Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday Post (47) / 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 busy week at work with book group and getting ready for Tuesday's Edible Book Festival. Thanks to my very kindhearted book group members I have some more entries for the festival. We now have 6 patron entries and 7 staff entries which is a lot better than the two patron entries I thought we'd have. Next week I hope to have some pictures of the edible books to share.

Yesterday was interesting with a snow storm that caused the library to delay opening till noon. I am so sick of snow! I was kind of taken by surprise that we had a level one snow emergency in April. I really wish it had happened on a different weekend but I was really lucky and the main roads were not that bad. Most of it had already melted by the time I returned home. We were super busy at the library too. I think people were relieved that the roads were cleared off and they came out in droves.

Tuesday is going to be a crazy day. I am working 10-8 because I have a supervisor's meeting in the morning and then the Edible Book Festival and Star Wars movie night in the evening. Friday we have our Bigfoot program. A lot of people in my area believe in Bigfoot. We have had 2 or 3 Bigfoot programs in the past that always filled up and this one already has 75 attendees (registration is limited to 100). If only I could get those people to come to some of my other programs!

#FitReaders Weekly Check In

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

I did better with my steps than I thought I would but this week I will not be able to do as much. I think it would be good to take a break from exercising and I know when I visit my parents this weekend I won't be able to get my steps in. I will also try to eat healthier this week. 

Sunday--4,820 steps
Monday--10,671 steps
Tuesday--5,332 steps
Wednesday--10,573 steps
Thursday--12,053 steps
Friday--10,334 steps
Saturday--12,192 steps

Last week on my blog:

Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany (review)

Books read:

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

I thought this book was fantastic. I couldn't put it down because I had to know what would happen to Hanneke, Mirjam and the other characters. There were parts that were definitely nail biting as well as heartbreaking. 

Side note: I love how the author included little details like popular snacks that Hanneke liked. One of them which I'd never heard of before was stroopwafels, which are a thin wafer like sandwich cookie with a caramel filling. You set it on top of a hot cup of coffee or tea and it gets all melty before you eat it. I was happy to find some at Walmart so I enjoyed that while I read.

Currently reading:

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

This is a slower paced book but I am enjoying it. It takes a little longer to warm up to the characters than her other novel, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, which I loved. The first part of the book establishes the characters and the village setting but now the war (WWI) has started and things should get interesting. 

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

I made more progress this week. Sam and Frodo are now in Ithilien and have just met Faramir. 

Currently listening to:

Emma by Jane Austen (reread)

Although Emma is not my favorite of Jane Austen's novels, I am delighted by this audio book. I have seen a lot of glowing reviews for Juliet Stevenson's narration of the various Jane Austen audio books and I can see why she is so popular! I also find more appreciation for this novel now as I reread it. There are all sorts of things I didn't catch before or didn't remember.

On my TBR pile:

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

New books received:

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston (library book)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (library book)

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan (library book)

The Marriage Pact by M.J. Pullen (library book)

Regrets Only by M.J. Pullen (library book)

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (library book)


  1. YES! This snow is ridiculous. We got a few inches yesterday....just enough to destroy all my tulips and plants. :( This better be it till next winter....I'm ready for some sunshine! You have some awesome library programs coming up. The Bigfoot one sounds fun! I look forward to your thoughts on Love, Lies and Spies!

  2. Awesome haul of books. It's supposed to be spring and not snowing. The Weather has been crazy.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  3. Oh, snow in April! Sounds really annoying...hope you get spring and blooms soon.

    I'm curious about Girl in the Blue Coat. Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  4. Snow is such a dirty word. Mother Nature needs to make up her mind already. So excited the Edible event at the library is coming together! It sounds like such fun. Hope the week ahead brings warmer weather!

  5. It snowed here some too and ice/ freezing rain overnight and this morning. Fun! Winter just won't go. :( Your events sound fun, 75 people for a Bigfoot event? Wow. When I was a kid I wanted to believe all that stuff- something about it. Star Wars night sounds fun too.

    That's a fun part of Two Towers when they meet faramir.

    Have an awesome week!

  6. Well you rocked the book haul this week! So many lovely books... :)

    Happy Reading! Dani @ Paulette’s Papers

  7. I hope things go great for your programs. My dad and aunt would be all over your Bigfoot They are planing to go to one later this month in Arkansas I think. You got some great books to read as well!

  8. Some very interesting reads in your piles! I hope your week goes well it sounds hectic. Here we have intense heat. The sun is supposed to be directly over Sri Lanka right now and it is not nice, not funny at all. I envy you the cold!

  9. The Summer Before the War looks good, I did see it on NG but I am banning myself from there for awhile!

  10. A Bigfoot program?! How fun! You always seem to have the best programs at your library. And snow?! Ugh....Hurry up, spring!

  11. I just googled where I can purchase stroopwafels here in Singapore. I really am intrigued. I will be traveling to Europe and staying for a little over two months this June/July - will make sure I take note of this biscuit and purchase loads for my return.

  12. So many of your books look good this week! And I love to do that too, find the foods that are mentioned in a book. I will have to read that and see if I can find those stroopwafels! Lol.

    The Bigfoot program sounds fun! I love stuff like that. Have you seen that Bigfoot youtube from Yellowstone? I think it was around Christmas maybe?

  13. Girl In the Blue Coat has a great cover...glad to hear you enjoyed it.

    Everyone is talking about What She Knew...ENJOY. I have it too, but haven't gotten to it yet.

    LOVED The Kitchen House....I hope you enjoy it too.

    Have a wonderful reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


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