Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Post (75) / 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 had a busy but uneventful week. This month is just flying by but I'm not complaining as I can't wait till May. Then I wouldn't mind if time slowed down a little :) I seem to finally be over my cold which I am happy about. Now I just need to get back into working out since my clothes don't fit very well these days. I really meant to start on Saturday but it didn't happen. Maybe today is the day. At least I got the chocolate out of my apartment (I took it to work to share with my coworkers) and I plan to throw away the cookies later today. Baby steps.

At work I am finally ready for the Page to Screen winter reading challenge. There are already some library patrons expressing interest and saying it sounds fun. It starts Monday and all I have left to do is to set up my display of books that were made into movies. Now I need to start planning my spring programs. Even though it feels like spring is far away (aside from that rare 60 degree weather we had on Thursday) I know it will be here quickly and I have a lot to plan. So far I know that I want to have a Peeps diorama contest in April. Last year I had several programs in the works and was starting to book performers for spring and summer in January. Now I am struggling to come up with ideas. Hopefully inspiration will strike soon! I'm spending time on Pinterest every day so maybe I'll find something there.

Last week on my blog:

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Books read:

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

This was both funny and sad and I'm glad I read it. I admit I much preferred the parts written by her older self than the reproductions from her diary. That part was kind of painful to read and focused on her feelings about the affair with Harrison Ford. I loved the stuff about getting cast in Star Wars and the filming experience and there were also pictures from the set.

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

I can't believe I waited so long to read this because I liked it a lot. It is a YA science fiction retelling of The Wild Swans

Currently reading:

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

I am reading this for my afternoon book discussion. So far it's okay. I'm not a huge fan of the vernacular writing style. 

Currently listening to:

Starflight by Melissa Landers (reread)

On my TBR pile:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (reread)

This is the book we're reading in my evening book group. I believe I read it back in 2015 or maybe it was 2014. I don't know if I'll get the time to reread the entire book but I want to at least look through it to jog my memory. I tried an audio version but didn't like the narrator.

The Lady of the Lakes by Josi S. Kilpack

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

New books received:

By Your Side by Kasie West (for review)

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine (for review)

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan (for review)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (for review)

The Orphan Keeper by Kamron Wright (for review)

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (purchased)


  1. Send the chocolate and cookies this way ha ha. I've been kinda craving sweets lately, must be the cold weather as I'm not normally a snacker. anyway good luck with the library plans!

    Starflight seems like it would be great on audio. And the carrie Fisher book- I'm sure the Star Wars stories are really interesting. That would be such an interesting read.

  2. You got some amazing books. The spinning starlight cover is beautiful. I have heard great things about Stalking Jack the ripper and the hidden figures movie looks fantastic so I will have to check out the book. Have a great week.

    Megan @reading away the days

  3. I have The Princess Diarist, and hope to enjoy it. I also bought one of Carrie Fisher's older books, The Best Awful, that I had somehow overlooked. (A sequel to Postcards from the Edge).

    I want to read Hidden Figures...saw the movie yesterday. Sometimes I do that; see the movie first.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  4. I'm working on my Blind Date with a Book program for next month. I've started making a list of books that I want to include this year. The next big step is writing the keywords/catch phrases for them. I read Hidden Figures and really enjoyed it. It's inspiring and I'm so glad their story is being told now. My only issue with that book is that it could have used a bit more editing to streamline the story.

  5. I hear you about throwing away the chocolate and cookies. I tend to eat too many sweets in the winter. I think I want to hibernate. I have to shed a few Christmas pounds though. I love Little Woman - such a great classic. I also look forward to your thoughts on By Your Side and the Chilbury Ladies' Choir. I hope you have a great week!

  6. The Page to Screen challenge sounds like an interesting one.

    And I'm with you on the food and exercise front. I've developed a chocolate habit of late and I'm most certainly not doing enough exercise!!!

  7. I’m glad you’re feeling better. I’ve been trying to exercise more, too. I hope you have a great week and enjoy your new books!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  8. I'm seeing The Princess Diarist everywhere. I loved Little Women when I was a teen. I want to read The Lady of the Lakes. Enjoy your new books. You have a great mailbox!

  9. I hope your book group likes Cold Sassy Tree, it is one of my all time favorites and probably is time for a re-read!

  10. Hope the books to movies go well, my last one was The Martian which I loved in both forms. Reading the Carrie Fisher book would have been bittersweet, I think a lot of people will be reading it at the moment.

  11. You've got a lot of books there! I've been wanting to read The Princess Diariest too. And Stalking Jack the Riper looks very intriguing! Hidden Figures looks good too. I hope you enjoy your books.

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

  12. Coworkers are the best at getting rid of food, aren't they? I do it to mine with the baked stuff I make.
    Looking forward to Hidden Figures - the movie looks great, so I can't wait for the book.

  13. I liked Uprooted a lot when I read it. Looks like a good reading pile!

  14. Great to see the Carrie Fisher book on your list this week, I would love to get myself a copy.

    The Page to Screen challenge sounds really interesting - I hope it goes well.

    I too am on a health kick - I'm trying to rid myself and my house of chocolate. I got so much over the christmas period. Good idea to share it with your co-workers!

    Have a lovely week!

  15. Great to hear you're feeling better - we've all been struck down with illness in my household this week! Good on you for getting rid of all the sweet treats... Baby steps as you say. Good luck with that!

    You have some great new in titles as well as upcoming titles - rereading Little Women should be nice. Happy reading!

  16. The Bear and the Nightingale is still on my list too! If only there was more time to read everything! I just finished Stalking Jack the Ripper. It was even better than expected! Happy reading!

  17. I can't wait to read "The Princess Diarist." I'm trying to read (well, listen to) her memoirs in order, so it will be a while. Sigh!

  18. Snap! I got Hidden Figures this week too. I recently read and enjoyed By Your Side and The Wish Granter. I hope you do too. You can see my week here. Happy reading!

  19. I love Pinterest!! My SIL and I joke all the time about how people planned anything before Pinterest. Lol.

    So many good looking books! I love Little Women, it's a favorite of mine. And The Wild Swans is my favorite fairy tale ever! I am not sure how I feel about a sci-fi version - I await your review! Born a Crime looks really good too, I love Trevor Noah.


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