Hello. How’d you start off April? I’m curious. Are you a prankster? Did you play jokes last Saturday?
No joking around on my end. Our crew had a relaxing Saturday in the 70’s: The dames went out to play with the neighbor, after a leisurely lie in I worked on creating two birthday cards, and the husband chillaxed since he had an early 5K Sunday. This sums up our Sunday:
- I have wanted to try to make kimchi for ages. This one, cucumber kimchi, is a bit simpler. I found the recipe on Pinterest. So it’s currently fermenting in our frig after sitting on the counter for a couple of hours.
The man of our house put together our new Sauder coffee table. It’s rustic and solid wood, going with the Hawaiian theme of our dining area and living room.
How was your reading this week? Mine progressed well. I have been reading in the car before I walk Jellybean to campus. My hands and wrists aren’t warmed up in the early morning so I stopped knitting then to prevent the pain I got last month.
Janet Evanovich’s Three to Get Deadly is my ninth Kindle book read. I had enjoyed the second installment so much I immediately check out book three.
However, this one wasn’t much of a winner for me. While I did get a couple of chuckles throughout the book, I actually gave it two stars for an “It’s okay” rating on Goodreads. I felt the plot was all over place while Stephanie tried to find a beloved citizen who was like a needle in a haystack. The community didn’t like her going after Mo of course. And then you have the issue of vigilante(s) because drug dealers are disappearing; there’s divided opinion between those who serve and those who are civilians. I’m giving nothing away as you can see from the GR book summary linked above.
I will still continue reading the series but am going to take a break from it now since I have such a long list of books I’d like to read this 2017.
I decided to try out a new cozy mystery series on Overdrive Listen. On What Grounds is written by a wife and husband duo, a tidbit I found interesting. The book opens up with the killer’s point of view as he thoroughly expresses his feelings for the intended victim. I found this set up to be different from the past cozies I’ve read since usually I’m introduced to the protagonist who goes about daily life until she stumbles upon the dead body.
Are you a hardcore coffee drinker? Then this series is for you. Sprinkled throughout this audiobook are detailed facts about coffee, from how a certain one should be brewed to where it comes from, etc. Who knew coffee could be so intricate?
Another plus for me is the array of characters in this first installment. You have people of color who have gay or straight sexual orientations. There are different occupations mentioned and contact with different social circles and with different parts of the city. In addition, I totally didn’t guess the murderer right at all. Four stars.
Currently Reading &/or Listening to
- Shadowfever (Fever #5) by Karen Marie Moning
- The Chemist by Stephenie Myer
- Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery #2) by Cleo Coyle
What the Crew’s Reading
- Husband: Do I even need to say?
- Jellybean: She just finished the two books (Dolphin Dreams by Catherine Hapka and Bailey’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron) she had bought at Book Fair.
- Tween: She’s reading, a Book Fair find, The Harlem Charade by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley. Doesn’t this author have such an interesting name? I’m intrigued by the book title itself.
I hope your Monday has started off well in your part of the world or you may snoring away like me here in California. Have a good week everyone. Happy reading!