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June 26, 2014

How I Spent My Spring Vacation

Remember this?

 Spring Reading


Well, I don't think I did too poorly. I managed to read more than I thought I would, given that spring is usually a very busy time of year around here. I had a couple of trips out to Oregon (and other than the flights to and from, I rarely spend any time reading while on vacation), several pots to fill with pretty flowers, weeds to pull, a porch and deck to scrub, windows to wash, friends to entertain... did I mention the weeds?  I even managed to squeeze in a couple of bike rides.

So, what did I read from this lovely stack? In no particular order:

1. Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Blunt (review pending, but it was very, very good!)

2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell (review pending)

3. The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes (review pending)

I also read four or five other books that weren't in this stack and I started All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, which is AMAZING!

Now to put together my summer reading list. I hope to spend my weekends relaxing out on the deck, ignoring the weeds and piddly housework. We have a young houseguest arriving a week from Saturday and a short getaway trip to Kansas City toward the end of July, but other than that, I should have plenty of time for reading, as well as catching up on my reviews, blog-hopping, and getting out on the bike trails. Yes, I am ever the optimist! ;)


14 comments:

  1. I can never stick to my lists completely. You just have to read what feels right. Plus there are all of those other things to do!

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    1. I'm pretty happy to have read three from that stack. I'm hoping to get a few more read before the end of summer!

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  2. You did great! Hoping to actually stick to my summer list. We'll see how that goes.

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    1. I think a few of these will carry over to my summer list. And now that I have my yard under control, I'm hopeful that I can spend more time reading than weeding. :)

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  3. I'm terrible at sticking to lists. Though we made East of Eden our book club pick for next month so I WILL be finishing it (with Andi). Want to come down...July 31st. Will be fun. ;)

    Your reading spot looks lovely. And don't mention weeds. We've had a fair amount of rain this summer and I came back from our trip to a garden full of those pesky things. Can't wait to hear what you think of Tell the Wolves!

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    1. I'm terrible at sticking with lists, too. But aren't they fun to put together? :)

      I wish I could come down for your book club meeting on the 31st. That would be so much fun! We're going to see Amy in Kansas City a couple of weeks before that, otherwise I'd be very tempted...

      We have had a crazy amount of rain so far this summer. Almost 7 inches in June! So, yes. The weeds are insane here, too. I try to walk around the yard and pull them before they get too big and out of hand. Then I head to the deck with a beer and ignore them for another week. ;)

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  4. All The Light We Cannot See appeals to me from the title and cover alone! And now that you said this book I hadn't heard of is amazing, well, I'm sure it is! Haven't read those two JoJo Moyes' books yet so I especially await your thoughts. It's hard to beat Me Before You.

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    1. I need to spend more time reading the Doerr novel since I'm beginning to feel it dragging on a bit. Reading anything for a mere 10-15 minutes a night always does that to me, though.

      I have to say that I was rather disappointed with The Girl You Left Behind. I so loved Me Before You and had been hoping for the same magic. :( Maybe The Last Letter from Your Lover will be better...

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  5. I've only read two of them! Must add more to my list!

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  6. You did a much better job of sticking to your list than I usually do... look forward to seeing your summer stack!

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    1. I don't know, JoAnn. 3 out of 11 hardly seems like an accomplishment!

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  7. I so love the photograph. I plan to read the Anna Q and the Molly W sometime.

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    1. I could have taken one identical to this photo yesterday! We sat on the deck and read until it got too hot. And, yes. I'm still reading the same book. I haven't done as much reading this summer as I thought I would!

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