Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What A Weekend

This weekend was a bit of a blur. Saturday and Sunday could not have been more different. Really I don't have a whole lot to say. There's much more to show you. 


Saturday started out with sandwiches from The Cheese Shanty in Leland. If you're ever in Northern Michigan it's a must visit (you have to come during the warmer months though because this places closes right down when temperatures start to drop).


Wednesday was my brother's birthday but we were all busy with work so we spent Saturday celebrating together.



My brother requested a beach day so we drove out to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to lay in the sun and play in the waves. It was the perfect day. Enough breeze to keep you from burning up in the sun, but hot enough to be comfortable in bathing suits. The water was even warm!


Not a bad view.


We parked by a really beautiful forest. I was mesmerized by the trees' perfect alignment and relatively clear forest floor.


Then Sunday came and so did one of the biggest storms I can ever remember having in this area.


The picture above was the only photo I took on Sunday while we were driving around after the majority of the storm hit checking on places around town. We turned down this road and discovered that tree blocking our path. The roots were so deep it brought up the entire sidewalk. Huge trees came down all around the city causing lots of damage. Most of the area lost power and some houses were severely damaged. Luckily I don't believe anyone was seriously injured due to the storm.








The rest of these photos were taken during a walk around my neighborhood Monday morning. All you could hear around town Monday were chainsaws and beeping trucks. I'm incredibly thankful that the least we had to worry about was the power outage at my house. Our power was back on early Monday morning, but in some parts of the city they don't think the power will be back on until Thursday.






This house looked like it suffered the most damage in my neighborhood. The entire garage was crushed under that tree but the little bird house next to it was completely unscathed. Conditions are even worse in Glen Arbor, Empire, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore area. It's sad to think of all the beautiful old trees that were lost on Sunday and of all the people who no longer have homes to go to now. I'm sure it will be a long time before everything is back in order.

Like I said, Saturday and Sunday could not have been more different. It's a little ironic that I spent so much of Saturday admiring the trees and finding myself amazed at how many are in the area. I was just sitting down Sunday to write a whole post about our beach day and the beauty of nature in Northern Michigan (trees being the main focus) when the storm rolled in. Just a reminder to take the time to admire what nature has to offer you before it's gone. You never know what's around the corner.

-S

P. S. Here's a picture I saw on the M22 Facebook Page of the storm coming in.


Monday, August 3, 2015

BooktubeAThon TBR 2015

Today marks the start of BooktubeAThon! The readathon is a week long event involving reading and video related challenges. All my social media links are in the video description, as well as my About Me page for this blog. I'm hoping to keep you guys updated throughout the week using one of those platforms.


Let me know if you are planning to participate in BooktubeAThon and what you will be reading. Hope you enjoy!

-S

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer Book Haul

Hi Everyone!

New video showing off some of the books I've acquired lately.


Let me know if you've read any of these and if I should read one of these sooner rather than later!

-S

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

High Summer Read-A-Thon Wrap Up

Hello Hello,

Like I mentioned in my last post, the High Summer Read-A-Thon happened this past week. Since I plan on filming a monthly wrap-up video for July I'll try to keep this post short and sweet. Overall the read-a-thon turned out much better than I had hoped. I found time every day to read and was able to finish more books than I expected.

I ended up finishing Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides, which had 100 pages left at the start of the week, and Allegiant by Veronica Roth, which had about 30% left on Monday morning.


On Wednesday I started reading A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. The book is relatively short, only 180 pages, and I could have easily rushed through the stories to mark it off the list. Instead I felt the strong desire to slow down and savor Hemingway's Paris for a little bit longer. After finishing 50 pages I set the book aside and picked up The Stranger by Albert Camus. My mom's copy of The Stranger has been on my shelf for a while now. The cover is totally captivating. Another small book, this short novel is only 154 pages long, and I was able to finish reading it by Sunday afternoon.


During the week I started listening to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I have all of the Harry Potter audiobooks on my computer and I love listening to them while I'm doing chores around the house. I was able to finish just under half of the book.

Lastly, my hold for Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson was available last week at the library, so I was able to start and finish that as well.

In case you weren't keeping track that was:

-4 Finished Books
-Roughly 596 Pages Read
and
-3.5 Hours of Audiobook

Maybe these numbers aren't huge compared to other people's but I'm proud of myself for putting in the effort and sticking with the challenge. Reading always makes me feel good.

Did you participate in the HSReadathon? How did it go? What books have you been reading lately?

-S

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

High Summer Read-A-Thon

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday was the first day of the High Summer Read-A-Thon. The read-a-thon was started by The True Book Addict and this will be my first year participating.


I haven't been able to read as many books this summer as I have in the past, mostly because I've been working extra hours and catching up with friends. It's been nice, but I miss reading.

My goals for the High Summer Read-A-Thon:

Finish Middlesex


Finish Allegiant


Read A Moveable Feast


Read The Stranger


Start reading Lola and the Boy Next Door

These seem like lofty goals since I'm working two extra days this week, but I'm hoping the read-a-thon encourages me to pick up a book when contemplating my next Netflix binge.

-S

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Time and Place Book Tag

I have a new video for you all!


This tag was created by Jen Campbell. Whose original video inspired me to get a bit nostalgic and come up with a list of my own books that I associate with a certain time or place. 

I promise that one of these days I will in fact make an entire video with no jump cuts whatsoever. Thanks for sticking around until that day comes!

Let me know what books would be on your list or if you make your own Time and Place Book Tag video!

-S