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 . . .
I am officially all caught up in Jennifer Ashley's Kat Holloway Below Stairs historical mystery series, having finished reading Death at the Crystal Palace. I also finished I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights an Dilemmas of The Reading Life by Anne Bogel. I told my husband it's a book I wish I could hand out to anyone who wants to better understand me. At the reader part of me, at least--and why being a reader is much more than just reading a book for me.
Mouse and I are close to finishing Rachel Renee Russell's Tales From a Not-So-Best Friend Forever (Dork Diaries #14). And I am enjoying Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine.
I plan to dive into the TBR Winner next and my daughter has agreed to read Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega with me in between her other reads. I also have my eye on Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge, which is written in the form of a bestiary.
What I Have Been Watching
Just one more episode of Loki to go. I went into the show without any preconceived notions and have enjoyed seeing how the story plays out. I do not think I like it quite as much as WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but I am still enjoying it.
I watched the second season of Lupin this past week and loved it. I really need to read the books! I also watched an Australian show called First Day about a 12 year old transgender girl adjusting to a new school and all the social and personal issues she faces. I liked it quite a bit and hope to watch it again with my daughter at some point. It's the type of show I think she would enjoy.
My husband I are watching the first season of Broadchurch. I had forgotten how many Dr. Who characters made it into the show! I have seen the first season before, but it has been so long I do not really remember much.
Off the Blog
It seems like every time I sit down to start this post my cat Gracie settles on my chest making it difficult to type. Of course I cannot just move her. I have to give into the cuddles and wait until she leaves before I get back to blogging.
The work week was a trying one but I survived! I switched up my work station at home a bit. I use two computer monitors when I am in the office but was just using my work laptop when home. I decided since this is going to be a relatively permanent situation (it only took me 15 months), I might as well bring one of my office monitors home. With my laptop, I will now have two screens both at home and in office. It's made a big difference and I am happy with the result.
It was a busy week for Mouse. She completed her first week of her two week dance intensive (like a day camp). Five days straight of dance, a mix of different kinds. Six days, really, if you count our full day of dance and rehearsals today (Saturday). I got the chance to see the full run through of the musical while my husband helped with the props, and everything seems to be coming together. We got the last of Mouse's costumes. Now to do a little dance shoe shopping . . .
My back is feeling much better, just a twinge now and then to remind me I should still be taking it easy. Thank you for all the well wishes! I had to take a COVID-19 test for an upcoming medical procedure. It is a common precaution these days even if a person is vaccinated. I have not yet gotten the results back, but I am hopeful it will be negative.
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).
There was a tie right up until the very end. I was hoping my daughter would be the tie breaker, but she cast her vote for the book with the least amount of votes. So I reached out to my friends on the COYER Facebook group and I have my winner!
Paris on Repeat (Wish & Wander #1) by Amy Bearce may have received the least amount of votes with 5 votes, but my daughter got a promise out of me that we will read it together. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan is still on my TBR although it will not be my next read. It was a close call but it lost by one vote to Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim, which got 15 votes. I am looking forward to reading Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop next!
Thank you for voting! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy Reading!
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