A collection of the first three Ruth Galloway books are on Kindle Deals today. This is my favorite mystery series! Ruth is an archeologist who keeps getting involved with murder cases that have #mysterious connections to her work. Give them a try if you haven‘t read these before. #FallisBooked
My cat, Kate, demonstrating #cozy for this photo, with my huge stack of to-be-read books behind her. I‘m happy that the weather here has started having just a little fall chill in the air! I just started the tagged book. #FallisBooked #catsoflitsy
My favorite fall treat is a warm drink and a big stack of books! I wished I had had time to read one of these today but since it is a work day I only had time to snap the picture with my mug of tea. #FallisBooked
I listened to this book because it was on the Modern Mrs Darcy Summer guide this year. It was a good thriller with some loose ends for the reader to decide about, but not in an unsatisfactory way. I thought this might be a ghost story but the fear factor turned out to be much more real. It was a little confusing to me on audio because it sometimes jumped back in time and I didn‘t always notice. But I‘ll definitely read more of this author.
I don‘t love #football so I didn‘t watch Friday Night Lights until a friend convinced me it was about a lot more than that. I loved the show and eventually read the book it‘s inspired by. An interesting look at Texas football culture. #FallisBooked
Updating my #nonfiction2019 bingo card. I‘m counting the tagged book as one with animals, and She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for Book with an unlikable character (there are MANY in it.) #nonfiction2019
There are so many villains in this book. Of course Weinstein, but also those who enabled him for so long, and the system that devalued women and protected predators. Reading it made me angry but also very impressed by the reporters and proud of the women who trusted them to finally tell their stories. This book shows the power of journalism. #nonfiction2019
This was my book club book for this month. I enjoyed reading about the author‘s experience in an endurance race in Mongolia. I‘d never heard of endurance racing, and it was interesting to follow along with the author, who entered on a whim, as she realized what she‘d gotten herself into! There was some suspense about the outcome even though the description of the book tells you how it turns out.
Home from a short trip to DC to visit with California family who were in the area for a few days. We did a night tour of the monuments and visited the African American History Museum for the first time (and bought the guidebook). I waved at the Supreme Court when we passed it in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I also got some good reading time on the train.
Something I‘ve been working on (with a committee) for months finally happened yesterday: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at Meredith College, the women‘s college where I work. She was just as amazing and inspiring as you‘d imagine. I‘m so honored to have been part of this historic event for the college which was a bucket list experience for myself.You can watch the event here: https://youtu.be/P5Amfcu2vAA
The National Book Award long list for nonfiction came out today. This is my favorite award category! I absolutely loved Say Nothing, and I‘m reading Thick now. I hope to get to several of these before the awards are announced.
1. Seven: Canada, Mexico, The Bahamas, The UK, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany.
2. Coastline but I do not like hot weather, so mountains are often more pleasant for me.
3. Ireland (and I‘d like to go back to every place I‘ve already been and more!)
4. United Kingdom
I‘m in a bit of a reading slump. I have started about a dozen books lately but can‘t get engaged with any of them. I think it‘s because I‘m stressed about going to a leadership retreat tomorrow. It‘s really outside of my comfort zone! (Here‘s a picture of my cat Kate. She‘s not stressed!) #catsoflitsy
Most of my #BucketList items involve travel. So many places are on my list! And I‘m completely willing to travel to see the Obamas in person. I‘ve met Jimmy Carter at his church in Georgia and have seen Bill Clinton speak. #SelfImprovementSept
This is my favorite mystery series, and this was another good reading experience. The case echos the one in the first book, and there are several connections to the original story. As always, there‘s just as much happening between the recurring characters as in the mystery. I can‘t wait to see what‘s next for Ruth.
I don‘t read nearly enough #funny books, it seems. The last funny book I read was a Sophie Kinsella, so I‘m tagging the book that started it all! I loved the first several books in this series. #SelfImprovementSept
I have a lot of work waiting for me at work tomorrow so I had planned to spend some time on that today. But instead I‘m going to rest and start a new book. That‘s my idea of #SelfcareSunday and I hope it gives me energy for the work week. #SelfImprovementSept
I moved in December and my new place has a room for (not quite) all my books. This big chair is becoming my #FavoriteReadingSpot and it will be even better now that I have found this little table where I can put my drink. I hope to finish the tagged book in here this weekend. #SelfImprovementSept
This is my August wrap up. Several mysteries and only one nonfiction! I listened to Whisper Network, The Way You Make Me Feel, and The Bookshop on the Shore. Overall a good month as I liked all of these. I‘m picking the tagged book as my top book of the month even though it was very sad.
This book doesn‘t fit any of the reading goals I just set for September but I think I‘m going to read it over this holiday weekend! This is my favorite series.
These are my #ReadingGoals for September. I didn‘t read much nonfiction in August, so that‘s a main priority. I also have several books from the #MMD summer reading list that I‘d still like to read, and, I‘m just ready to mark off some more of my challenges before the end of the year gets too busy! #SelfImprovementSept
Another summer reading challenge book finished. Just read Inheritance, which was great. I‘m listening to Resistance Women. I‘m got several more that I own or have from the library so I‘m going to keep reading through September!
Dani Shapiro is a great writer who weaves context into her personal story in a compelling way. She gives the reader a lot to think about, including parenting, medical ethics, DNA testing, and what makes us ourselves. As someone who lost her own dad at a young age, I cannot imagine finding out he wasn‘t my birth father. I‘d like to think that wouldn‘t change anything, but as Shapiro‘s book shows, it would throw every memory into question.
Dolly Parton is such an inspiration. From her childhood in a one-room log cabin, she grew up to become a star. And even more impressive than her music career is her Imagination Library, which provides one book a month to children until they turn five. Her idea is that all children would have a library of their own when they start school. More than 100 million books have been given! #Cabin #LetsTravelAugust
1. I‘m listening to this one from Modern Mrs Darcy‘s Summer Reading List
2. Last weekend and this week were so busy so this weekend I‘m going to rest and read as much as I can.
3. Chocolate, but I love almost any ice cream
4. No but I sing. I wish I had tried harder when I took piano in elementary school.
5. On it!
I‘m not sure I‘ve ever read a book set in #Switzerland but one of my best friends lives there. Here are some photos from a visit with her in Thun and Oberhofen. Every picture I took looked like a postcard. #LetsTravelAugust
I aspire to be a #globetrotter and have visited several countries so far, but in the meantime I try to virtually visit the places I haven‘t been to yet via my bookshelves! #LetsTravelAugust (Photobomb by my cat)
I enjoy reading YA mysteries even as I find myself thinking, “you should be more careful!” anytime the main character asks potential suspects dangerous questions. I enjoyed this one as much as One of Us is Lying. I even woke up a little early to finish it before work, which is a big deal as I love sleep.
So very excited that Designing Women is now on Hulu. It‘s been unavailable for far too long. Julia Sugarbaker was a huge influence on my childhood. This is going to get in the way of my reading time.