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June 18, 2024


top ten books on my summer ’24 tbr list
posted by soe 2:05 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl is a seasonal favorite — the top ten books on my summer TBR list:

  1. Rainbow Rowell’s Slow Dance
  2. A Letter to the Luminous Deep by Sylvia Cathrall
  3. Nicola Yoon’s One of Our Kind
  4. Apprentice to the Villain by Hannah Nicole Maehrer
  5. How to Read a Book by Monica Wood
  6. The Summer Pact by Emily Giffin
  7. Kate Quinn’s The Briar Club
  8. A Gentleman and a Thief by Dean Jobb
  9. We Shall Be Monsters by Tara Sim
  10. A Fellowship of Bakers & Magic by J. Penner

What books are you hoping to read this summer?

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June 14, 2024


dq, questions, and gardening
posted by soe 2:14 pm

Apparently I’m having a very hard time keeping up with which day is Thursday…

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Rudi and I stop at Dairy Queen for soft-serve cones on our way home from a long weekend. Mine is covered in rainbow sprinkles, his dipped in chocolate.

2. Most of the team heads out for a post-game supper after back-to-back rainout weeks. We discuss astronomical phenomena and what of it does or doesn’t matter to us individually.

3. By pulling up some bolted lettuce in the garden, I can see I have two poblano peppers that will be ready for picking early next week. A shishito should be ready the following week, and our first tomato (a black krim maybe by the end of the month).

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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June 7, 2024


the dumpster battle, little ballers, and catch up
posted by soe 10:12 am

Three beautiful things from my last week:

1. My fellow volunteer volleyball coach, Aroush, and I took our significant others to watch the new Haikyu! anime movie Saturday morning. It was delightful, with a particularly amazing shot sequence toward the very end of the movie and with a focus on Nekoma setter Kenma, whom we all love.

2. The moms of two of our youngest volleyball kids share their appreciation. One of their kids wrote a story about volleyball for her kindergarten class. The other one told me how much she’s appreciated how supportive we are of the kids. Her daughter came in afraid of the ball and, very last thing before the end of the spring session, got a modified serve over the net.

3. Anna meets me for drinks. We spend several hours catching up, since she hasn’t been to volleyball lately. We have plans to get together again (outside of team stuff) at the end of the month, too.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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May 31, 2024


cleaning in the spring, picking, and perfect
posted by soe 1:50 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Our landlord needs to renew his rental license, which means the city wants to inspect all the apartments in our building. Which means the big spring clean we’ve been meaning to do is actually happening. It’s definitely not fun, but we have found some things we’ve been missing (my footie socks like to hide from the wash) and it’s going to feel so good to have it complete.

2. I remembered to pick the lemongrass from the garden for the supper recipe I found in The New York Times. (And it was tasty!)

3. The rain finally stopped and the humidity and temps dropped and the weather turned gorgeous! 10/10. No notes.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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May 24, 2024


pub crawl, harvest, and baseball
posted by soe 1:11 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Some of the team headed out for supper after the game, only to find the kitchen had just closed. We had a drink, gabbed a bit, and then about half of us went onto another restaurant to grab food. Usually it falls apart when you have to relocate, so it felt particularly good that it did not.

2. I pick the first peas from the garden.

3. The Nationals decisively win the game we attend, and the night is a perfect one for a ballgame.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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May 21, 2024


ten authors i’d love a new book from asap
posted by soe 1:59 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is Authors I’d Love a New Book From. Here are ten of mine:

  1. Rainbow Rowell (This is cheating, because her next novel is due out in July, but still…)
  2. Maia Chance (It looks like she has a thriller coming out this summer, but I was really hoping for one of her mysteries.)
  3. Deanna Raybourn (I downed the latest Veronica Speedwell a few weeks ago and would be delighted with another in that series or another standalone.)
  4. Sonali Dev (I haven’t read her latest, but know I’ll devour it quickly and then I’ll want more!)
  5. Erin Morgenstern (I have, but haven’t read, The Starless Sea, but even that came out five years ago.)
  6. Grace Lin (Her middle grade novels are exquisite.)
  7. Carsten Henn (It looks like he has other books, but they don’t seem to have been translated.)
  8. Michael Scott (I want him to write something new and then come to the U.S. to promote it, because he was such a great author to hear live.)
  9. Chad Harbach (How has he never published another novel?!)
  10. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (A third series from them would be just great from my perspective!)

How about you? Are there authors you’d like to have send you a new manuscript right now?

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