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It's been a busy couple of weeks. Last weekend I visited my sister and attended a cancer fundraiser she co-chairs. The event was very successful and I even won something in the auction (a banned books themed basket donated by my sister with a banned books mug and banned books socks and a package of Novel Teas) though I was the only one who bid on it. I attended the event with a friend and we both had fun and ate a lot of food.
This week I am going to a jazz piano concert for the library on Tuesday night. We are holding it at the local coffee shop and the tickets are all gone so we should have a packed house. This weekend I'll be visiting my parents since I didn't get to go home for Mother's Day.
I am also busy planning our summer challenge (the rebranded term for summer reading program since we are incorporating activities along with the reading). I am currently looking for prize ideas. Some libraries are giving away Fitbits or cheaper pedometers to tie in with the health and fitness theme. That would not go over as well at my library so I am planning to put together some prize boxes. I was inspired by the popularity of those subscription boxes like Birchbox and OwlCrate. I just need to figure out how to display them and put them together without a lot of cost. I used to give away gift baskets which were very popular but also pricey.
I wish a Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. Thank you for all that you do!
#FitReaders Weekly Check In
#FitReaders is hosted by Felicia at The Geeky Blogger and Jen at That's What I'm Talking About
Not a good week for steps. I have been struggling with some health related issues that keep me from exercising as much as I'd like or reaching my daily step goal. I hope to do better this week. If I could only figure out what I'm eating that is making me so miserable! I am thinking of eating gluten free again and perhaps switching from almond milk to soy milk if I don't see a difference there. Or maybe it is sugar or fiber. Who knows. :(
Last week on my blog:
Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey (review)
Books read (in the past two weeks):
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
This was such a good book though I still think The Nightingale was better. It certainly gave my book group a lot to talk about. I recommended it to my sister and she loved it too.
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (reread)
I was happy to finish The Two Towers but I've decided to take a break before I start The Return of the King. I have too many review books to get caught up on at the moment.
Mata Hari's Last Dance by Michelle Moran
I was assigned to read this book for review by Library Journal. I still need to write my review. My personal feelings are that I learned a lot and Mata Hari was a fascinating person but I think it is not the author's best work. Perhaps it's because I couldn't relate to the protagonist and didn't really like her!
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
While I thought this was a fun book (and definitely liked it more than Magnus Chase) I did not think it was as good as the Percy Jackson or Heroes of Olympus series. Apollo is a funny protagonist because he used to be a god and now he is a pimply mortal teen. However his new sidekick, the demigod Meg is annoying. I didn't like her at all. We'll see if the new book changes my mind. It was great to see cameos by favorite characters from the earlier series like Percy and catch up on things and I think the next book should be even better with the return of another favorite character.
Books listened to:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (reread)
The Skylighter by Becky Wallace
So far I think this is not as good as The Storyspinner though I do want to know what will happen. I think the Keepers are really interesting and I love the intrigue but I am annoyed with Rafi. Johanna should just kick him to the curb.
Currently listening to:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (reread)
This book holds a special place in my heart. It is one of my favorites from the series (maybe the favorite if I had to pick one). It was such a cleverly done mystery and I loved the introduction of new characters like Lupin and Sirius as well as the new setting of Hogsmeade. I am really enjoying listening to it again and should finish it this week.
On my TBR pile:
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
While I have no desire to surf I have always wanted to visit Hawaii so I'm glad the book is set there. I plan to pick this one up as soon as I finish The Skylighter.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson
I was thrilled to get this ARC as it is a contemporary YA retelling of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The main characters represent Beatrice and Benedick.
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
I've enjoyed several of Mary Kay Andrews's other novels and this looks like a great beach read (though I won't be going near a beach anytime soon!).
New books received:
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (purchased)
The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson (for review)
The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson (for review)
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (for review)
The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell (for review)
The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe (for review)
Mata Hari's Last Dance by Michelle Moran (from Library Journal for review)