The Sunday Post #3

I’m joinin’ in with Kimberly of Caffeinated Reviewer on Sundays to talk about anything new, to share what books have been read &/or have come in, and a heads up on what’s coming up next. I figure since I’m always prepping my book post on Sunday to publish in the wee hours of Monday, why not link up with her meme first?

And of course I will also link up with It’s Monday! What are you reading? hosted by Kathryn of The Book Date later on today. 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.

The Dillio

Good morning. I want to thank you so, so much for your lovely remarks on the new, Once Upon a Sock graphics; on the teenager’s sock-in-progress, and your concern about my minor surgery. I had fun learning how to create blog graphics in Word; I would never have thought of using that program to do that. Oink Pigments’ Slither Inn colorway is a joy to knit with as it’s really soft; I love a MCN (merino, cashmere, nylon) base. I’m also being good and following doctor’s orders on how to dress my toe with gauze and on soaking my foot once a day after a shower.

Well, you know I pretty much took the week off with the dames having spring break:

  • M, Tu was mostly about my foot, the fifth grader attended a birthday party Monday, and Tuesday I took the kids to Joann where they each picked out a little treat before we hit Jamba Juice for smoothies.
  • Wed. was Storm Crepes as the youngest missed the place. My eighth grader and I tried new menu items this visit. My crepe was a matcha one with strawberries, mango, lichee, and chocolate syrup. I had coconut pineapple ice cream on the side. When you order a scoop of ice cream with your crepe, it’s decorated cutely. The teen tried the tiramisu crepe for the first time; she likes the taste of coffee.
  • Th was about errands.
  • Fri. I drove the teen with her sister and two of her friends to check out a big, thrift store in Hayward. The three, junior high schoolers dug through the racks on their own while Jellybean and I walked around ourselves. She found a popular book her classroom had, one she hasn’t had a chance yet to read. Afterwards we found a bench for me to rest my toe while I happily knitted away on Coconut’s sock and her sister started the book. I took the girls to Panera Bread for lunch and then we hung out at our house for a bit before I drove the two teenagers home.

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books.” 
― Roald DahlCharlie and the Chocolate Factory

I haven’t finished a book this week but since I had skipped last Sunday, I have two books I haven’t talked about yet.

My library carries scattered copies of Jill Shalvis. No series is fully represented. However, it did have this newest book of hers.

Quinn’s life is in limbo. She lost her sister a few years ago and nothing has seemed the same after that. Going to work is on automatic pilot, her “relationship” with her boyfriend is like a separation, and then she receives some shocking news. It is in Wildstone where this woman is led to, getting into a rhythm of life that stirs up feelings and wants that haven’t been awake for a long time.

I liked this book; it’s a pretty easy read but I like how it didn’t gloss over details or speed up parts of Quinn’s emotional journey. I enjoyed the characters in Wildstone and how the town itself needed a rebirth to survive. I did wish a bit that more was revealed about how justice was served but I understand the focus was on Quinn and her relationships to other characters. I think I wouldn’t mind continuing this series. Three stars.

I listened to book one, Divergent, two years ago; I really liked it, giving it four stars. I still need to watch the movie, but I’ve wanted to continue this series for some time.

I liked this installment. Everyone is in a bit of limbo because it was about, “What now?” after all that had happened in the first book. I liked how the author showed that despite being Dauntless, Tris was human because we had to remember she is technically only 16 years old in this book, and she had to mentally deal with her previous actions. I found getting to know the other factions interesting. There was the usual fighting and the use of guns. There is a focus on relationships between characters and on relations between the factions. There were actually some surprises in the plot I didn’t expect. While I wasn’t blown away like I was with Divergent as I was reminded a bit of a particular Pixar/Disney movie, I still gave this book three stars. I’m currently listening to the third installment.

Batter Up

  1. Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
  2. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  3. Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton
  4. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d (Flavia de Luce Mystery Series #8) by Alan Bradley

What kind of easy read do you like to indulge in now and then? When you read a series, do you binge read or do you take a break? If you take a break, when do you go back to it?

