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September 20, 2017 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Juvenile Downy Woodpecker

Almost wordless: Lots of young birds in the yard the past few weeks. You can tell this is a juvenile by the scruffy feathers and the mauve patch on the back of his head. Males have a bright red spot and females have none.

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September 18, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ September 18th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
Summer returned this week and while I enjoy the warmer weather, I wasn’t happy about the humidity and the need to turn on the air conditioner.

There were no new books in my physical mailbox last week. I did, however, download some new audio books over the past few weeks. I haven’t been requesting much since I have a fairly large backlog of books to read and lately I’ve been finding it easier to listen. And aging eyes are partly the cause. Plus I find it more and more difficult to read comfortably in the evening with the lower light. I guess that is what large print books are for!

Audio Downloads

Fom Penguin Random House.

Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake by Kathryn Miles.
A journey around the United States in search of the truth about the threat of earthquakes leads to spine-tingling discoveries, unnerving experts, and ultimately the kind of preparations that will actually help guide us through disasters.

The End of Alzheimer’s by Dale Bredesen
A groundbreaking plan based on scientific research and clinical results shown to prevent and reverse AD and cognitive decline by addressing metabolic imbalances with lifestyle modifications.

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
In the spirit of Station Eleven and California, award-winning novelist Holly Goddard Jones offers a literary spin on the dystopian genre with this gripping story of survival and humanity about a group of adrenaline junkies who jump -the Salt Line.

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford
From the bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle’s epic 1909 World’s Fair.

The Four by Scott Galloway
The acclaimed NYU business professor’s tour-de-force on the true nature of technology’s titans, and what happens next in their struggle to dominate our lives.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

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September 11, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ September 11th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
Another week that went by in a blur. Hard to believe that it is September already.

Only one new book in the past two weeks.

New Arrivals

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak from Berkley
A warm, wry, sharply observed debut novel about what happens when a family is forced to spend a week together in quarantine over the holidays.

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September 6, 2017 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Lake Ellyn

Almost wordless: A view of the boathouse from the far side of the lake. I was at the art fair in the park and decided to go for a walk around the lake while I was waiting for a few friends to show up.

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September 1, 2017 / Leslie

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, XII

A Favorite Event

It’s September, and that means it’s time for one of my favorite reading events, R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril. After hosting RIP for the past 11 years, Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings has passed it on to Heather and Andi.

The event runs from September 1st through October 31st. There are multiple levels of peril to choose from, even a one book option for the time challenged.

For the last few years I have avoided most challenges; I usually fail at them, plus they add a level of stress I don’t need. But RIP books are from genres I enjoy, so for me it’s become an annual event.

There are only two simple goals for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril:

1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.

Genres to choose from:

Mystery | Suspense | Thriller | Dark Fantasy | Gothic | Horror | Supernatural

I’m Choosing Peril the First

Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux . . . or anyone in between.

Other challenges to choose from are Peril the Movie, Peril the Short Story, and Peril the Group Read. For anyone new to R.I.P., you do not have to be a blogger to participate.

My Book Choices

Here are the first two books I’m planning to read, a near-future thriller and a psychological thriller. I’m still deciding on the other two. I’m looking for some good horror (probably Joe Hill or Stephen King) and a mystery. And sometimes I read more than four. I did mention this is a favorite genre of mine so it gets difficult to choose.

How to Participate

Visit the information and signup post at either Heather or Andi’s blog.

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August 28, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ August 28th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
This week started out fine but it was downhill from there. A routine trip to the dentist for a cleaning and an exam of a tooth that was a little sensitive turned into a root canal and serious infection by the weekend. Antibiotics and pain pills knocked me out for the last few days, and that is why I haven’t visited many blogs this past week. One would think this would give me lots of time to read, but it was just the opposite with no ability to concentrate.

I received a couple of books that I requested and a few new audio downloads.

New Arrivals

Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller from Delacort Press.
There are no screens. There are no controls. You don’t just see and hear it–you taste, smell, and touch it too. In this new reality, there are no laws to break or rules to obey. You can live your best life. Indulge every desire. It’s a game so addictive you’ll never want it to end. Until you realize that you’re the one being played.

How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged by Veronica Peerless from DK Publishing .
Can’t keep a houseplant alive, no matter how hard you try and how good your intentions are? This is the book for you.

Audio Downloads

Fom Penguin Random House.

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena from PRH Audio.
In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stops–from the bestselling author of The Couple Next Door.

Charlatans by Robin Cook.
The explosive new thriller from New York Times-bestselling author and master of the medical thriller Robin Cook.

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself.

DNA: The Story of the Genetic Revolution by James D. Watson
The definitive insider’s history of the genetic revolution–significantly updated to reflect the discoveries of the last decade.

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August 23, 2017 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Early Morning

Almost wordless: Looking out towards the prairie from a path in the woods.

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