Sunday, June 18, 2017

This Week in Read - June 18

It's Sunday Post time!  This is hosted by the awesome Caffeinated Book Reviewer and gives us all a chance to recap our week.

What I Got:

After Many Years: Twenty-One "Long Lost" Stories by L.M. Montgomery, Carolyn Strom and Christy Woster - I'm a huge Montgomery fan and I love her short stories.  Coming across this collection of unknown stories made my day and the approval notice made my week!  (NetGalley)

Tiny House on the Hill by Celia Bonaduce - I love tiny houses!  No part of me wants to live in a tiny house or has any plan to download to a smaller house but I'm all about some Tiny House Hunters on HGTV so this contemporary romance/women's fiction about a tiny house was something I couldn't resist!  (NetGalley)

Eight is Enough by Tom Braden - This a memoir from the father of the family the show was based on.  I had no idea the show was based on a real family but Braden sounds like a fascinating guy!  Plus since I just read Cheaper by the Dozen I'm curious to see the differences in how they raise their large families (Publisher)


Reading:  Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts, Booked 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton and A Stardance Summer by Emily March

Listening:  I'm still listening to podcasts trying to catch up and I've really been enjoying True Crime Garage.  If you enjoy true crime this is a really great one to listen too.  They tackle all kinds of cases and I love their discussions.

Watching:  I've been watching Nowhere to Hide on the Investigation Discover Go App which is a show that focuses on different cases by this one private investigator.  It's a pretty good range of cases from murder to finding adoptive parents.  There were only 2 seasons though so I'm almost done.  J and I have been watching Fortitude on Amazon Prime and we've really been enjoying it.  It's kind of a dark British murder show with a touch of the X Files.  The scenery is gorgeous but no part of me wants to go visit a place that high up in the Arctic circle.

Off the Blog:

My view this weekend
We survived our camping trip and had so much fun!  The campground was right on a lake and one day we rented a paddle boat and the next day a canoe.  I hadn't put sunscreen on my legs the first day and they were lobster-like by the time we got back to the shore.  I forgot about how quickly you burn when you're out on the water.  This time we used our motorhome for regular camping but in a few weeks we're going to try the mobile hotel use.  We're going to go up to Chattanooga and visit the aquarium and the children's museum they have there and whatever else they have.  I think we're going to do a lot more traveling with this addition though for awhile we'll probably be sticking to destinations about 4 hours away or less for quick weekend trips though we do have a big trip planned for October.  The one thing I have to learn is how to pack everything up to minimize noise.  I did pretty good on the way to the campground but it was a little loud coming home!

This week was pretty quiet.  The Tornado and I went to the Botanical Gardens to see the dinosaur exhibit.  I was expecting smaller art project type things but these were HUGE animatronic type dinosaurs.  The Tyrannosaurus Rex was a little too real but the Triceratops was pretty great!  Next week the Tornado and I are heading down to south Mississippi to visit my grandparents for the week.  It's hot enough here but it'll be boiling there!  I'm very grateful for very efficient A/C!  We're leaving J here on his own since he has to work but will be back by the weekend.  I did make him promise not to watch season 2 of Fortitude until I get back!  

On the Blog:

What Happened:

What's Coming Up:

Monday:  Ramblings from the Stacks:  DNF Report
Tuesday:  Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Series I've Been Meaning to Start
Wednesday:  Rather Be the Devil - Mystery Review
Thursday:  Serenity Harbor - Contemporary Romance Review
Friday:  Friday Linkups with Current Book
Saturday:  52 Pins in 52 Weeks - June Edition

Have a great week and happy reading!


  1. I loved that Eight is Enough show, so I would like to read the book.

    The L. M. Montgomery collection looks good, too.

    I like the idea of RV camping....although I still recall the smell of tents when I camped in them as a kid. I loved it!

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  2. Camping can be so fun, especially if you're on a lake! Glad you guys had a great time. I love renting paddle boats or kayaks and just exploring on the water.

    Fortitude definitely sounds like something I'd like. I'm curious about this arctic Circle thing, I love shows set in Scandinavian or northern areas but yeah not sure I'd want to actually go there! Watching on TV is good!

    Have a great trip!

  3. Interesting those short stories by L M Montgomery and others, if I wasn't doing a read along for the Anne books I'd be very tempted. Your camping sounds great and those dinosaurs are amazing.

