Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sunday Post #103

This week started hot and muggy but was in the 70's for the rest of the week, which was nice. We've had a good summer here in Michigan for the most part. I started Arrow and have been all over Netflix  this week- binge watching both that and The 100. I'm also checking out Humans on AMC - love the premise of that show. On the blog I reviewed All We Have Is Now and The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty- I like her writing a lot. I also had another Bookcover Spotlight (one of my favorite cover from last year).

This week I got Murder in the Paperback Parlor and my thoughts will be up on Tuesday. A fun read and this author keeps delivering. I've read several of her books now and they're all winners.

Murder in the Paperback Parlor

I've been thinking of this for a while, and decided to do a re- read of A Dance With Dragons- the fifth book in the Game of Thrones. It's been a few years since I read it, and since I suspect The Winds of Winter is coming next year, I want to be sharp with the details when it arrives. So much happens in this book that it's easy to miss stuff. If anyone is interested in reading along- I'm thinking a chapter a week- let me know! I'd love to compare notes.

This week's up north pics.

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Not a lot of bookish news this week again, but as usual I have some up north news to share. I've talked a lot about Sleeping Bear Dunes and northern Michigan lately, but this past Sunday some big storms rolled through and did a lot of damage. You can see pics and stories here.

Dune climbers trapped during storm.

Storm damage

And this is a cool video that shows one of the most beautiful areas.

Recipe of the week from Brys Estate winery and Vineyard: Riesling Braised Chicken w/ Tarragon and Roasted Potatoes 


Don't Even Think About It A Sliver of Stardust (A Sliver of Stardust, #1)  Hello From the Gillespies The Adventuress (Lady Emily, #10)   


Ciao Amalfi talks best beaches of Positano.

Book'd Out reviews Pretty Baby.


  1. Wow, I hadn't heard about the store offering refunds for that book. I have mixed feelings about that, it really seems like their own personal marketing ply, but it's good they're standing behind their slogan of only selling brilliant books, whatever those may be.

    Our week started hot and humid then cooled down, yesterday actually felt like an early autumn day!

    I've never read GRR Martin and probably won't as his books don't appeal to me but a read-a-long sounds like a fun idea. I hope you enjoy your e-read.

  2. I loved Hello from the Gillespies....Love your up north pics. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your week!

  3. Great books! I can't wait to see what you thought of the Ellery Adams. That series is on my TBR and I'm looking forward to getting to the first one soon. I enjoyed Don't Even Think About It though it is definitely a YA book. Your pictures this week are fantastic and that bookstore! Gorgeous. Have a great week!

  4. The 100 is SUCH a great show. I hope you're enjoying it! That Ellery Adams book cover reminds me of the game Clue. :D

  5. Those pics are so very lovely, I miss the sea ! The cover of the Gillespies already caught my eye and I'll love to know what you'll have to say about Alex and Ada : I've read reviews but haven't read it yet even if I want to ;) I'll have to watch the 100 on Netflix ^^ Have a great week-end, Greg !

  6. The Incident on the Bridge looks interesting.

    Still loving the 'up north' pics. I adore the one - is it of a shopping village - with the trees and flowers in the walkway. So quaint and just stunning!

  7. Glad you enjoyed The Husband's Secret, I listened to that one on audio and liked the twists and turns very much. Seems storms are becoming more and more prevalent in these times right around the world.
    Love your pics and especially the book ones. Love the cover of A Sliver of Stardust, looks like a promising fantasy.

  8. Nice haul, the incident on the bridge has me curious. Such a shame about the damage, mother nature can be brutal. Our weather is all over the place from brutally muggy to picturesque. Have a lovely week and keep binging. .my son loves Arrow

  9. I love your pictures, thanks for sharing. Have a great week :)

  10. Loving the photos, it looks so pretty there. I really enjoyed Hello From the Gillespies. And I agree with you, Liane Moriarty has some great books!

  11. Thanks for sharing pictures again, Greg! I love seeing the surroundings of where other bloggers live :)
    It's nice when the temperatures lower a little bit, no? We finally had rain yesterday, and now it's much easier to breathe outside :)
    Have a great week ahead and happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  12. I don't like when my summer get's under 80 degrees! it reminds me "Winter is Coming" :) I watched about two episodes of Human but didn't continue. Didn't like the acting. The premise is indeed very good though so you may enjoy it! I heard so much about "All We Have Is Now" I hope I can get to it too. Great review btw!

