Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday Post (57) / 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 worked yesterday and it was not that busy for a Saturday. I also enjoyed the slightly cooler (but still warm) sunny weather we had.

Not much happened this past week and I didn't read as much as I'd hoped. I need to finish my current book soon so I can write the review before the deadline. I hate deadlines :) Today I hope to finish reading Monsoon Summer and finish a review for another book. I also have this recipe for gluten free zucchini bread that I've been wanting to try. Supposedly you can mix it in a blender but I'm not sure my cheapo blender is strong enough for the challenge. We shall see! 

My trip to Williamsburg, Virginia is two months away. I've decided that I want to buy a crossbody purse as well as a new pair of walking shoes so I will probably spend part of the day online shopping. I am planning to buy my purse from Amazon if I can and use my Apple credit towards it. I haven't had any luck with buying shoes online so I may have to visit a bigger mall sometime soon to find my size. My feet were so sore at work yesterday and it has been years since I bought a new pair of walking shoes. It will not be easy to find a pair with my small wide feet and fallen arches. Wish me luck!

Last week on my blog:

Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon (review)

Books read:

Exile for Dreamers by Kathleen Baldwin

I liked this sequel to A School for Unusual Girls. It was great seeing the characters develop more and the story progress. Tess is probably my favorite of the students at Stranje House and I enjoyed her romance with Lord Ravencross. This series reminds me so much of  the Maids of Honor series by Jennifer McGowan only set during the Regency instead of Elizabethan England.

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase

I'd forgotten I had an ARC of this book until I saw that she had a new book releasing this August. Oops. I liked this contemporary romance and I feel bad that I waited so long to read it. 

Currently reading:

Monsoon Summer by Julia Gregson

I think this is pretty good so far. The first part of the book felt a little slow but once they arrived in India it became so much more interesting, especially learning about what life was like for midwives, nurses and female doctors during that time.

Currently listening to:

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

On my TBR pile:

A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

I moved this book up on my TBR pile because it is due back next week and there are holds on it. I want to read it now while I have the e-book instead of reading the huge hardcover version. One of my coworkers said it was fantastic and it's received starred reviews so hopefully I will like it. Time travel plus murder mystery makes this sound like a winner.

Margherita's Notebook by Elisabetta Flumeri and Gabriella Giacometti

I read an excerpt of this on the publisher's website and I liked what I read. I love books with lots of food descriptions and the setting also appeals to me.

The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen

This book kind of reminds me of Desperate Housewives, a show I loved once upon a time. I've also read some positive reviews of it so I'm looking forward to digging in and uncovering all the secrets.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

New books received:

Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker (for review)

The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck (for review)

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (for review)

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay by Kelly Harms (for review)

Margherita's Notebook by Elisabetta Flumeri and Gabriella Giacometti (for review)


  1. Good luck with all of your preparations for vacation...the best kind of preparations if you ask me! :) I look forward to your thoughts on Perfect Neighbors - definitely want to read that one! I also hope to read Minnow Bay this summer and Monsoon Summer sounds like my kind of read!

  2. Good luck with the shopping...buying shoes online is a no go for me too...same reasons!

  3. I agree about Exile for dreamers- nice sequel. I liked the relationship between Tess and Daneska, thought that was very interesting.

    A Murder in Time looks good as well- I agree, time travel and murder are a good combo!

  4. So many fantastic books! I really want to read The School for Unusual Girls and Exile for Dreamers. Britt-Marie was here is calling me too. Good luck on the shoe search. I haven't really bought shoes online either unless I'm familiar with the brand because I have super narrow feet. Have a good time in Williamsburg!

  5. I loved The Perfect Neighbors...and I'm eager to read my copies of Mystic Summer and Vinegar Girl.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  6. Oooh, I'm jealous of your trip to Williamsburg. I went to William and Mary and I LOVED my time in there--but I haven't been back in 21 years (since I graduated!).

  7. Good luck with your shopping and your planning for the vacation. Sounds like fun!

    All your books look good to me, but if I had to narrow it down I would say I'm probably going to look for A Murder in Time, The Perfect Neighbors and the Matchmakers of Minnow Bay. Enjoy whatever you do read this week.

  8. It does take the pleasure out of a book somewhat when we are pressured by a deadline. Good luck with the show buying, I swear by the Nike Pegasus, I buy them every time, I have a wide foot and they are the most comfortable. I might need a new pair soon!

  9. Some great books there! And I love listening to Harry Potter - I have the Stephen Fry version and he is brilliant. Hope you have a successful week and good luck with the online shopping!

    Have a look at my weekly roundup on my post #IMWAYR

    Di @ Book Reviews By Di

  10. I really hope you like "A Murder in Time"! The writing could've been a bit sharper but the plot was pretty good. I love time travel and I enjoy crime thrillers, so it was a perfect fit. I didn't like the first part, though, which takes place in modern day, but just push through it.

    I love that "Harry Potter" cover!

  11. Good luck with your shoe shopping. I have found a style I like and have them in three colors (so far.) Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  12. What a fabulous mailbox.
    Good luck with the shoes shopping.

  13. Mmmm...How did the zucchini bread turn out? I'm not very fond of deadlines myself. =) Yet, I work best with a little bit of pressure or nothing gets done. I really enjoy culturally diverse book and look forward to your thoughts once you finish Monsoon Summer.

  14. Hope you find just the right purse. I've got Britt Marie on audio and always like Pekkanen's books.

  15. I always leave your blog with so many more books added to my list! Lol! Almost everything you have on here sounds amazing. :)


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