Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday Post (59) / 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 can't believe that July is already over! This summer is going by too fast for me though I could use a break from the heat. Considering how much I love warmer weather that is saying something!

August will be another busy month with the fair and coworkers going on vacation. The bookmobile will be at the fair which is nice since it gives us some air conditioning and a reprieve from the heat. I am signed up to work three shifts (4 hours each) this year which is unusual. Usually we have enough people signing up so I do just one. Sadly I won't even get to sample the donuts and other fair food unless I break my gluten free diet. I am currently eliminating gluten to see if that helps with some of my health issues. I am planning to continue till my vacation in September.

My parents have decided not to move after all which I am happy about. I think they didn't really want to move to a different city and start over. Instead of packing and trying to find a new house they are busy gardening and getting ready for a visit from some of my mom's relatives from Canada.

Today is the release of the new Harry Potter story. I remember the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I did not go to a midnight release party but instead picked it up at a Borders store (RIP) during daylight hours. I remember standing in line with other Harry Potter fans discussing Snape (is he guilty or innocent?) and what we thought would happen. I thought about going to Barnes and Noble to check out the festivities but then decided it's probably more for children. I may go out and buy a copy of the book at Walmart instead of waiting for my hold at the library. Will you be reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or are you happy leaving things as they ended in Deathly Hallows?

Last two weeks on my blog:

The Winemakers by Jan Moran (review)
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (review)

Books read:

The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo

I didn't think I would like this book. The main character is kind of a trainwreck. To my surprise I ended up liking the story and Mattie grew on me too. My book group members mostly liked it as well.

Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker

I was expecting something more like Heist Society but Smash & Grab is definitely a little darker than that (though it does have humor and romance). I liked the book but didn't love it. It was fun and full of action but there is a lot of stuff to suspend disbelief over and I had some issues with Lexi's motivation for the heist. 

Books listened to:

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

Currently reading:

The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck

I've read a few of her other inspirational novels and I liked the sound of this one with its historical story about a wedding dress shop owner and the related contemporary one about a woman who wants to reopen the shop.

Currently listening to:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (reread)

On my TBR pile:

I am looking forward to reading this contemporary romance soon.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Flying by Carrie Jones

New books received:

Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright

When We Meet Again by Kristin Harmel


  1. I hear you about the heat. It has been a really hot summer and I actually haven't been enjoying it too much because I don't want to bring the baby outside in this heat. I can't believe summer is almost over though. :( I keep seeing all the back to school ads!?! I hope to read Minnow Bay soon as well. I love the cover for that one. I also have When We Meet Again on my TBR list. Enjoy your week!

  2. I am not a Harry Potter fan....didn't read the books, but did see three of the movies with grandkids.

    I do admire that author, though. I'm curious about her newer books.

    I'm also curious about The Art of Crash Landing. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  3. The art of crash landing is such a catchy title, will look into it. I will most probably read the new Harry Potter. Maybe not any time soon, but eventually. Here's my Sunday Post:The Sunday Post - 31 July 2016

  4. It's always nice when a new book in a beloved series comes out- hopefully it's good. And glad your parents decided not to move!

    I like the cover of The art of crash Landing.Hope you have a great week. I'm a little shocked how fast July sped by too.

  5. Looks like some good reads on your list. I can't remember the last Harry Potter book I read, I wasn't a fan of the books. They were neat, but I didn't get the hype.

  6. I am very curious about the Wedding Shop and look forward to your thoughts. I am praying it is cooler at the shore! Have a wonderful week!

  7. I've still not got to the Moriarty book though its on my TBR! Have a good week.

  8. Quitting gluten was one of the best health decisions I've ever made. Glad your parents decided not to move!

  9. My kids and I are re-listening to "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" right now. It is taking us a little longer because we don't have our daily drive to school, but that will start up again at the end of this month (and this mom is ready for it!)

  10. The Art of Crash Landing looks good. Happy Reading!

  11. When the first Harry Potter book came out I read it to my 10-12 year old class. They hated it!! So I never got into it I was so down about them hating it!

  12. I love Harry Potter, so I ordered the new book online. Not sure how to feel about it, but I'll stay cautiously optimistic about the new story.

    I've heard good things about P.S. I Like You, so I might check that out sometime.

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  13. I'm really undecided on whether I'm going to read the Cursed Child or not. I hope you enjoy it when you get a copy!

  14. I'll be reading the Harry Potter script eventually but am not in any rush. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  15. I don't think HP&TCC is geared toward children. I am holding off on reading it for a while to let the hype die down and make up my mind what I think about it all.

  16. I liked The Art of Crash Landing more than I thought I would, too! There's certainly a lot for a book club to talk about in that one.

  17. I am torn over the new HP! Right now, I am thinking I will skip it. I like the way the series ended and I am not sure about moving on from there. Lol.

    The Last Ride to Graceland sounds good! I actually would like to go there one day.

  18. I am so over the summer heat myself; I'm actually fantasizing about a vacation in Alaska despite the fact that I hate cold & snow.

    I never made it past HP #5, which I loathed, so I won't be continuing.

    Sunday Summary #13


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