Saturday, August 15, 2020

A Dozen Great Reads; Cybils Changes; a Humphrey Bogart Mini-Marathon; and a Bioblitz





I'm not sure I have room on my blog to tell you about all the good books I read last week.



Have you read any of these? Thoughts?







The Last Flight by Julie Clark
Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman






The 2020 Cybils Awards will be making some changes this year.




I shared some thoughts this week about classic books: 






I enjoyed Dewey's 24-Hour Reverse Readathon.







My husband and I had a mini-Humphrey Bogart marathon this week.
I strongly recommend both of these: The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep.




My husband and I participated in the Texas Mid-Coast Bioblitz last week. 
It was a relaxing experience, and it felt great to be outdoors.






1. Walking two miles every morning at 6:30. 
2. Curbside service at my library.
3. New jigsaw puzzle.


How are you doing this week? 
What were the good things from your week?
Any good books to share with me?



Now more than ever I'm very happy you found your way to the Sunday Salon. There are no requirements for linking up at Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is simply a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. Sunday Salon is a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there. 

Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:

  • What was your week like?
  • Read any good books? Tell us about them.
  • What other bookish things did you do? 
  • What else is going on in your life?

Other places where you may like to link up over the weekend are below. Click on the picture to visit the site.


My linkup for Sunday Salon is below.

55 comments:

  1. I haven’t read end any of the books but Sorry I Didn’t Want To Come is on my kindle waiting for me to read it. I’m trying to get up earlier and hopefully when the kids are back to school next week I’ll get back in to a proper routine where me and my dog get out and take in the morning air!

    That jigsaw is stunning, I used to work for a jewellers and I love semi precious stones.

    Have a lovely week!

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  2. What a pretty jigsaw puzzle! And I'm also interested in Sorry I Didn't Want To Come - I'll see if the library has it. Gives me an excuse to go and peruse the shelves for a few minutes. Honestly, I'm beginning to think that the couple of times a week I go to the library, walk inside with my mask on, see almost no other people, and walk the shelves looking at the books is a mental health thing for me. I miss seeing and shelving books. Sigh. Love the wildflowers!

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  3. The Bogart marathon sounds really fun! And that'll be one tough jigsaw but it looks fun and really beautiful.

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    1. We requested a couple more Humphrey Bogart movies for next week.

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  4. Sounds like you had some great reading. I love the idea of Humphrey Bogart marathon. Hope you have a great week.

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  5. Oooh, that puzzle looks like fun! We're struggling with a 1,000 piece puzzle (Winslow Homer's Snap the Whip), but we've made it halfway, so we can't quit. ;) Congrats on all the great reading. I've only heard of one of those books, but will make notes of some of your 5/5 reads. Our libraries (we have two within 15 minutes of us - one north and one south) are still closed, but have curbside pickup. I think, until they open up, I'll continue to "borrow" from my personal library shelves here at home. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Deb. I just got back from my walk and it is gorgeous outside today. 79! Unheard of here.

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    1. Les, I think this is the easiest puzzle I have put together, as everything easily separated into colors. I'm glad you are enjoying the beautiful world.

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  6. Lovely and fulfilling post. I have been thinking about your Classics post all week. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. I wonder how much of the anti-intellectual push in our country today is a result of bad experiences with education.

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  7. I've placed all your five star books on my TBR. Thank you.

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    1. I hope you are able to read and enjoy these as much as I did.

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  8. I Deb! I miss Paris... But it does seem as if you've had a good week. Sorry I'm late, I didn't want to come is in your Book Club. But seeing that we didn't have Book Club for the past 5 months, I haven't read it yet.

    Oooooe - I remember The Big Sleep! I've watched it with my granny when I was about high school age.

    I used to love jigsaw puzzles, until I discovered Diamond Painting. That's my craft-drug of choice at the moment.

    Hope you will have a great week ahead! Here's my The Sunday Post #7

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    1. I am surprised at how much I learned about being social from Sorry I'm Late.

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  9. Wow, glad you had so many good reads this week! I'm definitely going to check out that introvert memoir. And good on you for taking walks at 6:30 am! I've been on a much later schedule this summer, but now with school starting up again, maybe I can start walking that early too.

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  10. I added The Last Flight to my library TBR list,thanks.
    I forgot I bought a jigsaw this week. I never do them, but thought I would buy (this is my second) some for our next lockdown and is also a way to support small local craft/book stores.
    I'm off to read your list of books never reviewed.

