July has been a whirlwind. I celebrated my birthday bookstore browsing, eating tacos, and making a massive IKEA run. After said massive IKEA run—and the subsequent assembly, during which I finally learned to use our power drill—the house is finally coming together.
spotted while bookstore browsing
(At least it was, until everything started breaking last week. When we moved in, I wished all the old appliances would break so the home warranty company would replace them with new ones. Be careful what you wish for.)
We went to the theater for the first time in years to celebrate my dad’s birthday. Everyone enjoyed it (especially Silas, which I thought he might be too young for) and I’m now resolving to do stuff like that more often.
I also got to rainbow my bookshelves, hit the Jane Austen Festival, have coffee with a blog friend visiting all the way from Nova Scotia, catch up with old friends, and spend plenty of evenings reading in the backyard during our unseasonably cool (aka practically perfect) July.
What I’m reading
This is my stack of (mostly) library books, and I’m stuck because I just can’t decide what to read next. In the meantime I’m plowing through Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, which is fascinating, and long, so I’m not exactly hurting for reading material. Yet.
I’ve been plowing through my summer reading list (although reading two 800-page books in one month is seriously slowing my progress). My July favorites were One Plus One, The Sea of Tranquility, and 11/22/63.
bookshelves in progress
On the blog
What to wear when it’s stinkin’ hot out.
A new page to bookmark: current kindle deals.
Best of the web
85 things you probably didn’t know about “Lost.”
Why readers, scientifically, are the best people to fall in love with.
fashionABLE is having a flash sale from 2-6 p.m. CST (that’s 3:00-7:00 p.m. for East Coasters like me). Four scarf styles are on sale for 40% off during this time (including my personal favorite, the Etanesh stripes), making them $20 or less each. That’s a great value on a product you’ll feel good about wearing, or gifting.
As always, shipping is free on orders of $80 or more. That’s indulgent if you’re shopping for one, but doable if you’re stocking up for Christmas and birthday gifts.
To get the discount, enter the code SEEYASUMMER2014 in your shopping bag.
My kind of vending machine.
I’d love to find this dress in my closet.
This makes me giggle.
This makes me want to chop my hair.
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What were you into in July?
Linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.
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