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Four on Friday...

e looking into distance
1. I'm behind on my book reports -- but surely I will get to them this weekend...right? :)

2. E finally got to have a sleep-over. She's a lot like I was at that age -- she likes the concept, but the actuality isn't always as enjoyable. Hopefully, though, she's having a good time.

3. D wants nothing more than to play tennis every day (all day long). Sadly, no one else really likes it that much around here. I enjoy it, but I don't like being out in the heat...he needs a tennis buddy in the neighborhood!

4. We're just past the halfway point of our summer break. *sigh* My goal for July is to do as little as possible ;)

How are the dog days of your summer going?

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Weekend Roundup...

columbines
...vegged and ran errands on Saturday -- did a little reading too (read an entire book, one of my annual re-reads).

...spend yesterday (which was hot here in Denver) up in Rocky Mtn Natl Park -- it was hot there too (sigh):

fan

(In 1982, a dam broke in a lake above this area, and the resulting flash flood killed two people (in a campground closer to the entrance of RMNP) and reshaped the area. It's called simply the 'Alluvial Fan' in reference to the deposited rocks and sediment which spread out like a fan in the valley below. Last September, during the floods, the river changed course...and rather than continue under the bridges built for it, it veered west and created another fan-like deposit, along with destroying the road.)

valley

(The richness of the valley comes from all the sediment, but I didn't get a good picture of the area which recently was altered.)

...we also noticed the amazing number of huge boulders and up-rooted trees lining the rivers up the canyons. Although many of the roads have been 'fixed' (some have dirt sections), the boulders and trees will continue to be a problem (blocking the flow of the rivers) for some time. It was awe-inspiring to see the power of water! (And made us very thankful that we don't live in a canyon!)

...today, the kiddos are swimming up in Genessee (where one of D's bffs lives) -- it's supposed to be quite warm again (though not as hot as yesterday), so I bet they'll have fun.

Enjoy the last day of June -- any great plans?

Four on Friday...

daisy
1. It's taken most of this week to recover from our vacation. ;)

2. We had a nice day with my brother yesterday (and his kiddos) and with my bff and her daughter today. It's nice to have the freedom (ie, from school) to do these things.

3. We have a relaxing and low-key weekend before us too -- yay! The kiddos don't like it, but I *need* these times with no real plans.

4. We've not really had a hot day yet this summer (though it's only been summer for a week, right?), but I guess Sunday is supposed to get well over 90...we'll be in the mountains hiking. Last June weekend -- so hard to believe! We only have 7 weeks of summer break left. :(

What made June outstanding for you? :)

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Book Reports (63-65)...

books
For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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strangeronshore *****
Stranger on the Shore, by Josh Lanyon -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult mystery, romance (male/male), and a great setting -- Carina Press, 6/14

graduationday ****+
Graduation Day, by Joelle Charbonneau - (R)

tornaway ****
Torn Away, by Jennifer Brown -- recommended for those who like natural disaster/survival stories based in reality and for those who don't mind seriously dis-functional families and child neglect -- Little, Brown BFYR, 5/14

In between right now (though still working on a couple of Kindle books on my phone), but

ON Deck: the newest from Carol Lynch Williams, among others

Book Reports (55-62)...

books
For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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testing (R) *****
The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau -- still highly recommended for dystopia lovers (especially those who like Hunger Games and Divergent) -- Houghton Mifflin, 6/13

independentstudy (R) *****
Independent Study, by Joelle Charbonneau -- still highly recommended for dystopia lovers (especially those who like Hunger Games and Divergent) -- Harcourt, 1/14

deceptionsprincess **
Deception's Princess, by Esther Friesner -- recommended for those who enjoy strong heroines, less romance, and an historical setting -- Random House BFYR, 4/14

firenflood ****+
Fire & Flood, by Victoria Scott -- highly recommended for those who enjoy dystopic scenarios, 'Survivor' type stories, and a fun and tense romance -- Scholastic Press, 2/14

steelheart ***
Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson -- recommended for those who enjoy super heroes (or Marvel Comics) and those who like anti-heroes -- Delacorte Press, 9/13

storm ****+
Storm, by D.J. McHale -- highly recommended for those who liked the first one (Sylo), those who like boy-centered books, adventure, suspense, and a science fiction element -- Razorbill, 3/14

landrypark ****+
Landry Park, by Bethany Hagen -- highly recommended for those who like science fiction and recovery from apocalypse, those who like courageous heroines, romance, mystery -- Dial, 2/14

byjove ****
By Jove, by Marissa Doyle -- definitely recommended for those who enjoy mythology, scholarly settings, sweet romance, and clever and humorous heroines -- Entangled Press, 6/14

Currently Reading: Graduation Day (again)
On Deck: I have three or four on my phone (Kindle), along with quite a few in my TBR pile...

