Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Looking Back | July.

...I keep waiting for the month where, when I compile this collage, I think "well, ok, that's another month done", but yeah, that hasn't happened yet! These looking back posts are some of my favorites to share each month (and not just because they're easy!).

It's hard to believe I was Madison a month ago. It seems like longer; but that might be because our summer has been so unbelievably hot that I can't remember what it was like to sit outside in the afternoon without sweating (which I did back on July 2!)

I think I've only missed two Tuesdays of Charlie photos all year (both days that Katie was on vacation). These photos are a wonderful timeline of how he's growing (so fast!) I count it as a bonus when I get extra days - his wide open smiles on the 16th and 24th are pure delight. What fun, too, we're both having with coloring.

July was a great month for sharing cocktails. Sara & I on the 3rd, Karen & I on the 8th, Katie & I on the 12th and Marc & I on the 25th. I'm pretty sure that's a record!

and Hooray! for finished projects. My Mystery Shawl debuted on the 26th and Orbit the day after.

One project I haven't shared here - it's not quite finished - is my summer bingo card. I took this photo back on the 23rd, just after I finished When Women Were Birds (it was amazing and I highly recommend it to everyone!) - my 24th book since Memorial Day.

I haven't started 11/22/63 yet - hopefully that will happen later this week - so I still have 849 pages to go to cover the card. In the meantime, I started a second card.
No bingo's yet, but I've checked off a half dozen squares. I really enjoy figuring out what to read next within this framework. I've made great progress on my to-read list...and found some surprising favorites. I expect finishing this card will take me well into the fall, but hopefully I'll manage one or two bingo's by Labor Day.

The only square I haven't planned is the Nonfiction (top row). I'm not much of a non-fiction reader - in fact I went years without reading any - but the last few I've read, including Boys in the Boat, One Summer and Emperor of All Maladies, have been excellent. Being Mortal has been on my to-read list for a while, but I'm in a very long line to get it from the library. Any suggestions on something that might be a little easier to get?

Happy Wednesday ... I hope you have a fun shared cocktail and finished project in your near future!

7 comments:

  1. For non-fiction I recommend Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. It is well worth reading and one of my favorites!

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  2. Hooray for more Charlie, cocktails, and FO! Being Mortal is excellent, a must-read and well worth waiting for; if I hadn't gotten it from the library myself I would be sending it to you this afternoon. Gawande has written several other books which might be more readily available. I've only read Better, and while it was good, it didn't have the personal impact of Being Mortal. My favorite nonfiction book is How Not to be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg. It's about math, but so much more, and Ellenberg is a great writer. Some other favorites: Quiet by Susan Cain, and Columbine by Dave Cullen. The subject matter is disturbing and terrible, but Cullen has written a really well-researched account that helped me better understand the whole horrible event. Hope you find some great nonfiction!

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  3. Hooray for an almost completed Bingo card! I'm still working on mine and I don't have a single Bingo yet even though I've read 12 books. Haha! Charlie is so cute, Mary, and I love seeing how he grows each month.

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  4. Congrats to you on a) the Collect July review and b) your Book Bingo card! WTG!
    Love Charlie's smiles! He's a real charmer!
    Being Mortal is on my list to read, too! I decided I'll buy it. Aa friend said she read and bought copies for each of her 3 grown children - they need to read it, too!
    TBC...

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  5. I've got Color Affection that I will finish on vacation next week! I've got company from Colorado joining us for vacation the middle of next week, shared cocktails! And...I've got 11/22/63 packed for vacation! How's that! Great post and pics Mary!

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  6. I love your collage of the month. Charlie every Tuesday is so much fun to see and the bonus days make it more special I I love the shadow of you and Holy. I'm reading The Memory Palace and finis it fascinating to hear the story of two women and how they dealt with their mentally ill mother. It reads like a novel. At first I didn't want to tackle it but I'm so glad I did.

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  7. Yea you on the BINGO, am still making my way through the summer one, but have quite a few marked off the Book Riot one. I have a pair of socks and a shawl that need blocking, and hope to make serious progress on a few projects this weekend-I've got some good car knitting planned.

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