It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I’m linking 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

  1. Still busy with the tennis season as it’s finally starting to wind down. This week and last the team had three matches each week. My teenager won three, lost two, and didn’t play last Friday because the opponent team only had so many girls playing. The two she lost I’m very proud of her. The first I wasn’t there as it was carpool day and I had my neighbor’s kids over and had to wait for their dad to pick them up. Another mom whom I always chat with at matches gave me updates, messaging, “C–‘s battling hard.” My kid went to a tiebreaker! The second one she won more games than when she had played the girl in September; her opponent even noticed my daughter’s game had improved.
  2. My teenager was sick all weekend. The bug started two Sundays ago. Monday her nose started running. When I had waken her up for school Tuesday, she looked like death so I kept her home and let her sleep; she crashed out for three and a half hours. My kid felt better so she went back to school but by Friday her throat hurt again and was going downhill. She had a fever all day Saturday and missed her flu shot appointment. Yesterday she finally started feeling better but still has a cough.
  3. I myself caught up on sleep this weekend, sleeping around 22 hours. I got my flu shot Friday but even before that I felt eh-eh. I’m trying to stay healthy with these cold mornings, warm afternoons in the high 70’s, and matches that run past six.
  4. Sunday was productive for me as I got another zipper pouch made and created this week’s bullet journal page.

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

I finished An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahair around midnight Sunday in bed.

Here’s what tumbled out of my brain when I started jotting down notes on my phone:

  • Scholars and Martials
  • silver masks
  • uniformity
  • empire
  • killing machine soldiers
  • slaves
  • maiming punishments

This first installment of its series is not as crazy as the Cinder series but it is brutal. The content of this read is for young adults and above for sure. I was always kept in suspense. Danger was present everywhere and I didn’t know who would stay safe. There are many personal agendas in this plot and it’s like who to trust? Can’t they be trusted? Predestined paths playing out in words and that unfolded as pages turned.

I liked how the school setting and its students were a stark contrast to the roiling emotions of the main and secondary characters. While I personally flinched at the harshness of this dystopian society, I didn’t outright hate any of bad guys as I knew they were an integral part of the story. There were a few surprises also that made me feel there was an ember in the ashes.

Here is a quote from the Overdrive page of An Ember in the Ashes:

An Ember in the Ashes could launch Sabaa Tahir into JK Rowling territory…It has the addictive quality of The Hunger Games combined with the fantasy of Harry Potter and the brutality of Game of Thrones.”—Public Radio International

If this piques your curiosity and/or you’re a fan of any of these series named, this is the book for you. I got a hold on book two. Three, solid stars.

I finished Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Sunday morning in bed. I am so glad I decided to give another go at this book; the first time was I had tried the audiobook but figured out there was too many little details to concentrate on so I told myself I’d read the book instead.

Poisoner. Naturalist. Elemental. Who’s going to be queen of them all? Which two will end up dead?

Okay, what a premise for this series! It passed through my mind several times: Holey bagels, these girls were practically being raised for slaughter. I liked each of their lives and how their training went. I found it hard to just think of them as parts of an old age tradition. I disliked thinking how harm may come to any of them.

If you like dark fantasy where the main characters are in a competition for their lives and who go through brutal ways to train, this is the book for you. Three, solid stars. I’m on the hold list for book two.

On Deck

  • The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson

In the Dugout

  1. The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles #1) by Laurie Forest
  2. Seashells, Spells, & Caramels (Spells & Caramels #1) by Erin Johnson

Okie doke. I’ve said all that I’ve wanted to say. Thanks for dropping by today. Have a good week. Happy reading to you. TTYS.

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    1. I intend to try making chicken noodle via instant pot. Found a recipe. I need to get through Wednesday as it’s the last game and there’s a senior night potluck afterwards. Then I can kind of relax some. I have seen Three Dark Crowns around on other blogs and An Ember in the Ashes on IG. I’m glad I read them. They were solid good.

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      1. It’s not that bad. I used to be intimidated b/c I thought it’d be scary to release the pressure. My mom taught me to place a dishtowel over the sealing vent and use a wooden spoon to move it. That way you won’t get burned.

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  1. Congrats to your tennis player! My older girl played a bit as well. Ah, hope the kid is feeling better now. It’s so hard when they’re sick, no matter the age.

    Three Little Crowns sounds interesting!

    My roundup!

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  2. Don’t know what you changed here……. But I love the result!!!!!!!!!! The latest post comes right up. No having to kind of search around, to be sure, I have the latest. This look is much simpler, right away, when it loads. The other one, had so much going on, that it was a bit overwhelming.

    I love this…!!!!!!! Thank you!

    Sorry about the lingering sickness. Wish everyone had gotten their shot, earlier. We did, get it earlier, because our doc had already been alerted, that our ER had seen the flu. ……… I was glad, to get it, then. As I usually spend the time, before getting our shots, in *fear* of getting a cold……. And then, not being able to get them, when planned.

    Nope, I can not read distopian lit. Can’t take all that pain. Never read “The Hunger Games” or saw the films either. But I am happy with “A Discovery of Witches.” Know there are 2 more, but might switch to another series, which I have not completed, for a change. Will see……

    Stay well……!!!!!!!!

    ✨😊👻🎃✨

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  3. I liked An Ember in the Ashes but wouldn’t put it in the J. K. Rowling class. I keep meaning to read something by Kendare Blake. I met her and bought some books but they seem too much like horror for me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  4. Stefanie looks like you are well into all the fantasy a heart could desire! They be looking a little dark!! Making notes on your phone is a great idea, then they can be wiped when finished iwth. Like it.

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    1. “They be looking a little dark!!” You made me LOL because that’s how I be talkin’ sometimes. Yeah, they are dark and unique and good. I can’t wait to continue these. I’m first on the list for the next after Three Dark Crowns.

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  5. So sorry about the illness. 😦 I am SO envious of your sleep catch-up. Hubby just left for a conference and so as I’m single-parenting our 5 Littles all week, I’m guessing I won’t be sleeping all that much. LOL I really enjoyed the Ember in the Ashes series, but I think book #3 was my favorite of them all. They each change, including the narrators, between each book. So that was kinda fun. I’ll be interested to hear your take on The Black Witch once you’re finished. Have a wonderful reading week, Stefanie!

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    1. Hi Erin. I hope Wyatt isn’t suffering too badly. It’s hard with the littles as they tend to get sick a lot. Thank you for the well wishes for my C; Delsym is helping at night since I want her to be able to sleep. Yep, chose another free, WP theme for a cleaner look. I also like how I can choose to have the posts be excerpts on the main page.

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  6. hope she feels better and the cough leaves her. I’ve been under the weather but have some good medicines to get me better. I love how she embraced tennis season. I remember fondly my son playing tennis and going to the matches.

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  7. We’ve had the illness running through the house. Little Man was on fall break for two weeks (Monday was his first day back). He had the cough and fever during the first week of break, then Stormageddon got it toward the end of the first week and into the second week, and now Husband’s got the really nasty cough. So far, I’ve avoided it but I know it’s only a matter of time. ::sigh:: I’m hoping it stays out because I have enough going on without being sick.

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  8. It sounds like your teen has had a terrific tennis season! Win or lose, it’s the effort and camaraderie that makes sports fun and makes lasting memories. The flu has already hit here in my area…so early this year! That’s good that you guys have gotten your shots.

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