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. I am linking up to Nicole of Feed Your Addiction's Monthly Wrap-Up Post, where any book bloggers who write monthly wrap-up posts can link up and visit other bloggers to see what they have been reading. I am linking to Stacking the Shelves hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently.
New to the Shelves:
Recent book purchases:
The Read Herring Hunt (Mystery Bookshop #2) by V.M. Burns
Chasing the Shadows (Sentinels of the Galaxy #2) by Maria V. Snyder
Defending the Galaxy (Sentinels of the Galaxy #3) by Maria V. Snyder
Deadlines & Dryads (Terra Haven Chronicles #0.5) by Rebecca Chastain (freebie)
City of Ghosts (Cassidy Stone #1) by Victoria Schwab
Tunnel of Bones (Cassidy Stone #2) by Victoria Schwab
What new books have you added to your shelf lately?
What I Am Reading: I am in the middle of four books at the moment. Which I wish I could say explains why I did not read all that many books in November, but that would only be partially true. I just haven't been reading that much. Among my current reads are How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason, which I am loving.
I am slowly making my way through the pandemic short story collection, Together, Apart. I really like the stories, but I find myself having to stop after each one and read something else for awhile.
I am still working my way through Wonder by R. J. Palacio. As some of you may know, my daughter is reading it with her class, and I am reading it as well. I'm trying not to get ahead of them and so it's going slower than it normally would for me to read a book like that. I think Mouse is actually ahead of me now though. I had better catch up!
Mouse and I are reading and enjoying Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life (Dork Diaries #1) by Rachel Renée Russell together. It's such a fun book. Mouse read it before on her own but wanted to read it with me this time around.
What I Am Watching: I actually have not been watching as much lately as I was earlier in the month. My family and I are still working our way through Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, watching one or two episodes most the evenings. My husband is keeping track of the order we watch each episode of which show in--which I appreciate. We continue to enjoy The Masked Singer.
Off the Blog: As of a minute before midnight tomorrow (Sunday), my part of the state will go into lockdown again. The new stay-at-home-order is a result of a drop in available ICU beds due to the pandemic. It's actually a lighter lockdown than the original one in March. This time retail businesses will be allowed to remain open, but with a 20% capacity. Before, they had to close all together unless they were considered essential businesses. Hair and nail salons have to close again (Mouse and I are going on a year since our last hair cut). Restaurants will have to go back to just take out and delivery. In my county, we never got back to indoor dining being okay (not that it stopped some restaurants). Any schools with waivers to have students in physical classrooms can still do so--although Mouse's district is still strictly remote learning. Travel is out. Social gatherings are prohibited. This new lockdown is supposed to last for 3 weeks and then will be re-evaluated. The sheriff of my county has made it very clear where he stands on the matter--quite publicly even--and so I imagine enforcement of any kind will be low. Other than perhaps businesses risking their state licenses.
The virus has found its way into my 103-year-old grandmother's long-term care facility on the other side of the country. Last I heard a week ago, 29 residents and 16 staff tested positive. As far as I know, my grandmother is virus free. My prayers are with everyone, the residents and the staff.
On a lighter note, I was able to take the week of Thanksgiving off. My house has been sorely neglected as of late. I finally got to a few cleaning/organizing projects I had been putting off. Now to decide where to store the stuff we want to donate until we actually can donate it . . . I probably could have used another week or two off work to do more, but it's something and I will take it.
We had a very quiet Thanksgiving, just the three of us. That is usually how we spend the holiday, and so it was not that different for us. We had a nice homemade meal and watched Christmas movies. Over the weekend we put up the Christmas decorations. Our tree had been up all year, so that was one less thing we had to do. We did decorate it though. I have been doing most of my holiday gift shopping online this year (if you have an Etsy shop, please let me know--I like to support fellow bloggers when I am able). I am nearly done, thankfully.
Mouse is still dancing and singing. Her interest in dance has flagged considerably having to take classes on Zoom, but she keeps at it. She seems to enjoy her musical theater classes the most. School is going about as well as can be expected. It's more of a struggle on some days than on others.
We are enjoying our evening walks. Several people in the neighborhood have holiday lights up, and we have been enjoying seeing them. Some are quite elaborate. Someone in the neighborhood Facebook group posted a flyer announcing a "Come See Santa" event. Evidently they are inviting kids and families to come see Santa, sit on his lap and take pictures with him. Masks are optional. Yeah. I wish I could say that was an anomaly, but that seems to be a common attitude among too many. Especially where I live. It feels that way anyway.
