Slice of Life: Family Vacation, Bookstagram Props, and Gregor the Overlander for the Win…


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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. Last week we were out of town on our family vacation, and I took a little break from all my electronics except for reading, of course (see my book update below!). We visited the back woods of Arkansas (it was our third time), and I maintain that it is a really undiscovered gem of a vacation spot. We kayaked, hiked, fished and generally just had some good quality family and outdoor time. Today’s featured photo was taken by my talented husband from behind our cabin which was one of the most incredibly beautiful spots we have ever stayed!
  2. Do you know about Bookstagram? It’s basically this really awesome bookish hashtag on Instagram where you can really just nerd out as much as you want about your favorite books and bookish things. (It’s also an incredibly welcoming and wonderful book community, but I digress). I recently started participating and engaging with other readers there and thought this post from Book Riot had some really cute photo props for Bookstagram posts.

On the Blog this Week:

Recipe: Salmon Cakes with Yogurt Sauce – easy, healthy, delicious and perfect summer dinner!

Currently Reading:

I am still working my way through Little Darlings and really liking it, but just had some ARCs and other books with deadlines (aka library books) that I have been forced to slot in front of it. This week I received my first actual physical book ARC. Ever. It’s On a Quiet Street, and I am only on about page fifty, but I am definitely intrigued. I have been wanting to read Girls Like Us and when my Dallas Booksta-buddies Katie from @basicbsguide and Jamie from @readwithjamie announced it as their first buddy read book, I signed on immediately! I am loving it so far.

Just Finished:

I finished listening to Circe and loved it so much that I immediately ordered a physical copy of it and Song of Achilles. Lisa Lutz is an automatic buy author for me, and I was lucky enough to get an eARC of The Swallows (out August 13th) from NetGalley and Random House Ballantine Books (in exchange for my honest review). It did not reach “Spellman Files status” for me (that’s one of my faves of all time and also by Lutz), but I did really love the story, its message and her standard snarky and super cool humor. The whole family listened to Gregor the Overlander in the car on our vacation road trip and this was a first for us. It seriously was a really awesome fantasy adventure that the whole family thoroughly enjoyed, and even when it was time to take breaks for the kids to play their tablets they both screamed “no, I want to keep listening to Gregor!” My bookish mommy heart was singing.

Did Not Finish:

No DNFs to report this week!

Likely Up Next:

I loved the audio of Circe (as mentioned above), so I immediately ordered a copy of Song of Achilles.

Listening to:

I started listening to Where the Crawdads Sing (Library, Libby app) and so far, I am afraid this one is going to fall under “did not live up to the hype.” Loving the marshland as a character, but otherwise I am finding it to be a little bit cliche. Sorry, I know this one is popular. Here’s hoping it will get better!

Recent TBR Additions:

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill looks like such a fun choice for me to squeeze in before the end of summer. I seriously looked at taking this horror novel The Cabin at the End of the World with me on vacation recently, but I decided that reading it while staying in a cabin in the deep woods *might* not be smart. I will likely save it for Fall. I am also interested in another of his (scary) books, a Head Full of Ghosts. So. Many. Books.

What’s happening in your slice?

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