Saturday, August 27, 2016

Utah Book Week Day Six: FIVE

Here are five books by Utah authors that I would recommend you read ASAP:

Well, that's just a start, but the prompt is only FIVE after all!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Utah Book Week Day Five: 2016

The past couple of years I've posted a list of all the Utah authors I've read that year. My list is smaller this year, but I've still been reading them!

So... here's my list for this year, 2016, the Utah authors I've read since August last year at Utah Book Month:

Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage: A girl and a boy follow clues left by the girl's father and discover the mystery of their underground village.

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis: Essie is surviving just fine and then a ship crash lands on her planet and she realizes that she needs to make some changes and stop running away from her past.

Year of Origin (beta read for Maren T.): Blue finds herself Displaced into the future and all she wants to do is find her family.

Heir to Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson: Philip's brother dies, he has to take over the estate even though he'd rather not, and now everyone wants to marry him!

Eleanor and the Iron King by Julie Daines: Eleanor is sent to marry the king of the rival kingdom but when she gets there, she gets confused as to who's the good guys and who's the bad.

Endure by Sara B. Larson: The final installment of this fantasy trilogy where there is an epic showdown between the kingdoms.

The Pages Between Us by Lindsey Leavitt: A fun middle grade book about two friends who write stuff to each other in a notebook they pass back and forth between them. Cute!

Summerlost by Ally Condie: A sweet story about how a young girls deals with grief during a summer stay in her grandparents home town.

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie: Sometimes when you can feel the emotions of everyone around it can get awfully confusing!

Have you read any books by Utah authors this year? If so, let me know which ones and if you liked them!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Utah Book Week Day Four: FAVORITE

Ah, today's prompt is favorite! How open ended is that? I'm going with a random list. Enjoy!

Favorite Utah book: Edenbrooke and Blackmore both by Julieanne Donaldson
Favorite Utah author: Brandon Sanderson
Favorite Utah library: Orem of course!
Favorite Utah restaurant: Bombay House (this is only in Utah, right?)
Favorite Utah saying: Oh my heck!
Favorite Utah mountain: Timpanogos
Favorite Utah band: VanLadyLove... no wait... Imagine Dragons! BOTH!
Favorite Utah drive: Alpine Loop
Favorite Utah lake: Mirror Lake
Favorite Utah resort spot: Moab
Favorite Utah National Park: Arches
Favorite Utah Korean store: Pink Kokiri
Favorite Utah grocery store: Macys
Favorite Utah book store: The King's English
Favorite Utah ski resort: Sundance
Favorite Utah event: Salt Lake Comic Con
Favorite Famous Utah person: Donny Osmond
Favorite Utah college: BYU
Favorite Utah hike: Stewart Falls
Favorite movie filmed in Utah: The Sandlot... oh and Savannah Smiles
Favorite TV show filmed in Utah: That one Dr. Who episode... you know the one?
Favorite Utah food: Funeral potatoes
Favorite Utah concert place: SCERA Shell
Favorite Utah theater: Capitol Theater

Okay... well... I could probably go on and on. What favorite Utah thing do you want to know about that I didn't list here?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Utah Book Week Day Three: PEOPLE

Today for Utah Book Week we're talking about people. The first people that come to mind are these:

Most of my favorite book people all in one place taken on the occasion of our book club's tenth anniversary.

Speaking of book club, here's a couple other memorable book club pictures from our two author visits these past two years:

With Josh Hanagarne

With Amy Finnegan

We've had some great parties with our bloggin' buddies over the years too:

2008 or so

Summer 2008
when authors were small enough to come to our parties!
More of the crowd in 2009
Summer 2011 or so 
And last year, 2015

Ah, what memories! I miss the blogging hey day we had back then. But from it all, I've made some great life long friends! Bookish people. They are the best.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Utah Book Week Day Two: PLACE

Today's prompt... place. It can be interpreted many ways. I thoughts of several ways, but have ended up with this one:

One of my favorite Utah places is Mirror Lake. And it's a place where I love to curl up and read to the sounds of the breeze swaying in the pine trees, and the squirrels chirping and the fire crackling. I love the feel of the cool air after being in a stuffy hot city. And the best is being able to read without any responsibilities calling to me.

(Which actually, that rarely happens even on a camp out, but I like to think it's at least less.)

Where's your favorite outside place to read?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Utah Book Week Day One: STACK

Utah Book Week starts today! My plan is to post each day on a theme that corresponds with the Instagram Challenge themes:

Here's the thing about my Utah Books stack. It grows by a HUGE amount every year and there is no way that I can keep up. It's insane really, the amount of books authors here in Utah are writing. What's up with that? We've discussed it a bit before, but something is going on here. It would be nice if whatever it is I could figure out how to tap into it!!

Anyway, in another post I will list all the Utah books I've read this year, but in this post (and for my instagram picture) I have gathered just a few books that happen to be in the nearby vicinity:

I plan to work on at  least one of these this week, but the rest... I'm afraid they'll still be waiting. And seriously, these are just the ones that happen to be within arms reach for a quick picture. Don't you think that's crazy?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Currently: Feeling Exhausted

I've gone a whole week without blogging.

Guys. I'm not sure this has ever happened in my whole nearly ten years of blogging.

Is the world ending?

Anyway, here's a recap of the past week in pictures:

Here's the silly and blurry selfie at the airport when we picked up Sangi on Thursday.

We immediately took her to get French Fries. 

Here's her welcome sign that we LEFT AT HOME!!!

She brought us a ton of fun things from Korea
including the traditional hanbok dress.

A car full of crazies.

Eating at In and Out

Our Josh Groban selfie.
(Yes, we remembered our pre kpop love for Josh!)

Sangi brought me Lee Min Ho socks!
(Who's Lee Min Ho? The boy with the gun in the previous post of course!)

The cool monkey bar pyramid at the park.
Teaching Sangi the "heavy heavy hangover"
song for birthday present giving.

And finally, a cat picture.
The not so helpful bed making helper.

And now... tomorrow... school starts. Goodbye summer.

But I'm hoping that means a nice normal-ish week and getting back to routine. Until the weekend. And then it all breaks loose again. 


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