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text 2017-03-24 21:55
Friday Reads
Rick Steves Travel as a Political Act - Rick Steves
The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids - Tom Hodgkinson
Polio: An American Story - David Oshinsky
He Who Fears the Wolf - Karin Fossum,Felicity David

This weekend is supposed to be in the upper 50s and sunny, so I'm thinking of taking the kids and hubby to a local castle for a day trip (because when you live in England, there are such things as local castles - either still standing or in ruins).

 

I also just want to lay around the house after big trips earlier in the month. I think I am coming down with a change of season cold/cough (a lovely gift from my kids). So I'm continuing Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves, moving on to The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson, and finishing with Polio: An American Story by David Oshinsky. I picked up a Scandinavian psychological thriller from the library today, He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum (translated by Felicity David) - way out of my comfort zone but it is research for the librarians to know about the series so they can put it into the hands of patrons who are looking for this type of book. This may end up being my first book of April though.

 

Have a good weekend everyone! If you are celebrating Mum's Day (with your kids or with your own mum), Happy Mum's Day as well!

 

 

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text 2017-03-17 19:00
Friday Reads!
Sleigh Bells in the Snow - Sarah Morgan
Cat Trick - Sofie Kelly
Rick Steves Travel as a Political Act - Rick Steves
The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids - Tom Hodgkinson

Happy St. Patrick's Day to the Irish and Irish diaspora around the world. I can claim Irish heritage via my great-grandmother and great-grandfather who came to the US from Cork.

 

My hubby came back from his TDY and surprised me with volumes 3 and 4 of Saga; he found them at the BX at the base he was TDY and remembered I had picked up one and two. He also bought a crap ton of Italian wine.

 

Tonight and tomorrow is my farewell trip to London with two friends, one of which is leaving to move back to the US. We are staying at a Harry Potter themed B+B, going to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie, do a Harry Potter themed walking tour on Saturday, followed by a little lunch and a little shopping.

 

Here is what I am reading this weekend and into next week:

1. Finish Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan (print copy from personal shelves)

    I am only continuing with this book because it fits a Pop Sugar prompt. I am definitely not feeling Morgan's writing or the category-length story stretched out to a full book length plot line.

 

2. Cat Trick by Sofie Kelly (Kindle book via OverDrive)

     Another Pop Sugar prompt filler. A quick cozy mystery from an author I read before (another book in the series for Halloween bingo last autumn).

 

3. Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves (Kindle book via OverDrive)

    Yet another Pop Sugar prompt filler, but I have had this one on my OverDrive wish list for a long time. I admit that if Steves or Samantha Brown had not written this book, I probably wouldn't have given it a second look; but because I like Steves' work on TV, I am looking forward to how he might incorporate politics (international and/or domestic) into the arena of travel.

 

4. The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson (Kindle book via OverDrive)

    One last Pop Sugar prompt filler. My Kindle is going to get quite the work out this week.

 

Also, I have at least three reviews to write, but just not feeling the writing vibes as much as the reading vibes.

 

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text 2017-03-10 20:56
Friday Reads!
Lights, Love & Lip Gloss (Hollywood High Book 4) - Amir Abrams,Ni-Ni Simone
Heels, Heartache & Headlines (Hollywood High) - Amir Abrams,Ni-Ni Simone
Rumors - A.C. Arthur
Revealed (The Rumors Series, Book 2) - A.C. Arthur

I will be finishing up the Hollywood High series and starting on a duology (haven't heard of a third book thus far) by A. C. Arthur that I've put off for way too long. I'm having such a good time reading and catching up with the girls in the Hollywood High series. These books are easy reads that really are a fun escape.

 

You'll realize that I'm not sticking to my March reading list. Some books really do take me forever to read and days were passing by without me picking up my kindle. I decided to re-adjust my tbr and read some backlogged books that would surely get me going again. I will eventually get to the books on my March TBR, but I will feel better with books read, under my belt, than none at all or only a couple at months end. I wish I could read multiple books at a time, but I can't.

 

I don't have plans for the weekend so, these four books seem doable.

 

Happy weekend reading everyone!

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text 2017-03-10 19:44
Friday Reads!
Sleigh Bells in the Snow - Sarah Morgan
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Michael Lewis
Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire From Valley Forge to Afghanistan (General Military) - Scott McGaugh
In the Midst of Life - Jennifer Worth

I'm taking the kids on a day trip to a city we have never been to, so I will have six hours on a bus to read to my heart's content. I don't want to bring a library book (with the possibility of leaving or ruining library property on the trip), so I picked Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan off my physical TBR pile to read. The cover of my copy of the book is much different (less romance, more British chick-lit) than the one in the database. I will have In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth as a stand by if I finish the Morgan book before we get back to base (also from the physical TBR).

 

Currently reading Moneyball by Michael Lewis and it is great - a business book that is not about the financial world and is about one of my favorite sports. However, statistics play a MAJOR role in the storytelling, and it can be some dense reading (So. Much. Math.). So I am interspersing chapters from Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan by Scott McGaugh - a great military history read about medics, doctors, and nurses that went to war.

 

 

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text 2017-03-03 18:32
Friday Reads and Friday Followings
Major Conflict: One Gay Man's Life in the Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell Military - Jeffrey McGowan
Three Fearful Days: San Francisco Memoirs of the 1906 Earthquake & Fire - Malcolm E. Barker
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Michael Lewis

For Friday Reads! -

 

1. Major Conflict by Jeffrey McGowan.

 

2. Three Fearful Days by Malcolm Barker. .

 

3. Moneyball by Michael Lewis.

 

Friday Followings -

Honestly, I have just followed a bunch of new people here on BL that others have posted links to via the discussion board. So this week, I want to persuade people to check out that discussion (pages 32-34 especially) and check out the new accounts to see if anyone's reading interested them.

 

It feels really good to feel upbeat about BL's chances of staying a viable long-term social media that I can even look at the discussion boards again, let alone add new readers.

 

Finally -

March Madness has begun!! GOOOOO UCONN Lady Huskies - go get your next championship!

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