Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday Post (38) / It's Monday What Are You Reading

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s 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 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.

I had a quiet and chilly week with not much going on (but at least we didn't get all the snow!). It was nice to have a free weekend. I watched some movies (The Intern and Learning to Drive) and finished my book discussion book. I also worked on getting my reviews caught up. Some reviews were from books I read early last year or in 2014 so I won't be publishing them here. I still have a lot more to go. 

This week I have my Coloring and Cocoa for Grownups program on Saturday. I am looking forward to it. I believe I now have 15 people signed up to attend and so far it looks like the weather will be cooperating. I bought Crayola markers and colored pencils and now I am waiting for the gel pens to arrive from Amazon. I have to find and print some coloring pages but thankfully there are a lot of free ones online and they are easy to find on Pinterest. 

I was happy to be able to book a ballroom dancing instructor. We will be offering three classes and then if there is interest, we will have four more to complete the session. I am also toying with the idea of a trivia night. I've been wanting to do one for a few years. We had hoped to partner with a local brewery for a fundraiser trivia night but it never happened so I might just have one at the library without the beer. Now that my summer reading program is almost planned I need to think about spring programs like the edible book festival. I enjoy planning programs and the creativity involved but it can also be stressful. I think this is the first year I've been so organized about it. I know last year I was planning the summer reading program in May and it started in June!

#FitReaders Weekly Check In

#FitReaders is hosted by Felicia at The Geeky Blogger and Jen at That's What I'm Talking About

There were a few days that I didn't get that many steps in at work this past week. Part of the problem is that it was so cold out that I didn't leave the library on my break like I usually do. I spent a lot of time sitting at my desk so when I got home I worked out again to make up for it. I found a quick (15 minute) workout video that I like on YouTube from Leslie Sansone. It is supposed to be part of a new DVD later this year and I think I may end up buying it because I like it so much. This week I'm going to try harder to get up and move at work! 

Sunday--11,032 steps, exercised 62 minutes
Monday--10,224 steps, exercised 41 minutes
Tuesday--10,315 steps, exercised 41 minutes
Wednesday--10,871 steps, exercised 50 minutes
Thursday--10,231 steps, exercised 30 minutes
Friday--10,133 steps, exercised 43 minutes
Saturday--11,138 steps, exercised 53 minutes

Last week on my blog:

Death Wears a Mask by Ashley Weaver (review)

Books read:

All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I love this series! This book was full of suspense and twists and turns. I couldn't figure out who the killer was and the ending was shocking. Can't wait for the next one!

Once this story got going, I liked it. It reminded me of other books I've read in my book group and I look forward to hearing what other members thought of it.

Currently reading:

This is slow going. I love the mention of all the books but it is kind of like a cozy without the mystery.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (reread)

Still in Rivendell. Not much progress for me or the characters.

The Last Command by Timothy Zahn (reread)

I was surprised by how much I forgot about this story. I know I read this series several times as a teen and then picked it up again in 2011 or 2012 and I love the books but for some reason I forgot some of the details so it/s almost like reading it for the first time.

What I might read next:

Starflight by Melissa Landers

I absolutely loved Alienated and Invaded so I'm pretty excited to read Starflight, the first book in a new series.

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

New arrivals:

The Dressmaker's War by Mary Chamberlain (library book)

Baking with Mary Berry by Mary Berry (library book)


  1. Your Colouring and Cocoa program sounds awesome!

    Have a great reading week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  2. Our library has a Coloring for Teens and Adults program, which I think is great. I have The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommended on my tbr list, and Tolkien is always good.I have seen alot of The Imposter Queen, very popular this week. Have a nice week!

    1. Our teen librarian is interested in doing a coloring event with teens too. I do have one older teen signed up for my program. I didn't include teens since our library includes ages 11-18 in the teen category which would change the dynamic of the program.

      I hope you like The Readers of Broken Wheel whenever you get around to reading it.

