Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BOOKS READ IN AUGUST









My image this month is a photo of my own. That weird lump on the tree is a swarm of bees that visited us for three days in August. We studied up and learned that honeybees swarm when their hive is compromised in some way. They bring the Queen, keeping her in the center of the swarm while the workers search for a new location. They have only three days worth of food in their bellies, so the pressure is on. True to form, exactly three days later the swarm was gone and we knew they had founded a new hive. It was the most exciting thing that happened all month!

I made a plan for my August reading that was to include 10 books from the 1962 list of My Big Fat Reading Project. Well, I read 5 of those. It was actually kind of great to spend hours out of the present madness of 2016, but I also feel that despite how much different life seems now, not that much has changed politically, socially, or otherwise for us humans. Well, except for climate change and media.

Stats: 8 books read (two were incredibly long), 8 fiction, 0 written by women (oh boy, that explains a lot), 1 mystery, 2 thrillers, 5 from 1962.

 
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How did your reading go in August? Is there anything I missed and must read now! 



12 comments:

  1. Congratulations Judy this is a lovely photo and such an exciting story :) Well done. Ohhhh, I've only read two books - will review next week. I truly loved Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho.

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    1. I am glad you liked my bee story! Look forward to your review.

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  2. I'm glad you think the beehive was exciting; that would have scared me to death for fear of being stung.
    You read less books than usual, I think, which can be explained since you said two of them were big. I'm glad you liked The Kill Artist enough to continue reading the series.
    I read a nonfiction book with a wealth of information, but I finished it and didn't know how to review it, so I'm sort of going over it again. I hope it doesn't take me long to finish again.

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    1. We were scared of the bees at first but they did not bother us at all, even when I was out watering my yard. The Allen Drury book took me 10 days and the Philip Roth about a week, so that crashed my number of books read. But I decided not to resist long books any more. I love them and I have read a ton of them this year. I am curious about the nonfiction book you read.

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  3. I think it is pretty cool you had a swarm of bees come to stay for a few days :-)

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    1. Thank you Jessica. It was so cool!!

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  4. I love the bee picture and I salute you for leaving them alone and allowing them to move on in their own time.

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    1. Thank you Dorothy. We felt quite good about that ourselves. Now stay tuned for the saga of the saved pine tree!

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  5. That's a great bee story. How did you know they weren't making a hive there on the limb? Hmm. I guess I'm too used to (mean) hornets here which seem to build everywhere. But I'm glad the bees left on their own. What a nice story! Which was your book of the month? hmm

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    1. Re the bees: Wikipedia saved the day for us. We figured out they were not wasps, we learned that honeybees don't make hives on tree branches and that they would be gone in 3 days, but if they did not leave we could call the city or a beekeeper to take care of them. I am glad you liked the story!
      Lately I keep forgetting to choose a favorite book for the month. I am busted again! I would say Letting Go was a favorite as well as The Cradle. Least favorite was In Evil Hour. Stay tuned for reviews.

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  6. You have a great August Judy. I enjoyed, Before the Fall.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting Diane! So nice to have you.

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