I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer, 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 The Sunday Salon hosted by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz where participants discuss what they are reading and other bookish topics.
What I Am Reading: My daughter and I both continue to read Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and are making our way through Dori Hillestad Butler's The Haunted Library series, featuring a ghost and his solid friend as the solve ghostly mysteries. We will likely start book 8 in the series this next week. For my own reading pleasure, I hope to start this month's TBR List Poll winner tonight. Fingers crossed!
What I Am Watching: We watched the final Star Wars movie this weekend, The Last Skywalker. It isn't my favorite of the final trilogy, but there are some great scenes. My husband made me watch an episode of one of his and my daughter's favorite YouTube series, 3DBotMaker. It's actually very clever. My husband discovered it while listening to a podcast as the hosts discussed alternatives to Formula 1 racing to watch during the pandemic. I am not really into car racing, admittedly, but sometimes I will watch if my husband happens to have a race on. The 3DBotMaker races involve toy cars that run on a toy track. The commentators narrate the race just as if it were a real Formula 1 race. It's actually pretty amusing. My husband and daughter never miss an episode.
I was able to get in a few episodes of The Originals recently. I am about four episodes into season 5. We continue to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I love that my daughter has gotten into it.
Off the Blog: This past week was crazy busy at work, and I ended up having to work overtime more days than I'd like to count. My carpal tunnel syndrome is acting up quite a bit, and I've returned to wearing my braces at night and sometimes during the day. It also means I haven't been spending too much time on the computer unless it's for work (because I can't avoid that). It is one of the main reasons why I was not around much this past week to respond to comments and visit your blogs, sadly.
It was a rather ordinary week in our household otherwise. Mouse attended her Zoom dance and musical theater classes. She also had a Girl Scout meeting (Zoom, of course). For her Girl Scout meeting, she had to do a presentation on a historical girl/woman of her choice, and she chose Princess Diana. It's hard for me to think of Princess Diana in terms of being "historical", but to my daughter, I suppose she really is a historical figure. Gosh, do I feel old!
Anjin and I got our ballots in the mail and will be sitting down to fill them out tomorrow. As is our tradition, we plan to drop them off at the Registrar of Voters office in person.
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This Week in Reading Mews:
- My Bookish Mewsings: Wolf Gone Wild & Don't Hex and Drive by Juliette Cross
- Waiting to Read Wednesday: Asylum City / Judge's Girls / Among the Beasts & Briars / A Page Marked for Murder
What have you been up to lately? What are you reading, watching and listening to right now?
My TBR List is a meme 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 take a poll as to which you think I should read. I will read the winner that month, and my review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise).
Thank you to everyone who voted in this month's poll. I could tell early on from the comments who the likely winner would be and, sure enough, that book won by quite a margin. Mrs. Morris and the Witch by Traci Wilton came in with only 2 votes, followed by 5 votes for Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. Naomi Novik's A Deadly Education came in with 14 votes. I am really excited to dive in!
Lesson One of the Scholomance
Learning has never been this deadly
A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students. [Goodreads Summary]
Thank you for voting! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy Reading!
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Oh my gosh! Princess Diana is a historical figure (and I feel old, too! I remember waking up that day learning of her death and crying...)ReplyDelete
I hope you'll have much less overtime next week so your carpal tunnel can calm down.
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading and watching. Stay safe and healthy :)
Linda - I remember crying when I heard about Princess Diana's death too. Such a tragedy.Delete
This past week was much better in terms of less overtime, thankfully. I hope you have a great weekend!
Hope your carpal tunnel gets better soon! When you're ready, I can't wait to read your thoughts on A Deadly Education!ReplyDelete
Eustacia - Thank you. It is still giving me trouble, but it is getting better. I hope to post my review of A Deadly Education early next month. I enjoyed it. :-)Delete
I am glad you sent in your votes and every bit counts. And when you talk of Princess Diana, I am realizing her death was the first international news and first death of a public figure that I came to know about as a kid. And I can't believe so many years have passed by!ReplyDelete
Gayathri - We are already seeing record voting numbers and the election is still two weeks away. Fingers crossed hope and change is in the air . . . Thank you for visiting!Delete
Hi there! Wonder is such an amazing book. I know that it is becoming one of the prescribed books for English in SA in certain schools. I think it's wonderful!ReplyDelete
So sorry to hear you struggle with carpal tunnel syndrome. I struggled with that when I was pregnant 3 years ago and it's really sore and the numbness is scary.
Take care of yourself and I hope you will have a wonderful week!
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Elza - Wonder is so good! I am glad my daughter is getting a chance to read it too. She and I have enjoyed our discussions about it. I am sorry you suffered from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome too. I have had it for many years and generally am able to keep it under control, but occasionally I have bad flare-ups.Delete
I hope you are enjoying your weekend!
When I work on the computer too much my hands start to hurt, I need to get a brace. Not sure if it is carpel tunnel or not, I do have tendonitis in my hand so it might still be just that.ReplyDelete
I have a virtual open house this week. I am curious how this is going to go.
I hope you have a great week, Wendy! Happy Reading! I hope you enjoy your TBR Book! :)
Michelle - I have tendonitis too, which makes things fun when that flares up. LOL I think part of my problem is that my work station at home isn't the most ergonomic and with as much time as I have to be on the computer, it hasn't helped. I'm trying to be more conscious of that though and making adjustments where I can.Delete
I hope the virtual open house went well! Thank you for stopping by!
I can't wait to hear your thoughts on A Deadly Education!ReplyDelete
Tara - I enjoyed it. :-)Delete
I am sorry that your carpal tunnel syndrome is acting up. I hope the brace helps. It would be very upsetting if I could not use my computer much.ReplyDelete
The racing sounds quite interesting. It must be good if your family never misses an episode. I don't know if this was created during the pandemic, but it seems like a good example of the kinds of creativity the pandemic has engendered.
I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Deadly Education. I see it is at my library, and I've added it to my tbr list there.
Deb - Thank you. The braces are helping. I'm starting to get it back under control.Delete
It is good to see something good come out of the pandemic--such as creativity. :-)
Thank you for visiting!
Princess Diana as a historical figure - yep, makes me feel old too. I remember her wedding! It would be fun to watch Buffy again, but I don't think it's available on any of our platforms. We don't have Hulu right now. Hope your week goes better with your wrists.ReplyDelete
Kay - I remember her wedding too. It was quite the event! We have all the Buffy and Angel episodes on DVD, but we are watching it on Hulu. Thank you for the well wishes!Delete
Sorry your carpal tunnel is acting up again. And Buffy is the best! Hope you have a good week this week. :)ReplyDelete
Lark - Thank you! We love Buffy here. :-)Delete
I agree, the LAst Skywalker had some moments. Not my favorite Star Wards film but i liked it more than I thought I might.ReplyDelete
Hope your books and everyting else are good this week- take care!!
Greg - Thank you!Delete
Glad to hear you'll get your ballots in; I hope we have record voting this year no matter which way people vote. When turn out is low, it feels... off. Carpel tunnel is no fun, be sure to do what you can to rest those bones.ReplyDelete
Helen - It looks like we're already breaking records with the number of mail in ballots. Hopefully more people will take part this election. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
It's hard to believe that Princess Diana is a historical figure but she's a good one to learn about! 3DBotMaker sounds fun! Off to find that and to add The Haunted Library series to my TBR. I think that sounds like one that would go over well here! Hope you have a lovely week.ReplyDelete
Katherine - Princess Diana did so many great works. It's no wonder she was so well loved. I hope you enjoy the 3DBotMaker videos if you watch them. It seems like something Will would enjoy too. :-) We are enjoying The Haunted Library series. My daughter probably more than me. LOL It's cute, I'll give it that.Delete
A Deadly Education looks great! It's on my list as well.ReplyDelete
I remember doing an extra credit book report on Princess Diana when I was in 4th grade...she was not historical then. Boy, I feel old too! Ha! So glad she's able to get things done virtually.
I'm sorry your carpal tunnel has been acting up. That's so hard to manage sometimes. I had that way back in my college days when I was transcribing all day. I hope your wrists feel better soon.
Love that hidden kitty! So adorable.
I'm bingeing the new Netflix series The Haunting of Bly Manor. It's really good. I've been wanting to rewatch Buffy for awhile now. I'll probably dive in this week. I need to see if I can get my son to watch with me. I think he'd enjoy the first few seasons.
Have a great week!
Heather - I hope you enjoy A Deadly Education when you read it. I enjoyed it.Delete
My husband often points out to me these days that the music I listened to as a child is to my daughter what music from my parent's childhood was to me. I just can't fathom it. LOL
I've had issues with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for years, but usually am able to head it off before it gets too bad. Sometimes I'm not so successful. I'm feeling better today, although still trying to take it easy for the time being.
I am glad you are enjoying The Haunting of Bly Manor. I was eyeing that the other day thinking I should watch it.
I hope you have a great weekend!
