Saturday, September 7, 2019

Heading Home from Utah

I finished Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey. This was a reread, and it was perfect for my trip this week to Utah. Edward Abbey relates stories from his time working at Arches before it was a national park. He is one of three employees (!) in the late 60's, and visitors were sparse. It was a solitary and rewarding experience for Abbey. 

I'm still reading this Utah-themed book, The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson.

I'm proud to say that I finished both the 20 Books of Summer Challenge and reading expert Donalyn Miller's #bookaday challenge. Grand total: 95 books read and reviewed, mostly children's books, but also including Moby Dick. Here are the books I read this summer:

The Cybils are coming. It is time to seek judges for the 2019 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards. Do you love to read and review children's books or young adult books? Apply to be a Cybils judge here.

These photos are from a trip we took to Utah about ten years ago. I hope to be posting some photos from our trip last week soon.

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  1. You had an amazing summer of books! Desert Solitaire sounds really good to me.

    1. I did. And Desert Solitaire is a modern meditation on nature.

  2. You could be listening to the Utah Saints on the way home.
    Utah is a place have never been to but then I have only been to a few places in the US

  3. Quite a trip! Quite a post! Sincere congrats on accomplishing your two challenges and the ginormous amount of books read, Hon.

  4. Good work on your challenges! Hope you have a great week!

  5. Great photos! I'm glad you had a great trip. Enjoy your week.

  6. 95 books is A-Mazing!Quite an accomplishment. Lovin' the Utah trip pics. I've only been on a layover there, but it sounds amazing.

  7. I ust looked up the Never Open Desert Diner and added it to my TBR list. I posted Utah for One Word Sunday today.

  8. A Great Summer of Books! Have a fin week!

  9. Congratulations on your challenge accomplishments.
    I hope you are enjoying Utah

    Have a great reading week

  10. I look forward to seeing the photos and glad you had a great trip. Welcome back:)

  11. I failed the book-a-day challenge this summer, partly because I didn't focus on spending some time in the picture book section of the library to get caught up when I got behind. I still got some good reading in though, so I'm okay with it.

    Utah has some beautiful areas, and I'm looking forward to your pictures from this trip! I'm also counting the days until Cybils judges are notified.

  12. Oo both of your Utah books look great, especially Desert Solitaire. I love reading about the National Parks (and visiting!) Can't wait to see your photos, the ones you posted are beautiful!

  13. I hope you are enjoying The Never-Open Desert Diner. I imagine we will be making a trip to Utah in the next year or so. My in-laws recently moved there. I hope you had a nice visit! I always look forward to hearing about the books up for the Cybils. Congratulations on finishing your challenges!

    Have a wonderful week, Deb.

  14. Gorgeous photos! Can't wait to see the ones from your more recent trip and I'm glad you had a good time.

  15. Can't wait to see the photos of Utah! I googled the Anderson book and it, and Lullaby Road sound really good!

  16. I love the graphic of all the books you read this summer! It's great to see them all together like that.

  17. Oooh! The Bookaday challenge sounds really interesting! Hope you have fun with the challenge!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  18. You had a good summer of reading. My summer reading numbers are down this year but I've been doing other things.

  19. Your Utah photos are gorgeous! Congratulations on completing both challenges. I'm not sure why, but I can just never commit to those.

  20. Sounds like a great trip! I think I read a book a day this summer too but I'm slowing down now for some unknown reason. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


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