Weekly Update for August 23, 2020

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Welcome to my weekly update for August 23, 2020!

My husband and I like to explore on weekdays when he’s off and most people are at work, making trails less crowded. So on Tuesday, we drove up to Mount St. Helens for the day for some hiking. It wasn’t as classically beautiful as Mt. Rainier but it was striking in its own way. I was too young to remember when the volcano erupted 40 years ago in 1980 but my husband remembers it a bit. You can still see the crater smoking! We practically had the trails to ourselves, probably only seeing ten other people all day. Wildflowers were blooming and we were amazed to see Spirit Lake full of floating tree trunks that blew down in the eruption!


The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl #5)–3 Stars

My Top Ten Books for Netflix Adaptations–My very first Top Ten Tuesday!

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys–4 Stars. I read this on my blogging/reviewing break but I came out of hiding to review it. Read this one.


Some of these were short but I really don’t know how I finished this many books in one week. It’s a lot for me.

The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S. A. Chakraborty

Aerie (Magonia #2) by Maria Dahvana Headley, read by Therese Plummer and Michael Crouch

Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright

Giant Days Volume I by John Allison et al.

Five on a Treasure Island (The Famous Five #1) by Enid Blyton

Bookish and the Beast (Once Upon a Con #3) by Ashley Poston

Currently Reading:

Little Century by Anna Keesey

Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks, read by Judy Greer et al.

Out of the Silence: After the Crash by Eduardo Strauch with Mireya Soriano, translated by Jennie Erikson

On Hold for Now:

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen–I ran out of time on this library check-out so I’m on the waiting list again.

Hiking Oregon’s History: The Stories behind Historic Places You Can Walk to See by Michael L. Sullivan–I had to return this book before finishing it but I placed a hold on it so that I can continue it when it’s available again.


Face Off on Syfy–We used to watch this reality competition religiously but we cut the cable cord a few years ago and lost access to it. We have cable again now and we’re able to stream it! I’m not typically a binger but we do watch an episode almost every night. It’s so cool to see the movie makeups these talented artists create! Unfortunately, it’s been cancelled after 13 seasons and we’re halfway through season 11 so we’ll run out of new-to-us episodes fairly soon.

Up Next:

The library shows that it should be my turn again soon to read Hiking Oregon’s History. I’ll put everything else on hold to read that one when I get it. It’s surprisingly popular! I’ve just started my other books as I write this on Friday so I don’t think I’ll finish much in the next week.

What did your week look like?

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  1. I remember the eruption. I was just about 10 years old at the time, and I’ve flown over it a few years ago. It’s a striking picture. I would love to hike around Mt. Rainier and Mount St. Helens. I love hiking and backpacking. Your pictures look beautiful!

    Devolution features Mt. Rainier and I really enjoyed the story. Horrific and fun! Hope you like it too. Have a great week and thanks for visiting my SS! 🙂

    1. I’m enjoying Devolution too but I’m glad I read it after hiking on Mt. Rainier! I would be too busy looking over my shoulder now to enjoy a hike! I hope you get to hike Rainier and St. Helens someday!

    1. I’ve wondered if the title offends history teachers. The part that I read before I had to return it was definitely interesting and addressed a lot of lies that I had learned!

    1. It was really good! It won’t be for everyone but I found it fascinating, especially given the current pandemic.

  2. Cool photos! I loved working on weekends because then everything was empty on my days off. I’m glad you liked The Fountains of Silence. That’s the only Ruta Sepetys book I have left to read. Have a great week!

    1. Weekdays are the best! I still need to read Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I’ve really enjoyed all her books so far.

  3. I would love to be able to hike where you live. So much beauty around you. My husband would love to live there because of the wonderful rocks.

    The odd vagaries of this time…hiking books, toilet paper, yeast…unexpected.

    You definitely read a lot of books. Wow. I’m glad to see how much you liked The Fountains of Silence.

    Have a good week!

    1. The hiking here is unbelievable! The mountains of North Carolina are really home and we have spectacular hiking there too but this is just so different for me! The mountains are so much higher and rugged and glaciated.

      1. My husband has been requesting to work weekends so we can be out on trails on weekdays when they’re less busy. We really like that schedule!

    1. It’s been hot the past few weeks but the past couple of days I’ve started to feel fall on the breeze. That means it will be your turn to be warm soon! We’ve been trying to chase warm weather while we’re traveling, with mixed success.

    1. Isn’t it? Devolution by Max Brooks, which I’m currently reading, is set in the area and he makes it even deadlier.

  4. The hike around and near Mt St Helens would be amazing I bet. Gorgeous looking scenery in your photos. I remember the Enid Blyton books growing up, just about the only books I could get hold of to read!

    1. I’d never even heard of Enid Blyton until I started blogging and I know I would have loved this one as a child. I wonder if she was just never as popular in the States or if it was just my library?

  5. Wow that’s amazing that the crater is still smoking at st. Helens. I’d be afraid to go there lol.

    I love that Famous Five cover! And Devolution is one I’ve been thinking of getting…

    1. We didn’t know that it was still smoking or we might not have gone hiking so close to the crater! 😂 I just told myself that we should have lots of warning before an eruption trusted in science!

      I’m enjoying Devolution so far, especially since it’s set in this part of the world.

    1. I keep the car one day a week to do our grocery shopping and any other errands, but I’m at home all the other days my husband is at work. Better to be safe! We can’t resist the trails on his days off though. With our masks and social distancing (and being prepared with a Plan B if a trail head looks crowded), it feels like a low-risk way to be out and about and it’s good for our mental health.

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