  13. Your pics are beautiful, it looks really idyllic.

    I am working my way through Humans, the actors have all appeared in comedy roles on British TV so it is strange to see them playing serious characters, I am enjoying it though.

    Have a good week.

    Heather | Random Redheaded Ramblings

  14. I love the pictures too. I am really interested in the one that has a courtyard close between two sides of a building. It is the third from the top. Can you tell us anything about it?

  15. I'll have to see if I have that cozy! Northern Michigan looks wonderful this time of year.

  16. Great photos and post, newsy and friendly! I like the look of all your incoming books, and hope you enjoy them. Haven't read The Gillespies but have it on my wishlist. The Incident on the Bridge sounds really good too.

    Have a good week and have fun in that temperate weather.

  17. Love those photos!

    Enjoy all your books...they look great.

  18. You've got some great looking books, Greg. I'll have to take look at some of them. Have fun reading and/or reviewing them. I'm glad you enjoyed the Ellery Adams book. I want to read that.

    It's too bad about the storm damage.And I love all the pictures from northern Michigan.

  19. We had a pretty warm week here, I hope next week is a bit cooler. I'll have to check out the author of Murder in the Paperback Parlor, she sounds like a great author. Great pictures, it looks beautifull where you live.
    I lvoe the cover for a Sliver of Stardust, I hope it's good as well! Have a great week!

  20. I'm a big fan of Arrow and hope you are enjoying it. I got hooked by watching it on Netflix after a friend recommended it. I'm eagerly awaiting the start of season 4 in October.

    Glad you liked The Husband's Secret. I really like her writing.

  21. I got Murder in the Paperback Parlor this week on audio to review! :) I will have to check out your review. :)

  22. Those are some nice pictures you have up there. I just got Pretty Baby in I am dying to read that! You have a couple of others up there I really want to read badly I will be back to see your reviews on them! Have a great week!

    Sunday Post #2

  23. Love your 'up north' pics once again, shame about the storms, mother nature can be brutal. I'm curious about The Incident on the Bridge, another cover that pulls me in. I love Arrow and it doesn't hurt he's serious eye candy lol
    Have a great week and enjoy your new reads!

  24. I love your pictures of up north for this week! The shopping area looks like a nice place to walk around and enjoy the day. How are you liking Arrow? I missed some of last seasons episodes so I need to get caught up. Have a great week and enjoy your new books!

  25. Love the pictures and great books! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Cheers!

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

  26. My neighbors were up camping in Glen Arbor and got to see the excitement first hand!!! It seems like August is the month the entire thumb area heads over there to vacation; all my neighbors have been gonzo!!! You guys just seem to get nailed with bad weather worse than us :(

  27. Humans has been a really good show so far. We don't ever watch tv of substance unless it's something like Walking Dead, so I'm really glad we just happened to stumble upon it on the premiere. I wish I was on Dance of Dragons, I would read it with you. I'm currently on Feast of Crows, but I haven't read from it in weeks.

  28. I think I mentioned last week my family always goes up to Beulah/Honor every summer. My stepmom was actually up there for the big storm! She weathered it safely, but said it is a horrible mess up there. :( I have friends who live in Traverse City as well, their house was hit by a tree, but everyone was safe.

    The Blue looks really good!

  29. AMC has a new zombie show coming out in the fall. It's supposed to be part of the same word as TWD but when the zombie outbreak is just happening with all new characters. While Rick is in the coma. I'm supper excited!

    Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger

  30. How are you liking The 100? I was thinking about making that my next binge watch.

    Have a great week, Greg!

  31. I love Arrow! I binged the two seasons that were on Netflix really quickly this summer, and I am currently watching the third season as it is aired on the CW, so I can watch season four when it comes out!
    Have a good week!
    Thanks for stopping by the The Local Muse

  32. Hi Greg,
    Is Arrow any good? I've heard a bit about it (seems very popular) but people seem to say it's not worth watching... I think it looks pretty cool though so I'm unsure whether to try it out or not!
    Beautiful photos! I love the one with the pink flowers :D I adore growing flowers so I guess I was rather drawn to it, lol.
    Have a great week!
    Amy x

  33. It is Wednesday already! Where has the week gone/ I hope you are having the beautiful temps in the mid 70s we are having here today. I feel like I can conquer the world, lol. One of the things I am going to tackle when I am fully retired, in about four years, are the Game of Throne books. I will remain on the lookout for your A Sliver of Stardust review. I hope you are having a wonderful week. :)