Saturday, September 14, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up: Reading The Testaments, Get Ready to Nominate the Cybils, and A Utah Hiking Preview



Would you like to try a book that might be a bit fresh in characters and plot? I suggest The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson for lovely change. My full review is here.







I'm reading some powerful stories: Margaret Atwood's The Testaments and Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch.





There's a lot going on with the Cybils right now. The 2019 Cybils judges will be announced on September 18. Nominations for the 2019 Cybils will open on October 1. I like to think carefully about my list of nominations, always trying to see if I can nominate at least one book for each category. Maybe you would like to start working on your list of nominations, too. Here are the categories for the Cybils:

  • Early Chapter Books
  • Easy Readers
  • Fiction Picture Books & Board Books
  • Graphic Novels
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade
    • Young Adult
  • Middle-Grade Fiction
  • Nonfiction
    • Elementary/Middle Grade
    • Junior High/Senior High
  • Poetry
  • Speculative Fiction
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade
    • Young Adult
  • Young Adult Fiction






My sister and her husband and my husband and I have all returned, safe and sound, from our adventures in Utah. We took six hikes over six days for a grand total of 29.05 miles. That's 18 hours and 55 minutes of hiking. I'll be posting hike updates each Wednesday for six weeks, including the hike I posted last Wednesday. Here's a little video of some of our highlights.




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33 comments:

  1. Ahhhhh the hiking sounds wonderful!!! I love hiking.

    Would you like to try a book that might be a bit fresh in characters and plot? -- Why yes, indeedy I would! Thank you! Added it to my Goodreads TBR.

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    1. Hope you will report back when you get around to reading it.

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  2. I love those photos from your Utah hike! It looks like it was so much fun! I'm such a wimp and hate that much walking but with all those gorgeous scenes I think I'd love it. I'm heading over to read your book review. I'm definitely interested. I linked up what I've been up to as well. Have a good week and enjoy your hikes!

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    1. My husband and I moved out of our hiking comfort zone on this trip. I came home feeling stronger and braver.

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  3. I am trying to decide if I need to reread The Handmaid's Tale before reading The Testaments since I read it years ago. I've also heard really good things about The Goldfinch so you've got some good reading going on!

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    1. I think it might be a good idea. I looked up information about Handmaid's Tale and that helped a bit.

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  4. Sounds like you had a great time hiking. I look forward to reading your updates. Have a great week!

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  5. I also got a copy of The Testaments. I can't wait to read it. Enjoy your week.

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  6. Wow. You are reading a couple of big ones right now. I will be curious to read your thoughts on both The Testaments and Goldfinch. I have not read either. I have at least read Atwood before though and know I like her work. Your video of Utah captured some beautiful photos! I hope you have a great week, Deb.

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  7. I want to read Testaments, but have decided to re-read Handmaid's Tale after watching the last season. However, it will be a long wait from the library to get a copy. Read Goldfish, and enjoyed.

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  8. Your hiking vacation must have been a great adventure and vacation!

    Your reading is pretty intense this week! I love both of those authors. :)

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  9. The hiking sounds wonderful! Such great views. I’ve been wanting to read Margaret Atwood. Enjoy your books and your week ahead .

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    1. You should look for Margaret Atwood. She is required reading during these strange political times.

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  10. It sounds like you had a wonderful time in Utah.

    Have a great week!

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    1. We did. It's fun to post pictures from the trip, too. It helps keep the magic.

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  11. First, I'm enjoying seeing your photos (and videos) from your Utah trip. Keep them coming.

    Second, I must not be paying attention beause I just noticed the social media buttons on the side of your blog for the first time and they are pretty cool. Keep up the good work. :)

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    1. Yes, I've probably had the social media buttons there for several years. Funny!

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  12. LOVED the video. You have just given me one more thing to learn to do. LOL I know I'm a copycat, but remember, "Imitation is the sincerest form of admiration." (paraphrased to suit my admiration of you.)

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    1. It's quite easy. We used this free online tool a lot at school.

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  13. What extraordinary scenery, thanks for sharing those lovely photographs!

    The Goldfinch is still on my TBR list I must admit, and I probably won’t read The Testaments for a while, at least not until all the hoopla has died down.

    Have a great reading week

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  14. Utah looks so beautiful. Love the video! And I saw Margaret Atwood on NPR, I think it was, this past week and it made me really curious about The Testamets.

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  15. Those photos are gorgeous! That's a lot of hiking.
    Enjoy your reading.

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  16. It's hard to believe it's Cybils time agai!

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  17. I love the idea of hiking but in reality once around the Mall is enough to tire me out. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  18. I'm readying my Cybils list as well. The hiking sounds wonderful! And the reading looked powerful.

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