Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sunday Post #199


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

It was HOT this week! We hit 90's just about every day. Summer is here folks. Hope everyone else is having a great start to their summer as well. I found out this week my neighbors are moving- that's a bummer since they're awesome neighbors. They had an open house and the place was swamped- they got 4 offers. There's been a lot of turmoil in the neighborhood lately- one woman two houses over had her husband leave her (nice), so she's there alone although her kids are there a lot, and on the other side next door some new chick moved in with the guy there and now her kids are all in the road so you gotta make sure you don't run 'em over. Sigh. 

Okay enough with the neighborhood update. I did good with reading this week and binged Shetland on Netflix. Murder on Scottish islands. Other than that a pretty quiet week. Did anyone catch the Orphan Black premiere last Sat?   

I reviewed Grit this past week-  a very nice first novel. Next week is Brave New Girl and Dangerous Girls is also on the way. 
  

GritAll Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)Brave New Girl (Brave New Girl, #1)

Song of the week



PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 

You're lonely when you're dead:

NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

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BOOKISH LINKS

I bought a print from one of my favorite artists- this one came on Monday. Love it. You can find here.

The Three of Cygnus by ArthurBlue





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Die02 by Sanchiko




Lone Wolf

lone wolf by ramtin-s

Sea Laboratory

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  1. It was hot here too. The kids loved it. That is sad to lose good neighbors. Hope you enjoy your new books! Have a great week!

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    1. Yeah I'm going to miss the neighbors. they're super nice. And it was so hot here arlier in the week..

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  2. I hate children...that sounds like utter hell to me! The house beside me is owned by an older man and because it has three bedrooms I'm always dreading that a family from hell will move in! With constantly barking dogs or a pile of cats! Ugh give me a lottery win and a nice rural new house to go to!

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    1. Ha! I don't mind kids but these ones are sitting down in the road, and the mom is like in and out- and we're talking fairly young kids too. It's a cul-de-sac so you come around the corner and the kids are in the MIDDLE of the road!!

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  3. Urgh, sorry about the new neighbours :( I hope the kids don't become too much of a pain.

    Looking forward to your review of Brave New Girl! Hope you have a great week, Greg :)

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. They're not bad actually, they just let all these kids out in the road and it's like- watch your kids people!! lol

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  4. We've been really hot here too- closer to triple digits!

    I like the cover of Brave New Girl, have to check that out further. Is Shetland, the show, based on the Ann Cleeves series? I read the first two of those books. They were a bit slow-moving for me but so atmospheric!

    I hope you're framing and hanging up the prints you order. If you surround your desk with ones like this, they will inspire you when you sit down to write flash fiction!

    Enjoy the week, stay cool and ignore the neighbors :)

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    1. Yikes, that's just too hot for me. And yes Shetland is based on those books! I recognize the name from the credits. The show is kind of slow moving too, and I have to admit the beautiful scenery is half the attraction of the show.

      The last two I've ordered I ordered them framed, so they came that way. They are definitely an imagination enabler!

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  5. It's hot here too and the humidity just kicked in so it's crazy muggy! The turmoil in the neighborhood sounds annoying. I love a neighborhood with lots of kids but at the same time there have to be some boundaries! In our last neighborhood our neighbors were horrible and the kids were just awful. One of things I liked about the house we're in now is that all the lots are at least an acre. It's not as good for trick or treating or getting to know your neighbors but there's also less risk! Adding Shetland to my Netflix queue. Sounds like my kind of show. Do you have Amazon Prime? If so give Fortitude a try. I think you'll like it. Have a great week!

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    1. Ugh the humidity is the worst. We get humid here too and it can be so muggy. And I don't mind the kids but she lets 'em be out in the middle of the road, so everyone has to be more careful now cause you come around the corner not expecting little kids to be sitting in the middle of the road! Plus they wander into everyone's yards lol.

      That would be so nice, to have a little space like that. A little space makes for good neighbors lol.

      I do have Prime, I haven't seen Fortitude but I will definitely check it out!

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  6. Man it's really hot over here. To say that summer has arrived is an understatement. Need to put Orphan Black on my to be watched list.

    Sorry about your neighbors :(

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    1. Roasting huh? We were SO hot earl;ier this week.

      Orphan Black is awesome. And thanks- they're not bad neighbors they jsut let their kids a little wild.

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  7. oh nice pictures! I was curious about the Vincent one! happy reading!

