Hello book friends! Is it summer or what? The weather people in our part of the world have just gone wild about warning everyone about the 'feels-like' temperatures (that's a new term, to me anyway) and telling people to wear their sunscreen and take their water and check their backseats for kids and pets, etc. Sometimes I laugh a little because, though it has been warm here - 90's - with 'feels-like' above 100, it's not unusual for Central Texas. We get the humidity from the Gulf and it is June after all. July will also be hot and August will be even hotter, though with less humidity usually. I think that our area has so, so many people that are 'new-to-Texas' residents and I guess they don't know about summer weather in the southern part of the US. Well, they will learn.
Now I have heard that the Pacific Northwest is getting a shot of way, way too hot this weekend. People up there are probably not prepared for temps 100+. Hope that weather thing is short-lived and they go back to their normal quickly. I think a lot of them do not have A/C systems. When we lived in Portland way back in the 90's, we found it weird to have no A/C. The house we bought there didn't have it when we came and it did have it by the time we left. We thought it was needed for a few weeks out of the year.
My reading has still been very slow, but a couple of favorite authors will be having books come out while I'm on my trip. I hope to get both and perhaps read them. The first is Elly Griffiths' new Ruth Galloway book, The Night Hawks, #13 in that series. The second will be Linda Castillo's new Kate Burkholder novel, Fallen, also #13 in the series.Her Dark Lies by J.T. Ellison. Very Gothic. I picked this one up because I enjoyed a Poisoned Pen podcast where Barbara Peters discussed the return of some more Gothic-type books to the mystery/thriller genre with J.T. and also Jayne Ann Krentz. I'm a Gothic-type mystery lover from way back. I'm enjoying Her Dark Lies so far and I'll write an update about it if I finish before we leave.
Otherwise, things are going well. We're continuing to slowly get things accomplished and crossed off our lists. I did find out that Kerrville will be having their Chalk Festival, which I wrote about here when I attended it in 2019, the weekend of October 16-17. I'm excited and hope to go again and also have some great pictures. Hope everyone has a nice weekend! Stay cool!