It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Good morning. How has your US President’s Day weekend been? Did you travel anywhere? Have special plans? Earlier during the week I made myself dust, scrub down bathrooms, and bleach the tiled, kitchen counter in order to be prepared for the first day of the year of ◖⚆ᴥ⚆◗ the dog. Cleaning, taking care of the laundry, and fresh haircuts are all done before the start of the year. For the first day, I also don’t wash my hair, taking one for the team as we call it. Therefore, chillax has been the theme of our three-and-a-half (both dames had half days Friday) day weekend. The couch is pretty much where I’ve been parked, knitting around and around and then back and forth like a typewriter on my sweater. Saturday our family ventured out to pick up poke bowls and the fifth grader and I watched Wonder Woman ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ) for the first time. Yesterday was all about the teenager’s BFF’s birthday. I drove my eldest to the mall to find her BFF a birthday present and then I spent the rest of the day sewing her zipper pouch and starting on her card. Today the teen had to drop out of attending her friend’s party due to not feeling well so a run to Target to grab Gatorade and chicken noodle soup was in order. I finished the card first and then made two charms for her pouch. Now I’m here.

It’s time to link up with Kathryn of Book Date for It’s Monday! What are YOU reading? Kathryn took over this weekly, Monday meme from Shelia of Book Journey who had taken it over from J Kayne Book Blog. It’s all about catching up with fellow book lovers about one’s reading week. If you’d like to participate with us, simply link to Kathryn, share about what’s goin’ on with you, and tell us about the good &/or bad reads you had for the week.

So, how was your reading week? Which book did you enjoy the most and why?

Imagine living as a number where numbers one to four you live either richly or pretty well and where numbers five to eight the struggle to put food on the table begins and you’re treated like a lower class. Imagine being a female where when you turn the age of 16, you apply to compete for the single prince’s hand in marriage.

I knew this series was popular and had decided to check it out. The covers of the protagonist wearing these beautiful ballgowns were a lure also. I have to admit I inwardly cringed at the thought of a big bunch of teenagers trying to out do one another to capture a young man’s heart in order to possibly elevate her station and to wear the crown. I immediately thought of that show, The Bachelor (cue in rolled eyes and a oh, brother). However, I swear…sometimes a book’s summary doesn’t accurately capture a book’s essence (or maybe it wants to purposely exaggerate it to another extent?). This is one of those cases where I found the story line much more interesting and entertaining. I was surprised at how much I liked reading The Selection. America Singer made me like her with her stubbornness, spirit, and genuineness. She was intelligent and observant. Her journey through this competition was realistic in where she started and where she had ended up by the last page. I plan to continue the series. Three stars.

Ah…poetry, a form of writing I’ve always been curious about. When I was a fifth grade teacher, we had consultants come in at least twice a year. During the first half was a poet whose passion for poetry was evident in the way she had taught my class. I faintly remember her reading examples of her own work and of others. This woman would circle the room and give encouragement and small tips to students. In the end, she would publish the children’s works by typing up their poems, sometimes arranging the words in a shape.

Ralph Fletcher is an author I had to read one summer for professional development. The principal I had worked under was a big advocate of writing, having come from a nonprofit that supported writing workshops for teachers. We, upper grade teachers, had transformed into core teachers where I for example went from teaching just a whole class of 32 students to teaching reading, writing, and social studies to my assigned class in the morning and then the other class after lunch. One of the most memorable lessons I loved was teaching nonfiction writing where I had the students walk a mile in their president’s shoes.

Poetry Matters was written more for kids, a level of reading I certainly understand, LOL. He certainly answered my internal question of does poetry always have to be written in some kind of specific form? I liked how the author gave many examples of student work, students he taught himself. With each piece Fletcher pointed out the poem’s strong points and what they do for a reader. He also included an occasional interview with a fellow poet, asking him/her about inspiration, etc. Three stars.

I was inspired to try out this well-established, cozy mystery series by AJ (A Petite Slice of Life).

What a smart cookie Hannah Swensen is. She was able to improvise on-the-spot answers for when she had to investigate something. I liked how her business and the supporting characters were part of the plot and of her every day life.

I enjoyed seeing how there were recipes included in the book for the ones she was baking. I definitely am going to try one; I love how I can email myself the highlights I had created while reading the Kindle book.  Ever since Patty (Books, Thoughts and Adventures) had mentioned about this long ago, I now return my Kindle books as soon as I’m done with them, especially if I know there is a waiting list.

I seriously couldn’t figure out who was the killer. Whenever Hannah would suspect someone, I would add him/her to my mental list but then have to cross that person off when she would find an alibi for him/her. I was a bit surprised at who it was in the end. That was a good ending. This is a series I will certainly continue. Three stars.

Kathryn keeps mentioning this author as she’s been reading many of her books lately so I knew I had to move up Emily March on my TBR to right now.

So I knew this was a modern-day romance but it’s different from the typical formula of most in its genre. At first I felt the plot was scrambling around which would make me wonder how is everything related. But I eventually realized that while the main focus was on the couple, the town and its characters are strong supporting actors. They don’t get lost in the story. While I’m reading I saw that I had a whole view of the town and how its life is going on while the two main characters are interacting.

