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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

Is it Monday already? How does the weekend go by so fast? How’d you spend your weekend?

We were home bodies which is nothing new. The husband and I have been adjusting to the intermittent fasting. The last hour is hard as our tummies start rumbling by then. Three-fourths of our ohana ate up the rest of the cheesecake. It was fun to see how happy my tween was whenever she put a forkful in her mouth. I told her she has to help me next time so she can learn how to make it.

Yesterday I was happy to finally discover where the baby ants were coming in. Ants used to come in through the sliding doors or the kitchen window but I had sprayed all windows and doors in the past after the rainy season stopped. A little would trickle in here and there but this weekend there were tons and where were they coming in from? One of the wall sockets; the husband Googled and told me to spray lemon water. I had a lemon from my neighbor’s yarn so I cut it in half and rubbed a half all over the socket that got plugged up with plastic plugs and the wall around it. This has helped.

“I always looked for a place where I could sit in solace and read, and you know what offered me that comfortable solitude? Books.” 
― Neeraj Agnihotri, In The Name Of Blasphemy

Reading has been my choice of leisure lately. I don’t know why other than it soothes me. It also has me spending time on this comfy, grey chair we have that is in reach of the pull-out tray of an endtable where I have my cup of tea.

I’m happy to report that I’m reached 72% of my Goodreads goal of 65 books. I am ahead nine books, y’all! And the majority of what I’ve been reading have been from the library.

Beneath these Lies (Beneath #5) by Meghan March

Kindle version

Very interesting plot. I was surprised at who the bad boy was – each book summary in this series doesn’t let on whom the book is about. I totally wondered about how the relationship was going to work. This was a fishing lure that reeled me along to keep on reading and to find out what’s going to happen in the end. I certainly was surprised.

Three stars.

Deal with the Devil (Forge Trilogy, #1) by Meghan March

Kindle version

I decided to try another series written by Meghan March since I had to wait for the next Beneath book.

I liked the storyline of Deal with the Devil. It was different. I felt like I was speeding along all white river rafting and then all of a sudden, my raft drops over the waterfall! Damn cliffhanger. I was like wait, that’s it? WTH? I didn’t like how it ended because of this and so I’m not sure if I’ll be reading more of the series.

Three stars because the content was good.

Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen #3) by Joanne Fluke

Kindle version

Getting back into this series, I was reminded of how much I liked Hannah. She keeps it real. This female lead can be sarcastic and had these funny thoughts when rubbed wrong way. I liked how she looked and acted like a real woman. I couldn’t believe she’s technically only in her late twenties and was already pressured to get married. I loved all the baking that went on and liked all the usual, supporting characters. I had a hint at who was the murderer but only later on. Talk about just when you thought you knew someone.

Three stars.

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4) by Joanne Fluke

Kindle version

This installment had an interesting mystery with the different elements involved. I liked how more of Hannah’s family was involved. I did have an inkling about a few, certain suspects, but I wasn’t quite sure which one and why.

I even highlighted the pie recipe as I would like to try it. The cookie recipes always have interesting names. I wonder if any readers have made them? I tried Googling for pictures, but most links led to copies of the recipes in the books. I used Pinterest too to search and feel that many of the books’ recipes are variations of others.

Four stars.

Hmmm, what to do next? I already turned in the teenager’s athletic paperwork to the department director who has cleared her for fall tennis. I do need to wash my laundry as I’ve run out of workout gear. Today was the first time I worked out on an empty stomach; I didn’t run but walked and hit the abs and weights. I felt fine afterwards.

I may dig out my sewing machine. I had bought some jean and duckcloth fabric + some metal zippers as I was obsessed with clutches for a while before our summer holiday. May do that or just read some more.

Anywho, thanks for droppin by. Happy reading to you. Aloha.

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

  1. Weekends go by WAY too fast. Mine was pretty quiet though- hope yours was good! And ooh that’s good to know about lemon juic- we’ve had ants sneak in on occasion too and I’m like uh-uh, out you go lol.

    Blueberry Muffin looks fun. 🙂


  2. Ah ants are a pain. You should have seen my kitchen one year when I did a home remedy borax thing – dead ants like everywhere!! For about a week! Hmm lemon juice sounds interesting. I get the perimeter of my house sprayed every 4 months now and I hope it will help. Hmm the Lemon Meringue Murder Pie sounds good and that pie is very tasty too!


  3. Nice that reading soothes you! I think I feel the same way when I’m in the kitchen making stuff! 🙂 Eeek ants…I’m glad you found where they were coming from!


  4. Our weekend was quiet too. We have issues with ants after a hard rain, they come up behind the stove which is almost impossible to get to. I use a toxic gel which seems to get rid of them, until the next hard rain anyway.

    Have a great reading week, enjoy your sewing project,


      1. I hate having to use it but it’s the only thing that works. It’s a thick gel that clings to surfaces applied with a syringe, because you only need a tiny bit I can apply it in ‘safe’ places where ants cross to ensure they ingest it, and it won’t get spread around.


  5. The Joanne Fluke books sound cute. I’m looking for some more mysteries, so I’ll check them out. If you like mysteries with a little baking thrown in, you may like the Dewberry Farm series by Karen McInerny.


  6. The weekend fly by but the workweek drags. My friend does intermittent fasting too. Good luck with it.
    You are doing great with the reading. I read a few Joanne Fluke books before and enjoyed them.
    Have a nice weekend!


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