  3. Your library has such great programs! Good luck with them all! I'm glad you enjoyed Fireproof Home...I thought it was pretty good! Also, I hope you enjoy Mary Berry's book...I LOVE HER! Enjoy your books!

    1. Thank you! I love Mary Berry and the Great British Bake Off but I don't want to make any of the recipes now since I'm trying to lose weight. Should have got the book before Christmas!

  4. I know I've said it before but your library plans sound so fun! Very original! Glad the snow missed you too- we're north of it thank goodness. It's cold though... :)

    I'm very curious about Starflight, the combination of them on the run and a ship with an eccentric crew and a mysterious planet- I might have to read that one!

    1. Thank you! I hope we get good attendance at the programs. Summer is such a busy time for everyone.

  5. If your library was close to here, I'd definitely come to the coloring and cocoa night, Christina! And the ballroom dancing classes sound amazing :)
    Your new books all look really good, enjoy reading them!
    Have a wonderful week ahead :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  6. The Coloring and Cocoa program sounds fantastic! I'm curious about the Mary Berry cookbook as well. I love her on the Great British Bake Off and would love to try some of her recipes. Have a great week!

  7. Your Coloring and Cocoa for Grownups sounds like fun! I am glad it's getting a lot of interest. I hope it has a good turn out.

    I'll have to look at the Leslie Sansone video you shared. I use Leslie Sansone's workouts and really enjoy them.

    Starflight looks good! I'll be curious to know what you think when you get to it.

    Have a great week!

  8. The coloring and cocoa program sounds awesome, especially during the dreary winter. I hope you get a lot of participants! I haven't read Sarah Fine either but a lot of my blogging friends absolutely love her and I trust their opinion.

  9. Those steps are great, from my perspective! Would like to read the Katarina Bivald book. Hope all the library plans go well.

  10. You had a great week getting in your steps!!! I have a few Leslie Sansone DVDs - they are great! I would love to come to your Cocoa and Coloring program - sounds like so much fun...I wish my library had programs like that...

  11. Great job on your fitness challenge, and on reading. I hope you enjoy reading this week!

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

  12. Your library sounds so fun! I love the sound of coloring and cocoa. :) I am glad that the snow missed you!

    Baking with Mary Berry!! I will have to read that. I am a super fan of the British Bake-Off. Lol. I wish I could eat everything they make.

  13. I am doing A Lord of The Rings Theme Buy A Box next month, and have really nice items for it, the post hasn't gone up yet, but if you like LOTR, you might like this.

  14. You've shared a good variety of books. My book club was considering A Fireproof Home for the Bride, but it did not get selected. A coloring and cocoa program sounds like fun too. I haven't given that a try though I have printed some pages. What kind of gel pens did you get?

  15. Nice looking books you got. Hope you enjoy reading them. I was going to start adult coloring, just have not found the time.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog
    The Truth About Books.

  16. I have All In on my list, is that the 1st in a series? I am intrigued with the book about books but unsure if it is really for me.

  17. I LOVE Lord of the Rings!

    I also with me local library offered a colouring and cocoa program. I have some colouring books, but haven't used them in a while.


  18. Your programs sound like a lot of fun. I wish I lived closer. I am really eager to read All In but have too many review books I need to get to first. Come see what I've been doing. Happy reading!

  19. I know I keep saying it, your library programs rock. Do your library go-ers know how lucky they are? Want to come live in Brisbane and show them how it's done lol

    You are doing fabulous with the steps ... yay!! I like Leslie Sansone's videos too, will check that one out for rainy days. Thanks for the link.

    Enjoy your reads, lol Mary Berry ... who could resist a baking book with that name :)

  20. I didn't really think much of the adult coloring craze until my mother bought me a coloring book - it's actually quite a lot of fun, and very relaxing! Sounds like a really fun program.

  21. Great job with your steps this week!

  22. It sounds like you have some really fun events coming up. I hope that they all go well.

    Happy reading to you.

  23. I ended up dropping Broken Wheel; just too slow.


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