Monday, June 15, 2015

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? 6/15/15


It's Monday and I'm in New York City! We're heading home in a few minutes, so this will be a quick update. It's been a whirlwind weekend of good food, great art, and beautiful outdoor spaces. We'll make one more stop at The Cloisters on our way north..


Current Reading//


The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante is even better than My Brilliant Friend. I haven't been able to read very much this week, but always look forward to that hour in the evening.


On the blog//

Tuesday Intro: The Folded Clock
Book Review: Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen
Weekend Cooking: Flounder Milanese with Arugula and Tomato


On the homefront//
Angus, our visiting greyhound, left Wednesday night after a ten-day stay. The house seems very quiet now... and I think Zelda is lonely.

We picked up an early Father's Day present for my husband - a tandem kayak!

An impromptu trip to Manhattan seemed like a good idea. We decided to drive down Friday evening, but both girls were out of town until Sunday. We had a good time anyway, and enjoyed a family evening on Sunday.

My brother, the greyhound whisperer


The week ahead//

Will be a short one... A couple of doctor's appointments for Twin B and lots of book sorting in preparation for our annual Friends of the Library book sale coming up in July. And of course we'll be using that kayak!

How was your week? What are you reading today?

30 comments:

  1. What a fun way to spend the weekend! I love pop up trips! We have decided that we need to get to NYC more than we do...we are going in a few weeks but we are barely an hour train ride away...we want to try just popping in for a quick overnighter...not sure what this week entails...yet...deciding later today!

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    1. Patty - We love visiting NYC, especially since our oldest daughter has lived there. One of twins got an internship at L'Oreal this summer, so she's in New York, too. We'll take any excuse to visit:)

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  2. Glad you enjoyed NYC! A kayak sounds like a lot of fun. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Pat - NYC is always fun, and I love kayaking. The tandem should make for some interesting adventures!

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  3. Hope you had a fun time in NYC! And - I'm sure the food was amazing! Nothing beats NYC restaurants!

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    1. Sarah - NYC is always the best... Italian one night and Vietnamese the next. Delicious!

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  4. Sounds like a nice weekend. Enjoy your sorting and the new kayak!

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    1. Kay - We had the best weekend! Can't wait to try out kayak :)

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  5. I am curious about The Story of a New Name...and, as you know, I am eyeing Enchanted August.

    Cute dogs! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. Laurel-Rain Snow - I'm enjoying The Story of a New Name so much! But, just like My Brilliant Friend, I'm not able to read these books very quickly.

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  6. I need to try a Europa book! Your little getaway sounds like so much fun.

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    1. Kathy - Europe has such high quality books - definitely check them out!

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  7. Sounds like a great time in Manhattan! Impromptu trips are so fun. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Monica - We just got home a little while ago and I'm exhausted... but very happy!

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  8. I've only been kayaking once --- on a birding weekend --- to look at water birds and their nests. I was very nervous, but ended up loving it! I would love to go again. Maybe I should pick one up for the Handyman.

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    1. Debbie - I was very nervous the first time I went kayaking, too, but have come to love it. The tandem kayak should be a lot of fun:)

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  9. Awww.. I hope Zelda gets over it soon. Poor little critter. Glad you had a great week so far!! Looking forward to reading about the highlights of the trip!

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    1. Athira - Zelda seems fine now, but we may take her to visit Angus when we go on vacation next month.

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  10. The weekend trip sounds wonderful. I'm glad you had a good time. Not sure about the kayak for me - too scary. Hope Twin B is ok. And that pic of the dogs just melts my heart.

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    1. Darlene - Our weekend in NYC was so much fun, but exhausting! The kayak was scary the first time I tried it, but have come to love it now...just takes a little getting used to. The dogs were practically purring in that photo. It was hilarious!

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  11. Just finished "What Alice Forgot" by Liane Moriarty. After reading "The Husband's Secret," I decided I wanted more Moriarty and happened on a PB copy at a consignment shop. Like her books a lot. Now into "The Love Object --Selected Stories of (the Irish writer) Edna O'Brien." A wonderful way with words. Glad Angus' visit worked out so well. I think animals do appreciate having companionship with their own kind. Certainly could use a trip to the Big Apple. Won't happen this year, however, as I have plans for some upgrades around the house.

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    1. JudyMac - I really liked Moriarty's Big Little Lies last year and have been meaning to read The Husband's Secret ever since. Edna O'Brien's writing is very beautiful, she's always a pleasure to read. It helps that out daughter is in NYC... we always have a place to stay :)

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  12. Would love to spend the weekend in New York...jealous. Makes not reading a lot acceptable I think.

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    1. Emma - New York was wonderful... I always wish we had more time there. Hope to get caught up on me reading now that we are back home ;-)

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  13. I am getting back to A Little Life. I took a break to read Misery for the read along and now I am itching to add a summer read to my pile before my Atlas Shrugged read along begins next month.

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    1. Ti - A Little Life seems like such an intense read. I do hope to get to it soon. Atlas Shrugged on the other hand...

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  14. I have heard very good things about Elena Ferrante. I want to give her books a try.

    I look forward to reading your commentary on this book when you are finished.

    Zelda and Angus look very happy in that picture.

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    1. Brian Joseph - Ferrante has many stand-alone novels in addition to this series, including The Lost Daughter which I purchased after reading a very favorable review. I have finally reached the point in The Story of a New Name (around 55%) where I want to stop everything and just keep reading!

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  15. I'm sorry that Angus left. They made a great pair!

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    1. Thecuecard - Zelda is over her loneliness now, and I think she likes getting all the attention again!

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