Throwback, Summer Lovin’

Hold_Nothing_Back_by_teafunnyHalfway through spring which means summer will soon be here. Summer is my least favorite season; I am not sure why I dislike it so much. The only good thing about summer is going swimming and visiting the state fair–a yearly tradition.

My first concert was a state fair concert, some country music artist (I lived in Missouri after all). Most of the time I would check out the fair two or three times during the two weeks of the celebration. There wasn’t that much to see but it was something to do.Sugar__Sugar_by_teafunny

The other part of the fair that you always looked forward to was the food. The corn dogs made your mouth water. Sugar highs were common due to the funnel cakes and cotton candy. It was a good time to indulge.

I haven’t been to the fair in awhile. I hope to remedy that by visiting home during the summer when the fair is in full swing.

The petting zoo, one of my favorite stops.
What is your favorite summer activity?
Throwback, Summer Lovin’


…my favorite kind of grape juice.

When I was abroad in South America the biggest debate I faced was which wine I would enjoy, Chile or Argentina. I eventually found a favorite (Chilean btw) but the journey was a learning experience.

I am no wine geek. Learning about wine is nearly a science, so many facts. There are plenty of references online to shine light on the topic. But experimenting is half the fun. I use this guide as a reference sheet when I have questions.


What are your wine recommendations?

Top Ten Tuesday, Cool Characters

Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who                      

Paper Towns

 Deserve Their Own Television Show

Margo Roth Spiegelman from Paper Towns is a natural for the attention of being a leading lady. She is powerful and determined which would translate to the television screen as a strong female role. I am thinking a cross of Rory Gilmore and Blair Waldorf–smart, cool, and in charge.
The Help
Minny Jackson from The Help would give Dr. Phil a run for his money. I think she would make an excellent talk show host. Her bluntness is the best thing about her, in my opinion.

The Little Lady Agency (The Little Lady Agency, #1)All of the characters from The Little Lady Agency should have their own show. The adventures that Melissa experiences during the series is a sitcom in the making.

Lisbeth Salander from The Millennium series is tThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)he perfect character for a lead role in an action show. She’s a kick butt now, ask questions later kind of girl. Think Sydney Bristow from Alias or Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Into the WildAn ideal candidate for a reality TV show would be the character from a nonfiction book like Into the WildChristopher McCandless’ story is one that stuck with me long after reading the book. He could be the host of a nature/adventure show.

  • Peeta from The Hunger Games should have his own show on Food Network.
  • Amy from Gone Girl would be a great new contestant for a Real Housewives of Missouri.
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson‘s Tiny Cooper may have his own story now in Hold Me Closer but he’d be fabulous in his own television show.
  • Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon would make crime/thriller shows more enjoyable.
  • Hagrid is one character I would love to learn more about from The Harry Potter series. I know I’m not alone.

This Top Ten Tuesday list topic is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week yields a new topic and a new list. Thanks for stopping in this week to check out my list*.ttt

*I understand some of these books and their stories have already been made into movies which I have enjoyed. Some stories we can’t get enough of which inspired my list.

Top Ten Tuesday, Cool Characters

Smart Things

This list about advice from elders to a younger generation is perfect.*

*For those that don’t want to click over to the article.

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Eat right.
  • Be a family member not an individual.
  • Use sunblock.
  • Exercise.
  • Save money.
  • Be content.
  • Chase life goals.
  • Sleep right.
  • Maintain those teeth.
  • Collect memories not things.
  • Give back.
  • Face your fears.
  • Read at least 10 books a year.
  • Travel.
  • Meditate.
  • Be you.
  • Keep a journal.
  • Be a homeowner.
  • Maintain friendships.
Any items on this list that shouldn’t be? What other advice should be added?
Smart Things

You’re Ahead of Schedule

My reading progress, at the present.
april book update

I decided to look at the details of my progress so far. It doesn’t feel like I have spent that much time reading but this number for me is something to talk about. We are one third of the way through the year and I am happy with my books so far.

Each year I participate in the Goodreads reading challenge (2011 was my best reading year). This year I decided to change my thinking about the challenge. I normally would pick a number and scramble to meet that goal by December. This year I chose to read books from A to Z where the author of the book or the title will represent each letter of the alphabet.

I have been stuck at the letter H for awhile so last week I gave myself permission to jump around the alphabet. There are a few books on my TBR pile that are itching to be read (I also have a few books needing reviews that will serve double duty).

Have a great weekend, and happy reading!

Are you participating in a reading challenge this year? How is your progress?
You’re Ahead of Schedule

Throwback, Reminder

#tbt: A Picture’s Worth

Rolling_In_by_teafunnyA picture is worth a thousand words or so they say. This photo, taken at my mom’s house, reminds me of the scene in Pride and Prejudice (the 2005 film) near the end when Darcy and Elizabeth meet in the field to discuss their affections and wishes.

Do your photos remind you of the moment they were taken or do you recall something else when seeing them?
Throwback, Reminder

Top Ten Tuesday, Amazing Authors


Top Ten Tuesday is the brain child of The Broke and the Bookish and highlights a weekly bookish theme for everyone to ponder. I participate because lists are fun! Read on and share yours in the comments.

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

  1. J.K. Rowling–Of course a list about authors would not be complete without Jo on it. In my eyes, she reinvented the wheel. I love her and feel thankful every day that she introduced me to the joys of reading for fun again.
  2. Jane Austen–It seems that my top authors all start with the same letter, fun coincidence. Jane is my home-girl. She is hilarious and smart which I find a perfect combination. I always have a good time reading her books.
  3. Jonathan Safran Foer–After reading his work I changed my thinking or maybe started thinking more. His writing style has a way of transporting me in to the book, as if I am standing with the characters experiencing it all with them.
  4. John Green–For the FEELS.
  5. Laurie Notaro–For the laughs.
  6. Mindy Kaling–Same as #5.
  7. Hester Browne–I cannot put my finger on why I love her work. Her books are fun and flirty, nice for in-between series or genres (a book hangover cure, for me at least).
  8. Richelle Mead–My go-to author for a great escape. Her books are fast to read, enjoyable, and rarely disappointing.
  9. Stephen King–When I need a good scare I pick up one of his novels.
  10. Dr. Seuss–For a lot of reasons but this sums it up: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Which authors make your favorites list?
Top Ten Tuesday, Amazing Authors