Sunday, June 29, 2014

Weekly Update: June 29

Another week has flown by, but it's been a good one! My #100happydays project on instagram really helps me focus on the positive each day. From my nephew's high school graduation to appreciating the beauty surrounding me, I uploaded seven photos this week. These two were the most popular:


Are you participating in this project? If I don't already follow you on instagram, please let me know.

Reading//   I finished The All of It  by Jeannette Haien, a quiet novel from 1986 recently reissued with a new forward by Ann Patchett. Since it was on my kindle, I didn't get to enjoy the gorgeous cover to its fullest. My review will be coming soon.


Then, after nearly a year of avoidance, I rediscovered NetGalley. Yesterday I started The Ship of Brides  by Jojo Moyes. It was written nearly a decade ago but in light of her recent popularity, Penguin will issue a paperback edition in the US this fall.



Listening//  It took a couple of weeks, but I finally finished Five Days at Memorial  by Sheri Fink. Both riveting and horrifying, it focuses on the events and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at one New Orleans hospital. No wonder it won a Pulitzer Prize.


I started The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd yesterday on the way to my nephew's graduation.  The novel is perfectly suited for dual narrators and after less than an hour, I already love the audio production.


On the blog//
- a Tuesday Intro featuring The All of It by Jeannette Haien
- my review of Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
- my review of  Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

Looking forward//  A long holiday weekend is on the horizon and my small town really knows how to celebrate. July 4th festivities last for days: parade, fireworks, sidewalk sales, craft fair, farmers market, concerts, family movies in the park, a short 5K plus a longer run around the lake, and more.

We'll also host our annual 4th of July bash and attend a couple more graduation parties. I'm even more excited because Daughter #1 will be coming home on Wednesday... she hasn't been all the way upstate since Christmas!

Today//  The forecast calls for another beautiful summer day. I need to quickly clean the house and plan menus for the week, but then I plan to relax and enjoy it!

How was your week?

This post will link to It's Monday, What Are You Reading? hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

39 comments:

  1. Ship of Brides is on my list of books to look for this fall. Haven't read it but enjoyed at least two of her more recent books. Lovely list of books this week.

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    1. Harvee - I've read two of Moyes' later books and loved them both. Hoping this one is just as good!

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  2. I tried the 100days project but only did it for a day. I need to get back to it because I've been tired and cranky and that kind of things always helps! I look forward to your review of The All of It. I love the cover! That's the problem with ebooks is that we don't get to look at the cover! I'll have to look for the Sue Monk Kidd audio. I've been wanting to give her a try but haven't gotten around to it and I've just started listening to audiobooks. Have a great week!

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    1. Katherine - I think this is one book where the audio experience will add to my overall enjoyment!

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  3. Wow, graduations are late there! Enjoy the parties and the 4th!

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    1. Kathy - Yes, our schools are on a slightly later schedule. Classes/finals just ended last Wednesday and now won't start again until after Labor Day.

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  4. A wonderful update, JoAnn! I'm not doing #100HappyDays but I sort of wish I was! I may start after all. Cheers to another good week and great reading!

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    1. Andi - I think you can jump into #100HappyDays whenever... some folks are in the 80s now.

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  5. I don't think I'll ever forget "Five Days", it was really frightening. So just remind me to never get sick or hurt myself before a hurricane, which is a reality down here. I have "The Invention of Wings" sitting right here but haven't loaded it yet. I'll wait for your final opinion!

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    1. Sandy - You've got that right!! I'm glad Bellevue in NYC fared better during Superstorm Sandy nearly two years ago... maybe some lessons were learned after all.

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  6. Love that cover on The All of It...and that is the downside of e-book reading..not being able to enjoy the cover.

    Have a great week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Laurel-Rain Snow - Missing out on great covers is really the only negative with my kindle paperwhite.

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  7. The Invention of Wings is a great listen/read. We are hosting the 4th of July party this year and I need to get busy. Enjoy the last few days of June.

