Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday Post (42) / 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.

Today is a beautiful day (as I write on Saturday morning). The sun is shining, the sky is blue and oh, yeah it is in the 60s in February! I know it isn't going to last but I will enjoy it while it does! It is funny considering that I stayed home from work on Tuesday due to snow! Only in the Midwest :) Update: It is now evening and the weather forecast says we may get 6-10 inches of snow from Wednesday through Thursday. Boo!

I had a quiet week at work with only a few days (I was off on Monday for President's Day too) at the library. This weekend is Girl's Night Out and my library takes our bookmobile downtown. This year the teen librarian is having a selfie photo booth on board. Last year we were supposed to participate but pulled out due to bad weather. I almost wish I'd agreed to be part of this year's festivities as the weather will be so nice but I'm glad I didn't since it meant I got to visit my parents instead.

#FitReaders Weekly Check In

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

My steps were all over the place this week. I wasn't feeling well on Sunday so I didn't exercise and I spent a lot of the day resting with a heating pad. On Monday I had the day off and decided to rest other than a quick workout in the morning. I did better the rest of the week but on Friday I didn't get my steps in because I spent several hours driving to visit my family. Now that I am at my parents' place for the weekend I hope to walk on their treadmill. My dad walks about 7 miles every day and he is in his 70's so that is impressive and motivation for me to try harder!

On the eating front I still have a lot of work to do. It will take some commitment to give up some of my semi-unhealthy habits like snacking on Pop-Tarts or eating chocolate for lunch. Yeah, I did that one day this week. Go me! I have been having some digestive health issues and I think it might be a good idea for me to give up gluten for awhile and see if that makes a difference. Sugar and dairy could also be culprits. There goes most of what I eat :)

Sunday--1,377 steps
Monday--2,928 steps, exercised 15 minutes
Tuesday--11,277 steps, exercised 84 minutes
Wednesday--10,562 steps, exercised 42 minutes
Thursday--10,480 steps, exercised 42 minutes
Friday--8,912 steps, exercised 42 minutes
Saturday--3,064 steps 

Last week on my blog:

A Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Scheibe (review)
These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas (review)

Books read:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (reread)

My Fair Gentleman by Nancy Campbell Allen

I enjoyed this gentle Regency romance with a twist on the My Fair Lady story. The heroine is trying to help the hero adjust to his sudden elevation in society which is complicated by his anger towards his aristocratic grandfather and his dreams of owning his own ship.  There is also a little bit of suspense as someone keeps trying to kill him.

The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright

I thought this was a fun book though not as good as The Royal We. I did have some issues with it in terms of accuracy but once I moved past that it was entertaining.

Currently reading:

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (reread)

I am currently in Rohan and Grima Wormtongue is about to be banished. I don't remember this book as well as The Fellowship of the Ring. I'd forgotten that we don't get to see Frodo and Sam until the last section.

Currently listening to:

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

I like this book though I was frustrated with Letty. She is supposedly smart (she was in honors science at a prestigious high school as a teen) but her parenting skills are nonexistent. As the book has gone on though I've started feeling sorry for her and started to like her a little more. I'm looking forward to hearing what our book group thinks of her and the story.

On my TBR pile:

Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth

I will probably read this next. I am kind of in the mood for some suspense. This novel sounds similar to After the Woods by Kim Savage but in the case of Take the Fall we don't know who the killer is which makes things more interesting.

Missing Pieces  by Heather Gudenkauf

This library book is due back soon and there are other people waiting on it so I hope to read this soon. I have heard that it isn't like her other books but hopefully I will like it anyway.

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

I ended up deciding not to read Passenger by Alexandra Bracken which is also about time travel and involves a ship because I want to read this first since it is for review. 

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

New books received:

The Summer of Sloane by Erin Schneider (for review)

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (library book)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (library book)

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (library book)


  1. I felt the same way about The Heir and the Spare...a fun book, but not as good as The Royal We. I can't wait for you to read Salt to the Sea---a heartbreaking book, but very good! I also want to read Summer of Sloane. I hope you enjoyed the 60 degree day!

  2. So true about the weather! I guess it's as wacky there as it is here- you never know. We got warm too (not as warm as you) and sunny yesterday as well- it was nice.

    Wow that's amazing about your dad. Good for him! they say walking is one of the best things. Glad you got to see family this weekend, that's always nice.

    It's fun seeing your LotR reading update! Have a great week Christina!

  3. We Never Ask for Wings looks good. Nice haul. Oh lord, did you say that naughty four letter word? "snow" We are in the midwest, so I will check my forecast. I know our temps drop again this I will cross my fingers it misses you!!

  4. ohhhhh I see many books I love! Stars Above, Glass Sword, Shadow Queen! Looking forward to all this reviews! Good luck with the treadmill :)

  5. I loved We Never Asked for Wings, and Missing Pieces was a favorite for the month. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  6. Great books this week! Missing Pieces and The Heir and a Spare are both on my TBR. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was a childhood favorite and I reread it as an adult a few years ago and loved it even more. Have a great week!

  7. I've quit sugar and gluten and feel so, so much better. It's insane the change that made.
    Take The Fall looks good!

  8. I felt the same about We Never Asked for Wings. Letty really drove me crazy, but Diffenbaugh has the ability to make me stick around and eventually root for characters I don't always like.

  9. You did well with your steps health and travel considering. I always get inspired by people like your Dad who show just what can be done!

  10. I LOVED Missing Pieces....ENJOY when you read it.

    I hope We Never Asked For Wings is good.

    Have a wonderful reading week.

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

  11. Oh, LOTR is one of those series that definitely stands up to a reread, there's so much detail that you discover knew things with repeat reads. Have a great week!

  12. I want to read Glass Sword! I just started on Red Queen and it's amazing.

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

  13. I am soooo tempted to re-read LOTR right now!

  14. One of my friends read We Never Asked for Wings for her book club and I remember her having similar frustrations with the characters. Trying to decide if it's worth reading or not! I loved the author's other book The Language of Flowers. Happy Reading this week!

  15. Good you got to visit your family. It's ok to take it easy once in awhile. You have quite a variety of books, I will await your thoughts on Stars Above. I am way behind on the Lunar Chronicles.

  16. I want to read the Glass Sword also. I see it on a lot of blogs.

    Theresa (The Truth About Books)
    see my answer here


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