The Sunday Post #4

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 afternoon. Thank you for the positive feedback on my About Me page. I tried to be to the point and have it relate to my blog. I’m glad I finally have this page up. I know when I check out other blogs, I automatically look at their About Me pages. I’m curious to see who’s the face behind the website. I really like it when a picture of the author is posted.

Also, thanks for the smiles you brought to my face via the sunshine of comments you left after viewing  my socks – Yer a wizard, Harry – and my Big Woods Flax sweater. It is so satisfying to be able to make something valuable from these two hands. Looping stitch by stitch over a period of time feeds my soul.

The crew and I have pretty much had a quiet week here since we were all getting back on track with the grind. I’ve been cycling away on the elliptical listening to my favorite 90’s Dance and freestyle mixes on Soundcloud. Yesterday the teenager had a girlfriend come over so they could redo their Honors Science project of making a timeline of Earth’s existence. She wrote down the facts while her friend drew pictures. They had done the assignment wrong after conferring with friends who were in a different session. Luckily, the science teacher has been on holiday and won’t be back until Tuesday, giving them plenty of time. My post is later today because I needed to make a birthday card for my daughter’s BFF. I’ve been sewing a zipper pouch and handcrafting a card for each of her eighth grade friends when a birthday comes up.

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman in Coraline

Rebel of the Sands has been a much, talked about series by Di (Book Reviews by Di) in Australia. I’ve been wanting to read it for quite some time now and finally had a turn at the Kindle version.

I liked how I was transported to another land where the way of life is different. I rooted for Amani, whose strong spirit and crackshot mouth and aim were entertaining. I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this book other than a girl who wanted to escape her surroundings for greener pastures. Internally I asked, where’s the magic? as this book is labeled as a fantasy. Then she gets immersed in a situation far bigger than her personal life. I was surprised and cheered when the magic came in full force. I could see everything coming together. When I finish the books I have on deck first, I’ll continue the series. Three stars.

Many of you have expressed your mixed feelings about this series. I don’t blame you after listening to this last installment. I liked the action. I grew to like the twist and turns in the plot although the theme throughout the series was a bit redundant. However, the last few chapters? Boo! I was listening to this series first so I could watch the movies afterwards. I’m not going to even waste my time. I gave this book three stars on Goodreads only because of the bulk of the book.

Lab Girl was a book club pick. I didn’t finish it time for this past Monday’s meeting so I ended up not going. Despite that, I wanted to finish the book, returning my copy toward the end of its borrowing period and then checking out another available copy.

Hope Jahren is very honest in this memoir of her journey as a scientist in paleontology paleobiology. During this life and career roller coaster, she has ups and downs that can be awkward, that is like survival by the skin of her teeth, and there are some good laughs. Throughout this ride, the author is tenacious, flies by the seat of her pants, and is able to land on her feet in any way. I also learned many facts about trees and plants, how they grow and survive over time. I give this woman much props for what she’s been through and what she fought for. It’s a good read. Three stars.

On Deck

  1. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d (Flavia de Luce Mystery Series #8) by Alan Bradley

Benchwarmer

  1. Killer Jam (Dewberry Farm #1) by Karen MacInerney

I hope you’re having a good Sunday. Grey has taken over the sky and rain may come for a few hours here in the Bay Area. I plan to veg out for the rest of today. Did you have a disappointing read this week? What’s your favorite memoir that you’ve read? Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson and Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki are two memoirs I have enjoyed very much in the past. Thanks for droppin’ by. TTYS.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Gracey says:

    I won’t have a post tomorrow, spent the week working on projects and not reading….Theo James as Four is worth watching the movies ;)…..the first one is on tv a lot, so maybe you’ll catch it there…

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  2. Looks like you’ve got some fun mysteries coming up. I hope the week is good for all!

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  3. Just checked out your About Page. It’s a delightful intro to you and your family. Interesting to find out how you came by knitting as well! Babies! Lol. Sometimes I miss the newborn cuddles but I certainly don’t miss the lack of sleep!
    I like the green sweater pic you chose.
    Enjoy your reading and knitting this week!

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    1. Stefanie says:

      Aw, thank you very much. I concur with you. I always point and say cute but I don’t miss the diapers and potty training.

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      1. Lol. Yup… Although still going through the diapers and potty training with the last one. 🙈

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      2. Stefanie says:

        Oh boy. The husband and I watch this video sometimes of me asking who’s got potty power? My youngest is all happily chomping on candy and raises her little hand; it’s too cute.

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      3. Hahahahaha
        They do make for the cutest videos 😄

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  4. Kathryn says:

    All your books are totally new to me this week! Laughed at your tale of the car and the tree that hit it. I know – trees and poles, they should mind their own business.

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  5. Becki says:

    This post made me go check out and update my “About Me” page. Thanks for the impetus to do that, Steph!

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  6. Still not reading fiction, but have (a huge) book, from the library, on my pile. With luck, I’ll sink into a mystery, in a lovely little English village. With luck!

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  7. Killer Jam sounds like fun! Enjoy your books, your crafts, and your family. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  8. Hena Tayeb says:

    That is a great quote!

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  9. henatayeb says:

    That is a great quote!

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  10. Greg says:

    A good About Me is a wonderful thing. 🙂 I’m always tweaking mine and still need to. And glad you had a nice week!

    I never finished Allegiant, although I’d like to for the sake of completion. I liked Divergent though and the first movie, but the third movie was… bad.

    the weather’s been pretty lousy here.

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  11. I’ve been curious about Lab Girl, so your review helps. I like to see what you are reading and I LOVED that green sweater

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    1. Stefanie says:

      Thank you, Kathy, for the warm and fuzzies about my jumper! That’s one reason why I had joined a book club, so I’d read books I normally wouldn’t.

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  12. Sarah Sammis says:

    I liked the latest Flavia book. I’m curious to see what happens next. Come see what I’m reading.

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  13. Lab Girl sounds really interesting!!

    Hmm..my favorite memoir. I will have to think about that!

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