The Sunday Post #5

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 afternoon. How is your Sunday going? Do you have a usual routine this day like attending church or having a meal with a bunch of family?

The four of us got back an hour ago from Elk Grove. It is a growing city of working families south of Sacramento, CA; many have either come moved up from the Bay Area and or have moved down from Sacramento. The only person I keep in touch with from college is one, fraternity brother. He and his wife became Ninoong (godfather in Tagalog) and GanMa (godmother in Mandarin) to both of our girls. With San Francisco being notoriously expensive, they moved last fall north northeast, wanting to be able to own a home and afford extracurricular activities for our godsons. Yesterday our crew drove up late morning to check out their new digs:

 

 

  1. Shadowbox of Scoops: These represent the many years Leatherby’s Family Creamery have been in business. After a delicious sushi dinner we got ice cream.
  2. Look at my cone! That is a single scoop of mint Oreo.
  3. Later that night the dames were exposed to Makedo Cardboard Construction that their godfather has used for years in teaching kids in a creative space/classroom.
  4. My husband and I learned a little about robotics, something my fraternity brother is expert in. You can see my husband playing with Cubelets. There are different colored cubes that magnetically adhere to one another. Each has your “robot” do something different.
  5. This morning the godmother and I took our kids to the nearby park while the men went to pick up Bánh mì’s for us.

I miss them already. We all had such a fabulous time catching up and reminiscing. I miss my godsons running about. The younger one finally warmed up to me! I hope he doesn’t forget me.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
― Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Have you ever felt when reading a new book in a series that you’ve embraced an old friend? I did with this eighth installment of the Flavia de Luce series as soon as my eyes got to page 3: “Glady’s wheels groan horribly beneath us. The biting cold has penetrated her steel bones and seized the tendons of her brake cables.”

While the main character is only twelve, this is not a young adult book; it is actually a historical fiction mystery. Flavia de Luce is a precocious tween who is such entertainment for me! For example: On page 16, “But Daffy—and it was Daffy whom I really feared—would be a force to be reckoned with. She had the same devious mind that I had. And mercy, simply because we were sisters, was out of the question. Both of them had been in bed when I arrived last night, so that my reception still remained to be seen. Breakfast would be a battlefield. I needed to keep a sharp eye out and antennae tuned.”

What I love about this young lady is that she is unique:

  • “How could I tell Clarence that finding another dead body was anything but dreadful? On the contrary: It was thrilling; it was exciting; it was exhilarating, it was invigorating; to say nothing of electrifying and above all, satisfying. How could I tell the dear man that murder made me feel so gloriously alive?” (Page 135)

Following this twelve-year-old about while she tries to solve a murder is an adventure. I can sense her young spirit fired up with burning passion while the shiny cogs of her brain turn, piling up the clues and suspects as they mentally arrange into a way she can understand. Welcome back Miss de Luce. Three stars.

In my specialized 2018 TBR, I have more cozy mystery series to try out. Killer Jam was highly recommended and I like food-related cozies so I checked it out.

You’ve got Lucy Resnick, a former city reporter and the underdog. She just wants to live a slower and quiet life and be able to live off her farm. However, one of the main, prominent members of the town is two-faced and greedy, able to get her way no matter what. Well, she ends up murdered and the finger is pointed at poor Lucy. With a few town members by her side, the learning farmer sets out to figure out whodunit before metal bars are her only view.

This cozy was an easy read. Lucy is likable and her interests in canning and baking are fun to read about. She’s a good friend to others and not bad of a sleuth. In this book like how in some cozy mysteries, there is some prejudice against the new residence, especially from the law. But the law was slightly faded in the background unlike some books where the protagonist is constantly harassed. So I only rolled my eyes when Rooster came around. Killer Jam is a soft launch into this series, one I’d like to continue. Three stars.

On Deck

I didn’t have time to read this weekend, but I look forward to digging into these two, Kindle books.

  1. Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #2) by Amanda Bouchet
  2. A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes (Scandalous Brides #1) by Suzanne Enoch.

