Books

Bout of Books 20!

Day 1

Introduce Yourself #insixwords?

Cat-loving mother addicted to books

Monday started off slooooowly on the books front. I was off all last week to move to our new house and I came back to a shovel slap to the face full of work. The few times I had a minute to start an audiobook left me distracted and not really “clicking” with the story. Finally, around 4:30, a book clicked. I started The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future by Joselin Linder and it took me so completely captivated hat I’d finished 20% of it by the time I got home.

After I got home and got everything settled to where I could sit down and read, I found that my iPad was dead. Since I had intended to read some more of I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, my reading ground to a halt. Now that I am about to go to bed however, I think I’ll listen to some more of The Family Gene because goodness gracious it is fascinating.

Day 2

Synopsis rewrite?

This sounds like a fun challenge. I’ll come back to it when I have time to write one!

Tuesday was busy. I’m still catching up on projects at work. I had lots of jobs to do. Luckily, many were “thoughtless” so I could listen to my book. Y’all, I ALMOST finished The Family Gene today. I went to bed Monday night with 25% finished. I would have finished if fatigue hadn’t gotten the better of me. I think I’ll finish on the way to work.

Which means I’m in the market for another audiobook!

Day 3

Book Spine Rainbow – I wish I had time to find enough books to do this! I haven’t unpacked very many yet! 😦

OMG is it controversial to say that about any book? Because I can think of a few books that I enjoyed much more in audio.

Diego Velazquez Online

Anywho, I found my next audio today! I seem to be really into them lately. After trying out a couple, I settled down with The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller’s Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura Cumming. Diego Velázquez (1599–1660) was the official painter of the Madrid court, during the time the Spanish Empire teetered on the edge of collapse. I don’t believe I have ever heard of him, but I looked him up after starting this book and wow. His work was incredible.

This is Velázquez’s Portrait of the Infanta Margarita Teresa of Spain, 1655.
This book is about Diego Velázquez, but also about art collectors and the world they revolve in. So very interesting. I’d say more, but I haven’t gotten very far into it yet.

Day 7

I knew this would happen! The second half of the week just got too busy. That isn’t to say I haven’t been reading. More like I was too busy to hop on here and update this post. Ah, c’est la vie. I’m going to do a proper update on my reading in my Currently post today, but I will say here, while I wish my reading week and gone better, I still had a blast!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday and I’m back to work after a week off to move. (Insert sad face.) It is also (!) the start of Bout of Books and I am so ready! I realized when I made my list yesterday, I failed to include an audiobook. Since I spent last week moving, I couldn’t really listen to anything (for some reason, people kept wanting to talk to me) so I’m on the hunt for a new audio. I’m thinking of starting either Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives or Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.

Last week I read the EXCELLENT American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse and I find myself wanting another excellent true crime book. I’m just not sure I can find one as riveting as that one. Any ideas?

As for anything else, I’m between books, so I’ll be dipping into my Bout of Books pile to find something that sticks.

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Currently || August 20, 2017

So, uh, hi!

Where did July and August go? Seriously! I have been so busy!

I got (something like) a promotion at work.

Our house is finally (mostly) finished.

We bought it.

We moved in.

We’re still (sorta) moving in.

And I can (gasp) breathe again. And, maybe, just hopefully do some other things too. Like, read! And hey! It’s Bout of Books Week! And, believe it or not, I have a LOT of my books unpacked! O.o It’s like a miracle!

I’m making a small list of books to try to read this week. I’ve been reading better, now that the house building/buying/moving hoopla is dying down. I’m going to keep it easy though. Here is my list. Any suggestions on which are good and which I should maybe wait on?

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China by Fuchsia Dunlop
Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
The Shadow of What We Wore by Luis Sepulveda
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape by James Rebanks

There. That looks like pretty good variety, if I do say so myself. What are you reading this week? Are you participating in Bout of Books as well?

