Friday, September 10, 2021

Closing Out My Summer 2021 To-Do List

Labor Day has come and gone, so, although where I live, summer weather lingers through September, I think it's time to look back on my summer to-do list and see what all I checked off.  (Spoiler alert: almost everything!!!)

I've decided to leave little star-ratings after the books and movies in case that's helpful to anyone, especially since I didn't manage to review any of the movies listed here.  Yet!  The book ratings should all match my Goodreads reviews of them.

(All photos are mine from my Instagram)

~ Finish the first draft of my Beauty and the Beast retelling CHECK!  You can read my celebratory post here.  I'm now working on the second draft.

~ Watch 6 movies off my TBW shelves Check!  I watched:

  • Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) (★★★)
  • Captain Blood (1935) (★★★★)
  • Chicago Deadline (1949) (★★★★)
  • The Sea Hawk (1940) (★★★★★)
  • The Killers (1946) (★★★★★)
  • Jamaica Inn (1939) (★★★)
  • The Saint Strikes Back (1939) (★★★)
  • season 4 of Leverage (2011-12) (★★★★★)

~ Reread The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Check!  I loved it all over again, and you can read my review here.

~ Read 2 other books about/by someone who is not white Check!  I also read: 

  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi (★★★★)
  • Black Frontiers by Lillian Schlissel (★★★★★)

~ Read 2 other books for my latest Classics Club list Check!  I read:

~ Read 9 books off my TBR shelves Check!  I read a whopping SIXTEEN!  They were:

~ Make the rainbow popsicles my kids found a recipe for Check!  They were cute and tasty.

~ Have friends over for the 4th of July Check!  We had family members over that we haven't seen for a while, and we shot off a bunch of little fireworks and enjoyed watching larger ones in the distance.  

~ Co-host Legends of Western Cinema Week Check!  It was great fun, as always -- my wrap-up post is here.

~ Drive up into the Shenandoah Valley and breathe the free air Check!  I'm hoping we get up there again this fall, too.

(Taken in Wyoming, not the Shenandoah Valley.)

~ Go camping somewhere new
Fail.  But we're hoping/planning to do this next week!

~ Meet my friend Vanessa for the first time in real life Check!  And I met my friend Charity for the first time IRL, too!

All in all, I had a fantastic summer.  We went on adventures, we had adventures at home, I read a lot, I shared many movies with my family, and I finished the first draft of my new book!!!  Huzzah!


  1. Glad you had such a great summer!!! Meeting internet friends is the best <3

    1. Thanks, Katie! Yes, I have had such wonderful experiences meeting internet friends in real life :-) I suppose it helps that I'm extremely cautious and won't do it until I feel I know someone really well, though.

  2. Hey, you finally saw Captain Blood! That's so fun. The rest of your summer sounds like it was a delightful and productive one! Ah, meeting blogging friends is always a blast! :-)

    1. Chloe, I did! At long last :-)

      It was a good summer, for sure!

  3. I'm happy that you've had happy success with your to-do list this summer!

    And I have just finished my novella's fourth draft. So happy to have it done!

    1. Thanks, VT! Congrats on finishing off another draft! Such a great accomplishment.

  4. What an awesome summer! Sounds like you accomplished a lot and also had time for some fun stuff. ;)


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