Sunday, July 6, 2014

Weekly Update: A Long Holiday Weekend

Disappearing for much of the week wasn't my plan, it just happened. Our oldest daughter is home and we've had a wonderful holiday weekend - life has been a happy blur since Wednesday. My nephew's graduation party is this afternoon, so the fun isn't over yet.

What about reading? As you might expect, there hasn't been much at all. I'm reading the same books as last week. Now that I have the characters and story lines straight, The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes is a very enjoyable novel. I look forward to relaxing by the lake with this one later today and should finish before the end of the week.


My book club's annual pot luck dinner is coming up soon. Each of us will read a different foodie memoir and prepare a dish featured in our selection. My choice is The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz (which also fits in nicely with #ParisInJuly). The first few chapters have given me a taste of its tone... I'm hungry for more. This is a mostly social gathering so I don't expect much serious discussion, but know a few more titles will be added to my wish list.



Listening time has also been at a premium this week, but I've managed to listen to about a third of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and am loving it. My morning walks will resume tomorrow, so there's a chance I'll be able to finish this week.


Up next? We'll have to wait and see...

I've missed a couple #100HappyDays this week, but will still share a couple of favorites.


Now we're off to the train station....my daughter is heading back to NYC. I'll catch up with your blogs later tonight and tomorrow. Happy Sunday!

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





36 comments:

  1. I'm glad you've been having so much fun! I enjoy Moyes' books. I loved the Invention of Wings. Have a great week.

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    1. Pat - Moyes is really wonderful, isn't she? I'm loving The Invention of Wings.

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  2. Looks like you had a fantastic week! I've been wanting to read The Sweet Life in Paris since I read Lebovitz's cookbook. Would you believe I've never read any of Moyes' books? I need to fix that!

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    1. Katherine - The first two chapters of The Sweet Life were wonderful. I need to finish the Moyes book and then will give it my full attention.

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  3. I am looking forward to reading Moyes backlist now publishing here in the US. I read Invention of Wings, really loved it, though I admit it had a few slow points.
    My reading has been off by husband being home, but we're re-doing my desk nook. We don't have an office so what would be a breakfast nook has always been a desk computer set up. It's old, and not enjoyable, I've been planning an update for years, finally have a plan and we bought a desk this weekend, ordered a chair and I'm planning wall organization and art. I'm excited, he seems less so...ha ha.
    Glad you enjoyed family home!

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    1. Anita - I'll be slowly working my way through Moyes' entire backlist ... just love her stories. Any slow parts in The Invention of Wings have been masked by the stellar narration in the audio production. A new office nook is so exciting!!! Why are men so unexcited by such progress?? ;-)

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  4. That Lebovitz book has such a yummy cover! I cannot wait to read Invention of Wings! It's sitting on my shelf untouched.

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    1. Athira - Only at the midpoint of The Invention of Wings, but I think you ned to move it up higher in the tar pile :)

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  5. Our nephew's here so I'm in the same boat when it comes to reading. The books will be here when he's gone so I'm not worried.

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    1. Kathy - So true... that pile of books isn't going anywhere!

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  6. Summer does often seem to make us read less than we planned. So many different outdoor options when not having to worry about snow and freezing rain...LOL Have a great week.

    I'd like to be a guest or fly at your foodie book club get together LOL enjoy

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    1. Diane - Wish you lived closer, so you could be a guest at our foodie pot luck!

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  7. Nice that you had some great family time. Hope it was a wonderful 4th too. I have to say the cover of Sweet Life in PAris puts me in mood for a light, fluffy croissant... :)

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    1. Greg - I can't read very much of that book in one sitting.... it makes me crave the most unhealthy foods! ;-)

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  8. I've heard a lot of good things about The Invention of Wings on audio - I'm hoping my library gets it in that format eventually.

    What a great thing for authors when they have a book or two take off, and that brings their back titles back into print! I definitely need to read more Moyes.

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    1. Carrie - This is one book I almost can't imagine reading!

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  9. I really enjoyed reading the Sweet Life -- I hope you manage to recreate something absolutely delicious!

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    1. Vicki - I've already taken a sneak peek at the recipes and it will be hard to choose!

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  10. Can't wait to hear what you think of the Lebovitz and to see what you make. Also, I loved Invention of Wings on audio ... glad you're enjoying it.

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    1. Beth F - I'm loving The Invention of Wings... although I keep thinking it's Skeeter from The Help ;-)

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  11. It is so nice to spend time with family. :)

    I loved the Sweet Life! I was thinking about rereading it this month as well. :) Have a great week!

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    1. Quixotic Magpie - The Sweet Life must be wonderful if you're considering a reread. I've only read a couple of chapters, but really like it so far.

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  12. Enjoy your time, and The Sweet Life in Paris has such a delicious looking cover!

    Here's MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES POST

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    1. Laurel-Rain Snow - Just looking at the cover makes me hungry, lol!

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  13. I love the potluck/foodie memoir idea.

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    1. Ti - In the past we've all read the same book for this meeting, so it'll be a different twist this time. Hope it works out!

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  14. I am so curious about The Invention of Wings, it sounds so good!

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    1. Melissa - The Invention of Wings is excellent so far, and the audio production is so wonderful I almost can;t imagine reading it.

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  15. JoJo Moyes does write a lot of books quickly! I have not heard of this one but am eager to get hold of one! Enjoy.
    Harvee
    Book Dilettante

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    1. Harvee - This is an older book... Moyes wrote it 10 years ago and it will be published in the US this fall. I'm loving the story!

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  16. Glad you had a lot of fun with your family this week, the reviews can wait :) I have The Invention of Wings on my kindle, still unread, waiting until I am in the right mood for it. The Sweet Life does look yummy to me--enjoy your week.

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    1. Rita - Exactly! This is the first time my daughter has been home in since Christmas! Although I've seen her a couple of times since then, it's still a long time for us.

      The audio production of The Invention of Wings is so good... if your library has a copy, it would make an excellent read/listen combination. If the hold list wasn't so long at the library, I'd do that myself.

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  17. The Ship of Brides is on my wish list. I read The Invention of Wings and enjoyed it, and imagine it is a great audiobook as well. Enjoy the week ahead and thanks for visiting my blog,

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    1. Catherine - The Invention of Wings audio uses two narrators for Sarah and Hetty... totally captivating!

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  18. I'm so frustrated with myself - I forgot to get Ship of Brides downloaded before it was archived!

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    1. Lisa - Oh, no! But I'm sure you have plenty of other books to read ;-)

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