Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Reading Life

I've been doing a lot of thinking about blogging lately. Seems like there's a lot of that going on right now, especially among those of us who are approaching the four year mark. I'm not really going to be changing too much, but I am going to stop participating in Mailbox Monday. I like posting these A Reading Life posts because, though my life does revolve around reading, I also have other real life things going on that I like to share with you. And posting about the books I receive/buy/etc. is so time consuming...with how busy I am these days (even more than before) there just isn't time. I may include an occasional photo of my book hauls. We'll see. So, onward...

Listening To:  Not listening to any audio books right now because I'm not doing much driving and my car CD player is giving me fits. I did listen to the "Phantom of the Opera" movie soundtrack while driving yesterday. I love it!

Book finished (since 5/27): 

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (REVIEW)
Of Fathers and Sons by Evan Ostryzniuk (REVIEW)
Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell (REVIEW)
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (not reviewed yet)
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (no review)


Watership Down
by Richard Adams (TuesBookTalk)
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (read-a-long)
Under the Dome by Stephen King (read-a-long)
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
World War Z by Max Brooks

Coming Up:  

Seduction by M.J. Rose
The Diabolist by Layton Green
Abundance Triggers by Kanta Bosniak
The Queen's Rivals by Brandy Purdy
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory (TuesBookTalk July read)
...I'm sure there will be more

Watching:  All the new shows on TV right now. Oh my! The Voice is at an end and I hope my girl Michelle Chemuel takes it all down. She certainly deserves it with her monster talent and great personality....she is the total package. True Blood had quite an interesting debut last night. I was so excited! The Killing continues to impress me. Looking forward to Under the Dome next week. On the movie front, I saw The Purge on Saturday. Quite a disturbing concept, but a great movie. Saw the previews for Insidious 2 (the first one is a favorite of mine) and The Conjuring. I love horror movies and am a firm believer that one should be released every week. I'm talking intelligent horror films like Insidious and Sinister (to name a couple faves). Of course, can't wait for World War Z this weekend!

Making:  I found a go-to Enchilada casserole recipe in Six Sisters' Stuff. It is delicious! This week I'm making Meatball subs with fried hashbrown pancakes, and in the slow cooker...chicken and dumplings, chicken and cheese tater tot bake, and Asian beef lettuce wraps, plus the Enchilada casserole again. Yum! Also, I discovered that I make the best homemade peanut butter cookies. The boys love them!

Grateful for: ...this past weekend. I had a much needed break. The boys had a sleepover on Friday and then were with their dad until today so I got a lot of alone time in, which I need from time to time to keep my sanity.

Looking forward to:  revamping my fantasy reading challenge. I have BIG plans! Those of you who follow me who also participate in the 101 Fantasy challenge, stay tuned to the dedicated blog for the news.

Picture: er...video. Do you suffer from Bitchy Resting Face? Saw this on Facebook yesterday.


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  1. Ha ha! love that video! I enjoy finding out what you are up to! Glad you got a much needed break. And happy reading!

  2. You know. I think you're right. I have noticed quite a few of the 4 year crowd rethinking and reimagining their blogs. I hit 4 years this month too. I'm good but I did rethink things a few months ago.

    Good luck dear. :)

    Glad to hear you got a break.

  3. It is hilarious, isn't it?

    Thanks, Heather. Glad you stopped by!

  4. Yes, I loved your revamp. =O)

    Thanks for stopping by and for the best wishes, Juju!

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  7. Just watched a new show, Ray Donovan. Seriously good! Read Kingsolver book years ago. Some of the scenes have stayed with me even today. Loved WWZ on audio. In other words, you have a great list...lol. Happy 4th year! Glad you are keeping this feature.

  8. I loved Watership Down:) How's it going with the DomeAlong? I'm about 3/4 of the way thru and loving it:) PS Congrats on 4 years:)

  9. I thought Ray Donovan wasn't starting until Dexter starts? Did you see a free preview or something? I'm looking forward to it. I love Liev Schreiber.

    Hoping to go see WWZ this weekend. Not sure if I'll get the book read first. Hope I can finish the Kingsolver book by the end of the month too. Oy vay!

    Thanks! Actually, four years is in early August...not too far off now.

  10. I saw the first show. No clue about the starting times, I don't have a TV. I view shows, movies, etc. online.

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