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    1. Brave New Girl was pretty good! And thanks!

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  8. Children are the worst when they're not your own. In he neighboring house, I believe there are two families living there, and there are like, nine children between the two families? All ages ten and under. It's the worst! They are so loud and annoying. *sigh*

    Anyway. I hope you enjoy all of your new books! I'm curious about that Rachel Vincent YA book.

    Have a fantastic weekend, Greg! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Nine kids? Yikes! They have us beat. :) There's only a few w/ this family but they let run around in the road and other people's yards, so it gets annoying.

      Brave New Girl was good!

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  9. Neighborhood drama is a bummer. We had a couple across the street who would get into horrible arguments, screaming at each other on the street 11 and 12 at night. The wife ended up dying when she crashed her car off a mountain road after they got into one of these fights. It was really sad for their two young kids.

    I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Dangerous Girls! Have a great rest of the weekend, Greg! :)

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    1. It's been crazy this year, usually it's a very quiet neighborhood (and it still is, but these kids are kinda... wild). That's awful- wow. What a horrible story- poor kids. And that can be hard when they fight like that because there's not much you can do.

      Dangerous Girls was AWESOME! Seriously I loved it.

      Have a great weekend too!!

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  10. Aw, I am sorry you lost nice neighbors! Good neighbors are hard to find it seems. My neighbors have been, historically speaking, garbage. But luckily none of them have kids it seems, so no running them over hah. It has been really hot here too, but it makes for good swimming weather at least! I think I have Orphan Black on my long list of shows to watch. But um. Well, you know.

    I am curious as to your thoughts on Dangerous Girls and Brave New Girl! I liked both, I hope you did too. DYING at You're Lonely when You're Dead. Especially because they had to capitalize both "lonely" and "dead". Like... yeah, I guess you would be lonely. Or not, because you're dead? Actually, I kind of want to know what they mean now...

    The print looks so nice! I love the light shining on the water, so pretty. I also need to know more about the Siberian Plague. Sounds fascinating. You should write about it! I love a story :)

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    1. They haven't left yet but yeah- gonna miss 'em! And the kids aren't bad- I mean they're nice kids- but their mom lets 'em run around in the road and in people's yards, so they're just not parented well. lol

      You have to watch Orphan Black. Oh my gosh we could have so much fun discussing THAT show. It's a trip completely. I liked Brave New Girl (3 star probably) and LOVED Dangerous Girls. Such a twist. Loved it!!! And I know is that the goofiest pulp cover ever? Actually- there are worse. But I totally love that one.

      The print looks amazing. I have two by him and now and want cough two more cough. I'll need a second job at this rate.

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  11. Sorry about the neighbors, Greg. I have a very quiet neighborhood. Everyone is busy with their own business and I rarely meet any of them. I miss my old house where people know each other and I don't feel lonely. Having Neighborhood drama is way better than a boring one for me. Hehe

    Anyway, enjoy your books and happy reading. I hope you have a wonderful week. :)

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    1. Aw, thanks. They're actually not bad, the kids just run a little free. This neighborhood is actually pretty quiet too most of the time, I've been spoiled! And sometimes maybe drama is better than if it's too quiet!

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  12. Oh my, does sound like a lot going on in your neighborhood. Sorry the good ones are leaving. But yes, it's probably definitely a good idea not to run over the children :-P

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    1. Lately there is. I'll miss the neighbors next door. And yeah running over kids is frowned upon. :) They're actually not bad kids, the woman just doesn't watch them properly!

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  13. We're in the upper 90s now, although we had 80s earlier in the week. But we're predicted to have triple digits from now on. At least for a while.

    I should be used to it, as I've lived in California's Central Valley for 45 years!

    I will have to check out Shetland...I love anything Scottish, and murder mystery? Bring it on.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. Ugh, no triples for me. I would hate that. But we get pretty humid too and that's a drag.

      Shetland is quite good- a little slow but good.

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  14. Yeah our AC was kicking this week..LOL Our neighborhood has had an influx of sales as neighbors kids are grown and they downsize. Hope the week ahead is a good one and you keep cool.

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    1. Same here. Had to turn it on. :) And I've noticed that here too- some turnover as kids graduate and leave, and some seniors move on and younger folks come on.

