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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


Not much happened over the week which went by quickly. I was on duty for Safety Patrol in the big loop. One morning had some excitement: Two cars got impatient waiting in the loop’s line. They screeched and zoomed loudly, unsafely dropping off their kids before the bell rang. The car I was helping was the reason for the delay; we were short last week when several of the kids didn’t show up for duty. A little boy had gotten out of his car and of course his mother wondered where his backpack was and was all questioning him while cars piled up in back; obviously he had left it at home.

Parents, make sure your kids have everything before you leave the house and don’t start asking them questions while they’re exiting or are done exiting the car. You hold up the line! C’mon, common sense and courtesy ppl.

Friday night we watched Mary Poppins Returns. The girls and I enjoyed it. I liked the small nods to the original movie and the new interpretations.


As mentioned, our crew ate up at my parents’ where our crew was hooked up as usual with yummy nom (on FB entitled: Hec fan SF style!) that was either cooked by my mum or bought from one of my dad’s go-to places.

  • salt & pepper, fried pork chops
  • sautéed shrimp & stir fry veggies
  • Mongolian Beef
  • bok choy
  • oven-fried chicken thrown in a Lilikoi jelly sauce

Not shown:

  • appetizers of mini toasts with pate, cheese, or artichoke dip + beef sticks
  • dessert of ice cream and chocolate sauce + handmade chocolates from Chico, CA + chocolate-dipped, butter cookies

The husband’s belly was very happy; he couldn’t stop commenting how full his belly was. We got to have leftovers yesterday. Thank you Mama and Daddy!

“I live more than a thousand lives… through the eyes of the characters I read in books.”
― C.M. Okonkwo

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) by Sarah J. Maas

Kindle Version

I usually like variety when I read. I had checked out a few books from the library two trips ago to resume a book I hadn’t finished and to read another of an author who writes good, historical fiction, but I just wasn’t in the mood to read more of that genre. I wanted action. I wanted snark. I wanted blood. What was the solution? Getting back to the Throne of Glass series where I knew Aelin would deliver and make me laugh.

I love Aelin’s smart ass mouth and her swagger. I’ve missed the band of characters whom she loves to totally surprise when she reveals her hand in a situation. This installment is the calm before the storm. They’re preparing for war, serious business considering there are two, great enemies to deal with. All walks of life are affected in some way. There are some good surprises in this book. Oh man, those witches are badass; I knew I loved witches for a reason. I can’t wait to pick up book six from the library. Three stars.

Murder with Peacocks (Meg Langslow, #1) by Donna Andrews

Kindle Version

When I take the teenager to the library, she heads upstairs for the YA and manga while I peruse the adult section downstairs in the back. In the mystery bookcase I keep seeing the books of Donna Andrews. I’ve been so intrigued I finally checked out book one.

When first starting this first installment, all I could think of was how her family was so annoying! There’s lots of placating going on – Southern hospitality? – and letting others get away with mean comments – one really not nice at all. And I thought it was crazy how she was in three weddings! The murder victim is a nasty piece of work; as a reader I could totally feel the “bad” in her and boy did she rival other bad, murder victims of other cozy mysteries.

I liked how Meg’s dad was proactive, smart, and a part of the investigating. I liked the incorporation of kids and pets into the storyline. I liked how the hunk helped out also. The large cast of characters from major to minor were certainly interesting and covered a wide range of personalities. This is a series I’ll continue for sure. Three stars.

Charms and Chocolate Chips (A Magical Bakery Mystery #3) by Bailey Cates

Overdrive Audiobook

Audiobooks have been my go-to for multitasking. Since I enjoyed book two, I wanted to continue onto the third installment to keep the series fresh in my little brain.

It was a bit confusing in the beginning in terms of Katie’s relationship status, but the story slowly filled in the gaps here and there. The love triangle wasn’t as dull in this book as it was in the first two, and it actually had a small turn of intrigue. Declan in my opinion became more endearing. I loved how another relationship of hers was brought in and given more depth. I liked how this character was incorporated into the book. I don’t know how chocolate chips figured into the title; I guess I need to pay attention to the next installment. However, there are more baking bits in this one. There is good action and an interesting mystery. The author brought in another magical element of this series’ world; the information on it though is just seeds at this point, but I do hope it’s explored further. I like the whole team spirit of the coven, how they worked together and how each has certain strengths and particular weaknesses. I am actually enjoying this series and am glad my library has some of the audiobooks. Three stars.

Stats of Challenges
  1. 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge: 17/65
  2. 2019 Audiobook Challenge: 2/[1-5]
  3. 2019 Library Love Challenge: 11/65

Well, time is reaching the evening. The load in the dryer is signalin for a folding session and I need to figure out how to time everything for dinner so we eat by 6pm. Happy reading to you. TTYS.


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

  1. I like the sound of that Sarah Maas series, sounds really good and sometimes action books like that with great characters is exactly what is needed. Oh boy, drop off lines! I didn’t have them at my school but read about them in books and now… on your blog! Happy reading week.


  2. Hey Stef! So happy to see that you’re still enjoying Throne of Glass and Aelin always delivers with the snark and sass… And the stakes are high! Hope you will love book 6 when you read it too.

    Mary Poppins Returns!!! My little one has just watched Mary Poppins so I think it’s time for a mother/daughter movie night. The original holds a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to see what they’ve managed to do with the sequel.

    Hope you have a wonderful week reading and otherwise!!!


  3. OMG…drop off or pickup lines. We always had problems with pickup lines…moms would park and walk in to the lobby and just hang out chatting! Or sneak down hallways and try to get their kids early! Fun! Your books and your Sunday dinner look yummy!

    Did you have dinner by 6:00?


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