Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday Post (9) / It's Monday What Are You Reading

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a fun weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we share what we've read and reviewed over the past week and what we plan to read next. I will also be sharing my It's Monday post on Twitter #IMWAYR. 

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! I called my dad this morning since I couldn't be there in person. I've now missed Mother's Day, my mom's birthday and Father's Day. Hopefully I will get to visit them over Fourth of July weekend!

Yesterday's ladies clothing swap at the library had a very small turnout but the people who came all found something new to take home. I don't know if it was the rainy weather that kept people away (is anyone else tired of all the rain we've been getting in the Midwest?) or other things going on in the community. I am hopeful that next month's back to school clothing swap for kids will get a bigger response. Tomorrow night is the murder mystery dinner. I have a lot to do but thankfully I have one volunteer helping me to set up and decorate tomorrow afternoon and another volunteer helping me at the event. So far we have 25 people signed up but I wouldn't be surprised if some call tomorrow to register at the last minute. Seems to happen all the time!

Later this week I will be traveling to Toronto for my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary party. It will just be a quick trip and a very busy weekend! Hopefully there will be some time to relax but we'll probably be trying to visit some relatives and pick up groceries on our one free day. Now I need to make my packing list!

Last week on my blog:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (review)
Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews (review)

Books read:

The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

I picked this up on a whim at the library and I ended up really liking it. It is the first inspirational fiction dystopian novel I've ever read. It reminded me a little bit of books like Matched and Delirium.  I definitely plan to read the sequel.

I read this contemporary inspirational romance for review. I read one other book by Beth Vogt (Catch a Falling Star) that I really liked so I wanted to give this a try. The premise reminded me of Sweet Home Alabama, one of my favorite romantic comedies. The novel didn't have as much humor as I'd hoped but I liked it.

Flame Tree Road by Shona Patel

I loved this book, especially the early parts when the main character, Biren, is a kid. He was so smart and caring and passionate about helping people. His dad was pretty awesome too. Although this is a companion novel/prequel to Teatime For the Firefly (which features an elderly Biren as a secondary character), it can be read as a standalone. I actually recommend reading Flame Tree Road first before Teatime for the Firefly so things are chronological and there won't be spoilers.

Currently reading:

I am really enjoying listening to the audio version of the book though I also have the print copy checked out from the library.  I've laughed out loud, felt angry and nearly teared up too. I kind of don't want the story to end so I've been slowly listening to it a bit at a time so I can listen on my long drive later this week. I hope my book group members love it as much as I do. It's still early but it may be one of my favorite books I read this year. 

What I might read next:

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

I wasn't very interested in reading this last year but when it was on sale for Kindle, I read a sample and decided to buy it. I've since read some positive reviews from bloggers I trust so hopefully I will like it. If not, it was only $1.99...

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I got an ARC of this and I've mostly loved her books so I am looking forward to reading The Fixer sometime soon. It is supposed to be like the TV show Scandal.

Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond

I kind of liked the idea of a mystery novel featuring Lois Lane as a heroine. This version of Lois kind of reminds me of Veronica Mars too. I was pretty disappointed by the portrayal of Lois in the latest Superman movie but this Lois doesn't seem like the damsel in distress type at all. Plus she has a friend she met online named "Smallville Guy". I think we all know who that is...

New books received:

First and Then by Emma Mills (review)

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins (review)

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (review)

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (library book)

The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer (library book)

Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond (library book)

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (purchased)


  1. All of your books look tempting...I have enjoyed The Nightingale, The Guest Cottage, and I'm ogling Beach Town. Lois Lane: Fallout, looks good, too. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Such a bummer that you haven't seen your family in a while. :( Fingers crossed that you can connect over the fourth!

    Wow, your description of The Supreme's at Earl's..sounds amazing! I am going to have to definitely check it out. Anything that can inspire that range of emotion must be good- especially if you are dragging out the ending. :)

  3. The Choosing sounds interesting! I've heard varying things on Snow Like Ashes. People seem to love it or hate it, with no in-between!

  4. What a book haul ... I'm so excited about If You Only Knew, Kristin Higgins is a go-to author for me. Hope you enjoy The Guest Cottage, I did. I've put Flame Tree Road on my wishlist but I'll definitely follow your advice and read Teatime for the Firefly first.
    Looking forward to hearing about your murder/mystery event and I do hope you get to see your family on 4th July weekend. Happy reading :)

  5. The Lois Lane book sounds great! I'll have to keep The Supremes in mind as an audio selection. Safe travels! Enjoy your week!

  6. Nice haul and enjoy your trip.

  7. Have a great time in Toronto...never been, but I have always wanted to go. I will keep my eye out for your review of Lois Lane....very interested in that one. I hope you enjoy The Guest Cottage---perfect and light summertime read!

  8. I liked Snow Like Ashes and have the second book on my review stack. I hope you enjoy it too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  9. Snow Like Ashes is such a great book! I just reviewed The Fixer for my blog. That one was just okay. Parts of it were a bit unbelievable, mainly due to their ages.

  10. It sounds like you do some really fun and unique library programs, and very helpful to the community! Great job! :D Snow Like Ashes always looked interesting, though I never got around to reading it. I really enjoyed Lois Lane Fallout. It was fun and no, she's definitely not a damsel in distress!


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