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Looking back, my July list of “have read” books looks short, but since two of these books were 600-800 pages I feel like it was a pretty productive month.;-) Here’s how my reading list finished up…

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Timebound by Rysa Walker
The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki
Queste by Angie Sage

timeboundI’m still loving the Septimus Heap series, and I thought City of Heavenly Fire was a great finale to the Mortal Instruments books.  But I think my favorite book of the month was Timebound by Rysa Walker.  I just love a good story where we can skip through time, and Timebound gave a very interesting perspective on that ability and addressed the fact that you can actually skip through time multiple times and have multiple versions of yourself in the same year at different times.  Whoa.  Mind blown.  I dreamt about time travel for a solid week and since I really hope this becomes a series, I have to give it top honors for the month.  Great story, fun characters and time travel – who wouldn’t love that?;-)

This month the final book for my most favorite series ever has hit the shelves so I’ve decided to go back and re-read the first two books to make sure I’m up to speed on everything before I jump into book three.  My goal is to savor these books and read slowly, but we’ll see how that plays out.;-) In any case, here’s my plan for August….

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

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When I put goal #21 (Read the Entire Bible) on my list almost 3 years ago I really thought it was one I’d knock out in year 1.  I mean, I’m a reader for goodness sakes, let’s get this party started!  But unfortunately, my reading interests tend to focus mostly on fiction, fantasy, and the like.  I’ve never been a big  history buff, and reading the Bible falls squarely into the history category.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy the stories, in fact, some of them are amazing.  It’s just that in addition to the great stories like Jonah, Esther and Noah, there are also pages upon pages of war, destruction and people turning their backs on God.  The God that has saved them over, and over, and over again.  So while I spent a few days cheering for Esther and Noah, I also found myself getting very frustrated with the constant battle for good vs evil and watching people turn away from God on every other page.  What I thought would be an interesting read (reading it as a total book instead of studying individual pieces), turned out to be very frustrating and I had to take a break every now and then.

So, almost 3 years later – I’m happy to say that I can now check this one off of my list.  And I’m even happier to say that I found some new favorite books that I’d always overlooked (James) and I’ve grown to love certain characters even more than I thought possible (Ruth, Esther, James, and Paul).  Towards the end of this journey I heard about “The Story” – which is basically the Bible written in chronological form with narrations.  So, after reading the actual Bible cover to cover, I decided to also tack “The Story” onto this goal and say that this one was complete after I’d read both.  If you’ve ever started reading the Bible and stopped or if you just want to see what the Bible is all about I’d highly recommend “The Story”.  It’s very helpful to read things chronologically, and the narrative additions really help tie things together and paint a bigger picture.  It has 31 chapters, so it’s perfect for a one month read of a chapter each day, so it shouldn’t be a three year journey like my recent efforts!

This goal was by far one of the most time consuming and challenging goals for me, and I’m happy to say that I learned, I grew and I’d highly recommend it to others.  Check and mark to goal #21!

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This year for my birthday my parents gave me a circular saw.  Total surprise, I had no idea this is what they were getting me.  All the best gifts usually are surprises, just like my speak n spell in the 1st grade.  But I digress.  Now, to some this might seem odd, but I grew up as “Daddy’s Helper” my whole life so to me power tools are exciting!  My only problem was deciding what my first project should be!  I saw some DIY scrabble wall tiles online and I felt like it would give me a good chance to get used to the saw and make lots of short, straight cuts.  And I’m happy to say that it worked like a charm.  Project #2 is on schedule for this weekend!:-)

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Cut and sanded – 22 blocks of wood just waiting to become scrabble tiles.;-)

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I found some scrabble tile printables online, resized them to 6×6 and did a quick pencil trace transfer then painted them with black paint.

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2 coats of stain applied while watching The Princess Bride - Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday…..You Warthog faced buffon!:-)

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And it’s up!  I totally love it!  Eventually there will be photos on each side, but for now, we move on to project #2 – a blanket ladder!

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