I loved the Originals when it was on.ReplyDelete
Mary - I wasn't sure about the first season of The Originals, but the show definitely grew on me after that. I was kind of sad when I got to the end.Delete
Hope the carpel tunnel isn't too too painful. Early voting and mail in voting begins next week here. Hoping our mail in ballots arrive this week. The Deadly Education sounds good.ReplyDelete
Diane - I hope you were able to get your ballots! I'll be so glad when this election is behind us. My wrists and arms are starting to feel better. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I just got my copy of A Deadly Education! I can't wait to read it soon!ReplyDelete
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Ronyell - I hope you enjoy A Deadly Education!Delete
Sorry to hear your carpel tunnel has flared up! I haven't been "around the blogs" in a long time so I've missed so much...ReplyDelete
I've yet to watch The Originals but it's been one I want to watch for a long time. Lately, I've been watching Kobra Kai (which I've surprisingly loved).
Nicci - Thank you. I'm starting to feel better in that regard. I'm still trying to take it easy where I can. My blog hopping has been dismal as of late too and I miss it. :-(Delete
I've heard great things about Kobra Kai. I used to love the Karate Kid movie when I was growing up.
Yay for getting that voting accomplished. We did the same. I really enjoyed A Deadly Education so I voted for it; I hope you like it too!ReplyDelete
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Anne - I am glad you were able to get your voting done too. Now if only the political ads would stop coming. I must have failed to uncheck some box because I keep getting political texts. I guess that's better than the calls . . . Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I hope that your carpal tunnel feels better soon. I hate when my flares up! The show you described sounds like fun and I love that the whole family can watch. I hope that you enjoy A Deadly Education. Have a great week!ReplyDelete
Carole - Thank you. my wrists/arms are starting to feel better. It's hard when I can't completely rest them to heal sooner, but the work never stops.Delete
I have problems with carpal tunnel syndrome too. It's a real bummer! I hope you feel better soon. Enjoy your reading week!ReplyDelete
Laura - I'm sorry you have to deal with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome too. Too many of us do. :-( Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I hope your wrist feels better soon. I'm so curious about A Deadly Education and would love to read it this month!ReplyDelete
Tammy - Thank you. I hope you do get a chance to read A Deadly Education. I would enjoy reading your thoughts. I liked it and hope to post my review early next month.Delete
You reminded me I started watching Buffy a few months ago, to go with my read of A Blade so Black, and then completely forgot about it! And here I was, just last night, complaining that I've got nothing to watch!ReplyDelete
Dianthaa - I love Buffy. It's been years since I last watched the show and it's like re-visiting old friends. I hope you get a chance to dive back in!Delete
sorry to hear about your carpal tunnel syndrome acting up. i have issues too and i know it's because of being on the computer and holding a book or kindle while reading. the only thing to do is cut back and i have, but then i am late getting things done and blogging ahead...what is that? :-) hope you enjoy the bookReplyDelete
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Sherry - Thank you. I am sorry you suffer from it too. And yes! It's especially bad when we can't even hold our book or e-reader. I have taken to trying to rest my e-reader on my leg or against something else so I don't have to hold it as much. And the blogging--that suffers the most. :-( Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Enjoy your reading and watching 3DBotMaker. Yay for Star Wars.ReplyDelete
I'm the same way, especially lately since I work from home still I tend to only log into the computer for work, so my blogging has been less and less. I get carpel tunnel pains in my right wrist as well.
I know, it's amazing to think of Princess Di as a historical figure already, but she totally is.
Happy reading this week. We got our mail in ballots this week also.
Naida - I think the uptick in work played a big part in my recent flare up. I am sorry to hear you suffer from it as well. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Oh wow, thinking of Princess Diana as a historical figure makes me feel ancient, lol. I hope you're able to get some relief from your carpal tunnel.ReplyDelete
Suzanne - Thank you! My wrists are beginning to feel better, thankfully. I'm still trying to take it easy though so as not to overdo it too soon. I always forget how much I depend on them for doing even little things. Just picking something up can be so painful. Holding something--forget it. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
A Deadly Education sounds like it has a great premise. I'm looking forward to your review, Wendy.ReplyDelete
Melody - It was really good! Thank you for visiting.Delete
I've avoided carpal tunnel because I do not type correctly. I hunt and peck and type really fast with like three fingers. LOL. Once I had tennis elbow though and it really extended down to my wrist so I know how painful it can be. I hope the brace helps with that.ReplyDelete
Ti - My dad typed with that method too and was very fast--so I believe it! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Sorry about the carpal tunnel. I have that too. I just got done soaking both arms in the bathtub because I was miserable when I woke up this morning. Hot water seems to help. I hope you have a good week!ReplyDelete
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AJ - I am sorry you have to deal with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome too. It really stinks. I haven't tried soaking my arms, but I may have to. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Take good care and definitely don't over do it so your carpal tunnel doesn't flare up. I love the story of Mouse watching the race with your husband. It reminds me of when I was a kid and would avidly watch some shows with my dad. Hope A Deadly Education is a fantastic read!ReplyDelete
Iliana - It brings back memories for me too with my dad, seeing Mouse and her dad watching a show or do something together. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete