Another weekend … another update!
In my life:
Apparently, the events just keep happening in my world! Not too shabby for a pregnant gal who’s ready to crawl into bed by 8pm every night …
On Monday, Laura and I went to Todd Babiak’s launch of his new book, Come Barbarians. Todd is a local author who has written some very highly regarded books — some of which take place in the city! His new book is a bit of a departure from his older stuff, so he made this video about it. (Even if you don’t know who Todd is, this is probably one of the best author/book videos I’ve seen. I bust a gut every time I see it!)
And here’s a picture of Todd in action …
He didn’t do a reading or anything, but he did chat with Laura and I for a bit and knew who both of us were. He told Laura that book bloggers will take over the world (was it book bloggers? or just bloggers? either way, YES.). He also wrote in Laura’s book that “reading is sexy in bed” which I found to be awesome.
Monday and Tuesday I was supposed to work, but they were painting, so I only got in a few hours. Normally, I’d be okay with working with paint, but I’m pretty sure industrial paint isn’t the same as the stuff we can use safely in our homes. I guess that meant more reading time for me? I’ll take it.
Tuesday I had my doctor’s appointment … my 29th week checkup! Baby is doing awesome and the doctor saw a foot. She tickled it and the baby kicked. I LOVE feeling that little foot. Of course, ask me again in a few more weeks how I feel about it as baby is growing and that foot is positioned right below my ribs …
Wednesday and Thursday were pretty uneventful, save for an afternoon of cards with my mother-in-law. Let’s just say our team totally skunked the other team for one game and won two more after that. Cribbage is awesome.
Friday, the husband and I got to go see Going to Graceland, a show put on my the James Murdoch Band. Apparently, it sells out wherever it goes and is quite the popular production! I had won tickets at my work at the library and had a choice between three different shows. I chose this one because I *thought* it had to do with Elvis, thus sounding familiar, but when I read it had to do with Paul Simon, I was crazy excited! I’m just a newbie Paul Simon fan and have really only listened to his new stuff, but this show really made me want to check out his older material. The band was pretty awesome!
And on Saturday, I completely forgot about this all-day writer’s thing that was going on at a local library. They had 5 authors coming in for the day doing talks and I fully intended to attend, but went to the farmer’s market and didn’t realize the event happened on Saturday and not Sunday (like I had thought) until it was too late. Boo. Hopefully they’ll have something like this again!
And in some sad news this week, our cat went missing. We’re still holding out hope that she’s okay and just hiding somewhere, but keeping some fingers crossed and sending positive thoughts over here would be great!
In reading (& blogging):
This week I read:
1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (started at the beginning of the month for a read-along)
2. Shallow Enough to Walk Through by Marissa Reaume (Canadian author – Review book)
3. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones (Verse novel)
4. Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles, #1) by Lauren DeStefano (ARC – Review book)
5. Jenny Pox (The Paranormals, #1) by J. L. Bryan (Reread)
6. Tommy Nightmare (The Paranormals, #2) by J. L. Bryan (Awesome)
7. Tampa by Alissa Nutting (Disturbing)
8. Rosina, The Midwife by Jessica Kluthe (Non-fiction, local author)
The funny thing is that this week I was actually all over the place. I had appointments, ran errands, had events to go to, lunch dates to make, dates with the husband, a trip to the farmer’s market — and yet I still managed to sit down and read. I kind of blame it on the fact that I’ve been getting up SUPER early lately, around 5:30 in the morning. I’m pretty good until about 2:00 when I get really sleepy and usually drift in and out if I’m trying to read, but it’s been nice having some time in the morning to dedicate to the HUGE pile of books on my table.
You might also notice that I’m trying to sneak in some more local and Canadian authors. This is a new mission of mine because it’s so easy to not even think about where the author we’re reading is from — and there are some great ones from Canada! I’ve started to document my reading on my new page Read Local. Read Canadian. I’ll be tracking where the authors are from as I go — and adding my TBR books as they come in.
It’s been interesting going through the authors of books I’ve read — there are plenty from Ontario and Alberta, but there are some definite gaps when it comes to certain provinces and the territories. I hope to fill these gaps in as I go!
Now, onto the books!
A few ebooks for review. Thank you to HarlequinTEEN and Flux for these ones!
I bought a few books this week, showing more local and Canadian author love … as well as a few other books in series I need to read!
The Departed (The MacKinnon Curse, #3) by J. A. Templeton
The Haunted (The MacKinnon Curse, #2) by J. A. Templeton
Into the Hollow (Experiment in Terror, #6) by Karina Halle (totally read an ARC of this one already, but wanted it on my Kobo for a reread!)
Time Now for the Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange by Stuart McLean
Oh, and just a few freebies today … with more local love! The first is a book written by Todd Babiak (that guy! again!) on the history of the Edmonton Public Library which celebrated its centennial this year (remember? I played piano at it. and ate cake.). And the other one was a freebie offering from local author Trina M. Lee who writes the paranormal series Alexa O’Brien, Huntress. This book takes place on Halloween, so she offered it up for free!
Just Getting Started: Edmonton Public Library’s First 100 Years, 1913-2013 by Todd Babiak
The Wicked Kiss (Alexa O’Brien, Huntress, #2) by Trina M. Lee
How was your week? Have you read anything good lately?