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    1. I need to order a few more puzzles. It's a nice to work on a puzzle and listen to an audiobook.

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  11. That jig-saw looks like it will be a challenge! Those wild flowers look wonderful - along with the little damselfly - what a lovely pic:). I need to do more walking, too. And now it's cooler, perhaps this would be the week to start! Have a great week, Deb:)

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  12. That’s way too early for me to be out of the house, usually I’ve only been in bed an hour or two.
    You finished a ton of books last week, Sorry I’m Late probably interests me the most.

    Wishing you a great reading week, and good luck with the puzzle

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  13. Bogart is definitely an incredible actor. We also watched The Maltese Falcon recently for the Nth time. Amazing how those very old films endure forever, while most of the works from that era are frankly unwatchable.

    I visited every site on the Sunday Salon list, and enjoyed what they had to say, mostly. I think my post from yesterday fulfills your criteria and doesn't violate your rules!

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. I love it when you share your posts here, Mae. I think others love to have us visit,too.

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  14. I am liking the sound of the Humphrey Bogart Marathon.Love those flowers, too.

    I am curious about The Last Flight.

    Enjoy your week and your books...and stay safe!

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    1. I really enjoyed Last Flight. I'm a person who loves suspense but not scary, and Last Flight was just right.

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  15. I saw your review of Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come on goodreads and decided to see if my library had a copy available. Started yesterday... it's so interesting! Thanks for the recommendation.

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    1. Hope you enjoy it, JoAnn. I feel like I learned a lot, too.

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  16. Changes to CYBILS? Deep breaths. :-) I totally understand why that is happening as I am sure some people are having a more difficult time finding the books they want to read.

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    1. I feel a little worried about the changes, too. Hope all goes well.

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  17. You always have such great book lists. I hope you share them to goodreads. One time, i found out I read a list of all 30 british most popular books and that made me happy.

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    1. I thought of you as I read Sorry I'm Late. The author tries (and loves) doing improv.

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  18. I've never put together a jig saw puzzle.

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    1. Not even when you were a kid, Mary? We have some at our library. Maybe you can try one out there?

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  19. Wow, that is an amazing amount of reading, Deb and for them to all be so good as well!! 😁 Take care and equally happy reading in the coming week. 😃

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    1. I give up on anything that isn't going to be a good read. I feel like I don't have enough time left for boring or trite books.

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  20. Wow, what a great reading week! I love this title: Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: An Introvert's Year of Living Dangerously. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it!

    I haven't watched those Bogart films yet but it sounds like you a had a great time!

    Have a wonderful week!

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    1. We are going to watch a couple more Humphrey Bogart movies this week.

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  21. I have not read any of the books you mentioned, but I will be following up on some of them. Love the two Bogart movies you mentioned - two of my favorites. The predominance of curbside service might be one of the best innovations to come out of our present circumstances. And getting outside to experience Nature will make any day better.

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    1. Struggle brings change, I think, curbside service is a wonderful innovation to come out of that change.

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  22. I love discovering books that are 5-star gems. I'm seeing The Black Kids everywhere. I love Bogart movies and I saw those two years ago. Now I have the urge to re-watch them! I spent a lot of time outdoors this week too. Enjoy your reading week.

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    1. It's supposed to be a little cooler here next week, so maybe we will get out more. Your nature adventures were amazing.

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  23. Sorry I’m Late sounds brilliant. I might pick that one up for Nonfiction November. I hope you have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  24. I plan on reading The Last Flight next month. Yay for puzzles. Enjoy

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  25. Have to love an out of nowhere 5/5 read!

    Have a great week.

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  26. That puzzle is pretty! I need to step up my curbside library game. I am still feeling a bit nervous about it, although I know I don't need to. I just need to get comfortable with it. :) And a Humphrey Bogart marathon sounds like fun!

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  27. Glad you had a great reading week. I like the sounds of the Traveling Cat Chronicles -since I'm a bit crazy about animals. I'm at LAX now headed back North .... was great to visit my folks ... and I don't know when I'll get back here again ... maybe Christmas .... if that is still happening ...

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  28. I have I'm Sorry I'm Late on my TBR as well as the Gaiman book so I'm glad to see them on your 5 star list. I love Bogart movies! My favorites are probably Key Largo and Treasure of Sierra Madre but The Maltese Falcon is such a great movie as well. I hope you are having a lovely week!

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  29. Sounds like you had a wonderful week both inside and outside books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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