Indoor Summer Activities for Kids, Summer Reading and Mexican Food Cookbooks…

Reaching for delicious pizza

Slice of Life is a regular update on the latest in my life. This is where I write about my books, movies, tv, food, fashion, family or whatever subjects are on my mind that week. It’s just a little glimpse of my “slice.”

  1. Summer is off with a bang and this week we are enjoying swimming lessons, playing outside and watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone on repeat. I showed my boys movie #1 in an effort to get them more excited about the books and so far, it is working as we are going gangbusters reading the second one, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  2. We love going to the library in the summer, and since we don’t live in the city limits, we have several surrounding libraries we are lucky enough to be able to visit. This week, we went exploring a bit and found a new one. The kids are even getting big enough to hang out in the kids section and read while I (very briefly) browse through the stacks, so I got to come home with a book for me. (I got Raven Black, the first in Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series, and I am ecstatic since I have watched all of the tv show and am now suffering withdrawal.)
  3. We live in Texas and other than water activities, I have a very hard time finding indoor activities for my kids that are not screen-based when it gets ridiculously hot. We are not quite there yet with the heat, but it is coming very soon. My kids have luckily reached the age they can play many board games, and this year they have completely fallen in love with chess. We bought them this chess set which is nice enough to play at home and also packs up nicely (and is magnetic) for trips.
  4. Growing up in San Antonio, I have a love for Mexican food, and I saw this list of Mexican cookbooks. Yum.

On the Blog this Week:

Summer is for Thrillers #5: Tried and True Classics

Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Favorite Genre

Recipe: Appetizer Cheeseburger Bites

Currently Reading:

I have not made much progress on The Gown (paperback) but it is mainly because we were traveling this past weekend, and I generally do better with ebooks in that case. I downloaded Wild from the library (Libby app), and am 3/4ths of my way through it. So far, I am not loving it, but I will finish. This is largely probably because of a few reasons: 1. I rarely like hyped books because of high expectations and 2. I really loved her book Tiny Beautiful Things, and I keep comparing them. I am who I am.

Just Finished:

Many of my Instagram book friends said they enjoyed Southern Lady Code which is a collection of essays about life as a Southern lady, and I did too. It was a little racier than I expected but super fun, honest and relatable.

Did Not Finish:

Crazy Rich Asians has been high up on my TBR list for a long time and when my hold on the audio book came through I was super excited. Alas, I listened to around 25% of it and while I thought it was funny and well written, the complete and utter shallow and materialistic nature of most of the characters turned me off so much that I had to stop.

Likely Up Next:

My sweet neighbor down the street and I are going to buddy read Inheritance together in June. Super excited to have a real person to chat with about a book! I checked out Raven Black from the library (see above) and here’s hoping a get to it amongst all my other reads. A true bookish conundrum!

Listening to:

I just started The Stranger in the Woods on audio. I am not even through the first chapter yet, but it has come highly recommended by some trusted sources and the hold list at the library was a mile long. It is about a man who lived as a hermit for 27 years in the Maine woods, having almost no human contact the entire time. When it came through about the same time that I was struggling with Crazy Rich Asians, I decided it was fate.

I listened to the new episode of the Sarah’s Bookshelves Live podcast with Mary Laura Philpot, author of I Miss You When I Blink and it was glorious. If you are looking for a new book podcast, you should check Sarah’s out.

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