Saturday, September 18, 2021

Weekly Mews: Soon to be Fall

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



In reading . . . 
Then & Now

Not much has changed from last week. I am spreading out the reading of Juliette Cross's Stay a Spell holiday themed short story anthology, Walking in a Witchy Wonderland in between the time I spend on Nancy Marie Brown's The Real Valkyrie: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women and The Rose Code by Kate Quinn. Those of you who recommended The Rose Code weren't kidding about it being good! Thank you.


Next

I have a feeling I will be reading my current reads for awhile yet and so am not sure what I will pick up next. I have The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison queued up ready to go when I want to dive into the 6th book of the Hollows series. Shirley Jackson's short story The Lottery is also on my must read soon radar.



What I Have Been Watching


I have been binging on Grimm when I get a chance. My family and I are still watching the newer version of Charmed. I am not sure how I feel about this second season yet. It took a big turn from the first season. We have also been keeping up with Ted Lasso

 
New to the Shelves

My husband gifted me with a copy of European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #2) by Theodora Goss and my daughter made me a lovely bookmark to go with it. Many thanks and much love to both! 


Two new e-books were added to my e-reader which I couldn't resist because of the discount offered (I'm a sucker for a deal, what can I say? To be fair, they were on my wish list.):


Dear Justyce  (Dear Martin #2) by Nic Stone & The Women of Troy (#2) by Pat Barker


Off the Blog

I have much catching up to do from last week, including blog visits which are long overdue. I do my best to reciprocate blog visits, but sometimes I am unable to manage it in a timely manner, especially when my free time isn't my own. 

The Nutcracker audition went well last weekend and rehearsals started today. Mouse was not feeling well and so ended up coming home early from the studio and rehearsed via Zoom (she is feeling much better now).  I already have the Nutcracker ballet music stuck in my head and know from experience that it will be there through December! The cast list came out a couple days ago and Mouse was pleased with the parts she's been given. One of her best dance buddies is playing the lead which made her extra happy. 

During my mom's whirlwind visit she was able to find a house she liked and will soon be moving this way. She will be living less than 4 miles away instead of the 430 or so miles away we've been the past 25+ years. My husband, daughter and I are looking forward to having her closer. 

I worked in the office this past week and was able to see my staff in person along with my boss. I also met the new supervisor in person (for those who visited last weekend, not the one who interviewed--it's a long story). It was the kind of week in which I had to put in more overtime than I usually do. I have to admit I am glad I will be working from home this upcoming week.

You may notice the new blog design. I loved my old one quite a bit and stuck with it longer than I have any other design. Early in the year I decided to treat myself to a new design for my 15th blog anniversary (which came and went in July) and reached out to Michelle who had also done my previous one. Only a couple months later, I am finally putting it to use. Many thanks to Michelle at Limabean Designs for this wonderful and fun design! 

I am loving the cooler temperatures in the mornings and evenings! Does this mean fall is officially on its way in? I do not doubt summer will put up a fight. She always does. 


Tell me what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? What new books have you added to your bookshelves? How did your week shape up? 

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Weekly Mews: Interviews, Nutcracker Audition & a Too Short Holiday Weekend

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.






In reading . . . 
Then

I finished reading Witches Get Stitches by Juliette Cross this week. It is the third book in the author's Stay a Spell romance series featuring a family of witches. This one focused on Violet and the werewolf she keeps trying to resist. It was a steamy and fun read.


Now

I was not ready to leave New Orleans and the Savoie sisters just yet and so dived in the first story in Juliette Cross's Stay a Spell anthology, Walking in a Witchy Wonderland. I also have started reading a nonfiction book, The Real Valkyrie: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women by Nancy Marie Brown.

Mouse and I are still reading and enjoying Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James. Mouse recently also picked up The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge and has been reading it to me off and on.


Next

Next up will likely be my September TBR List winner.  I can't wait to read it! Chapter and Curse, the first in a new cozy mystery series by Elizabeth Penney, is also calling my name and I may not be able to resist it much longer. 



What I Have Been Watching

I have been watching more of the same. I am on the second seasons of Grimm and Charmed. My family and I checked out the first episode of Doogie Kamealoha, M.D., reboot of the 1990's Doogie Howser television show. I think we are going to like this show. It has some similarities to the original but is very much it's own, featuring a 16 year old doctor trying to balance life as a teenager and that of a doctor with a full time job. 


Off the Blog

It was a busy week but with the perk of an extra weekend day due to the Labor Day Holiday. At work, I sat in on interviews for a new supervisor early in the week. The candidates all seemed promising. The catch for my office is always the hours--the available shift is not a preferred one and tends to scare prospects away more often than not. Most of the people interviewed seemed okay with the hours/days though, and my manager made a selection Friday afternoon. The new supervisor will start the middle of October.

