Friday was my first full day in the new home. I kept busy with numerous projects and tasks but quickly found that there were a few items I desperately needed and I didn’t want to run out to the store to buy them as I […]
Month: August 2016
With the preparations for the sale of our home, July as been quite a busy month. However I was able to enjoy a couple of audiobooks both at home and during my commute. I listened to all of these titles on audiobook except for Razor Girl as I read an eGalley. Have I ever mentioned how much I love audiobooks? Well, I do.
My first Jasper Fforde book was Shades of Grey and I LOVED it. As soon as I started gushing about how great that book was a dear friend of mine told me I had to read the Thursday Next series. Well it may have taken me a year, but I finally started it and I love it. The series mixes sci-fi, literature, and police work in a way I would have never imagined. If you love classic literature you will thoroughly enjoy this series. I can’t wait to read the next one, there are five total in the series. Already hooked? You can buy them all as one ebook here.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
I read a man called Ove on a whim when I saw it on the best sellers list. I didn’t do a lot of research into the book before reading it, but I knew it was about an older man who had lost his wife as well as the will to carry on. The book turned out to be an adorable tale of stubborn Swedish man who find friendship and community and regains a reason, and people, to live for.
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
I am going to be honest with you, I do not consider myself a Stephen King reader. I don’t do scary and creepy, so the only book by him that I had read prior to Mr. Mercedes was 11/22/63 (which I LOVED). I had seen End of Watch on the new book shelf at the library and I thought it looked interesting and not scary. I picked it up but saw that it was the third in a trilogy so naturally I had to start with the first. Mr. Mercedes is a suspense novel centered around a retired cop and the case that he never solved. This is not a whodunnit mystery, instead it is a race against the clock to prevent any other horrible events from happening. This was a great listen and keep my interest to the point where my phone battery died because I listen for so long.
Razor Girl by Carl
I am a big Carl Hiassen fan. I love that his books are funny, Florida-centric, wacky, and edgy. They are my favorites for beach vacations and long weekends when I want an escape and nothing too deep. I was fortunate to receive an early release copy of this title from NetGalley to review here on my blog. This title follows Andrew Yancy who we last met in Bad Money. Yancy is a bit of a loose cannon but he is nothing compared the characters we meet in this book. Grab a copy for your next road trip or weekend staycation.
My last read (listen?) for July was The Girls. I had heard a lot of pre-pub buzz for this title in the library world so when I saw it available as an audiobook I figured I’d jump in and give it a listen so I’d know what all hoopla was about.
The book alternates between present day and the summer of 1967. The story surrounds a 14 year old girl who is bored with her well off California life and befriends a group of girls who live life on the edge with a Charles Manson-like character. Although the story is an interesting look into life at that time, and life in a cult-esque group, Sadly, I found the book to be lacking in many areas. The story followed the Charles Mason cult very closely, yet was a totally different story and the characters lacked any dimension. The main character Evie, seems to be trying to find herself, but never comes to any conclusions about herself or the world around in and instead we are left with many opens ends and no real answers. Of course this all is just my opinion and i know a lot of readers really did enjoy this story.
So these were my reads for July. Although I enjoyed most of these titles I think I want to try and read some non-fiction next month. Have a suggestion? Share below!
So as you may fave gathered, we are moving soon and we are finally to the place where I can start to get excited. Although I don’t see any issues coming up before closing, you never know. Although I am holding off making big purchases for the home, I am starting to allow myself to daydream about new DIY projects for this house. I figured I would share some of my favorite idea from Pinterest here.
The house has a lovely patio and pool and I want to focus most of my attention there in the beginning. We have a plastic patio set that I spray painted but I want to get something new (or repurposed) for the new house. I was about to purchase one when I realized we have a perfectly good extra table and chairs that we don’t need. I am thinking that we should paint it white and it would look great in the patio, at least for a few years.
Or maybe I could spray paint the set?
My husband recently got a nice saw and so I am thinking a few wood projects might be fun. This little bottle opener seems perfect and useful!
And how cute is the grill tools holder?
This bench looks like an awesome project but we’d better get some easier stuff under our belts first.
And lastly, how awesome is this upcycled file cabinet? I have an extra in my office and this would be perfect for our gardening tools. (I would have never believed I’d be the person with so many gardening tools that I needed a special holder for them all.)
Which project is your favorite? Have you done any of them? If so share below! I will be sure to update with what I have done and how it went once we are settled!