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.
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.
Hello *waves* new readers; thank you so much for adding my little blog to your reading list. Also, thank you to all of your pop ins by my second to last post. E and I are missing Disneyland; we were planning to go back before the teen goes off to college in four years but we just may go in two summers (Mom, you and Dad wanna go with us?) as next summer we’ll be staying at the timeshare (it’s already booked) with my parents on Oahu. I told the husband I’ll be researching what Disney nom is a must to get into our bellies; I told him last night I wanted those Mickey Mouse-shaped beignets for sure.
So, whazzup everyone? After getting our smiley fill of minions at Universal Studios last week, the 11-year-old and I watched the Minion movie; she happily sat Bob with his teddy bear (Tim) beside her on the couch. How was your week? I’m afraid mine is not exciting as you know we were adjusting to being back home. All week I was working out, taking the youngest to swimming, and dropping the teen off at the courts. There was a Costco run as well. The husband and I are now on a healthy kick. I’m eating three meals a day and just about no more junk food. I’m walking more because that friction of pounding pavement helps tone up my legs and hopefully junk in the trunk.
“A good book, Marcus, is judged not by it’s last words but by the cumulative effect of all the words that have preceded them. About half a second after finishing your book, after reading the very last word, the reader should be overwhelmed by a particular feeling. For a moment he should think only of what he has just read; he should look at the jacket and smile a little sadly because he is already missing all the characters. A good book, Marcus, is a book you are sorry has ended.”
― Joël Dicker
I’ve been reading like a fiend because many of my Kindle books were due soon. I’ve totally neglected the hard copies on my nightstand.
The Wrong Kind of Love by Lexi Ryan
Liked it – three stars. The Jackson family was entertaining. I love families with smart ass members and who rib one another. Sometimes I don’t like reading a book’s summary because it makes me have cynical thoughts about how the plot’s gonna roll. But then reading the book is better than I had originally thought. I do have to admit that sometimes I get tired of the 20-something year old, female lead. It can be such a typical age group to choose from for romance. Sometimes I like the protagonist to be older because I may relate to her more. Nevertheless, I look forward to reading more of this series; I have a hold on the second installment.
The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis by Sharon Ledwith
This has a good bunch of kids from different backgrounds and ethnicities. Each character had some baggage, even the adults. The adventure is fun and there’s a solid incorporation of history that I think would appeal to readers of middle grade fiction. I would definitely continue this series. Three stars.
On Folly Beach by Karen White
This book was okay for me – two stars. It alternates between the past and the present. I liked some parts, mostly the modern timeline chapters. This is one of those buried, family secret reads. I have to admit, I get impatient with this trope (Is it a trope?) and got annoyed with the characters of the past. I guessed early on who was shady and how. I didn’t like the polar opposites two of the characters were, one being self-centered and destructive while the other absolutely clueless and always forgiving. I also didn’t like how another character at such an age was able to help manipulate things. I will give this author another try and see how it goes from there.
- The Peculiars by Mareen Doyle McQuerry
- Caught Dead-Handed (Witch City #1) by Carol J. Perry
- The Trouble with Magic (Bewitching Mystery Series Book1) by Madelyn Alt
- Markswoman (Asiana #1) by Rati Mehrotra – This one I’ll have to see if I can finish by its due date; I already maxed out my renewals so I may have to ask a librarian for help.
In the Dugout
- The Black Elfstone (The Fall of Shannara #1) by Terry Brooks
- Skyborn (Seraphim #1) by David Dalglish
Okay; off to get on with the day. Thanks for dropping by. I may try to squeeze in some blog reading today as well; sorry I’m two weeks behind. I’ve been real tired this week and would just read on couch before having to make dinner. Tryouts start tomorrow! Pls think of the teenager. TTYS.