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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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.

The Dillio

Good evening. It’s 5:37 PM here in the Yay’Area of California. I just finished catching up on blogs; I swear that speed reading class I took before freshman year of college helps each time I need to get through 20+ posts.

The dames and I are having a chill evening. Their bellies are happy from Mickey D’s nuggets and I’ve almost reached my daily water intake.

How was your weekend? The four of us had checked out Pet Food Express’s rescue cats but they were older felines. My tween had tears of disappointment in her eyes on the car ride home. However, we did learn some good information about what kinds of questions are asked and when there is usually I guess an influx of kittens – May & June. My husband was ready to go to San Leandro and buy two, three-month old Persians but the teenager was not interested in that breed. So we’ll wait and when it’s meant to be it’ll be meant to be.

“Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.”
—Stephen King, WD (this quote is from an interview with King in our May/June 2009 issue)

[quote from Writer’s Digest]

Dream with Me, Cowboy by Debra Clopton was a free download. It’s Christian fiction and had more Bible quotes than the slim few I’ve read of Christian genre. I kind of glazed over them since not having grown up going to church. I’m going be honest and tell you I almost didn’t finish this Kindle book because of the Bible content as I was starting to feel in the beginning it just may not be my cup of tea; however, this read grew on me for this reason, as said by the author herself at 97%:

“I create a strong connection between my hero and heroine and amp up the tension as I go. There must be laughter and issues of the heart mixed together—I love setting up the cute meet of a story putting the hero and heroine at odds and then throwing them together in a fun, entertaining way to draw the reader into the story.”

This is why I read to the end. The female lead was endearing, spunky, smart, and thought out of the box. The concept of reviving a dying, small town was an interesting concept to me and how Lacy Brown was starting the renovations made me smile. I really want to know how the town is going to develop through later installments and so will continue the series. Three stars.

The Golden Tresses of the Dead is the tenth book in Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series. I read the new, hardcover version from my library; his books are formatted in that smaller size which was fun to hold.

You know I am a fan of Miss Flavia; oh boy does this tween make me smile. In this installment, she and Dodger have their first, official case.  Dodger was usually a peripheral character but here, he blossoms like a flower.

The mystery is an interesting one as it brings characters from different places that are like magnet dust settling into the same circle. I really liked how the investigation was carried out by these two. They worked well together and complimented one another in personality. The cause of the crime was a unique one that I learned a few things about. Reading this book makes me want to reread series! Three, solid stars.

What new-to-you author have you read this week? What series makes you rub your hands in excited glee?

It’s 6:11 PM now. Since the evening is still a little young I think I will get in some knitting. Paper has dominated my January and this part of February so far. I have FO’s to share so you’ll see me more around this week. Enjoy the rest of your Monday. Happy reading to you and TTYS.

13 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading?”

  1. Oh your kitty will be perfect and you’ll know immediately!! Do you have names ready?
    Books. Love to hear what others are reading. Im busy knitting to podcasts and I’m listening to a lot of Radio Lab, NPR. Next up one on birds that is supposed to be fascinating. Also I ve been told to watch the fun movie Catwalk.

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    1. No names yet, Kathy, but I know my youngest wants a girl and the teenager maybe a boy. That’d be interesting to listen to a podcast on birds. I wish there was something to show us around here what birds and wildlife live in the area. I hear this bird sometimes that sounds like a chuckling echo.


  2. Your backs sound rather good. It is great to have a series you really enjoy and can borrow the new hardcover from the library. Hope the kitty appears eventually, so hard waiting.


  3. Sorry about the kitten search. You are right. It will happen, when it happens.

    I just can’t get into fiction, and I have finally realized it. A phase, but whey fight it? So I am into non fiction like Essentialism, and Decluttering, and etc. Trouble is, I have already read some of the books I take out. LOL.



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