Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sunday Post #256


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I've been really enjoying July. It hasn't been quite as hot and I've had windows open at night, letting the night breeze in. I love the night sounds, and it's been raining a lot too over the last week. I love sleeping to the rain! One thing I've been thinking about is stargazing. I used to go outside at night and stare up at the sky- why do I make less time to do that as an adult? Do we lose some of our sense of wonder as we get older? I often wonder that. Is that part of why nostalgia is so powerful? For me stargazing is like watching a storm roll in, or seeing the moon peek from behind scudding clouds- it fires my imagination, makes me think of places I wish existed.

It's part of the reason that I love autumn so much. Bare trees scratching the sky, the swirling of leaves, a harvest moon... there's so much atmosphere in the fall. And as much as I'm enjoying midsummer, I find myself looking forward to that, as I mentioned last time. Bonfires and the smell of burning leaves...

Speaking of imagination, I posted the first flash fiction I've done in quite a while. It's called The Escape and can be found here. It's based on this image. And I posted my Hardy Boys/ Nancy Drew tag. Movies That Suck was Day of the Triffids and this week will be The Chernobyl Diaries- and thanks to Sarah at All The Book Blog Names Are Taken for that suggestion. And coming up this week will be another tag- the All About Reading tag. Thanks to Anna at Adventures of a Booknerd!  

This weekend is a Venetian festival in one of the coastal towns over here- Saugatuck. Fireworks and a lighted boat parade. The last fireworks hurrah of the summer... 
         
The Lies They TellStrange New World (Brave New Girl, #2)Lies You Never Told MeImage result for the chernobyl diaries

Song of the week  


PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 

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NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

Survive the Night

BOOKISH LINKS 

This cracked me up.

  

Ok this is pretty awesome, but the conductor is the best part. Especially at 3:04 and 3:47.   


Eleven from Stranger Things is in the new Godzilla movie. 



 The Hunt is Over 

68 comments:

  1. The one with the red houses looks like it could be around where I live, except for those constructs in the back lol

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    1. I think the artist is from Sweden and says he painted those to try and catch a vision of Sweden with some weird elements thrown in.

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  2. We have had lots of rain too but it has been so hot and humid. No fun! I am also looking forward to fall. I love that time of year!

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    1. I hate humidity! Thankfully ours has lessened (watch now it come back)!

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  3. Is it just me or are there a lot of books with the word LIES in the title? lol I have noticed that when looking at different blogs. I love fall too except it means I have to go back to work :( Looking forward to doing your Nancy Drew tag sometime in the next month or so. Have a great weekend!

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    1. I think there are a TON of books with lie in the title. Same w/ girl. Must be the latest trend...

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  4. I loved the Godzilla trailer. So cool that Millie Bobby Brown is in it! Have fun listening to the rain, I wish we had some here😁

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    1. I did too! I was disappointed w/ the first movie but this one looks GREAT!

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  5. We had a big storm last night and I couldn't get to sleep for it! Much cooler today but the wind is starting to howl a bit. I like autumn and winter a lot better than summer!

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    1. I do too, increasingly. I used to love summer but I swear it gets hotter and hotter, and I like the cooldown.

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  6. Falling asleep while it's raining is so relaxing to me! I used to do a lot of stargazing when I was younger. I don't know why I stopped doing it. Could be because of the hot, humid and mosquito filled nights I have to deal with here in Brazil. I guess ten minutes of stargazing just isn't worth all the mosquito bites I'll have to deal with for the next week :)

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    1. I love sleeping to the rain! And I hear you on stargazing- mosquitos and humidity can definitely take some fun out of it.

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  7. It's been a rainy week here too and I like the sounds of the rain falling. Stargazing never gets old. I feel like as we become adults, life becomes busier and we forget to do stuff like that. I love the Fall too, it's such a cozy time.

    Enjoy your week and your writing!

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    1. I do too, rain is relaxing. And I think you're right- we just get busy and some of that stuff falls by the wayside...

