Weekly Update for July 26, 2020

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Welcome to my weekly update for July 26, 2020!

I’m writing this ahead of time as my husband’s 50th birthday is (was, as you’re reading this) on July 25! It’s hard to believe that we’ve been together almost two decades. He was a whipper-snapper of 31 when we met. What a life we’ve led in that time! I wouldn’t change anything.

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Eleven on Top

Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich–3.5 Stars

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston Book Cover

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston–4 Stars


Small Favor by Jim Butcher Book Cover

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

Currently Reading:

Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, read by Khristine Hvam

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen

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.


Since a lot of us are spending more time watching TV and movies during the pandemic, I decided to add this section. I’ve found some great suggestions on other blogs!

The Alienist: Angel of Darkness just premiered on TNT in the US last Sunday. My husband and I binged the first season of this show last month and I am usually not a binger. This series is based on the books of the same name, which I love. It’s set in New York in the late 1800s when forensic science and forensic psychology were just becoming a thing. This show is very dark, with murdered child prostitutes being the focus of the first season. The second season just started off with abducted and murdered infants. Be warned. The cast is fantastic, starring Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Evans. Trailer at the link.

NOS4A2 season 2 premiered on AMC in the US on June 21. I loved Joe Hill’s book (my review) but I can’t comment very well on how closely the show follows it because it’s been a long time since I read it. Either way, it’s creepy and scary and I veer wildly between which bad guy I dislike more. They both leave me cursing at the TV! I had to laugh a little when I realized that Ashleigh Cummings, the actress who played sweet, religious Dot in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, is the tough, troubled lead in NOS4A2. She does a great job! Zachary Quinto (Spock in the newest Star Trek movies and Sylar on Heroes back in the day) plays an infuriatingly intelligent and egotistical villain.

Up Next:

My husband is off work this week for his birthday (we were vaguely planning to take a big trip but we all know how that goes). He’s been working hard to support us both while we’ve been traveling with his job so he’s getting some hard-earned R&R over the next week. I’m sure we’ll do a lot of hiking and spend a lot of time together but I don’t expect to read much.

What did your week look like?

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  1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who forgets the plot of books! I loved NOS4A2 (on audio) but don’t remember the details of the story now. My husband and I will be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary next month, but we’ve known each other for 45 years, I think! Spending time with your husband will be nice, wherever you go (or don’t go), right? We had a week in Ireland planned to celebrate our big anniversary…now postponed to our 36th anniversary instead!

    1. I feel terrible when someone reads a book, finds out I’ve read it, and then tries to have a meaningful discussion with me. I’m like, “Well, I know I liked it….” My brother-in-law just ran into that with the Dresden Files. He’d just re-read the entire series and I’ve been dragging them out over five years or so. He was asking, “Was that the book where this happened?” and I was just shrugging.

      At least you get the anticipation of the Ireland trip longer, I guess!

  2. Please wish your husband a happy birthday! Have a good week of hiking and enjoying each other 🙂

    1. Thank you! The show is decent. I like the cast but some of the big moments are silly. Oh well. The book is fantastic!

  3. I do hope you can enjoy the week with your husband and savour every moment of it. The trouble with library books having to return before finished but putting a hold on them is good and being a NF it will be easier to get into again I am guessing!

  4. Happy birthday to your husband! I enjoy Jim Butcher’s books and have the newest on my TBR pile. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. Happy birthday to your husband 🥳 Mine just turned 50 too, but we met when he was 20 (I was 17) and we’ve been together 30 years next month
    The Alienist is my queue

    Wishing you a great reading week

  6. Have a great week off! I need to try some new shows- those sound pretty good. And Sky in the Deep I thought was pretty good. Hope you like it!

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