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
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.