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It’s been a crazy heat wave over here in Portland. We have a small but mighty air conditioner in our bedroom, so we can sleep, but the rest of our apartment is unbearable. I’m so sweaty and sticky, and my poor cat hates the heat too. He lays on his back with all his belly fur in the air, trying to get cool, and when the A/C is on he sits directly in front of it, with his fur blowing majestically.

The heat, combined with the smoke from the Canada wildfires (Canada, so much of you is on fire! I’m so so sorry!), has made for terrible air quality. I can’t even imagine how smoky it must be farther North. Yikes.

To stay cool I read a cozy mystery that took place in the snowiest winter on record. Unfortunately, it didn’t help me feel less hot and awful. What ways do you beat the heat? Does reading a book set in a different climate help you deal with extreme heat and cold? Does anyone want to buy me a second A/C unit for my living room??

Regardless of the weather, I’m excited for this month’s IBC pick, Commonwealth! I haven’t read it yet, and I have heard great things! Have you read it before, or are you joining in with us this month?

Peace out,


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Links We Love

  • There’s a new Jane Austen board game on Kickstarter right now! Sign me up and take my money!
  • It’s summer, which means lots of hiking and camping and other outdoor activity. Is a fear of pooping outside holding you back? This handy article about How to Poop Anywhere Outside has all the tips and tricks and simple facts of how to get it done…even if you’re climbing a rock wall. You’re welcome. Go be one with nature!
  • Felicia Day’s web-series The Guild just turned 10! For a trip down memory lane, watch the video for Do You Wanna Date My Avatar, and then go pick up Day’s book, You’re Never Weird On the Internet (Almost). It’s amazing.

About The Author


Austyn is an aspiring mystery writer as well as a reader of all things at Imaginary Book Club; providing a range of book reviews, recommendations, and her personal take on the greats. Austyn is an avid reader of graphic novels, mysteries, and classics. Between her day job and writing, Austyn doesn't have much time to connect with an in-person book club, but loves taking those discussion online. 

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