July 31, 2016

A Month in Summary - July 2016

Yes, it's definitely summer, as my reading (or lack thereof!) will show. One would think the lazy days of the season should provide countless hours of reading on the porch, but my summer days tend to be full of extra chores (weeding and watering!), house guests (our annual visit with our granddaughter) and a trip to the Pacific Northwest thrown in for good measure. Other than the flights to and fro, I can't seem to make time to read while on vacation. There are always too many distractions, whether those are conversations with family and friends or the beautiful surroundings we happen to be so fortunate to enjoy. While at home, we spend more time on the porch, but it's our time to sit and relax after a long day at work, enjoying a glass of wine or chilled beer. Reading is usually the last thing I do before falling asleep, so it's no surprise I only finished two books this month. Last month wasn't much better, but at least this month's numbers are due to a busy schedule rather than a reading slump.

Before the Fall  by Noah Hawley (Borrowed - Audio) 3/5

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens (Borrowed - Audio) 4/5

Keeping the Feast: One Couple's Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy by Paula Butturini (Own) 2/5


Triple Dog Dare Challenge - I stuck to my goal to read from my stacks, since the borrowed books were an audio. I think it's time to go through my shelves once again and reassess what I want to hold on to for future reading.

3 books
2 novels

1 memoir 
2 mystery
3 new-to-me-authors 
1 print
2 audio
1 female
2 male
2 borrowed
1 from my stacks 

Favorite of the Month: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

Reviews to follow  


  1. Yeah, it's hard to find much time to read sometimes. I wish you'd made up for it with quality last month. Hopefully August will be better.

    1. Well, The Life We Bury was quite good. I definitely recommend it!

  2. As long as you had a nice July ithats all that counts. I love Allen Eskens, I've read both his books and liked them and he has a new one out in fall.

    1. Diane, it was a wonderful month! We had a great trip to Oregon and our visit with our granddaughter was so much fun. We are counting the days to retirement so we can have more of these sort of trips/visits.

      I'm anxious to try Eskens other books! He reminds me a bit of William Kent Krueger and Wiley Cash.

  3. You are right, as long as it's not a reading slump nothing is wrong. You were enjoying other things in life! Keep on enjoying the summer!

    1. Iliana, you are so right. We're having a lovely summer and look forward to more of this sort of fun in the coming years of retirement. Hopefully, though, I'll find more time to read!


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