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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

Hi there. Google Home’s playin some springy jazz music and I’m waiting for my Yogi green tea to finish steeping. I’m chillin after a productive morning of drop off and the weekly Costco run. I had also ran to TJ’s to pick up ingredients I don’t like to buy in bulk.

How was your weekend? The husband was gone for most of the week on a business trip so he was tired with a scratchy throat. The teenager caught a head cold from the many teenagers coming to school sick with or without fevers and the tween was tired and grumpy from the week. I too had a scratchy throat and felt run down.

So our crew stayed in to rest. I got some knitting done. The girls and I binged on more Glee Saturday; we are on the last season and a third of the way through. Yesterday we ended up watching Legally Blonde which was fun to reacquaint myself with.

I felt better Sunday morning therefore making myself work out on the elliptical and the treadmill since I was going to skip today. And good thing I did because I didn’t sleep well last night. I’ll sleep better tonight for sure though.

“I love books. I need them, those self-contained little worlds between two covers where I can travel whenever I have the feeling I’m living in the wrong world – or when my own world is hemming me in or eluding me or hurting me.”
― Melanie Raabe, Die Wahrheit

Lucinda Riley’s The Seven Sisters has been a popular read. I think it’s Kathryn who has been reading through the installments which prompted me to finally read it.

Mystery surrounds this book. There are lots of unanswered questions floating about once you submerge into the story. Maia is like a little bird who finally leaves the nest after something that has happened in the past. She has an intriguing unknown birth story. It was fun to go travel along with her to Rio. I was given glimpses into what life was like there through the characters and at that point in time. There is easy traveling back and forth from the past to the future and vice versa. There is also repetition of somewhat parallel decisions with a twist in each situation. Do note: This book seamlessly transitions into another intriguing mystery. I will continue the series but at another time. Three stars.

A few book bloggers I follow have praised James J. Cudney’s Academic Curveball. Lucky for me to have found the first installment a free download.

It was seamless how the author got Kellan to come back home, the main plot setting. I liked how it wasn’t forced and just a natural decision. I found reading a cozy by a male writer and reading about a male, main character a somewhat different experience. Kellan was obviously proactive, asking lots of questions and constantly moving. I felt there was constant talking and/or thoughts said out loud. To me it felt like a typical man where he’s all about doing and having less emotions or ties compared to the usual, female MC in other cozies who can be more stubborn and who could be fiery in different ways.

I certainly couldn’t figure out who was the murderer; I had a suspect in mind time to time but he/she ended up like a red herring. I tried to spot who was the “quiet one” as Inspector Armand Gamache talked about in one of his books, but I totally didn’t even expect who it was. From the book summary, I thought Nana would be more involved and Kellan’s partner-in-crime, but I felt her character was more on the perimeter; I hope she’s more involved in future installments. I will continue the series but at a later time. Three, solid stars.

On Deck

If you follow me on Goodreads I’ve been switching around recently on books. I had checked out three books from the library but found I wasn’t in the mood for more historical fiction and a bullet journal one I’ve been waiting for just didn’t speak to me while I had skimmed through it.

I wanted something fast paced and totally different so I’m walking deeper into Aelin’s journey in the fifth installment of the Throne of Glass series.

I also switched up audiobooks because I wanted to knit during one. I tried out Hooked on Murder but it bugged me that the MC didn’t even know how to crochet; she couldn’t tell the difference between knitting and crochet which is like blasphemy in our world. I added that disappointment to the DNF shelf and checked out Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti (Magical Bakery Mystery #2) by Bailey Cates. I am much happier. If you’ve read the first book, can you pls refresh my memory on whodunit and the development of Katie’s witch powers? Thank you.

What are you reading &/or listening to in the world of books?

Okay, I’m off to knit a second baby item. I have some knitting to show this week and can’t wait to show you the progress of my full-tanked knitting mojo. How do you give back?

Have a good Monday. Happy reading to you. TTYS.

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

      1. I can see you on the big comfy sofa in the sunroom or on the chaise in the Bear Room or on the overstuffed leather chair and ottoman in the living room…that is my sister’s fave knitting spot…she loves the chair and the lighting…

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  1. You all will be well again. The whole country is sick. I actually took masks from my docs office to wear on the Plane this week TO PROTECT ME!!! Im listening to podcasts. I like to listen to the NEXT RIGHT THING.

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  2. Sorry to hear you’ve all been sick. I’ll keep you up in prayer. So far we’ve managed to avoid most of it.

    Both your books sound wonderful. I’ve seen Academic Curveball other places. The Seven Sisters sounds intriguing. Hope you enjoy your upcoming reads. I’m reading a cozy mystery next.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today.


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  3. I am reading a book about an expat who lived in Saudi Arabia for 10 years. He gives an insight in one of the worlds most secretive countries. It’s interesting.

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  4. Hi Stefanie! Yay for springy jazz music lol. I love smooth jazz and stuff like what they play on Sirius/ XM’s Watercolors channel. That stuff’s my bomb.

    I should watch more Glee since they always seem to have music I like on there. 🙂

    Hope your books- and your week- are good!!


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