Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and squeezing in the last drops of summer.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and squeezing in the last drops of summer.

It pains me to say it but summer is nearing its end. It’s been a great summer and I’m not ready for it to be over just yet. I’m getting as much as I can out of these last sunny, warm days—and appreciating them while they last. I did most things on my summer bucket list but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t repeat a few of them. This weekend I plan on going for a bike ride on the lake or maybe even on a nature trail north of the city.

How are you spending the rest of your summer? What’s left on your bucket list for the season?

Oooh so many shiny objects this week . . .

 I’ve been reading . . . quite a few books. I read A Well-Tempered Heart by Jan-Philip Sendker, The Matchmaker by Elin Hildebrand, and The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Finished all three of those and am still reading The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. I also started A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles for my book club. I am excited to read this one—it’s been on my list since it came out.

A quick review of the three books I read . . .

  • A Well-Tempered Heart – This book is a sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, which I loved, loved, loved. The sequel was good but not nearly as beautiful and moving as the first one. I found the story a bit weak.
  • The Matchmaker – This was my easy summer beach read, and it was exactly that. I had low expectations, and the book met my expectations.
  • The Nest – This book just made me mad. Stupid story, unlikable characters for no reason, and pretentious writing. I can’t believe it was a bestseller. The story sort of had potential but went nowhere interesting. The characters were all unlikable, which seems to be the trend in writing since Gone Girl. In some cases, unlikable characters work, but it didn’t work in this story because it served zero purpose other than for the reader not care about anyone. Pretentious writing with big fancy words that weren’t necessary and were distracting. Also, so many instances of wasted words—overly descriptive descriptions the reader doesn’t need. The end is rushed as if the writer suddenly realized, “oh shit, I have to redeem these terrible characters.” And suddenly, the unlikable characters turn over a new leaf and they’ve turned into good people. Seriously one of the worst books I’ve read.

I’ve been watching . . . Game of Thrones, the season finale. A few lessons learned from Season 7:

  1. Winter is here but no one seems to wear hats so it can’t be that cold.
  2. White walkers can’t cross water but somehow they can put chains on a dead dragon underwater.
  3. No one can out-grimace or out-smirk Cersei.
  4. When someone says something can’t happen, it will. The Wall is down. Who couldn’t see that coming a mile away? Next up, Daenerys, who can’t have anymore children as we heard at least 5 times, gets it on with Jon Snow (her nephew – ugh!), which can only mean she will be pregnant next season.

But Season 8 may be a long ways away. So what do I do between now and then?

I’ve been listening to . . . some really great music these days. Phoebe Bridgers—a new discovery I made through NPR.

Another NPR discovery: Maggie Rogers. You may have heard her story before. She became known pretty quickly after a video of Pharrell listening to her demo and praising her went viral. No full album yet but she has an EP. My favorite songs are “Alaska” and “On and Off.”

Loving the “supergroup” The New Basement Tapes. The band consists of Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Rhiannon Giddens, Jim James, Taylor Goldmsith, and producer T Bone Burnett. The group came together to put together a new album with song lyrics by Bob Dylan lyrics—never-seen lyrics he wrote while recovering from his motorcycle accident in 1966. Absolutely love the song “When I Get My Hands on You.” It’s so tender and sensual and loving. “Kansas City” is the main hit from their album Lost on the River.

Enjoy your summer, and have a wonderful weekend!

 

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