At the beginning of the week, the teens and I went for a picnic and a short hike. It was an exceptionally gorgeous day, so we dumped our academic plans and went up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Trees beginning to turn a bit, patches of wildflowers, and a plethora of goldenrod everywhere, plus the ubiquitous song of crickets. Maybe I'm starting to warm up to the idea of fall arriving.
Today I ditched my family and went out with a group of other moms to celebrate a friend's birthday.
|Motherhood in the 21st century. Yup ... this is how the pros do it. :-P|
It was great fun although the river was a bit too shallow. Several times we got stuck on the rocks in the river bed and had to get out and push our boats. The rocks below our feet were slippery, and there is a reason I was always picked last for school sports teams -- I have the natural coordination and grace of a lame rhinoceros. Most of the group got a bit wet, but I am the only one who ended up -- quite literally -- on my ass in the river.
What do real friends do when you're on your oversized keister in the river? They take pictures. It'll probably be all over Facebook by tomorrow afternoon.
It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.
Books Reviewed This Week:
- Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall -- (4.5/5 stars) Lyrical, gorgeously descriptive novel of a plantation wife committed to an insane asylum in the waning days of the civil war.
- Crazy School by Cornelia Read -- (4/5 stars) This murder mystery is the second in a series featuring amateur sleuth Madeline Dare. A tragic event at a boarding school for troubled teens prompts Madeline to investigate the academy's deeply dysfunctional leadership and put herself in danger in search of a murderer.
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Books Received for Review:
Genus by Jonathan Trigell -- I was excited to receive this book from the publisher. Trigell is also the author of Boy A which was adapted into a film starring Andrew Garfield.
from Goodreads: In the Britain of a few tomorrows time, physical perfection is commonplace and self improvement has become an extinct expression: all the qualities men and women could aspire to can be purchased prior to birth. "Genus" is a time of genetic selection and enrichment - life chances come on a sliding scale according to wealth. For some there is no money or choice, and an underclass has evolved; London's King's Cross, or The Kross as it is now known, has become a ghetto for the Unimproved. In The Kross, the natural, the dated, the cheap and the dull, live a brittle and unenviable existence. But unrest is growing; tension is mounting and a murderer is abroad in these dark quarters.
Curiosity Killed The Kat: Book 1 (A Katherine Flynn Novel) (Kindle Edition) by Elizabeth Nelson
from Goodreads: Katherine was the perfect obedient wife. She would do anything for her husband. That is, until she discovers he's the ring leader of a human trafficking organization. The action is fast and furious, the dialogue smart and the sex scenes hot.
Other Books Read:
In The Cradle Robbers, the sixth Mommy-Track mystery featuring a lovable defense attorney turned stay-at-home mom and part-time detective, Juliet Applebaum is faced with her most heartrending case yet: a mother whose newborn baby has been stolen. When Juliet hears from her office assistant a story about an incarcerated woman whose infant son has been allegedly kidnapped by a questionable foster care agency, her conscience tells her to investigate even though her potential client is penniless, serving a lengthy prison term, and a recovering drug addict.
from Goodreads: Police Specialist Sonora Blair of the Cincinnati Homicide Division is awakened in the middle of the night with an urgent summons to take a deathbed statement. When she arrives at the hospital, the victim is unable to talk, but her questions elicit one key detail: the psycho who perpetrated this gruesome crime is a woman. Driven and determined, Sonora is committed to finding this killer before she strikes again - no matter the cost to her private life or the politics of her career. When the murderer begins to call Sonora - taunting, mocking her, trying to lure her into a twisted woman-to-woman complicity - the stakes go up, and the case becomes all too personal