Saturday, August 25, 2018

Sunday Post #260



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I'm listening to the crickets chirping as I write this. I love having the window open and hearing the night sounds in late summer, feeling the cool breeze wafting in. We had a downpour last night, which prompted me to open windows as well, and listen to the falling rain. I find myself savoring the sights and sounds of summer as the season winds down, even as I look forward to fall. I find it kind of bittersweet this time of year- the end of summer is here, but even so I find myself ready for the joys of autumn.   

This week I feel like I regained some reading mojo, finishing one book that had been dragging and reading another. Contagion was a quick read and I'll be reviewing it next Thursday. And I jumped right into Rogue Protocol, the next Murderbot book, and will be starting Record of a Spaceborn Few this weekend with La La in the Library, A Dance With Books and Jo's Book Blog. Should be awesome! 

Movies That Suck unfortunately didn't happen this week, but I reviewed Adrift instead, and next week will be Sharknado. Yes, I have watched the infamous Sharknado and survived the experience. And it was everything I had imagined! I'll also be doing a Mystery Blogger Award tag from February (yes I'm behind) and looking for a new show to watch as I deal with the season being over for The 100.     

Contagion (Contagion, #1)Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3) 



Song of the week 



PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 


NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

Strange New World (Brave New Girl, #2)
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85 comments:

  1. I agree, the end of summer is a bit bittersweet. However, I'm so happy about the cooler nights. I sleep so much better now.
    Have a wonderful week ahead, Greg, and enjoy your weekend.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

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    1. It is, but I agree. Cool sleeping weather is the best!

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  2. Omg Sharknado is so amazingly bad that it is funny :D Awww good times

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  3. I'm certainly interested in your opinion of Contagion as that is on my wishlist. I'll be reading Rogue Protocol soon as well.

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    1. Contagion was awesome. Yeah it has a YA protagont but the creep and atmosphere factors are off the charts!

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  4. Another great post - I love the bridge with the tentacles.
    Lynn :D

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  5. I am always intrigued by your pictures! A few years ago I could not stop playing that Billy Idol song or watching any of his videos.

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  6. I haven't watched any of the Sharknado's movies. I am watching Airplane! right now. Talk about a stupid movie!!!! I have been enjoying some fall like weather as well. It has been nice and cool in the mornings. Have a great week.

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    1. Oh you are lucky. I now have Sharknado seared into my brain. :) Is it bad that I felt for the sharks? I mean, they didn't ASK to be swept up into cyclones and deposited in cities, right?

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  7. Sharknado was hilarious. We saw 4&5 last week and whooboy.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Oh my gosh you watched more of them???!!???? :)

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  8. I can't believe I've never watched Sharknado! Looking forward to your commentary. I think The Bridge is my favorite image this week:-)

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    1. Trust me... lol. I like The Bridge too- what is it with tentracles and fragile human structures??????

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  9. I love Billy Idol. ๐Ÿ’œ

    The images this week are especially nice. ๐Ÿ‘✨

    Have a wonderful new week. ๐ŸŒž

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  10. So jealous you're able to have windows open. It's 90 here today, and humid of course. We're a looong way from open windows. Hope you enjoy the buddy read! I now know someone who has actually watched Sharknado. LOL Looking forward to your commentary on that one. :) Billy Idol! I remember having this cassette with Rebel Yell on it (I think the album was called Rebel Yell, too?). Lots of good music on that one.

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  11. Sadly, no open windows for us. We have had some better days, but the 90s are back next week. BOO! Way to get your reading mojo back.

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  12. I have to close my windows. It's getting pretty cold. I hope you enjoy Record of a Spaceborn Few. I am not much into Sci-fi TBH. The girl with the bird cage and the one underneath fallen or crawling on the forest floor reminds me of JL Bryans Jenny Pox (The Paranormals #1 )
    Here is my Weekend Post

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  13. I love having all the windows in the house open. We just had a stretch of beautiful weather, felt almost like fall! Unfortunately, it's going back to the 90s this week!

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  14. LOL I was at my mother-in-law's this past week and got roped into watching the last Sharknado with her. Yeah, it was pretty much everything I imagined it to be too...and that is all I'll say about that :P Can't wait to see your review for Spaceborn Few!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  15. Great images, as usual. I really love the Pinterest ones with lanterns and lights in the grass.

