The Sunday Post #8

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

Aloha. How is your Sunday going? FYI, according to this WP theme I’m using, all links are underlined; they are not in a different color.

Today is about decompressing. Yesterday, the husband and I half-hosted 15 guests at Rockin Jump. The fifth grader had an early, birthday celebration (I wanted to catch everyone before school ended and before everyone scattered off for vacation.) with her BFF’s, neighbors’ kids, and her younger cousins. Have you heard of this venue? It’s a trampoline park with trampolines: kids can either jump in the trampoline spots, go jump and play dodge ball in the private court, jump and play basketball, battle another on the balance beam with padded sticks over a foam pit, or trampoline into a foam pit. Our neighbor across the way and one of Jellybean’s petite friends would jump a couple of times and flip feet over head into the foam pit. Amazing. After an hour of jumping, our party moved to a private, party room where our RJ host served pizza, salad, fruit, and cake to the kids. Afterwards, my brother and his ohana along with the neighbors hung out at our house. The kids rode their bikes or drew in the shade (It was at least 91°.) with chalk. Over time, the neighbors went home to do other things. Our ohana had Chinese take out and they left around 7 pm. I had a lovely time soaking in the good vibes and bonding, getting to carry my 16 month old nephew (He’s been in that stranger danger stage.) time to time and laughing at the antics of my 3-year-old nephew who talked a lot and who had gotten indignant at his uncle who had taken a Cheerio from his bowl. The birthday girl requested to watch a movie so she and I finished off our night watching Leap.

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
― William StyronConversations with William Styron

I finished a few books this week. This one was first because my lending time was running out.

There seemed to be lots of hype around this book, stuff I didn’t really pay attention to. I think what made me put it on my TBR was because a well-known, knitting designer was asked to design something by an American yarn company – Quince & Co. –  using the skeins of their yarn in colors of the cover; the designer created a colorwork cowl design.

I thought this book about the Gold children was okay. It’s sectioned off into four parts where each character is focused upon. His/her story revolves around the knowledge of knowing when he/she is going to die and how that piece of information is handled. This read is labeled as a family saga. I didn’t feel like it was because while there were some good and interesting parts (some a little graphic), I felt the flow was slightly disjointed. When I would reach a new character’s story, I was immediately plopped down into his/her life. There were hardly any bridges that explained what happened since finding out the death dates and that connected each character to one another. The author sped through any background knowledge of their childhood and how their personalities and habits grew over time. Sorry, my impression doesn’t go with the majority for this book – two stars.

This first installment is about Tea, a teenager from a family of witches. When she accidentally raises her dead, soldier brother from the grave, it’s revealed she has the power of necromancy – something that is feared and frowned upon. An experienced bone witch then takes Tea under her wing. Far away from home, the young witch goes through trials and tribulations to learn what she is + to learn about the society of asha, or spellbinders, and what their purpose is among the kingdoms. To read more the author has great explanations here.

I know there are mixed views of this fantasy read. You know I have a soft spot for witches so I liked this book even though the cover alone was an eyeball magnet in itself. The layout of this read was intriguing while I read because of how each chapter would start and then go into the plot. I felt The Bone Witch was a mix of Japanese and Middle Eastern cultures because of how the asha trained, what they did in society, the elaborate garments they wore, and what they ate. I don’t want to give specific examples because I feel I would spoil the exploration of this book’s world. I also liked how Tea was somewhat of a rebel. The ending felt a bit like a cliffhanger but it ends and hints of what is to come in the next installment so I wasn’t displeased with it at all. Three stars.

If you are a fan of Kate Morton or enjoyed reading Black Rabbit Hall, this is a book for you, although I think this read has more historical content in it.

  • Bringing the present to a place of the past
  • Visits in and out of timelines
  • Hint of some historical, family dirty laundry
  • An evil antagonist of evil

I enjoyed the author’s writing because I felt like I was sucked into sweeping cinematography and I was charmed by the main protagonist of the past. I was fascinated by the royalty of India, from how they lived to how they dressed. What a contrast in lifestyles between India and England.

I have to be honest and say I did speed read some through the last fourth of the book because I had renewed my lending on this read and so I just wanted to be done with it and move on. It did get a little weird when it came to the climax of the book as it seemed to channel a bit of gothic horror from Brontë and Hitchcock. It almost seemed out of the blue and then rushed through with quick explanations. However, I did think the book ended well. Three stars.

On Deck

  1. Death Threads (A Southern Sewing Circle #2) by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling
  3. Map of Shadows (Mapwalker #1) by J.F. Penn
  4. Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton
  5. Wolf Bride (Lust in the Tudor Court #1) by Elizabeth Moss

Okay, I is done! I am off to snack, make tea, and get my knit on. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Mahalo in advance for kickin’ it with me here. TTYS. Aloha.

27 Comments Add yours

  1. StackingMy BookShelves says:

    You must be exhausted from the party. Happy Birthday to your 5th grader. Have a great week!

    Mary my #Sunday Roundup #21!

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  2. So glad the party was fun.They are times to relish and remember. I was so frazzled having the parties at home……I should have gone out with the kids and enjoyed iT!

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    1. Stefanie says:

      My youngest was very happy and the kids had fun. I still felt stressed even though the venue ran everything, but that’s just me.

