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Summer Week 11
Summer week 11, from August 30 to September 5 inclusive, delivered another stretch of good weather. Daytime high temperatures ranged from 22C to 27C (72F to 82F) with mainly sunny days and some rain mid-week.
I cycled to Cherry Beach early one morning to get my quiet beach time. Cherry Beach typically achieves annual Blue Flag certification where water quality is safe for swimming. It was nice to walk along the beach and listen to the sounds of water and birds.
There are picnic sites, restroom facility, parking lots, and dogs off-leash area outside the beach entrance which make this beach popular, especially on summer weekends.
My sister and nieces came to visit on Tuesday. We sat outside 2 meters apart by the lake to chat and catch up on our news. My nieces resume their university studies next week so I was glad to see them before they get busy with school.
On another beautiful day, I went for a long walk and paused at Larry Sefton Park. The United Steel Workers of America funded this park creation in 1977 to honor the memory of their director, Larry Sefton. I liked how the deep terra cotta wall provides a nice backdrop to the steel sculpture.
August in Numbers
August ended a few days ago so this week I completed my usual monthly review and month-end digital file back-ups. How did I do in August? Let’s see what the numbers have to say:
- 1 family visit (and a repeat baking success: a coconut loaf).
- 1 stand up paddling excursion.
- 2 canoe excursions here and here.
- 2 coffee meet-ups with friends.
- 2 movies: Cake and The Boy Downstairs.
- 3 digital concerts.
- 5 blog posts.
- 12 yoga sessions.
- 13 strengthening workouts.
- 20 books (see list below).
- 21 cycling trips.
- 24 walks.
- 31 French and Spanish online sessions.
- 31 meditations sessions.
Overall August was an excellent month for me. I enjoyed the good weather, had coffee chats with my siblings and friends outdoors, did a lot of cycling, paddling, walking, exercising, learning, reading, and writing.
Reading in August
By switching to e-books and not visiting the library, I gained time to read and enjoyed twenty fiction novels in August. These novels are all really good page-turners and once I start, I want to read to the end. During the day, I’m active and on my feet a lot so by evening time, I’m happy to sit down and get lost in a book.
Here’s my list in order of preference:
- The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
- American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson.
- 99 Days by Katie Cotugno.
- 9 Days and 9 Nights (sequel to 99 Days) by Katie Cotugno.
- After You (sequel to Me Before You) by Jojo Moyes.
- Still Me (sequel to After You) by Jojo Moyes.
- One Day in December by Josie Silver.
- The Lying Game by Ruth Ware.
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.
- Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker.
- Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker.
- Four Seconds To Lose by K.A. Tucker.
- Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker.
- Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.
- Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton.
- The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory.
- The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver.
Novel #1: The Sense of An Ending blew my mind. I read this e-book in one evening as the story is engaging and it’s just 160 pages long. When I finished, my reaction was “Whoa, I didn’t see it coming“.
Novels #1 to #5: Even though love shines in all the novels I read, the deaths of bright and young people in my top five novels made me feel really sad after I finished the books. I had to do long bicycle rides and long walks to clear my head of thoughts about grief and unnatural deaths.
Novels #6 to #16: I usually don’t read sequels or multiple books from the same author in one month. Breaking my own rule, I read and enjoyed the young adult fiction sequel by Katie Cotugno, the trilogy by Jojo Moyes, and the series by K.A. Tucker. Novels #11 and 12 are good thrillers.
Novels #17 to #20: Just because I place the books last on my list, it doesn’t mean #17 to #20 are not good reads. I like all the 20 novels that I read in August. I’m glad to discover new-to-me authors and appreciate all the hard work that these authors put in to write their books. I hope my reading contributes to the overall encouragement for them to write more.
I’m grateful for all the good things that happened. My family and friends are safe and well. I continue to follow public health measures to stay safe and well, too. I look forward to making the most of September.
How did your week go? How was your August? I’d love to hear your comments.
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