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.
(background music: Afternoon Jazz Relaxing, a Spotify album)
Aloha. I thought I’d check in with you since my plans to blog more often this year has gotten off to a nonexistent start. I’ve been busy creating cards for January birthdays, spending more time on my bullet journal, taking a small step forward by posting my bujo spreads and cards publicly on IG, and binging on Netflix shows (Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and Glee) with my keiki.
“Reader’s Bill of Rights
1. The right to not read
2. The right to skip pages
3. The right to not finish
4. The right to reread
5. The right to read anything
6. The right to escapism
7. The right to read anywhere
8. The right to browse
9. The right to read out loud
10. The right to not defend your tastes”
I’m still reading my First Book of the Year; if you’re curious, pop on over to here.
However, I was able to read three, lighthearted books these past couple of weeks. It was my goal to read Christmas-themed ones during winter break. I put off checking out two, which were Kindle books, but then found having to wait my turn; lesson learned – I won’t do that this year + I even created a “christmas-themed” bookshelf of books I’d like to read and to start earlier in December.
However, I already had the paperback version of RaeAnne Thayne’s Season of Wonder lying around. I had won it on Erin’s blog some time ago. I’m so glad I had won it because it was a good read and it was my last read of 2018.
The presence of snow made me feel like it was Christmas. The MC, Dani, who was feeling self-conscious about her past, felt believable. I loved how there were kids and dogs in the cast of characters; quite honestly, I’m a sucker for them because I always find it entertaining how realistically they’re portrayed. One of the children, a teen with attitude, made me feel right at home as I am navigating through the tween and teenage years with my daughters. In hindsight, I suppose it’s payback as I had lots when I was in middle school; my mum is probably laughing right now as she’s reading this post and saying out loud, “Mmm-hmm.” Sorry Mommy! Overall I give this book three stars.
Did ya know I’m also a sucker for cowboys? A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas by Kim Redford focused on falling in love, fires, Christmas, and healing. Never did it stray from these elements. I was charmed by the town and was entertained by the fun characters of the town. I loved its sense of community and its unconditional help. The banter between Trey and his family had me LOL. I liked main, female lead – Misty – how she had an interesting job and how she could be strong but also had vulnerabilities. I totally guessed who the bad guys were from the get go but remembered this wasn’t a suspenseful romance so I had no unrealistic expectations on the plot in this area. I really liked this book and gave it four stars. I plan to continue the series.
Okay, I’m gonna be honest here…I almost DNF’d Cowboy Boots for Christmas by Carolyn Brown. The main reasons why are these:
- I felt the main, female lead’s hangup wasn’t as believable as it had been with other characters in other books, and
- It seemed all of the cards in the couple’s back-pockets were fully shown early on.
Nevertheless, I obviously finished this read. Why? I loved the cast of supporting characters! From the kids to the pets to the crazy townsfolk, I was highly entertained. The first two were so endearing. And I did love the big hearts of the main couple, Finn and Callie. I liked their ethics and how they treated others. Would I continue the series? Yes. Four stars.
Did you read anything holiday-themed books during the holidays? Do you put on background music when you’re reading blogs? What are you a sucker for in a book? I need to move onto this week’s bujo layout so it’s time to wrap up this post. I hope you are having a good Monday. TTYS.