Weekend Roundup...

columbines
...as we were camping all weekend, there's not much to report. :) I didn't get much sleep (no surprise -- it was COLD), and I had a migraine off and on throughout the weekend...but the beauty and fellowship made it all worthwhile.

horsehoes

kickthecan1
(kick the can)

tent

...also, I slept over ten hours last night -- first time in a couple of years I've gotten that kind of sleep, and I feel like a new person! Whew! :)

Happy mid-June!

Tired Tuesday...

kitty content
...we hiked with my dad on Sunday (in the rain), which was fun (since we were going to our warm home right after)

...we had my FIL over for dinner Sunday night, which was pleasant

...the kiddos were invited to swim yesterday (in the mountains), so despite the mid-60s, up we went. E played in the pool with her friend for over an hour, but D and his friends rode bikes for all but 15 minutes of the afternoon (when they jumped in briefly)

...last night, the kiddos had their piano recital. They both did very well (not perfect but quite good). We also got to hear a couple of outstandingly talented guys -- very nice!

...so today, I'm tiiiiired. We had a substitute in our yoga class, and although she was good, I missed our regular. :( Tuesday is also tennis day, so the tiredness didn't really stop -- and we did math puzzles (every Tuesday is brain day, ha, too)

As always, tiredness aside, I love the freedom and lack of school in the summer.

Four on Friday (er, Saturday)...

clouds
1. Well, a day late (and a dollar short?) -- but mostly because I was relaxing so much yesterday that I just plain forgot. ;)

2. Things are finally settling into a nice plan for summer break. I think we've a good balance between doing stuff and vegging (reading, ha), though D is already struggling with the amount of downtime. He likes to be active, and it's hard on him to not have someone nearby to head to the park with him every couple of hours.

3. We're celebrating Father's Day a week early (ie, tomorrow) for my dad and my FIL. My mom's doing brunch (like she does every month), which is nice of her...but I'm cooking for my FIL. *deep sigh* I really hate to cook!!

4. I have a lovely pile of books to read, some new and some old favorites. :D I'm a happy, happy camper!

How's your June going?

Wordless Wednesday...

e beach
foggy trunks

(inspiration? -- finding the forest through the trees and seeing the worlds become clear...)

Book Reports (50-54)...

books
For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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breathe ***+
Breathe, by Sarah Crossan -- recommended for those who enjoy dystopic stories with an environmental twist (lack of trees leads to lack of oxygen) and those who enjoy friendship turning to romance -- Greenwillow Books, 9/13 (hint of GLBT)

taking ****
The Taking, by Kimberly Derting -- recommended for those who like alien abduction stories and those who enjoy romance (though a very fast-moving one) and mystery/suspense -- Harper Teen, 4/14

three ****
Three, by Kristen Simmons -- recommended for those who've read the rest of the trilogy, those who enjoy dystopic scenarios, those who enjoy revolution leading to change, and those who enjoy a solid and faithful romance -- Tor Teen, 2/14

madwicked ***
A Mad, Wicked Folly, by Sharon Biggs Waller -- recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction, suffrage, strong heroines, and a hint of romance -- Viking Juvenile, 1/14

countdown ****+
Countdown, by Michelle Rowen -- highly recommended for those who enjoy paranormal mystery (and dystopic) and suspense and those who enjoy good chemistry leading to romance -- Harper Teen, 9/13

Currently Reading: well, I'm still working on the two I'd started before...nowadays, the books which can really grab my attention are those which I read without interruption. ;)

On Deck: the second in the Sylo series -- looking forward to that!

Weekend Roundup...

beach
...very much a relaxing and lazy weekend -- thank goodness!

...I think we're all on the edge of being burned out. I did manage to get some fleurs (and some basil); I even planted them all yesterday (after the hail).

...speaking of weather:

hail

(This has been the scene for the past two afternoons/evenings -- crazy!)

...D got to spend the day and night with his bff yesterday (and last night). They have a small farm, and this hail was not good for them. :( But D and M had a great time (from the sound of it), despite the crappy weather.

...today, it's sunny and breezy, but the clouds are building again in the west. At least DH went riding early (he's still gone, taking advantage of the decent weather till it turns, I imagine).

One more full day of school, then D's continuation ceremony tomorrow evening, a half day for E on Weds, and then we'll have our much-needed down time! Whew!

Some on Saturday...

e on ground
1. Yesterday was busy, and I never had the chance (or the energy) to post...so we'll try now. Why was it busy? I spent the day with D and his friends at Elitch Gardens, our local amusement park.

log
(The only picture of all five of them -- though they're hard to see, ha)

2. I got home and took the boys to our park for their class 'good-bye' party -- to which only a couple of other boys even showed up. *sigh* I was done with people by that time, so I just left them there...

