Saturday, October 01, 2022

Weekly Mews: Welcoming in October with More Books (Please vote in my TBR Poll!)

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer and The Sunday Salon (TSS) hosted by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz  where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. I am also linking It's Monday! What Are you Reading? hosted by Kathryn of Book Date where readers talk about what they have been, are and will be reading.

I am linking up Stacking the Shelves hosted by Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently.  



My cat is doing everything she can to distract me from writing this blog post. Her favorite place to curl up and purr is on my chest--and it most often happens when I sit down with my computer (or try to eat). She is quite demanding about it too.

On the personal front, work is keeping me extra busy but that doesn't seem like anything new these days. I am losing my office space at work and so spent some time packing, tossing, and boxing up over a decade's worth of stuff. I will be sharing a new office space with seven other supervisors in my office (we'll be taking turns on our in office/out of office work rotation schedules--what that means when more than one of us are there at a time, I can't say). It turned out not to be as bad as I thought it would be and only took me a day as I tried to fit it in between my regular work. The extra strain on my knee was not good though. I tried to be careful, but I have been feeling it ever since. This past week I started physically therapy. I am optimistic I can make a full recovery. 

I have some catching up to do blog visiting wise, but I wanted to share with you what I have been reading and watching as of late. 


Read Recently

These past two weeks I finished reading several great books. I had fallen behind with my year long reading project, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, and decided it was time to catch up. Once I started, I just kept going and finished a couple months early. Sangu Mandanna's novel, The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches, was such a delight. And I continue to enjoy both the Maggie Hope (Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante) and Witch Way Librarian (Seven-Year Witch) series. Spy x Family, Vol. 8 by Tatsuya Endo was one of my favorite in the series so far. I actually got to read it before my husband and daughter this time! 


What did you recently finish reading?


Reading Now

Right now I am reading Witch and Famous (Witch Way Librarian Mystery #3) by Angela M. Sanders. I am enjoying my time in Wilfred, Oregon. 


What are you reading right now? 

Up Next

I am sticking with the theme of the season--witches (and a merman), ghosts, and vampires (well, formerly at least) for this month's TBR List Poll. which of these three books do you think I should read next?

Witchful Thinking by Celestine Martin
What does a witch do when life's a bore? You wish for something more.

If wishes were fish, homebody witch Lucy Caraway could open an aquarium and gift shop. When she isn't grading papers over homemade tea blends, Lucy’s leafing through spellbooks to protect her familial magic from complete mayhem. On the eve of her ten year high school reunion, Lucy yearns for more—the soul mate she's searching for, the cute cottage she's coveting, and to be the best version of herself. Fueled by nostalgia and spiced rum, Lucy casts a spell that brings trouble in the form of a big lie and reunites her with her high school crush merman Alex Dwyer.

Like all merfolk, Alex saw the world and all its splendors, destined never to make a home on land. When he's unexpectedly given a jinxed cottage, he returns to his small hometown of Freya Grove, NJ, determined to get his life on track after a string of bitter disappointments. Alex believes a merman needs a house like a fish needs a bicycle. He plans on flipping it and getting as far away from the Grove as his tail can take him. But once he discovers that his new neighbor is the witch who got away, Alex starts to rethink his plan.

As the spell unfolds, baking disasters, flirtatious tea readings, and midnight meetups spark their decade old chemistry, Lucy and Alex wonder whether their newfound love is strong enough to outlast the fleeting power of a wish. [Goodreads Summary]

A Haunted History of Invisible Women: True Stories of America's Ghosts by Leanna Renee Hieber & Andrea Janes
From the notorious Lizzie Borden to the innumerable, haunted rooms of Sarah Winchester's mysterious mansion this offbeat, insightful, first-ever book of its kind explores the history behind America's female ghosts, the stereotypes, myths, and paranormal tales that swirl around them, what their stories reveal about us--and why they haunt us...

Sorrowful widows, vengeful jezebels, innocent maidens, wronged lovers, former slaves, even the occasional axe-murderess--America's female ghosts differ widely in background, class, and circumstance. Yet one thing unites them: their ability to instill fascination and fear, long after their deaths. Here are the full stories behind some of the best-known among them, as well as the lesser-known--though no less powerful.

Tales whispered in darkness often divulge more about the teller than the subject. America's most famous female ghosts, like New Orleans voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, and Bridget Bishop, the first person executed during the Salem witchcraft trials, mirror each era's fears and prejudices. Yet through urban legends and campfire stories, even ghosts like the nameless hard-working women lost in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire --achieve a measure of power and agency in death, in ways unavailable to them as living women.

Riveting for skeptics and believers alike, with humor, curiosity, and expertise, A Haunted History of Invisible Women offers a unique lens on the significant role these ghostly legends play both within the spook-seeking corners of our minds and in the consciousness of a nation.  [Goodreads Summary]

Mere Mortals by Erin Jade Lange
"Two teenage vampires are turned mortal and must face the greatest nightmare of all--high school"--

This hilarious, fresh take on a classic vampire tale follows a pair of hundred-year-old teenage vampires who are turned mortal and must face the greatest nightmare of all—high school.

