Reading 1, Life 0

all-the-books-all-the-life Each Sunday, I bring you a wrap-up of my week in books and life and then ask you to share what you’ve been reading and what’s happening in your life. Here we go…for this past week.

All The Books!

All one of them: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott. I started reading this last week, but didn’t know if I’d continue it, to be honest. Then yesterday morning, I picked it up and finished it in one sitting. I don’t know if it was great, but it was good enough, definitely in the tradition of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which I loved. I almost gave up after a lot of sentences that began with “And,” but stuck with it and am glad that I did. It was a nice, quick read. I might try another of Abbott’s at another time, but I don’t feel rushed to read all of her books.

I have a few possibilities for my next read, including but not limited to the following:

  1. The Emerald Lie by Ken Bruen
  2. The Arnifour Affair by Gregory Harris
  3. River of Darkness by Rennie Airth
  4. Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker

The last three are all the first part of series that looked intriguing to me after seeing other parts in the series at the used bookstore at our library. The only one I know for sure that I’ll get to out of the four is Bruen’s since I’ve already invested myself in the rest of his Jack Taylor series.

All  The Life!

Hmmm. Life? Not much to report on this front. I wish there was, but not much here…I guess I need to get one.


…well, at least this week. I guess there is always next week. ūüôā

So how about you? Whatchya reading and whatchya doing lately?

All The Books! All The Life! – The Postponed Edition

All The Books!


Except for me it’s been all last week, in terms of my reading:

  1. Had grand plans Labor Day Weekend to reread Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, but after learning of the death of an online acquaintance’s boyfriend, I didn’t feel up to it.
  2. Started Megan Abbott’s book, You Will Know Me, later last¬†week, but I don’t know if I’m committed to it. Have on hold: The Forsaken, the fourth Quinn Colson, after telling a patron that it was a good series and it was one that was available and unlike me, he doesn’t care if it’s in order. I didn’t realize it was the next one in the series for me to read when letting him know about it (dang).
  3. Planned to read the next Jack Taylor, The Emerald Lie, on Friday, which I had off, but took a nap, went for wings, and continued watching Criminal Minds on Netflix.

No reading Saturday because of work and watching last NASCAR race of regular season. No reading Sunday because I just didn’t feel like it. Felt like chilling with music, napping with windows open as temperatures begin to get cool, and Netflix with The Wife.

All The Life!

Week began with Labor Day picnic with the neighbors, ended with me having Friday off and working Saturday.

Postponed regular Sunday Salon/wrap up post Sunday until today, put up repost of 9/11 post from previous blog instead on Sunday.

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After a couple of weeks with Fridays off, I’m back to the normal five-day in a row weeks until first week of October. Will miss the Fridays off, but hey, I’ll have the weekends.

How has your reading been? Life in general?

Fabulous Friday – another Friday off

Fabulous-Friday-680x680Each and every Friday, Michelle of the blog That‚Äôs 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 at right¬†to be taken to Michelle’s post for today.¬†

So what makes this a Fabulous Friday for me?

For the second week in a row, I have a Friday off…


…but I do have to work tomorrow.


Still, it’s fabulous to be off as I can catch up on some reading, probably The Emerald Lie, the 12th Jack Taylor, by Ken Bruen, and go out to my favorite place for wings, which I haven’t had in a while. I’ve missed wings as I’m sure have you with the photos I usually put up all over social media. I also took The Bridge on the River Kwai on DVD out of the library so I might watch that later or Kim and I might watch it together (after she gets up/she works night shift and will wake up later).

Also although it’s next month and then again in December, I have two wine tours to look forward to that I’m going on with my wife for our 20th anniversary, one to Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, in New York and the other on Seneca Lake, another of the Finger Lakes. The first one includes a fancy dinner at the end of the day; the second one, a fancy brunch in the middle of the day.

So what makes this a Fabulous Friday for you? Share in the comments and/or on Michelle’s original post or both.

Fabulous Friday/August 2016 Wrap-Up

Fabulous-Friday-680x680Each and every Friday, Michelle of the blog That‚Äôs 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 at right¬†to be taken to Michelle’s post for today. Today’s post from me is a mish-mash¬†of Fabulous Friday, The Sunday Salon, and a wrap-up for August/look ahead to September as they all sort of coincided. So what makes this a Fabulous Friday for me? First, books, as always, make it fabulous.

All The Books!

I read six in the past month. I started a new series, the Quinn Colson series, by Ace Atkins with The Ranger and The Lost Ones and enjoyed them enough that I picked up the third, The Broken Places, from our library. I continued another series, the Jack Taylor series, by Ken Bruen with Purgatory and Green Hell and have his latest, The Emerald Lie, on hold at our library. In addition to Atkins and Bruen, I also read the first Gideon Oliver, Fellowship of Fear, by Aaron Elkins and the eighth Joe Ledger, Kill Switch, by Jonathan Maberry. Both were good, but I’ll probably wait to continue the Oliver series.

