All The Books!
- 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.
- 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:
- A 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.
- A cookout on my birthday, June 9, with neighbors. My wife made shish-kebobs on the grill.
- 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.
- 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.
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?