Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday Post (81) / 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 quiet week with more crazy weather changes. On Tuesday my book discussion groups met but unfortunately I wasn't able to finish either book though I definitely plan to finish A Gentleman in Moscow at a later date. Several of my evening book group members said that was their favorite book we've read in the years we've been meeting.

This Tuesday I am going to the eye doctor for the first time in my life for a basic checkup and on Saturday I will be starting swimming lessons at the local Y (I never learned as a kid). I am somewhat excited about the swimming lessons since learning to swim is on my bucket list and it would be handy to know how before the Mexico trip.  I am also a little nervous about it. My sister told me she doesn't know how to swim but that hasn't stopped her from enjoying beach vacations and snorkeling or parasailing. She is a braver soul than I!

Last week on my blog:

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan (review)

Books read:

The Lady of the Lakes by Josi S. Kilpack

It was interesting learning more about Walter Scott. I still need to write my review but hopefully it will be up later this week or next week.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

While I thought the book ended kind of abruptly, I really enjoyed it. Alosa is a fun character and the book is a fun pirate adventure that reminded me a little of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Books listened to:

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore (reread)

I enjoyed listening to this again and I can't wait to read the sequel, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues. I just got an ARC and plan to read it later this spring.

Currently reading:

A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

So far this book is kind of slow and not really holding my attention. If it doesn't pick up soon, I may set it aside to read something else first.

Currently listening to:

The Girl in the Castle by Santa Montefiore

I have heard so many good things about this book so I decided to use one of my Audible credits to purchase the audio book version. I like it so far but I also feel like I may be missing some things since I am listening to it while I drive. Also I feel really sorry for Kitty. Her mom is terrible and her dad may be kinder but he isn't much better.

On my TBR list:

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

I just read another glowing review of this one so I decided to put it on my list for this week. It covers darker subject matter so we'll see if I'm in the mood to tackle it yet.

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

I still haven't read any of Chevy Stevens's books though my coworkers love them. I don't read a lot of suspense but I thought this sounded kind of good.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

I enjoy fairy tale retellings and this one (inspired by Beauty and the Beast) is set in Russia which also intrigues me. 

New books received:

The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues by Edward Kelsey Moore (for review)

Hunted by Meagan Spooner (for review)

Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey (for review)

No Other World by Rahul Mehta (for review)

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (for review)

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham (library book)

The Dry by Jane Harper (library book)

The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay (library book)

The Girl in the Castle by Santa Montefiore (Audible)


  1. Hi- Great you are learning to swim!!! I have to get "The Orphan's Tale." Everyone is talking about it... Have a great week!

  2. I'm curious about Hunted but I've been holding off for some reason, even though I've enjoyed Meagan Spooner in the past. Good luck on your swimming lessons. I hope it'll come easier to you than you expect. We have a pool and so I can't imagine not getting out there to enjoy it. And that's exciting about your upcoming Mexico trip! Enjoy!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  3. Good luck with your swim lessons! I love swimming and you'll find it so relaxing once you get used to it. It's a much easier exercise on your muscles. I thought Daughter of a Pirate King was so much fun! I'm glad you enjoyed it over all. I also loved Girl in the Castle. I hope you enjoy it. Hunted was fun. I usually don't like retellings, but this one worked for me. It didn't blow me away, but I enjoyed it. I also look forward to your thoughts on Pam Jenoff's latest. I loved her last book. Have a great weekend!

  4. That is awesome, taking swimming lessons! I love swimming although I never really get a chance to do it anymore.

    I feel the same way about The Orphan's Tale. I want to read it, but I know it will be so intense, that I need to wait until a good time for it. Hunted looks really good too!

  5. Great set of books you got there! I really want to read Hunted and Daughter of the Pirate King!

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  6. Have fun with your swimming lessons! And Mexico- sounds fun. Daughter of the Pirate King look fun, and sorry to hear the Raybourn book is a little slow.

    Have a great week !

  7. I loved Alosa. I guess the ending was sort of abrupt, but at least the one thread was sort of resolved. Daughter of the Pirate King was my favorite read last week. I am eager to read your thoughts on Hunted. I loved Spooner's co-writes, so I am curious about this book.
    Sam @WLABB

  8. Good for you taking swimming lessons. Daughter of a Pirate sounds like a fun read.

  9. I loved The Orphan's Tale and Never Let You Go...each was a favorite read in the month I read them (January and February). I also enjoyed The Dry.

    I am curious about The Girl in the Castle.

    Enjoy the swimming lessons...and your trip.


  10. I'm eager to hear your thoughts on Orphan's Tale. I keep seeing pop all over the place. I can't wait to read Hunted by Megan Spooner. I loved the Starbound series so I have high hopes for it.

  11. Chevy Stevens is on my list to read. Good picks this week. Enjoy!

  12. I think that is awesome you are going to be taking swimming lessons. You are never too old to learn a new skill.

    I too felt bad for Kitty in The Girl in the Castle. Her mother treated her terribly. Thank goodness for her grandparents. How are you enjoying the narration of that book? I read in in trade-paper back format. Just curious how it compares.

  13. "A Gentleman in Moscow" was one of my favorite reads last year! Bummer that you're not loving "A Perilous Undertaking." I have that out from the library and will start it soon; I've been so looking forward to it since I loved book 1 so much!

    I've seen "Hunted" around a lot lately but I don't read a ton of YA so I didn't give it much attention. But I didn't realize it was set in Russia... I may have to give it a look after all!


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