I like having a Weekly Wrap Up on my blog to see what I’ve accomplished in the world of reading and reviewing. I am linking up to a couple of memes that do the same. The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news about our lives, recap the past week, showcase books we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. Stacking the Shelves is held at Tynga’s Reviews and is a place to share the books that have arrived in the last week.
I participated in KissinBlueKaren’s new Thursday meme: Beyond the Books with a post about Things I Collect. It’s a little embarrassing as to how many collections I have, so I only featured two. Each week Karen is posting a discussion topic that takes us “Beyond the Books”. All of the topics through November are listed on her blog, so I hope you’ll join us when you are feeling the need to try something new or write a discussion post. This week it will be Favorite TV Shows. You might be surprised at some of mine.
I gave away two copies of Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky this week. The winners were Mary from BookFan and Jennifer who posts her book reviews on Twitter as @BlueWaterEditor. The books are flying off to their homes thanks to St. Martin’s Press.
- The Case of the Dotty Dowager by Cathy Ace (WISE Enquiries #1)
- The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
- Anatomy of Murder by Imogen Robertson (Crowther & Westerman Mystery #2)
- The Burning Room by Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch Crime #19)
- Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford (Amish Mystery #1)
- A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan (ARC for August release.)
- There Was a Little Girl by Brooke Shields
- The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport (Won from Kristin @ Kritter’s Ramblings. Thank you Kristin and St. Martin’s Press.)
- The Other Sister by Lauren Willig (Thank you Courtney from St. Martin’s Press.)
- From the Library
I think everyone loves Roald Dahl, either from their own childhood or reading to their children. Stylist.co.uk had a great article about his writing last month. The Greatest Wisdom From Roald Dahl by Sejal Kapadia features quotes organized by theme and pictures of Dahl with his wife and children.
Lucia at Reading is My Breathing shared her tips on How to Survive Vacation (for Book Junkies). A lot of good advice as she was packing for a long vacation.
First, have you heard of Bookshelf by Alex Johnson? It’s a very cool coffee table book. His blog, also called Bookshelf, has so many interesting things such as a fort built from books, lounge chairs for relaxing and reading, interviews with furniture designers. The whole thing is literary porn. I just click on the labels for whatever I’m interested to see. I’m trying to figure out how to do the floating book ceiling in my lofted living room.
I had my 3-month PET scan this week, standard for cancer patients in my situation. It’s an easy scan, don’t eat or drink for eight hours ahead of time, only tiny sips of water. The tests measures where radiated glucose settles in the body, so you can’t drink anything that would mess up the test with other sugars and such. I try to be the first scan of the day so I don’t have a long wait to eat. Everything came back pretty good. “A good visit,” the doctor said. There is still cancer, but it’s under control, so I have three more months of no treatments, which is nice. It’s the side effects from treatments that will get you in the end probably, at least in my case.
I also got a new oxygen system for when I leave the house and it is awesome! Of course, since it’s so great insurance doesn’t pay for it, but now I can leave the house for more than four hours at a time and don’t have to worry about running out of oxygen. The machine runs on a super battery, as well as both AC and DC power, so anywhere I go I should be OK. Plus it’s smaller and lighter than the old system. Who can complain about that? I did a lot of research before buying, so if you’re in the market I’m your expert until the next generation of machines comes out.
Next weekend is Independence Day Weekend here in the U.S. so I’m sure many people will be taking a little bloggy time off throughout the week. I hope everyone has great weather, cold drinks, and s’mores that melt properly!