Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sunday Post (43) / 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 am so glad it is Sunday! My week definitely had its ups and downs. I have been battling a sinus headache for over a week now and unfortunately it is still here. I ended up leaving work early on Friday because of it but now it isn't as bad. Hopefully it will clear up soon. I have been treating it with steam and Tylenol for the pain. On the plus side I don't have a sinus infection. My poor sister had sinus surgery earlier this week so she will be off work for the next week and she is pretty sore at the moment. I've been giving her book recommendations as we have somewhat similar reading tastes.

One of the good things about this week was yesterday's coloring program at the library. I had 21 people sign up and 16 showed up so that is progress and a good turnout. They all seemed to have a good time and have asked me to do another one. I'll have to check the calendar and see. I don't like the idea of doing a Saturday afternoon coloring program once the weather is nice because people have a tendency to not show up and I don't blame them! Today is supposed to be beautiful and in the 60s so I hope to get out this afternoon and do some shopping and maybe walk around downtown. 

#FitReaders Weekly Check In

#FitReaders is hosted by Felicia at The Geeky Blogger and Jen at That's What I'm Talking About

My sinus headaches affected my exercise this week so I had a couple days where I didn't get my steps in. I couldn't move much on Thursday without throbbing pain so I spent most of the day sitting and reading or watching Netflix. On Saturday morning the pain was a lot better so I was able to exercise before work. I had a bad week in terms of eating as I consumed a lot of chocolate and white chocolate. I will try to do better this week. I am starting the day off with oatmeal at least :)

Sunday--10,475 steps
Monday--10,694 steps
Tuesday--10,537 steps
Wednesday--10,589 steps
Thursday--1,171 steps
Friday--3,039 steps
Saturday--10,850 steps

Last week on my blog:

The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens (review)

The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (review)

Books read:

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

While I found Letty to be frustrating, I did like this book. I enjoyed the discussion in book group and most of the members liked the book too though they also had issues with the characters' actions. I did hear that The Language of Flowers is considered to be a better book. I will have to read it sometime.

Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth

I still don't know how I feel about this book because of the ending. I did not figure out the mystery so that is a plus as so many times I know "whodunit" early on. 

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

I liked this suspense novel. It didn't have much in the way of character development but it was straightforward suspense with lots of family secrets to uncover. I suspected who the killer was early on but I wasn't 100% sure and I enjoyed most of the book though in the end I kind of felt a little let down.

Currently reading:

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (reread)

I am now at the part where Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are reunited with Pippin and Merry at Isengard. Soon the story will move to the part with just Frodo and Sam. I kind of wish that Tolkien had done what Peter Jackson did with the film and interspersed the story lines so you know what is going on concurrently.

Currently listening to:

Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix

I actually have an ARC of this that I never got around to reading to my shame. I was looking for something to listen to on my commute and found this on Overdrive. I am enjoying the audio book both for the story and the narration. It is a YA Regency spy novel with magic and has a definite Jane Austen vibe to it.

On my TBR pile:

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

I've read a few of these short stories already from when they were available on Kindle but some of the stories are entirely new. 

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

I hope to read this next. I really like the sound of it and I love fairy tale retellings so I have high hopes.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

I am really hoping that as I read this, I will remember the first book and who the secondary characters are. It feels like years since I read Red Queen.

Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany

That title reminds me of the song that I really liked when I was a kid (I loved An American Tail). This story is about two sisters who were separated when they were little and put into foster care and now they are adults who will hopefully be reunited.

New books received:

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey (for review)

A Girl's Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber (for review)

Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany (for review)

A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi (for review)

Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix (library book)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Audible purchase)


  1. I hope you feel better! Hopefully it's nice out and you get to be out and about, maybe the fresh air will help. I hate being cooped up all winter, by this time of year I'm ready to go do stuff. :)

    Sometimes chocolate is necessary. :)

    I'm enjoying your LotR updates. The Two Towers isn't my favorite of the books but I do like the Rohan sequences, and Fangorn Forest is kinda neat. I agree running the storylines concurrently might have been better. Hope you're enjoying the read!

  2. I hope you and your sister feel better soon, and read some great book recommendations in the process.

  3. I think Missing Pieces wasn't as good as her others, I expected more, so I understand getting to the end and feeling a little disappointed.

    We Never asked for Wings is a beautiful cover.

  4. I enjoyed the Shadow Queen and a Tolkien reread is always a good thing. Rest and feel better. Congrats on the turnout at the library. I agree evenings or Sat. mornings during the warm season!

  5. Sorry you are suffering with sinus issues. My poor grandson is as well. Hope both you and your sister are feeling better. Somewhere Out There sounds very good.

  6. Oh you should enjoy the Stars Above. I thought it was another good book to go with the series.

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  7. Somewhere Out There is a book I want to reach at some point. Ah sinus. I remember holding my head over steam and eucalyptus oil in it, but haven't had it for a few years no. Hope yours is better soon. I still think your walking looks awesome. We don't have to do it everyday!!

  8. I hope you feel better soon...sinus headaches are the worst! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Love, Lies and Spies...seems like such a fun book. Feel better!

  9. I enjoyed Missing Pieces....and I am eager to download Somewhere Out There...I didn't get it as an ARC anywhere. I also have A Girl's Guide to Moving On, and hope to read it this week.

    Enjoy your week, and I hope your headache goes away. I have them occasionally, but mine are from discs in my neck.


  10. Oh no! Steam always works well for me ~ whenever I have pressure like that I like to massage my sinuses while in a hot, steamy shower. It really seems to help. Hopefully you find some relief and get better soon!

    Newt's Emerald and the Missing Pieces both sound good. I know what you are saying about figuring out whodunit lol ~ I usually do too, and it's refreshing when I don't. Stinks though that the ending was a let down. :(

  11. I hope you are feeling better this week. I had a sinus headache much of the weekend, so I know how annoying it can be. Now I feel like I've come down with a cold. Hopefully it clears up quickly. That is a great turn out for your coloring day! Sounds like it would be fun.

    I would like to read Missing Pieces sometime soon. I couldn't resist getting that version of Pride and Prejudice also. It's one of my favorite books, but I've never listened to the audio version.

    I hope you have a great week!

  12. I just requested Love, Lies, and Spies. I'm hoping I get a copy. It looks like a lot of fun and I just love the cover. Thank you for sharing and have a great week!
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  13. Oh, I love me some Amy Hatvany. According to Amazon, my copy is supposed to arrive tomorrow and I"m trying to power through my current book so I can start that one as soon as possible!


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