Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday Post (85) / 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.

Happy April! I can't believe March is already over. The trees are starting to bloom which I always enjoy seeing every year.

Hope you survived April Fool's Day unscathed :) I saw some creative jokes including one involving Oreos with just the cream filling and no cookie (wish that one was real) and Goodreads' new Literary Chit Chat Line. My personal favorite was from Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN). They sent out a message about a new telepathy service that will allow librarians at the reference desk to telepathically know what patrons are actually looking for when they want "that book with the blue cover", etc. The memo then went on to talk about other uses and the future release of other features like teleportation and telekinesis. See, librarians do have a sense of humor! :)

This past week at the library I had book discussions on Tuesday and a movie night on Thursday (I showed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). I also met with the other programming librarians to discuss this year's Comic Con. We have a lot of exciting plans and I hope we get the presenters we want. This is going to be the year I finally dress up as Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel (I just need to get my mom on board to make the costume since I can't sew). This week I have my Peeps Diorama workshop on Monday night. Only a couple of kids have signed up though a lot of people have taken entry forms for the actual diorama contest. They have until Saturday to turn in the dioramas and hopefully we'll get a decent showing to make it more fun. 

I've had a quiet weekend. It was cold on Saturday so I just stayed in and finished my library book. I think the weather should be warming up again this week. I'd like to put my sweaters away for the season but I know that until mid April there is still the chance of snow.

Last week on my blog:

Hunted by Meagan Spooner (review)

Books read:

It Happens All the Time by Amy Hatvany

This book was a tough read as it deals with rape. One of the difficult things was reading the rapist's POV but I understand why the author included his perspective. I am working on my review and hope to have it posted later this week.

As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

I mostly enjoyed this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It is based on the Disney version but with a twist--Belle's mom was a witch and she cast the curse on the Beast. You get the backstory on Belle's mom and dad and why she did what she did and then the "present day" with Belle and the Beast and Lumiere and Mrs. Potts, etc. There are other changes from the Disney version as well though the author does include some quotes and scenes from the movie. There were some inaccuracies with the historical setting, etc. that were a little jarring for me but teen readers likely wouldn't notice. 

Books listened to:

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (reread)

Currently reading:

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

So far I think this book is fun. I loved You've Got Mail and while this book doesn't quite live up to the movie that inspired it, that's to be expected. I do love the references to classic movies. I still haven't seen North by Northwest and need to do that someday (It's actually showing at my theater this weekend but I don't feel like paying that much to see it).

On my TBR pile:

Always by Sarah Jio

I am moving this up my TBR pile because it is due back at the library this week and there is a waiting list. I used to love her books and it's been awhile since I've read one but this appealed to me.

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

I am really looking forward to this after all the glowing reviews I've seen. Also, I love that cover.

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

A Twist in Time by Julie McElwain

New books received:

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline (library book)

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner (library book)

These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas (library book)

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen (library book)

The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky (library book)

For Time and All Eternities by Mette Ivie Harris (library book)

The Vicar's Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack (for review)

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (for review)

Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis (for review)


  1. It was kinda cool here too even though the sun was out. Spring is taking its sweet time. Love the library's April Fools- that's pretty good. A chit chat line for Goodreads is a pretty good one too...

    Alex, Approximately does look good. I didn't know about the classic movie references but I do like North by Northwest. It's fun. :)

  2. I have A Murder in Time on audio and will start it this week. The Orphan's Tale was wonderful. I really want to try Alex, Approximately even if it's a YA. My April Fools was quite, I love George Takei's April Fools. Hope you have a wonderful week Christina!

  3. Time is flying by.It's so weird. I hope we'll keep some of the sunny weather March ended with year for the rest of April.

  4. It Happens All The Time sounds like a powerful read. I'm not sure I want to go there yet.

  5. Your library always has the best programs. The peeps one sounds adorable. I hope you get some good entries. I hear you about putting away the sweaters. I went for a walk outside yesterday and I was shocked about how cold it was. The sunshine is misleading. I am ready for warm weather for sure! I look forward to your thoughts on Alex, Approximately and I hope you enjoy Letters to the Lost. It's one of my favorites of the year, even if it is a bit sad. Have a great Sunday!

  6. I heard a lot about Sarah Jio, but did not read anything by her. I hope you will have review soon on her book.

  7. Oh, lol, I didn't see the Oreo joke, but I wouldn't put it past them to try to do cream with no cookie---they've been putting out every other crazy flavor under the sun! I'm really looking forward to reading Letters to the Lost, too!

  8. I had an April Fools post on my site and was surprised at how many people were fooled for most or all of it. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  9. It sounds like you’ve been busy. I hope you have a great week and enjoy your new books!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  10. I also read "It Happens All the Time" this week and I think my take on the male POV was in line with yours.

  11. Libraries have some of the best April Fools Day pranks! One of my favourite pranks was from Library and Archives Canada, when they claimed to have acquired the records for James “Logan” Howlett, AKA Wolverine. They made such a professional-looking press release that they later had to actually make a statement saying it was a joke. :-)

  12. Oh my you have some excellent books in your line up to read, some I want to read and I do want to read the Hatvany book.

  13. I'm also reading It Happens All the Time, and I agree with you that it's a tough read.

    Don't you wish that April Fools joke was true! It's impossible sometimes to figure out what book a kindergartener is talking about!

  14. I am a fan of Beauty and the Beast retelling and will have to look for that one. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  15. As Old as Time looks so good! Also, I love that your library did an April Fools' joke - the only one I saw was a news story about Lizzie McGuire having a revival. I was VERY disappointed that that wasn't true hah.

    My Monday post

  16. I am planning on reading As Old as Time, and I just picked up the other two in the series--marathon fairy tale session soon, I think.
    OPLIN is all kinds of awesome, and they had some really good selection when I lived back there--glad to hear the gang kept up some April foolery.

    Good luck with your list--it looks pretty awesome!

  17. Letters to the Lost looks tempting...and I have A Piece of the World, which I hope to read soon.

    Enjoy your week,and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  18. I confess I was relieved April Fool's Day wasn't a work day this year. I often will take it as a planned vacation day because I don't want to deal with the office pranks. Some of the stuff the people behind websites and such come up with is pretty cool though, and it's fun to see those pop up in my mail feed or if I'm online browsing.

    I hope you get the presenters you want for the Comic Con library event. That sounds like so much fun!

    I'm a little curious about Amy Hatvany's book. I really liked Lolita--although, I am not sure "liked" is the proper word to use. It certainly was unique and well written. I am not sure I could read something more modern written from a rapist's point of view, but then, I didn't think I would ever read Lolita. I will be looking forward to your review.

    You've got some great books coming up. I hope you enjoy them all!

    Have a great week, Christina!

  19. The Beauty and the Beast retelling looks very interesting!

  20. That's the best April Fools joke I've heard in a long time! I imagine there were quite a few sad librarian faces when you discovered it wasn't true ;-)

    I loved The Orphan Train! It is such a great read - just be sure to have tissues handy!

  21. I love the cover if A Piece Of the World. You should post pictures of the dioramas here on your blog. I love things like that! It got extremely cold here again, but the beginning of next week will be in the 70s. I hope you had a wonderful week.


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