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  15. We also had the 90+ degree weather this week. I think that it got up to 97 at one point! It will get to be at least 104 before summer ends, so it might be time to visit the public swimming pool again (even though I haven't been in years). Have a good week, and happy reading! :)

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    1. Wow that's hot. 104? Yikes. Swimming is a good way to cool off though. :)

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  16. I enjoyed your illustrations this week. Lots of action! It was 90s and muggy here. Feels more like August. Got a feeling we'll be cooked this summer. LOL

    My Sunday Post

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    1. Thanks! Yes I think it's going to be a hot one. :)

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  17. You can't beat a good neighbor so I hope that whoever moves in will be good. Your neighborhood certainly sounds 'interesting'. Nice to get a print you love, always a happy buzz.

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    1. I do too. And it has been interesting lately! I can't complain though, we've been fortunate so far.

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  18. Wow, you've had some seriously hot weather - even hotter than it's been in my part of FL, surprisingly. I don't care what the calendar says - summer is here! Plenty of upheaval in the neighborhood. It's always sad to lose good neighbors.

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    1. I also get a kick out of when we get temps higher than FL or TX. It doesn't happen a lot, granted, but when it does I'm like really???

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  19. Ewww I hate hot weather...lol. Our first day back in Missouri and with the heat index it was around 100 and dad and I were like well at least we are use to it since we had just came from the hot Philippines...lol.

    Those books look good! Have a great week and happy reading!
    Stormi
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    1. That's too hot. I don't like it hot like that either. Although I bet the Philippines were smoking hot?

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  20. Ugh.. don't talk to me about neighbours.. Blegh.. Our neighbour downstairs had been drilling for weeks and had finally stopped. Now our neighbour upstairs has been drilling at 8 am for the last three days. Sigh.. Most of our neighbours are nice though so I shouldn't complain to much! LOL!
    It's been crazy hot here too! I love it!
    I haven't watched Orphan Black.. I did begin 13 Reasons Why this morning.. I'm hooked so far.
    Have a great week Greg and happy reading!

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    1. Oh that's the worst. Drilling and stuff like that... I hope they stop soon! And why do they do it first thing in the morning? Don't they know??

      Orphan Black is a trip.

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    2. People are weird.. They definitely don't seem to think about anyone other than themselves. Sigh.. I'll have to try Orphan Black out then. ;)

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  21. I don't have many neighbors (wooded lots mostly) but we still have our fair share of strange encounters. I thwarted a break-in at my elderly neighbor's a couple of months ago and we have very young boys who race lawnmowers up and down our road from time to time. They almost caused back to back accidents because it's a hilly area with low visibility. A young man flipped his car and died in my neighbor's yard a couple of years ago. Crazy stuff and I live in the safest neighborhood in town. Haha.
    Thankfully the rain brings the temps down here but the humidity is killer on hot days. I've been hiding inside a lot.
    Have a great week, Greg! :D

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    1. Wow. You've had some serious stuff going on there! The only story I have like that is before I lived here I guess a car was running from the cops and came into the neighborhood, jumped the curb and ended up in the neighbor's back yard. Guess it was quite the scene! And go you on thwarting a break in. Even the nicest neighborhoods I guess crazy stuff can happen!

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  22. It was hot here too but only the first 3 days, yesterday was weird like humid but chilly. It was a weird week! :)
    I have people across the street that are annoying, the kid is a brat and no one watches him. I don't trust him around my kid especially my son. Worried hes going to make him do weird stuff because he has special needs. So I am like that crazy spy lady that keeps out the window, yelling! lol

    I am trying to stop watching Bones, but I am almost done again and figured I would watch all of season 10 and 11 and maybe 12 and stop....maybe. ;)

    Have a great week, Greg! Happy Reading!

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    1. It was hot here and the cooled off. I hate the humidity. And I hear you, the kids next door aren't really bad, it's that the mom doesn't watch em. I mean the young guy was sitting in the middle of the road one day.

      You crazy spy lady!! Ha ha :)

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  23. It was soooo rainy here this week, like the weather forgot it's summer, gah! Great artwork finds, as usual :)

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    1. Thanks, and sorry to hear about the rain- hopefully it gets nice!

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  24. It's been hot here too, although not 90's more like high 70's- 80's, but it's also been humid. Great art as always, thanks for sharing.

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  25. I totally feel your pain on the heat side. Super hot and muggy here in NC. Sorry your neighbors are moving, and I hate that the one lady is alone now due to her husband leaving. That's very sad. Orphan Black is on my list, so thanks for the reminder. Kudos on getting lots of reading done. If you're a dad, Happy Father's Day! Hugs...RO

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  26. It was miserably hot here too this week. I had a few days off from work and planned to sit outside and read those days but nope. I've always wanted to start watching Orphan Black but so far haven't gotten around to it. I hear it's amazing though.