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    1. Nise' - Just the first hour is enough to convince me that it will be a great listen!

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  8. Sounds like you had a great reading week. The Invention of Wings was one of my favorite reads so far this year, and I'm sure it's one of those books that's even better to listen to. Enjoy your 4th of July activities and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Catherine - Doesn't surprise me that you loved The Invention of Wings... our tastes seem to be very similar. And I can already tell the dual narrator format will enhance the experience!

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  9. I have The Invention of Wings on my kindle, not yet read, but since finding an awesome library in driving distance of my new home, I will be checking out audiobooks more often.
    The All of It looks good, and also has a gorgeous cover--enjoy the coming week!

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    1. Rita - It's great that you found a library so close! I'm lucky mine has such a great selection of audiobooks to check out, but they also have a lot available for download. I've been listening on my phone lately.

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  10. Sounds like you have a nice 4th of July coming up. We're looking forward to it too, and the weather has been gorgeous lately here except for the occasional rain. Hard to believe it's the 4th already though... nice 100days pics too, the one on the right looks pretty good. :)

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    1. Greg - We've really had beautiful weather all week and I'm hoping it holds through the holiday weekend. Hope you get a chance to relax and enjoy... sounds like your life has been extra-busy!

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  11. I noticed Penguin revisiting, and reissuing,JoJo Moyes' older novels all with the same (hideous in my opinion) type of cover. I have Silver Bay, one of her "old" ones, but I have to get through all my Japanese/Spanish/French reading for this July first. :)

    My mother borrowed The Invention of Wings first, and she loved it. I'm not surprised, we both really liked The Secret of Bees. Glad you're enjoying it.

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    1. Bellezza - At least I'm not missing a great cover be reading that one on my kindle paperwhite ;-) Glad to hear your mother loved The Invention of Wings... the beginning is excellent!

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  12. p.s. So glad for your July 4 festivities, but especially that your daughter will be coming. Is there any greater joy than seeing our kids?!

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    1. Bellezza - Seeing the "kids" is definitely the best part of any celebration. We talk almost daily, but there is nothing like spending time together!

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  13. The pictures are beautiful JoAnn . I loved, Five Days at Memorial on audio. Well done and informative. Have a good week.

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    1. Thanks, Diane. Five Days at Memorial will stay with me for a long, long time... just hope than some lessons were earned and changes have been implemented. Definitely one of the most disturbing books I've read in along time... especially since I worked in hospitals for years.

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  14. Great photos! I'm going to check out your review of Still Life... I loved The Invention of Wings and hope you do too. Have a great week!

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    1. Pat - I listened to another hour of The Invention of Wings today and love it!

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  15. oops - already read your great review of Still Life!

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  16. Invention of Wings was an awesome audio -- enjoy!!!!

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    1. Beth F - This is one amazing audio!

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  17. Nice assortment of books. I've been seeing Jo Jo Moyes name a lot recently and am tempted to add her to my stack. Have a great 4th of July. I'm really hoping mine is quiet and relaxing. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. Kathy - Jojo Moyes ia great storyteller . I've enjoyed several of her books!

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  18. It sounds like you have a wonderful weekend ahead of you! Enjoy!

    I just signed up for #100happydays using instagram. It sounds fun. :)

    I can't get over the cover for the all of it. I will wait for your review, but it looks like it would be a great book to take on vacation with me.

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    1. Quixotic Magpie - Yay! 100Happy Days is a great project... glad you're joining.

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  19. I am glad you are enjoying The Invention of Wings. I really liked it a lot.

    Nice week for you.

    ENJOY all your books and your reading week.

    Elizabeth
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    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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    1. Elizabeth - The Invention of Wings is really wonderful on audio. I'm really enjoying it! Have a great week :)

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    2. Great to hear. It was great in print.

      Continue to enjoy it.

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  20. Sounds like you have a fun Independence Day weekend planned - have fun!

    I loved Moyes' Me Before You, and have added her to my list of authors to read more from.

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