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It's the Island Life | Weekly Snapshot

By the time this post is published, we will all be back home, but right this moment, as I type this up, we are enjoying our last day at Daufuskie, a secluded island near Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA. We were lucky to score a cottage (without having to break the bank) with front-row access to the beach, something that has always been on my bucket list and that I was thrilled to cross off.  This week has been very refreshing and just what I needed - a getaway, a break from it all, a retreat with family with no thoughts of work, to-do lists, and chores getting in the way. The island sure runs on its own time. The streetlights aren't turned ON at night to avoid attracting turtles too far from their ideal nesting place. There's the alligator crossing time at night when they go from pond to pond visiting friends (and hence tourists are advised to stay home when it's dark). There are very few cars - instead the preferred mode of transportation is via golf carts, which can go o

Smooth sailing in June


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I'm finally getting some consistency in my reading. After months of mega highs and ultra lows, it's nice to have a string of delightful reads, and not want to run to guilt-pleasure titles to keep the reading mood on. It also felt good not to read or blog every day. Maybe it's the summer. Or the fact that everyone else is blaming on the summer.

Books of the month

The Sonderberg CaseState Of Wonder

Other Reads

The Fates Will Find Their WayNicolasSouth of Superior
The Girl in the GardenGo the F--k to SleepAn Elegy for Amelia Johnson

Reviews posted
  1. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (Book n Movie review)
  2. South of Superior by Ellen Airgood
  3. The Sonderberg Case by Elie Wiesel (WOW)
  4. The Fates will Find their Way by Hannah Pittard
  5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran
  6. The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
Traveling with my books this year
One new place this month - Amazonas in Brazil, and that marks my first step into South America this year. Took a long while coming, but a totally worthy book to take me there!

View Traveling with my books (2011) in a larger map


Comments

Misha said…
You had a good month in reading! I want to read The Sonderberg Case  since that's your "Wow!" read.
Happy Reading!
Samantha 1020 said…
Sounds like you had a really great month of reading in June.  My month wasn't as successful but I have high hopes for July.  I really want to try and read Ann Patchett's book at some point in the near future.  Hope that July is a great reading month for you as well!
Yay!  I'm glad to see you had a great month in books.  I'm reading State of Wonder right now!
I like the idea of the map that shows where you've been through your books.  Thanks for sharing.

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zibilee said…
Go The F*ck to Sleep was a brilliant book, and hearing Samuel L. Jackson narrate it was the icing on the cake. Glad to see you liked it too! I am hoping to add State of Wonder to my collection next week, if all goes well. I have been seeing reviews of it all over the place! Like Laurel, I also love your map! Have a great reading week!
Lena said…
I loved Go the F'**k to Sleep, especially the audio version. Sameul L. Jackson was the perfect narrator. I just received my copy of A Girl in the Garden by the publisher, I have yet to read it. Will aim to next weekend, so it will be nice to compare notes after I do my review.
Bibliophilebythesea said…
You've been reading some great books; I feel like a slacker:(
Helen Murdoch said…
Good job on getting a South America book! I still haven't done that. I am so glad you've got your reading mojo back
Athira / Aths said…
Yay! I hope you read the book. I'll be excited to hear your thoughts!
Athira / Aths said…
@2cd038efbdb5bf332c126248b1162ab5 I hope you have a great July too. It's taken me a while to get to a month I was happy with. I will be excited to hear your thoughts on any Ann Patchett's book you read.
Athira / Aths said…
Yay! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on State of Wonder!
Athira / Aths said…
You're welcome! I love plotting it out at the end of each year - makes me so excited!
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks so much! I like the map too. :D Go the F--k to Sleep was pretty entertaining, lol! And I hope to hear what you thought of State of Wonder, once you read it.
Athira / Aths said…
@0b6659ba8823733961eaebcccb372409:disqus  Can't wait to hear what you think of A Girl in the Garden! I hope you enjoy it! It's a fast read.
Amy Mckie said…
Love your reading map, I really have to update mine. And hit some more places! Congrats on a great month and I hope your July is even better.