Sunday, June 19, 2016

I Am Now an Expert on Books Set in New Mexico, I Think

I spent the last ten days in the wilds of New Mexico. You may (or may not) recall that I have suffered greatly in the past when I've visited the wild, including a scorpion bite, a close encounter with flat tires, and an adventure with a rattlesnake. This time, we very nearly ran into a black bear, almost drove off the edge of a cliff, and came within a few miles of a New Mexico wildfire. Despite all our difficulties, I returned home safely yesterday, and I'm certain I'll get rested up from my vacation in a few days.

What I Finished Last Week

I read some great books set in New Mexico last week.

Death Comes for the Archbishop
Two Frank Waters books: People of the Valley and Mountain Dialogues
Hour of the Bees

I'm still reading a couple with New Mexico connections.

Sacred Clowns (audiobook) by Tony Hillerman
The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and the Zigzag Life by Natalie Goldberg

Thanks to everyone who shared great books set in New Mexico!

What Arrived Last Week

Quite a stack of books poured in my mailbox while I was gone last week.


Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story
The It Girl
Trouble the Water by Frances O'Roark Dowell
A Tiger Tail (Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School)
The Invoice

What were you doing while I was out of town? Did you read anything I should pick up? I'm glad to be back. I missed you!

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  1. Oh my goodness.... do things like this happen on all your vacations or just in New Mexico? ;-)

  2. It looks like some good books arrived for you his week! I wish I could read as fast as you.

  3. Wow! Sounds like quite a trip. I'd definitely be staying inside for a week or two to recover. I'm not sure which scares me more - the bear or the scorpion. You got some fantastic looking books this week. I had forgotten about Tony Hillerman. I used to love his books but I know there's a couple I haven't read and I'm wanting to try the books by his daughter as well. Have a great week!

    1. The scorpion was a little scarier than the bear, I think.

  4. BUT the bear didn't bite you, right? :) So you've got that going for you. :) Which was your favorite out of the ones you read this past week?

    1. I honestly liked the three fiction books equally well. They were all brilliantly well written.

  5. Lots of black bears around here this year. Must have been a bumper crop last spring.

    Welcome back, Deb!!

  6. Awesome looking books! Glad you survived the wilds, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. I am so glad you made it home safely! That's quite an adventure you had! Tony Hillerman was one of my dad's favorite authors when he was alive. I understand Hillerman's daughter has taken over the series. I have never tried his books. I hope you enjoy your new books! Have a great week, Deb!

    1. We got about halfway through the audiobook. We'll finish it up at home, I hope.

  8. It sounds like you enjoyed your holiday Deb and I'm also glad you're home safely. You'll be very OVER New Mexico books after this and will need a new theme!

  9. Wow - quite the adventure you had there on your travels!

  10. I love Natalie Goldberg. She is such an enlightening writing teacher. I also like listening to her read her work on audio. The Willa Father has been on my TBR list forever. Happy Reading!

  11. Your vacations sound anything but boring. Glad to hear you made it back without injuries:) I haven't heard of a lot of these books. Must look into them!

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  12. Your vacation certainly sounds interesting. Glad you survived! I haven't read any of the New Mexico books you shared- but I do like to read books that take place in the locations I am visiting. :)

  13. Whenever I go on vacation it always rains, even when I go somewhere that has been experiencing an extended drought (not exaggerating).

    I just bought a box of High Fiber Chocolate Fudge Brownies (store brand), but haven't had a chance to try them yet. I plan to save them for when I am having cravings and need something a bit more healthy than regular brownies or chocolate cake.

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