I’m intrigued by the author’s writing style. I will read more of this series. Three stars.

Currently Reading

  1. Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1) by Heather Fawcett
  2. (on and off when I have nothing else) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling

What the Keiki are Reading

  1. My eighth grader is going through the Harry Potter series ever since we had marathoned the movies during winter break; I LOL’d at how she had checked out the first book, telling her we had the hard copies besides the Kindle books. My daughter has read the first four, paperback versions her dad owns. Last night I moved a tall tower of heavy bins and gain access to the tower that had the container holding my hardcover copies. She grabbed books five to seven. I got her to read earlier, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. which she had enjoyed and that made her LOL.
  2. My fifth grader is reading A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen; it’s a historical fiction book about the splitting of a family because of the Berlin Wall. She’s been trying to finish The Ascendance Trilogy but has mainly been focusing on these featured books (mostly historical fiction, books she would never pick out for herself in a bookstore or at the library) in her classroom of a big reading event.

Ok, I need to get back to knitting and finish up that back, split hem. I’m going to make myself take breaks so I can slowly catch up on blogs. Last night before I went to bed I caught up with two, WP blogs. I love the handiness of a phone app. I hope your Monday is going well. Thank you for hangin’ out with me today. TTYS.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. I hope your daughter feels better soon.
    You’ve been super busy reading. I love the nice mix of books you’ve gotten through. I’ve always seen good reviews for the Hannah Sweenson series too.

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  2. Kathryn says:

    Very busy creatively. Nice to hear you gave Emily March a whirl. I have noticed that the Kiera Cass books have been popular among the YA reading crowd and its good to hear that you liked The Selection. Sounds dystopian and while that’s not my fav, I am now tempted to give it a try.

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  3. It sounds like you’ve been busy. Have a great week!

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  4. Mystica says:

    I hope your daughter feels better. I doubt The Selection is for me. I will be annoyed from the beginning . Have a good week.

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  5. Greg says:

    Happy long weekend and hope the chillaxing is going well. 🙂 Also that the chicken noodle soup and Gatorade does the trick- hopefully everyone feels better!

    The Chocolate chip Cookie Murder looks fun.

    Hope you have a great week!

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  6. MrsMcD918 says:

    Love the new blog!! I love the Joanne Fluke books (and the movies!).

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  7. Patty Magyar says:

    What a delightfully full weekend plus lots of knitting! I wish we had somewhere to go for pokebowls! That’s what I miss about not living in Santa Clara…our trips to the city were often…and on BART!

    I have been knitting my scarf but those big needles are horrible! I can only do five or six rows at a time and my hands hurt! Really hurt!

    I loved The Selection when I read it. Your book choices are very eclectic. That is funny about Harry Potter!

    Did you like Wonder Woman? I loved it!

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  8. A relaxing weekend sounds amazing! And a relaxing weekend with a clean house sounds even better. I like Emily March though I do find some of her books disjointed a bit. But I like the setting so much I get past it! I read The Selection after my oldest described it as The Bachelor with bombs and rebel groups and enjoyed it but haven’t really been compelled to read more of the series. Have a great week!

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  9. I should do a deep deep clean like that, but I cheat and do the bare minimum clean instead.. I’m reading gamache no #5 and liking it!

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  10. the bookworm says:

    Happy Year of the Dog, I’m a Dragon myself. It sounds like you had a nice week, I love Target. I hope she is feeling better.
    Enjoy your books, I read a Joanne Fluke mystery years back and enjoyed it. It’s cute when those cozies come with recipes.
    I enjoyed the long weekend, and took Friday off to make it a 4 day weekend. I got a few errands done and I Spring cleaned a little and just relaxed the rest of the time.
    Have a nice weekend and happy knitting!

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    1. Stefanie says:

      Thank you for your well wishes for my teen. She’s better but still healing and back in school. I agree it’s fun when a book comes with recipes. I’m always curious about the food that’s made. How lovely to have a four day weekend. Good for you.

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  11. I enjoyed the Selection, although I have not yet continued with the series. Chocolate and murder sound good too!

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  12. Wonder Woman! I loved that movie. 🙂 I still haven’t read the Warbringer book though – I will get to it soon!

    I didn’t mind The Selection – I cringed a bit at kids reading it in their formative years, but … Eh? I guess there’s terrible influences all over the show and you could do a lot worse than The Selection. At least America wasn’t bad. Excited for you to read Rebel of the Sands when you get to it! 🙂

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  13. henatayeb says:

    I envy your spot on the couch!
    Sorry your eldest was too sick to attend her besties birthday!

    I’m currently reading A Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson and I’m hooked.

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  14. Oh so sorry your daughter could not go to her BFF’s birthday! Awwwwww…..

    Will go back and carefully read all your-about-books. It’s always great to find more possible suggestions. !!!!!!!!!

    Haven’t read Hannah Swensen books but have seen the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series, based on them. I like the actress who plays the part, since she seems to have more acting ability, than some of the Hallmark actresses. 🙂

    So wonderful that your kids read so happily. In a culture, near totally immersed in tech.

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