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.
Good afternoon. How is your Sunday going? Do you have a usual routine this day like attending church or having a meal with a bunch of family?
The four of us got back an hour ago from Elk Grove. It is a growing city of working families south of Sacramento, CA; many have either
come moved up from the Bay Area and or have moved down from Sacramento. The only person I keep in touch with from college is one, fraternity brother. He and his wife became Ninoong (godfather in Tagalog) and GanMa (godmother in Mandarin) to both of our girls. With San Francisco being notoriously expensive, they moved last fall north northeast, wanting to be able to own a home and afford extracurricular activities for our godsons. Yesterday our crew drove up late morning to check out their new digs:
- Shadowbox of Scoops: These represent the many years Leatherby’s Family Creamery have been in business. After a delicious sushi dinner we got ice cream.
- Look at my cone! That is a single scoop of mint Oreo.
- Later that night the dames were exposed to Makedo Cardboard Construction that their godfather has used for years in teaching kids in a creative space/classroom.
- My husband and I learned a little about robotics, something my fraternity brother is expert in. You can see my husband playing with Cubelets. There are different colored cubes that magnetically adhere to one another. Each has your “robot” do something different.
- This morning the godmother and I took our kids to the nearby park while the men went to pick up Bánh mì’s for us.
I miss them already. We all had such a fabulous time catching up and reminiscing. I miss my godsons running about. The younger one finally warmed up to me! I hope he doesn’t forget me.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
― Stephen King,
Have you ever felt when reading a new book in a series that you’ve embraced an old friend? I did with this eighth installment of the Flavia de Luce series as soon as my eyes got to page 3: “Glady’s wheels groan horribly beneath us. The biting cold has penetrated her steel bones and seized the tendons of her brake cables.”
While the main character is only twelve, this is not a young adult book; it is actually a historical fiction mystery. Flavia de Luce is a precocious tween who is such entertainment for me! For example: On page 16, “But Daffy—and it was Daffy whom I really feared—would be a force to be reckoned with. She had the same devious mind that I had. And mercy, simply because we were sisters, was out of the question. Both of them had been in bed when I arrived last night, so that my reception still remained to be seen. Breakfast would be a battlefield. I needed to keep a sharp eye out and antennae tuned.”
What I love about this young lady is that she is unique:
- “How could I tell Clarence that finding another dead body was anything but dreadful? On the contrary: It was thrilling; it was exciting; it was exhilarating, it was invigorating; to say nothing of electrifying and above all, satisfying. How could I tell the dear man that murder made me feel so gloriously alive?” (Page 135)
Following this twelve-year-old about while she tries to solve a murder is an adventure. I can sense her young spirit fired up with burning passion while the shiny cogs of her brain turn, piling up the clues and suspects as they mentally arrange into a way she can understand. Welcome back Miss de Luce. Three stars.
In my specialized 2018 TBR, I have more cozy mystery series to try out. Killer Jam was highly recommended and I like food-related cozies so I checked it out.
You’ve got Lucy Resnick, a former city reporter and the underdog. She just wants to live a slower and quiet life and be able to live off her farm. However, one of the main, prominent members of the town is two-faced and greedy, able to get her way no matter what. Well, she ends up murdered and the finger is pointed at poor Lucy. With a few town members by her side, the learning farmer sets out to figure out whodunit before metal bars are her only view.
This cozy was an easy read. Lucy is likable and her interests in canning and baking are fun to read about. She’s a good friend to others and not bad of a sleuth. In this book like how in some cozy mysteries, there is some prejudice against the new residence, especially from the law. But the law was slightly faded in the background unlike some books where the protagonist is constantly harassed. So I only rolled my eyes when Rooster came around. Killer Jam is a soft launch into this series, one I’d like to continue. Three stars.
I didn’t have time to read this weekend, but I look forward to digging into these two, Kindle books.
- Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #2) by Amanda Bouchet
- A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes (Scandalous Brides #1) by Suzanne Enoch.
About the Dames
The teenager is currently rereading the Harry Potter series. Out of extreme curiosity, she read The Cursed Child; she hated it. So now my daughter is reliving the original magic.
The youngest recently put in a Scholastic book order, ordering the third book in the Robert Beatty series, Serafina. She finished the second book before the weekend and loved it! This book has sat in her bookcase for about a year because the first book was scary for her.
I’m off to finish my green tea. I got some samples of a few, new brands to try from our host. And I’m off to finish listening to the Giants game. Enjoy the rest of your day. TTYS.