Weekly Update for October 18, 2020

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Welcome to my weekly update for October 18, 2020!

My husband and I did go to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument last week for our anniversary. Most of the trails were really short (maybe half a mile roundtrip) but they took us through some beautiful areas!

Left to right: The Story in Time trail in the Sheep Rock unit, a fossilized leaf in the Clarno unit, and the Painted Hills unit.


Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics, read by Jorjeana Marie–4 Stars

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest–4 Stars

Top Ten Long Book Titles


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

The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained by Colin Dickey

Monstress Volume One: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Currently Reading:

Chapelwood by Cherie Priest

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft, edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe, read by Amy McFadden

Hole in the Sky by William Kittredge


Enola Holmes on Netflix–We mostly enjoyed this movie about Sherlock and Mycroft’s younger sister. I’ve seen one complaint about the way Enola directly addresses the audience, so if that bothers you, steer clear. I’m so used to seeing Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, Henry Cavill kept throwing me for a bit of a loop! (If you haven’t seen the show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, you should fix that right now)

Up Next:

This batch of books will probably keep me occupied for a while. AJ at Read All the Things is re-reading The Shining, which reminded me that I was thinking about re-reading it this year too. I visited the lodge where the exterior shots of the movie were filmed so I thought it might be fun to revisit the book. We’ll see. I may just try to find the movie instead.

What did your week look like?

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  1. Oh wow that looks beautiful there! I really need to get out west one of these years… and your books look fabulous too.

    Stay safe!

  2. Great photos! I liked Maplecroft better than Chapelwood but I think partly because I listened on audio. I would like to get to those Sherlock and Enola shows but I can’t seem to find any time for tv, maybe in the winter. Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  3. we also loved Enola Holmes. I kept thinking of Henry Cavill as the Witcher! Ha.

    I love Cherie Priest and all of her books. I need to read this series. It’s been on my list too long.

    Isn’t Monstress great? I need to get the rest of the volumes.

    Love those pics! I recognize that area. I hope you have a great week!

  4. We’re going to have to visit that area of Oregon sometime soon. We tend to stick close to the coast when we go camping, although we loved the Crater Lake area a few years ago. Great pictures!

    I wasn’t terribly impressed with Enola Holmes (don’t care for that broken fourth wall) and prefer Sherlock with Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

  5. I love your photos – aren’t they stunning?? Glad you managed to get away and have a bit of a break together. And congratulations on your anniversary:)). I love the look of Chapelwood! I hope you have a great week, Jan.

  6. My husband is a big rock and fossil collector, so we may make our way one of these days to those fossil beds. It’s so wonderful to get away, isn’t it?

    I like the look of Hole in the Sky. I’m very interested in reading about the west right now.

    We still haven’t tried Enola Holmes but we definitely plan to do so soon.

    Enjoy The Shining!

  7. I’m glad to hear you had a lovely trip away with your husband and have done plenty of reading, Jen. Mine has been a very quiet week as I am having to isolate, but that has given me lots of time for reading and blogging. Take care and happy reading in the coming week. 👋📚🙂

  8. So much goodness here! We are actually watching Sherlock for the very first time right now, and we love it. We make ourselves wait until Saturday night and then treat it like a movie night. And we loved Enola Holmes. 🙂

    Toil and Trouble and the Cherie Priest books look fantastic!! Definitely going on the TBR.

    And Happy Anniversary! That looks like a wonderful way to spend it.

  9. I loved Enola Holmes and I find breaking the fourth wall more enjoyable. And Benedict’s Sherlock is the best. I love the Shinign too.

  10. All your current reads can count for Fraterfest! Glad you enjoyed your travels.

    I’ve seen Enola Holmes on Netflix, but we haven’t started watching yet.

    Hope you will have a good week and happy reading! Here’s my The Sunday Post #15

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