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: I am reading Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng, which I am quite enjoying. I am very invested in each of the characters' lives--Junie, Momo, Cassia and Dawn. Mouse and I started reading Cindy Callaghan's Just Add Magic this week. My daughter has seen the TV series multiple times now--we figured it was time to read the book.
Earlier in the week I finished reading Black Water Sister by Zen Cho and Ashley Weaver's A Peculiar Combination (Electra McDonnell #1) by Ashley Weaver. Both were great reads.
Next up will likely be this week's TBR poll winner, which I look forward to reading. I am also considering picking up Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam.
What I Am Watching: My family and I are still working our way through the final season of Angel. We took a break a couple of nights from that to catch up on The Masked Singer and Assembled: The Making of the Falcon and the Winter Soldier. We have not watched much outside of that this week.
Off the Blog: It was a busy week both at work and on the home front with dance, Girl Scouts and musical theatre. On Thursday, Mouse and I took part in the kick off of the Girl Scout's Becoming Me program, which was inspired by Michelle Obama. Thousands of Girl Scouts from across the country and world logged on for the virtual event and were able to hear Michelle Obama speak. From friends and our own experience, we were all a little disappointed it was not more interactive, but given the scope of the event, I suppose we should not really be surprised. Just the same, Michelle was as inspiring as ever. I may have been a little more excited about the event going in than my daughter, but I think she enjoyed herself in the end. Friday was Mouse's regular Zoom Girl Scout troop meeting where the girls began working on a jewelry journey badge after finishing up a scribe one. Today (Saturday) is a full day of dance and rehearsals for Annie, plus a dance booster club meeting. Afterwards we are getting together with one of Mouse's dance friends and her parents for a backyard dinner and socially distanced (and masked) playdate.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and mother figures out there! My daughter and husband surprised me with flowers and a balloon yesterday, a little early present. I love them. I have no special plans for the day. I imagine it will be much like our usual Sunday--our one day of the week to really rest. I feel like we've all earned it!
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 next 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).
Thank you to everyone who voted in May's TBR List Poll! It's always fun to see which book gets the most votes. I plan to read all three of these books at some point, but next up will be The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers. It won with 14 votes. Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim got 6 votes and The Map of Time (Trilogía Victoriana #1) by Félix J. Palma, translated by Nick Caistor. Thank you again for voting!
I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy Reading!
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Pretty flowers Wendy; Happy Mother's Day - you did have a busy day. I forget how busy life was as a working mom all those years ago:) Hope the coming week is a good one. I want to read: Swimming to Trout River.ReplyDelete
Diane - Thank you! It does feel nonstop much of the time. I hope you do get a chance to read Swimming Back to Trout River. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Happy Mother's Day! Beautiful flowers! What a wonderful event for Mouse to be involved with. I hope you have a great week and enjoy your reading.ReplyDelete
Katherine - Thank you. :-) Same to you!Delete
Happy Mother's Day! Hope you have a wonderful one. Restful Sundays are the best. :)ReplyDelete
I hope you LOVE Long Way!
Greg - Thank you! It was a nice restful day. :-) It is still early days in Chambers' book, but I like what I've read so far. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Happy Mother's Day! The flowers are beautiful. My husband and I got mixed up and we thought last weekend was Mother's Day, so he spent Saturday spoiling me with gifts and treats, until he was reading the paper and saw a comic strip that said it's not Mother's Day till next week! So now two weekends of delights...ReplyDelete
How wonderful to have Michelle Obama speak to the Girl Scouts. I was a GS until 9th grade, and I loved the camping and the friendships I made there. I bet the badges are a little different now, 50+ years later.
So glad Long Way won!
Deb - Thank you and same to you! Being able to celebrate two weekends in a row sounds great--you made out!Delete
It's been a rough year Girl Scout wise because everything has been virtual. Some of the interest has wanted a bit, I think, not being able to be with her friends in-person. I sure hope things can be different for them this next season.
Thank you for visiting!
Happy Mother's Day! The Becoming Me program sounds very exciting!ReplyDelete
Eustacia - Thank you! I think the Becoming Me program series will be quite interesting for the girls. At least I hope so. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Happy Mother’s Day! It’s cool that you got to see Michelle Obama, even if the event wasn’t interactive. I really liked her memoir.ReplyDelete
Aj @ Read All The Things!
