Friday, August 5, 2016

Sunday Post #154



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer


A pretty good week. Started off with a Venetian festival last weekend with fireworks on the water and a lighted boat parade- that was fun. There's a lot of fun stuff happening at the lakeshore this time of year. I didn't make it to the Coast Guard festival but the Venetian was nice. Reading has been going well, about a book a week, and Netflix I'm kinda stalled out on. Waiting for some new shows to come along... 

The Olympics are underway! Watched the opening ceremonies last night and I thought Rio did a good job. I didn't think it was amazing like Beijing in 2008 but watching the athletes all file in is fun. I'm looking forward to the rowing competition as well as swimming/ diving and track/ field over the next two weeks. Are you watching, and if so what are your favorite events? Did you watch the Opening Ceremonies? 

Last week I reviewed The Woman in Cabin 10 as well as the usual stuff- Cover Characteristics, Top Ten Tuesday. My readthrough of A Dance with Dragons is coming to a close- this week will be my last post! I've made it through the book- thanks to all who have left a comment or just read my weekly ramblings. I'm also doing the Olympics Book Tag this week- on Tuesday- and should have a review up on Thursday for Time Siege. 

The Woman in Cabin 10Time Siege (Time Salvager #2)

Here's a look at Grand Haven even though I didn't make it over for Coast Guard festival. 



And I'm listening to...




The Olympics Book Tag   
A Dance with Dragons  
Time Siege  
Bookcover Spotlight  

Here's a few more pics... 










PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 



NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

The Wanderers (The Wanderers, #1)Truly Madly Guilty

BOOKISH LINKS


Shannon at It Starts At Midnight has a new Tumblr dedicated to The 100

Here's an upcoming fan film about Ned Stark's older brother if you're into Game of Thrones. 



And this is fun- Android starts a bar fight on Dark Matter. 



And I actually thought this was pretty funny. 



And for the trifecta here's a cool discussion on strong women characters with the cast. 




Fishing at DeviantArt. 

Fishing by kirokaze 
Floating Market at DeviantArt.

Floating Market by Socnau 

Pixel Fishing at DeviantArt. 





Pixel Fishing by SteelJoe

82 comments:

  1. Glad your reading has been going well. I have hit a slump with shows actually and haven't been watching like normal. I am super excite for the Olympics. I am pumped for gymnastics, swimming and track an field events. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Glad the Olympics are here! I'm kinda slumping on shows too, maybe it's good timing with the Olympics. :) I'm looking forward to those events too.

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  2. Kitty pictures!! ♥♥ And gorgeous SFF artwork again this week! Glad your week was nice, the Venetian festival sounds lovely! I'm kind of stalled on Netflix too but then again I tend to during the Summer. The thing is though, I DO have shows to catch up on. Le sigh XD Happy weekend Greg! xx

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    1. Thank you. I'm out of shows to watch on Netflix, but maybe it's good I'll take a break. :)

      You have a great weekend too!!

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  3. I love little Link catching his monster!

    I really need a cat in my life all the time, my dog won't be pleased. I have a cat at work but he can't come home with me!

    Enjoy the Olympics, I hope they go well as there has been so much controversy around them. According the British press our SAS are on call in case anyone gets kidnapped.

    Have a good week Greg!

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    1. Isn't that cool? I HAD to share it. And I have plenty of cats, if you want one. lol

      I'm hopeful too about the Olympics. the coverage here absolutely sucks, it's so bad I thought about VPN'ing into the BBC coverage lol.

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  4. We didn't watch the Opening Ceremonies last night but I am hoping to get some watching in. It is fun to see everything. I agree on the night picture. There's something that just catches your imagination about it. I need to start watching Dark Matter. I wouldn't have thought it was my kind of show but I love the clips. Have a great week!

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    1. We watched most of it but eventually turned it off. It was so long and the commercials were awful, it almost wasn't worth it.

      Dark Matter is fun, there's a bit of humor to it that makes it fun. Have a great week!

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  5. Parts of the opening ceremony were really cool. I love Olympics time.

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    1. Yeah I enjoyed parts of it, but wasn't blown away. And the commercials- ugh, pretty much ruined it.

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  6. Happy weekend, Greg! I bet the Venetian Festival was fun! It sure sounds like it. I wish we lived closer to the water. We've been watching some of the soccer games today, and caught some of the swimming earlier. I thought the opening ceremony was well done too. A couple of locals are in the track and field competition and we're looking forward to seeing them if we can. If only I we didn't have to work in the next two weeks. :-S

    Such cutie cats. :-) I think the nigh version of My Kingdom is the best too, although they are all nice.

    Have a great week, Greg!

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    1. You too! It was a fun festival, try to go every year. I'm glad you got to see some of the events, I've watched a bit of swimming so far. One of my favorites. I'm hoping to watch as much as I can the next few weeks...

      That's great that you have locals in the Games. I hope they do well!

      Have a great week!

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  7. The Venetian Festival sounds good....and what cute cat pix.

    I am eager to read Truly Madly Guilty, which I got last week; I am also curious about The Woman in Cabin 10.

    Thanks for visiting my blog...and enjoy your week! I've been catching up on recordings on my DVR from my days away.

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    1. It was fun! And thanks!

      I'm looking forward to Truly Madly Guilty as well, and I really liked the Woman in Cabin 10. I hope you enjoy.

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  8. The Pixel Fishing gif is fabulous and I love your cats! The Venetian Fest sounds fun. I will be looking foward to your tag post next week. You are finfing some interesting ones. Have a stellar week!

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    1. Thanks, and I thought that was fun too. Two tags in two weeks- I know right?

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  9. Love the kitty pictures!!
    I did watch most of the Opening Ceremonies and honestly was not all that impressed with the show, though I love the Parade of Nations... While I of course love the US and big dominating teams, I get kind of emotional for the smaller countries with just a few athletes.

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    1. I wasn't blown away by the Opening Ceremony either. I wanted to like it more than I actually did, you know? :) And yes the Prade of Nations is always nice- that part I DID enjoy. It is nice to see the smaller countries and the pride they have in getting there!

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  10. AWWWWWW I love your cats! That multi-colored one is so pretty and has such pretty eyes too!

    The festival thing sounds fun, fireworks are always nice. And yay Olympics! Honestly, I probably won't watch anything other than the gymnastics though. I don't know, I just don't get to get into the other sports. Maybe I'll watch some swimming, that's at least been kinda fun to watch in the past.

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    1. Thanks! They're a handful... I love fireworks, especially by the water. And since the 4th of July fireworks sucked here it was nice to go see some good ones lol. I'll enjoy gymnastics and swimming too, and diving... I'm an Olympics junkie. :)

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  11. At least you made it to one festival. Better than none. :) Aww cute kitty pictures! Okay, I literally just started GoT, so I'm sure I'll want to watch TWW. It's like a prequel?

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    1. Yeah better than none... and it was a good one. TWW is a fan film I guess, so it's not official by any means... sort of a prequel in the sens e that the character is dead by the time the series starts. So yeah... and you started GoT! Awesome- book or show?

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  12. The Olympics are the only sporting events I watch. I enjoy the swimming/diving ones the most. Unfortunately, because I'm almost 12 hours ahead of the local time, I haven't been able to catch anything. :/
    Love the pictures of your cat! I'm not a cat person but I love looking at pictures of them and hearing stories of them.
    I hope you have a good week!

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    1. Same here, I love the swimming and diving. The rowing too. I hope you get to see some if you want to!

      And thanks about the cats. they're cute so they get away with a lot. lol

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  13. I kept getting distracted and watching those gifs. LOL Sounds like the festival was fun. We have so many going on here on the Gulf Coast. Such cute furbaby pics! I'm slowed down on Netflix too while I wait for some new episodes.

    My Sunday Post

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    1. They're kinda fun huh? I'd love to hang on the Gulf Coast, I'll bet there's so much to do. Plus beautiful beaches... love your area!

