Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sunday Post (25) / 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 and now hosted by Kathryn at Book Date, where we share what we've read and reviewed over the past week and what we plan to read next.

So I'm in a bit of a reading slump still I guess. I only read one book and it took me all week to get through it. That is kind of shocking considering it was a Rick Riordan book and I normally love his books and finish them in just a day or two. Now I'm starting on my book group reads for the month instead of picking up what I want to read. We meet next week and I thought I had one more week than I do! Last month I had both books read with weeks to spare.

I didn't have a very productive week at work and I'm starting to feel the stress of bad planning. I realized that I only have a week to go on my murder mystery dinner at the library and I forgot to order the background music CDs. I also still need to buy craft supplies for our Pinterest craft night this Tuesday. Oops! Somehow I know it will all get done. At least the important stuff anyway. Both programs are full and have waiting lists which is also a good sign that we are doing something right! I am considering letting more people into the craft program if I can squeeze more out of my budget. I still have a craft to plan for our holiday open house next month. Right now I'm thinking either a sock wreath or a mason jar snow globe of some sort.

One positive thing was the round table I hosted for librarians who plan programs for adults. It was nice to share what has worked and commiserate over what didn't.  I also got some good ideas like the website ConsumerCrafts (for cheaper craft supplies) and cookbook club (participants pick a recipe to try from the same cookbook and bring it to the meeting to share while discussing the cookbook) which is apparently a really popular program in Ohio libraries. I think I will try that one next year but we won't meet monthly. Three book clubs might just be too much for me to keep up with!

Last week on my blog:

The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (review)

Books read:

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

I liked this book in the end but in a way it was a disappointment. It didn't live up to my high expectations I guess. Normally I find Riordan's books to be laugh out loud page turners with a good mix of humor, action and mythology. I did learn quite a bit about Norse mythology but I didn't connect with the characters like I'd hoped and it wasn't as nearly as funny as his other books. I still plan to give the next book a shot but I will check it out from the library.

Currently reading:

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

This is our afternoon book group pick. I've only read a little bit but so far I like it.

What I plan to read next:

This House is Haunted by John Boyne

I thought it would be fun to read a spooky story in our evening book group and hopefully this won't disappoint.

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

I've heard really good things about this YA historical novel and I hope to get to it soon. It has a surprising number of holds on it at the library as historical fiction usually isn't that popular with teens. (That doesn't stop me from buying it for them to read!)


  1. Reading slumps are the worst. I won't say I've been in a slump because I'm not excited about reading, but I've had a lot of real life stuff going on so I've had to put the brakes on reading a good bit. Oh I so want to do a murder mystery party one day. And I do so love Pinterest crafts and parties! Hope you have a better week!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  2. I hope your slump passes soon. It sounds like you have some neat programs at your library. That mystery event sounds so fun!

    Sorry to hear Chase was a bit disappoiting. I have this one on my short list and I'm looking forward to it. The earlier ones would probably be a better place for me to start, but I don't want to go all the way back. I'm really curious to see how this story plays out.

    Have a super week Christina!!

  3. A Pinterest craft night sounds wonderful, I am obsessed by Pinterest, love pinning to my hearts content!!

    I've been tired of late and reading is taking a bit of a back seat but I know it will come back!

    Have a good week and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  4. Reading slumps suck! Doesn't help when a favourite series installment doesn't live up to expectations. I've been lucky, had an exciting couple of weeks reading, I think I'm in a review slump lol.

    So happy to hear your programs are fully booked with waitlists, I love hearing about them. Good luck getting organised this week and I hope something from your reading list pulls you out of your reading funk, I'll be interested to see what you think of The Boston Girl.

  5. Oh I hate reading slumps, hope things pick up for you soon! I am curious about Mangus Chase so to bad it didn't live up to your expectations of the author, but it happens some times. Enjoy your week!

    Week in Review

  6. The Hired Girl piqued my interest. It sounds like you will be busy, busy, busy. I hope the reading slump passes quickly.

  7. I wish my library had more programs like the ones yours does...they sound like fun!!! Good luck with them!!! I have The Boston Girl on my list to read. Have a great week!!!

  8. Slumps generally pass by and you bounce back. Life and work get in the way!

  9. Hope the reading slump passes quickly. I enjoyed The Boston Girl on audio.

  10. You sure keep your library going with some great activities. I would like to try Sherry Thomas' series so marked the first one to read. Have only read one of her historicals but liked it.

  11. I enjoyed This House is Haunted. It was the first John Boyne novel I read. Hope you and your book group enjoy it.

  12. I feel as though I've been in something of a slump since my house guests were here...I came out of it a bit week before last, but this recent week found me finishing only two books...although one was a chunkster. But I kept putting my reading aside for other things.

    Sounds like you have a lot on your plate, so "slumping" in the reading area is reasonable.

    Also...I find that when I HAVE to read certain books, I am more likely to slump.

    Enjoy the week...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  13. Wow, you are really busy! Hope you enjoy The Boston Girl, I did!.

  14. Reading slumps aren't fun. I normally only read one book a week, though. I am a slow poke. :)

    This House Is Haunted looks good. I hope it is good.

    ENJOY your new reading week. May it be a wonderful week to get out of your reading slump.

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

  15. My students are eager for Magnus Chase. I haven't read very many books by the author. The size of most is daunting to me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  16. Am sure you'll get everything done you need to for the dinner at the library and your reading slump will improve. I've had a bit of a lull as well, but hope to get a bit more energised soon!

  17. Wow, the Hired Girl is so intriguing.

  18. Every time I read about what you are doing at your library, I am jealous! Lol. I want to go to your library programs. I love my library but they haven't yet mastered events.

    This House is Haunted looks good and creepy!


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