Ready, Set, Read – Exercising My Mind (and Body) This Summer

On Your Mark, Get Set ... Read!I just finished my previous two walking challenges (one successfully up the coast of sunny virtual California and one oh-so-close-but-not-quite walk across Kansas thanks to record rainfalls in May).  No rest for the weary, I suppose.

I picked up my packet for the Lansing Community Library summer reading program (not just for kids anymore! – all ages welcome) at the kickoff event Saturday afternoon.  Don’t worry, you’ll have another chance to sign up tonight at 5:30 p.m. and meet one of the Sporting KC players.

Not only is this a reading challenge, it’s an exercise one as well.  My packet included quizzes about healthy foods, facts and olympic athletes.  The most interesting and challenging of my various goals will be the “Exercise Your Mind Bingo” card, which I recreated as a Google Doc so I could easily update it as I progress and share it here in this blog post.

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To satisfy the “Learn about easy life hacks” I did a Google search on ‘life hacks’ (duh) and read a few ‘top 100’-type postings.  I settled on following @LifeHacks to get daily bits of dubious wisdom.  Most of them are good for a chuckle.

Next up:  Learning to draw a Zentangle (whatever that is and I’m sure it’ll be fun to find out).

On Your Mark!

Get Set …


Reading the Best Novel Hugo Nominees for 2016

For the last few years, I’ve paid a supporting membership in Worldcon so that I could nominate and vote in the Hugo Awards.  This year, I actually get to attend Worldcon, since it’s hosted in Kansas City, Missouri this August.   The cost of actually attending MidAmeriCon was quite a bit steeper than the supporting membership, but I’m hoping it will be worth it.  I haven’t attended an SF con since DragonCon five years ago.  So I’m do for some geeky fun.

Best Novel (3695 nominating ballots) (for the rest of the categories, click here)

  • Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Roc)
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)

I need to read four of the above five nominees before the end of July (when voting closes).  I read Ancillary Mercy by Leckie almost the moment is was released (I pre-ordered the ebook).  I’m currently listening to Uprooted by Novik.   I have Aeronaut’s Windlass and Seveneves queued up for listening and Fifth Season is waiting for me to crack open the book if my ears get tired.

You can check my reading progress right here on my blog via the “Currently Reading” widget found in the right-hand pane of this page.

Leckie has set a high bar with her Ancillary trilogy, but only time will tell if Breq will retain my vote.