Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Post (21) / It's Monday, What Are You Reading

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ 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 had a somewhat busy week ending with a visit to my parents for the weekend. The potluck with my book group went really well and we all agreed that the movie version of The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared was pretty true to the spirit of the book. It was nice to spend some time with my parents though the weather was cooler and rainy. We stayed inside and watched movies like Woman in Gold, which was excellent and the new version of Cinderella which was cute.

This week is the Pinterest Craft Night that I've been mentioning so much lately. We have 9 people signed up now which is really exciting. We made more room so a grandmother could bring her two teenage granddaughters with her which I thought was really sweet. 

Last week on my blog:

Maid of Wonder by Jennifer McGowan (review) not the best in the series
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (review) really liked this novel about body image and confidence

Books read:

Avelynn by Marissa Campbell

An interesting historical novel set during the time of the Saxons and Vikings. It also has some romance and fantasy elements. It was pretty grim reading at times.

I just loved this book. It was touching and sweet and sad and I look forward to hearing what my other book group members thought of it. I'd wanted to read this book for years and I'm really glad I finally got to. I was really moved while reading this when I read a recent post by George Takei that touched on his experiences as a young man in the internment camp.

Currently reading:

The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (reread)

I never got around to reviewing this book when I read it last year so I thought I'd reread it especially with the final book on my TBR pile.

What I plan to read next:

The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

I was so excited to get an ARC of this. I can't wait to read it but at the same time I'm worried about the fate of the characters and sad the series is coming to an end.

Future Perfect by Jen Larsen

I think the concept behind this book is sad. The main character's grandmother keeps trying to bribe her to lose weight every year on her birthday. This time the bribe is her Ivy League college tuition in exchange for weight loss surgery.

Lord Fenton's Folly by Josi S. Kilpack

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

New books received:

Black-eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin (library book)

Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase by Louise Walters (for review)

A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern (for review)


  1. I remember seeing The Hotel in the bookstore a while back, and being intrigued by that title so I picked it up. Haven't read it but it looks good. Glad you had a good weekend- I thought the new Cinderella movie was cute too. Not a bad redo.

    Enjoy your week and good luck with the craft night.

  2. I read The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet a few years ago and loved the direction it took, so glad you enjoyed it! Your Pinterest Craft Night sounds like fun, I hope you have a great time.

  3. Sounds like you had a great time! I've got Black-Eyed Susans on audio, looking forward to listening.

  4. I've had The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet on my TBR mountain for years, book and audio lol. So glad you loved it, I hope to get to it soon. Hope you love Black-Eyed Susans as much as I did. And I like the sound of Avelynn, I don't mind grim and that cover is gorgeous.
    Yay, I'm glad you got a good response for your Pinterest Craft Night, I'm sure they'll all have fun. Have a great week and happy reading :)

  5. I'm really keen to read Black Eyed Susans but haven't come across it yet which is a bit annoying!

  6. My book club really liked Hotel. Glad to see you did, too.

    Here's my It's Monday!

  7. I'll have to check out Hotel on the Corner...sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Good luck with your craft cute is that grandmother bringing her that!! I hope you had a good weekend.

  8. The Pinterest Craft Nights sound like great fun!

    I read Black-Eyed Susans and really enjoyed it and hope you do too. I've had my eye on Avelynn and really would like to read it, despite some mixed reviews as I have a thing for Viking/Icelandic stories and just read one recently that I enjoyed.
    Have a good week- new follower here :)

  9. I've got a few of those as e-galleys or ARCs, need to get on them! Great haul!
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  10. I liked What We Saw enough to buy a finished copy to donate to my HS Media Center. I hope you like it too. Come see my reading week here. Happy reading!

  11. I am sure you will have a wonderful book club discussion. LOVED the book.

    ENJOY your reading week and book club.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  12. *adds The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet to TBR*

    Glad you had a nice book group meeting! Hope you enjoy the Sherry Thomas books (I need to read that sequel soon - the first book was so fun)!

    Enjoy! :)


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