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  14. That last animated fishing art was awesome, I was almost hypnotized by it! I haven't watched anything Olympic yet, but that's more because we only get Spanish-speaking TV here. My husband watched the cycling last night, though.
    And I'm really glad you enjoyed The Woman in Cabin 10!
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading .
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Wasn't that fun? I hope you get to watch some Olympics if you're into it. I will basically shut down all activities except Olympic watching for the next two weeks lol.

      I'm watching cycling right now! :)

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  15. Sadly I missed the opening ceremony (they're somewhat boring to me), but you're absolutely right about the Beijing Olympics...that has to be my favorite.

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    1. If I'm honest I have to say the Opening ceremony was a little boring... I liked the Parade of Nations better. And beijing was fabulous.

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  16. !!!! KITTENS !!!!! Have a great week! :D

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  17. I love the Olympics, I end up watching all kinds of sports that I'n never normally watch. Like hours of cycling yesterday, I just get sucked in! My favourites are the gymnastics and the track and field though. Oh and the diving, I love that too!

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    1. I do too. Same here. I like track and field as well, along with rowing and the swimming and diving.

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  18. Your town is fabulous!! I'm so entirely jealous! I'm curious about the economy in the winter - what do people do who live in the winter? Like here, about half commute down towards Detroit. Like I said, I'm just curious about stuff like this....

    Those last three gifs you found on Deviantart are amazing! I didn't even know they did stuff like that! Pixel Fishing is my favorite :) Awesome finds. And on "My Kingdom", I think the nighttime one is my favorite, too :)

    Have a great week!!! USA! USA! USA!

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    1. I'm not actually in Grand Haven but yeah it's fun there. And I think a lot of people do commute to Grand rapids...

      I didn't know DA did those either- I kinda stumbled on them. DA is a serious time sink.

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  19. A Venetian Festival sounds fascinating! The festivals here usually take place in late fall, winter, or early spring when it's not so hot. I honestly can't wait for them though. I love all the art and it should be extra fun with a toddler this year. Haha.
    I honestly feel like one of the only people who don't watch the olympics. I never had cable in the past and now I see a clip here and there on the internet but I don't really search it out. I'm probably missing out. :)
    Have a great week!

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    1. The Venetian festival is so fun. they have a band and lighted boats, and the fireworks... neat place. I love festivals too. It's be nice to have them in those seasons when it's getting cold here lol.

      I think a lot of people don't watch the Olympics. And honestly the way NBC covers them it's hard to watch unless you just like to see what they show in primetime.

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  20. Those festivals sound fun and I wish we had some around here but ours are real duds. I need to check out your Cabin 10 review!

    Hope you have a great week!
    Stormi
    Week in Review

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    1. Aw sorry to hear you don't have good festivals. We have a few that are nice, but they're easy to forget and then you miss em. I liked Cabin 10!!

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  21. I love boat parades and glad to hear it was fun. I've been watching a lot of the Olympics too.
    sherry @ fundinmental My Sunday Memes

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    1. I do too, it's about the only place I ever see one so it's fun to go!

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  22. I sadly don't get to watch the Olympics because I don't have cable. If I did, I'd be watching the swimming events and women's gymnastics and some of the track and field events. I used to watch a lot when I still lived with my parents. They are big fans of the Olympics. I'll have to ask them what they thought of the opening ceremony. They bought their first TV so they could watch the Olympics back in the 70s.

    Thanks for sharing all the adorable cat pictures. Made me smile :)

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    1. Good, I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. :) I love the Olympics and geek out every 4 years (every two if you count the Winter I guess). :) I don't have cable either, so I have to be happy with NBC (ugh) and what I can see online. It's frustrating to me that in 2016 we can't just get free streaming or even a pay to stream package... but I'm digressing. :)

      I love the swimming.

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  23. I can't wait for gymnastics. That is my favorite thing, also the foot races and swimming. I like all the individual events actually. I don't watch sports, but individual competitions are awesome and inspiring. I like the day kingdom picture the best, I like all the details involved. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

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    1. Same here, the races (swimming and track) and the gymnastics are fun too. Enjoy the Olympics!

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  24. I started watching the Olympics today. Right now fencing in playing and it's actually rather exciting! Who knew. I am really looking forward to Truly, Madly, Guilty by Laine Moriarty. She is coming San Francisco soon so I will wait and buy a copy of her book at the book signing. Have a great week.

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    1. It's funny how some sports in the Olympics end up more exciting than you'd think they'd be. With few exceptions I enjoy watching pretty any of the events, even if I don't know much about them! lol And I'd love to see Liane Moriarty, what a fun signing. I loved Big Little Lies!

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  25. Loved your video Summer Comes to Grand Haven! Looks like a great place to spend time at! I also like the opening ceremonies at the Olympics, but missed it this year. Will be watching coverage online and on Roku as we cut the cable this month!
    As for reading... Glad you like the Woman in Cabin 10. It's been on my wish list and I was hoping it would be as good as I expected.

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    1. Thanks, it's a wonderful beach town. I don't have cable either so it's a challenge to watch this year... I can't see all the events I want, but I'll have to make do. :)

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  26. I haven't watched the Olympics in a long long time (since they started letting professional athletes participate)

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    1. I watch every four years and even though I know there are issues with them I do enjoy the competition- and the scenery if truth be told. :) I enjoy the excitement of it... but I know what you mean.

      Have a super week!

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  27. I'm hoping to catch some of the Olympics this week; had even less TV time than usual last week, lol. The Olympics Book Tag sounds like a lot of fun- looking forward to your post!

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    1. Thanks! Hope you have a great week. I'll be watching the Olympics mostly.

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  28. The Olympics Book Tag?? That sounds like fun! Will be looking out for it. Hope your week will be great Greg! Here's my Sunday Post: The Sunday Post - 07 August 2016 http://marelithalkink.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-sunday-post-07-august-2016.html

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  29. Your summer sounds like it's going well. Enjoy the Olympics! I didn't watch the opening ceremony this year, but I did watch a bit of water polo, ping pong, and basketball yesterday morning. Have a great week!

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  30. A book a week is a great pace. Good job!

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  31. The Venetian Festival sounds like fun. I hope you enjoy your books and have a great week.

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  32. It was a great festival week, the fireworks (as always) were amazing. Sorry you missed it. I went to high school with the guy that did the video. The pulp fiction cover looks a bit like Anne Margaret. Watching the Olympics. I will watch whatever is on. Hope you have a great week.

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  33. Kitty pictures! So cute :)

    The Venetian Festival is new to me but sounds fun. Enjoy the Olympics and have a great week!

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  34. KITTY PICTURES!!! Omg what an adorable cat! I'd love to have one someday! I don't watch the Olympics just because I've never found them interesting. :/ Don't hate me! Time Siege looks interesting! I'll have to come back for your review! Have a great week :D

    Here's my Weekly Recap!

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  35. Your cat is so cute! I hope you enjoy Truly Madly Guilty. I wasn't able to finish it; it wasn't for me. I am so pumped for the Olympics. I love gymnastics and swimming the most. Have a great week!

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  36. It sounds like the Venetian Festival was quite nice. There are a few different events happening this month that I hope to make. Summer tends to have a lot going on, which is one good thing!

    -Lauren
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  37. The Venetian Festival sounds like a lot of fun. We are watching the Olympics too and I can't wait for the swimming. I guess I won't be reading as much this month lol. Have a great week Greg!

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  38. I didn't watch the opening ceremony, but just keep up with it on the news. Will be interested to see how the rowing goes as we have some teams in it. I see it was too rough for them to row yesterday so hope the wind drops for them.

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  39. I meant to watch the Summer Olympics, but I never had the time to! Here’s my Sunday Post!

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  40. What beautiful cats! I love the Olympics and related books. I really liked Cabin 10. I thought Ware did an excellent job describing the ship. I felt claustrophobic! Happy Reading!

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  41. Kitties! I've been getting up in the middle of the night to watch swimming. Talk about dedication. ;)

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    1. Good for you! I'm kind of a fanatic about the rowing but the American coverage hardly shows it. typical. So it's a challenge to see it!

