It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Aloha. Thank you for sharing the creative/unusual dishes your culture has in the last post. I was happy to learn my Chinese culture is the not the only one that has a pig’s feet dish.

So, how is your Monday going? How’re you adjusting to Daylight Savings? Oh, what’d you do over the weekend?

Saturday I knitted for half the day. The other half I took my fifth grader to watch A Wrinkle in Time with her teacher and whoever else could come from the class. They just finished reading the book in class so their teacher thought it’d be a fun idea to see the new movie together. I liked the movie; it had great visuals. I had listened to the audiobook back in 2016 so I only faintly remembered the basics. The kids said the movie was different and left out things which I think are to be expected when something is “Hollywoodized” as I call it. They especially talked about one thing that had been left out, something I won’t reveal but something that their teacher had wanted in the movie just to hear her class groan, LOL. Sunday, I decided to change to crochet and make headbands for myself. We’re expecting a lot of wet weather this week.

It’s time to link up with Kathryn of The 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.

This meme is not just about adult books either. If you read picture and chapter books, juvenile fiction, or even YA, they count as well. Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers give this Monday, book post link up a kid-focus.

It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading? is all about catching up with fellow book lovers about one’s reading week. If you’d like to participate with us, simply link up, share about what’s goin’ on with you, and tell us about the good &/or bad reads you had for the week.

Blessed glory and wings,

Mission leads, the search begins,

Fitting in, mean girls,

Distractions of the heart too,

Danger, decisions, purpose.

I was dubious about  a few things in regards to this book:

A. Angels in the fantasy genre

  1. The last one I had read had the typical dominant male who could control the sexual feelings of females *rolls eyes*, but this was a paranormal romance for adults.
  2. However, I realized angels in YA are different. For example, they’re kind of mentioned in the Shadowhunter series which I liked as they were inspiration for the naming of their fighting blades.

B. A high school setting where Clara Gardner, part angel, is caught between two boys.

  1. This could be seen as a typical situation.

C. The mysterious purpose Clara had to fulfill.

  1. Sometimes I get restless with such a set up because it depends upon how the plot moves and unfolds until the near end where it’s answered.

Once I carved out reading time and immersed myself into this book, obviously I wondered about the structure and the who and what in angel society. What is revealed is like crumbs trickling through a clenched fist. Despite that, I did like how this story line progresses. There is a bit of the typical, the convenient, and the unexpected. I felt I walked in Clara’s shoes and saw her situation through her eyes. She’s a teenager and while she is part angel, she has a human life and deals with that age group’s social issues. I appreciated how everything wasn’t wrapped up neat and tidy in the end. The end was intriguing and a bit ambiguous. However, it ended the book properly and left room for the next installment. I hope to learn a lot more about her angel blood inheritance in the next installment. This first book was just a scratching. Three stars.

Currently Listening/Reading:

  1. The Beverly Cleary Audio Collection – will be starting the last book
  2. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – I’m struggling with a bit of this book where I’m not sure whether or not to continue.

Have a good Monday. I look forward to hearing what you did over the weekend and what you’re reading. Happy reading to you and TTYS.

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  1. Unearthly sounds interesting. I do like seeing how different authors picture/ create the angel world. The cover is beautiful…. I love the colouring.
    I Need to check out A Wrinkle in Time.

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  2. I am still reading the knitting murder mysteries by Maggie Sefton. I am on book #2 out of 15. I can tell what year they were written by the items being knitted. The current one is talking about eyelash yarn scarves lol. They are pretty good books. She introduces enough characters to make figuring out, who done it, a bit of a challenge.

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  3. I read Unearthly but didn’t carry on to the rest of the series. I’m not a big fan of angels in book series. I have heard good things about A Wrinkle in Time as a movie but don’t have any plans to see it. I’m not a fan of movies in general. I enjoyed the book though. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  4. I forgot to mention to you that I bought some crochet hooks! Now just to figure out what to crochet with and what I want to make!!! Ha ha. I’ll get there. Heading away for a couple of weeks so maybe next month will be the time to tackle it. 🙂

    I’m not too in love with angels in any literature to be honest.. But I did like how Cassie Clare handled it with Shadowhunters… So I must not generalise!

    I really want to read Nevernight but I understand it might be a very difficult book to listen to on audio???

    Hope you have a great week!!!!!!!

