Happy days my friends, because as of yesterday, I AM ON VACATION!! It was much needed. I feel like in some ways, I've been hanging on by my fingernails just waiting for this very moment to come.
We drug ourselves through this week somehow! We received a good foot of rain or more from Tropical Storm Debby. We needed the rain, but good Lord it was nearly overwhelming. We welcomed heat in the high nineties with open arms - bring on the sun. My daughter also wrapped up her summer school this week, after a month of meeting new people and paving her way into her freshman year.
Our Books, Babes and Bordeaux also met this week to discuss "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (one of my personal favorites ever). It was my turn to choose July's selection, and OF COURSE I chose "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. Because I believe everyone should read it and get a good mind screw just like I did.
I was pretty excited to be contacted by Jo Nesbo's US publisher, Pamela Cortland from Alfred A. Knopf, who offered to sponsor a Jo Nesbo giveaway on my blog, in honor of his new book "Phantom" that is coming out in October. Stay tuned for more info on that in August!
So anyway, vacation. Yesterday, 10 members of my family all converged upon a beach house on Lake Michigan, and will be here for a week. Then we will head to my parents' house on the farm for another week and a half. I'm looking forward to doing some running, some reading, and maybe even a couple of trips into Chicago, my favorite city in the whole world.
Speaking of reading, I'm just a slug. On audio, I did finish "First They Killed My Father" by Loung Ung, and "American Dervish" by Ayad Akhtar...I enjoyed them both. I just started "Criminal" by Karin Slaughter. In print, not so good. I did finish "The Reckoning" by Alma Katsu (loved it) and am about halfway through Wendy Wax's "Ocean Beach". Hopefully I'll pick up some speed while on vacation but I'm not holding my breath!
I have decided to keep summer hours in the month of July here on the blog. That just means that there will be no posts on Friday. I hear crickets chirping on Fridays in the summer anyway, so I don't think it will be a big loss.
I probably won't be very diligent about visiting this week, but I'll give it a weak attempt. Hope you all have a wonderful week, and hopefully I'll have some fun pictures to post next week of our activities.