I can't believe how fast the summer has gone by. July was basically a wash and the weather didn't really get going until about a month ago and since then the weather has been wonderful, at least out here on the West Coast. In fact it was the dryest August in quite some time and really only had one or two days of "measurable" rain. Sure there were days in which it was overcast, but for the most part the weather has been sunny and warm. Now I am looking forward to a warm week, when the weather usually gets into the early to the mid 20s (its going to get into the late 20s and early 30s, centigrade that is). It was a strange summer due to the fact that the way that my summer evolved and where I was at certain times during the summer. The weather also played a large part in the strangeness that was my summer.
Didn't really read that much this summer, at least it didn't feel that way.
I love podcasts. I love the information that I get to learn and how specific they can be. They are my connection to something that can be explainable in a world that is somewhat not explainable.
And ever since Books on the Nightstand announced that it was saying goodbye at the beginning of June, I have thought about my favourites. While I enjoy my bookish podcasts and they are generally the first to go if I don't enjoy the first couple of episodes, the vast majority of the podcasts that I listen to are history related (big shocker here), with a smattering of sports-related podcasts.
I have included links to the main pages of the various podcasts, so that if you aren't an iPhone user, you can check them out. And yes, all that I mention here over the next 3 days are all available in iTunes.
Title: Path of Lucas: The Journey He Endured
Author: Susanne Bellefeuille
Source: I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Description: Lucas Clarkson is a
simple man, a family man, and a hard working farmer's son. From a small
town in Eastern Ontario, the author, Susanne Bellefeuille, brings us on
Lucas's journey through the trials and tribulations of his life. Lucas's
path is not as simple as the man he's portrayed to be. From the days
spent working on his dad's farm to becoming a successful mechanic, with a
genuine heart and his incredible strength, Lucas faces many difficult
decisions. The choices he makes may be the difference between realizing
his dreams and keeping his family together. (via Goodreads)
Title: Dreaming Sophia: Because dreaming is an art
Author: Melissa Muldoon
Source: I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest revew
Description: Dreaming Sophia is a magical look into Italy, language, art, and culture. It is a story about turning dreams into reality and learning to walk the fine line between fact and fantasy. When tragedy strikes, Sophia finds herself alone in the world, without direction and fearful of loving again. With only her vivid imagination to guide her, she begins a journey that will take her from the vineyards in Sonoma, California to a grad school in Philadelphia and, eventually, to Italy: Florence, Lucca, Rome, Verona, Venice, and Val d’Orcia. Through dreamlike encounters, Sophia meets Italian personalities—princes, poets, duchesses, artists, and film stars— who give her advice to help put her life back together. Following a path that takes her from grief to joy, she discovers the s…