The Sunday Post #10

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.

The Dillio

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.

On Deck

  1. The Peculiars by Mareen Doyle McQuerry
  2. Caught Dead-Handed (Witch City #1) by Carol J. Perry
  3. The Trouble with Magic (Bewitching Mystery Series Book1) by Madelyn Alt
  4. 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

  1. The Black Elfstone (The Fall of Shannara #1) by Terry Brooks
  2. 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.

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  1. Settling back in after a big holiday always takes a bit of time! Love that quote about a book that’s just so good. So true. I haven’t read Folly Beach but still may give it a go. I dislike dual time lines… but publishers seem to adore them!

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  2. Hey Stefani… hope all is well! Glad you had a good trip! Hope your weekend was nice and relaxing… and good luck to your teen with tryouts tomorrow!

    Take care!

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  3. I always miss Disney when we leave it. We’re about 90% sure we’re going to do a Southern California trip next October and Disneyland is high on my list. I haven’t heard of the books you’ve finished though I have read Karen White. I liked the one I read but she does have some self-destructive characters! Have a great week!

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  4. It has been chaos here on my side.. we have had up to 7 guests in the house along with the 6 that already live in it since the day we got back from vacation.. I just dropped the last two off at the airport an hour ago.

    I haven;t read all week.. just finally getting around to even opening my laptop..

    sending good thoughts to the teen.. good luck on the try outs.

    http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

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  5. I’m in a Prime-Watching spell. Binge watching “Pie In The Sky” which I love. Even over again. 🙂 I love sets. And so I love plot, which occurs in the restaurant and the living space above.

    Of course, I love the characters, especially “Harry Crabbe.” But I’m always a Set-Nut. ,-)

    Yes, we have a back yard pool. Gunnite, so it has lasted for nearly 40 years. And my husband, children, and grandchildren have enjoyed it. To the max. (I can’t swim so I never used it much)

    But it is a lot of work! Your Papa Bear is wise to not give in to the little one, unless he wants a lot of summer work, on top of his day job. ,-)

    “Spoil-Sport Nana” >,-)

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  6. Make that 50 years>/b> that the Gunnite pool has been in use!!!!

    We are married 60 years…. Built this home 50 years ago….. Put in pool, shortly after we built house. 🙂

    Soooo…. That’s a good pool!!!

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  7. Oo I saw those Mickey beignets and want them too!!

    I love Karen White! But I also love that trope lol. I think it is one that White uses in most of her books. 😦 The one you read is not one of my favorites, but I did like it. I liked The Night the Lights Went Out, and her newest one the best. Also, I liked Flight Patterns. But they all had that central theme.

    Have a great week!

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  8. I’m glad I’m not the only one who falls behind on blogging! 😉 I need to do a health kick too… But next week. This weekend I have a girl’s night in where we drink wine and make homemade pasta, also a teen birthday party where I’m friends with her parents and my little one is good friends with the little sisters, and Sunday I hope to get some great bookstagram shots and just… CHILL!!!! So Monday will be the day of health… Right? We’ll see! 😉

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  9. Hi Stephanie. I just played mad detective finding your blog. The last couple times you’ve commented on mine, you didn’t add website URL and I remembered your blog has wool in the title, but that was it! LOL. i finally found you linked back in June 🙂 Summer an blogging is hard. I find it easier in the winter!

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      1. If you go to your reader and click on the Manage button, you’ll see a list of the sites you’re following on WP. Each site has a settings. If you click on it for my blog, you can choose to get notified of new posts on the web and on your phone. Or you can get emailed when I publish a new post.

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