    Enjoy your books, movies, and may everything in your week be enjoyable. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  16. I'm glad your blogging/reading mojo is back! I've not seen Sharknado but all the ridiculousness around it makes me want to! :D

    Nick @ The Infinite Limits of Love

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  17. Yess, can't go wrong with Billy Idol! Love those images, a few certainly get me in the autumn mood and wanting to start on horror story season again

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  18. YES, Billy Idol!!
    I enjoy the Sharknado movies, even though their cringe factor is extremely high. I had my windows open yesterday and Friday, and I really missed it. It was warm but had a nice breeze, and I wish it could stay this way forever. Our autumn season is very rainy, which becomes depressing by week two. I prefer summer and spring showers, where the sun comes back out and warms up the earth.


    I hope you have a lovely week Greg!

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    1. Billy Idol is the BEST.

      I love open windows, but only if it doesn't make my place super muggy. And I hear you- I need some sun after a rain, not just gloom!

      Sharknado was a definite trip!!

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  19. Can't wait for your Contagion review. Have a great week!

    Angelica @ Paperback Princess

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  20. Sorry, to my eyes just the art for Sharknado is offputting! Definitely not my sort of film!
    I'm looking forward to autumn though, partly because we get to head south for a while and mostly because the change seasons, Spring and Autumn, seem to suit me better. Loved your description of listening to the rain fall

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    1. No, Sharknado is not my kind of film either, although it did have some ridiculously fun moments, if that's a thing? You're not missing anything though! And I'm the same way- I love the spring and autumn- it's the temp extremes (hot or cold) tha tget me.

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  21. Some really awesome pictures this week Greg!
    I'm so ready for Autumn too. It's going to be so awesome.

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  22. Totally agree tha the end of summer is bittersweet. I love fall but will miss summer for sure. I feel like I lost my reading mojo this week as I went down a Netflix hole of binging. Really love the pictures this post. Have a great week!

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    1. It is. I'm the same way, ready for fall but I'll miss summer when it's all cold and dark. :) And ooh hope you watched something good on Netflix!

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  23. I was expecting at least 3-4 more weeks of summer but it left about 3 weeks ago. We've had nothing but rain and now it's started to get cold again. We've turned on the heating in the house because we can't take the chill. Ridiculous! :P

    I can't wait to see your Sharknado post. XD

    Also, I will always love anything Star Wars you post. :D

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    1. Isn't it sad? As much as I pine for fall, we should at least have decent weather through August! It's been unusually cool (well, some days) here too lately.

      Sharknado was... interesting. :)

      And oh good- Star Wars is the best!!!

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  24. Your evening sounds so nice! It's just HOT and rainy here. :/ I'm interested to see what you thought of Contagion. I love all of the gorgeous photography you've shared this week!

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    1. Contagion was a blast! SO atmospheric...

      Thanks! And yes it was a beautiful evening. :) Now it's hot again. Although not as hot as you guys probably!

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  25. Oh nice pictures! Have a lovely week!

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  26. The evenings are so nice and cool. It makes me wish I lived in a quiet neighborhood or at the shore. Maybe one day. :) It's going to be hot this week and I hope will cool off by September but I have a feeling it will be a roller coaster of weather for the next month or more.
    Glad you got your mojo for reading back. I hope you enjoyed Sharknado, it's one of my favorites I am glad you watched it. :) The last one was fantastic and I now want to binge watch the entire thing. lol

    Have a great week, Greg! Happy Reading! :)

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    1. It's hot again here too- those nice few days where it cooled off are gone for a while. I love a cool evening! And ha ha Sharknado- well I may not have liked it as much as you lol but it was an experience! And I did laugh my ass off a few times, so it was all good!!!!!!

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  27. Contagion looks good, as does Admiral. I've only read the first, butI enjoyed it. I am not ready for Fall! It is dark here this morning and I can hear thunder, looks like more rain is coming! Have a great week Greg.

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    1. Contagion was so good, the sequel will definitely be high on my list next year! And I hear you, I love fall but... I don't love shorter days and all that. Hope you're having a good weekend...

