Fabulous Friday – 23 June 2017

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week.

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  • Relaxing – This week has been the first time in forever where we had nothing to do, nowhere to go, and coming home after work meant staying home. It was bliss. (Actually, Holly had several things this week but as Connor still does not have a job for the summer we volunteered him for being Holly’s driver.) We were able to eat before 8 PM. We watched a little TV, was able to do a few chores each night, and enjoy this slower pace. I could get used to this.

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What makes this a Fabulous Friday for you?

One of Us is Lying is an old-fashioned locked-room murder mystery

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

  Genre: Young Adult; Mystery Publication Date: 30 May 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal,…

Don’t hold back reading Hold Back the Stars

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

Genre: Science Fiction Publication Date: 23 May 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Trapped in the vast void of space, Carys and Max have only ninety minutes of oxygen left to live. None of this was supposed to happen. After a freak accident, Carys and Max are left adrift in space with nothing to hold…

House of Names is cold

House of Names by Colm Tóibín

  Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 9 May 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “‘I have been acquainted with the smell of death.’ So begins Clytemnestra’s tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 19 June 2017

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!  Reading has been slow yet again this week. The drive to Ames,…

Sunday Reflections – 18 June 2017

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Happy Sunday! Whew. It has been quite the month. I did not know how we would do it, but here we are on the other side. We made it through dress rehearsal week, three variety shows, one ballet show, finals week, the last day of school, a graduation party, graduation, and freshman orientation. Jim made…

Fabulous Friday – 16 June 2017

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week. ******************** Coming to you this week from Ames, Iowa! Freshman Orientation – Jim and I…

Unruly girls unite under Too Fat, Too Loud, Too Slutty

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen

Genre: Nonfiction Publication Date: 20 June 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “From celebrity gossip expert and BuzzFeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen comes an accessible, analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing boundaries of what it means to be an ‘acceptable’ woman. You know the type: the woman who won’t shut up, who’s…

Lovely and fun is The Prey of Gods

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

Genre: Science Fiction; Fantasy Publication Date: 1 June 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is…

Stunning and worthy Beartown

Beartown by Frederik Backman

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 25 April 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded…