Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday Salon - August 5th

Hello Blog Readers! Hope that you are all having a nice weekend.  

This weekly Sunday update with another one or two posts during the week seems to be working out well for me.  Can I say that I'm becoming a slacker when it comes to reviewing the books I've read -- not a good thing when I feel compelled to review whatever I read (good or bad).  I hope to catch up a bit this week (we'll see how that goes). You can find out more about Sunday Salon HERE.

New Books - (lots last week)

The Kingmaker's Daughter; Philippa Gregory
Judgment Call; JA Jance

(Audio books sent by Harper Audio and Simon and Schuster)

and Prisoner of Heaven - Thanks goes to Henry Holt and Harper

Get Me Out of Here - Europa (purchase)
The Nun - Europa (purchase)
What the Heart Remembers (Shelf awareness/NAL)

 Books Read ( past week)
On the Home Front 

  • It's been really humid all this week so I didn't feel like walking during work - not too attractive when your blouse looks like a wet tee shirt in spots:)  I did eat light this week so that did compensate for the lack of exercise. We had lunch with our little granddaughter and her mommy yesterday - she was so good (her mommy behaved as well). Next week we'll have her most of the day on Saturday so that will be fun as she is really forming a personality already.
  • No company visiting this week, but our visit with friends from PA went well last weekend, EXCEPT our cat Lily didn't want my husband to put on his shoes when it was time to go out for dinner:).
  • My son saw a mama bear and (3) cubs --yes (3) on his street one morning while going to work.  CUTE but scary as well. 
  • Work -- I've been busy lately as work so the days just fly by, but not too busy that I don't have time for some chatter, coffee and a some internet browsing some days.
  • We are enjoying the Olympics - did you see Gabby Douglas, the (16 year-old US Gymnast who won the Gold  - amazing performances.
Plans for this week
Things To Catch Up On - 
  • Some of your blog posts (sorry)
  • Start walking at work again (if weather cooperates)
  • Reviews -  (backlog - 4) - there were really good books for the most part - just sitting still for a few hours to crank them out is the they are:
  1. Translation of the Bones; Francesca Kay -4.5/5  (eBook) no review yet
  2. So Cold the River; Michael Koryta - 4/5 (audio) no review yet
  3. Canada; Richard Ford - 4.5/5 (audio)
  4. Heading Out to Wonderful; Robert Goolrick - 3.5/5 (eGalley and audio)


  1. It's been so hot here that I haven't been able to walk either, so I feel your pain there. I can tell your granddaughter already has you wrapped around her little finger.

  2. The heat has prevented me from fitness walking this summer. I miss my early morning walks. Canada has been on my reading radar for a while. I'll consider listening to it! I don't review every book I read on my blog. For sure, all books that are sent for review but books I read for my own pleasure may or may not be reviewed on the blog. I rate them all on Goodreads though. Gabby Douglass was a pleasure to watch!
    So nice you could spend time with your granddaughter. Isn't that the best? Have a great week, Diane!

  3. It's been very humid here, too.

    I'm reviewing everything I read, but I'm going to stop doing that for books I read for my own pleasure (unless they are part of a reading challenge). The thing is, I haven't been able to read anything for my own pleasure, it's all been for reviews :(

    Have a great week!

    My Sunday Salon post is here.

  4. So lu8cky that you got Prisoner of Heaven, a book I've salivating over every time I see it on the web ! Hope you enjoy all the great books. I especially liked reading Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World.

  5. It's been quite humid here too and was absolutely unbearable a few days last week. I'm horribly behind on reviews too. The curse of great reading streaks: a review backlog. I hope to get caught up too, but I fear my review backlog is into the double digits now!

  6. Welcome to the review slacker club, lol! This has seriously been a terrible summer for blogging. I'm sure we'll all get back in the groove once fall begins. And I hope to start walking again this week - think we're finally going to get some relief from the heat and humidity!

  7. I feel like I've become a slacker, too! I love to read books, but I hate feeling like I must review everything. I need to let it go!

  8. You've had a busy week! How wonderful that you got to spend time with your granddaughter.

    It's been really hot here, too; triple digits.

    Enjoy your new week!

  9. Oh, and how cute that the cat is communicating her thoughts!

  10. Looks like you've had some fun time with your family and that shot of your little cat with the shoes, adorable! I did watch Abby Douglas win her gold, and yes she was amazing. All those swimmers seemed to put their heart and soul into it and their performance and stamina, fantastic. I only wish!

  11. I know what you mean about walking - I walked home from work one day last week and my dress was pretty soaked through by the time I reached home - not a pretty sight. Good thing it was the way home and not the way to work! Let's hope for a break in humidity soon!

  12. Replacing my morning internet time with an hour walk means no screen time for me. I don't see this changing, I have been at it since April and now miss this time when I'm unable to sneak in walking time. I see this as a good thing, I was spending too much time in front of a laptop!

    Sounds like you had a great week/weekend. Happy reading :)

  13. It's been awfully humid here this summer too. It makes it hard to go outside for anything.

    I have been bad with my blogging this summer. It's hard to keep up with it all. Sounds like you are in for a fun time with your granddaughter on Saturday!

  14. Canada by Richard Ford huh? I may have to add that to my audio list. :)

  15. Ooo, I always love Philippa Gregory's books!

    The Olympics have been making me stay up way too late every night!

  16. Glad you are enjoying your time away from the computer. I'm among the review slacker club too. It's become almost a chore to get them done and not posting too much in between. Even Pudgy had a comment to make about this.

    Glad to know your granddaughter's mommy behaved. Thanks for the chuckle. Have a good week, Diane!

  17. Lots of great books you've got there! My cat also seems to like to sit on the shoes as well, and only my husband's. I don't know if he likes the smell, or just doesn't want him to go out, but we now have to hang them in a shoe organizer on the door so they don't get hairballs in them.

  18. Hope you enjoy The Prisoner of Heaven. This heat/humidity is getting to be a real pain the butt this year. Hope it gets better for you soon.

  19. Great reads... I have been having trouble keeping up on reviews too.. summer is so busy but I am loving it!

  20. Looking forward to your review of Canada. I'm always looking for good audiobooks.

  21. I think sometimes (especially in summer) a backlog of reviews is inevitable. I haven't read any J. A. Jance books, but I have heard her speak - if you ever get the chance to see her speak in person, don't pass it up - she's so entertaining!

  22. I am pretty much caught up on reviews but just don't feel like posting too much these days. I had to stop going to the gym because of the arm thing. I was going for just the cardio/let work but I felt so out of it with the prednisone that I decided to take a break for a week and then this week I walked a bit instead. I plan to go back on Monday.

  23. I hate humidity as it realy makes one not want to do a darn thing!! I love that photo of your cat keeing guard over the shoes...cracks me up! I'm sure you will have so much fun with the grandbaby! Glad to know that her mom can behave in public too!! I'm loving your reviews and look forward to the other ones you haven't written yet.

  24. Oh, I hope you enjoy GET ME OUT OF HERE - the unreliable narrator is quite a character!

    And, I hope the humidity has broken and you're feeling up to getting out and walking again.

  25. As cool as it is to see bears, you don't want to see a mama and her cubs!


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