Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday Post (103)

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 usually think groundhogs are cute animals. Right now I am a little irritated with Punxsutawney Phil...or I would be if I truly thought groundhogs could forecast the weather :) At least we didn't get much snow this past week but it looks like that is about to change. We are supposed to get a few inches Sunday night and then Tuesday night is calling for several more inches of snow and ice. Not as much as other areas of the country get by a long shot but enough to make driving scary. I hate winter!!!

On a more positive note it looks like I have my first spring program booked. Our local OSU Extension Office is going to teach an Instant Pot class. I have a feeling it will be popular judging by the way the Instant Pot cookbooks fly off the shelves. I don't own an Instant Pot but I am curious about this new miracle kitchen gadget. 

Last week on my blog:

Still Me by Jojo Moyes (review)

Books read:

The English Wife by Lauren Willig

This was a quick read and I was surprised by the twist at the end. The story is set in the late 1800s. Janie's brother Bayard and his wife Annabelle throw a Twelfth Night costume ball but before the night is over, her brother has been murdered and her sister in law is missing. The story goes back and forth over a few years so we can see how Bayard and Annabelle met and how it ties in with the more current story as Janie tries to uncover the truth.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

I thought this was really good. I loved the vivid setting and the characters were interesting and so were the challenges they faced. Maybe not as emotionally gut-wrenching as The Nightingale but a great followup novel.

Currently reading:

The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

This is a fun middle grade adventure story based on Indian mythology. It is similar in style to Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles. So far I am enjoying it and I look forward to seeing how it compares with Roshani Chokshi's new middle grade novel that is also inspired by Indian mythology.

On my TBR pile:

Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

I have heard good things about this one. It is a YA novel set in Ancient Rome and featuring gladiators.

The Boat People by Sharon Bala

My sister is reading this one right now. It is about Sri Lankan refugees who flee by boat to Canada and seek asylum. Based on a true story.

New books received:

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (library book)

Dear Martin by Nic Stone (library book)

When Morning Comes by Arushi Raina (library book)


  1. I like quick reads and really think I would like The English Wife. I hope you have a great week of reading!

    Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

  2. Okay this will sound funny but when I read your first sentence about Instant Pot I was like ??? Ha ha you know the "other" pot lol. Probably cause I had just read an article about marijuana legalization out west somewhere. So that made me laugh. Anywayyyyy... we have a ton of snow again, it had all melted and now it's back. *sigh* Hope you avoid the worst of it.

    The Serpent's secret looks great!

  3. Wow! Lots of great books you got there, especially Dear Martin! I hope you enjoy them all!

    Here’s my Sunday Post !

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

  4. I hate snow so I'm right with you. I keep debating on whether or not to pick up Still Me. I was really disappointed with After You. I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on the MG Fantasy. Chokshi's writing doesn't work for me.

  5. I’m glad you liked The Great Alone. That one is on my TBR list. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. We were excited when the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter. That would be nice since in Minnesota we are looking at at least 8 in a normal year. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. The Serpent's Secret is on my wishlist; I love its cover. I just read Love Hate & Other Filters — great book. Have a good week. This week's post

  8. The Sharon Bala book caught my eye. I am surprised someone has not written on this subject before. Particularly the boat people who came to Australia.

  9. I am hoping to read The Great Alone this month - can't wait! I am glad to hear you enjoyed it. I thought the English Wife was entertaining (loved the time period!), but it wasn't my favorite of her novels. I look forward to your review on that one!


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