Weekend Update #44

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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WHAT I WATCHED

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My family and I went to Incredibles 2 this week. We all agreed it was very good.  My kids were 5 and 2 when the first Incredibles came out so I was afraid they wouldn’t like the new movie but Pixar did a great job of making the movie for all ages.

FUN YOUTUBE VIDEOS

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My daughter and her friend make these funny videos for their YouTube channel.  They are called the Rootin’ Tootin’ Scootins.  PLEASE watch and share to help boost their stats.  I promise it will put a smile on your face.  CLICK HERE TO WATCH!!!

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CURRENTLY READING

elephants

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saturdaysituation

Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

world

I really, really enjoyed this book! It was hilarious, insightful, truthful, and inspiring.  The author, his wife, and two teenagers dropped everything (not an easy task) and volunteered around the world for 6 months.  They worked in an animal sanctuary in Costa Rica, an orphanage in India, a village school in Thailand, and a farm in New Zealand.  As fascinating as it was to read about their experiences in these places, I was more intrigued about the actual places they volunteered at. The people that started these volunteering organizations have such amazing stories too.  I was interested in this book because my family and I have been to Thailand three times and have also done some volunteer and missionary work.  I could totally relate to some of the author’s experiences with navigating through a country with such a different culture.  I highly recommend this book if you like traveling, serving others, or are curious about volunteering around the world.

Here are some photos of my family and I in a village in Thailand about 5 years ago.  We helped the villagers with some building projects. A big highlight was that I cooked them pancakes, which they never had before.  My kids played soccer with the village children and couldn’t believe my daughter knew how because girls only play volleyball in Thailand. Most of the children in the village had never seen a white person before and were afraid of us at first.

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lasttimeilied

This was an enjoyable mystery.  There were lots of twists and turns that kept me turning pages late into the night.  As with most mystery thrillers, I can’t say too much without giving away the ending.  The story is unraveled through flashbacks from fifteen years ago when Emma was at Camp Nightingale and her three bunk mates disappear, and present day when Emma goes back to Camp Nightingale as a camp counselor to look for clues as to what happened to her roommates.  She discovers that one of her bunk mates, Vivian, had discovered a deep, dark secret about the camp so Emma decides to try and find out what it was in hope to find out what happened to the girls.  There were many layers to this story, that kept me guessing until the end.

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Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

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I won this book and bag from Kimberly @caffeinatedbookreviewer!

Book Blurb

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

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I received this from NetGalley.

Book Blurb

When Sean Mallen finally landed his dream job, it fell on him like a ton of bricks.
Not unlike the plaster in his crappy, overpriced London flat.
The veteran journalist was ecstatic when he unexpectedly got the chance he’d
always craved: to be a London-based foreign correspondent. It meant living in a
great city and covering great events, starting with the Royal Wedding of William
and Kate. Except: his tearful wife and six-year-old daughter hated the idea of
uprooting their lives and moving to another country.
Falling for London is the hilarious and touching story of how he convinced
them to go, how they learned to live in and love that wondrous but challenging
city, and how his dream came true in ways he could have never expected.

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horse

I received this from First to Read.

Book Blurb

When Teagan’s father abruptly abandons his family and his farm, Teagan finds herself wading through the wreckage of what was once an idyllic life, searching for something–or someone–to hold on to. What she finds is Ian, short for Obsidian: the magnificent but dangerously headstrong horse her father left behind. But even as she grows close to Ian, patiently training him, trying to overcome her fear of him, Teagan is learning that life and love are fragile. With an unflinching eye and remarkable restraint, Talley English tells a piercing story about how families hold together and fall apart; about loss and grief; about friendship; about the blunt cruelty of chance; and, finally, about forgiveness.

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The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Danielle @ PoetryBooksYA

This weeks prompt is…

For all of you worker bees out there! How do you balance having a day job/career and managing your blog at night? Is it hard or easy to do, and what do people in your work life think of your blogs?

My answer…

I usually do my blogging and reading at night while watching tv.  Also, planning ahead helps.  If I happen to have some free time, I do a blog post and schedule it to post later. As for my coworkers, not many of them know I have a blog.

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19 thoughts on “Weekend Update #44

  1. Greg Hill says:

    Happy weekend! Fun video- I liked the use of Mr. Blue Sky. 🙂 And how awesome about Thailand! That must have been amazing experiences, both for you and the people you were with.

    the Last Time I Lied looks awesome- I need to get that one!

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  2. La La in the Library says:

    Not many people can say they have made pancakes for people in Thailand! It’s wonderful your kids have been exposed to other cultures like that. That is what will someday bring about world peace. 🌐

    I am not a Mystery Thriller fan, but The Last Time I Lied sounds great. I’ll keep it in mind because I might do some sort of Mystery personal challenge for myself in the future. The London book sounds good, too. Yay for your book and tote win! 📚

    Have a wonderful week. 💜

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  3. thebookdisciple says:

    Glad you enjoyed The Incredibles II! I’m sure Thailand was a life changing experience for your family. How wonderful! I just got back from a mission trip in Jamaica and loved meeting the people and interacting with them. I taught a local teacher and her students how to draw stars! They had no idea (which made sense after I thought about it-stars aren’t on their flag!)

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  4. northwoman says:

    I loved your story about Thailand. I haven’t been there and it was fascinating. When I was in high school and college, my family hosted foreign exchange students from France, Turkey, Japan and China. That was very fun and interesting to learn their impressions. You got some great books, too. Anne – Books of My Heart

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    • jolenewilsonblog says:

      I have always wanted to host a foreign exchange student. My brother his eyes one from Norway and it was a great experience for everyone involved. They plan to go over there and visit her soon.

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  5. Barb Briggs (@boxermommyreads) says:

    I’m glad you guys enjoyed The Incredibles. I’ve not seen either of them. I watched your daughter’s videos and they are so much fun. I loved seeing the scooter go down the hill – that was some talent. You’ve got me more excited in the Riley Sager book so I think I will move it up to July.

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