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  8. 1) Where do you live? (Just kidding!) 2) Can you please share the rain and wind? It has been scorching here in Texas. 105 degrees yesterday, but it felt like 111. I walk outside and my body is like, "SWEAT NOW OR DIE!" Even the pools are too hot to swim in. 85 degree water feels so gross on your skin, especially when you're trying to cool off.

    I want Fall weather! Crunching leaves, cooler days, pumpkin-flavored everything... ahh. Is it October yet?

    𑁋 Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. I'm in Michigan, and even though we're "north" it gets hot here too in summer (not as hot as you though). But it's been nice in July- not as bad! 105- ugh. I think Texas would be too hot for me. :)

      And yes - I love October!

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  9. I am still stuck on the part where you can open your windows. I am so jealous.

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    1. Yes they're open right now- although it's 79 in here, so maybe some air? :) But we've been lucky this July to have relatively mild temps.

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  10. I used to love lying in the damp grass at night and watching the stars. Your thoughts read like the beginning of a book I'd like to read, Greg:)

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    1. Thanks Laura! Same here- I used to stand in our driveway,and there was a church with a big lawn where I could lay in the grass and watch the meteor showers. :)

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  11. Fall is my favorite season, I can't wait for it to get here. It's still been too hot for us to sleep with the windows open, but hopefully soon!

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  12. I mean, I think we DO lose the sense of wonder, to some extent, but then... not necessarily? I think it's like- the fact that you're thinking about it probably means you haven't? This might sound weird but when I was a kid, I thought that being an adult basically meant that you HAD lost that sense of wonder- nothing is fun and exciting, nothing makes you just feel ALIVE, you know? I think that's how my parents are (or at least, how they seem outwardly?) but now that I am an adult (I guess ha) I realized that it's only that way if you let it be. I used to feel like I WASN'T a "real" adult because I DO still have a sense of wonder about stuff. Not everything, and not even all the same things of course, but I do. And the fact that you still think about those kind of things means you do too so yay! Also, Idk how you sleep with windows open because that lets out all the freezing air conditioning that I am so fond of! πŸ˜‚

    The Chernobyl Diaries actually sounds kind of interesting! Did it suck? Can't wait to find out! As always, the pictures you find are so incredible! I seriously cannot fathom how some people can... art so well.

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  13. Ooh, I like the cold snowy theme of some of the art this week. That one with the stag reminds me a lot of the Winter of the Gods cover. And wow, I've forgotten how dark some of those old pulp mysteries/covers can be!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  14. The Lies They Tell and Lies You Never Told Me are books to add to my collection with "lies" in the title. There are so many, and a bit confusing at times.

    Enjoy your week, and your movies, too. I just finished The Slap, on Amazon Prime, and really enjoyed it. The version on Prime, set in Australia, is a lot better than the one I saw on Network TV a few years ago.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  15. The art you picked this week is absolutely stunning!

    I love stargazing. I used to do it a lot too, and even forced my best friend and boyfriend to catch a few meteor showers. That's actually one of my favorite memories because we grabbed blankets and camped out on the roof in like 40 degree weather. It was gorgeous though. I think don't think we lose our sense of wonder, I think we just become obsessed with being 'busy' and we give up our time devoted to wonder.

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    1. Thanks Michelle. Same here. There's something about stargazing- being out at night, feeling that wonder. And yes even in the cold weather! And I think you're right- maybe we don't lose our sense of wonder, we just... don't make time for it?

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  16. Yes, thank goodness it's cooled down. We had one super hot day the day my new fan arrived and I was never so happy to see the UPS guy in my life. Ha ha. πŸŒ‡

    I love choral music. You are right that conductor was great that legs thing he was doing was priceless. 🎼

    The image with the snowy cabins and the kids playing in gront with the massive machines in the background is primo! ⛄

    Besides Creature from the Black Lagoon, Godzilla is my favorite! The movie looks like it might be pretty good. πŸŽ₯

    Have a wonderful week. 🌞 I'll be back to read your Flash Fiction tomorrow!

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    1. Yes no doubt! I would be too. :)

      That KILLED me.

      I always liked Godzilla. I thought the last one was terrible, but this one... has possibilities!

