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’m also 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.
Good morning. I’ve been slowly reading although I have this inner feeling that I should just read until I get books finished because I feel I have too many checked out right now. The Mom Hat has been snug on my head as this summer has been mainly about my daughters. We just got through school-related duties from shopping for supplies and for new clothes to waiting in line for two, Maze days to turn in emergency forms, join PTSA, buy school gear, and for the teen…get textbooks, her locker, and schedule. School starts Wednesday so the three of us have a bit of freedom left. I’m trying to get the oldest healthy as her team’s first away game is already on the second day of school. We’re letting the soon-to-be freshman rest in bed since I don’t want to get sick as I’ll be driving my kid and three other team members to the upper, inner east bay. *fingers crossed*
Book-related…I saw Crazy Rich Asians this past Friday with two of my neighbors. At Craft Night earlier this month, S. had asked me if I wanted to see it but I told her I had wanted to read the book first. Then our other neighbor, H., whose two kids my youngest carpools with texted me Thursday about the movie as she and S. were going to see it and wanted to know if I wanted to come too. It hit me that I had an opportunity to hang out with them and shouldn’t pass it up, so I accepted. It was a fun watch: there were hilarious moments, scenic eye candy, and hints of the amount of money spent like a drop in the bucket went along with the book’s title. Afterwards the three of us ate at a small, Chinese place nearby. We shared this:
It was an advertised item in the menu and a few tables around us had ordered it. Fried catfish ($39.99 because it was, “alive,” as our server had told us), mild spicy + bowls of rice on the side. It was pretty late already so we didn’t want to oink out.
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
― William Styron,
Markswoman (Asiana #1) by Rati Mehrotra
Blades, fighting techniques, Inner Voice, and power words make up most of the world of the clans along with the respect of elders, apprenticeship, the hunger of power, and the thirst of revenge. There is also a background menace of guns from others. I usually root for the underdog and Kyra certainly is one. I like how her journey took her elsewhere and exposed her to things she’s only heard about. The climax was good, expected and unexpected. The ending was intriguing and leads to the next although a reader can probably predict the outcome. I may read the second installment. Three stars.
The Trouble with Magic (A Bewitching Mystery #1) by Madelyn Alt
I cannot remember what source had inspired me to look up this series, but the mention of witches in its summary made me search for it. You know I have a soft spot for them.
A new job and learning her boss, Felicity, is a witch makes life interesting for Maggie. When Felicity is accused of murder amateur sleuth is added to her resume as she meets and investigates the people in her boss’s life. While the story had the cozy elements of a woman doing a do-over on her career, nosy townsfolk, certain prejudices, all alongside magic, I gave this book two stars. I felt everything wasn’t smoothly integrated into one another. Maggie was all over the place and the element of magic was minuscule. I thought I may read the next book to give this series another chance but I’ve decided against it. Moving on…
Caught Dead Handed (Witch City Mystery #1) by Carol J. Perry
Yes, I read another witch cozy alongside the one above. And guess what? This book was much better.
Lee’s character was consistent. She was smart and methodical in her thinking and actions. The element of magic was present from the beginning to the end. I liked how the plot had a small group of suspects and they all were tied to the TV station. I did guess who the murderer was and somewhat why but I was still a bit surprised by the full story. This is a series I’ll definitely continue. Three stars.
I’m still trying to finish up two, Kindle books. I haven’t had much time to read but with school on the horizon I’ll be parking again for pick up and have time then.
In the Dugout
- Skyborn (Seraphim #1) by David Dalglish – I’m not in the mood to continue this book right now so I’ll be returning the book and will get back to it another time. Have you done this before?
Okay, the dames and I need to get ready for the library. I thought I had renewed a book of the sixth grader but well, I got an email it’s $2.25 (25 cents a day) overdue. I can’t pay it online so we have to go in person. The teenager needs books to read anyways. GTG. TTYS. Happy reading!