full of fiction for ya!

So I have a lot of people ask what fiction I’ve been reading lately (… I have a bit of a reputation), so i’ve compiled a list of all the other books (aka fiction, fluff and fun) that I’ve taken to the beach with me this summer!

Since finishing my PhD, i’ve made an effort to always have a book on the go. I ride the bus about 30mins to and from campus each day, and I use that hour to read a book for fun
… and i really make use of the public library (or else my reading habit would put me in the poor house!)
beach-reading-fiction-books
So, here’s the list… happy reading! Any suggestions for me?
Have you read any good books this summer?
Where’d you go Bernadette? Maria Semple
This One is Mine Maria Semple
The Silver Star – Jeannette Walls
The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
Some fantasy
The Night Circus – Erin Mortensen
The Ocean at the end of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
Animals
A beautiful truth (parallel stories of chimpanzee as adopted child and research lab chimp, yes please!) – Colin McAdams
Animal Wise – Virginial Morrell *not fiction, but amazing research on animal cognition and why dogs are a man’s best friend!
And, finally, some ladies who made me laugh-out-loud (seriously, really funny stuff!)…
Is everyone hanging out without me? – Mindy Kalling
Everything is Perfect when you’re a liar – Kelly Oxford
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… k i’m taking some time off, see you in September 🙂 much love.
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travels & island living

happy summer! it seems summer has officially shown it’s beautiful smile here in victoria and I’ve been enjoying every minute of it!

This past couple months has been full of travels, adventures, and settling down… I’ll give you a sneak peak of what has been keeping me busy…

mid-may we boarded an airplane and partied in vegas with a couple of rockstars…

margaritas with jimmy buffet

elton john!

then near the end of may, family called and I headed east to Cape Breton Island (check out http://wp.me/s1l8Lq-family)

made-in-cape-breton pepsi, the longest flight, and the ferry to newfoundland!

May 31st came and we packed our bags and hit the road… and headed west, all the way to Victoria.

we moved to west victoria/esquimalt… and chose to live here because:

1) the ocean

west bay marina

harbour seals!

2) fol epi/cafe fantastico

best coffee, bread and pastries in the city within walking distance… yum!

fol epi bread

cafe fantastico

and of course 3) anna-banana!

anna and her funny faces

… and it’s been great!

I hadn’t even been in Victoria for 40 hours, when I hopped on another plane and headed to Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Home to the Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health.

seattle airport with my yoga mat, enroute to massachusetts!

And, I definitely felt at home! I was involved with a weeklong Yoga for Parkinson’s retreat (June 4-9), run by the National Parkinson Foundation. I left that week bursting with inspiration… so much so that I’ll share it in another post – so keep your eye out for that!

Because my dissertation was still hanging over my head, I went back to Kelowna for a week of WORK, WORK, WORK!

And whaddya know, it got finished and handed to my committee! What that means now, is that I have a couple months to wait, then head back to Kelowna in September for my defence!

the.dissertation.document

And now it’s summer-time…

and my pace has definitely slowed down! In between getting my last 2 papers published, and my last bit of data analyzed, I’ll get to enjoy ALL the island has to offer! Including,

bike rides

seafood

tuna sandwich and seafood poutine at “RedFish BlueFish”

crabbing at sooke harbour

camping

beachfront camping in la push, washington

and the beach (and surfing!)!

Bring it on, summer! much love.