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  28. Hahaha Greg thanks for your scifi graphics as I just finished Lifel1k3 and I loved it! I am the first astonished as I am so not a scifi fan. And I love listening to the falling rain. It has a lulling quality that never fails to put me to sleep at night. Have a great Sunday!Sophie@bewareofthereader

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    1. Yes, falling rain can be SO relaxing- especially at night! And ooh how was Lifel1k3? Sounds like you enjoyed it! I think with so much sci fi out there these days they're branching out, and even non sci- fi fans are finding stuff they like...

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  29. I love your images, as usual, thank you for sharing :) Especially the tentacle one just makes me want to write a story! I'm listening to rain as I type this, I'd prefer crickets!

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    1. Thank you Olivia! And yes that bridge one seems to be getting some likes. :) And ha ha I know what you mean! Yes I hope you write story!!!

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  30. I love listening to the rain! I do enjoy the cooler nights as the Summer winds down. We've had a particularly brutal one so I'm happy Fall is on the way! Love all those forest pictures, although one reminds me of that creepy girl from The Ring! Ack! That movies scared the heck out of me! Glad to hear you're getting your reading mojo back. I feel like I haven't had much time to read, but I'm starting the last Kate Daniels today and I want to read it straight through. I've been so busy this weekend that I'm just going to lay around and read today to recoup and when you love a book reading it straight through is awesome!

    Great post, Greg! :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel. I do too! Something about the rain... it's relaxing. And I agree- it's nice when the temps start to moderate a bit. Although w/ the fires out there and the hot temps I imagine it's been especially tough!

      Yay, I hope you get to read all day and enjoy the book! :)

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  31. It's still around 103 here most days. I'll be happy once it cools down to the 60's. I watched the first Sharknado and didn't bother to watch any of the other movies. lol

    I love the guy standing in the forest picture. We don't have a lot of green here in Vegas. And then the beach picture makes me miss living in California but it's so expensive there now. Great pictures.

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    1. Wow, those temps would kill me. Do you go outside? Ha I don't think I could! And yeah... I felt the same way, one Sharknado was enough??!?

      I've heard that about California, it costs an arm and a leg in a lot of areas. Too bad too, it's so beautiful there. And you're right, that pic does kinda give off a vibe, doesn't it? :)

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  32. I do love the sound of a storm as long as I don't have to be out in it. I just added the first Martha Wells book to my tbr pile. I wonder if I need to get the rest of the series ready to go. It sounds like it might be a series that is hard to take a break from. Love all of the art you shared. Have a great week!

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    1. True! Storms are best enjoyed indoors. :) Ooh I hope you like Murderbot- they do go quick as novellas and I think they'd be a blast to binge. I find I'm forgetting little details but it usually comes rushing back!

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  33. I'm definitely ready for fall weather and everything that comes with the season now that I'm back at work. Sharknado. Lol. I have never been able to force myself to watch that one, but maybe I should? Happy reading!

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  34. I am tired of the heat but not ready to let go of summer yet as I don't want to rush winter. :) We seem to have a hit or miss fall around where I am and so sometimes it can be nice and other times it gets cold to fast and moves right into winter. :( So I am not rushing...lol.

    Glad you got some reading mojo going! :) Have a great week and happy reading!

    Stormi
    Week in Review

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  35. The sound of rain is soothing. We use Google Home to play ocean or rain sounds when we go to bed. We may have rain next week but we'll see. Being in the east bay the rain usually is hardly there unlike up in SF. I have open arms for fall! Have a good week.

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    1. Oh and my brother took his ohana to Legoland this summer. He drooled over the Millennium Falcon kit that was like $800. I had bought him a Snap Tite AT-AT but he still has yet to put it together.

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    2. Yep, yep. The catfish was good this spicy, Asian style. I have always looked forward to the fish dish at a banquet although it's usually sea bass and steamed. Catfish has a slightly different taste although I think tilapia has the most different. Yeah, go see the movie. It's highly entertaining and it'll make you laugh.

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  36. OMG BRING ME BACK!! Rebel Yell...I used to love that song. I am still waiting on your review of Strange New World. I hope I see it soon. I am hoping there is still some more summer as I feel I have missed it. Fall comes and stays here to long. I have to check out and see your movies that suck this week.

    Mary my Sunday Roundup 33!

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  37. You paint a great picture of the summer evening at your place. We are so lucky to have four seasons, I'd hate to live where the seasons are not marked reasonably well. Nice you are back into your reading mojo.