Charlie and her brother, Reg, have been vampires for…a very long time. For a century, they enjoyed the glitz and glamour of life as members of the wealthiest vampire clan. But now, after one careless mistake, they’ve been expelled from the vampire community and dumped in the middle of Nowhere, Iowa, to live as mortals.

Suddenly Charlie has to deal with zits, tears, and—worst of all—high school. But things start to change when she and Reg find a group of friends, including the deliciously good-looking Dexter. And though Charlie would give anything to be vampire again, she begins to appreciate some of the new experiences that humanity brings too.

But nothing could make them forget the life they’ve left behind. When they’re offered a second shot at immortality, Charlie is desperate to seize it. It’ll just mean a total betrayal of all her new friends, who will have their minds wiped of their memories of her. She can handle that if it means she can live forever…right? [Goodreads Summary]


Thank you for voting! What will you be reading next?

My TBR List is hosted by the awesome Michelle at Because Reading. It’s a fun way to choose a book from your TBR pile to read. The 1st Saturday of every month, I will list 3 books I am considering reading and let you vote for my next read during that month. My review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 


What I Have Been Watching

We are still enjoying She-Hulk and started watching Andor, the new Star Wars series. Masked Singer is back, one of my daughter's favorite shows, and so we have been keeping up with that as well. 

I recently watched the PBS three part series,  U.S. and the Holocaust, which is very well done. I highly recommend it. It is hard not to see the parallels between what was happening back then to what has been happening in recent years  in the U.S. 

I also have started watching Grey's Anatomy again. I cannot remember when I stopped watching the show--maybe five or six seasons in. I have been re-watching the first couple of seasons. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the show. 


What have you watched recently?


New to the Shelves

Mouse and I added more books to our bookshelves recently.  Let's take a look!

The last of my Birthday books:


Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
Unrestricted Access by James Rollins
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes


Woman 99 by Greer Macallister
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
Sistersong by Lucy Holland
Skin Folk by Nola Hopkinson
Cursed Luck (#1) by Kelley Armstrong
High Jinx (#2) by Kelley Armstrong
The Cracked Spine (Scottish Bookshop Mystery #2) by Paige Shelton
Just Killing Time (Clock Shop Mystery #1) by Julianne Holmes

Mouse's newest additions thanks to the school book fair and a gift from Grandma: 


Bounce Back by Misako Rocks!
This is Not a Drill by K.A. Holt


Locker Hero (Misadventures of Max Crumbly #1) by Rachel Renée Russell
Curse of the Phoenix by Aimee Carter
The Apothecary Diaries Vol. 6 by Nekokurage, Natsu Hyuuga, Itsuki Nanao, Touco Shino


Once Upon Another Time (#1) by James Riley

What new books made it onto your shelf recently? 


I hope you have a great week and month of October! Let me know what you have been reading and watching!


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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Weekly Mews: Autumn is Almost Here and I Have Witches on the Brain (Again)

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer and The Sunday Salon (TSS) hosted by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz  where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. I also linking It's Monday! What Are you Reading? hosted by Kathryn of Book Date where readers talk about what they have been, are and will be reading.

I am linking up Stacking the Shelves hosted by Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently. 


Summer is finally coming to an end and soon I will be craving pumpkin scones and peppermint hot chocolate. Okay, so maybe I am already. Do you have a favorite autumn snack? 

I hurt my knee doing the most basic, normal activity--sitting down--earlier in the week. I think my knee cap popped out a little before popping back in place. It hasn't been completely right since. 

Mouse started her 7th year of Girl Scouts this year with a little Bridging Ceremony this past Tuesday. She's moved up to the next level. Her troop did some fun things together this summer and are all looking forward to the year ahead.

My reading may have slowed down a bit this past week but there was also more work. A lot more work. Mouse has been reading up a storm. She is at a sleepover tonight with a friend and took four books. You never know if you want to stay up all night reading, after all. She takes after me that way--never go anywhere without a book (or several)! 


Read Recently

Early in the week I finished reading Amari and the Night Brothers, the first in B.B. Alston's middle grade Supernatural Investigations series. Amari is a great character and I love her roommate. Amari is determined to find her missing brother even if it means sticking with a camp to the end where almost everyone thinks her magic is evil. I am looking forward to reading the next book. Hopefully soon.



Reading Now

I am in the middle of Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante (Maggie Hope Mysteries #5) by Susan Elia MacNeal. It's been ages since I last visited with Maggie and friends but I am enjoying catching up with their lives and seeing them through their latest adventures. 



Reading Next

I have not yet settled on the next book I will read. I was thinking maybe something of the nonfiction variety since I have been neglecting my nonfiction TBR so far this year. It turns out the books calling to me are anything but nonfiction right now though. Is it because autumn is fast approaching and I am still gravitating more toward the lighter reads? Probably a lot of both. I am not sure which of these I might read next, but they all sound so tempting.  Or maybe I will choose something completely different . . . 


