Tuesday, October 13, 2015

October Quick Lit

I've had a cold that won't quit, so I've been on the couch a lot reading. I've been worse places!

Here's what I've enjoyed this month.




I love recipes inspired by books, so the novel Lizzy and Jane was right up my alley.




I love all of the Mitford novels, and Come Rain or Come Shine was no exception. This was a tearjerker; I cried through most of the last 1/3.




I put off reading Yes Please because I felt like I've read so many of these types of books in the last two years. My library had it available on Overdrive though, so I gave the audiobook a try. It was funny, and I loved Amy's Boston accent.





The Poisonwood Bible is a book that reads much differently as a 38 year old with kids, than as a single 25 year old. I'm glad I revisited this one.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Summer Reading BINGO Results

I didn't make my goal of filling every single square of my Summer Reading BINGO card, but I'm still happy with my results.

Here's the run down:

Published before 1970: A Separate Peace
Cozy Mystery: The Nightingale Before Christmas (Meg Langslow Mysteries)
Set in a place you want to visit: Doctor Sleep
10 Short Stories: stories by O. Henry, Maeve Binchy, Truman Capote, and from the journal One Story
An audiobook: I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time
A presidential biography: Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Nonfiction: Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space
A novella: Breakfast at Tiffany's
Borrowed from the library: Never Let Me Go
Free Square: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
With only words on the cover: W is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries)
With a red cover: How to Eat a Cupcake: A Novel
Travel writing: Life Is a Wheel: Memoirs of a Bike-Riding Obituarist
By an author of a different gender: Jurassic Park: A Novel
One Summer: America, 1927
Young adult novel: The Fever: A Novel
That you've pretended to have read: To Kill a Mockingbird
Currently on the bestseller list: The Girl on the Train
Found in a used bookstore: The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
Fantasy: Wizard and Glass: (The Dark Tower #4)(Revised Edition)

Squares I missed:
A play
With a number in the title
By an author of a different culture
Recommended by a librarian or a bookseller
With a one-word title

Any suggestions to fill in the squares I missed?

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Summer Reading Wrap Up

Summer officially ended this week, but we've been in fall mode for a few weeks now. It's getting too dark to read by the fire pit at night. It's time to wrap up my summer reading list.

My Summer Reading List:

At the beginning of the summer I came up with a summer reading list. Here's what I managed to read from it:

Jurassic Park
Doctor Sleep
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
One Summer: America, 1927
The Poisonwood Bible
The Fever
Go Set a Watchman
Wizard And Glass - The Dark Tower IV

I abandoned:

The Slap
A Game of Thrones

Not bad!

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Monday, September 21, 2015

This Week's Menu & Goals

Fall is definitely in the air. It's still warm, but it's warm with an edge. I love the weather, and the ease of soups and stews in the crock pot again!

Mon -- Beef stew over noodles
Tue -- Chili with corn bread
Wed -- Meatloaf burgers, noodles, veg
Thu -- Crockpot "baked" chicken, buttered bread, veg
Fri -- Hot dogs and beans

Breakfasts -- berries, yogurt, muffins (for the kids)

Lunches -- Salad, leftovers, hummus + rice cakes

(Linked to: Menu Plan Monday)

Last week's goals:

Home -- Organize pictures, and order back to school prints {Done!}
Garden -- Pull a bucket of weeds, plant carrots to overwinter {Nope, went hiking instead. Worth it.}
Writing -- Write 5,000 words {Yup!}

This week's goals:

Home -- Clean linen/organize closet
Home -- Sort and file papers
Garden -- Pull a bucket of weeds, plant carrots to overwinter
Writing -- Write 2,000 words.
Writing -- Read at least 1 ARC book &  review it

I'm hoping work will slow down this week, so I can catch up on a few things at home!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Hiking the Rainbow

We had a very colorful hike in Big Meadows last weekend. I love this time of year!

Friday, September 18, 2015

A Good Problem to Have

I've been busy using up the leftovers from this summer's s'mores. Life is good.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Quick Lit September 2015

Reading on the ferry from Burlington to New York

Do you spend a lot of time deciding which books to bring on vacation? I think I spend more time deciding on books than clothes.



I picked Doctor Sleep as my vacation book when I went away in August. It was great, but maybe it wasn't the best idea to read a scary book that takes place in New England while in New England. This is a sequel to The Shining, and one of my favorites by King. I put off reading this for a while, and I'm so glad I finally got to it. Doctor Sleep is probably my favorite of the summer.



This was my pick for a Novella in Books on the Nightstand BINGO. I wasn't sure what to expect. It was different from what I thought it would be, but that's not a bad thing. I'm eager to watch the movie and see how they compare.



Sure, The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris was chick lit, but it was thought provoking chick lit. I enjoyed it, and plan on reading more books by Colgan soon.



The Boston Girl was great as an audiobook. The narrator had a very believable older lady Boston accent. It was like listening to my grandmother. A good coming of age story.



Again, I wasn't sure what to expect. I guess I didn't mind Go Set a Watchman, but I found myself getting impatient with Scout (excuse me, Jean Louise.)



I read Charlotte's Web with my kids this summer. They must have liked it because we have spent a lot of time since visiting with pigs and spiders.

Visit The Modern Mrs. Darcy's monthly reading link up to see what this is all about.  If you want to see all of the books I've read this year (90 so far!) check out my Pinterest page.

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