"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday Salon---September 10th

Weather: Overcast and cooler. Yesterday it rained here, but we were gone so we didn't witness it ourselves. Please more rain, please, please, please. Our state is on fire. We need more rain.

Football: Yesterday was the first UO Duck football game of the season with us in attendance. If you are a Nebraska fan, you totally deserved to win...the second half. We, UO fans, on the other hand, deserved to win the first half. In my mind the game was a draw, we just had more points. The game was dedicated to Stomping Out Cancer and everything related to that aspect of the day was completely precious.

First Day of School and I wasn't there: But I did go out to breakfast with two friends, on two different days. Never before have I been able to eat out the first week of school. Both of my companions are educators who are retired so they had good advice for me. I also counted these events as two more 60 for my 60th celebrations. Thanks, Carol and Jane!

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon: Will join in the fun and attempt to knock off a few more books from my To-Be-Read list. The read-a-thon is from September 11-24. Look for my posts which mark my progress. Thanks for Wishful Endings for hosting this event. You don't have to be a blogger to join in. Check out the link for the details. I currently have 52 books in my 'to-read' category on my Goodreads account and I am working on four books (which were on my TBR pile), my goal is to knock six to eight books off the list in the next two weeks that the read-a-thon is going.

Speaking of Goodreads, this past week was their 10th anniversary. This is a link to a list of the most popular books in a variety of categories over the past ten years. I've read all but one of the books in the YA category. Guess you can tell what I've mainly been reading over the past ten years.

Books completed this week:

  • Thick As Thieves by Megan Whelan Turner. The fifth book in the Queen's Thief series, which I haven't read, but I enjoyed this book very much. It was almost non-stop action. I think I will be forced to go back and read the earlier books in the series.
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death In a Storm Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink. Horrifying details about what happened during and after Hurricane Katriana in a New Orleans hospital. This is a book club selection. I think it will generate a good discussion.
Currently reading:
  • The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein. A prequel to Code Name Verity. I love her writing. 80%, print.
  • The Biography of The Beatles by Bob Spitz. My Beatles obsession continues. This book is abridged, which is good since the original book is over 900 pages, but just think about all the details I am missing. 60%, audio.
  • News of the World by Paulette Jiles. The writing sparkles. Set in Reconstruction Texas in 1870. 85%, audio.
On deck (three more YA books, which all arrived at the same time):
  • The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby
  • Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden
  • A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
Baby Watch: We are still waiting on pins and needles to meet our grandson. No action, yet.


  1. Make sure to post lots of photos of Grandson when he arrives. I am excited for you! (and jealous) I am having a tough time with retirement, for several reasons. However, I will keep trying to adjust.

  2. I might enjoy that Beatles book...and I second the need for rain! What's with all the fires!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great week.

  3. Enjoy retirement! Having breakfast with friends and reading!

  4. I like your 60 for 60. In about two years, I'll be turning 50 and want to do something similar then.

  5. I haven't read anything for a month, it definitely feels wrong. And I am so behind on reading other people's blogs. Today is a catch up day now that the AVON walk is done. I love how loyal UO fans are!

  6. I am a Nebraska fan, actually...but I'll forgive you and your team. 😉 Congrats on the arrival of your grandson!


  7. Just stopping by to see how the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon is going for you. We've got five more days...

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings


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