Saturday, October 30, 2021

Back from Arkansas and Off to North Texas

 



We are back from a week in beautiful Arkansas. Now we are off to North Texas to see our granddaughter, Bailey, at Senior Night at her high school and our granddaughter, Annie, on her 6th birthday.







 What I Read Last Week:

Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci ⭐⭐⭐⭐



What I Am Reading:

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (Novel)
Book Girl: A Journey through the Treasures & Transforming Power of a Reading Life by Sarah Clarkson (Books)
The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher (Food Nonfiction)
The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher (Food Nonfiction)
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (Classic)


Have you read Lincoln Highway yet?
The Stanley Tucci memoir?




I've recently found my way, for the first time, to Gilmore Girls. How delightful it has been to discover that one of the GGs, Rory, is an avid reader. This week, I ran across this fun post: The 70 Most Relatable Gilmore Girls Moments for Bibliophiles.





I heard Jonathan Franzen speak about his new book, Crossroads, this week via Zoom at Houston Inprint. Now I need to read the book, I think.


Last week I posted here on my blog:





(with lots of Arkansas hiking photos)





Good Thing #1
We are off to North Texas this weekend
to see our granddaughter, Bailey,
at Senior Night at her high school!


Good Thing #2
We will also see our granddaughter, Annie,
on her 6th birthday this weekend!

Good Thing #3
My birthday is Monday!




I'm happy you joined us here at the Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is a place to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It's 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. 

66 comments:

  1. Your reading list sounds great. I've read several of your selections, or plan to read them soon. That is, as soon as I finish the book I'm slowly reading now! "The Lincoln Highway" has been waiting on my kindle for weeks.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  2. I bet you are enjoying your travels once again. I love your Little Free Library. I started reading Crossroads, it is very good and quite the tome 600+ pages (doing a combo read/listen.) I also want to read Cloud Cuckoo, Lincoln Highway and The Magician. Have a good week.

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    1. Though I started it (and am greatly enjoying it), I've set aside Crossroads aside until after Nonfiction November.

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  3. From your travels in Arkansas to looking forward to visits to see grandchildren, a wonderful way to enjoy the autumn days. We've had a fine week here with cooler weather, lots of books, and an anniversary!

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  4. You get around! Have a fabulous time. (I have never seen "Gilmore Girls" either, but it's on my Netflix and I keep thinking I should start!)

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    1. My sister has been recommending it for years, and now I see why.

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  5. Happy travels and celebrations! Big GG fan here, although I feel like the reboot they did ruined Rory for me.

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  6. My daughter and I used to watch The Gilmore Girls when it first aired, but stopped after a few seasons. I would love to go back and start watching from the beginning. I love the cast and storylines. Lauren Graham is also excellent in the series Parenthood.

    Isn't wonderful to have family visits to look forward to?! I hope you have a great time with your granddaughters and wish you a very happy birthday next week.

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  7. Happy Birthday to you, Deb, and also to your granddaughter! And great that you're getting to be there for Senior Night and see the family. Enjoy!!

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  8. Ooh, I have the Amor Towles book coming up in my reading queue. Looking forward to it. Enjoy your North Texas trip. It's always great to be with family for their special occasions.

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    1. I was so afraid I might be disappointed with Lincoln Highway.

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  9. It's so great you can be with your granddaughters for their special days!

    I loved Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson. Hope you enjoy it too.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. I enjoyed Book Girl a lot, wrote down about forty book recommendations, and passed it along to another person who I think will enjoy it.

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  10. Your little free library is so cute! Will you post pictures from your Arkansas trip?

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    1. I posted some last Wednesday and I will post some more this Wednesday.

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  11. Your time in Arkansas sounds like so much fun. Hope the fun continues with your family in North Texas! I'm really curious about the Stanley Tucci memoir.

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    1. I became especially interested in Stanley Tucci's book after seeing him on his Italian travel show.

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  12. Happy Birthday to you and your granddaughter! Have safe and happy travels. Take care and have fun.

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  13. Happy birthday to you and Annie! What a gift to spend your birthday with your grandchildren!

    Enjoy your week!

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  14. Happy Birthday on Monday and enjoy your time with your beautiful granddaughters.

