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Sunday, July 09, 2017

The Sunday Post #8

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I have enjoyed my hammock that I showed off last week several times this past week! I will say that it takes surprisingly more effort to get into and out of than I had expected, practice makes perfect though, right? ;)

Our 4th of July celebrations were last week here in the US, and while I didn't go to any fireworks displays in person, there are quite a few online. I discovered that there is an international fireworks symposium every year, usually in Spring, held in different places. This past year was in Japan, who also has their own National Fireworks Competition that they have held since 1910. Here is a fun display from this year's International Symposium as a sample:

Finally, I have a bit of a funny story to share about my attempts at going to a book club. Our local library has three offsite bookclubs that they hold once a month, at breakfast, lunch and dinner times. Last month in June I wanted to try and go to the breakfast time club as it was at a local coffee shop I hadn't been to before, and it was on a Saturday. We went, but got there a little late, so the club was already underway into discussion and I completely chickened out on joining in. So we sat right nearby and I eavesdropped, to get a feel for the personality of the group. Yes, I am a book club spy. I decided to try again this month. We managed to get there on time, and I took the plunge and joined in! It might sound silly, but it's kind of a big step for me to do social things like that with an unknown group of people, so actually having that first month to just listen really helped me this time to be able to join in discussion and share some books with the group. I even confessed my nefarious spying from the month before, which the librarian leader was amused at, as I knew she would be, or I wouldn't have said anything. ;)

Tonight we are going to a concert, Queen and Adam Lambert, really looking forward to it!  If only we could have seen Freddie Mercury, but I have seen Adam on TV and I think he does a great job, so it should be fun.

I reviewed My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows.

I reviewed Ether & Elephants by Cindy Spencer Pape.

I revealed the winner of my July TBR List Vote: Eliza and Her Monsters.

Don't forget!  My Giveaway for The Hate U Give is still open until Tuesday!

I didn't get The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict reviewed, so I'll keep that on the list for coming soon!

I'm not sure what else I'll be up to!

We went a little crazy this week, but some of it was supporting one of the few local bookstores left nearby, Rainy Day Books, who always have amazing guests and a fantastic store!  They have a lot of autographed books available from their past events, which I believe they will ship, so you may want to check them out!  We found out today that Astronaut Scott Kelly will be visiting in October, so we had to sign up for that one!

I picked up a few Kindle Deals this week as well. Secondborn was my Amazon Prime first read pick, the rest were just on sale at the time.

Last but not least, I took home these ARC's from the library book club that I thought sounded great!


  1. I like that fireworks video! How cool. And Queen would be an amazing show I would think! I didn't know they were still touring- awesome.

    Book club spy :) Love that! Seriously though glad you had a good book club experience. I'd love to join one.

    1. It was a fantastic show, I'm so glad we went! Adam did a great job singing and they incorporated clips of Freddie, so it wasn't like he was trying to take Freddie's place. We really loved it. AND they are coming out with a 3D memoir this year, using a viewing method patented by Brian May himself, so I can't wait to see how that works!

      I've been wanting to join one too, and this is cool in that we don't have to read a particular book, but just share what we have been reading, so bonus!

  2. Yay! I hope you enjoy the concert and great set of books you got there!

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  3. That's so cute that you spied on that book club :DD I would have done something just like that. It's hard to enter a conversation when everyone already knows each other!
    A really good Goodreads group will be group-reading All The Birds In The Sky this month - the 21st century literature group. I really advise joining them now that you've got the book! They have amazing conversations.

  4. Congrats on joining the book club, I think I'd be far too nervous to join! But it is nice to talk to like minded people! Have a good week and enjoy your new reads.

  5. Glad you had fun at the book club. Too funny about the spying. I laughed at your hammock confession. There is really no way to get in and out of them gracefully! Have a lovely week.

  6. Congrats on finding a book club! I haven't belonged to one in ages.

    Enjoy your books! I definitely want to read The Hate U Give.


  7. Anonymous3:24 AM

    Congratulations on joining in! It really is a big thing for some! I struggled with Mothers Groups for a long time and found I just had to jump in.

    I hope you have a fantastic week!!

  8. Book groups wouldn't be for me. Reading what other people pick when I have a few genres I stick to would not be a good thing and I'd DNF most of them! I'll just stick to my zombies and demons and apocalypses!


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