December is here, and I imagine it will go by quickly. I am looking forward to more time off later this month. I hope you and your loved ones are well and staying safe.
What I Am Grateful For: Christmas lights and warm blankets. Cuddly cats and sharing laughs with my daughter over book--or anything for that matter. I continue to be grateful to all medical staff and frontline workers. And all the teachers and social workers.
My Sleeping Cat
My Other Sleeping Cat
This Past Week:
Here is what I finished reading in November:
- Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary
- Leads & Lynxes (Terra Haven Chronicles #1) by Rebecca Chastain
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
My reading pattern in November seems to always find me reading less. I am enjoying my continued reads and had fun with what I did finish last month. Mouse chose both Ramona and Her Mother and Bridge to Terabithia to read with me. I was a little hesitant about her reading The Bridge to Terabithia yet given . . . well, if you have read it you know. Mouse liked both, although her favorite of the two was Ramona and Her Mother. Beverly Cleary was one of my favorite childhood authors and I am so glad my daughter is enjoying her books too.
Blogging wise, I have been keeping a pretty regular schedule. Staying on top of comments and visiting other blogs seems to be where I struggle, but I do not think I did too badly last month overall. I really enjoy visiting your blogs and seeing what you are up to and reading.
This Past November In Reading Mews:
- My Bookish Mewsings: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
- Waiting to Read Wednesday: Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder & Homer's Odyssey
- Weekly Mews: Welcome November (I think) / My November TBR List Poll (Please Vote!)
- My Bookish Mewsings: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
- Waiting to Read Wednesday: Bait and Witch & Cleopatra
- Where is Your Bookmark? (Pandemic Romance / What I Was Reading Five Years Ago / New To Me Authors I Want to Read Again)
- Weekly Mews: Cranberry Orange Scones & How Is It Already the Middle of November?!
- My Bookish Mewsings: Leads & Lynxes by Rebecca Chastain
- Waiting to Read Wednesday: The Dark Archive & Season of the Witch
- Where Is Your Bookmark? (Sci Fi Fairytale, December Wedding & Must Read Series by New to Me Authors)
- Bookish Mewsings: Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis & In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Tell me what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? How was your November? Do you have anything planned for this month?
Thank you for helping me decide what book from my TBR collection I should read next:
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).
For this month's TBR List Poll theme, I went with green covers. They also have a holiday theme in common. I think they all sound fun. Which one do you think I should read this month?
It's the first Christmas in Santaland for April Claus--but it may also be her last unless she can uncover a villain with a killer Christmas wish. . . .
Love is full of surprises--though few compare to realizing that you're marrying the real-life Santa. April Claus dearly loves her new husband, Nick, but adjusting to life in the North Pole is not all sugarplums and candy canes. Especially when a cantankerous elf named Giblet Hollyberry is killed--felled by a black widow spider in his stocking--shortly after publicly arguing with Nick.
Christmastown is hardly a hotbed of crime, aside from mishaps caused by too much eggnog, but April disagrees with Constable Crinkle's verdict of accidental death. As April sets out to find the culprit, it'll mean putting the future of Christmas on the line--and hoping her own name isn't on a lethal naughty list . . . [Goodreads Summary]
New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory makes her hardcover debut with a heartwarming Christmas romance.
Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie's work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can't refuse. She's excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn't expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain Private Secretary and his charming accent and unyielding formality.
Malcolm Hudson has been the Queen's Private Secretary for years and has never given a personal, private tour...until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.
Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy fling come New Year's Day...or are they? [Goodreads Summary]
In Nancy Coco's eighth Candy-Coated Mystery, Christmas on Mackinac Island brings a flurry of festive activity for fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy--but also a body in a snowbank. With fun recipes, cute pets, quirky characters, and an endearing young protagonist, the Candy-Coated Mysteries have the perfect ingredients for cozy mystery fans!
All Allie wants for Christmas is for renovations to be finished on the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop so she can move back home for the holidays. But for now she's staying in her friend Frances' apartment, busily baking batches of holiday fudge. After someone leaves a mysterious note on the door to meet up, the curious fudge maker goes to the rendezvous with her Bichonpoo, Mal--only to discover a woman facedown in a snowdrift. With her dying breath, the woman gasps, Frances. The police suspect she named her killer, but Allie knows that's impossible. She needs to wrap up this case before the trail runs cold--and give her friend the gift of freedom this Christmas season... [Goodreads Summary]
Thank you for voting! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy Reading!
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