Mouse met with her Girl Scout troop this past week for their first meeting of the season. The weather was perfect for the outdoor meeting, held at a park. All their meetings last season were via Zoom and so it was nice to see everyone in person again. The girls have grown so much this past year.

It is a busy weekend for us. My mom is in town and Mouse had her usual dance classes on top of a Nutcracker audition (it went well) Saturday. Tomorrow she is attending a double birthday party for two of her friends. They are going mini golfing and then will have doughnuts in a nearby park. 

This next week is my week in the office. I will miss my furry work buddies.

Sleeping on the job
 
Tell me what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? How was your week?


Thank you for helping me decide what book from my TBR collection I should read 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 take a poll as to which you think I should read. I will read the winner that month. My review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 


I seem to be collecting Kate Quinn's novels and am grateful for your help in deciding which of her books to read first. It was really close with The Huntress coming in with 4 votes, The Alice Network with 5, and the winner, The Rose Code with 6 votes.


The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

Thank you for voting! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy Reading!

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Saturday, September 04, 2021

Weekly Mews: Binging on Witch Reads and Looking Back on August (Vote in September's TBR List 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 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. 



In reading . . . 
Then

As I slowly continue to make my way through Kim Harrison's Hollows series, I most recently finished reading For A Few Demons More (#5). It is an addicting urban fantasy series with a great cast of characters. 

My daughter was shocked when I told her I had never tried Manga before and insisted I read the first three volumes of Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama. She loves the series which features a young apprentice witch--and, of course, I am smitten with it too. 


Now

I seem to be in a witchy sort of mood because I am now reading Witches Get Stitches (Stay a Spell #3) by Juliette Cross. I am excited to finally be reading Violet and Nico's story. 

Mouse and I took a detour for a short while but are back to reading Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co #1) by Anna James together. We are enjoying it.

 
Next

Will the witch mood continue, I wonder? Witch Please (Fix-It Witch #1) by Ann Aguirre is sounding good. There is also the next book in the Kim Harrison Hollows series, The Outlaw Demon Wails (#6) that I am looking forward to diving into.  My eye keeps coming back to The Real Valkyerie: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women by Nancy Marie Brown though so that might be the way to go. It would be perfect if I want to reach my nonfiction challenge goal by the end of the year.



What I Have Been Watching

We continue to enjoy Ted Lasso. My favorite episode so far is one called "Rainbow" which was like an ode to all things rom-com. It was such a fun episode. 

This past month my daughter and I got into AJ and the Queen, starring RuPaul Charles and Izzy G, which we both are enjoying. We only have a couple episodes left. The show, about a drag queen and a young stowaway who are traveling cross country on tour, takes on some serious issues while at the same time being sweet and funny. I was sad to hear there will not be a second season. 

We also have been watching Charmed, the reboot version, about three sister witches. I really liked the original version, and, while there are some definite similarities (I can't help but make comparisions), and so was leery going into this new show, but I do like it so far.

As a musical loving family, we could not resist watching Schmigadoon, in which a couple having relationship trouble cross a bridge and find themselves in a musical. It was silly and over the top, sure, but that was expected. 

I am slowly making my way through the first season of the television series Grim, which is giving me my supernatural fix (along with Charmed, of course!). 

 
New to the Shelves


I was at my local independent bookstore picking up an order for my daughter and came across this one which had been recommended by a friend as well as the bookseller who had read and loved it. It is a historical fiction novel set during the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake: Vera by Carol Edgarian.


Although we were at the bookstore to pick up Witch Hat Atelier Volume 4 and 5 by Kamome Shirahama, I caved and also got Mouse What the Hex?! (Witches of Brooklyn #2) by Sophie Escabasse, Lola: A Ghost Story by J. Torres and illustrated by Elbert Or, and Back to the Drawing Board (Making Friends #2) by Kristen Gudsnuk.


Off the Blog

There is so much turmoil out there right now. It is hard not to be affected by it, even if not directly. My heart aches for those impacted by the fires in my own state and the hurricane and storms in the South and on the East Coast. The photos and news footage of the damage . . . so devastating. Add in what is happening in places like Afghanistan, not to mention other parts of the world and within my own country. Of course we can't forget COVID either, can we? The pandemic rages on.

In my own personal life: with August came the start of school for Mouse and a new work schedule for me. Mouse is happy to be back in the classroom again. Her dad and I have been keeping close watch on the virus numbers at her school, which fortunately remain low. I am still working a hybrid schedule (part working from home and part in the office) but there was a shift in my hours which is taking some getting used to. I kind of like it and hope it sticks. Early in August my car died and the cost was steep to get fixed. It could have been a lot worse though, so for that I am grateful. My mother-in-law was rushed to the hospital after a fall and it was discovered she had had a heart attack. She seems to be doing okay now and is taking it easy. Towards the end of the month, a long-time colleague of mine lost his battle with brain cancer.