The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
Seven-Year Witch (Witch Way Librarian Mystery #2) by Angela M. Sanders
The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais


New to the Shelves

My birthday may have been last week, but it did not end there. At least where bookish gifts were concerned: 


Hao: Stories by Ye Chun 
Amari and the Great Game (Special Investigations #2) by B.B. Alston


To Hell and Back: The Last Train from Hiroshima by Charles Pellegrino
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard


Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers by Matt Kaplan
The Science of Monsters: the Origins of the Creatures We Love to Fear by Matt Kaplan
Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff


Mouse made out too: 


The Keeper by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
My Happy Marriage, Vol. 1 by Akumi Agitogi, Rito Kohsaka, Tsukiho Tsukioka


Finding Gossamyr, Vol. 1 by David A. Rodriguez, Sarah Ellerton
Lumberjanes Gotham Academy by Chynna Clugston, Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, Maddi Gonzalez, Kelly Matthews, Nichole Matthews, Jenna Ayoub
The Witch Boy (#1) by Molly Knox Ostertag


Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe (#2)  by Carlos Hernandez


Hooky, Vol. 2 by Míriam Bonastre Tur 


Let me know what you are reading and watching! What new books have made it onto your shelves recently? I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy Reading!

My other cat wanted to be in the spotlight too
(I keep trying to get her to pose with my books, but noooo....)


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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Weekly Mews: A Visit to The Last Bookstore and Glorious Rain

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer and The Sunday Salon (TSS) hosted by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz  where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. I am also linking It's Monday! What Are you Reading? hosted by Kathryn of Book Date where readers talk about what they have been, are and will be reading.

I am linking up Stacking the Shelves hosted by Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently. 



What better way to spend a birthday than curled up on the couch reading while the rain falls outside? After several triple digit temperature days in a row, it was nice to get some cooler weather at the end of the week. The rain not only helped cool down the temperature outside, but it also helped the firefighters gain an upper hand on the nearby fires. 

My husband and daughter had many surprises for me this weekend. There was cake, flowers, a Pink Drink, and then today we drove out to Los Angeles and visited the The Last Bookstore. It's toted as the largest new and used bookstore in California. There are comfy spots to sit and read or you can browse the many shelves of books and vinyl records. For the art lover, there's a few small galleries/shops upstairs not to mention book art throughout the store. Of course we bought some books while there. We visited Little Tokyo for a late lunch before heading home. 











How was your week? 

Read Recently

From Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews last week to the second and third books in the Hidden Legacy series, White Hot and Wildfire this week--a mix of urban fantasy and romance that really hit the reading spot. It is a promising sign my reading slump is well behind me. I also fit in the third and fourth volumes of Hotondoshindeiru's Uncle From Another World. I may have to steal the fifth volume from my daughter--she's been distracted by other books and hasn't finished it yet.


What did you recently finish reading?


Reading Now & Up Next

I am nearing the end of Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) by B. B. Alston and am just about to start reading September's TBR List Poll winner. Thank you to everyone who voted! 


Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante
 (Maggie Hope Mysteries #5) by Susan Elia MacNeal came out on top with 11 votes. 
The Dark Archive (The Invisible Library #7) by Genevieve Cogman came in second with 8. votes and Etched in Bone (Others #5) by Anne Bishop got 7 votes. 


Thank you for voting! What are you reading right now? 

My TBR List is hosted by the awesome Michelle at Because Reading. It’s a fun way to choose a book from your TBR pile to read. The 1st Saturday of every month, I will list 3 books I am considering reading and let you vote for my next read during that month. My review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 


New to the Shelves

Mouse and I added more books to our bookshelves recently.  Let's take a look!

My Birthday Loot:


The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
The King of Infinite Space by Lyndsay Faye


Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
The Love Hypthesis by Ali Hazelwood
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rup Kaur


Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic by Alice Quinn
Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer
Always Practice Safe Hex (Stay a Spell #4) by Juliette Cross
Fly Me to the Moon (Sylvia Stryker Space Case Mystery #1) by Diane Vallere
I'm Your Venus (Sylvia Stryker Space Case Mystery #2) by Diane Vallere
Saturn Night Fever (Sylvia Stryker Space Case Mystery #3) by Diane Vallere
Spiders From Mars (Sylvia Stryker Space Case Mystery #4) by Diane Vallere


Mouse's Unbirthday Loot


Sourceline #1 by Sylvia Douyé, illustrated by Paola Antista
The Body Under the Piano (Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen #1) by Marthe Jocelyn
Salt Magic by Hope Larson, illustrated by Rebecca Mock


The Thief Queen's Daughter (The Lost Journals of Ven Polyheme #2) by Elizabeth Haydon
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
Class is Not Dismissed (School of Fear #2) by Gitty Daneshvari

What new books made it onto your shelf recently? 


I hope you have a great week and month of September! Let me know what you have been reading and watching!



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