Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sunday Post (67) / 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.

It was a dark and stormy afternoon...

Today is the perfect day to stay inside and read. I've been fighting sinus headaches all week and this weekend has been particularly bad. The weather was so nice yesterday and I was sad that I couldn't go out and do anything. On the plus side it gave me the excuse to read and watch TV. I always enjoy the Charlie Brown holiday specials and I got out my DVD of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Today I think I'll binge watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I've watched the trailer for the new miniseries several times this week. I'm so excited!

On Friday I went to a programming round table hosted by another library. I got some good ideas for programs but it was also nice to hear that I'm not the only one struggling with poor attendance. I still don't have my craft program for December planned but I have been looking for ideas on Pinterest. One possibility is painting wineglass candle holders. Another craft idea is sock snowmen. I've seen some that are cute and it is an easy craft as kids could even do it. 

Tomorrow is Halloween and my library is having a Boo Bash for kids and teens. We already had trick or treat storytime for the little kids and one kid was scared by another kid's costume (it was a unicorn) and spent the whole time crying and screaming so loudly we could hear it throughout the library. Every year there is always one poor little kid traumatized by Halloween. Hopefully tomorrow will go well and no one will be scared. 

Last week on my blog:

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson (review)

Books read:

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Even though the young Victoria was kind of immature and unprepared to rule (not entirely her fault), I enjoyed reading this book and seeing her settle into being Queen. The novel only covers the beginning of her reign so I hope there will be more books. 

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

This book is set both in modern day New York and New York on September 11, 2001. The present day story is told from the point of view of Jesse whose older brother died at the World Trade Center 15 years before when Jesse was only two. The past is seen from the perspective of Alia who is trapped in one of the towers with Jesse's brother. I liked the book though Jesse frustrated me at times. Alia's story was very sad and compelling.

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

I loved Sherry Thomas's YA fantasy series so when I saw that she had written a historical mystery based on Sherlock Holmes but with a female Sherlock I was definitely intrigued. There is a lot of setup in this first book and because Charlotte has to rely on others to go to the crime scenes and report back to her instead of investigating herself the story didn't flow as well as it could have. While not as good as I'd hoped, I still liked the book enough that I'd read the next one.

Books listened to:

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (reread)


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I wanted to love this book especially considering how much I loved the Lunar Chronicles but I just couldn't get into it. I was reminded that I didn't like Alice in Wonderland as a kid. It was just too weird for me and in the end that is what doomed the book for me.

Currently reading:

Alterations by Stephanie Scott

This is a contemporary YA adaptation of Sabrina set in Miami. While I like it I am also frustrated by Amelia at times. I'm hoping she will let go of the things that hold her back and the lies she keeps spinning. I didn't find Sabrina as frustrating when she was in love with David Larrabee and I think that was because Sabrina didn't lie. 

Currently listening to:

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (reread)

On my TBR pile:

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev

The Darkest Hour by Caroline Tung Richmond

New books received:

What Light by Jay Asher (library book)

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas (library book)

The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray (library book)

Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan (library book)


  1. Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. I have been battling a cold for the past week as well - my whole house was sick! Ugh! I think the warm than cold temperatures don't help. We had the AC on and the heat all within one week! I can't wait to read your review of Victoria. I am hoping to start it soon. I'm sorry to hear Heartless was a disappointment. It's frustrating when that happens. I am not a huge Alice in Wonderland fan either. I hope you had a great weekend!

  2. It seems the holidays are a busy time for you. I'm still browsing some of your books. Spotted a few that I need to check out further:)

    My Sunday Post

  3. A Most Extraordinary Pursuit is one I want to get to also, it looks fun. Sorry to hear about your sinus headaches, hope you feel better and have lots of good reading and/ or watching. I love the Charlie Brown stuff. :)

  4. Now see I loved Alice in Wonderland and enjoyed Heartless, although Lunar Chronicles was better. Hope your weei is a good one. Have fun with the Boo Library!

  5. I have "A Change of Heart" coming up as well. I've been dying to read it, but I have some other books I need to get through first.

  6. Same here lol, I watched the heck out of that Gilmore Girls trailer this week! :D Gah, I cant wait! Yea, if you didnt like Alice to begin with, you definitely wouldn't like Heartless. I absolutely loved it, but I've loved Alice in Wonderland since forever..was literally raised on the story lol.

    Have a great week, Christina!!

  7. Yes Alice in Wonderland was a bit weird to me too as a child! Hope that sinus clears up, it sure is very annoying and painful. Hope all the children enjoy Halloween and no one freaks out.

  8. I feel the same way about Heartless. I mostly loved the Lunar Chronicles but liked Fairest the least. I am also not a fan of Alice in Wonderland. I may pick up Heartless someday but it won't be soon. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


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