Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sunday Post (56) / 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.

Happy 4th of July to my readers in the U.S. I am glad to have a long weekend but a little sad that my parents are in Canada so I can't take advantage of it to visit them. Instead I have been catching up on reading and writing book reviews. Today I will be grocery shopping. Not a bad way to spend the weekend. At least I didn't have to work. I only have two weekends free this month.

We are now less than two weeks from my library's second annual Comic Con. I am trying to decide if I want to make a costume or just find a Comic Con worthy t-shirt to wear like I did last year. My coworkers are urging me to cosplay as the new Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) and I did tell them last year that I might do that but I'm not very crafty so we shall see.

Last week on my blog:

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (review)

Books read:

Life Just Got Real by Sadie Robertson

 A.J. just moved to Nashville with her mom and brother. It's been two years since her dad died and now her mom has announced she is getting remarried so A.J. has a lot on her plate. At school she crosses paths with popular and rich Kate who is hoping to be picked to star in a reality show set at their school. The producers decide they want A.J. to star in the show too. I thought this was a nice story about two very different girls but it was definitely easier to like and sympathize with A.J.

Although it took me a little bit of time to get into the story for some reason, I ended up loving it in the end. Our hero Graham is in love with his best friend Roxy and he hopes to declare his love for her at New York Comic Con. He has the whole weekend planned out with the highlight being tickets to a panel featuring their comic book idol. Of course things don't go quite the way he planned. 

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

This book was really slow to get into but I was patient with it and rewarded in the end with a good story. There is some mystery over what happened at a barbecue that affected so many lives and it is slowly revealed through flashbacks. 

Books listened to:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (reread)

Currently reading:

Exile for Dreamers by Kathleen Baldwin

I've only just started reading this but so far I like it. I think I will like Tess as a main character more than Georgie, who annoyed me a little bit in the first book.

Currently listening to:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (reread)

This is one of my favorite Harry Potter books. I just have all these good memories associated with it as well as sad ones. One of my favorite parts is seeing Fred and George's joke shop and I liked the humor after the darkness and oppression of Order of the Phoenix. 

On my TBR pile:

Monsoon Summer by Julia Gregson

I will be reading this one soon because my review for Library Journal is due in a couple of weeks. At least it is a book I was planning to read anyway. I like that it is set in India during the 1940s. Should be fascinating.

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

I wasn't fond of Britt-Marie when I first started reading My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. She was kind of uptight and mean but after her secrets were revealed I felt really sorry for her and understood why she behaved that way. She became nicer in the end so I'm curious to see how she will be portrayed in this book as the main character.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

New books received:

The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen (for review)

Absalom's Daughters by Suzanne Feldman (for review)

Monsoon Summer by Julia Gregson (for review)

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (library book)

The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (library book)

Wild Swans by Jessica Spottiswood (library book)

Meternity by Meghann Foye (library book)

The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo (library book)


  1. I loved The Perfect Neighbors...and I'm eager to read my copy of Vinegar Girl...I also have the Backman book about the grandmother.

    I have pre-ordered Truly Madly Guilty. Can't wait!

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

  2. A lot of great books this week! So many I want to read. I liked Exile of Dreamers myself. Hope you enjoy it as well.
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  3. I listened to all the Harry Potter books at the beginning of the year too. :D I like the new Ms. Marvel (though I've only read the first comic), so I think that's a cool idea. :) Though I'd totally understand if you just found a shirt to wear, because I suck at creating costumes. :D Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  4. Happy 4th and have a great weekend. Your library comic con sounds like a lot of fun! I am really looking forward to Liane Moriarty's latest although after reading two of her books I think I see a pattern emerging of three people or maybe couples, their stories intertwining over a certain event- maybe I'm jumping to conclusions. Having said that, I LOVED Big Little Lies and will definitely be reading this one. Also Exile for Dreamers I liked- I hope she keeps writing those. :)

  5. I really want to read The Perfect Neighbors...hope to soon! I also have an ARC of Wild Swans...need to find time to check that one out as well. Thanks for the heads up about Truly Madly Guilty being slow to start. I am glad to hear that it gets good if you stick with it. I hope you have a great 4th of July!

  6. So many great books. I'm quite curious about Invisible Library...just can't resist a book with library in the title.

    I say to go big and go as Ms. Marvel!

  7. Monsoon Summer does look good, so does Vinegar Girl.

  8. Liane M's books always seem to wind along slowly, but with great interconnecting relationships. I noticed Vinegar Girl on our "new shelf" in our local library so made a note of that in my head. All the best with the decision on the dress up, it is something I hate myself!

  9. My kids and I LOVE listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks! It's such a great way to experience them!

  10. I see you have a good selection of books to go through coming up. Sorry the Moriarty was a slow start but at least you then enjoyed it. I liked two books I read by her in the past and look forward to this one. Also would like to pick up Vinegar Girl because I like the author. I hear so much about The Invisible Library. Not sure if it's right for me but I'll keep reading reviews for it.

    Enjoy your week!

  11. My mother has just started reading the Harry Potter series, and she's been totally sucked in - better late than never! :)

  12. Truly Madly Guilty and Vinegar Girl are on my list. Monsoon Summer looks interesting. Happy Reading!

  13. Some really nice titles and covers here! A few have caught my eye on other posts as well, I am never never never ever going to get through my TBR list....Hope you will have enough time to read them all. Thanks for visiting Mareli Thalk ink!

  14. And yet more books to go on my never-ending TBR shelf! Thanks for the wrap up.

    I love Harry Potter and I'm currently rereading the entire series as well although I have slowed right down at #5 because I just hate where it all starts to get so real and we start losing our favourite characters!

    Have a look at my weekly wrap up here

  15. Snap! I'm reading Exile for Dreamers right now too. I recently finished A School for Unusual Girls and had to know what happened next. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  16. Wow.. those all look like great books. I’m still pretty behind on my reading, but seeing all these books make me want read even more.
    I totally get what you mean about having a free weekend. I just worked my third weekend in a row.. I can’t wait for next week and do nothing but read and read and read. :D
    Have a great week and happy reading. ;)

  17. I enjoyed Man Called Ove but not enough to try the other books by this author. I am considering giving Liane Moriarty another try as the 1st book was a DNF for me.

  18. Happy 4th to you also. You have some good books. I hope you enjoy them and have a great week.

  19. Hi Christina, Happy July 4th to you, too, comment partner! I'll be spending it grocery shopping, as well. :D I love it when my local library has themed events. Last one was Whoville and everyone had such fabulous hair. Comic Con will be so much fun. I hope you share some photos with us. You're TBR is fabulous! I've been quite interest in The Invisible Library. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on that.

  20. Happy 4th of July! I'm seeing so many great covers... I kind of pick books by their covers :3 Hope you'll enjoy all these reads.

    Oh my god, it's Monday!

  21. You've got some fabulous books here. I am curious about the Moriarty book. I hadn't seen that one around.


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