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  15. Happy Birthday!!

    And I love Girlmore Girls!!! One of my favorite shows ever - I have watched it so many times. LOL

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    1. That's exactly how my sister speaks about Gilmore Girls. I don't know how I waited so long.

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  16. Its funny that you have one of those free libraries. I was looking for an an internet connection this morning and thought I'd peruse to the local libary and looked at google maps and someone had cleverly posted their free mailbox library to google maps. an idea for you?

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  17. Happy early birthday. Sounds like you have a great week ahead.

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  18. I've never watched Gilmore Girls. I didn't like Franzen's 27th City book, but would try his latest.

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    1. I think I've only read one book of Franzen's, The Corrections. This one is supposed to be part of a trilogy.

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  19. I'm listening to Stanley Tucci's book now - his narration is perfection! I'm hoping to read The Lincoln Highway soon, but not sure I'll get to it before the end of the year. Franzen's new book was excellent - I'd have loved to hear what he had to say about it! Happy Halloween and happy early birthday!

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    1. I always enjoy hearing what an author has to say about his books. I bet the audio of the Tucci book is fabulous.

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  20. Happy Birthday 🎈🎉
    It must be a Gilmore Girls time of year, I’m in the middle of a binge and I believe Sarah at Brainfluff is too :)
    I hope you are having a wonderful celebration with your family.

    Wishing you a great reading week

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  21. Happy early Birthday! I have only seen bits and pieces of Gilmore Girls, hope you enjoy.

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  22. Happy birthday! November 2 was the "due date" for my first child...but he waited until November 17 to make his appearance!

    Enjoy your week and your birthday...I hope you have lots of fun things to do.

    Great blog header today!


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  23. Happy Travels and Happy Birthday!!!!

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  24. Ahhh I envy you watching Gilmore Girls for the first time. I've watched it so many times I've lost count.

    Your Arkansas hikes look amazing. Your LFL decorated for Halloween is adorable! I'm looking forward to everyone's NonFictionNovember posts!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow!

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  25. Happy Birthday Debbie! I hope it will be a wonderful year for you and that you will be blessed upon measure. Only good health and good books and successful new recipes, will be my wish for you.

    Enjoy your trip and safe travels!!

    Lots of love,

    Elza Reads

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  26. Happy early Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day and a fun visit to see your granddaughters. What a great way to spend some free time.

    I am looking forward to Nonfiction November starting tomorrow since I have done quite poorly on reading nonfiction so far this year.

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  27. Happy Birthday and happy journeys. We've been on the road a lot this fall, too. Happy Halloween!

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  28. Have a wonderful birthday and both I and my daughter love the Gilmore Girls

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  29. Happy Birthday! I'm not officially doing Nonfiction November but I did notice that a number of my November ARCs are nonfiction.

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  30. Have fun visiting with granddaughters and happy birthday! I'm not a nonfiction reader but I hope you find great ones for November. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  31. We've been doing some traveling too -- mostly weekends or overnights. Happy birthday to you! Next weekend I'm doing an overnight in NYC with my kids taking me to a Broadway show (Ain't Too Proud) for my birthday! I'm waiting for the Amor Towles book as a library ebook. Book Girl sounds like a great choice for Nonfiction November!

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  32. Happy belated birthday. I hope you are enjoying your trips! I'm a bit curious how Franzen was ... personable? friendly?

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    1. The person interviewing Franzen was described as a friend, but their interaction came across to me as awkward. Franzen seemed determined to come across as a serious author, and that felt forced. He seems to do better on the page than in real life.

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  33. Happy birthday and have a wonderful trip! Your photos are beautiful and I love your little free library. I never got into Gilmore Girls because Lorelei's relationship with her mother was a bit to close for comfort for me but my daughter absolutely loved it. Weirdly she looks enough like the girl who plays Rory that people used to stop her on campus when she was in college. It also made for a very easy Halloween costume because all she really needed was a blue blazer and a headband. Have a great week!

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  34. While you were gone I straightened your LFL. Your pumpkin was gone, and I picked up jack-o-lanterns from the yard where the high wind scattered them and put them inside. I also added a toy. It was fun to mess with another library.

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