3. The kiddos' auntie took them to see Rio 2, which both agreed wasn't as good as the first. (I stayed home and vegged...meaning, I stared blankly at the TV while trying to read.)

4. Things are not improving at the kiddos' school (discipline-wise), and I'm discouraged and disheartened. :(

5. However, it's almost summer break, and that is definitely cause for celebration! The sleep alone is enough to make me smile :D

What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? (You might guess mine -- reading and sleeping, ha!)

Wordless Wednesday...

clouds
camping-smores

(It's coming...we only camped twice last year -- let's see if we can at least match that this year!)
(This wasn't from last year, fyi -- probably four years ago?)

Book Reports (46-49)...

books
For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read. Bolded, blue titles mean it's an ARC (linked to Tattered Cover's book page) or e-galley.

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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dualed ***+
Dualed, by Elsie Chapman -- recommended for those who enjoy a unique world set-up, a strong heroine, and a sweet love story -- Random House, 2/13

taken ****
Taken, by Erin Bowman -- recommended for those who enjoy a boy's POV, mystery/suspense, intriguing family relationships, and those who don't mind love triangles -- Harper Teen, 4/13

thesebrokenstars ***+
These Broken Stars, by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner -- recommended for those who enjoy a dual POV, science fiction, survival, and suspense/mystery -- Disney-Hyperion, 12/13

sunrise ***
Sunrise, by Mike Mullin -- recommended for those who enjoyed the first two in the trilogy, for those who enjoy natural disaster survival stories (which I definitely do), and those who like male POV, community creation, and faithful romance -- Tanglewood Press, 4/14

Currently Reading: Landry Park and Divided

On Deck: the usual suspects, ha

Four on Friday...

ellie bike
1. The school held their Volunteer Appreciation Tea this morning. The highlight was hearing E and her choir sing (E had a solo) :)

2. One of my bffs has a b-day coming up, and as she's the kiddos' auntie, we're celebrating tonight. The kids are making cupcakes (from scratch), and I think we'll enjoy some burritos (well, they will -- no tortillas for moi!).

3. Last night was an icky night -- so I'm tired and mushy today (my brain, at least). Good thing it's the weekend, no?

4. I let my library overdue fines accumulate until I hit $10 before I pay them off...and guess where we are? $9.20 -- yeesh. But then, just think -- I got hundreds of books for that almost-$10 :D

Fun weekend plans?

Wordless Wednesday...

lilacs
Looking ahead to the possibilities of summer...

crater lake4

(Crater Lake)

Weekend Roundup...

pine snow
...pretty laid back weekend -- nice!

...I caught up on all my late kiddos (though I still have stuff trickling in), so I'm now officially on break for another two weeks-ish.

...Mother's Day was lovely (though not outside):

snowy blossoms

...as it snowed, we hung out with my parents and my brother and his kiddos; DH did all the cooking and prep (and it was quite delicious), and once my parents and brother left, I caught up on a few things (like my book reports, ha), did some reading, watched Frozen again (fitting), and then settled in for TAR (karma!) and my other favorite shows. All in all, a very nice Mother's Day!

...woke up this morning to 8+ inches of snow *sigh* It's not really sticking to the roads/sidewalks (though it is a bit -- especially in places where the wind is blowing it into piles), but it's quite chilly out. I walked with my neighbors (for an hour), so that was good...but cold.

Hope things are good in your neck of the woods!

Book Reports (42-45)...

books
For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read. Bolded, blue titles mean it's an ARC (linked to Tattered Cover's book page) or e-galley.

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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erased ****+
Erased, by Jennifer Rush -- highly recommended sequel to those who enjoyed the first one (Altered) and to those who enjoy romance, action, adventure, and an evil scientist behind it all -- Little, Brown, 1/14

dividedwefall ****
Divided We Fall, by Trent Reedy (I started this earlier in the year, but this time I actually finished it) -- recommended for those who enjoy politics and the Constitution and speculation on the divide between states' rights and federal rights -- Arthur A. Levine, 1/14

ignitemet ***+
Ignite Me, by Tahereh Mafi -- recommended for those enjoyed the rest of the trilogy, those who like strong and powerful heroines, and those who like love triangles with twists and turns -- Harper Collins, 2/14

lostcode ***
The Lost Code, by Kevin Emerson -- recommended for those who enjoy dystopic/alien futures with a twist and those who like complicated world building -- Katherine Tegan, 4/13

Currently Reading: Um, about four or five others -- my TBR pile is huge right now, and until I find a book which really captures my attention, I'll probably just jump around

Wordless Wednesday...

e on log
tulips12

April fleurs...Here comes May!

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