Along with continuing the Quinn Colson series and Jack Taylor series in September, I plan on a reread of A Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. The reread was one of two I wanted to get done by Labor Day as I mentioned in¬†“7 Things¬†I want to do in my 47th summer,” based on Debi’s¬†53¬†things she¬†wanted to do in her¬†53rd summer. I finished a reread of The Hobbit earlier this summer.

Probably sometime later today, I’ll finish Forever Rumpole, a collection of short stories, by John Mortimer, which I have been thoroughly enjoying.

And of course, what else makes this a Fabulous Friday is life itself, in particular time spent with neighbors and family this past month, which will continue this weekend, another four-day weekend for me as I have off today from work and also Saturday. On Monday, our neighbors Mike and Kathy have invited us over for a picnic.


All The Life!

Not that things don’t happen for me during the week…


but most things happen on the weekends or on days off. This past month was no exception as the highlights happened on the weekend (as usual, for those reading this in a feed reader, please visit the blog to see the featured image at the top of this post for photos of the highlights):

  1. A backyard movie night with our neighbors on the first weekend. We watched The Martian on a screen on the back of our neighbors’ garage, in the yard. This Saturday, ¬†they have another movie planned: Identify Thief with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman and I’ll be watching Krush Groove with a group of online friends for a drinkalong after that.
  2. A visit to Corning Museum of Glass with my neighbor Mike, my sister and her two children on the third weekend.
  3. Also on that same weekend, my wife and I went to a film festival in our town after one of the actors in one of the movies stopped by the library with a director friend. We also were able to meet with him after the movie and he was very down-to-earth.
  4. This past weekend, my neighbor Mike and I went “antiquing” (well, he did more than I did, but I did get some ideas at some secondhand shops) in a nearby town, where I also picked up a new pair of shoes.

TV-wise, we’re still watching (via Netflix streaming) Bob’s Burgers, NCIS, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Death in Paradise, to name a few. We also watched the first six episodes of The Get Down and can’t wait to see the next half next year.

I’ll leave you with something fun that is mash-up of scenes from The Get Down with the theme of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

So what were the highlights of your reading, your life, from August? Any new TV shows or movies to recommend? And what makes this a Fabulous Friday for you? Share in the comments or on Michelle’s post with your answer to that last question.

Still Rumpole, “antiquing,” and Labor Day plans

All The Books!

I’m continuing to read¬†John Mortimer’s Forever Rumpole: The Best of the Rumpole Stories and I finished the first in the Quinn Colson series by Ace Atkins, The Ranger. I’m still enjoying the Rumpole short stories, but I’m savoring them and not rushing through them. I liked, though, not loved, the first Quinn Colson, but I’ll continue on to the second one, The Lost Ones, later this week.

As I’ve mentioned before, at the beginning of June, I wrote a post titled “7 Things¬†I want to do in my 47th summer,” based on Debi’s¬†53¬†things she¬†wants to do in her¬†53rd summer, with one of those things being to read at least eight books by Labor Day to bring my grand total for the year to 20. ¬†With finishing The Range, I’m at 25 and have only more book to reread that was on my list: A Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. I plan on reading that sometime next weekend as I have off four days, starting Friday.

All The Life!

Last week, my neighbor Mike and I went to the Corning Museum of Glass. Yesterday, we went “antiquing” as we visited a few antique stores in a nearby town. Well, I should say Mike went “antiquing” as I was going to the town to get a new pair of shoes at a store there (if in a reader, click through to the blog to see the featured image with this post to see photos of our adventures and my new shoes). My old shoes were literally busting out and no wonder they were two widths too small. The employees at this store were extremely helpful in making sure I get the right fit and I’m thankful. My feet feel a hundred times better already.

Oh, yeah, if you’re looking at the image now, the “be happy” salt shaker was at the restaurant we stopped and the burger too. I was surprised that it was such a huge burger to be honest and got the double because I thought this was a “mom and pop” diner where the burgers are a slim patty on a grocery store burger roll. I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t and had to take half home as well as take some of the fixings off to fit it in my mouth.

So that was the week that was. As for this coming week, I have a four-day week, followed by a four-day weekend, as I took off an extra day for the Labor Day Weekend, as I mentioned above. In addition to a little reading, I also have a slew of movies, favorite oldies, lined up in the Netflix queue, including but not limited to The Princess Bride, The Truman Show, Forrest Gump, and The Sting.

How about you? How was your week that was? Read anything good, watch anything worthwhile (we finished The Get Down, which we enjoyed and look forward to seeing the second half of the first season at some point), listen to anything that got your feet tapping? If in the States, any big plans for the Labor Day Weekend? If not in the States, any big plans anyway to end your summer, if it’s summer where you are? If not summer where you are, any big plans, period?¬†

I’ll leave you what’s on my virtual turntable this morning as I go to read some of your posts: