Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.



Good looking historical fiction.

Just cause I liked the title. 

I've started walking more and I'm always looking for more good walks. 

Another one that just sounded good.

What did you get this week? Claire's got the linky. 



Friday, August 18, 2017

How I Read

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I'll read anywhere but my bed is my favorite.
2. Do you use a bookmark or a random piece of paper?
I use the slips that are stuck in the book when I pick them up from the holds shelf. They come in handy. 

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain amount of pages?
I'll try to read to a chapter break but I can stop whenever I need to.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
I can drink while I read but I can't eat and read.

5. Do you watch TV or listen to music while reading? I can listen to music or tv but it has to be something I'm not terribly interested in. 

6. Do you read one book at a time or several at once? Nope. I read one at a time.

7. Do you prefer to read at home or anywhere? I'll read anywhere. I always carry a book.

8. Do you read out loud or silently? I read silently. Sometimes I'll read parts aloud to Tai.

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?Sometimes I'll skim. Only if I'm getting bored and I'm close to the end.

10. Do you break the spine or keep it like new?
I don't mean to but yes I will break the spine.

11. Do you write in your books? Not but I will mark pages with sticky notes. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.



In an effort to help me declutter, I've started reading more about minimalism and reducing clutter. 
This one looked good.

What did you get this week? Share your loot below.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

July Goal Update

Prepare to do something physically challenging in 2018. I decided to hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018. I'm started doing a few small hikes. I have one longer hike on the calendar for September.

Be able to park my car in the garage by December 31, 2017. No new update here. Still working on it. Got rid of more stuff in the house but we have so much junk.

Add yoga back into my life at least once a week. I don't think we did much yoga this month. It was a busy month.

One hour a day without technology (no phone, no computer, no tv). Still doing good on this one. 

Add more art into my life. Nothing really here. I walk by a few art galleries on my way home so I always peek.

Get back to meal planning. We took a break from Plated. It's been too hot to stand over the stove. I've been using my instant pot a lot lately. 

July Goal: Keep the 3 herbs I planted (rosemary, mint, and lavender) alive. I did it!



August goal: Take 100 items to the thrift shop.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.



Reloot. I hope I can read it this time. 

This one looks good. 

What did you get this week? Claire's got the linky this week.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

July Book Tally

Afar by Lelia Del Duca
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Always and Forever, Love Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Love, Ish by Karen Rivers
Loom Knitting Primer by Isela Phelps
Revival vol 6 by Tim Seeley
This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Still really slow on reading. August is a really busy month so I hope I get some reading in.

Book Stats:
Foodies Read: 0 (None this month) YTD: 4
What's In A Name: 0 (None This Month) YTD: 1
Read Harder: 0 (None This month) YTD: 5
Total: 59

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.



I heard good things about this one. 

What did you get this week? Share your loot below.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

This one interested me. 

A review likened this one to Firefly so I had to check it out.

What did you get this week? Share your loot below.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.


I enjoyed Kady Cross' Steampunk Chronicles series so I decided to give this one a try.

I don't remember where I heard about this one but I'm looking forward to reading it. 

What did you get this week? Share your loot below.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

June Book Tally

The Comic Book Story of Beer by Jonathan Hennessey
A Meatloaf in Every Oven by Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Wonder Woman vol 2 by Greg Rucka
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

My knitting really got in the way of my reading. I'm thinking about doing audio books again. I have to start making some more progress on these challenges.



Book Stats:
Foodies Read: 2 (The Comic Book Story of Beer & A Meatloaf in Every Oven) YTD: 4
What's In A Name: 0 (None This Month) YTD: 1
Read Harder: 0 (None This month) YTD: 5
Total: 52

Monday, July 3, 2017

June Goal Update

Prepare to do something physically challenging in 2018. I think I decided on my physical challenge for 2018. Now to start training for it. 

Be able to park my car in the garage by December 31, 2017. No new update here. Still working on it. But I feel like I need to clear out stuff from the house to bring more in. 

Add yoga back into my life at least once a week. Taiki and I started doing yoga at home together. We've been doing it once a week but want to do it more. 

One hour a day without technology (no phone, no computer, no tv). Still doing good on this one. 

Add more art into my life. I stopped by an art gallery at the Seattle Center. They had a mix of painting, photography, and sculpture. 

Get back to meal planning. It's going good. 

June monthly goal: Make something on my loom (either a hat or a scarf). I made 2 hats and am working on a scarf.  I post a lot about my project (as well as pictures of the dog and food I cook) on Instagram. Follow me @sillylittlelinda. 

July Goal: Keep the 3 herbs I planted (rosemary, mint, and lavender) alive. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

My Favorite...Book Movie Adaption

My favorite book movie adaptation is Sense and Sensibility. I could watch it weekly. 
Not only does it have Hugh Grant with his floppy hair.
But it has Alan Rickman (RIP) and he's so handsome and romantic.
Swoon! Time to watch it again!

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.


I've been looking forward to this one for a while.

A coworker of mine has been raving about this one. 

What did you get this week? Share your loot below.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

I've enjoyed all the other Emery Lord books I've read and this one was no different. If I wasn't an Emery Lord fan girl before, I am now. The Names They Gave Us is one of the best I've read this year.

Lucy Hansson is 17. She's the captain of her swim team, has a good boyfriend, and is close to her parents but then her mother's cancer returns. Lucy, who's had a strong faith in God, starts to question her faith and starts to feel like she's falling away from God. It's summer vacation and Lucy's mom insists that Lucy attend a secular camp rather than the Christian camp that Lucy's parents run. Lucy doesn't want to at first. But after she goes she realizes that there is a lot of different ways to have faith.

I really liked Lucy. Sheltered at first but curious about the outside world. She sees other girls and how close they are. Lucy has friends but nothing like a best friend. I liked all the issues raised in this book although it felt like a lot. But that's life, you can get bombarded by information. You adjust and move on. The end of The Names They Gave Us threw out a lot of information and revelations. That part of the story felt rushed but I enjoyed the book so much that I won't complain more. I would love to hear more about Lucy in the future. She was a great character.

I couldn't stop thinking about Lucy and her struggles.  I highly recommend The Names They Gave Us. Others who shared their thoughts on The Names They Gave Us: The Teen Librarian Toolbox, Pretty Deadly Reviews, and The Girl In The Pages.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Favorite...Way To Spend a Weekend

My favorite way to spend a weekend. I love spending time at home. I used to never like to be home but now I love it. Hanging out on the couch with Tai and our pooch. Listening to music, watching tv, reading a book. A good weekend has time for it all. Maybe run out for a bite to eat. The perfect weekend has no plans but lots of possibilities and plenty of time to relax.

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I was looking for books set in Central America and this one fit the bill.

I heard good things about this one.

More poetry. Hopefully I like this one more. 

What did you get this week? Share below.