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  27. We had a neighborhood upheaval a few years ago and we went from nice and quiet retirees to lots of kids with basketball nets right along the edge of the road so we had to watch for them all the time. Plus screaming couples.

    All of the kids grew up and moved out so it's getting back to normal again.

    We've been hot and rainy. It's SO humid!

    For What It's Worth

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  28. Been hot here this week also. Hoping for a cooldown. Love the pics with the harpies. Will be watching to see what you think of Brave New Girl, couldn't decide if I wanted to read it or not.

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  29. Yeesh! That's a lot of drama going on in your neighborhood! Glad you are reading some good books though!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

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  30. I can't wait to hear what you think of Dangerous Girls, it's one of my favourite books. Enjoy! :)
    Megan @ http://wanderingsofabookbird.blogspot.co.uk/

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  31. Dangerous Girls is one that pops up on so many lists. I need to get my hands on this one, and I cannot wait to read your review.
    Sam @ WLABB

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    1. Dangerous Girls was really good, I highly recommend. It was more of a courtroom story than I was expecting, but I just flew through it.

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  32. I'm always eager to see the new artwork you feature for your Sunday Posts! Imagine my excitement when I saw a couple pieces featuring harpies! More books need to feature these mythical creatures, imo...I have read only a couple, and unfortunately they weren't so great.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  33. It's been the opposite here - we're having a real Junuary, where the weather is more like fall than summer!! :'(

    A friend of mine recommend Shetland to me because I like British murder mysteries - now I have to give it a go!

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  34. We hit 106 today. Bletch. Summer vacation has begun and so has the extreme heat. Come see what I'm reading.

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  35. It's been really hot around here lately too. We've also been getting A LOT of rain. We've had a lot of flash flooding around us. It's made it difficult for my husband to get to and from work on some days. Sorry to hear that your neighbors are going to be moving. That really stinks. Our neighbors just told us that they want to try to move in the next year or so too.

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  36. I wouldn't mind some of that hot weather, it's been so rainy for me! Bah, the hustle and bustle of (getting) new neighbours. Looks like you've read some pretty awesome books! Hope you have an awesome week!

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  37. Oooh neighborhood stories! I've just finished Truly Madly Guilty so I love neighborhood gossip and stories at the moment! LOL!!! What is murder on Scottish islands??

    Hope you will have a good week!

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  38. Sorry to hear about the neighbours moving. Hopefully you will get equally wonderful neighbors taking their place. Thats frustrating about the kids running rampant. Not fair to anyone, especially the kiddos! I haven't heard of Shetland. What's it about?
    Jo-Ann at Inspiration Pie

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  39. We were 100 ° yesterday and suffering. Today is supposed to be high and we'll have a couple of 90's this week. Ugh and ick. How awful for your neighbor who was left alone. I hope she becomes one of those triumphant women we read about in contemporary, chick lit. I understand how hard it can be to have to navigate around children outside, but as a parent, I can tell you good ol' fashioned playing outside is what I love for my kids. And many summer camps, etc. are expensive out there; most are a couple of hundred dollars per week. Maybe they can put out one of those signs so you're warned beforehand &/or maybe their parents need to tell them when they see a car coming, to scatter to the sidewalk first and then go back out to play. I hope you get good neighbors next door to you; I know how that really makes a difference. My parents used to have college students renting next door years ago when my girls were small; they would always have tons of ppl over and blaze it up. Good luck!

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  40. Yours is the second blog I've seen Brave New Girl on; made me look it up, now its on my tbr

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  41. Been looking for a beach house book; maybe The Summer House will be it.

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  42. We haven't had a lot of heat but are having a lot of rain instead. I haven't had a chance to meet any of our new neighbors yet. I hope they are nice people. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  43. It was super hot here in Iowa too. Instead of reading I decided to start binge watching Downton Abbey. Have you seen it? I think it is very good and makes me want to drink more tea and speak with a British accent.

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  44. You'll never believe it but it's hot here in Scotland! My neighbours just moved but I am happy to see them go which is terrible but they were a little annoying!! I love those pictures, you can really lose yourself in them. Have a good week Greg!

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  45. To find good neighbours is down to luck, but what good luck. I hope,your new neighbours are just as nice.