  4. Sounds like you have had a great week! I loved Eight is Enough growing up but didn't know it was based on a real family so that is cool! :)

    Have a great week and happy reading!
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  5. I have to admit I am not a camping person but that view is gorgeous! That stinks about the sunburn. I hate when I forget to put on sunscreen and get a weird burn. The dinosaur exhibit looks fun! Have a great week!!

  6. What? Wow! NetGalley? I'm running off there RIGHT NOW to check for it. I hope I get approved too!
    And your view this weekend is totally jealousy inducing :D heaven! Too bad about your legs. I can't even get mine to tan xD they don't really burn. But maybe we have... colder sun here :D

  7. That view is gorgeous! Almost makes me want to go camping-- as long as A/C is involved.
    I'm sure your posting schedule is nothing new but it just hit me that you post every day and I have to say I'm so impressed! I'm struggling over here to get 2-3 posts out a week.

  8. I love nature and being outdoors, but then going home. I'm not a camping spirit, but my family loves it and we have done the tent camping several times. Now an RV is a different type, much more my style :)

    I used to watch Eight is Enough, and I actually read that exact book many years ago-- it's a reprint from the '70s. Hope you enjoy it. I always liked the father, Dick Van Patten, and even used to buy his dog food a few years back! He's an animal lover.

    I want to check out Fortitude now. I'm itching for a different type of show to binge on. Oh, and thanks for the rec on Stars of Fortune! I decided to go with a Nora Roberts double-header this week, lol, just because...

  9. I didn't know eight is enough is based on an actual family. I used to love that show.
    I considered going camping but actually talked myself out of it while trying to convince my husband. LOL I just don't do very good in the wilderness or with bugs...I hate bug. I would need a cabin or something similar to a hotel in the woods. :) I might just be better at staying home.

    Have a great week, Katherine! Happy Reading! ox

  10. I'm so glad you had such a nice time camping. Sounds like fun. Your books all look good, especially the Nora Roberts' book. Enjoy and have a great week!

  11. What a great camping trip you had. I like it when the campground has good space for you and the family and some privacy. I didn't know Eight is Enough was based upon a real family; that's an interesting tidbit.

  12. Yay! Glad you had a wonderful camping trip!

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  13. I think I would like to live in a tiny house for about five do like the show though 😀 Camping sounds fun, though not the sunburn!

  14. I love it that you are such a fan of the end of Green Gables author. I have only read Anne, but I wish I had read more. Your camping trip looks like a blast! Enjoy your week.

  15. Looking forward to your thoughts on Eight is Enough. I loved that show when I was young. I came from a big family so it was relatable. Have a great visit with your grandparents. I agree, efficient AC is the best!

  16. The camping trip sounds wonderful. My daughter and her husband went camping this weekend during the storm. Their pop-up tent was overturned. Thankfully they A. did not have my grandbabies with them and B. were able to seek shelter in the concrete bath houses. After the storm blew through and they dried out they ended up having a wonderful time.

  17. I have a raft of lovely memories - my grandparents had a little caravan and during the summers - which seemed to go on forever when I was young - used to spend week-ends visiting a site right by a beach which became my personal domain. I loved roaming around in all weathers, rootling for shells and exploring the life washed up on the strand. I'm sure the Tornado will also have similar memories... Have a lovely time with your grandparents next week, Katherine and many thanks for swinging by my site - I am loving having my sister so close:)

  18. I love camping, too! We have a small trailer that we hauled to Old Orchard beach in Maine for the last couple of years. We won't be going there this year, unfortunately. We'll be staying in Canada.
    Have a great week :)
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  19. That camping trip sounds like fun, I am so envious! One day we get our camper for sure. When we had our Sunnybrook we camped right by Lake Seminole which is both in Georgia and Florida. Great site. I look forward to more of your camping posts and updates.

  20. I love camping, but I think I would need an RV now, or a cabin, ha ha, but then thst's not camping then, is it. XD I am glad you all had a good time. I miss going to hands on museums and kid-friendly exhibits during the summers. I would take the girls I babysit, but their parents won't let them ride the bus. Thank goodness the large park is within walking distance. It is like the parents are afraid they will get the plague or something. Ha ha.

    I also picked up the Eight Is Enough book. That is the first time I have ever had a publisher offer me a title based on my Netgalley choices. Has that happened to you before? I like the idea. Have a fab week. :)

  21. Camping sounds like fun but I am sorry about the sunburn. The dinosaurs look awesome. I bet your son loved it. Enjoy your new books and have a great week!

  22. How fun on the dinosaur exhibit! And yay for a good weekend away :)

  23. those camping pics look so fun! Glad to hear you We survived your camping trip and had so much fun!