley

Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

Library Books

None

E-books

Dark Ascension by M.L. Brennan

Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour

City of Echoes by Robert Ellis — Kindle First book

The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

Audiobooks — an Audible sale this week!

The Musubi Murder by Frankie Bow

The Chaplain’s War by Brad R. Torgersen (I’m not sure about this book based on the cover!?!)

Smashing Physics by Jon Butterworth

Walden on Wheels by Ken Ilgunas

Dirty Chick by Antonia Murphy

Around the Internet

Free Sync Audio books — the last week this year!

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 August 6 – August 13

Under a War-Torn Sky by L.M. Elliott

The Old Brown Suitcase by Lillian Boraks-Nemetz

Next Week

Home & blog

Karen and I have things planned for her after work hours this week. It will be fun to spend more time with her. We are driving to eastern Iowa to meet my husband at his Dad’s. And then my husband and I will fly home together. I’ve missed him a lot as well as my cats, but this has been a fun vacation with my daughter.

Blog Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
  • Review: Armada by Ernest Cline
  • Sunday Post

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