It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Good morning. I first want to say thank you for kickin’ it with me during last week’s podcast. Podcasting makes me feel like I’m making an even closer connection with you. It’s fun to shoot the breeze “in person.”

I was going to flash you the crew’s newest favorite nom, nom, nom from last weekend. Oh boy, am I tempted! But I’m going to hold off and wait for another What’s Cookin’ Good Looking? post. Sorry to (。•̀ᴗ-)✧ tease you.

Speaking of the weekend, last night I was knitting more of the pashmina shawl and catching up on Teaching Bites podcasts. I was on the thirty-sixth one and thought how it was relevant to today’s book post. What caught my attention was that the librarian who was interviewed created a mobile bicycle library. I thought that was so cool! I know I’ve seen on Pinterest old mailboxes and even old phone booths that have been made into free libraries. The fact that a bicycle one exists in my hometown of San Francisco is awesome. You can listen to her interview by the godparents of my daughters here. There is also a great article on her here.


Hey, BTW, are you ready for Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon? I am so excited! Friday I took my dames to the library because the tween had two requests come in. She combed through the children’s section to restock her reading supply while the 8-year-old devoured the latest BabyMouse graphic novel beside me while I swatched for the next Christmas sock.

When they were done, I had us head over to the area of the library where new books are featured. Now I usually don’t just pick up books at the library. Since joining Goodreads, I’ve been anal about planning my next read. However, covers lured me in and guess what? I found two books for Saturday’s read-a-thon! Boy did I want to hold up my arms and yell, Scooorrreee! I’m not going to flash them here as you’ll see them soon enough this weekend. #READATHON

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

So I wanted to post one for this meme last week because I actually finished a Kindle book, but it just got too busy. I’ve forgotten how busy it can get in the spring semester.


Like I’ve said before, this 2016 I want to try out new authors besides giving certain series another chance after having doubts after the first book. You out there have inspired me to as certain authors and their works keep showing up on your blogs. Robyn Carr is definitely one of them.

I’ve also stated before how I’m tough on modern romances because my expectations are higher. Anything is possible in today’s world. The Wanderer grabbed my attention. Its layout of the plot is different. Romances are usually female-centered and female-led, right? However, the author focuses mainly on the man. His character is developed. You’re presented straight up with his past and how that’s shaped his personality and habits today. You see the town of Thunder Point and its characters through his eyes. The woman doesn’t really come in until past 40% of the book! I was like whoa! Talk about different. The town is a big part of the story also. Other characters are unique in their own ways and there are some real issues going on. So I was impressed with this first try of Robyn Carr’s writing. The Wanderer is realistic and not so tidy. Four stars. And will I continue on with this series? No brainer about that.


Saturday was a warm day here in the east bay, at least 85°. I was indoors of course as our house pretty much kept it cool. I spent a pleasant chunk of the day finishing up this Kindle book. Why? I wanted to know how does it end.

I’ve had A Court of Thorns and Roses on my TBR for about 11.5 months and every time I’ve come across it, the cover art draws me in each passing. I follow Hot Listens and their bloggers are always reading a lot of fantasy/supernatural fiction. They totally put me in the mood to read this genre next.

Think Beauty and the Beast undertone – a fairy tale in shadows, one that is gritty and in the raw. There is desperation of the impoverished. There is fae who do not play around. And man, you bet you can expect bloodshed. While this revolves around a 19-year-old human girl named Freye, I think even fellas would enjoy this book. Four stars. There is a sequel I totally plan to read this year.

Thank you for dropping by today. An early run and weights session after princess drop off is my priority as it’s going to be hot again. It starts warming up between 10 and 11 a.m. I look forward to swinging by your blogs later on.

TTYL, bye.


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

  1. You had much going on this week end! It’s going to be in the 80’s here today, too. Time for lots of yard prep! I have really wanted to read that Sarah J. Maas book…I think I need to read it soon!


  2. Sounds like a really great week! I have recently discovered Robyn Carr’s books, and have two waiting for me to read, after finishing my first one (Virgin River).

    I hope to participate in the Read-a-thon…I signed up! It will be my first time, which is odd, since I’ve been blogging for eight years!

    Enjoy your week…and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES


  3. I’ve not watched the podcast yet….it’s up on my browser but I’ve just not had the chance yet. Maybe later today. We’ll see how the day goes.

    I’m tempted to join in on Pottermore’s RAL for the entire series. I’m a little late to the party, though…only a couple days. I don’t even know the specifics of it but I think there’s some sort of hashtag. I should look into that….


  4. I’m so glad you enjoyed The Wanderer! That’s my one and only Robyn Carr book so far and I really liked it for the reasons you mention. It felt almost more like a story of the town then a typical romance. I’m looking forward to seeing more from her. I’m adding Court of Thorns and Roses to my TBR! It’s been on my radar for quite awhile but it sounds really good! Y


  5. Hello, fellow bookish knitter! I discovered your blog through the link-up. I was like, “Wooly Cakes… could that possibly be knitting-related?!” Glad to see you enjoyed “A Court of Thorns and Roses.” I’ve been debating reading that one for a while.


  6. So happy to hear you enjoyed The Wanderer. I started with Virgin River series and the rest as they say was history. I love those little free libraries around. A group in the south of our country has been setting up some quirky ones and they are totally gorgeous.


  7. The Wanderer sounds really interesting! It’s nice to see a romance that focuses on a male character (I also like books where the location plays a big role!). I’m going to look into it.


  8. While you are getting hotter weather we are cooling down a bit after a near perfect weekend. I’ve got company coming at the end of the week so every day I am cleaning something. I’m reading This much I know is True by wally lamb. I’ve never read anything of his before so it’s interesting.


  9. It sounds like you had a fun week!

    My husband just listened to Court of Thorns and Roses and liked it! I had gotten it from audible for myself but I never get around to listening to books, while he does all day at work. He told me I would like it as well, I just need to check it out. 🙂

    The Robyn Carr book sounds interesting! I agree with you, modern romances are usually very female-led so it is cool that the one you read wasn’t. A nice change! I am the opposite though – I am not very tough on modern romances ~ I think I expect only that no animals die and that there is a happy ending. 🙂


  10. oh wow, a 24 hour read-a-thon sounds amazing! So excited to hear how it goes, looks like you have some good books lined up for it!


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