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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

Our crew hosted the June ohana get-together so the family could celebrate the tween’s birthday and a belated Father’s Day.



It’s usually potluck. My SIL made the guacamole and fruit salad. My mom made the SPAM Musabai and onigiri shapes. I bought the shrimp cocktail from Costco and made chili.

For dessert I made cheesecake for the first time! I used Dessert Now Dinner Later’s Classic Cheesecake recipe. What I liked about it is that she gives five tips from her experience at the bakery on how to keep your cheesecake from collapsing and from cracking. I made sure to read through everything before I started and took my time putting together her recipe. I forgot to take a picture of it out of the pan but it came out awesome! I’m so proud of myself. I made it Friday afternoon which ran into the evening. I had to tell the husband several times to not touch it as it was for Saturday’s dinner.

“Nearly every book has the same architecture–cover, spine, pages–but you open them onto worlds and gifts far beyond what paper and ink are, and on the inside they are every shape and power. Some books are toolkits you take up to fix things, from the most practical to the mostmysterious, from your house to your heart, or to make things, from cakes to ships. Some books are wings. Some are horses that run away with you. Some are parties to which you are invited, full of friends who are there even when you have no friends. In some books you meet one remarkable person; in others a whole group or even a culture. Some books are medicine, bitter but clarifying. Some books are puzzles, mazes, tangles, jungles. Some long books are journeys, and at the end you are not the same person you were at the beginning. Some are handheld lights you can shine on almost anything.”
― Rebecca Solnit, A Velocity of Being: Letters to A Young Reader

Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox

Hardcover version

While browsing the new books section at the library, I found this in the mystery shelves. I looked it up on Goodreads and liked its rating so I checked it out.

Sadie Coleman buys a pub in Shady Creek, Vermont to start anew after a past break up with her ex. He tracks her down though and before she gets a chance to deal with him, he’s found dead.

The Characters

I liked Sadie. I thought she was brave to start out on her own. I loved her Aunt Gilda who was a great anchor of love and support for her niece.

The Town

It sounds like a cute place, like Stars Hollow. I loved how they had town competitions and festivals.

The Mystery

It was good. Being the first installment, this book set up the town, its character relationships, and Sadie’s business.

The Romance Factor

Not bad. It felt a little awkward in the foes-to-more trope. However, the relationship was keepin it real.

The Theme

Being a cozy mystery, its literary theme attracted me to the book. I hope future installments get deeper into the book theme. I want to know more about how the pub’s menu was inspired by certain books. I also hope there is more interaction/scenes with the book clubs.

Overall, three, solid stars.

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond

Hardcover version

This book was recommended to me by Sandra on Goodreads. I was happy she had rec’d it because when I had cable, I would watch Ree’s show. I liked her and have always been curious about how she met her Marlboro Man.

This book is a memoir/autobiography of how Ree and Ladd met and up until their first baby. I thoroughly enjoyed their story. Ree was very honest in her writing. She talked about her inner thoughts, some of it inner turmoil from those who surrounded her and the rest of how she wondered how life would be as a rancher’s wife – a contrast from the way she used to live life. I found her way of storytelling entertaining; I felt like I was one of her girlfriends sittin across the table from her. I really didn’t want her memoir to end. I would have found her tales of motherhood fun to read about. Four stars.

What’s the last memoir you’ve read? How was it?

Challenges Update

2019 Goodreads Challenge

According to Goodreads, I am three books ahead of the game!

2019 Library Love Challenge

I am 43% through my intended goal of 65 books. Not bad as it’s halfway through the year.

Okay. I am off to feed the kittens (speaking of…guess who chewed through my House of Ravenclaw yarn right after mum mum time? Thankfully, it wasn’t part of the shawl itself.) and then I will start catching up on blogs. I feel more relaxed this week as I have a better sense of what the summer schedule is like and because I just got through hosting, something I think I’ll be taking a break from. Plus, the kittens were a bit traumatized from my overexcited niece and nephews, LOL.

Is your summer schedule different from the spring’s? If so, how so?

Thank you for all of your recent visits. TTYS.

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

    1. Yeah, and she did it fast too! I think her coat is slightly changing but I’m not sure. They’re running about right now, having escaped from the teen’s room.


  1. Sounds like a good find at the library. I like that your cheesecake turned out so well, I love being able to get the inside tips that make something turn out well. The memoir sounds really good. Naughty but cute kitties!


    1. Thank you. Yeah, I’m super happy the cheesecake came out good. I thought the crust would be crispier but a friend said maybe because of the waterbath. She doesn’t do the water bath. I may try without next time but keep it in the oven to cool for three hours.

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  2. I am trying unsuccessfully to finish an Agatha Christie book “a murder is announced” maybe today will be the day!! I also started a gentleman in moscow….no thoughts as of yet.


  3. I just finished the audio of The Rules of Magic (the prequel to Practical Magic) the other day. I started listening to Hallow City, which is the second of the Miss Peregrine series. And, because I can (sort of), I started reading Practical Magic….as in I have an actual book. I’m kind of surprised, too! It’s not that I’m incapable of reading, I just need to find proper time. ::sigh::

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