Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday Musings

alohi harbor collage

My week: It was an ok week here. Work was busy with the start of summer reading program, and Jarrod and I are both battling colds. Plus Alohi got kennel cough and we had to cancel her first-ever playdate and miss puppy class this week. But we did take her for a walk along the harbor and I think she had fun getting to explore a new place and see a bunch of people. We're also working on teaching her some new tricks to keep her mind working -- she's too smart for her own good! Last week we started learning roll over and turn. Sunday afternoon Jarrod and I had planned to go to the beach but we just weren't up for it, so we stayed home and coughed as a family.

Reading: It was a pretty slow reading week for me. Monday night was devoted to skimming "Maybe in Another Life" for book club at work, and then a few other evenings I (gasp) watched TV instead of reading. More on that below. I did something I rarely do this week: read two books at once! I started and finished (thanks to our lazy Sunday) "The Queen of Blood" by Sarah Beth Durst, the first in a new fantasy series (I gave it 4 stars and I'll definitely read the next book!). I'm also reading a fun and fascinating non-fiction book about the ins and outs of "de-extincting" extinct creatures, "Bring Back the King." Just last night I started "My Last Continent" by Midge Raymond, which is set in Antarctica -- I have such a soft spot for cold-weather books. After that I'll only have one more library book to go ("News of the World" by Paulette Jiles) before I can finally start my summer goal of reading backlist and my own books -- no (or maybe just a very few) new releases for at least a month.

Watching: "The White Princess," and oh my gosh, I love it! I thoroughly enjoyed "The White Queen," so I figured I'd like the sequel just as well. Jarrod had to work a couple nights this week, so I did some binging and watched five episodes. Movie-wise I didn't fare so well this week; we watched DVDs of "Gold" and "Silence" and both completely failed to hold my interest. I also couldn't get over Matthew McConaughey's baldness and belly paunch in "Gold." I get trying to make actors look more like the real people they're portraying, but this was just distracting.

Eating: Blueberries! The grocery store had them on sale this week, so I sprinkled some onto Alohi's kibble and made blueberry pancakes for myself.

Monday Musings
The Last 10 Non-Fiction Books I Added To My To-Read List
Book Review: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
I Judge Books By Their Covers: Golden Hill
Book Review: Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel (My 1,000th post! I didn't even realize it until I was putting this post together.)

Looking forward to: "Orphan Black" started back this weekend! We recorded it on the DVR and will watch it this week.

*I'm linking up with Kathryn of Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


  1. Awesome post! I've been hooked on blueberries this week as well! I hope your pup feels better soon!

  2. 1000 post! Congratulations. I have a long way to go.

  3. I hope your coughs are getting better. I also loved The Queen of Blood and have the second on my review stack. I hope to get to it soon. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  4. Hope those coughs are a thing of the past soon! I enjoyed My Last Continent, hope you do as well.

  5. Alohi always makes me smile. Hope everyone is feeling better soon. I hate summer colds. I just finished "The Marsh King's Daughter" and really liked it. Since I haven't had a lot of luck with thrillers, it was nice to find one I enjoyed. I really don't think I have any desire to see "Gold." Overall it just doesn't interest me. Congrats getting your library books out of the way.

  6. I enjoyed Into the Water and Maybe in Another Life.

    I am curious about The White Princess...and Orphan Black. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  7. 1000 posts - wow, what a milestone. Congrats! I hope you have a lovely new week, and happy reading!

  8. I really like the cover of Bring Back the King. The move is really happening. We have temporary housing squared away and most of our home library in storage now. Come see what I'm reading this week.

  9. I'm glad to hear the Sarah Beth Durst series is great. I've read another one of her books that I really liked.

    I hope you and your puppy feel better soon! Enjoy Orphan Black--I'm excited to watch it, but also sad that's it will be the end.

  10. My Last Continent looks really good. What is it about cold weather books? I have a total weakness for them too!


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