About the Dames

The teenager is currently rereading the Harry Potter series. Out of extreme curiosity, she read The Cursed Child; she hated it. So now my daughter is reliving the original magic.

The youngest recently put in a Scholastic book order, ordering the third book in the Robert Beatty series, Serafina. She finished the second book before the weekend and loved it! This book has sat in her bookcase for about a year because the first book was scary for her.

I’m off to finish my green tea. I got some samples of a few, new brands to try from our host. And I’m off to finish listening to the Giants game. Enjoy the rest of your day. TTYS.

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  1. Looks like you had a nice visit! And that ice cream looks delicious.s Now I want some lol. Enjoy your Sunday and hope you have a great, relaxing day. 🙂

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  2. when reading a new book in a series that you’ve embraced an old friend… Yes. I absolutely have that feeling. Lol.

    Glad you enjoyed Killer Jam. I also did a lot of eye rolling when Rooster was around. 😉

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful visit and a very educational one as well! I haven’t read Susan Enoch but I must try her. Hope you enjoy Breath of Fire. Thanks for asking about my sister. She has an illness she won’t get better from so it is ongoing and we just don’t know how it will progress – its a motor neurone disease.

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  4. Perhaps I should delve into Flavia……. My husband read the first book.

    Sigh… I am having such bad luck with reading. I keep getting books, out of library, reading for a while, putting them down, and taking them back. Repeat… Repeat… Repeat… I just can’t “get into” any of them.

    Don’t know what is the issue.

    I know I have the last in a beloved series, coming to the library, in May, when it is out in the US. Am I just not satisfied with anything, in the mean time?????????

    Am reading *in* non-fiction books. It’s the fiction, I can’t gt into.

    Spent yesterday afternoon in Reading Books IG’s, trying to find suggestions. These women read and read and read!!!! And nearly nothing, sounds good to me. -Pout- But I did find a couple. We will seeeeeee, when my library gets them for me.

    Bahhhh-humbug… Chuckle….

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  5. It sounds like a fun weekend! It’s always great to hang out with friends. And eat sushi and ice cream! Both sound delicious right now! And mint chocolate chip is Wyatt’s favorite. Lol.

    We don’t have a Sunday routine really. Sometimes Wyatt and Billy go off for a father/son brunch which is nice; other times I go too. 🙂

    Have a great week!

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  6. WHen you miss those friends already, you know they are so special in their life. A high school friend , pal, amazing person stayed with us yesterday . She lives in LA but her mom lives hear us in a n ursing home. I cooked chicken marsala for her and she loved it. Choc chip bars for her dessert and to bring back to her mom. I MISS her already!

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  7. it sounds like a marvelous weekend! OH, and that ice cream looks to die for. Ice-cream is my weight loss nemesis for sure! I have previously heard of the Flavia De Luce books and then promptly forgot about them. I think I need to read these! Have a super week, Stef!
    xoxo

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  8. What a lovely visit and what interesting people they sound like! Perfect godparents for the girls. I’m not quite as far along in the Flavia de Luce series but I do really enjoy it. Thanks for the reminder to get back to it! Sorry the teenager hated The Cursed Child but glad she’s able to revisit the magic of the original. Hopefully that’ll help. Hope you’re having a great week!

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  9. I love love love the Flavia de Luce series…Gladys…beloved bicycle…and Flavia’s chem lab? It’s an awesome series. That’s why I think you would love the library series I am reading now…

    It’s good that you had such a great visit…we have moved so many times that our great friends eventually become just memories to us…lovely memories but it’s so hard to stay in touch. There is nothing better than ice cream after sushi!

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  10. Sounds like a nice day trip. Hmmm icecream. That cover on Killer Jam is too cute. The HP series is a great choice for a re-read. I re-read the series myself and noticed some things I had missed the first time around.
    Enjoy your week!

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    1. I think it’s great to reread a series one really likes; I know I certainly pick up things I’ve missed. I’ve downloaded the HP mystery game and have slowly been playing it now and then.

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