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  42. Aargh. I need to catch up with the Olympics still - life is getting in the way of my TV time! But I will get through the opening ceremony and I hope to be able to catch some of the gymnastics, equestrian events and a bit of the swimming!

    Thanks for the weekly round-up. I'll be sad to see the last of your DwD posts. Here's my #IMWAYR

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    1. I know what you mean- life does get in the way. I'm watching as much as I can between other stuff and the coverage. I like equestrian but hardly ever see it- some of these lesser known sports don't get a lot of time. A shame really.

      Thanks for the kind words about the DwD posts. I don't think they were getting a lot of reads, but I did 'em anyway and I'm grateful to anyone who took a look or enjoyed them. :)

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  43. Kitties! So cute!!

    The Venetian Festival sounds cool! We want to take Wyatt to the west coast one summer, maybe we should aim for this time of year and try to catch it once when he is older. We are taking him up north, I am super excited to get him on a beach!

    The Olympics seem to be going ok, despite all the controversy surrounding it! I'm a fan of the cycling and swimming. :) Although my fave Vincenzo Nibali had a horrible crash and broke his collarbone in two places!!!

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    1. The Venetian festival is always the last weekend in July, and is always fun (and always crowded- lotsa people come up from chicago and illinois). The Coast Guard festival in Grand Haven us fun too, although to be honest it might be better to come a different time because again it's crowded and more fun if you can move. :)

      Have fun up north! And I saw that crash- yikes!

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  44. The Venetian Festival sounds great. We had a festival in our local town this weekend too, though possibly not as fancy. I haven't watched any of the olympics though, just doesn't appeal to me. Enjoy watching though.

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    1. Festivals are fun, and with the summer going so fast it's fun to get out and do something. It's funny about the Olympics I watch it every four years but in between I don't watch any of those sports. lol

      Have a great week!

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  45. The Woman in Cabin 10 is a book I recently purchased as it's the August title for a Twitter book club I've recently joined. I've been interested in the book for a while as I've heard a good number of things, and your review only makes me want to delve in even more. I'm holding off for a week or so though so that the book is still fresh in mind come our discussion.

    I've heard a fair bit of positive feedback surrounding Liane Moriarty's newest novel - I hope you enjoy all coming reads, and have a wonderful week!

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  46. I think Rio did a good job with their opening. They didn't have a ton of money to work with, and what they managed to pull off was pretty cool. I really liked the beginning with the progression of the different cultures coming to and settling in the area. I've fallen behind on Dark Matter again. I'm not very good at remembering to watch things every week, so I might be two or three weeks behind at this point.
    I love the little gif of Link fishing!
    I hope you have a good week Greg!

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  47. OH thank you for linking to my Tumblr!! I really want to get some actual stuff of my own made for it (one of these days hahah). And I agree with you, the Olympics are great! I love the stuff that all the countries do, I feel like it's a nice glimpse into their culture!

    My favorite is swimming, since I was a swimmer for basically ever. I miss it- so much more during the Olympics too (because let's face it, no one else cares about swimming the rest of the time haha), but it is still fun to watch! I like gymnastics too, and sometimes diving (until I get too bored), and I was watching water polo earlier, and I will generally watch whatever is on- within reason ;)

    Also, your cats are SO CUTE!!! Love them!!

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    1. You are welcome! I love the swimming too (just got done watching some of the races) and I like the diving although I haven't seen much of them yet. I guess I miss em every time they're on.

      And thanks about the cats! They're fun but they're CRAZY!

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  48. That Venetian festival sounds fun! It always seems there are more festivals taking place during summer.

    I don't watch the Olympics, but I heard from some people who are. I hope you'll enjoy watching it!

    Your cats look adorable! I always love seeing pictures of pets. I hope you'll have a great week!

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    1. It is fun, and I am enjoying the Olympics although I'm not getting much reading done! Ha ha that's okay though... it's a nice break. :)

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  49. Oo a Venetian festival. That sounds fun! Hooray for the Olympics! And for kitty pics! Love it. ๐Ÿ˜€

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