It’s Monday and I’m reading Americus

itsmonday“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what we’ve read the past week and planning to read next.


It’s 3pm on Sunday and I’m not sure why I’m drinking a hot drink while it’s so very hot outside! I think I’ll go drop some ice cubes in my green tea now…

We did our usual Sunday morning farmers market stop, picking up some leafy Asian vegetables, plenty of nectarines, peaches, plums and yes, finally… grapes! Then to Blaze for quick-fired build-your-own pizzas. Mine is always kind of simple, two types of mozzarella (shredded and ovalini),  red peppers, cherry tomatoes, bacon, salami, fresh basil leaves. It’s always fun to see them make the pizzas in front of us.


I’ll be right there – Shin Kyung-Sook
Americus – MK Reed, Jonathan Hill



Erm, a Krispy Kreme chocolate doughnut


Green tea


Rita Ora

I’m about 40 minutes into Mile…Mile and a Half, a documentary about the John Muir Trail.

In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California’s historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the contiguous U.S.). Their goal – complete the journey in 25 days while capturing the amazing sights & sounds they encounter along the way. Inspired by their bond, humor, artistry & dedication, the group continues to grow: to include other artists, musicians & adventure seekers. Before they all reach the summit, hikers and viewers alike affirm the old adage – it’s about the journey, not the destination. Mile… Mile & A Half is the feature-length documentary of that journey…



Last week…

I read:


Barbary – Vonda McIntyre

A rather fun read about a 12-year-old girl smuggling her cat onto a space station.


Everything I never told you – Celeste Ng

I’m still musing about this one. It starts out strong (it opens with ‘Lydia is dead’), then somewhere in the first third of the book I lost my momentum. But then I catch on again and there it all snaps into place as we learn about her parents and their projections of their unfulfilled dreams onto her. It was a great story of family drama, of an interracial couple and their kids in 1970s Ohio.


Oaxaca Journal – Oliver Sacks

This is the third book in the National Geographic Directions series I’ve read. Sacks is always a great read and this one is about his trip to Oaxaca with fellow fern enthusiasts. Yes, ferns. I have absolutely no interest in ferns but this was still a fun read.


What are you reading this week?



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