A few other highlights:


My work buddy often comes and sits with me while I am working at home. She especially likes the heat coming off my monitor and laptop. 


Sometimes she sneaks onto my keyboard when I'm on the phone. 


 The Annie Musical turned out really well with only a few tech issues. The kids did an amazing job. Mouse also performed in two Showcase dances, showing off what she's learned in a couple of her dance classes. 


My mom drove into town for a visit and to see Mouse perform. We had an early birthday celebration for her before she had to head back home. 


My grandmother also had a birthday celebration in August, turning 104 years old. I was unable to attend, but I was with her in spirit. 


Mouse earned her much coveted pointe letter recently, having worked very hard over the past few years in her ballet classes. While ballet is not her first or even her second love, dancing en pointe has been a dream of hers. We are so proud of her! The studio owners/directors have a tradition of taking the new pointe students for their first pointe shoe fitting making it an even more special event for the girls.

And that just about sums up my August. 

Tell me what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? What new books have you added to your bookshelves? How did your August shape up? What did I miss while I was on my break? 


Thank you for helping me decide what book from my TBR collection I should read 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 take a poll as to which you think I should read. I will read the winner that month. My review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 

There is a saturation of World War novels in the market (not that I am complaining) and these three have garnered a lot of buzz since they came out. Featuring clever and resourceful women, each of these books made their way onto my Mount TBR, and I could use your help deciding which one to read first. 


The Alice Network 
by Kate Quinn
In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, code name Alice, the "queen of spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads. [Goodreads Summary]

The Huntress by Kate Quinn
From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Alice Network, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…

Bold, reckless Nina Markova grows up on the icy edge of Soviet Russia, dreaming of flight and fearing nothing. When the tide of war sweeps over her homeland, she gambles everything to join the infamous Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on Hitler’s eastern front. But when she is downed behind enemy lines and thrown across the path of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, Nina must use all her wits to survive.

British war correspondent Ian Graham has witnessed the horrors of war from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials. He abandons journalism after the war to become a Nazi hunter, yet one target eludes him: the Huntress. Fierce, disciplined Ian must join forces with brazen, cocksure Nina, the only witness to escape the Huntress alive. But a shared secret could derail their mission, unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride grows up in post WWII Boston, determined despite family opposition to become a photographer. At first delighted when her long-widowed father brings home a fiancée, Jordan grows increasingly disquieted by the soft-spoken German widow who seems to be hiding something. Armed only with her camera and her wits, Jordan delves into her new stepmother’s past and slowly realizes there are mysteries buried deep in her family. But Jordan’s search for the truth may threaten all she holds dear. [Goodreads Summary]

The Rose Code
 by Kate Quinn
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything—beauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses—but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, and puts her fluent German to use as a translator of decoded enemy secrets. Imperious self-made Mab, product of east-end London poverty, works the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and looks for a socially advantageous husband. Both Osla and Mab are quick to see the potential in local village spinster Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles, and soon Beth spreads her wings as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart.

1947. As the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip whips post-war Britain into a fever, three friends-turned-enemies are reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter--the key to which lies buried in the long-ago betrayal that destroyed their friendship and left one of them confined to an asylum. A mysterious traitor has emerged from the shadows of their Bletchley Park past, and now Osla, Mab, and Beth must resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together. But each petal they remove from the rose code brings danger--and their true enemy--closer...
 [Goodreads Summary]



Thank you for voting! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy Reading!

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Saturday, August 07, 2021

Weekly Mews: July Wrap Up & An August Blogging Break

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.

As part of my monthly wrap up, I am linking up to Nicole of Feed Your Addiction's Monthly Wrap-Up Post and 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. 


In reading . . . 
Then

I started reading Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlyn Doughty in hopes of adding another nonfiction book to my list of challenge books read, but the timing wasn't right and so I have set it aside for now. It is definitely a book I want to read still and hope to pick it up again later. Sometimes mood is everything.

In its place I picked up The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun, a queer rom-com set in the middle of a reality dating show. It was funny and adorable and just what I needed reading-wise.


Now

Mouse and I are enjoying seeing favorite characters come to life as we read in Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co #1) by Anna James together. It is a middle grade novel about an eleven-year-old girl who is able to travel inside the stories she reads. A bit of magic, adventure and mystery--three of Mouse's and my favorite qualities in a book.

I am also reading Be My Ghost, the first book in Carol J. Perry's new Haunted Haven mystery series featuring a woman who inherits an inn just when she most needs to make a fresh start. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. Except for maybe finding a dead body. There are ghosts. And a charming failed guide dog named Finn. I am enjoying it so far.


Next

Oh goodness! I am not sure what I will be reading next, honestly. As stressed, anxious, and busy as I have been, something fun and escapist will likely be the way to go. Perhaps the third book in Juliette Cross's paranormal romance Stay a Spell series, Witches Get Stitches. I really liked the first two books in the series. There's also The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale, a rom-com involving being matched with an ex by an online dating service, that sounds fun. The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson, about a lonely woman who joins forces with the community to save the library in their small English village, also sounds very appealing.   Then there is The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova which has caught my attention, if I am craving something a little darker.



What I Have Been Watching

My husband and I are continuing to make our way through Broadchurch. It is such a good but sad show. We recently began the third and final season.  We took a break from the heaviness of Broadchurch to watch the first season of Ted Lasso. To be honest, I was not very interested in watching a sports show, but my husband wanted me to give it a chance. And now I am completely hooked. It is such a good show--funny, uplifting and entertaining.



Monthly Wrap Up
 
New to the Shelves in July

E-Book Purchases:


My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Book from my local independent bookstore:


Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse


Have you read any of these books? What books did you add to your TBR this past month? 


Here is what I finished reading in July:
  • Death at the Crystal Palace (Kat Holloway Below Stairs #5) by  Jennifer Ashley
  •  I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel 
  • The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine
  • Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop by Rosselle Lim
  • Tales from a Not-So-Best Friend Forever (Dork Diaries #14) by Rachel Renée Russell
  • A Fistful of Charms (The Hollows #4) by Kim Harrison 
  • Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge 
My reading in July was a mixed bag falling mostly on the enjoyable side. I did not dislike anything I read, at least. Jennifer Ashley continues to be a favorite with her Kat Holloway series and I adored Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop. Kim Harrison's series is a lot of fun and is becoming my go to series when I need an extra-comfort read. I imagine it will not be long before I pick up book 5 in the series.

This Past May In Reading Mews:

How did your July shape up? Do you have a favorite among the books you read? What are you looking forward to in August?


Off the Blog

July got away from me. And August is going to slip right on by as well. I have barely had a chance to turn on my personal computer. Lack of time. Lack of motivation. A good mix of both, I'm afraid. We have been keeping indoors as much as possible to avoid the heat. My medical procedure went well (no cancer found--thankfully). I also finally got around to the optometry appointment I had been putting off. Mouse had her annual check-up as well.

In July, Mouse attended a two week dance intensive, which she really enjoyed. Probably more so because she got to spend time with some of her friends. Mouse's rehearsals for the Annie musical and showcase performance have stepped into high gear as we count down to performance weekend the weekend after next. So much work, energy and time go into pulling off these of shows. We have two more dress rehearsals to go, including one this weekend. I am exhausted already thinking about it! The pandemic is never far from my mind, especially with the rapid rate the new variant is spreading. I go between thinking this is a terrible idea, that we should pull out, to not wanting to take this away from my daughter (or the other kids) given how much it means to her and how much work she's put into it--and how close it is to show time. The studio and everyone involved have been taking precautions and have safety measures in place, at least.

Mouse starts school next week. Masks are mandatory in schools here in California thankfully (although it hasn't stopped some parents from protesting and petitioning against them). The school will also be taking the students' temperatures as they come onto the campus. Mouse has the usual back to school nerves (new grade, new teacher) but also added in is whether the school friends she hasn't seen in over a year will remember her and what the environment will be like--how much the same and how different things will be for her. For the last couple months she has been attending the summer camp portion of the after school care program attached to the school a couple days a week to help ease her back in. So, she will have some familiarity in terms of expectations at school and in the after school program going in.

The new hybrid rotation at work started last month and went fairly well. I had stimulus overload on my first day back in the office with my team. I was so used to having the office to myself--or close to it--for over a year. And while there still were not a lot of people in the office all at once, each team often sits in the same general office area and so it felt a bit crowded going from one to seven people in my section. All of us continued to wear masks--even those of us who had the option not to. We had a nice send off for my team member who is moving out of state. I was really sad to see her go but glad I got the opportunity to say goodbye in person. I have to admit I was happy when my week in the office was up and I could work from home again. Our turn in the office will be coming around again soon enough.

With work, school starting, the show and an upcoming visit from my mom, I think it is time I make this break official. I will be back in September and hope you all have a wonderful August in the meantime. Please stay safe and take care of yourselves. 

On a particularly difficult work day (unbeknownst to my daughter), 
she handed me a handmade card and a little gift she made for me. 
The note inside is even sweeter. 

At the local Starbucks drive thru

Tell me what you have been up to! 
What are you reading, listening to and watching? 
How was your week?

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