22 July 2016

Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: Odds & Ends

A personal note: Life has taken a crazy turn, and it seems as if I haven't had a free weekend for months on end. Not that anything bad is going on, we've traveled, we've camped, we've had holidays, we've socialized. I'm ready for a few days of just relaxing at home.

That isn't likely to happen until next weekend, but at least I have something to look forward too.

Last weekend was our annual camping trip with good friends. I loved getting a chance to catch up on gossip, congratulate new parents (and grandparents!), celebrate up-coming weddings, and enjoy being in the great outdoors.

Although not a lot of reading took place I spotted a handful of books: The City of Mirrors, Voyager (Diana Gabaldon), The Boys in the Boat, Woman in Cabin Ten, 11/22/63, and Flags of Our Father. I'm sure there were many more books, but I didn't notice . . . the beer and wine and good food and good people held my attention.

Listening and reading: I'm currently listening to The Bourbon Kings by J. R. Ward. It's a little soap-opera-y, but the audio is a good match for my current mood. It's a family saga that takes place in Kentucky: whisky, horses, and a whole lot of money. When I finish that one, I'll be back to listening to books for freelance reviews. I'm (as always) in the middle of a handful of print books, but The Hike by Drew Magary is at the top of my list. I started it Wednesday night and hope to have finished it by the time you read this. It's so weird -- but I mean that in a good way. A guy goes for a short hike in the woods and strange things happen. I'm not sure how this is all going to end up, but I have to find out!

Coming up: I've fallen behind with my reviews but plan to catch up with a series of quick takes, so look for those next week. I also have some themed lists in the works and a look at books you won't want to miss. As for the  weekend, I'll be working Saturday and Sunday mornings, but I do plan to participate in the 24in48 readathon as much as I can. It's not too late to sign up (I jumped in at 5pm last night!) and you don't need a blog to join in the fun. Click the link and check it out.

What are you reading (or listening to)? Anything I must add to my list?


Tina 7/22/16, 6:41 AM  

We haven't been camping in years, always enjoyed it though. I read Voyager, it's good, but I am at the point where Ian waiting on Gabaldon's next been. The continuing story. Yes! City of Mirrors! I'm in the middle of The Twelve by Justin Cronin, totally absorbed.
Watching: Just finished season 3 of Ray Donovan, great series.

Sarah's Book Shelves 7/22/16, 7:37 AM  

I love scouting out all the books that are around when I'm out and about! And I get really annoyed if someone is reading something where I can't see the cover....I start craning my neck like a crazy person!

bermudaonion 7/22/16, 8:45 AM  

I hope you get a chance to catch your breath soon. I'm starting Another Brooklyn today and am listening to The Choices We Make by Karma Brown.

Tina 7/22/16, 10:11 AM  

Please forgive my misspellings in my comment! That's what I get trying to type on a tablet while sipping coffee at 6:15 a.am.

Kathy Reads Fiction 7/22/16, 10:56 AM  

I haven't been camping in years and love to camp! You're making me wish for those mountainous adventures.

I have The Bourbon Kings and have never read it. It appealed to me because of the "Dallas" comparison. I was up for a good soap opera saga type of read. Maybe I'll get to it in this lifetime. ha!

TP 7/22/16, 7:54 PM  

Sounds like you've been really enjoying your down time :-) Hope you enjoy the reads. I can't believe I haven't read anything by JR Ward yet!

Tanya Patrice

Kailana 7/22/16, 10:06 PM  

I have never taken to camping but I am glad you had a good time! I need to know where you are in the Newsflesh trilogy so I can discuss on Twitter and not spoil anything. Did you know I was waiting for you to read on? I am! lol Hope you get some great reading in this weekend. :)

Literary Feline 7/24/16, 1:03 AM  

Sounds like a relaxing weekend is much in order for you! I hope it does come next weekend for you, like you plan. It's been ages since I last went camping. I was hoping we could spend time in a cabin in the mountains this summer, but it hasn't happened and, at this point, it's not likely to.

Sounds like your current books are good ones. The Hike sounds really good!

Have a great week!

Lisa 7/24/16, 10:22 AM  

Love having fun things to do on the weekends but don't you feel like you never have enough time to recharge your batteries when you're busy on the weekends?

Iliana 7/24/16, 7:07 PM  

Sounds like you've been a busy bee! I love having busy weekends but then really appreciate a calm and relaxing one. Hope you get a chance to catch up on your reading and relaxing!

Daryl 7/25/16, 12:50 PM  

sounds like you've been having a great 'real' time time ..

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