AJ - Thank you. I really liked Michelle Obama's memoir too. We're looking forward to this new series based on her book. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Happy Mother's Day! A day of just relaxing sounds perfect.ReplyDelete
Diana - Thank you and same to you!Delete
I hope you enjoyed a relaxing Mother’s day!ReplyDelete
Wishing you a great reading week
Shelleyrae - I hope you had a nice Mother's Day as well! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
This week has been a dull, cold and wet one in the UK. However this did mean I spent more time inside reading and so was able to finish The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle AND The Birds & Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier, which is really good going for me! 😊ReplyDelete
And thank you, I hope you have a wonderful upcoming week, too! 🙂
Jessica - I wish I could send you some of my spring weather. I am glad you have been able to read more at least. That is one definite plus. :-) I hope you have a great week too. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Happy Mother's Day! Seems as if you've had a good week. I wish we had something like Girl Scouts here in SA. Many years ago we had something rather similar, but due to racial tension it was cancelled. Damn.ReplyDelete
Hope you will have a good week with some great reading!
Mareli and Elza - A busy week, for sure. I hope you have a good week as well. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Happy mother's day to you! And those are some pretty flowers, I hope you had a restful Sunday!ReplyDelete
Gayathri - It was a nice restful day, thank you!Delete
Happy mother's day. I love your flowers.ReplyDelete
Mary - Thank you!Delete
I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day with Mouse. I think it's cool that she got to hear Michelle Obama, even if it was webinar style. :-)ReplyDelete
Helen - We had a nice day together, thank you. :-) Thank you too for stopping by!Delete
Happy Mother's Day. Those flowers are beautiful! I hope you have a great week.ReplyDelete
Vicki - Thank you! I hope you had a Happy Mother's Day too! Thank you for visiting.Delete
Yeah, I think I was more excited than Lillie was about the Michelle Obama event, but she ended up enjoying it. Erin, the senior from "Portland" was actually from our town (we're in a suburb of Portland) and in our Service Unit!ReplyDelete
Melinda - I thought of you when I saw Erin on the interview panel. That is so cool that she's from your service unit. What an awesome opportunity for her! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Beautiful flowers! I like the sound of the Michelle Obama event, but wish it could have been more interactive.ReplyDelete
Enjoy your week and all those wonderful books, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES
Laurel-Rain - I wish it had been more interactive for the girls' sake. It should be a fun series for the girls. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Sounds like you had a busy week. Pretty flowers too! Come see my week here. Happy reading!ReplyDelete
Kathy - There's never a dull moment around here that's for sure! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
None of my girls were interested in the Obama event, but this is pretty red country. I'm glad GSUSA and councils are trying to provide virtual programming but I'm also glad we managed to meet in person most of the year.ReplyDelete
RAnn - I can see that. From what I've read looking over the series it isn't at all political, but I know it can be hard for some to separate out who she is married to from her message.Delete
I live in a mostly red county but that's been changing over the last few years--so I guess you could say we are more purplish now or at least headed that way.
Because of state restrictions, we were unable to meet in person and now that it is allowed it's with very strict limitations which my troop is unable to meet. I am very grateful to our Council for taking such precautions and keeping the girls' safety in mind through this all.
Thank you for visiting!
I hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day. We celebrated on Saturday to avoid the crowds but it may have been worse! So much traffic everywhere. Still nice though. I got to hit a new used bookstore in Pasadena and eat really good pizza.ReplyDelete
Ti - I had a nice Mother's Day, thank you. I can understand wanting to avoid crowd's on Mother's Day. I think that's why I prefer staying home. LOL I am glad you had a nice time though. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Your flowers are beautiful! I have been keep cut flowers in the house this year and have really been appreciating them. It does sound like you guys are very busy. I remember those days! I hope that you have a great week!ReplyDelete
Carole - Thank you! Keeping cut flowers in the house sounds like a great idea. I hope you have a great week too! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Happy belated mother's day! I love your TBR winner; it's one I want to read also. Robin reviewed it highly.ReplyDelete
Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post
Anne - Thank you! Same to you. I hope you get a chance to read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet someday. I agree with Robin--it was really good. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
A very belated Happy Mother's Day! Your bouquet is lovely and hope you had a wonderful time with your family. Can't wait to hear about your May reader selected read. Sounds interesting!ReplyDelete
Iliana - Thank you!Delete