Good afternoon; it’s 1:20 pm here. 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.
I’ve had a relaxing weekend so far. After school Friday, I treated the teenager and three of her girlfriends to FroYo. They sat by themselves at two, small, round tables and chatted away. I always find it cute to see them in action like that. I read at another table by myself. Before we left, I made sure to buy my youngest some chocolate frozen yogurt topped with two kinds of boba as she kept moaning during the week about she wasn’t getting to go, LOL.
Yesterday, the youngest attended a classmate’s birthday party while her sister played with our neighbor. I spent most of the day sewing a gift that’s made out of real cute fabric. Our family had another vegetarian dinner as we’re really into roasted vegetables tossed in EVOO + seasoned with salt and pepper. Later that night three of us watched Coco, a movie I highly recommend if you haven’t seen it already.
Today, the crew and I had brunch at a local, breakfast place to celebrate our 11th anniversary, something my husband and I knew was coming up but didn’t realize it was this particular Sunday. We got placed out in the patio area so we all ordered hot cocoas that were served in small, mason jar glasses. The restaurant was generous with the whipped cream, all swirled up on top and covered in brightly colored sprinkles. I had one of their special omelettes and hash browns; the husband had chicken fried steak, fruit, and sunny-side up eggs; the teenager had a veggie burrito without the scrambled eggs; and the youngest had bacon and scrambled eggs with hash browns. Did you dine out this weekend? What’s your/your crew’s favorite dish to eat at home?
“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”
Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
I was able to finish one book this week: Marked (House of Night #1) by P.C. Cast. I cannot remember why I was inspired to check the series out but I was curious about its high ratings.
wanting to be normal.
that have you go from day to night.
who know unconditional.
Blessed with powers early on,
what you’d like to do vs. what you need to do.
One of the things that stood out to me was the ambiance of high school from the way characters talked and acted. I felt the age of this writing not only because of the former but also because of the year of publication. It kind of bothered me bit at first, but I got used to it. What I found interesting was the House of Night and how one would become a vampire; it’s not like the typical exchanging of blood or even getting bitten. I have to stay vague here because I don’t want to give away anything. The plot in general in this first installment is pretty straightforward and simple. However, by the end, there is a foreboding of what is to come in later books as this first one is just scratches upon the world of the House of Night. I will read more of this series for sure. Three stars.
- Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
- Lost and Found Sisters (Wildstone #1) by Jill Shalvis
- The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco
Well, I’m off to knit. Unfortunately, I need to let the frogs out on one, garment project. And after two starts on the teen’s (Slither Inn colorway) She Who Breathes (named by my child herself), I can progress further on her socks at least.
Thanks for dropping by today. TTYS.