Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday Post (60) / 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.

This week started out okay but the weekend wasn't that great. After work yesterday I decided to do some shopping since we have a tax holiday in Ohio this weekend. When I went to start my car afterward, it wouldn't start. I called AAA and just like I expected it was not my battery (I just got a new one last year). It might be my starter. I ended up having my car towed back to my apartment and now I'll have to see if I can find a garage to fix it tomorrow. 

I've been saving money for my trip to Williamsburg and hopefully to move this fall when my lease is up but now it looks like that is not going to happen :( It seems like every time I start to build my savings, something bad happens either with my car, my teeth, or my health. It's been like that for the past six years which is really frustrating! 

On the positive side I did get to see Star Trek Beyond on Friday and I really liked it. I also had my first evaluation since I became the reference department supervisor and I received a glowing review. This week I'll be at the county fair for a few days with the bookmobile. I hope the weather will be good. It's at the new fair grounds so we are anticipating a big turnout.

Last week on my blog:

Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker (review)

Books read:

The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck

This is a companion novel to The Wedding Dress. I liked it but thought the first book was better.

Flying by Carrie Jones

I though this was such a fun book though the main character occasionally irritated me. It reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Currently reading:

Sometimes a predictable romance is just what I need. The main character's life is a bit of a mess. She got married to a stranger 10 years ago in Vegas and forgot to sign their divorce papers which she finds when she is evicted from her apartment. She drives to Minnow Bay to see him in person and hand over the papers but then gets stuck there due to circumstances (and a little help from some town matchmakers).

Currently listening to:

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

I'm at the part in the book where Harry, Ron and Hermione break into the Ministry of Magic. Exciting stuff. 

On my TBR pile:

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

I definitely plan to read P.S. I Like You this week. I am in the mood for more YA contemporary I think.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

I got this from my library although I already know the gist of the story. I decided to read the spoilery reviews after seeing all the poor ratings on Amazon. I plan to treat it as fan fiction and not "canon" and give it a try though I don't think I'll like it.

A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi

I love Nadia Hashimi's books and I hope to read this soon. I know it will be sad but also good. This particular story is set in a women's prison in Afghanistan. The main character is accused of murdering her husband but she is in shock and can't remember what happened.

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

I've had this ARC for over a year now and just remembered it. It's a sci-fi retelling of The Wild Swans, similar to what Marissa Meyer did with her Lunar Chronicles series. I don't know if the characters from the first book, Stitching Snow will show up or if it is a companion novel only.

New books received (from the library):

The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close

Falling by Jane Green

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne


  1. A lot of people got the new Harry Potter book. I hope you love all of your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  2. I am sorry to hear about your car. That's a real bummer. I hope it doesn't end up costing a lot, but having had to replace the starter on my car a couple years ago, I know that isn't likely. :-( I hope the car repairs don't set you back too much.

    Congratulations on your glowing review! I am glad to hear you liked the new Star Trek movie. I likely will have to wait until it's out of the theater before I see it. I want to take my daughter to see the new Pete's Dragon this next weekend, but we'll see. She is kind of weird about seeing movies in the theater. She isn't afraid of the dark, but getting her to agree to go into the theater can be a bit of a challenge. She always has a good time once she's there though. I think she forgets.

    I am looking forward to reading A House Without Windows. It does sound sad, doesn't it? But so good. I will likely read the new Potter book--I know my husband wants to as well. We haven't rushed out to get a copy yet though. Hopefully you will enjoy it despite your reservations.

    I hope you have a good week! Good luck with your car.

  3. Sorry to hear about your car, that can be so frustrating. Hopefully it won't be too much bother for you. And good luck with Williamsburg- hope it all works out.

    Nice to hear that Star Trek was good. I'd like to see it, I've been pretty skeptical of the Abrams take on that universe but I need to get used to it I guess. :) Hope you have good reading this week- I think The Hopefuls looks cute.

  4. So sorry to hear about your car! The same thing happened to me except it was my battery. I had to call AAA this week as well. UGH. Car troubles are the worst. I hope you can get it sorted out. I look forward to your thoughts on Minnow Bay and The Hopefuls. Have a great week and congrats on your good review at work!

  5. Oh dear. Cars! The romance The Matchmaker sounds like a fun read I'd enjoy. I was also taken by The House without Windows. I haven't heard of the author but I am going to explore further.

  6. Ugh, sorry about your car! I want to see the new Star Trek movie, but went to Suicide Squad with spawn on Saturday instead, which was his choice.

    A House Without Windows and Spinning Starlight sound great - I've added them to my TBR. Have a great week!

  7. Ugh! I'm sorry about your car! Hopefully it turns out that it isn't anything too expensive to fix!

  8. Falling and The Hopefuls are both on my list. Good picks this week. Happy Reading!

  9. Car problems are the worst! Hope everything works out okay. I love the assortment of books you are showing. I just got the new Harry Potter too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  10. Oh, I can totally relate to how emergencies always happen just when life is seemingly turning in a positive direction! I hope your car issues are minor and that you are still able to move forward with your plans.

    I enjoyed Falling, and The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay sounds like the kind of book I need right now! Thanks for sharing...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  11. Hopfully you had a book with you with the car problems...! I am also one of the millions who got the new Harry Potter last week! Haven't started reading yet, but hope to get to it soon! Here's my latest post:

  12. Grrr, car trouble. Hope the fix is not too extensive and doesn't hurt the saving too much. I like the sound of Minnow Bay. Have a great week.

  13. Oh no your car!!! :( That totally sucks. Hopefully the fix will be quick and painless to your bank account.

    I agree, sometimes you just need a happy little predictable romance. Minnow Bay has a great cover!


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