If you’re curious how we knitters have finished objects go through a metamorphosis, check out tomorrow’s post. Also, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, Tuesday will show off another finished object related to the series. I’m really excited for these posts to go live! Thank you for hangin’ out today. TTYS.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. The books I have on hold, at library, are all still on hold. -sigh- Guess I chose verrrrrrrrry popular books. LOL

    As I just posted, I found a new-to-me series on Netflix and I am deep, deep, deep into binge watching. ,-))))

    Guess I gotta’ find a book, which is not so popular, and is on my own library shelves. If I do that, then one of my long awaited books, will “appear.” 🙂

    Hope your foot continues to heal, and that you continue to do as doc says.

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  2. Gracey says:

    I liked Divergent, was meh about the other two. I’ve seen the movies…the one thing that threw me off was casting…Tris is suppose to be the smallest/weakest, but they cast Zoe Kravitz as Christina and she is much smaller than Shailene Woodley…..but Theo James is HOT and is a fantastic Four…so he’s worth watching the movies….;) I’m going to post a couple of picture books tomorrow…glad you are healing. I had a bunion removed years ago and it was weeks before I was healed…and it’s grown back!

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  3. I read the Jill Shalvis this week too and it really clicked for me though I agree with your issue regarding justice. I loved Quinn and her family and the whole community of Wildstone. I thought the Lena’s character was really well done especially. Hope your foot is feeling better! Have a great week!

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  4. I love that you were with your kids completely 🙂 I started Beartown, and I’m eagerly diving into his writing which I love so much.

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  5. Oh my, those crepes have my mouth watering. And it’s way past my dinner time. Lol
    I love a cozy mystery series binge every so often.

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    1. Stefanie says:

      Cozies can be fun. I have several cozy series I want to continue this year.

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  6. Those crepes look so good. I want one!

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  7. Greg says:

    Happy Monday Stefanie! Sounds like a fun week, glad your foot is doing better! And yay for Panera one of my favorite places lol. Love the Roald Dahl quote.

    I liked Insurgent, I never finished the third book though. Should one of these days…

    Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  8. Sarah Sammis says:

    Wow. Those are super fancy desserts. Come see what I’m reading

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  9. quixoticmagpie1256 says:

    Sounds like a wonderful week! With the exception of your toe. 😦 I always love crepes, mm! And a tiramisu crepe sounds amazing.

    I can get stuck in a series and read them all in a row. Or, just one at a time. It depends on what else I have to read at the time, with reviews or whatnot. As for light reading, I like a good romance or cozy mystery. For a comfort read, I read Barbara Michaels a lot. She’s a go-to for me.

    I’m glad that you are recovering well!

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  10. Good to know you’re strictly following Dr’s orders! I hope you’re feeling so much better!

    WOW do those crepes look delicious!!! I hope they tasted as food as they looked!

    I’m glad you enjoyed Insurgent. I think I flew through that series just because I couldn’t wait to keep reading! I’ll be waiting to hear what you think of Allegiant and Rebel!!!

    I both binge read or take ages to get back around to subsequent books, sometimes just because they aren’t out yet or sometimes I have no good reason although I guess reading schedule can be a good excuse too.

    Just updating you on the crochet scene of mine —- I haven’t started yet! Who knew that aran/worsted weight yarn would be so hard to find??? I am headed with a friend to a bigger wool store on Saturday and I’m also going to check out another place tomorrow! Fingers crossed!

    Hope you’re having a good week this week!

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  11. I hope you’re feeling better! ❤ I enjoyed Divergent and Insurgent but i have mixed feelings about Allegiant! I'm a mood reader so I sometime binge read but at times I never end up getting to some sequels!

    Have a good week 🙂

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  12. Love to read your reads. Im have enough time to read an entire book tomorrow. We are having an ice/sleet storm. Ugh. Where is my Spring Stef? If I’m going to indulge in a book, it is almost always non fiction.

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