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

(Spotify playlist: Afternoon Jazz Relaxing playing in the background) Hello. How was your weekend?

Ours was productive. Saturday we slept in and then checked out Cat Town up in Oakland. Unfortunately they didn’t have kittens young enough for the tween’s liking. Their cats are rescued from the shelters and most weren’t socialized so their confidence has been built up over time. Some were bonded pairs. Our crew was going to check out one pair but they had Maine Coon in them and I was worried about how big they’d get + the manager said they would probably regress once changing environment and would need space to themselves in their new home. We don’t have space as we have a small house that is ranch style; as the four of us are usually home, we’re all over the place. So the hunt is still on; there will be a cat rescue adoption showcase at Pet Food Express in town this Saturday so we’ll check that out. Fingers crossed!

I’ve been haulin butt and cleaning like a whirlwind around here. I scrubbed down the bathrooms Saturday and tidied up Sunday in the dining area and in the living room. I got the master bedroom done today and will wipe down the kitchen counters later. Laundry has been going on for days so I think we’re just about ready for Year of the Boar.

“I am glad you have an hour for books, those enthralling friends, the immortalities…”
― Emily Dickinson, Emily Dickinson: Letters

While sweatin on the elliptical last week, I finished this Kindle book that I own. I’m back on track with my Goodreads Challenge, logging in a fourth book read this year.

Light Mage by Laurie Forest is #1.5, in-between The Black Witch and The Iron Flower. Last year, I bought #0.5 (Wandfasted) and reread The Black Witch. I then purchased Light Mage and finally finished it five weeks + three days; it took that long because of its edition and I usually only read my Kindle while on the elliptical. It got so good I had to finish the last of it!

This novella is about Sagellyn Gaffney whose story happens before Elloren Gardner of The Black Witch. It was through her story you’re able to see how strict the Gardnerian way of life is, especially for girls. Prominence, power, and duty rule their world. Racism against other beings of the magical world is harsh and the subjugation of others create the hierarchy. Sagellyn’s story is a rude awakening and I enjoyed the development of her character from innocent ignorance to a stronger backbone of eyes wide open. I love how she’s a light mage and was fascinated by her powers. I hope to see more of her in the future and learn more about her type of magic. Four stars and I’ve already bought the second installment of the series, The Iron Flower.

Summer Hours At The Robbers Library by Sue Halpern is a library hardcover of contemporary fiction I had spotted in the new fiction section. It marks my fifth book of my Goodreads Challenge.

This book mainly focuses around Kit, the head librarian and a self-appointed hermit, who has a mysterious past + Sunny, a homeschooled teenager who got busted for stealing a dictionary and who was sent to do community service at the Robbers Library. There is a supporting cast of characters from the library staff to the regulars who come to the venue.

(Spotify playlist: Jazz – Classical Crossings)

I have several thoughts about this read:

  1. While dictionaries are pretty much obsolete by today’s generation who have to look up words online if needed, this view of the reference book captured my attention: “…It said that a dictionary is every book every written and every book that will be written, just in a different order.” [page 34]
  2. This story kind of reminded me of the grouchy old man trope. Kit wasn’t grouchy but she certainly isolated herself off from the world when she could and just got the job done at work. Sunny was the one who brought her out into the light and back to life again.
  3. The plot of this book mainly focused on every day life at the library while flashing back to the past. This enabled me to learn more about Kit’s past and Sunny’s as well.
  4. There are slow revealings, especially of Kit. There are no big fireworks or shockers but yet, I was interested enough to stick with the book. It was like being right by Kit’s side and seeing little by little change over summer.

Three stars. I would definitely read more of Halpern’s work in the future.

The Year of Four is the first in a new series by Nya Jade. Sometimes on Instagram or Facebook I see ads for books and check them out. Once in a while you can download one for free or just $0.99. I think this one was free. It had caught my eye because it was a recommendation for Harry Potter fans. I was intrigued by the school premise.

Phoebe Pope enrolls into Campus Below, an underground school for spies for those born as shape shifters. Students have to lead a double life – go to the human school above while at the same time attending special classes below. While Phoebe learns to juggle both worlds. she finds out she has special powers along with others. She and them all become targets and become thrust into an environment where they don’t know who to trust.

(5:36pm And I’m back…kitchen scrubbed down and starting dinner)

At first I was a bit skeptical about whether this book was my cup of tea. The teenaged emotions and mannerisms were heavily present. But this young adult, fantasy read grew on me as I got deeper into the storyline. The history of this society came from an interesting point in time. I liked that these were shape shifters of different animals. Phoebe was a teenager who wasn’t perfect and who had insecurities. I LOL’d at the girly episodes and rolled my eyes at the mean girls. I liked learning about the opposing side and reading the action scenes. I definitely will continue this series. This first installment is two feet planted in their world. I’m curious to see how it develops as well as the characters. Three stars.

Okie doke. I have meatballs from Costco in the nonstick pans and vodka pasta sauce heating up. Need to watch over the stove. Have a good evening and happy reading to you. TTYS.

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  1. I like anything to do with books and library and 3 stars from you is very good recommendation. I was tired and a little envious by the time I had finished reading all the cleaning that has been done! Hope you find the right kitten for the family, I am sure it will appear!

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  2. Neat that you’re looking for a rescue kitty! 🙂 We have three and we can’t go near any shelters anymore or we’ll get even more lol…not to mention the dogs, it’s a disease, rescuing animals lol! 😉 Pets bring so much love and fun to the family!!

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  3. Kitties!! How awesome! I volunteered for years with an animal rescue group – which is how I ended up with three cats in my small. home. Lol. I love them all though, even though they can be stinkers! You will find the perfect kitten/cat(s) for your house. I do recommend two kittens if you are getting a kitten though – they keep each other company. 🙂

    That Laurie Forest series looks really good!!

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    1. Oh boy we certainly are getting two, one for each dame. The husband first balked at it but I told him he promised they could each get one, otherwise he’d have to disappoint them!

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  4. I hope the right kitten comes along soon! You’ll know. Zach fostered a cat that was just not social enough and was glad the shelter welcomed her back> Then we found Baby Bear kitten in wisconsin. The right fit!!! Oh yes!

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