Treadmill Week 103 & What I #amreading – Expedition, Estimation, and Other Dangerous Pastimes (Claimings 4) by Lyn Gala

Treadmill Goals/Tracking

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals (exception…at the end of the week where a book is highlighted, I will finish it off-treadmill so I can feature something new the next week)

Week 103: November 11, 2018 – November 17, 2018

Sunday  30 min/mile  80:10 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  35:24 min:sec  1 mile
Tuesday  30 min/mile  31:22 min:sec  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  32:04 min:sec  1 mile
Thursday  mowed-mulched & blowed  2+ hours  lots and lots of leaves
Friday  mowed-mulched & blowed  2+ hours  lots and lots of leaves
Saturday  30 min/mile  30:10 min:sec  1 mile

What I’m Reading

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my weekly reading snippets may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

What I #amreading: Expedition, Estimation, and Other Dangerous Pastimes (Claimings 4) by Lyn Gala

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My favorite lines this week:

✿✿ SUNDAY ✿✿

Liam held the ball captive and scratched Duke behind the ear. Duke quickly lost interest in the ball and decided he wanted love. Then he shook his head and spittle arced through the air.

“That’s kinda gross. Sorry,” Mora said in English before he switched to Rownt. “I apologize for the inconvenient spit.” It was a sentence Liam had never expected to hear.

✿✿ MONDAY ✿✿

“You are surprisingly bloodthirsty.”

Ondry grinned wide enough to show all his sharp teeth. It was a terrifying expression. “I have no interest in drinking blood—only watching it soak into the ground as the soulless dalit woh hurt you gasped and begged for me to offer mercy, a request I would ignore.”


Ondry turned the color of a Swedish man who’d been living on a station without the sun for five years. It was damn near the same washed-out color as the parchment used for storyscrolls. Of course swelling frightened Ondry, given Rownt anatomy.


Ondry caught Liam by the back of the neck and pulled him close. “I dislike that you do not have the words to describe your own feelings.”

Liam sighed. “Most people don’t.”

Ondry had no response for that.


Liam began scrubbing himself with the towel. “I hate change. Every time I make a big change in my life—every time I think I’m jumping out of the frying pan, I go into the fire.”

The sentence as a whole distressed Ondry enough that he focused on the least important and most irrational part of it. “You would not fit in a cooking pan.”

✿✿ FRIDAY ✿✿

Liam took several deep breaths and tried to control his emotions. He wasn’t sure if the lure of a longer life or the fear of an insectoid species freaked him out more, but when Ondry wrapped his tail around Liam’s thigh., Liam leaned into that comfort. Immediately, Ondry pulled him closer. They walked through a wide tunnel, and the lights dimmed as they moved closer to the other side. The air grew warmer and had a strange scent, like the desert after a storm.


She gave a sharp hiss, and Ondry whirled back around. She had opened her eyes, and now she showed him a pair of long, white fangs. “Youngling, my palteia is injured and Grandmothers twice your size have fled the room to avoid my temper. Yet you loom over me showing your teeth. Sit, or I may neglect my rank in favor of my aggravation.”

4 thoughts on “Treadmill Week 103 & What I #amreading – Expedition, Estimation, and Other Dangerous Pastimes (Claimings 4) by Lyn Gala

  1. See, this is why I don’t like series following the same couple. I read book 1 and 2 and LOVED them (seriously, Ondry!!) but there was no book 3 or 4 back then. And when book 3 was released, I had moved on from this couple. And now I don’t remember any of the details of the books, so if I were to read book 3 and 4, I would have to start from the beginning, and suddenly I’ve committed to reading 4 books instead of just 1. (or 5 I guess, there’s the prequel, too.)

    That being said: I hardly read any sci-fi, but I LOVED book 1 and 2. And I adore the titles! 🙂

    1. I was totally hooked by book 1. OMG. I love the way the Rownt think. I often reread earlier books in a series before a new one comes out. I’ve reread books 1 & 2 a few times now, so I’ve got a good feel for the details of what happened in those now, but I’ve forgotten many of the details of book 3. I didn’t reread it before moving onto this one, because I did remember the general plan for them to trade with the Imshee to get them to genetically engineer to extend Liam’s life and I was anxious to see how that played out. Not remembering the details of book 3 didn’t hurt my enjoyment of this one at all. It’s TOTALLY worth rereading the whole series!!!! I plan to again at some point.

      1. Yeah. I loved the first two books so much so I’m considering re-reading them and buying 3&4, too. (I already bought the prequel when we talked about this series before…maybe when you read book 3?). Because Liam and Ondry are worth breaking my “no series” rule for 🙂

        1. They are absolutely worth it. The thing about your series rule is that you’re stuck on the assumption that sequels mean that the MCs will have some kind of “big misunderstanding” to jeopardize their relationship. We’ve all been burned by those, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes the relationship stays on solid ground (like with this one) while they deal with outside issues together. Or sometimes (coughcough*…you know which series I’m talking about, and I’m never going to let up until you read it!), the romance arc simply takes the whole series to fully develop and there was never a solid HEA or even HFN to bust up anyway. 😁💖

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