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  38. It has started to cool off a bit here too so we've had the windows open and have been able to comfortably sit outside as well. And i agree with you...as much as I'm looking forward to fall, I do feel a little bittersweet about summer ending even though my life doesn't change much from the end of summer to the beginning of fall these days. Maybe it goes back to our school days when it meant fun was over and it was tine to go back to school.

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  39. As I tap my foot to Rebel Yell, I am looking over those fabulous photos. Also, Rachel Vincent's book cover is pretty cool.
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

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  40. I can't wait for fall - I am over these 90 degree muggy days, like we had here this weekend. Lol. Bring on the cool weather, the rain, all the pumpkin spice and hard cider. :)

    I love those atmospheric forest photos! Amazing!!

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  41. Im very jealous of all the people who are extolling the wonderful weather they are having. Its suppose to be 90 degrees here all week. I'm OVER IT! Love the song of the week! Rebel Yell! classic!

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  42. I’m completely ready for autumn! I do like listening to the birds and crickets, though. Enjoy your buddy read! I love the photos you chose this week. I just pinned a few of them because I’m still trying to get into Pinterest. I’m basically just collecting weird photos right now.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  43. Hooray for getting some reading mojo back! We haven't really had any sign of fall yet down here (it's probably a month or so off, to be honest) but I'm longing for it. Summer is just so oppressively hot, and also the season right before my favorite, so I'm usually anxious for it to end by the time football season rolls around :) Hope you have a great week, Greg!

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  44. Beautiful photos. It hasn't seemed like summer for about a month now. I'm glad I read the Summer Days and Summer Nights short story collection back in July, when it still felt like summer!

    Enjoy your last few days of summer!

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  45. So good to hear you got your reading mojo back. I hope you'll have a good time reading this week as well.
    Tbh, I am kinda looking forward for Autumn to come, this summer was just too hot.

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  46. I like the cooler nights too. I may be odd but I love falling asleep to the sound of rain. Have a wonderful week, Greg!

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  47. I'm a summer person, so I'm really going to miss it when it's gone. Like a lot.

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  48. I enjoyed Contagion too. Our "downpour" amounted to .3 inch. I still need to go out and water the new shrubs. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  49. We finally got a little bit of rain here in Oregon, we haven’t seen much since April. IT was nice to get the air cleaned out and to get some moisture, everything is so dry. I totally agree, this is a bittersweet time of year, I love the change of seasons, but I am always remiss to say goodbye to summer. Love your pictures as always. Can’t wait for your review of Sharknado.

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  50. It's 90 degrees here with high humidity so it doesn't feel like the end of summer here though it did a bit more yesterday which was nice. I'm so curious to see what you think of Sharknado! It looks truly beyond terrible and no part of me wants to watch it but I imagine the commentary will be entertaining! Have a great week!

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  51. I've been eyeing Strange New World. See what I read this month at Girl Who Reads

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  52. My reading mojo is a little off kilter at the moment. My weekly updates

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  53. Our weather is cooling down enough in the evenings to open the windows, and now that the air is a bit better and not so smokey we may just do that. I am glad your reading mojo is coming back. Maybe it will rub off on me. I hope you have a great week, Greg.

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  54. I'm looking forward to cooler weather, but not so much the snow. The Pulp cover reminds me of the old True Detective magazine covers. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  55. Like you, I can't wait for the autumn season to come knocking at the door. Can't wait to see your review on Sharknado!(lol) Hugs and Happy Tuesday! RO

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  56. It's so nice to take the moment and listen to nature. I love doing that, though time has been too rushed lately to do it. I love the photos you share! Always amazing!

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  57. I do love the slow transition from summer to autumn. It's the little thing like crisper nights and having to wrap a blanket around your shoulders as you sit outside or the surprise of there being rain outside or needing to grab something to throw over a tshirt. Autumn and winter are my favourite seasons, though, warm weather is all well and good but I'd much rather it be chilly to be honest. And glad to see you've read some good books of late, and survived watching Sharknado, that one even I haven't braved.

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  58. I'm sad summer is almost over because the two heatwaves we had were way too hot for me and then we mostly had grey and rainy weather. I would have loved something in between. Love the artwork as always! Now I kind of want to go watch Star Wars again.

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