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  5. How interesting going to the movie A Wrinkle in Time, you know I never read that book but I do like seeing what was left out, a movie rarely captures the magic of book but when it does it sure is satisfying. Hope the book has worked out… or that you’ve given up on it!

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  6. Oh wow. The time change is so difficult when you have five children to help adjust. I need another cup of coffee! LOL We also went to see the movie and I blogged about a couple other fun “Wrinkle” things we did over the weekend. It’s always fun to compare the book to the movie (and I’m very curious what the teacher was wanting them to groan over – lol). Unearthly sounds interesting. I started Susan Ee’s YA angel series (Penryn & the End of Days) a few years back and I would like to finally see how that ends. I heard it rumored that it was going to be a 5-book series, but was shortened to end at the third book. In any case, I am curious how it all ended, so I’ll probably pick that back up at some point. Have a wonderful reading week!

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  7. Just LOVE that you went to the movie with teacher and whomever else wanted to go see it! Fantastic timing on teacher’s part. We helped at the barn for our last WINTER session Saturday. Then friends (work nurse ) came for a fun dinner and hot tub. The stars were out in force and it was 100% fun. Yesterday was a bit blah with dampgray weather. I got to talk to My sister in minnesota for a while and that was great. Im reading the Stash book still. Someone suggested I listen to Little Skien in the Big WOol’s podcast. So I will try it

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    1. What great fun you’re having. You are so much more social than we are. The timing of the reading and the book aligned together well. The kids were all abuzzing about what was different and left out afterwards.

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  8. I detest daylight savings time 😦 I wish we could just stay on the same timezone all the time. I ate breakfast this morning and wound up going back to bed because I was so exhausted instead of starting work. I just couldn’t concentrate. Thank goodness I work virtually, and my schedule is fluid, because I would have been a hot mess trying to do anything.

    This weekend was full of packing and shopping around for new appliances. I also squeezed in a few shows (trying to get the DVR empty before we lose it) and some knitting too. Glad to hear you liked the movie. I haven’t seen any good reviews of it and wondered.

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  9. I haven’t read A Wrinkle.. nor have we seen the movie.. still trying to decided whether D will be able to grasp all the concepts..
    I’m still reading Hunting and Gathering.. not even a quarter in yet… the writing style is different.. a little disjointed, so it’s taking we a while to get into.. plus i’ve just been so tired this week I end up choosing brainless tv over deep reading.

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    1. No I hadn’t been to Patty’s blog.. but I just googled it and will check it out. I love Wegmans.. when I first walked into it I was so giddy with excitement I called M to squeal!!
      I really wish you weren’t a no reply blogger this way I could reply back to you via email.

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  10. Did I mention that I messed up my scarf? Such a simple stitch and I goofed…I just have to sit down with it and figure out how to fix it…I think I read Unearthly but any more I always have to go to Goodreads to see for sure. I made a new recipe for chicken thighs on Sunday…it’s very simple and they are baked on a sheet pan and they were amazing…we ate them all…they were even awesome cold…so I am making them again tonight. Den said they tasted like fried chicken…but the recipe involves no breading at all!

    I am wondering about Wrinkle…Rotten Tomatoes gave it an awful review…

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    1. Hi Patty. I liked the movie b/c it gave me good visuals of the gist of the story. Listening to it on audio was a different experience as it was a bit strange. I don’t read sci-fi too often. I did watch Star Trek back in the day.
      How did you mess up on your scarf? Do you have more or less stitches than what the pattern calls for? Or did you knit instead of purl or purl instead of knit?
      We recently finished up sheet pan chicken fajitas. It’s so good and makes the house smell wonderful. I made brown rice so we’d have burrito bowls. We had black beans, sour cream, guacamole, & shredded Mexican cheese to add to our bowls.

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  11. So glad the kids had read the book, before seeing the film.

    A review in the “Wall Street Journal,” said that the magic of the book, was not captured in the film. -sigh-

    I finished “The Chalk Pit” and now I have to wait till May, for my library to get the last-so-far in this series. And oh mercy, this one left us with tantalizing bits, to ‘chew on’ until the next book comes out. Yesssssss!!!!

    Reading randomly in another de-cluttering book and it got me going, on getting rid of 3 bags full of “stuff.”!!!!!! :-)))))) Another yesssss!!!!

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    1. Thank you very much for sharing your angels in literature. I believe I haven’t read any of Terry Pratchett’s books. I’ll check them out. I’ve only read two, Neil Gaiman books (The Graveyard and Norse Mythology).

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