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.
Good morning and a Merry Christmas Eve to you. How was your weekend? Our ohana started our second annual, Harry Potter marathon by watching the first movie Friday night but it’s been put on hold with last minute prep for Christmas.
I had dinner across the bridge with two girlfriends Saturday. The three of us met up at the same restaurant we had gone to late October; I purposely ordered the largest prime rib cut just so I could bring home a doggie bag for my husband, LOL. We, wives, also treated ourselves to a bottle of Alpha Omega Cabernet; I learned why it was the price it was – the brand was considered Mercedes Benz level.
Are you getting together with ohana today? Our crew will be driving up to the city later this afternoon. I have to bake one and a half recipes of chocolate chip cookies for two gifts and then prep an appetizer – Korean Mini Taco Boats with Spicy Asian Slaw – for the Asian-themed dinner, a change since we usually have American-style dishes at our monthly get-togethers.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
I had one DNF this week: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab. I really wanted to like it as it was a book that I’ve been wanting to read and its cover would always catch my eye in passing. I felt underwhelmed by what was going on and a third way in I decided it wasn’t worth the time to try to plow on.
Well, I got another installment under my belt. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas was a solid, good read on my Kindle. Aelin has embraced her true identity and has come back for revenge and to fight for those who mean something to her. There is plenty of skulking around along with reconnaissance and plotting. And of course nothing is easy. From rubbing elbows with old acquaintances and former foes, she gives 110% into her purpose for this next step. Three stars.
I haven’t read too many books of Mary Higgins Clark. This series, Under Suspicion, has been on my want-to-read radar for some time. I had put a hold on this Kindle book and decided to read it for a change of genre.
I’ve Got You Under My Skin brings together many characters who gather together to reenact the night a wealthy woman was found mysteriously dead in her own home. This idea was created by the show’s producer whose husband’s murder is a cold case in itself.
It took me a bit to sort out who’s who and what skeletons lurked in their closets. There definitely was a throwing of red herrings. I myself tried to look for the “quiet suspect,” something I had learned from the Inspector Armand Gamache series. The actual murderer I kind of maybe had an inkling of but I felt when it came to the climax of the story, it was warp speed ahead. There was one tidbit about one character that I thought was totally glossed over and not even addressed. And there was convenience in how certain hanging strings were tidied up. So I wasn’t quite impressed with how this book ended. I still gave it three stars because the build up was pretty good. I’m up in the air about whether or not to continue this series.
- The teen had almost a total bust with her library stack recently. She said most were boring. My daughter had moved into YA realistic fiction earlier this year but she says she reads so much in English Honors (lots of analysis and discussions) that she’s tired of it. I told her maybe because of that she needs to try other genres like mystery and fantasy. The teen does also grab Manga from our library.
- The tween is now a Rick Riordan fan. Her class had a White Elephant with books but the books were provided by her teacher. Each student could either open a wrapped book or steal one. She stole The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1). We’ve been talking about Rick Riordan and Greek mythology. I told her how the Percy Jackson series was first and then there were two offshoot series after that, the Heroes of Olympus and now this Apollo one. My kid was zooming along in her new read, finishing it. I recently requested the first Percy Jackson book for her and picked it up yesterday so she’d have something to read over Christmas; she’s digging it.
I’ve decided to take a break from the Throne of Glass series and maybe any other fantasies during winter break.
- Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne
I don’t know when I’ll be around next, but I should check in before the end of the year. Mele Kalikimaka or Happy Holidays to you and yours. I hope you have plans that include laughter and oink fests. TTYS.