Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday Post #35/Sunday Salon #8

Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly Sunday Post link-up, and Deb at ReaderBuzz is expanding Sunday Salon from a FB group to a link-up as well.

What I Read: 8 books
I'm still about a week behind in my summer book-a-day project, but I read a graphic novel and some middle grade novels this week, so I finished a good number of books. A lot of 4.5 star reads too, meaning they were really, really good, but not quite full-on favorites that I'll remember forever. 

  • Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World is a sweet story about a girl whose home is destroyed in a hurricane, but even worse, her book of drawings of girls holding hands also goes missing. I just wish I could see the lovingly described art she creates. 
  • Brave Face is author Shaun David Hutchinson's memoir about dealing with depression and with coming out, first to himself and then to the world. It's very good, and brutally honest. A lot of  teens today (but not all, I'm sure, especially outside of certain geographic bubbles) would scoff at the idea that one wouldn't realize one was gay until the age of 17, but homophobia was so deeply entrenched even 20 years ago, and I have more than one contemporary that couldn't figure out what was going on until college or even later. 
  • The Wendy Project is a peculiar little graphic novel I read at the library. It's a Peter Pan inspired story about a girl named Wendy who crashes the car with her little brothers in it and can't work out if Michael died or went to Neverland. 
  • Suddenly Sixty is a book of light verse by Judith Viorst of Alexander and the Terrible, Awful, No Good, Very Bad Day fame. She's published a collection on the stages of life each decade since her thirties. (She's now up to nearly ninety.)
  • Our House is an adult mystery/thriller that I saw on someone's blog last Sunday, I'm pretty sure. It's not particularly scary and not at all gory, much more of a mental game thing. Really fun. 
  • After Zero I read entirely based on AJ of Read All the Things! recommendation, and I'm glad I did. It's another middle grade novel where I was rooting fiercely for the protagonist.
  • Shout is Laurie Halse Anderson's memoir in verse. I went in knowing it was about the experiences in her life that she pulled from to write Speak, but it's actually much more than that, including family trauma, a year in Denmark, and a section of opaque poetry I couldn't get into. Some sections were ***all the stars*** amazing, but some weren't.
  • Station Eleven was arguably the best of the bunch. Post apocalyptic pandemic, overlapping characters, literary story telling. I think I had this one on my TBR because of AJ too. I happened to pick up a large print version at the library, which worked out well when I had insomnia the other night and was reading it at 3 am with my weary eyes. 

What I'm Reading/What's Next

A friend just gave me the newest Liane Moriarty book, so I will probably read that soon. I also want to knock out another bingo square or two, possibly double-dipping with a classic or Printz winner.

Three Things
  • It's really all one giant thing. My husband and a group of friends secretly planned a weekend at Mt. Hood in honor of my upcoming 50th birthday. 
  • My daughter and I took a great little hike before we went to the cabin.
  • While there, we ate, talked, drank, went in the hot tub, read, played games, took a forest walk, loved on my friends' pony-sized English Mastiff puppy, played cornhole, did crafts, and laughed and laughed and laughed. 
It's looking like it's going to be a great summer, and I hope yours is as well. Stay tuned next week for blogiversary nonsense. 


  1. So you're turning 50 this year? I just turned 50 this past month. So how many years have you been bogging?

  2. A birthday and a blogoversary! How lovely.
    Have a good week!

  3. What a nice surprised to celebrate you! It looks like it was a good time too. I really loved Ivy Aberdeen, and since have read more of Blake's books. She's wonderful! I actually read The Wendy Project. You know I love grief and loss books, and though this was a new format for me, I enjoyed it.

  4. Turning fifty was a happy thing for me. I felt like I finally let go of a thousand worries and anxieties and I decided to just live. I hope it is an equally good thing for you.

    Thanks for your genuine thoughts about Shout. I wondered if it could possibly be as good as Speak.

    What a lovely surprise!

    Enjoy your week.

  5. Ooh Our House sounds good! I had to go over to GR and look at it. :)

    Glad you had a great birthday and cabin trip!

  6. Happy Birthday!

    I just read Candlish’s latest, Those People which is along the same lines as Our House.

    Have a great reading week

  7. I'm impressed by a book each day. I'm only reading one around every three days. It takes time to review them, too.

    best... mae at

  8. What a sweet surprise for your birthday! You read a good mix of books last month. I'm especially interested in Shout since I read and loved Speak. Congrats on your upcoming blogoversary. I hope you have a wonderful July in reading and more sweet surprises :)

  9. I’m glad you liked After Zero and Station Eleven. Happy birthday, and have fun at Mt. Hood. I love the photos, especially the dog. Giant dogs are my favorites.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  10. Happy birthday, Wendy. It sounds as though you had a wonderful time at Mt. Hood with the family.

    Hope you have another great week and enjoy your reads.

    Here's my Sunday Post

  11. The weekend at Mt. Hood sounds awesome. Happy 50th!!

  12. Sounds like you've had a string of good book lately... I really liked Station Eleven, too. Happy 50th!!


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