All The Books! All The Life! June 2016

All The Books!

26073078Last book read: City of Jackals, the fifth in the Makana series by Parker Bilal, the pen name of British-Sudanese writer Jamal Mahjoub.

On hold: 

  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl: One of the books I want to read as part of my 47 Things I Want To Do In My 47th Year as is the next book I’ll mention…
  • When Breath Become Air by Paul Kalanithi: Recommended by Melissa Middleman Firman and one I want to include in my eight books before Labor Day, to bring my grand total of books to eight.
  • Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh: Because of the subject, drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, which is happening in the county where I live.

Checked out:

  • Volumes 3 and 4 of Ms. Marvel
  • Dead Man’s Float, a collection of poetry, by the late Jim Harrison
  • Kill Switch by Jonathan Maberry

Rereads planned before Labor Day: The Hobbit and Invisible Man (the Ralph Ellison one, not H.G. Wells).

A lot of this are rehashes of previous posts, but I’m hoping to put a dent in my reading this coming weekend as I’ll have a four-day weekend for the Fourth of July. When I started this month, my goal for my birthday month was to reread several books, including those mentioned above, but I read none of them. I guess there is always July!

All The Life!

As for my goals for my birthday life in regards to life (l’chaim), I succeeded at all but one. That one was the 99 Days of Summer Blogging, which I bowed out of earlier this week. On the flip side, the successes were numerous:

  1. 20160625_140808A drinkalong with a groupline online on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) for my birthday on Saturday, June 11, at 9:30 p.m. ET. The movie was Smokey and the Bandit, one of my favorites.
  2. A cookout on my birthday, June 9, with neighbors. My wife made shish-kebobs on the grill.
  3. Went on a luncheon cruise on Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes in New York, for our neighbors Mike and Kathy’s 25th wedding anniversary. They invited a small group of family and friends, and we were honored to be among that group.
  4. Purchasing (finally) a pair of Bose noise-cancelling headphones that I hoped would help with my tinnitus and not hearing as much in our neighborhood. I don’t think they’ve helped with the tinnitus, except for masking it as well as most of the noises in the neighborhood, especially the big ones: a nearby factory and neighbors’ dogs.

I also survived our library’s book sale not once, but twice.

As for July, besides the books above and the four-day Fourth of July weekend (and being invited over to the neighbors for a picnic), I don’t think we have much else planned. I guess we’ll just play it by ear. Speaking of ear, I’ll leave you with my favorite album of the month:

So how was your June? Any good books, music, movies, TV to recommend? What’s on tap for your July?

Fabulous Friday: The End of the Book Sale Edition II


Each and every Friday, Michelle of the blog That’s What She Read shares what makes that Friday a Fabulous Friday for her and has a Mister Linky where you can share your own post of what makes your own Friday fabulous. Click on the image above to be taken to this week’s post from Michelle.

What makes this a Fabulous Friday for me

…until next year.

The book sale is really over. No, really. It was over last week, but there was still some cleanup this week so now it’s over.

What our neighbors hope I don’t do.

Lunch cruise on Seneca Lake with neighbors this Saturday as they celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with us and other friends and family.


Not doing 99 Days of Summer Blogging anymore, although happy that Melissa, who started it, still is, as are a few other bloggers, whom I’ll still following as they continue. It’s just not my thing, and I’m okay with being a loser. 🙂

So what makes this a Fabulous Friday for you?

Keeping It Short

When I left you last week, I was reading City of Jackals by Parker Bilal and waiting for three other books on hold. Since then, I’ve finished City of Jackals, which was just okay, and still am waiting for the three books, which I hope will be better.

In the meanwhile, as we approach the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, I’ve picked up a few shorter works for today as I also continue convalescing from the library book sale. Yesterday morning, I woke up (read: one of our cats Seamus woke me up) at 5 a.m. and I couldn’t get back to sleep because my legs were so sore. I think all the carrying boxes from downstairs in our library and just walking inside and outside to check on volunteers manning the porch and two tents finally caught up with me.

The books

  • 25066780Volumes 3 and 4 of Ms. Marvel:…despite the fact that I didn’t love the second volume like I loved the first. For a non-comic book reader like myself, I’ll admit I got lost in the second one with characters whose names comic book aficionados can recite as if the characters are part of a Litany of Saints, but with whom I don’t even have a passing familiarity.
  • Dead Man’s Float, a collection of poetry, by the late Jim Harrison:…despite the title and that Harrison died recently, and that “we” have heard more than enough about death the last couple of weeks.

In addition to the books on hold, I do have two rereads planned before Labor Day: The Hobbit and Invisible Man (the Ralph Ellison one, not H.G. Wells). However, I just don’t feel like committing to either yet. I’ll have a four-day weekend for the Fourth of July, so hopefully then.

What are you reading this week?  Anything good?

This is Day 21 of 99 Days of Summer Blogging.

Saturday Spins #2: case/lang/veirs

During each Saturday Spin, I bring you what’s been spinning on my virtual turntable this week.

CaseCD_grandecase/lang/veirs by case/lang/veirs: This one, I’ll be honest I haven’t been spinning all week and only found this morning via Pitchfork, but so far, it’s sound like it’s a good one. I already was familiar with k.d. lang, especially because of one of my favorite albums, Ingenue, by her, but don’t really know Neko Case, although I’ve heard of her, or Laura Veirs, whom I’ve never heard of until this morning.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the passing of Prince Be, the surviving member of the band P.M. Dawn. Rest in peace, Prince Be.

So what’s been spinning on your virtual turntable this week?

This is Day 20 of 99 Days of Summer Blogging.