Saturday, August 31, 2019

Books I read in August 2019

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver (library) one of my all time favorite books. I am rereading it  to fill in a Bingo Card space for the Seattle Public Library summer reading Bingo! :-) also it should be read with Pigs in Heaven next. They go together.
Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith (library) sweet little book about a young woman in the PNW (I loved her images of vintage clothes shopping)
The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion (library)  This book is about music more than any other I have read in a while. I had to go and listen to some of the songs he describes to really understand some of the characterizations.
Trainwreck by Sady Doyle (library) great book about how we cannot look away from women who are self destructive. Marilyn Monroe, Brittany Spears, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse etc etc.
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen (library) a book about time travel. I thought it was well done and a fun book. The idea being that a time traveler is trapped in present day, so he makes a life for himself for 18 years and then they come from the future to "save" him.
The Weather Detective by Peter Wohllleben (library) How to recognize signs in the environment around you to predict what the weather will be
Nancy Drew The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson (library) Nancy Drew is now available as comic books, so I thought I would check this one out. I was pleasantly surprised to like it.
Draw Your Day by Samantha Dion Baker (library) a guide to creating your own sketch journal with gorgeous art by the author.
Hungry for Change by James Colquhoun and Laurentine Ten Bosch (library) a book about eating healthy, no processed foods. Cut back on sugars. Eat your dark leafy greens!
Tropical Attire Encouraged by Alison Rosen (library) fun book of her blogs//columns. They are comical and entertaining.
Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner serial killer thriller It was okay.
In the Frame by Dick Francis He combines art and horse racing in this one. I liked it (and they visit Australia!)
The Luminaries by Eleanor Cotton (library)(audiobook) Saga about the Gold Rush in Australia/New Zealand. Very interesting.
This Gulf of Fire by Martk Molesky (library) the story of the great earthquake in Lisbon in 1755 and what it meant to all of Europe, very  interesting and I highly recommend!!
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill (library) this is a play and I am reading it to fulfill my Seattle Public Library Bingo card. But it is Very very good . Basically, the life of Billie Holiday
Fleshmarket Alley by Ian Rankin (audiobook) Inspector Rebus, I did a LOT of roadtripping in August, so many hours of audiobooks to pass the time. This one is good, about human trafficking and it had a nice interview with Rankin at the end.

I participated in the Washington Trails Association Hike-a-thon during the entire month of August. Ryan has been hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail from Montana (Glacier National Park) all the way to the Pacific Ocean on the Olympic Peninsula. And I joined him for some hiking and I did a few day hikes around Seattle on my layovers at home. There is still time for you to donate! 

I hope I can count on all of you this year for support. Any amount from $1 to $100 is welcome.
You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page

or you can send me a check (made out to WTA (Washington Trails Association) or just a dollar in the mail would be very welcome. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this cause in the past and hopefully again this year!

to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

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