It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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I want to first say, ☆º°˚*☆ Hello ☆º°˚*☆٩꒰”̮*ू꒱ to all of you who are new readers. I am honored that you have added my little blog to your reading list. Thank you very much for following Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons.

Well, it’s two weeks until Christmas. How many more gifts do you need to get? How do you decide what to get whom each year? Do you get inspired by what others show on social media or ads or hints that have been dropped?

I make a list, sometimes inspired by all of the above. I still have a few more to get but don’t feel like I’m running around like a chicken with its head cut off this year. Thank goodness.

How was your weekend? I keep in touch with only two mums from Ulloa, the school where my girls had attended in SF. El and Nin are former PTA and I was lucky to work with them and get to know them better during those years. They are responsible for getting me out as I tend to be more isolated here in the east bay burbs. I’m extremely grateful for their unconditional friendship.

I got dolled up (new pic here) and we met up in downtown San Mateo for dinner at Porterhouse. OMGosh, I got so lost walking from the parking garage to the restaurant. I worried them and they went to look for me. So embarrassed as I think the maître d’/sommelier wasn’t happy that I was late. Next time I’ll leave the car right away. Anyways, we shared the (special) Tomahawk Wagyu Beef, 36 Hour Niman Pork Belly appetizer, brussel sprouts & bacon side, a 2009 bottle of red, and the sides the beef came with. There was also dessert but I didn’t take pictures of them. This sharing was just the right amount for the three of us. We didn’t want to be stuffed from beef, wanting to try different items on the menu. I had a lovely time catching up with these women.

I’m linkin’ up with Kathryn as usual for the Monday book post.

(taken from her weekly, Monday post)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

I finished Poison Study (Kindle version) some time after Thanksgiving. The cover drew me in on Overdrive so I had put a hold on it. Once I started, I was in another world. Every time I picked it up to read, I was happy as a clam.

This plot is about good, old-fashioned poison, the traditional way to kill someone. Yelena is plucked out of prison, saved from hanging, and trained as the next food taster. She learns about the different poisons – how they taste – out there that enemies will try to use to poison the Commander.

Man, this girl’s got cojones. She’s brave and has a brain. Yelena also had to navigate around what was right, what was wrong, and what was easy. I liked how it wasn’t about her looks but about her ethics and morals.

Classified also as a romance on Goodreads, the romance aspect for me was a bit awkward. I kind of saw it coming but its full appearance was like a baby animal trying to walk for the first time on its stumbling legs. Despite this I’m intrigued about the next installment and will continue on. Four ☆’.・.・:★’.・.・:☆’.・.・:★

I am always game to try new historical romance authors. I haven’t read any of Laura Lee Guhrke’s works before so I decided to give her a go.

When the Marquess Met His Match was a solid read. I found the banter between Nicholas and Belinda entertaining. I liked how Belinda could dish out salty, cutting remarks with standard, society decorum. I liked how the Marquess had baggage and was kind of the underdog who had a kick in the pants and a chance to get his sh*t straight. I liked the roll of the dice when the going got tough. I look forward to continuing the series and reading more of this author’s writing. Three ☆’.・.・:★’.・.・:☆’.

One of my friends mentioned last night at how amazed she was at how I find time to blog and all the books I’ve read. It’s just one of my to-do things that keeps me busy I guess. Crafting and blogging are ways I keep sane after I work out + get laundry, grocery shopping, and dinner prep done. However, sometimes I’m not inspired to write, especially when I feel I have nothing to share. As for reading, when I do read a lot, it’s mostly because I read in the car when I’m waiting for the teen to come out of the gates (I park at least a half an hour before the bell.) or before I get out of the car to pick up the 10-year-old and our neighbors. Reading is another way to relax and a way for my brain to decompress when my body is too tired after a workout or running around to do anything else.

I’m actually behind now on my books because I’ve been requesting or finding books on recent library trips.

Currently Reading

  1. The Deep End (The Country Club Murders #1) by Julie Mulhern. This cozy mystery series has been a favorite with many of you out there. I finally moved it up on my TBR and am enjoying it.

What the Dame are Reading

  1. The teen usually reads multiple books at once; it’s hard to keep track of but she leans toward high school realistic fiction. I love how she can peruse the children’s section on her own and fills up her library bag.
  2. The youngest is reading one book at a time from her classroom library. I am amazed at what this daughter brings home. She read a book called Refugee by Alan Gratz where three kids throughout history go on harrowing journeys to find refuge; it has a reading level of 10-14 year olds. I’m really proud of her because my child has been reading books I never thought she would read; her classroom is having a 40 book challenge this school year and she’s just about there already.

On my Nightstand – Feel the wave of fantasy coming!

  1. The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  2. The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay
  3. The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson

If you don’t like a book, do you force yourself to finish it? What makes you do so? Are you asking Santa for any books this Christmas?

I look forward to reading your answers. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good Monday and TTYL.


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

  1. I LOVE your new hairstyle! Very glamorous! I am envious of your Bay Area life…I lived in SF way back in the day, and never wanted to leave. But I also fell in love with my next home town: Sacramento.

    I now live in Central California, and one might say I’m stuck. But I’ve adjusted to it.

    Enjoy the Country Club Murder series! It’s my favorite cozy series.

    Thanks for sharing your week…and for visiting my blog.


  2. That beef looks amazing! My reading will disappoint you. Not reading much at all. Too busy but I read a good article on LIARS on the washington post yesterday. So sad but fascinating


  3. I am in awe of all that you do…seriously…and I love that you read in the car while you wait. Going a half an hour early is pure genius! You did go heavy on beef but it looks scrumptious. I need a night out with my girls! I am seriously only into cozy mysteriesright now…I can’t stop!


  4. What an amazing look night out! That food looks gorgeous – and your new haircut is super cute too!

    I am doing ok with shopping. The past few years has been a baby boom in our family, so we have all started buying just for the kids, and obviously our own little families. I am done except for stocking stuffers, and all of my husband’s gifts! We usually shop by what we feel drawn toward for that person, and Billy and I make a small list for each other, and we usually pick one or two things from that, and then freestyle the rest. 🙂 I did ask for a few books! I asked for Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel, Swann’s Way by Proust (Vol. 1), and What We See in the Stars. 🙂

    Poison Study sounds so good!! I am going to have to add it. 🙂

    Have a great week!


  5. mm all that food looks so good.
    The Deep End has been on my TBR too.. good to hear it’s good.
    On my nightstand is Saints of the Shadow Bible.. it’s been sitting there mostly unread for almost a month now. It hasn’t pulled me in yet.. and I keep finding something more interesting to do.
    Which brings me to your question.. I no longer feel obligated to finish a book that doesn’t interest me. Reading shouldn’t be a chore.. and the moment finishing a book turns into a job I stop reading.


  6. I’ve done the bulk of my must be bought in person gifts but still have a hefty Amazon shopping trip to do. Other than that I’m not doing too bad! I’m glad to here you’re liking The Deep End. I love that series! I’m a fan of Laura Lee Guhrke but thinking back while I enjoyed all the books of hers that I’ve read there was only one that was a serious stand out. The rest were good reads but not memorable. I’m about to start a spree of Christmas novellas and I’ve got a cozy mystery to throw in to add to the fun!


  7. Glad you’re enjoying the Deep End, I love that series! And Porterhouse sounds awesome. Those pictures look delicious, I’ve had to cut back on beef but I think if I was there I would splurge!!!


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