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  3. I liked Bone Witch. The party sounds like a blast. We worked in the garden this weekend and I did some blogging. Have a wonderful week!

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  4. The Bone WItch is on my TBR too and yeah i bought it because of the cover. hehe.. It’s just so gorgeous..
    And I’m baffled.. i’m not following you yet.. How did that happen. I usually follow everyone who comments in my posts and we’ve talked several times on comments before… I’m sorry.
    *following you now*

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    1. Stefanie says:

      You are very sweet; thank you for adding me on. I hope you don’t mind that there’s more crafting here than books.

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      1. Oh I love Crafting so much. Like really. hehe.. I juts ahve no time for it these days as I’m busy writing. 🙂

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  5. Greg says:

    Rockin Jump sounds fun (and tiring perhaps)?? Ha I like the idea of decompressing. And Bone Witch- glad to hear it was good! I’ve always loved that cover, it’s amazing!

    Hope you have a nice week ahead 🙂

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  6. Woah! 15 guests! That’s great but.. Yikes. I love trampoline parks though – they are such fun and I love going there… For my daughter of course. :D:D:D Who loves it too… But maybe not quite as much as I do. 🙂

    Bone Witch is still on my TBR and I do want to read it still even though I’ve heard mixed reviews. You never know unless you try something yourself, right!

    I see Traitor is on deck!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW IT GOES… Also please love it… 😀

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  7. Marsha Noce says:

    That bday party sounds fabulous. How much fun those kiddos had. I would have been tempted to “jump” in with them.

    You certainly do manage to get quite a bit of reading done. It seems my only reading time is bedtime. I am selective of my books because if it. Mostly light reading so I don’t toss and turn all night.

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    1. Stefanie says:

      Hi Marsha. I hear ya on the light reading before bed. I usually read before bed but was reading before pick up because two of those books had long holds lists. Now I have three, Kindle books checked out and I have to pick up two hard copies at the branch, but I think there are more copies of them so I won’t have to rush. The jumping made my nephew hungry at dinner which my SIL said was rare that he wolfed down a plate of chow fun and then consumed a bowl of Cheerio’s.

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  8. The Midnight Rose has such a lovely cover. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your week. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  9. Those trampoline places are crazy! We’ve been to a few arties and things at the one here and it’s nuts but so fun. That’s too bad about The Immortalists. It has been getting quite a bit of hype but hasn’t really appealed to me. The Bone Witch and the Midnight Rose both look like good reads even if they weren’t not your socks off kind of wowing. Have a great week!

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  10. Wow, you had a jam-packed Birthday Day!!!! Lovely family fun!!!

    I did a post, about my last books, which you saw. 🙂 Just got a bunch more out of library!!!! Wheeeee…..

    Thank you so much for weighing-in in comments, on my last post. I did a reply to your comment, on my blog comments. Which I don’t usually do. But it seemed right, this time….. To maybe continue the dialogue.

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  11. Rain Frances says:

    Hi Stefanie :)) Oh that bouncy day sounds like it was a lot of fun! I love trampolines!!! 🙂 I actually have one of those mini rebounders, I call it lovingly my “old tramp” lol…I bounce around for about 20 minutes to half an hour most days just to keep myself a wee bit in shape 🙂 Enjoy your decompression! 🙂 It’s raining here so I’m catching up with my blogging friends!

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  12. Kathryn says:

    Stefanie that birthday sounds fantastic and the party goers sure had plenty to do. I love the family titbits you describe, I love that enjoyment too and the little moments with young ones that are so much treasure moments. I enjoyed The Midnight Rose on audiobook a few years back and liked it.

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  13. ellen says:

    Oh your weekend sounded so pleasant! I wanted to sign off with you and go get my knit and snack on! As always love to hear what you’re reading!

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  14. Patty Magyar says:

    I love that you read so many different kinds of books…and still knit…and sew…and cook…and entertain…and spend individual time with each daughter and your husband!

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  15. Patty Magyar says:

    Stephanie…how did you get that print in your blog?

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    1. Stefanie says:

      The first and last book is the print of the theme. The second book review’s print may have come when I copied/pasted the Goodreads quote.

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      1. Patty Magyar says:

        Thanks…it was unique and just so different.

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  16. Whoa you deserve some down time after all that fun!! 🙂 It sounds like it was a blast!! And you said I was productive – it seems you are as well!!

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  17. quixoticmagpie1256 says:

    You are such a busy bee! Your party day sounds like a blast. I would like to dive into foam, I think I missed that era of partying. Lol. I hope you enjoy some down time and some reading!

    Good neighbors are the best!

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  18. northwoman says:

    The party sounds fun! I love the cover of Immortalists but the books didn’t sound like my kind of thing, but I keep looking at it because I love the cover. I hope you have a good week of reading. I like the look of the ones on deck. Anne – Books of My Heart

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  19. Happy Birthday to your 5th grader! The party sounds like a big success and so much fun!

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  20. I wish I was a kid so I could go to the trampoline park. That sounds like fun. It would be exhausting to supervise that many kids, though. I hope you’re having a great week!

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  21. Bone Witch does sound quote interesting. Like the mix of cultures thrown in.

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