Hello and welcome to Weekend Coffee Share #46! I’m glad you’re here. Please come on in, help yourself to a cup of coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate at my coffee station and let’s chat.
It was a week of cooler weather, with a mix of sun, clouds and rain. Daytime high temperatures ranged from 4C to 13C (39F to 55F).
- I made all my cycling trips and nature walks without getting rained on.
- I explored two new-to-me recreational trails and loved both.
- I did my meditation, language lessons, strength training and yoga at home.
- My neighbour and I enjoyed another 5K walk together.
- Four friends called me on different days to chat and catch up on our news.
- I deleted old photos on my phone and freed up memory space for new photos.
- A few good e-books ‘traveled’ from the library to my digital bookshelf.
I use the Toronto Public Library 2021 Reading Challenge categories to read widely and discover new books, authors, and genres. You can see the full list of books I’ve read and the categories I’ve met so far this year on my Books in 2021 page at the top of my blog.
My recent reads by author’s last name include:
- State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny.
- Redemption Point by Candice Fox.
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
- The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth.
- Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell.
- Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce.
I’m rating this batch of books from very good to excellent. Three of the authors, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lisa Jewell, and A.J. Pearce, were new to me. My top three picks are The Nightingale, The Mother-In-Law and Dear Mrs. Bird.
Coincidentally, both The Nightingale (an epic love story and family drama in France) and Dear Mrs. Bird (a story about friendship and love in London, England) are set at the dawn of World War II. I read Dear Mrs. Bird before The Nightingale and greatly enjoyed both stories. Together they give a broad sense of life in World War II across Europe.
The Mother-In-Law is an excellent family mystery. State of Terror and Redemption Point are good page-turner thrillers. Then She Was Gone is a chilling domestic noir. I look forward to reading more books from these authors.
Thinking of books makes me think of benches to sit and read. Do you like the benches and Fall foliage in my header photo? It’s a lovely spot to read or relax.
Here are a few colorful benches that I’ve photographed on my walks. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
How was your week? What’s on your bookshelf?
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