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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. How is your day going so far? Mine is a thumbs up. I walked a fat burn program and then worked on my abs, arms, and junk in the truck trunk. I am sipping some detox tea while Bach plays in the background.


Hoo-rah it’s pretty much the last week of math classes. I am so done with the constant, four mile drive back and forth.


Other than that, I’m really proud of my teen who’s been busy with tennis the past 11 weeks; she played against someone and had lost the first set, but won the next two. Her coach was proud as well.


I’ve also been taking some pictures of the kittens. These two are like zooming flashes of fur around here after a meal! I laugh every time I see them lounging or sleeping in a bedroom; what a life of luxury.


  • And we’ve been making use of our Netflix too. I binged through the third season of The Good Witch; I love this show.
  • I watched the two seasons of Marlon; he is funny, sometimes over-the-top like Kevin Hart, but I like all of the show’s cast. I like how they bring up issues in today’s society that affect African-Americans.
  • This past weekend I’ve seen some of One Day at a Time and Mr. Iglesias.
  • The tween and I watched one and a half episodes of Stranger Things 3 but then it got too scary for her so we stopped.

“When you’re near books, amazing things happen. They can call to you just by being in the same space as you. It can be a feeling, the color or texture of a cover, or the way it somehow sets itself apart from its neighbors and asks you to open it. Then comes the crack of the spine, the random, or not-so-random-at-all page you open to, and finally the completely surprising and unexpected words you read. In that moment, you are the only person in the world holding that book and touching its pages. You can stand there for an hour and keep reading–or put it back and start again.

That can’t happen of a screen. Other wonderful things can, but not that. And moments like those–of time stopping, eyes searching and minds dreaming–are rare and important in our fast-paced lives. We must protect the possibility of them.

Good luck to us!”
― Regina Spektor, A Velocity of Being: Letters to A Young Reader

Do you have a favorite quote about books?

So I finished two of my library books this week.

Homicides in Hardcover (A Bibliophile Mystery, #1) by Kate Carlisle

Kindle version

I enjoyed this cozy mystery very much. I loved how it was based in my hometown of San Francisco. The areas mentioned made me smile and made my little brain zoom about like a map when familiar streets were named and how the female lead was associated with the north bay.

There were definitely red herrings thrown about in Brooklyn’s sleuthing path. I loved how this first installment was full of its bibliophile theme:

“The pungent smell of warm, musty, aged vellum blended with the scent of rich Morocco leather. I closed my eyes to let the glorious scent of age and elegance cloud my senses and engulf my brain.” (25%)

The occupation of a bookbinder or book restorer is fascinating. It made me remember my days of helping at the elementary school library, covering new books and fixing the well-loved one. This series is one I for sure want to continue and may binge on. Four stars.

The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh (The Cavanaughs #1) by Stephanie Laurens.

Hardcover version

This is the first time I’ve read the work of Stephanie Laurens. Doesn’t she have a great name ^__^?

This book was another winning pick for me. It immersed me into the world of inventions that kept my interest from beginning to end. I loved how the female lead was practical and brought into the inventing world while the story still had the elements of traditional society where a chaperone is needed for an unmarried lady. There was an interesting twist or two on certain characters and I liked how this read lead into more of the series. It surely as been quite a while since I was impressed by a historical romance. Four stars.

What recent read has impressed you?

To quote the great Winnie the Pooh, ” There’s a rumbly in my tummy.” I’m off to put together a salad while frying up a sunnyside up egg. Have a good Monday. TTYS.

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

  1. Looks like a good week! I’m also currently watching stranger things 3!
    Enjoy your reading!



    1. Hi Evelyn. I tried commenting on your latest post from my phone but it didn’t work. My teenager is currently doing her required hour of SAT on the laptop so I can’t do it from there.
      Glad I had read your post as I’m always looking for new manga titles for my daughter. I don’t read manga but we’ve in the past watched some anime on Hulu or Netflix. My favorites were Maid-sama & Ouran High School Host Club. Thanks for dropping by today.

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      1. Ooh I don’t know what to do about that 🙈Children of the whales is definitely a good one!


  2. Stef!!! Hope you are well!!! I missed you. Ahh! You got the kittens! That’s how long it has been. 😦 Well done on finishing the two library books. That’s awesome. I also saw on GR that you finished Throne of Glass!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know you rated the last two books 5 stars so I am hoping that you LOVED them 🙂 I still need to pull myself together and review KoA!!! 😀

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    1. Junie is hilarious! I told my SIL she’d probably want to wait a bit for my Kinder niece to read them because of June’s favorite word, stupid 😂.


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