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  46. I hate losing good neighbors! Our previous neighbors, we loved them, but they ended up moving 90 minutes away due to work. We still miss them and its been years! Hopefully the situation on your block works out. And your poor neighbor whose husband left. :(

    I want to watch Shetland! And Orphan Black. And Luther! I need to get moving. Lol.

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  47. I wish we knew our neighbors better. It's so sad that we've lived here 11 years and barely know any of them!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  48. Yeah...it was sweltering HOT here too. My hubby installed the AC and now I'm cold again! UGH! I want to enjoy the hot weather since it lasts such a short time. I've been binge watching Outlander, a series I read almost 20 years ago.

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  49. Shetland sounds really good; have to add that to my watch list! Losing good neighbors is so tough; I hope the new ones are just as nice! :D

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  50. It is always a challenge when the neighborhood changes. Thankfully, last year our changes were for the better. Hope they stay for awhile. It certainly was hot! Hope you had a great day in GH.

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  51. Happy summer to you Greg! Your weather sounds a little too warm! Although you'll miss it when it's gone! I'm currently in front of my heater with Ugg boots on. :)

    Your neighbourhood sounds busy!

    I didn't get to watch much TV OR read much last week as we had company most of the week and on the weekend we were away with friends.

    Those Hunters for the Harpies pics are amazing! Wow! I went and checked out the whole series and they are all incredible. Great finds!

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  52. Oh man. Bummer on the neighborhood woes. Hopefully the new neighbor will be awesome. The kids in our neighborhood are thankfully mostly older now and have always been pretty well behaved. Whew!

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  53. Don't talk to me of warm weather, we're hitting the 30s (in celsius) here and I am not coping well. And it sucks about neighbourhood drama I hope the woman whose husband left totally because one of those awesome women owning it. Don't tell me there's more Orphan black coming out!? I seriously need to catch up with that series but the more people rave the more I seem to be putting off watching.

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  54. Here in New England the weather is jut crazy. 90 then 40 then 90 again! but hey! Summer is here! YAYYYYYY wow that's some neighborhood drama you got going on there :)

    Okay enough with the neighborhood update. I did good with reading this week and binged Shetland on Netflix. Murder on Scottish islands. Other than that a pretty quiet week. Did anyone catch the Orphan Black premiere last Sat?

    I reviewed Grit this past week- a very nice first novel. Next week is Brave New Girl and Dangerous Girls is also on the way.

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  55. Gosh, I haven't bought an art print in ages. I am changin up the color scheme in my bedroom, so may be I will go internet shopping for some art. I was hellishly hot here, but it has been in the 70s since yesterday and looks like good sleeping weather all week. I hope you are having a fab week. :)

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  56. I love those art prints! Thanks for sharing, Greg!

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  57. Awesome art (as usual) this week. I have to check out the books, because there are several I'm not familiar with. SHETLAND -- will start the binge tonight!

    We were in the Philadelphia area and man was it hot, hot, hot.

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  58. New, non-spoiler comment! Phew!

    Damn, your neighbourhood is experiencing some real upheaval! I live in an apartment building and I swear to god, all of my neighbours are crazy. The dude who lives above me has been parking in my spot for weeks and I'm *this close* to clocking him over it. Thankfully he doesn't have any kids that I have to worry about running over, or I might be tempted to do so. LOL. Kidding. Sort of.

    Shetland is everything! I love that show. And Scotland is such a beautiful place.

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    1. Ha ha I saw it anyway, but it's not your fault! I was checking my email and saw the notification, and didn't stop in time. But it's okay- I don't mind. I'm glad to see Shetland fan- I just discovered the show last week and didn't see anyone talking about it. I like it a lot, so glad to hear it's one of your faves!

      The neighborhood is usually so quiet, and it still is, but yeah between the new girl moving in next door (and she;s not bad, it's just her kids sit out in the road and she doesn't watch em closely) and the other stuff there is a lot happening! I remember I had apt neighbors once that SUCKED. and what is wrong w/ that dude parking in your spot??

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  59. "You're Lonely When You're Dead" made me laugh out loud. Best. Book. Title. Ever. Also my TV watching ears (what? that's a thing...) pricked up when you mentioned Shetland! I have note heard of that but it totally sounds like my jam so thanks for the heads up. Sorry the 'Hood is getting you down - you can't pick your family...or your neighbors, sadly. :)

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