Books Of Summer


This annual challenge is run by  Cathy at 746 Books.  This year it’s taking place between June 3rd and  September 3rd.  I don’t usually participate in these because I never read fast enough to do all I set out to do. But with Game Of Thrones wrapping up, and never reading the books, I knew I wanted to. And I’ve always wanted to read the Sookie Stackhouse novels after watching True Blood but never had the chance to get to them. Fingers crossed I get at least 10 done! And if I do I’ll keep going with Sookie. Number 10 on my list? I used to watch The Real Housewives Of New York (and New Jersey) as one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t watch them very often now but Carole Radziwill was always such an interesting person I thought I’d see her wrap up of her experience on the show.

Cathy explains, the rules are simple.  Take the Books of Summer image, pick your own 10, 15 or 20 books you’d like to read and link back Cathy’s master post at 746 Books by June 3rd 2019 so she knows that you are taking part.  The rules are really flexible.  Want to swap a book? Do it. Want to change your list half way through, go for it! Deciding to drop your goal from 20 to 15? She’s fine with that.

You can find my lists below with links to the book description on Goodreads. I’m hoping to keep my list updated with my reviews as I get them read!



  1. A Game Of Thrones by: George R.R. Martin
  2. A Clash Of Kings by: George R.R. Martin
  3. A Storm Of Swords by: George R.R. Martin
  4. A Feast For Crows by: George R.R. Martin
  5. A Dance With Dragons by: George R.R. Martin
  6. The Winds Of Winter by: George R.R. Martin 
  7. Dead Until Dark by: Charlaine Harris
  8. Living Dead In Dallas by: Charlaine Harris
  9. Club Dead by: Charlaine Harris
  10. Dead To The World by: Charlaine Harris



  1. Dead As A Doornail by: Charlaine Harris
  2. Definitely Dead by: Charlaine Harris
  3. All Together Dead by: Charlaine Harris
  4. From Dead To Worse by: Charlaine Harris
  5. Dead And Gone by: Charlaine Harris
  6. Dead In The Family by: Charlaine Harris
  7. Dead Reckoning by: Charlaine Harris
  8. Deadlocked by: Charlaine Harris
  9. Dead Ever After by: Charlaine Harris
  10. The Madcap Tales of My Year on the Real Housewives of New York Season 5 by: Carole Radziwell

Have you read any of my choices?  I’d love to hear what you think of my choices and if you’re planning to do the challenge, let me know. I’d love to see what you choose!

If you are joining in, head over to Cathy’s Blog to grab an image and enter the challenge! Remember to link back to Cathy’s Blog and don’t forget your hashtags! #20booksofsummer #15booksofsummer #10booksofsummer #readingchallenge #booksofsummer

Here’s to summer and some great reads!



Take Me Out To The ‘Meatless’ Ballgame


The #MeatlessMonday options are getting better and better this season. Find out what stadiums are upping their #plantbased game at: 


Meatless Options Around Yankee Stadium:

  • Guadalupe: Vegan black bean burger, pickled red onions, guacamole, spicy pico de gallo, sprouted wheat bun
  • Beyond Sausage: Vegan sausage topped with pickled jalapeños, caramelized onions, pretzel roll
  • Changeup Burger (*New in 2019): Impossible 2.0 burger, American cheese, caramelized onions, dill pickles, green leaf, special sauce, served on a sprout bun
  • Avocado Bites (*New in 2019): Sliced avocados, deep fried and served with a habanero sauce
  • Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bun (Vegetarian): with celery slaw, creamy blue cheese
  • Fresh Fruit & Salads
  • Field Roast Vegan Burgers
  • Veggie Sushi & Edamame

Sandcastle Making Links


We are like children building a sand castle. We embellish it with beautiful shells, bits of driftwood, and pieces of colored glass. The castle is ours, off limits to others. We’re willing to attack if others threaten to hurt it. Yet despite all our attachment, we know that the tide will inevitably come in and sweep the sand castle away. The trick is to enjoy it fully but without clinging, and when the time comes, let it dissolve back into the sea. ~ Pema Chodron

Summer Bucket List


Dreamin’ & Plannin’ 

Grab the graphic, make your own summer bucket list & give me a pingback, keep it goin’! Would love to see your summer dreamin’!

  1. Take a vacation
  2. Reach 500 followers on WordPress
  3. Read 10 books
  4. Complete 3 rounds of Shift Shop
  5. Start a walkers meetup
  6. Grow my team x 5
  7. Learn to swim, or at least tread water
  8. Make solid plans for an Ohio trip back home
  9. Hit the beach 2-3 times weekly (at least)
  10. Hang the new curtains (still haven’t since we moved)
  11. Get a new bathing suit/bikini next size down
  12. Sit back, relax and enjoy a summer sunset on the beach
  13. Attend a drum circle on the beach
  14. Do a three-day tech detox
  15. Buy bikes
  16. Go to another Tides game
  17. Get a super-bright pedicure 
  18. Spend at least a day at Chincoteague Island
  19. Build a sandcastle
  20. Get a new minimalist tattoo
  21. Kite flying at Mt Trashmore
  22. Get massages
  23. Volunteer x….
  24. Get to meditation classes!!
  25. Do hill repeats
  26. Explore Hampton Roads with the hubby
  27. Set up space for fitness selfies
  28. Buy a new weight bar
  29. Do another paint night with the girls
  30. Do a paint night with the hubby

To be continued….