Tuesday, June 3, 2014

can you have adventure in your hometown?

Last month I was responsible. I really, truly was responsible. In that, I read four entire books and am half way through two more. This is the best reading I've done in years and, well, I'm thrilled with how it's made me feel. I believe that part of being a good writer is being a better reader and consuming all kinds of genres, eras, language. So, I've done just that for the month of May.

And I'll continue to do so through June, July, and August because I'm taking part in the Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge. My reading so far has been, for the most part, wonderful and worth recommending to other bookworms in my life. Here's the list of books I'm tackling (because they've changed a bit since the last check-in):
  • Read any book that is at least 200 pages long. (5 points)
     by Tina Fey (288 pages)          
  • That was written before you were born. (DONE)
    Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (224 pages) 
  • Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around. (halfway done)
    Have  a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (272 pages)
  • Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore. (10 points)
    The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (208 pages) -the sole reread.
  • On The NYT's Best Sellers List when you begin reading it. (DONE)
    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (352 pages) 
  • Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe. (15 points)
    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (336 pages) 
  • Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge. (15 points)
    Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (336 pages)
  • With “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title. (DONE)
    The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (401 pages) 
  • Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014. (20 points)
    Wild by Cheryl Strayed (315 pages) 
  • Written by a blogger. (DONE)
    When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman (256 pages) 
  • Read a biography, autobiography or memoir. (25 points)
    What Remains by Carole Radziwill -yes, from Real Housewives of NY (264 pages) 
  • Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles. (30 points)
    Mended by Angie Smith (224 pages) & She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb (480 pages)
*Only one of my books is a reread. Mostly because there's so many on our shelves I haven't yet read.*
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And onto the month of June and lots of adventure. 
After hanging out with JJ last month, I realized that there's a whole lot of home town that's been missed by me. That I've lived here for two decades and, yet, haven't adventured through many of the beautiful things that make our town so lovely.

This means with warm weather, slower plans, comes more fun. June will be a month of adventure.
  • Try three new (never been there before) restaurants. 
  • Drink coffee at a local shop. 
  • Wine taste at two (new) wineries. 
  • See a show at the community theater. -scheduled for June 12th
  • Eat dinner at the historical bank turned fun Mexican restaurant in Old Town.
  • Run through our local golf course before it opens (all 18 holes). 
  • Hike the local nature reserve.
I'm taking up the attitude of being a tourist in my own town for the month because, yes, I love a good travel adventure, but I also love the place I grew up despite becoming complacent in my knowledge here.

Cheers to adventure and a month that feels easier (at least emotionally) than the last few!


  1. I live this reading list. I don't read much in the Summer but I'm dying to read The Fault In Our Stars

  2. Add to this list: go wine tasting with your best blogger buddy because she too needs a bit of adventure in your home town.

  3. I looove this list (both of them!). I need some reading inspiration since I chug through several books a week, and I think this challenge is just the ticket. Plus, we can always explore our hometown :)

  4. I love that you are staying in your town & every chance we get we are heading out of Charleston.

  5. Try Rusticos!!!!!!!!! we have been going there for years! and you have never been to the bank? OHHH GIIIRL! Across the street there is a bar, I cant remember the name but its a great bar!! CHECK IT OUT! or wait until I am home to go!

  6. I love that! Since we've been talking so much about moving, I have a kind of "in this city bucket list" going in my phone. Every time someone tells me about something that I haven't done yet, it goes on the list!

  7. I love the adventure list and as soon as little Ellie is a little bigger - I am going to encourage MC to join me in doing the same in our town! Thanks for the inspiration friend, and have fun x

  8. Staycations and being a tourist in your own city can be the best!!!

  9. Yes you absolutely can! Adventuring in our hometown is one of my favorite ways to spend weekends..I just usually google "things to do in Orlando" and always find new treasures!

  10. Wait, no, I've never been to Rusticos! The last time I went to the Bank I was a little kid and Jason always says we should go there and I say no because I'm a brat. So, this month I will say yes! :)


  11. Girl right now we stay here and do the same things OVER and OVER again. BORING. So, time for some adventure in the routine! :)

  12. Wait, and we haven't talked about books yet. Damn how do I miss these things?!?! I have you on my list of emails to return this afternoon!

  13. Girl, it's AMAZING. Like I laughed out loud and cried real tears and loved every morsel of it.

  14. YES! That's an awesome idea... I guess mine's the opposite, since I've been here for so many years I'm trying to refresh my views and not take the amazing stuff for granted.

  15. They CAN! And Jason isn't from here so it'll expose him to new things too! :)

  16. Girl, that's EXACTLY how I made my list. It was also hysterical to see some of the things that people had said to do... :)

  17. Oooh a book challenge. I totally need to make time for reading! :] // http://www.itscarmen.com ☼

  18. Wow, lady. I am impressed and so proud! I really need to work on carving out more time to read... between writing and then blog reading (on top of everything else), not to mention my old-lady bedtime, there is just not enough time. I've been dying to read Bossypants! - Loving your June goals of adventure!!!

  19. I love the idea of being a tourist in your own town! I am planning to do something similar this month and through out the summer. Awesome list for your book challenge! I am doing the same one and still haven't picked out all my books!

  20. What did you think of The Memory Keeper's Daughter? It's been sitting on my 'to be read' shelf for almost a year + I haven't heard much about it. Would love to dive into it if it's a good read!

  21. Love this because I am all about adventuring right where you are AND I love reading.


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