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June – Podcasts of the Month

If you know me at all, you know I’m a huge listener of podcasts. I am currently subscribed to 40+ and they are all so good! It’s hard to pick favorites, but if I had to narrow it down, these are my favorites for the month:

Science Solved It: The Ghost Trees – On the fringes of the redwood forests of California, live what people call Ghost Trees. These redwoods look like albino trees. These trees lack chlorophyll and if you remember anything from high school biology, you know that trees need chlorophyll to survive. It’s how they make their food! So how do these ghost trees survive? Well, they think they’ve figured it out. Give it a listen to find out!

Human Race: Don’t Call it a Comeback – I am not a runner, but I adore this podcast. Every episode is inspiring, but this on in particular really pulled on the heartstrings. And maybe even inspired me to take up running. Because any excuse I may have pales in comparison to what the subject of this episode is going through. And he’s still running.

Classical Classroom, Episode 72: You Don’t Know Fifth! – Classical Classroom has long been one of my favorite podcasts. I love a lot of things and music and history are very high on that list! CC has been fascinating as it teaches so many things; history, and theory, and more. This episode was so interesting, being all about Beethoven (who is fascinating anyway) and the long history of the 5th. There’s so much more to Beethoven than his brilliance and his deafness.

Levar Burton Reads, Episode 1: Kin – Reading Rainbow. For adults. As a child of Reading Rainbow, I can have nothing but love love love for this podcast. Each episode so far has been a gem. Levar is such a great reader and the three stories he’s picked so far were diverse and amazing. And I don’t usually care for short stories! In short, I can’t wait for more.

Very Bad Words: Talking Sh*t – I’m sorry, but there is nothing as satisfying as a well-placed curse word (if they don’t insult you, very few bother me) and I can think of nothing so satisfying as learning the history of cursing. This is a very new podcast; Talking Sh*t is the first episode! As the favorite curse word of my grandmother, and she rarely if ever cursed, I was excited this was the subject of the first episode. And it was great! If they stay this good, this cast will be fucking awesome! 😛

Sidedoor: If These Bones Could Talk – There are over 154 million treasures in the Smithsonian. I’ve been to the Smithsonian 3 times in my life. So, I’ve missed a lot, as I’m sure you have as well. Sidedoor goes into the “sidedoor” of the Smithsonian to bring these treasures to light. It just started its second season and If These Bones Could Talk just goes to show that this cast is only going to get stronger and stronger. These bones are those of Robert Kennicott, 19th century collector for the Smithsonian and now, also, a permanent display.

Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites?

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Summer TBR

Summer TBR

So many of my book blogger friends are making lists of books to read for summer and I just can’t resist doing it to. A LOT of my books are already packed up for our move, but, so far these have managed to avoid the box (except one, which is an audiobook because, even though I do own it, it IS in a box. Somewhere.).

  • My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, read by Jonathan Pryce
  • His Only Son by Leopoldo Alas
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (DNF)
  • Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
  • The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
  • A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk

With moving coming up and a busy summer planned around it, I’m shooting to read 5 of these. If I get through 5, I will definitely call it a winner. Do any of these jump out at you? What should I definitely read?

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Currently \\ June 18, 2017

Reading: I am deep into An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and it is just incredible. I’m still working on More Was Lost by Eleanor Perenyi, which is so good.

Watching: The daughter and I are still working our way through Sherlock. She loves it, but is frustrated that she can only watch one episode a night!

We also went to see Wonder Woman yesterday and holy cow! It was so good! The boy was punching away in his seat and the girl had stars in her eyes. So good.

Listening: I started My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier this week. I’m reading it with some other blogging friends. It’s read by Jonathan Pryce and he is an amazing reader. So so so good.

Playing: Sims Freeplay. It is taking up way too much of my time but daaaang it’s fun.

Eating: The kids are making Daddy breakfast for Father’s Day and my son is frying me an egg. Pray it’s over hard. I don’t like runny yolks!

Loving: Air conditioning!

Looking Forward: Moving? Sometimes I think it’ll never happen.