*still listening to Unwrapped by Hidden Beach Recordings*
Hey ヾ(๑╹ꇴ◠๑)ﾉ” there! Yep, double post today since I’ve caught up on blogs and we’re having a lazy Fourth of July. Our crew is holed up in our house cave away from the 85° heat. You know what I’m doing; the husband is studying for his final; the tween’s got her bedroom door closed as usual and is listening to her music while playing and reading at the same time; and the little one alternates between hanging out with me or playing or reading in her room.
Linking up with Kathryn for .
Before I talk about what books I’ve finished lately, I thought I’d see how I was doing in the reading challenges I’ve signed up for this year:
A. Status Goal: Weekend Warrior (5-10)
i. Where I’m at: 3
A. Status Goal: Short-Order Cook (1-3)
i. Where I’m at: 1 ((๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و PAU)
A. Status Goal: Gigabytes (50)
i. Where I’m at: 14
IV. GoodReads 2016 Reading Challenge
A. Status Goal: 101 books
i. Where I’m at: 32
Well, not so bad, yeah? I guess I can check off the Foodies Read challenge for now. I know I’m sadly behind this year in reading in general as knitting has taken over with my ambitious determination to knit five pairs of adult socks besides adding card-making and sewing to my list of hobbies.
Alrighty, let’s get down to business:
I recently finished this eBook, Magnus Chase and the GODS of ASGARD by Rick Riordan. I was so excited to read this one and learn about Norse mythology. However, I just didn’t get excited while immersed in the book. I had to remind myself sometimes that this was not Greek mythology and so there are different characters and different ways of doing things. There were snarky chapter titles and I guess teenage sarcasm from Magnus but I wasn’t grabbed from the gecko like the Percy Jackson series had done for me. Some exciting moments were present in places but sorry to say, I won’t be continuing this series. Two stars.
This cozy mystery is a simple read I enjoyed. I was intrigued by it because it involved a bookstore. In my last podcast, I mentioned how this black cat named Hamlet is a character that doesn’t play around. The opening scene had me crackin’ up. I have to admit that I didn’t quite see how Hamlet was helpful in the mystery but I’ll be continuing on in the series to see how it develops. Three stars.
Currently Listening to or Reading:
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – 3 CDs down, 12 to go but enjoying this classic.
- A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd – Trying this duo out for the first time and liking what I’ve read so far; still need to get into the meat of the mystery.
- Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – Thumbs up so far! After taking a long break from the Shadowhunters I love being immersed in their world again.
- The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – I know, another one of his? Hey, my holds just came in that way. But from page one, I started smiling. I missed my Greek mythology.
- What I Taught My Daughter: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women by Nina Tassler – I keep forgetting to pick this one back up; it’s good though and many bits and pieces resonate with me as I’m mum to two daughters.
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens; I’m having a hard time going back to this audiobook. Should I make myself continue because it’ll be good for me to “read” more classics?
Okay, I have room temperature butter and eggs that need to get baked off. Gonna try a new recipe – Soft Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies – that I spotted on Pinterest this morning. Cross your fingers for me that they’ll come out.