Weekly Update for July 5, 2015

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Weekly Update at Introverted Reader

Welcome to my weekly update for July 5, 2015! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. She’s taking a bit of personal leave so I’m also linking to Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I hope all my fellow Americans had a great 4th of July and everyone else had an excellent weekend as well! My husband and I decided to ride The Virginia Creeper Trail again and spend the weekend camping. We had a good time–the trail is beautiful–but, other than when we were actually on the trail and when we were watching fireworks, it rained the entire time. At least it stopped raining when it really mattered, right? We’ve spent the afternoon trying to dry everything out at home. Oh well.


Review: The Places in Between by Rory Stewart–3 Stars

Review: My Ántonia by Willa Cather–4 Stars


Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig, read by Kate Reading

Currently Reading:

The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith–I was offered a review copy of this book now that the paperback release is coming up. When I saw that it’s set in my home state of North Carolina, I had to give it a try.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown, read by Grover Gardner–It’s taking me forever to get through Undaunted Courage, so that’s killing my nonfiction reading for the year. I thought I’d add a nonfiction audiobook to make up for it. When I saw this one was available, I thought it would make a nice counterpoint to the Lewis & Clark book. All the reviews say it’s very depressing, of course, so we’ll see how I do with it.

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose

Up Next:

I’ll be surprised if I finish any of these.

What are you reading this week? Did you do anything fun for the holiday and/or weekend?

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  1. I love taking my Girl Scouts camping but we never do it as a family. My husband suggested it before kids, but I prefer a hotel room with real beds

  2. I must keep my eye out for the Juliet Marillier book, Sheree from The Eclectic Reader has made me aware of her, just a matter of carving out some time to try her books. Will mark this one though to read.
    Sounds like your walk was beautiful but shame about the wet. I seem to have read quite a few books recently set in NC. Funny because I never set out to. Has just happened.

  3. Sorry the rain put a damper on your weekend! It rained here on Friday but it was nice and sunny on Saturday. I had a nice weekend visit with my parents.

    I loved Heart's Blood and I liked The Passion of the Purple Plumeria. I am looking forward to the final book this summer and glad we finally get Jane's story. Should be entertaining! I am curious about The Story of Land and Sea. I've heard good things about it.

  4. The trail sounds beautiful, sorry it rained so much. 🙁 That's a bummer. WE got rained out once camping, wasn't too fun… we were tenting too, and almost got washed out. 🙂

    Undauned looks good, I've always been interested in the Lewis and Clark expedition and the exploration of the West. I'll bet that's a good read. Hope you enjoy it.

    Happy reading!

  5. Your vacation sounds nice… except for the rain, of course.I like a getaway now and then.

    My Antonia is a book I remember enjoying many years ago. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  6. a highlight of a previous vacation was to spend a few days on the Indian reservation with the Wounded Knee site and have a 24 hour tour by a Native American. You can feel the sadness of the event there.
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