My week: My mom is here for a visit! We had a wonderful week -- we went souvenir shopping, to our favorite beach, to the North Shore where we hunted for sea glass and watched the huge waves at the Banzai Pipeline, and over the weekend we went to Kauai. We stayed at our favorite military beach cottages on the far west side of the island and saw two gorgeous sunsets, took long walks on the beach and read under our beach umbrella. Kauai is Jarrod's and my favorite of the Hawaiian islands and I know my mom enjoyed it too. I'll post more pictures from our trip soon.
Reading: I didn't do much reading at all last week between getting ready for my mom to come, sightseeing and heading to Kauai, but thanks to our flights and some reading time on the beach, I'm almost done with "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier You'd never guess from the writing that it was penned way back in 1938, though it is a little different than I expected it to be -- not as creepy or suspenseful. I picked up five library holds last week so I have plenty more books to keep me busy. Gotta get "Rebecca" done soon! Up next: "The Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton. (P.S. I get my bookishness from my mom, and right now she's reading "Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead.)
Eating: Waaaaay too much! I made another batch of pumpkin cinnamon rolls for my mom, and we ate out a ton last week. We devoured a chocolate-haupia (coconut pudding) pie, got ice cream twice, and took my mom to a few of our favorite restaurants. This week we'll be eating light!
Buying: Postcards galore! And a pineapple Christmas ornament. And a wooden mobile made out of driftwood and wooden turtles.
10 Good Reads I Discovered Through Recommendations
Book Review: Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters (3.5 stars)
Book Review: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey (5 stars!)
Upcoming Release: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict (4 stars)
Looking forward to: Heading to the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins next weekend. Oahu actually has a really awesome patch with some gargantuan specimens!
I'm linking up with Kathryn of Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading?