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.
What I Am Reading: January has gotten off to a good start reading wise. I finished reading Lisa See's The Island of Sea Women, which sets a high bar for the rest of this year's reading. My daughter and I finished reading the 4th Dork Diaries novel, Tales of the Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess, and we immediately dived into the 5th book, Tales of the Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All. I know. I said I wanted to take a break, but if you saw how enthusiastic Mouse was about continuing, you would want to continue too--and this is actually the last of the books in the series we own at the moment, so I'll get a break after.
At the moment, I have my bookmark in a couple of books, Ruth Ware's One by One, which I am reading for the COYER January Book Club, and What Mothers Withhold by Elizabeth Kropf, which I am reading for an upcoming poetry book tour.
(Thanks to my husband who let me borrow his e-reader
so I could take a photo of both e-books I'm reading together!)
Up next will be this month's TBR winner (see below), which I am anxious to dive into. Thank you to all who voted!
What I Am Watching: I binged a little on the 3rd season of The 100 this last weekend. I have liked it so far but admit I was watching it more out of habit--but it's really gotten good! I am not too happy about the death a favorite character though. I could have done without that.
We have reached the end of Season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Season 2 of Angel. Even though this is a re-watch for both my husband and I, there were still tears.
Off the Blog: School and dance classes kicked off again for Mouse this week and it was business as usual for my husband and me. I think we all wish we had a longer holiday but alas duty called.
In all of my Christmas preparations, I had forgotten to get a little gift for some of Mouse's friends, and so Mouse and I decided to turn it into something for after the New Year. This weekend we are making the rounds and doing a small few porch drops offs and, if we are lucky, get some waving time to friends in.
I have slowly been taking down the Christmas decorations. I am not sure I want to leave the tree up all year like we did this past year. I really like the twinkling lights.
I am sure you are aware of this past week's events. Great news (to me) coming from Georgia, but then the storming of the Capitol in Washington D.C. I was working and so only caught snippets of what was happening as everything unfolded. The stories that continue to come out about what happened and what all was planned, are horrifying. It will be an anxious next couple weeks leading up to President-Elect Biden's Inauguration.
This Past Week In Reading Mews:
- Our First Books of 2021
- 2020: Year in Review
- Waiting to Read Wednesday: The Last Tiara / The Ex Talk / Wilde Lake
- Where Is Your Bookmark? A Peek Into What I Am Reading Now & What I Was Reading Five Years Ago / Connect Five: Winter Titles / BBHOP: Can't Wait to Read!
Tell me what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? How was your week? Do you have anything planned for this week?
Thank you for helping me decide what book from my TBR collection I should read next:
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).
Many thanks to everyone who voted in my first TBR List Poll of the year. All three books are high on my want to read list, and I appreciate your help deciding where to start! Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg won with 12 votes. Saranna DeWylde's Fairy Godmother's, Inc. came in second with 9 votes, and Lana's War by Anita Abriel got 4 votes.
The letter was short. A name, a time, a place. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder plunges readers into the heart of London, to the secret tunnels that exist far beneath the city streets. There, a mysterious group of detectives recruited for Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries use their cunning and gadgets to solve crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard.
Late one night in April 1958, a filing assistant for Miss Brickett’s named Michelle White receives a letter warning her that a heinous act is about to occur. She goes to investigate but finds the room empty. At the stroke of midnight, she is murdered by a killer she can’t see—her death the only sign she wasn’t alone. It becomes chillingly clear that the person responsible must also work for Miss Brickett’s, making everyone a suspect.
Almost unwillingly, Marion Lane, a first-year Inquirer-in-training, finds herself being drawn ever deeper into the investigation. When her friend and mentor is framed for the crime, to clear his name she must sort through the hidden alliances at Miss Brickett’s and secrets dating back to WWII. Masterful, clever and deliciously suspenseful, Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder is a fresh take on the Agatha Christie—style locked-room mystery with an exciting new heroine detective at the helm. [Goodreads Summary]
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I do hope Mouse can do her dance performance in person this summer, wouldn't that be special?! Fingers crossed.ReplyDelete
Helen - I hope so too. I am sure if not, they will have an online option, but it's just not the same. Thank you for visiting!Delete
It is hard to believe all the things we're hearing now about how the assault was more or less planned and not so spontaneous at all. Disgusting.ReplyDelete
We took our tree down today and it's always bittersweet. I love the lights too and am always bummed when we take stuff down. :)
Your book that was voted looks like it should be a fun one!
Greg - Yes, the news coming out of the preparation and plans of the siege were worse than initially realized. I am glad to see arrests are being made. I just don't understand those who are defending it.Delete
I know what you mean about taking down the tree being bittersweet. I got all the tree decorations down yesterday and now it's up to my husband to take down the actual tree. I'll let you know if it's still up next week. ;-)
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I took my decorations down early. Christmas 2020 felt so strange, yet seemed to go by so fast. I'm hoping 2021 will be much better for the holidays.ReplyDelete
M. Ravenel - This past Christmas did seem to go by fast. It was much more low-key for us since I didn't have to do any entertaining. I liked that aspect, but I did miss seeing my mom. Thank you for visiting!Delete
The events on Capitol Hill were startling and so uncomfortable watching from thousands of miles away. It struck such a blow for me as if it was personal. America intervenes in every place possible (right now in Sri Lanka as well in connection with last years Easter Sunday attacks) and then they try to be politically correct over what is actually domestic terrorism. They should come down hard on these people.ReplyDelete
Covid is here as well, in the community and we are trying to face an unofficial lockdown as best as we can. I am glad my children in Melbourne are safe. They were through a very hard six months lockdown without any opposition.
Christmas decorations are taken down on the feast of the three kings. Sixth of January. That is just a Catholic tradition.
Have a good week all of you.
Mystica - I didn't get to see any of the live coverage because I was working, but I heard about some of it after. And the stories still coming out . . . It seems so out of place here in the U.S., but in reality, I don't know that I'm really surprised given the direction we've been headed the last few years. I really hope my country will come down hard on the white nationalists and other domestic terrorist groups. I think we have to or else it will get much worse.Delete
I am sorry COVID is still causing havoc in your community too. All we can do is be cautious and hang in there as best we can at this point.
I finally got the holiday decorations down. My husband is responsible for taking down the tree and putting away our decoration bins. He gets to do the heavy lifting. :-)
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Marion Lane does sound like great readingReplyDelete
I really hope Mouse gets to participate in the summer concert
Wishing you a great reading week
Shelleyrae - I am looking forward to reading Marion Lane. :-) I hope Mouse will get to be in the summer show too. She was disappointed we didn't let her do Nutcracker, but with the pandemic and our numbers, my husband and I decided we all could use the break. I have no regrets about that, especially knowing the actual performance date has been postponed again. And rightfully. With our current health crisis, it's just not possible.Delete
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I am glad to hear your January got off to a good start reading wise and that school and dance has started back up for Mouse. But I was very saddened to see what has been going on politically for you and I pray you will have some peace soon! It has been a bit crazy here with are the schools open or shut and now a third lockdown! Thankfully, I have good books and shows to escape into. I finished reading the jolly good crime-fiction, The Mother's Day Mystery by Peter Bartram and re-watched series one of A Discovery of Witches, all ready to start the newly released series two! 😊 Take care and happy reading! 🙂ReplyDelete
Jessica - Thank you. Yes, this is certainly a stressful political time for the U.S. I hope things will calm down, but I worry this isn't over yet.Delete
I have the first season of A Discovery of Witches but haven't had the chance to watch. And now you say there is a second season! I enjoyed the books.
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I am reading about what happened at the Capitol and I cannot believe it happened or that Trump & all those who incited events haven’t been arrested. 🤯🤯 Or held more accountable I think is more appropriate to say. I just read a review of Marion Lane and it sounds so good! Will be looking for your review next!!ReplyDelete
Verushka - I was glad to hear that arrests are finally being made. I hope more are held accountable. I worry how much worse it could get if something isn't done. I am really looking forward to reading Marion Lane. It sounds so good. Hopefully I can start it this week. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Too bad about The Nutcracker but I am glad she has the chance to do the summer ballet. It was horrible to hear their plannign and behavior at the Capitol.ReplyDelete
Gayathri - She had been disappointed at first she couldn't take part in this season's Nutcracker, but I think in the end we have all been glad we decided not to, especially since they've had such a hard time finding a performance date. After so many shows in a row, it's been a nice break. Now onto the next one, I guess!Delete
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Your week sounds good...and I hope Mouse can soon have her dance recital.ReplyDelete
Meanwhile, we all have to stop shaking about the riots...and try to feel happy about the Senate wins in Georgia and the upcoming Inauguration!
I do want to read One by One.
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Laurel-Rain - Thank you. She's excited about the summer's musical. I hope it can go on--but we remain cautiously optimistic.Delete
I am trying to focus on the Senate win--a much needed win. So much relief comes with that. I do hope all goes well with the inauguration.
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We took our Christmas decorations down on 6th January - I was always told by Gran that if we left them up after that it was unlucky. And the way this year is running - I can't afford any more of that! I hope you and Mouse continue to enjoy your shared book. As for what happened on Wednesday - we watched in utter disbelief at some of the scenes... Wishing you a happy, peaceful week. And now I find I can comment on your blog, so that's a win:)).ReplyDelete
Sarah - Ah, yes. I have heard that superstition about needing to take the holiday decorations down by the 6th least bad luck follow. I've heard it is a Catholic tradition as well.Delete
I think we are all in shock still about last week's events, hoping nothing more will happen, but worried that it might.
I am glad you are able to comment on my blog again! I am not sure what changed, but I am thankful for it!
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A poetry book tour sounds like great fun. I hope you enjoy the book.ReplyDelete
We haven't tried The 100 yet. I will write it down.
I do hope your daughter is able to perform in person next time. The live arts have suffered during the pandemic.
I can't talk about Washington without getting angry. I'm not putting up with lies any more.
I hope you have a good week!
Deb - I am enjoying the poetry book so far. I do not read enough poetry.Delete
I hope they'll be able to perform live this summer as well. My daughter really misses being able to perform on stage with her friends. This has really been hard on live arts in general, as you say. I will be glad when things can resume to some semblance of normal.
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I so wish we can have a musical or any form of a concert this year at school.... *sigh*. We were suppose to do Beauty & the Beast last year. *sigh*.ReplyDelete
One by One is really good, I've enjoyed it a lot! The Island of Sea Women has been doing a lot of rounds. I guess it's time for me to check it out.
Have a good week and take care of yourself!
Mareli (Elza) - I wish for that too! Hopefully the situation will improve later in the year, although we remain cautious.Delete
I am glad you enjoyed One by One! I am liking it so far. The Island of Sea Women was so good. Heartbreakingly so.
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I am so happy and thrilled about the news from Georgia and so so mad about the one from DC. It's frustrating, scary, and just plain disrespectful. It's not surprising that it happened - been building up to this, but it was very shocking.ReplyDelete
So glad to hear that your reading is going great so far this year. Mine's the opposite, but I get inspired by others' reading so hopefully my reading gets better this week.
I hope you all have a good week!
Athira - I feel the same way. It makes me so mad to think about. I really hope we don't see any more of these attempts, but I worry this isn't the end of it.Delete
I hope your reading improves. I started feeling bad about my reading after seeing others having finished so many books to start, but reminded myself my average isn't nearly as high as theirs in normal times. The fact that I'm reading at all is cause for celebration.
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I still can't believe what happened on Wednesday. I'm still in shock. My reading didn't go so well this week but I did read Marion and the Midnight Murder. It was good. I look forward to seeing what you thought of it.ReplyDelete
I stopped watching The 100 awhile ago. At one point, I don't remember when, I just lost interest.
I hope you have a great week and enjoy your books.
Yvonne - I am glad to hear you like Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder. I hope I will too.Delete
I am taking a break from The 100 to watch Bridgerton. It's such a delight.
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Sorry that Mouse's Nutcracker play got cancelled. I hope things turn out alright over there.ReplyDelete
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Ronyell - Luckily, we hadn't signed her up to do the Nutcracker this season so, while she was at first disappointed she wouldn't be a part of it, I am glad now we made the decision we did. The studio still hopes to perform it--just in late February when our county will be in a better state regarding the pandemic. Things right now are still pretty bad.Delete
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I'm not sure how old Mouse is but you may like reading The Sister's Grimm series by Michael Buckley. It has fairytale characters, mystery, and magic. A wonderful series.ReplyDelete
I love that poll idea. I did that for a little while but I'm too much of a mood reader.
I watched Bridgerton this past week and it was interesting... I thought Hastings reasonings were a bit tedious but I loved the side characters (this time) a lot more than I expected. I'm reading a bunch of different books. I want to focus on this horror book called Go Down Hard and The Heiress (a historical fiction) next.
Adriana - I have made note of the Sister's Grimm series. It sounds like something she might like. Thank you!Delete
I understand about being a mood reader. I tend to be too. I think that's why sometimes it's hard for me to select books to put in the poll. It's fun though to see what others will pick for me. Sometimes it does take me a while to decide for myself!
I just started Bridgerton and am enjoying it. I hope you enjoy your current reads!
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The next few weeks have me on edge already. Watching it unfold with Gage live was horrifying.ReplyDelete
Stacy - Same here. I am worried about what might happen these next few weeks. I guess it's fortunate I was working when everything unfolded and Mouse was busy with her school work. By the time I was able to tune into any news, it was mostly talking heads going over what had happened. She had no interest in that. We did talk some about the certification process and what had happened, but she isn't really interested in current events.Delete
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You're reading some good books. I remember the happy hours spent reading MG books with my daughter and son. The Dork Diaries being a favorite.ReplyDelete
Laura - The Dork Diaries are such fun. So many happy memories created when we read with our children. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I am honestly worried about what will happen on inauguration day. I love that you are reading with your daughter. I did that when they were little and from time to time as they got older. My oldest picked up a book from my shelves and told me we read it together when she was a teen (we checked out 2 copies from the library). I didn't remember but she did so I know it was a good memory for her. I bet your daughter will have a ton of those memories. I hope you have a great week!ReplyDelete
Carole - I am worried too. I hope they will have tight security and be ready for anything.Delete
What wonderful memories for your daughter! I hope my daughter will have similar memories of reading with me.
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Good luck with Mouse's upcoming auditions. I hope you are able to watch in-person performances soon! It was quite a week, right? Makes you wonder what the rest of the year will be like...ReplyDelete
Tammy - Thank you! Annie is one of her favorite musicals and she is excited about being part of it, so I really hope it works out for all the kids.Delete
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I'm glad you were able to enjoy your reading with a good start. I really like One by One ( I read it last year). I'm happy Mouse is able to continue dance even though it is remote. It won't be forever. I was thrilled with Georgia results and disgusted with the Capitol events. I hope there are consequences to discourage future sedition. Happy reading Wendy!ReplyDelete
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Anne - I am glad you enjoyed One by One. I am enjoying it so far.Delete
I keep telling my daughter that--that her dance classes will not will not be forever as it feels like it. The idea of the musical is added motivation to continue though--and gives her hope.
I hope there will be severe consequences for the insurgents as well. Otherwise I worry it these attempts will continue.
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Yes, I can't imagine what will happen up until the last few days, my prediction is that they'll close everything leading up to the white house. Happy reading and interesting start to the new year.ReplyDelete
Trin - I hope they will have better and more security in place for the inauguration. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I hope the Summer is a go for the kids. Aww the Dork Diaries, a nice read along. The HUbs and I have been watching Lupin on Netflix and Borgen season 2 on Netflix. There are so many good shows from Europe on Netflix these days!ReplyDelete
Victoria - I hope so too! It would certainly be a bright light at the end of the tunnel for these kids. I definitely want to check out Lupin. It sounds really good. Thank you for visiting!Delete
It is too bad that the recital keeps getting postponed. I love that you and Mouse are reading together. I loved doing that with my kids. I just finished Marion Lane this morning and really enjoyed it, I hope you do as well. Have a great week.ReplyDelete
Carla - Yes, it is too bad. I was honestly surprised the studio even wanted to put on the performance this season given the pandemic and how last summer's shows turned out. But It does give the kids something to work toward and look forward to. I am glad to hear you enjoyed Marion Lane. I can't wait to start it. Hopefully soon! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
You are not the only one taking your time taking down the Christmas decorations! My goal for tonight is to get all the ornaments off the tree. My husband will have to deal with the lights and the tree (We have an artificial one, so it goes in the garage). It's kind of depressing, but I always feel so much better when it is done!ReplyDelete
Melinda - I managed to get all the decorations off the tree yesterday. My husband is responsible for the lights and tree too. We have an artificial tree as well. I am with you--it is sad to see them come down. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I really want to rewatch Buffy and Angel---I think after my daughter and I finally finish Supernatural, we'll jump into those. :-)ReplyDelete
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Nicole - I need to jump back into Supernatural and watch that final season. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Island Of Sea Women was such a good book! Great start to the reading year!ReplyDelete
Marg - It was! It was a great way to begin the year. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I'll keep my fingerscrossed Mouse can do her dance for real. It makes me sad to think of all the things kids are missing out on. My daughter is only 2 years old, but she loves dancing.. so I can't wait for her to go to this 2 year old dance class. Unfortunately we are still in lockdown for atleast the next few weeks.ReplyDelete
Have a great week and happy reading.
Maureen - Thank you! I hope she will be able to as well. It would mean so much to all the children. I think this has been hardest on them. Remote dance classes just aren't the same. But at least she has that. I hope you have a great week too, Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I hope you enjoy Marion Lane more than I did. Come see my week here. Happy reading!ReplyDelete
Kathy - I am sorry you didn't enjoy Marion Lane more. Thank you for visiting!Delete
It's hard on our performing kids. This pandemic. My daughter really misses stage productions. They are doing one virtually but it will be rough going. Not all the kids are up on tech. The last time she ended up editing quite a bit of everyone else's work and it almost caused her to fail Gov which is required to graduate.ReplyDelete
Ti - My daughter misses them too. It's not quite the same doing them virtually. I hope the program your daughter is working on will go well. It's been a learning experience, that's for sure. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
Island of the Sea Women is one I've been wanting to read so I'm glad to hear you loved it. I'm still in shock and disbelief over what happened at the Capitol. I was working and just happened to turn on CNN because I wanted to watch the election certification process while I was eating lunch and then all heck broke lose. I really hope they catch and severely punish those responsible and are able to prevent anything like it from happening at the inauguration.ReplyDelete
Suzanne - I hope they be able to catch everyone involved too--and severely punish them. This has to stop before it gets worse. I hope you do get a chance to read The Island of Sea Women. It's definitely worth it. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Glad you and your daughter are enjoying the Dork Diaries. My son got into the Wimpy Kid series. Island of the Sea Women has been on my list and glad you enjoyed it. I hope you stay safe and enjoy your week!ReplyDelete
Heather - I wonder if my daughter would enjoy the Wimpy Kid series. That's the one I had heard of before she got into Dork Diaries. I'm sure they are very similar. I hope you have a good week too! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Yes, the events last week at the Capitol are just awful. Cannot believe what we saw and the fallout that is still coming out of that. Then COVID.. Goodness. Well, thank goodness for good books and sounds like your year is off to a good start there! Yay. I love how enthusiastic Mouse was with her series. Here's hoping you guys can attend an in person performance. It's like what is that like anymore, right? Hope you are having a great week!ReplyDelete
Iliana - What is sad too is this has been brewing for awhile. I really hope it doesn't turn worse. And, yeah, COVID. I can't with the news anymore about how bad off the hospitals are. Thank goodness for books! I really hope we will be able to perform in a live summer show. I know this pandemic will not be completely gone by then, but hopefully we will be in a better place than we are now. I hope you have a great week too. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I'm glad your reading year is off to such a great start! On rewatching (for the bazillionth time) Buffy too and I'm on season 5... just watched "The Body" the other day. Doesn't matter how many times I watch it, there are tears. And I'm sure there will be at the season finale too.ReplyDelete
Oh man, I know! Good news in Georgia and then BAM (literally). And it's not stopping, is it? I'm remaining cautiously optimistic about 2021.
I hope the performance gets worked out, though I think it's great their being cautious with COVID. Better to be cautious these days! Hope you're having a great week!
Berls - I admit when I saw others having read five or six books already, I had to remind myself that I average about a book a week if that and to stop trying to compare. LOL I'm right on track.Delete
There were definitely tears when I got to The Body. It's such a good series.
I am glad we opted not to do The Nutcracker this season. I had a feeling something like this would happen. I am nervous about the summer show and trying to be optimistic. And right now it gives my daughter a ray of hope she needs. Even if we are all trying not to be too hopeful, if that makes sense.
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