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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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

Getting Ready

Good afternoon. It’s 3:54 pm and 92° out. How was your week and weekend? I was busy getting the kids ready for school and so decided to take the week off from blogging. My tween is going through a phase where most of the clothes she used to wear don’t cut it for her and what she wants to wear now is not quite formulated in her brain. I’d take her to stores and get the ew-mew face. So embarassing especially when the shopowner is watching. *eye roll* Finally after some online shopping my seventh grader was able to show me what style of t-shirts she wants to wear and Nordstrom + her Bella saved my sanity!

The Weekend

Our crew was one of homebodies with it being hot out. We were going to check out the local, antique fair around the hill from us. However, it would have been a pain to try to drive there and to find parking since streets were closed off. Plus, one of my daughter’s bikes has a flat tire and hasn’t been fixed yet.


Netflix and Prime have been our babysitters of late. We watched Avengers: Endgame. Totally epic. Spider-Man: Homecoming was a good one; I liked it a lot. The dames and I watched The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. It’s premise was okay but the scenery and costumes were beautiful; I really wanted Clara’s military jacket. The three of us also binged on the first season of She-Ra and the Princess of Power.


  1. I dragged myself out of bed to do my workout, just walking two programs today.
  2. The tween is at her BFF’s house for their last summer playdate (school starts this week).
  3. I rolled by TJ’s to pick up some salad ingredients to try a new recipe: Cooking Classy’s Sun-Dried Tomato Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette. I am a bit tired of bagged, salad mixes and decided to make one from scratch as I need veggies for my first meal of the day.

“At home he was constantly reading. Once he was asked: “Don’t you have a hobby?” “Oh yes,” he replied, “reading.” His studio was his sanctuary, his books his treasures. The last thing he did at night before retiring was to go to the bookshelves and, like a gourmet studying the menu in a good restaurant, carefully select a book to enrich his evening.” 
― Margit von Mises,My Years With Ludwig von Mises

Beneath These Shadows (Beneath #6) by Meghan March

Kindle version

I wish Bishop was more prominent figure in the fifth book as the other characters were; he was only mentioned a few times. However, I enjoyed this sixth installment of the Beneath series. Bishop was the bad boy-looking hunk with his own insecurities mixed with his manly confidence. Eden was this caged butterfly who didn’t have a chance to spread her wings and who had a lot to learn about the outside world. Of course the author throws in a little twist that wasn’t too complicated but enough to be an interesting and good climax. Three stars.

My reading slowed down once I finished the slew of Kindle books. I do find it a bit harder to read hard copies as I need to lug them around and try to balace balance them comfortably for reading.

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

Hardcover version

I finally tried out Beatriz Williams! I kept meaning to but forgot, etc. And it was a nice change of genre from all of the testosterone-filled romances I’ve been reading.


There was a big contrast between Budgie and Lily. One so popular and seemed worldly. The other shyer and in the shadows. I have to say Budgie really rubbed me the wrong way at times with her selfishness and conniving nature. For those of you who have read this book, did you feel the way she was was characteristically representative of her past?

Lily felt more real-life because of her insecurities. Sometimes her obsession over comparing herself to others brought out a mixed bag of emotions in me – annoying me but at the same time I felt for her and could understand some of what I could personally relate to. Her being the underdog had me rooting for her though the whole time.

For Further Investigation

I am going to have to refresh my weak memory of why there was discrimination against the Jewish people community between WWI and WWII. I didn’t quite understand why people had certain views of Nick because of his cultural background.


I liked the pace of this story. I had to get used to the flipping back and forth in time but it didn’t take long. I was intrgued by the current situation and wondered how it came to be. Also it was interesting how a twist and a certain, historic event was integrated. Never knew something like could happen there. Three stars.

Well, I must be going. I have the tween to pick up first and then her sister from practice. Thank you for keeping the teen in your thoughts. There have been more challenges going on since last week after the first heat wave passed. All I know for now is she’ll be playing doubles this year.

Oh and before I sign off, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be taking September off from social media. I’ve decided to unplug as much as possible for my birthday month so I can concentrate on getting things done, on me, and on making things. I’ll try to blog a few more times this week before the first. TTYS.

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

  1. Nice idea to unplug from social media for a month, we should all do it from time to time. Sometimes on a Sunday I keep away from it. I need to do it though for a longer period – like a challenge to myself! I did read A Hundred Summers but am a bit vague on it now but I think I wasn’t that fond of Budgie.


  2. Enjoy your social media unplug and HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY! My birthday is in September, too. My mom’s birthday is also in September so she’s been planning to fly up to see us for a couple weeks. Hope we can all enjoy the cooling weather! Thank you for the book shares, Stefanie!


  3. Oh no……..a month without you!!!!! Enjoy the time and your bday. You are always so busy with your girls and homelife. Clothes shopping for teen girls is the worse. Thankfully my grand wears uniforms to school so it is only half way horrible lol.

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  4. So tough being a ‘tween’ or a teenager!! Who knew we could be so embarrassing?! I just went away for two weeks with my niece in law (my BIL’s niece) and she’s turned 13 this year. MY GOSH! I’m not sure what to do when I hit those years with my daughter but I guess I’ll just bumble along !!

    Hope you’ve been well Stef!

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  5. Netflix, yes! What to do without it, right? Loved Endgame. Such a great movie. I can’t wait to watch again. I just need to find time.


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