Friday, July 11, 2014

Must Read in 2014: July Update

So, I'm a little embarrassed at my progress in the Must Read in 2014 campaign.

In conjunction with Carrie at There's a Book For That, and others, I began 2014 with a list of 10 books that I was determined to read NOW.

In April I updated that list.

Now here it is July and time for another update. Can you believe that I have only moved one more title to my Completed List? How can this be?  Any reader will understand when I say that I got a little sidetracked with new books, available books, books that came highly recommended.

But the purpose of the Must Read in 2014 is to tame these ever-growing TBR piles.

Have no fear. I know I'll complete the task.  I'm just happy that I only selected 10 must-reads.

So which book did I read since my last update?

I remember Daughter1 and Daughter2 reading Sisterhood around the time when it was first published (2001). They were the target age, and they loved it. I was never sure what it was about, and never seemed to have the time nor inclination to give it a read. Yet, I always kind of wondered.

Although a little dated in 2014 (best friends being connected only through snail mail when forced to spend their summer in different parts of the world),  Sisterhood has an enduring charm to it. The events and emotions experienced by these four teen girls is as applicable in the technological age as it was at the turn of the millennium. I liked it. I liked it so much that when the Scholastic Book Club flyer came out with the boxed set of the series, I picked it up for my personal library.

Has anyone watched the movie? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

What's Making Me Happy This Month - July

What's making me happy this month? Summer Road Trips!

Last week my baby brother got married in Florida. 2500 kilometres away. Now, we have made the trip many, many times. And given the choice to fly or to drive, hitting the open road will win with me every time.

Mr. Fun's sister has never understood our penchant for road trips. "It takes so much time," she says.



Time to: view jaw-dropping scenic beauty, strengthen familial or marital bonds, sing, laugh, play games, learn something new, be silent.

I have hailed the virtues of the Family Road Trip before, but this particular adventure featured just Mr. Fun and me. And it did not disappoint. In addition to a lovely wedding and a fantastic little paradise vacation, we made a few side trips - some planned; others not. All in all, a good time was had with lots of lifelong learning opportunities.

Wedding Vows
Florida Beach

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Ohiopyle, PA - a little gem of a place we stumbled upon

Happy 4th of July from Savannah, GA

Georgia Beach Feet

Morning Coffee - It doesn't suck!
Cheers! (Again)
Road trips - definitely what's making me happy in July!