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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 morning. Last week was super busy. You know how you book lovers fangirl/fanboy when meeting your favorite authors at a bookstore event? Well we knitters do the same at knitting conferences, retreats, etc. I spent Thursday to Saturday at the Hyatt Regency and the Santa Clara Convention Center taking three classes from well-known knitters in the knitting world and spent a chunk load of dough on new, fiber arts acquisitions. You can read about my classes here and you can see what I bought over here.

Sunday I finally got to sleep in. I also dropped the teenager off at a mall date with an old. tennis class friend and I got to spend time with a knitting friend here in town; she served me tiramisu and fruit + some high quality, Chinese tea. You know I love my tea no matter what the temperature is.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #2) by Joanna Fluke

Hannah Swensen is back to sleuthing when the sketchy coach of their town is found murdered. She doesn’t want the wrong person to be implicated in the murder so she partners up with her sister to find out what really went on in the coach’s life.

There are several things I like about this series:

  1. It has the theme of baking that is prevalent all throughout the book.
  2. There are recipes included in each installment.
  3. Hannah is not a wallflower.

What I also liked about this book is Hannah and her sister teamed up, strengthening their relationship. I found it interesting to learn about how TV specials work and how the main setting was the baking contest. I will read more of these books for sure. Three, solid stars.

The Witches of Dark Root (The Daughters of Dark Root #1) by April Aasheim

I downloaded this Kindle book for $0.99 back in late December. Its cover is one I have seen around many times and you know I love witches.

The Maddock girls grew up in a restricted childhood under a somewhat, old-fashioned mom, making them feel they had to get out of Dark Root the first chance they could get. This book focuses mostly on Maggie, the second to youngest, who’s known as a wilder – a witch whose powers aren’t under control.

Maggie took the first option out of her home town but her and her sisters eventually migrate back when their mom becomes debilitated from a mysterious illness. The women come back to a Dark Root that has changed immensely for the worse. It’s up to them to figure out what’s going on and what to do about it all as darkness lurks in the horizon.

The first part of this book was toeing the line of iffy. Maggie trades one restrictive environment for another. I thought her new digs was somewhat of a strange catalyst that booted her back home. However, later on, way later, I was able to see the connections. Also in terms of Maggie, I did feel she was a teensy bit whiny in terms of her mother. I know it was kind of due to a generation clash and of course I am older and a parent which could color my view.

However I do like an underdog and found the magic interesting. Because this is the first installment I would say there are sparks of magic that I hope develop to bigger and better things in future books. I will continue this series but aren’t in a rush to. Three stars.

Reading Challenges Update

  • Goodreads: 10 of 65
  • Library Love: 6 of 60+
  • Audiobook: 0 of 1-5

Do you read cozy mysteries? If so, what aspects of them get you to keep reading them? If you don’t, what genre do you read most of and why?

Oh, and how’re you doing with your reading challenges this year?

GTG. I hope you’re having a good Monday. Happy reading to you and TTYS.

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

  1. I love witch books too! Anything witch. Lol. I do enjoy cozy mysteries – I like the Hamish McBeth and Agatha Raisin books by M.C. Beaton, Amanda Flowers’ books, and I will occasionally pick a few up here and there by other authors. I don’t like when they get too twee, if that makes sense. 🙂 I am glad you had fun with all of your knitting! I still wish I could make my fingers behave so that I could knit. I think really though, I just want to buy skeins of wool/yarn. It all looks so pretty!!

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    1. I need to look up Amanda Flowers. I have to read more of Agatha Raisin; she’s made me laugh in the past. I don’t mind at all trying new authors, but if their book doesn’t blow me out of the water then I usually read them again whenever. My mum, once she likes someone’s work, she’ll search out all of her books and read them. Had to Google “twee,” LOL. I don’t like wimpy, indecisive female leads; they don’t have to be Wonder Woman strong but I hate whining.


  2. Ah that knitting time must have been fabulous – going to look over at what you did and what you bought in a minute. I’d like to be a cozy mystery reader but hardly ever read them because I just don’t reach on them. But a good series with a central thing like baking or books is great and then the development of characters over time is fun too.


  3. Your knitting convention sounds like fun. I have the first in the Hannah Swenson series but haven’t started reading it yet. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


    1. Food is pretty universal, yeah? It’d be cool if there were more multicultural food ones. I know there are a one or two Chinese, cozy mysteries.


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