      Thanks!!

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  17. Lovely photos! I used to go outside all the time to just gaze at the skies. But, I don't seem to go outside that much anymore. I need to remedy that soon!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays and Cover Spotlight!

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  18. I use to love looking up at clouds and the funny shapes they make. Fun times. I agree about the weather being nice so far.

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  19. I love the rain and autumn too :) but unfortunately, I haven't ever really stargazed much, cause I live in a city, so you can't see much over all of the lights. I hope you have a great week, Greg :)

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  20. This remake of Godzilla looks pretty cool! I didn't even know they were making one!

    Stormi
    Week in Review

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  21. I like Lost Worlds best of the pictures. The normalcy of the house in the forefront contrasts well with the futuristic look in the background.

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  22. I love it when someone else jumps on the Real Housewives bandwagon.(lol) I love the sound of rain at night, and for some reason it helps me to sleep a little better. Great that you can open the window to experience the night time breeze. The Venetian Festival and lighted boat parade seem like a blast! Hugs and Happy Sunday! RO

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  23. I love The Housewives of Westeros ������ I couldn't stop laughing. My Hubby is a huge fan of Game of thrones, can't wait to show him.

    Angelica @ Paperback Princess

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  24. I like sratgazing, it's kinda relaxing. Enjoy.your week ahead!

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  25. We've been having a massive heatwave here lately that threatened to break heat records but, as of yesterday, it's back to our normal summer weather - rain, rain, rain! :P I do like being inside with this kind of weather though. Makes it feel all cosy and good to read in. :)

    Murder Takes a Wife is an awesome cover!

    There's ANOTHER Godzilla movie? Really? :/

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    1. I've been hearing about the heatwave over there! Hope it stays cooled down now. And yes- I love it when it rains out, good excuse to stay in and read. :)

      Murder Takes A Wife cracked me up. Can you imagine seeing THAT on a shelf?

      And right- another Godzilla?? Although I think they're making a series out of these?

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  26. I love falling asleep to the sound of rain or even thunder - as long as it's not over my house lol

    We're still hot so no open windows for me yet.

    I always try to look at the stars when I take the dogs out at night before bed. I'm not in or near a city so we usually have a nice view.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  27. A Godzilla movie with Stranger Things - El...Must see. That just made my day. I have to watch the trailer. Thanks for posting it!

    Mary

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  28. The real housewives of Westros!! Hilarious!

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  29. oh yes I saw the Godzilla trailer, it's intriguing. Have a lovely week and happy reading!

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  30. I love the Autumn as well, that and Winter are my two favorite times of the year because of the weather. It's just beautiful, even if it can get cold, rainy, and blustery a bit. I love watching the leaves turn and seeing them fall all around me in a pile at my feet, those crisp late evening Autumn walks, the festivals that take place, and just the overall general feel of it. It's beautiful, really...if you stop to let yourself enjoy it.

    I have plans to start the Rachel Vincent series, the publisher sent me the first two books and I'll definitely be reading and reviewing them soon on the blog. I have to admit I am really enjoying your blog and that All About Reading tag sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun.

    If you get the chance stop by and check out My Sunday Post!
    Suz @ Bookish Revelations

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    1. I agree! There's something about autumn... the colors, the crispness of air, the swirling leaves. It's a beautiful time!

      Thank you! And I hope you like the Rachel Vincent series- I liked the first book and really need to get around to finishing the second. My reading has been jumping around a bit!

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  31. I love it when it rains but last week when we got a thunderstorm the power went out 5 times. lol Our power company always has a hard time keeping the power on in the summer but storms make it worse.

    It's been 114 here so we aren't keeping any windows open, it's still 100 at midnight.

    I'm so looking forward to that Godzilla movie, I love Godzilla.

    I love pictures with planets in them. Those pictures are awesome.

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    1. Yikes I can imagine that's tough w/ the heat too. When it's super hot and the AC goes out... not good. :)

      114 would KILL me. 100 at night? I could never live there. :)

      I thought those were awesome too. And yes that Godzilla movie looks great!

