Sunday morning. The month is flying, but the week has been long. Our air conditioning was finally repaired on Tuesday (after FIVE service calls), so my mood is much improved. Our daughters managed the move into their new apartment in Manhattan with only one or two frantic texts to Mom. This is a milestone... the first time we have not been present for a move. I guess that means they've got the hang of this 'adulting' thing!
We're leaving for vacation on Tuesday, so I'll be taking a blogging break for the rest of the month. I've wrapped things up here with a series of mini-reviews for my recent reads. They'll never get done if I wait until next month, plus it will be nice to come back with a clean slate.
Finished this week//
Nobody's Fool by Richard RussoThis started off as a read/listen combination, but I ended up just listening. I won't have time for a review before we leave, so I'll just share what I wrote on Litsy and goodreads:
Nobody tells a story like Richard Russo. Set in rural upstate NY in the 1980s, this IS small-town blue-collar life, with all the rough edges and political incorrectness. I loved every page of this book and will read the sequel, Everybody's Fool soon. The audiobook, narrated by Ron McLarty, is my favorite so far this year.I'll have to make a decision on the next audio before we leave. Should I go straight to Everybody's Fool or take a brief detour to Belgravia by Julian Fellowes?
Shelter by Jung YunSimply amazing! I stayed up way too late Friday night to finish this book. I'm posting a book brief tomorrow, but go ahead and get on your library hold list right now.
by Alexandra Fuller, narrated by Lisette LecatThis memoir, subtitled An African childhood, is our August book club selection. It tells Fuller's story of growing up in rural white Rhodesia as it is becoming Zimbabwe. It's unlike anything I've read and the narration is wonderful.
They May Not Mean to But They Do by Cathleen SchineThis book is ready to be picked up at the library, but I don't think I'll start it before we leave. Who want to take a library hardcover on vacation?
My kindle is loaded , so there are plenty of other options. The problem will be choosing which one to read first.
On the blog//
Book Brief: The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Book Brief: Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
Six in Six: 2016 Edition
Tuesday Intro: Shelter by Jung Yun
In the kitchen//
Have you tried Cauliflower Fried Rice yet? I finally made some this week and it was delicious... not exactly rice, but you'd never know it was cauliflower either. My cousin sent me a recipe (not sure of the source), but here is one from skinnytaste that looks similar. Wegmans even sells it already 'riced' and ready to prepare at the fresh veggie bar.
The week ahead//
Vacation starts Tuesday! We're flying to Santa Fe, then driving up to the Denver area for a family wedding, and on to the mountains for a little relaxation. We'll fly back to NYC to spend some time with our daughters and check out the new apartment... and eventually take the train home. It's a lot of ground to cover, but that's how we roll.
I'll see you back here next month... and will be around on twitter, instagram, and litsy in the meantime.
This post will link to It's Monday, What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.