The Princess Bride, Summer, and Grantchester: Last Week In Review (49)

Can you hear summer calling you? I can. The kids are almost finished with school and can hardly hold still with the anticipation of vacation. Not that we have anything big planned. But the hazy, lazy days of summer will soon be upon us.

I had a good week for finishing books. 

I've been watching the series Grantchester on PBS. The television series is based off of James Runcie's: The Granchester Mysteries. This was the first book I've read in the series, though I wish I would have started with book 1 instead of 6. It's good nonetheless. Season 3 of Granchester starts in a few weeks here in the US. I can't wait!

I finally finished this audiobook. I'll have a lot to say about it when I post me review, so stay tuned.

And Doctor Faustus. A play about a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for some magical powers. A great bedtime story.

Books I'm Currently Reading or Listening To:

I've only just downloaded Understanding the Stars to my mp3 player. Yes. I still have a mp3 player. As long as it works, I'll still use it. If you have Kindle Unlimited you can read this book for free.

Summary: Unbeknownst to her, Alexandria has been the guinea pig in an alien experiment. Ronan, a human with his own alien-entangled past, sets to help her escape their clutches and maybe win her heart. This debut science fiction novel is fast-paced, action packed, and remarkably unique! 

I read the first chapter of Mothers and Other Strangers last night and was loath to put the book down to go to be. A book about a complicated mother-daughter relationship that sounds fantastic.

Summary: "My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man’s child, she accepted."

Thus begins this riveting story of a woman's quest to understand her recently deceased mother, a glamorous, cruel narcissist who left her only child, Elsie, an inheritance of debts and mysteries. While coping with threats that she suspects are coming from the cult-like spiritual program her mother belonged to, Elsie works to unravel the message her dying mother left for her, a quest that ultimately takes her to the South African family homestead she never knew existed. 

Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley. I've only read the first few pages, but I can tell I'm going to enjoy it. 

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga, makes a living repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside one another. The white Feldish command the nation’s higher echelons of society; the native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there’s Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated there generations ago and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm’s edges.

When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice, Berrit, she finds him dead. That same night the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon’s theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit’s murder—except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers Ang a job investigating the death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers.

Meanwhile, crowds gather in protests over the city’s mounting troubles. Rumors surrounding the Beacon’s theft grow. More suspicious deaths occur. With no one to help Ang except Josiah’s haughty younger sister, a savvy newspaper girl, and a kindhearted herder, Ang must rely on her intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city descends into chaos. 

I'm still reading/listening to Moby Dick with the kiddos. We're about 40 pages in to this massive tome. Along with reading, we're also listening to The Moby Dick Big Read. Lots of people teamed up to make this happen. It's a fundraiser to save the whales. Go to to find out more.

I did do a lot of reading last week and not so much television watching. I continued watching my favorites: Doctor Who and Call the Midwife. I'm behind on several shows including: iZombie and Class. Also The Unbreakable Kimmy Schimidt has returned to Netflix and I can't wait to find time watch. I did manage to sneak in some family time and watch The Princess Bride. I also learned something pretty fantastic. 

Are you ready? 

You might need to sit down, 

Okay, here it goes:

The Princess Bride is coming back to theaters for a short time in celebration of its 30 year anniversary! 

Big thanks to @coffeelvnmom for telling me about it.

Things Of Note

There are still a few days left to download audiosync's week four offerings. These audiobooks are free. You only need the Overdrive app (which is also free) to participate. New books will be available Thursday.

That's it for now. Enjoy your week!