Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Utah Book Week Day Three: PEOPLE

Today for Utah Book Week we're talking about people. The first people that come to mind are these:

Most of my favorite book people all in one place taken on the occasion of our book club's tenth anniversary.

Speaking of book club, here's a couple other memorable book club pictures from our two author visits these past two years:

With Josh Hanagarne

With Amy Finnegan

We've had some great parties with our bloggin' buddies over the years too:

2008 or so

Summer 2008
when authors were small enough to come to our parties!
More of the crowd in 2009
Summer 2011 or so 
And last year, 2015

Ah, what memories! I miss the blogging hey day we had back then. But from it all, I've made some great life long friends! Bookish people. They are the best.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Utah Book Week Day Two: PLACE

Today's prompt... place. It can be interpreted many ways. I thoughts of several ways, but have ended up with this one:

One of my favorite Utah places is Mirror Lake. And it's a place where I love to curl up and read to the sounds of the breeze swaying in the pine trees, and the squirrels chirping and the fire crackling. I love the feel of the cool air after being in a stuffy hot city. And the best is being able to read without any responsibilities calling to me.

(Which actually, that rarely happens even on a camp out, but I like to think it's at least less.)

Where's your favorite outside place to read?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Utah Book Week Day One: STACK

Utah Book Week starts today! My plan is to post each day on a theme that corresponds with the Instagram Challenge themes:

Here's the thing about my Utah Books stack. It grows by a HUGE amount every year and there is no way that I can keep up. It's insane really, the amount of books authors here in Utah are writing. What's up with that? We've discussed it a bit before, but something is going on here. It would be nice if whatever it is I could figure out how to tap into it!!

Anyway, in another post I will list all the Utah books I've read this year, but in this post (and for my instagram picture) I have gathered just a few books that happen to be in the nearby vicinity:

I plan to work on at  least one of these this week, but the rest... I'm afraid they'll still be waiting. And seriously, these are just the ones that happen to be within arms reach for a quick picture. Don't you think that's crazy?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Currently: Feeling Exhausted

I've gone a whole week without blogging.

Guys. I'm not sure this has ever happened in my whole nearly ten years of blogging.

Is the world ending?

Anyway, here's a recap of the past week in pictures:

Here's the silly and blurry selfie at the airport when we picked up Sangi on Thursday.

We immediately took her to get French Fries. 

Here's her welcome sign that we LEFT AT HOME!!!

She brought us a ton of fun things from Korea
including the traditional hanbok dress.

A car full of crazies.

Eating at In and Out

Our Josh Groban selfie.
(Yes, we remembered our pre kpop love for Josh!)

Sangi brought me Lee Min Ho socks!
(Who's Lee Min Ho? The boy with the gun in the previous post of course!)

The cool monkey bar pyramid at the park.
Teaching Sangi the "heavy heavy hangover"
song for birthday present giving.

And finally, a cat picture.
The not so helpful bed making helper.

And now... tomorrow... school starts. Goodbye summer.

But I'm hoping that means a nice normal-ish week and getting back to routine. Until the weekend. And then it all breaks loose again. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Currently: Feeling the Calm before the Storm

Listening:   Um... do you really want to know? I don't think you do. But just in case. You can click that link.  LOL! :) My favorite kpop song right now is this one. It's a ballad with some really awesome intense singing.. .and a bit of soft-ish rapping:

Did you listen? What do you think? (P.S You can click the CC button to see the lyrics if you want.)

Watching: A kdrama called City Hunter featuring this boy:

And that's really all I have to say about that.

Reading: I just finished a lovely book by my favorite Kasie West called P.S. I Like You. I love these fun contemporary romance books that she writes! Perfect for me right now!

Blogging: Next week we'll be celebrating Utah Authors. I have started two books by Utah authors. One a well established graphic novelist... and one a brand new author! Woot!  Stay tuned for more Utah bookish-ness fun.

Writing: Um.

YouTubing: Guys. Our channel exploded in the past couple of weeks. It's been awesome. People are actually watching us now. Which is both cool and freaky at the same time. We have haters too! So you know that's ligit, right? But, wow. This is being a fun ride.

Big Announcement: A few weeks ago I mentioned that life is going to change around here in a big way. And that happens this week when we welcome to our home an exchange student for the WHOLE SCHOOL YEAR! And guess where she is from? As my mom says.... you have three guesses and the first two don't count. Korea! Yep. We are so excited it's not even funny. We have talked about doing this for years. And I've always resisted, but this time, it feels so right and like it was meant to be. And it's not just about the Korea thing. I just... I don't know... I think it's going to be an awesome thing. So I have spent many days cleaning and organizing and throwing away junk so there will be a room ready for her. Anyway, stay tuned for much more about this adventure!

So this weekend things have been fairly calm. And then it will all break loose. I'm hanging on tight.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sing Along Saturday: Rockin'

Music for your Saturday! The prompt today over at Bookish Things and More is:

Songs (because I can never do just one) 
that make you rock and roll

The one that fits this most recently for me (before the kpop take over) is My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark by Fall Out Boy:

One of the best head banging songs ever!

A rocking out song from the way past is Don't Fear the Reaper from Blue Oyster Cult. Gah, I love this song:

And then there's Muse of course:

While that's not a true "song"... it's a concert jam and I can never get enough of Chris on that bass. Sigh.

Oh man. Rocking out songs. I could go on and on.

What are some of your favorites?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Book Review Thoughts: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

Book: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This one is that same line up books that Not in the Script is in... remember that fun book from last year's reading?  It's about a girl who goes to Italy for the summer. She's supposed to go to Florence for an art program, but she decides to bag that and do her own thing... and not tell her parents. Turns out she befriends a local Italian girl working at a bakery and ends up going to Cinque Terre with her to live with her family and help in their restaurant.

The Italian girl has a beautiful cousin who sweeps our girl off her feet with his playboy ways. Our girl is all, wow, he's beautiful, but he's bad news. She tries to resist. It's hard.

But, it's made easier when an American guy, one she bumped into on her first day, shows up and invites her to go to Pompeii with him. Yeah. This boy is a much nicer choice.

So, all in all, it's a fun summer romance story, which is exactly what I expected. Very fun. But not too thought provoking or anything. The best thing about this book is having been to all the places mentioned (except Pompeii sadly) and able to picture everything, from the trails between the villages of Cinque Terre, to the train tunnels, to the gelato shops and trattorias, and finally the Colosseum and Pantheon in Rome. And when she said it was hot, I knew what that meant! Hot like no other hot I've ever experienced!

Bottom Line: Cute fluffy romance story. I enjoyed it!

Other Reviews:

It was a really good summer read that simultaneously cured and riled up the travel bug in me. From The Perpetual Page Turner

Fun, fanciful, and cute, Kristin Rae’s debut novel Wish You Were Italian is a story of self discovery, friendship and romance that would make the perfect addition to your beach bag this summer. From Pop Goes the Reader

It's one of those stories that wiill entertain; it's also a story that will proceed to make your wanderlust and desire to visit Italy grow in gigantic proportions. From Alexa Loves Books

It was a fun read for the description of Italy and gelato alone. From Book. Blog. Bake.


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