Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sunday Post (24) / 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.

Kim and I by the book fountain at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

This past week I attended a library conference in Cincinnati (OLC Convention). It was nice to see some of my former colleagues and other librarians I know. Cincinnati also had some fantastic restaurants. I got to eat at a Scottish pub and a really good French bakery/cafe with excellent croissants. My friend and coworker Kim had never eaten Indian food before so I was happy to find an Indian restaurant for us to try and she loved it. We also had the opportunity to take a tour of the Cincinnati public library. Overall I had a good time and I didn't have any sinus headaches while I was there which was a real bonus.

My new friend Randy the Penguin (from Newport Aquarium) visits the OLC Exhibit Hall

Now that I'm back I need to try to get caught up on things (like cleaning) but it is hard to be motivated when I am distracted by TV. I have given up on watching Scandal. The characters became really unlikable which was a deal-breaker for me. Plus I already have so many other shows I like and I don't want to be a TV junkie! The new seasons of The Flash and Arrow started and I really liked both premiere episodes. There was a twist on Arrow and it looks like someone important is going to die this season. It better not be Felicity! Monday is the season premiere of Jane the Virgin and I can't wait for more telenovela craziness :) I started watching Quantico, a new FBI drama that stars Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra. I liked the first episode but I'm not sure if I'll continue (too much TV!). For her sake I hope the show does well and doesn't get cancelled.

Today (or maybe tomorrow) I am going to try out the homemade soap craft we are doing at our October Pinterest craft night. It involves melting shea butter soap base in the microwave and then adding soap colorant and pumpkin pie spice before pouring it into a soap mold. It says "10 minute soap" on the website but something tells me it will take more time for me to make it!

Last week on my blog:

Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin (review)
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn (review)

Books read:

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (reread)

Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams

Just like her last book I read (The Secret Life of Violet Grant), I thought the more historic storyline was more compelling than the "modern" one set in the 60s. I didn't really care for Pepper so it was really Annabelle's story that made the book work for me.

Currently reading:

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

I really like that this book doesn't have all the POVs that the Heroes of Olympus series does. I am also enjoying the return of the funny chapter titles.

What I plan to read next:

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

I wasn't planning to read this yet but it is due back soon at the library and I'm not sure I'll be able to renew it so I want to give it a try.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Mindy McGinnis was speaking at my conference but I didn't get a chance to attend her presentation. I've read an excerpt of this and it was really good so I hope I will like it though the setting creeps me out.

Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas

This is another library book I need to return soon. I started reading the ARC version sometime ago but it expired before I could finish.

Death Wears a Mask by Ashley Weaver

New books received:

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (library book)

This House is Haunted by John Boyne (library book)


  1. What a cool book fountain! Looks like a great trip- I love croissants. Good ones are the best.

    I didn't see the Arrow premiere as I'm binging on S3 to catch up. Looking forward to getting there. I've also been watching Continuum which is really good, if you haven't see it. I keep finding shows I like and it's cutting into my reading time!

    Look forward to your thoguhts on the new Riordan. I have on my list...

  2. Sounds like you had a great time at the library conference, I'm drooling over the food, especially the French bakery and that photo of you and Randy is so cute! Glad the sinus headaches stayed away. We're got Continuum to watch or maybe it's Quantico, maybe it's both, eek too many shows I can't even keep track, it's ridiculous lol

    I hope you love Black-Eyed Susans, I'm curious about A Madness So Discreet, not heard of it but sounds good, even the title is creepy. Have a great week, good luck with soap making and enjoy your new reads :)

  3. That is the coolest fountain ever. Wow- so fun! I'm glad your conference was a good time. I haven't been doing too much reading b/c of all the new TV shows I've been checking out...ugh...I don't want to become a TV junkie either. I can't wait for your full review of Infinite Sea!

  4. Black Eyed Susans looks good! I love the cover.

    I feel you on the tv thing! Lately we watch so much television ~ more than we ever did. I think we are still adjusting to a different lifestyle but sometimes I feel like I am watching too much tv. :( There are just so many good shows! Lol. We are trying to keep them to a certain number at a time, but you know how that goes. Lol.

    I am glad you had fun at your conference!

  5. Love that fountain! I'm watching Arrow, The Flash and Quantico too :)

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  6. The book fountain is amazing! It sounds like you had an amazing time.

    Rick Riordan's books seem very popular, I think I may have to investigate, not that I need anymore books!!

    Have a good week!


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