Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday June 24 2018: I love the Summer

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Good morning everyone. It is the last Sunday in June, when did that happen? I haven’t been around blog land too much this month, just the usual every day things keeping me busy. I love the summer months and tend to put dinner on the stove once I get home from work then I take my book or crochet out back and stay there for a little while. The warm weather beckons, especially after being stuck inside an office crunching numbers and working on files all day.

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My donut floatie looks like it is levitating in this shot of our pool.

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Teaser Tuesday: Needful Things by Stephen King

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Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

Hello and happy Tuesday. This past weekend was booked with my father in law’s 80th birthday party on Saturday then the yearly company picnic on Sunday so I didn’t get a chance to type up my Sunday updates post but I did manage to sneak in this teaser today.

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I took a break from re-reading Needful Things recently because I wanted to get to Meltdown and post my thoughts on it which I did. Now I am back to reading King and here is a snippet:

“At least she had not kept the baby out of spite or defiance; no one could hang that on her. She found herself surprised by love, that simplest, strongest, and most unforgiving of all emotions.

She had moved on. No-they had moved on. She had worked a number of menial jobs, and they had ended up in San Francisco, where she had probably intended to go all along. In that early summer of 1971 it had been a kind of hippie Xanadu, a hilly headshop full of freaks and folkies and yippies and bands with names like Moby Grape and the Thirteenth Floor Elevators.”

p.230, Needful Things

I googled headshop since I hadn’t heard that term before.

Enjoy your week. what are you reading? Share a snippet in the comments if you’d like. xo

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Meltdown by GP James

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source: ARC courtesy of Meryl Moss Media
title: Meltdown
author: G.P. James
published: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (May 15, 2018)
pages: 393
first line: His hazel eyes grazing the dials and gauges on the sage metal walls through the plate-glass window teleported him back to the seventies, making him feel older than thirty-eight, like he had been on the job for that amount of time and was cusping the turn of his sixth decade.
genre: environmental thriller/suspense/action
rated: 4 out of 5 stars
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blurb:

The Pace of the Bourne Identity
The Technical Depth of Michael Crichton
The Universal Magnitude of Dan Brown

A timely thriller illuminating facts regarding the state of the world’s energy crisis, climate change, and the quandary of nuclear energy–inspired by events in Fukushima, unexpected earthquakes across the planet, and the deterioration of nuclear power plants worldwide.

Bear Mountain Nuclear Energy Center sits one mile outside the active Ramapo fault line, thirty-five miles from the center of New York City. The fault line rocks causing a massive earthquake in the town of Peekskill; power is clipped and control of one of the reactors at Bear Mountain is abruptly lost.

Plant supervisor Trace Crane fights to save the reactor while his wife Avi searches for their daughter in the destroyed Northeast. As the condition of the reactor plummets and radiation is released into the environment, Trace is left to choose between saving the nuclear plant, the East Coast, and the twenty million residents of the NYC metro area or finding his family and saving himself.

my thoughts:
Meltdown by G.P. James was a tense thrill ride that posed many “what if” scenarios. Trace Crane works as an engineer at the Bear Mountain Nuclear Energy Center in upstate NY. He is married to Avi and they have a young daughter named Brooklyn. As the book takes off, Trace is on vacation mode as he is only working half day on this Friday before he heads to Connecticut for the weekend to relax with his family. This morning however the active Ramapo fault line rocks and sets off an earthquake. As a result, the poorly maintained Bear Mountain nuclear plant is now leaking nuclear waste into the environment. Houses are damaged, people are killed and mayhem ensues in the surrounding areas of New York and New Jersey. In a race against time, things go from bad to worse as Trace struggles with trying to do his job and keeping everyone safe or running off to find his family and evacuating.

“No one ever imagined a quake of that magnitude striking the East Coast, except, clearly, the scientists. Seismologists knew something everyone else didn’t-the Ramapo fault zone was a seething leviathan that could explode at any moment. Now it had. Trace experienced the chilling realization that their operating licence shouldn’t have been extended twenty years past the reactor’s design life.”
p.26, Meltdown by GP James

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday June 3 2018: Crochet, Books and The Walking Dead

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

I am moving in slow motion this morning. It’s already almost noon and I am just getting this post ready. Oh well, it’s a lazy kind of Sunday. I can’t believe June arrived so quickly. We’ve had humid and rainy days here plus high temps in the upper 80’s this past week. It’s not bad though, I prefer this over the bitter cold and snow.

It has been a busy work week but that is to be expected. My 45 minute or longer work commute turns into an easy 20 minute drive once schools are out for the summer so that will be very nice soon. And vacation isn’t too far away now so I am counting down the days. I cannot wait to wake up in the cabin right by the lake. That view and the serenity there are what we look forward to every year. It’s the best of the lazy summer days. We have our morning coffee in those Adirondack chairs. There is something wonderful to be said about not being on any set schedule and just lounging around. My parents got hooked on this place as well so they vacation with us in the summers here, our cabins are next to each other.
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Onto my Mailbox…
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Every Other Weekend by Zulema Renee Summerfield arrived via AmazonVine this week.

“A debut novel about an imaginative girl in the year following her parents divorce, and what happens when her creeping premonition that something terrible will happen comes true in the most unexpected of ways.

The year is 1988, and America is full of broken homes. EVERY OTHER WEEKEND drops us into the sun-scorched suburbs of southern California, amid Bret Michaels mania and Cold War hysteria, with Nenny, a wildly precocious, nervous nelly of an eight-year-old, as our guide to the newly rearranged life she finds herself leading after her parents split….”

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