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  32. It’s been raining a lot here, too. I’m happy about that because it cools everything down. I’d rather walk the dog in the rain than in the heat. I hope you have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. It does cool things down, a nice side effect. :)

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  33. I love doing anything to the sound of rain, especially sleeping! And I'm very jealous that you can stargaze at your house if you want to. I don't live but a few miles from downtown, so the light pollution keeps most of the stars hidden (except for Orion and a couple other notable constellations). Instead I have to cram it all in to my annual trip into the mountains in northern New Mexico each fall. And I agree totally about autumn—it has an atmosphere and sense to it that I love far above the other three seasons :) Hope you enjoyed the Venetian festival! I've never been to one, although there are a couple of large Ren Faires in the area.

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    1. Same! And there's a fair amount of light pollution here too, although you can see a fair bit. I'm not super close to downtown but you still have to go out into the country to get a GREAT view. And I can imagine the view from mountainous NM would be fabulous! How cool!

      I love a good Ren faire, and I'm glad the big Michigan one is around the corner! Looking forward to reconnecting w/ that atmosphere!

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  34. Our weather has been good and cooperative. Seems every time we have something planned, the rain holds off. Mr Wonderful says it never rains on the Funman. LOL
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

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  35. LOL - that Starfire cover. What's up with Pepe Le Pew?

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  36. I never even thought about that. How I don't star gaze as much as an adult. I use to all the time while hot tubbing at my parents. But since they sold my childhood home and moved closer to us, I don't do that anymore. Thanks for the reminder. I'll definitely do that once the smoke from all of the fires clear out!
    Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog

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  37. You can send some of that rain my way, we desperately need it.

    Love Conan the Barbarian! The music is awesome and the Conductor is pretty awesome too! LOL.

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  38. Grr, we had to miss the Saugatuck festivities. The last fireworks hurrah is Coast Guard this Saturday! Love the tag line of Murder Takes A Wife.

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  39. Weatherwise, you are having a much nicer July than we are! It has been beastly hot (and we were without air conditioning last week!). Like you, I'm also counting down to fall!

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  40. We had rain on our trip and now it's been cool here but hot elsewhere in the state. You've probably heard about the massive fires burning in California. My weekly updates

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  41. OMG the Real Housewives/GOT video was so much fun! Thanks!!! I've enjoyed the cooler temperatures, too -- even with the rain. One problem with stargazing is how much more light there is now than when we were kids ... still, I know what you mean about keeping a sense of wonder.

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  42. Jealous that you had your windows open. It's so humid here even at night. Have a wonderful week!
    Valerie @ Cats Luv Coffee

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  43. I'm still reveling in summer. Autumn is too close to winter for me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  44. I like the cover for Murder Takes a Wife. Great artwork really like the ones with the planets in the background

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  45. Funny you mention stargazing... two dear friends registered a star in my father’s name as a memorial to him and I’ve been trying to use the paperwork and the app provided to find the actual star. A little tricky since I have no idea what I’m doing or what I’m looking at. Ha.

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  46. Stargazing is always a fall and winter thing for me, mostly because the sun sets earlier and I'm out and about when it's dark. During the summer, I'm in bed when it's dark out. :)

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  47. It has been a great month, though we did have one night of severe storms and a tree fell down in my yard. See what I read this month at Girl Who Reads

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  48. You've actually been able to open your windows? I'm jealous, lol. Just reading your post makes me wish autumn would hurry up and get here. It's my favorite time of year.

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  49. When I was a teenager, I used to climb out my bedroom window and sit on the kitchen rooftop (which slanted down in front of my bedroom window) with a blanket around my shoulders and send hours staring at the stars. We lived right out in the country so light pollution was minimal and the views were stunning. :)
    It's been a really long time since I did that, or thought about it but it was oddly soothing and helped put a lot of things in perspective.
    I'm Autumn all the way too.

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  50. I'm really surprised by how much I'm looking forward to Godzilla: King of the Monsters! I mean, Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah all in one brand new movie with Eleven from Stranger Things - sign me up!

    Check out my TTT and please vote in my Make Me Read It Readathon poll

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