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Mental Sampler 5

I’ve dubbed this summer the Summer of Mystery.  The twins and I are doing a mystery theme for the summer in regards to what we read.  We’re doing a few books together — The Westing Game and Sherlock Holmes stories — and then they went to the library and raided the mystery section to choose some independent reading books.  They’re writing mystery games.

I have put together a real, live mystery to solve, as in read the clues and figure out the message type mystery.  And they don’t want to do it.  Can you believe it?  I would do anything for someone to gift wrap a series of mysterious messages for me to solve throughout the summer.  I would do it for myself but… you know… that would mean that I already know the answer.

We’ll see if they come around.


A few years ago, I started doing something brilliant.  (Please tell me this is brilliant.)  Every time I hear about a book I want to read, I go on iBooks and download the sample to my virtual bookcase.  Then, whenever I’m in the library, I can peruse my virtual bookcase and remember what I wanted to read.  Plus, if I’m ever somewhere with nothing to do, I can read the samples and decide whether or not the book actually holds my interest.

Once I read the book, I delete it from the virtual bookshelf.  I move all the books I really own in full down to the bottom of the bookcase so I can find them easily.

Isn’t that smart?  Please tell me I’m smart.


My friend got me a Ninja for my birthday.  It’s sort of a blender, but it’s specifically for making icy drinks.  It turns ice cubes into snow in seconds.  Which means that you can make your own Frappuccinos or snow cones at home.

I have been consuming an obscene amount of liquid because of the Ninja.

I love my friend because she knows me so well.

I am totally bringing slushies to the pool this summer.  That’s my summer plan: books and slushies at the pool.

What’s your summer plan?

Side note: tomorrow is #MicroblogMonday.  Start writing your mini post.


1 Mali { 06.14.15 at 8:02 am }

Sigh. I don’t have a summer plan. It’s too far away for me. (can you hear the sad music playing as you read this?)

I use Goodreads for books. But maybe that’s because stupid Apple have never introduced iBooks here in NZ. My Goodreads To-read list is always consulted at the library, or as I search for books on my e-library or Amazon. I love it.

2 Jodi { 06.14.15 at 8:24 am }

Are you on goodreads? Instead of what you do with your virtual bookcase I just keep a goodreads to read list. I love goodreads. It may be may favorite social media.

3 Lori Lavender Luz { 06.14.15 at 11:14 am }

It’s brilliant and you’re smart.

Custom-made mystery clues and slushies by the pool? Do your kids know how lucky they are??

4 SuzannaCatherine { 06.14.15 at 2:04 pm }

What Lori said!

5 torthuil { 06.14.15 at 5:08 pm }

You are really smart! I don’t know if the book excerpts are something I would do as I tend to impulse read, especially if I’m looking for something new. But it sounds like a great idea.

6 Justine { 06.15.15 at 11:24 am }

What are you slushing? I must know. Are you really making Frappuccinos?

I have a bookshelf of books I thought I wanted to read, but am now no longer sure … doing it virtually would have been MUCH smarter.

I’m with Lori. I would drink slushies with you and swoon over your mystery clues! Your kids ARE lucky.

7 nonsequiturchica { 06.15.15 at 5:45 pm }

Goodreads is one of my favorite apps/websites. I used to rip reviews of books out of magazines and have a zillion on my nightstand that I would always forget when I went to the library/bookstore. Now I just pull up Goodreads and not only is there a synopsis of the book but reviews from other readers.

8 Jess { 06.15.15 at 10:03 pm }

Super smart! Brilliant! I had a spreadsheet for a while but it got unwieldy, and then I had my amazon wishlist, and I couldn’t keep up with that either (and ended up with a birthday where I got a bunch of books I already owned and had read, whoops). So downloading the samples and moving them when you’ve read them seems like a perfect solution! Clean, tidy, and useful. Love it!

9 Middle Girl { 06.16.15 at 12:00 am }

You are brillant. I typically jot titles down on bits of paper, intending to find more about it toward determining title’s worth being transferred to a, “want to read” list. S-l-o-w-l-y moving away from paper. 😉

Though slushies are not my favored beverage delivery system, I think Ninjas are great.

Plans for the summer–same as spring, winter, and fall before–for the most part, except more outdoor activities.

10 loribeth { 06.16.15 at 7:12 pm }

Some day, your kids will totally regret that they didn’t take you up on your Summer of Mystery plan. 😉

I’m not sure I have a PLAN, per se. But I do feel like the summer is already half over or half booked. Our plans for the next several weeks include a few days away to celebrate our wedding anniversary, a couple of weeks visiting my parents out west, going to weekly the farmers’ market and walking every day that we can until the cold weather sets in again. :p

11 Tiara { 06.18.15 at 1:26 pm }

First, I would totally love if someone created a mystery for me to solve over the summer!!

You are much more brilliant than me. I have always kept a list in my Notes on my phone…I have started adding them to my Goodreads

12 Amy Elaine { 06.23.15 at 10:28 am }

I’ve been meaning to read The Westing Game.
And yes, your book strategy is both brilliant and smart 😉

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