Highlight of the week: It was a bit of a strange week for us with Jarrod working super-late several nights, so on Saturday we went to our favorite beach for an afternoon of boogie boarding and lounging in the sun! We've been in Hawaii for two months now but it was our first real toes-in-the-sand, swimsuit-wearing beach day and it was so nice! (Since this is our second time being stationed here, we haven't been in a major hurry to do any touristy things, but I have most definitely been craving some time at the beach!)
Reading: I finished and loved "Burial Rites" by Hannah Kent, a dismal but fascinating tale set in 1829 Iceland (review), and then started an advance copy of "The Hike" by Drew Magary, which comes out tomorrow. Unfortunately, I just could not get into the very odd story; almost halfway through I felt like the "plot" was utterly pointless and its only redeeming quality was a sarcastic talking crab, so I put it down with the intention of picking it up again later. I won it in a Goodreads giveaway, so I feel like I should try to finish it, and I'm hoping the everything will come together at some point.
Right now I'm reading "The Moor," the fourth book in Laurie R. King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, which features a semi-retired Sherlock living quietly in the English countryside who still busts out his sleuthing skills on occasion with his young and delightful protege, Mary. This one is set in Dartmoor, where "The Hound of the Baskervilles" took place, and it's so wonderfully atmospheric! I think a historical mystery was just what I was in the mood for and I'm really enjoying it so far. I'd really like to get mostly caught up on the series this year (there are 14 books out) but, let's be honest, that's probably not going to happen. Next up will by an advance copy of "Cooking for Picasso," which comes out August 9. It's a dual narrative set in the French Riviera in 1936 and in present day. Picasso is one of my favorite artists and I'm excited to read it!
Knitting: I finished my Cap Sleeve Lattice Top this week! I'm hoping to have Jarrod take some pictures of me wearing it soon.
Buying: "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," duh!
Watching: I watched the first five episodes of the Lifetime sow "UnReal" and it is absolutely addicting. I don't think I ever would've watched this show -- which is a fictional behind-the-scenes look at the drama of filming a "Bachelor"-esque reality TV show -- but I've seen it recommended enough times that I finally decided to give it a try. With Jarrod working so late this week, I ended up watching all five episodes in two days! It's definitely a guilty pleasure, but that doesn't mean I'm not anxiously awaiting the arrival of disc 2 from Netflix! (Oh, and bonus! The "suitor" is season 1 is Cormac McLaggen from the Harry Potter movies, all grown up!)
Celebrating: I read on Deborah Harkness's Facebook page that she's working on a new book, a spin-off of the All Souls trilogy -- one of my favorites! It's due out next year and I'm so excited! (Here's my review of "A Discovery of Witches" if you want to see why I love the books so much!)
Looking forward to: Jarrod working more normal hours for the next month, the coconut cookies I'm planning to bake this afternoon and the start of the Olympics!
I'm linking up with Kathryn at Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading?