Monday, July 18, 2016

Sunday Post (58) / 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 am posting late this week because I've had problems with my laptop and connecting to the Internet. I'm not sure what the issue is but I suspect it is the laptop and not my Internet connection because I am able to use WiFi on my phone, Kindle and Roku. This morning after two days of not using it, I decided to try my laptop again. I had some issues with Yahoo Mail not loading but so far I am able to visit other websites again and work on this post so that is something. Hopefully whatever the issue was, it is resolved now. 

It has been a crazy week. My parents have sold their house. They don't have a closing date yet and they have to find a new house in Fort Wayne in the meantime. Houses there are being sold the same day they go on the market so it could be a bit of a challenge. My sister lives there and has been out scouting houses. I am happy for them but also sad as I will miss my childhood home and likely never return to that area once my parents move away. 

At the library, we had our second Comic Con in the 'Burg. While we didn't have as many people as last year (possibly because we didn't advertise enough) it was still a successful event. We had a Manga artist from the area teach a class on drawing Manga faces and the comic book and collectibles vendors were a big hit too. We borrowed a 3-D printer from Kent State when our plans for a presenter fell through. My job was to demonstrate the 3-D printer and print some Comic Con related stuff but while I was able to use it earlier in the week it decided to quit working on Friday so it just sat there like a display. It was cool while it worked though and surprisingly easy to use. My favorite thing I printed was a BB-8 cookie cutter.

The cosplay contest went well (I was a judge and it was hard to choose from all the great costumes--Best in Show went to a teen dressed as the Eleventh Doctor). I ended up dressing up as Supergirl. I just found a cheap Superman t-shirt for boys and then glued rhinestones on the Superman symbol and added some sequin trim to the sleeves. The final touch was a red cape I found at Party City. I chose to wear jeans and my Sketchers instead of a short red skirt and boots so my outfit wasn't totally authentic but it was comfortable and appropriate for work :)

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

Sunday--2,240 steps
Monday--10,753 steps
Tuesday--3,877 steps
Wednesday--5,369 steps
Thursday--13,025 steps
Friday--12,414 steps
Saturday--15,457 steps

Last week on my blog:

The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash (review)

Books read:

Monsoon Summer by Julia Gregson

I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this book. My review is due really soon so I need to figure it out. 

Margherita's Notebook by Elisabetta Flumeri and Gabriella Giacometti

I thought this was a fun book and I loved the setting and description of food. The writing style was a little different.

A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

I really enjoyed this historical/contemporary thriller The cover is not accurate (the historical part is set in the Regency) and there were definitely some other inaccuracies/historical license but it was still fun to read and try to figure out who the killer was. I think readers who like historical fiction and suspense would enjoy this if they can suspend their disbelief.

Currently reading:

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Currently listening to:

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

On my TBR pile:

The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo

We are reading this for July in my evening book group. Our meeting is next Tuesday so I want to move this up my TBR pile.

Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker

This sounds like it has a similar vibe to Ally Carter's Heist Society books. Hopefully it will be just as fun to read.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

This looks like a cute contemporary romance and might be just what I need for light summer reading.

Flying by Carrie Jones

I'm kind of hoping this will be like Buffy the Vampire Slayer but with aliens. :)

The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

New Arrivals:

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine (library book)

The Darkest Hour by Caroline Tung Richmond (for review)

Flying by Carrie Jones (for review)

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes (won from Confessions of a Book Addict)


  1. Your library has the best programs...I swear...they always sound like so much fun! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Kasie West's new novel. It does sound like perfect summertime reading. I also am hoping to read Perfect Neighbors soon. I'm glad you received Belgravia...can't wait to hear your thoughts! I really enjoyed it and it definitely made me miss Downton. Enjoy all of your books!

  2. I’m kind of curious about If I Was Your Girl. I’ve been seeing it around the blogosphere a lot. People seem to have mixed feelings about it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I loved The Perfect Neighbors, and hope to get Britt-Marie Was Here at some point.

    You do have exciting events at your library...and 3-D printers sound awesome.

    Selling the family home is definitely one of those defining moments...and even though we didn't move into our foothills home until my younger kids were in their teens, they felt sad when I sold it after thirteen years.

    I also miss it sometimes....but it was too big and a lot of work once everyone left.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. I'm glad your local comic-con went well. I'm in the process of looking for a new home and am frustrated by the lack of inventory that has what I want. We'll be selling the home my parents brought me to when I was 6 months old once we find something that works better for us. I read Flying and will be eager to hear what you think after you've read it. Come see my reading week here. Happy reading!

  5. I enjoyed reading If I Was Your Girl and hope you are liking it too! I am also looking forward to West's P.S. I Like You which sounds super cute.

  6. Hi Christina, I get so frustrated when tech tools do not perform as they are suppose to. Often times, it's user error--totally me. :D I've heard many positive comments regarding Kasie West. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I'm very interested in On The Fence. She's definitely a contemporary author I'll pick up soon. Have a great week and I hope the computer issue resolves itself soon. =)

  7. Sorry to hear about your childhood home- my parents sold their home after I graduated and it was tough not being able to ever go there again. I still miss it sometimes...

    Your comic con program sounds fantastic! Cosplay too... how fun. Margherita's Notebook looks like a nice foody read, and I like the cover of The Art of Crash Landing. The Perfect Neighbors looks interesting too!

  8. I've heard good things about The Perfect Neighbors. Will be interesting to see what Belgravia is like, I am a little nervous but we shall see!

  9. I really need to do a re-read of HP. I also really want to read PS I Like You. I love Kasie West. Hope you have a great week!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  10. A Murder in Time is on my tbr list, so I'm glad you enjoyed it (historical inaccuracies aside)!

    Your Comic Con event sounds so fun. I'm glad it went well!

  11. Ooo Flying sounds so fun!!! I need to read it!!! Lol.

    Your program sounds awesome! You can tell you love your job, you do the best stuff. :)

  12. I've had a LOT of problems with Yahoo mail lately and am seriously considering switching. I hope you are able to get your issues worked out. You've got some great books.

    Sunday Summary #11

  13. I'm looking forward to reading Belgravia. Hope you enjoy it!


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