Dawes Arboretum ~ Things to do Columbus OH

A short drive from our home on the East Side, we spent an amazing fall day at Dawes Arboretum recently. They had a wonderful Story Trail and were giving books out to the kids – a huge hit with my book lovers. We hiked a lot and took in the fall colors. After a quick picnic lunch, we headed home and managed to get some car naps on the way back. We will be back!

What I Read: Sept ’20

The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sky, and The Immortal Heights (The Elemental Trilogy) by Sherry Thomas: I LOVED these so much! I have really enjoyed all of Thomas’s work I’ve read this year. I found this fantasy trilogy to be fast paced, engaging and inventive. I would totally read more if she writes more in the world.

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin: I’m well on my way to being a Jemisin completist. I found this sci-fi novel to be fresh but didn’t connect as much as I wanted to because of my deep dislike of New York City.

What I Read: Aug ’20

Dear Girls by Ali Wong: This memoir by Ali Wont was funny, light hearted and enjoyable. Worth a read/listen.

What Doesn’t Kill Us by Scott Carney: I picked this on Melissa Urban’s recommendation and I am really glad I did. I have been doing the whole cold shower thing and I liked how well Carney balanced his personal story and the science.

A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio: This memoir was just OK. I wanted more long trail run details but it feels like that was just the angle to get this book sold.

ok….but why is this all non fiction? No wonder it was a slow month!

Space Boy Turns 1!

While COVID 19 put quite the damper on my plans for my sweet Little C’s birthday, I know I wanted to do something. I ordered us all matching shirts and then spent quite a bunch of time on designing a space themed dessert! I made a custom sprinkle mix and then made these decorated cupcakes with candy. Our beloved little man is now 1! (I know I need to go back and finish his monthly posts, I have been without a computer for a while and now I have one! Yay!)

What I Read: July ’20

The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1), The Queen of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief #2), & The King of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief #3) by Megan Whalen Turner: What a series! I am now not-so-patiently awaiting the fourth book in the series. Set in a fictional version of Ancient Greece, this story marries just enough new world building, historical feeling, and good old adventure and politicking to be captivating.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins: This was recommended by a friend and I found it very compelling until I was about 75% of the way thru it and then another friend sent over an article sharing that this story was written by a white author, telling the story of Mexican nationals. I found this hard to reconcile and it made me feel like the ending was not earned.

The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by Janne S. Drangsholt: A drag. Almost a DNF. (Women who’s personally lives are charmingly a mess finding themselves thru the acquisition of material objects are not a compelling narrative for me.)

How Long ’til Black Future Month by N. K. Jemisin: Another from N. K. Jemisin in my quest to be a Jemisin completest! Short stories aren’t usually my bag but I loved how easy this was to pick up and put down while nursing the baby.

Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz Gabas: I got this for free.99 from the Kindle first store and that is the right price to pay.

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg: A tome! I feel like this book had a moment a few years ago but I am really glad I read it now. It is important to recognize and fight against, how the ruling class in the US has used race and racism to keep the working classes divided to their own benefit.