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.
After a couple weeks of rain to close out the year, the sun welcomed in the new year. It has still been chilly out, especially in the mornings and nights. I have kept my blanket handy to keep warm as I'm working. I am always cold these days. I am not sure if it's the house or me. On New Year's Day, we got together at my mom's house for chili and cornbread which was nice. I had not had chili in ages.
Between Mouse being sick (not COVID related), my unrelenting allergies, and Mouse's and my computer charging cords breaking and having to wait for replacements (a minor inconvenience in the scheme of things--but still annoying; not to mention, have you tried solely using a cell phone to blog? I am grateful I at least have that option), it's been a week. I now have a new charging cord, thankfully (Mouse is still waiting for hers) and we are both feeling much better.
The COVID-19 numbers are high again in my county with hospitals being close to capacity. The lines of cars and people to take COVID tests have been crazy long, people waiting up to four to five hours. Some of the testing places have had to close due to supply shortages. Home tests have been hard to come by. And yet I still see and hear about people not masking up when they are supposed to. Businesses are having to shorten their hours or close because of staff being sick. Fortunately, most of the people I know who have the virus have been vaccinated and their cases have remained mild.
I asked my husband the other night when we will be able to say goodbye to 2020 for good. He pointed out the trouble really started in 2019, so I suppose blaming 2020 completely is a bit unfair. I hope you are all staying safe and had a good first week of the year.
What I Was Reading
I most recently finished reading Sasha Peyton Smith's The Witch Haven, my first book of the year--and even posted my review already (not noteworthy for most of you--but for me it is)! It's a young adult historical fantasy novel, set mostly in a school for witches.
What I Am Reading Now
I am nearly finished with book 7 of Kim Harrison's The Hollows series, White Witch, Black Curse, which I am enjoying. I will likely finish it before I get the first comment on this post. Rachel has a lot on her plate and having to face off with a banshee is just one of her worries. I have not made any more progress in Dressed for Freedom sadly. The writing style is more academic than conversational and, as a result, slow going. With the way the week was, I just wasn't up for it.
What I Will Be Reading Next
Thank you for everyone who voted in this month's TBR poll. So many people voted! I do plan to read all three of the books this year--so if your book didn't win, don't fret. I will get to it (I know my daughter was disappointed the book she was hoping would win didn't).
The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhader came in with the least amount of votes (3 votes). It seems the popularity of the other two overshadowed it by quite a bit. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré received 16 votes); and the winning book, Circe by Madeline Miller won with 21 votes.
Thank you again to all who voted!
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 let you vote for my next read during that month. My review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise).
What I Have Been Watching
My husband wanted to watch the Daredevil series after we finished Hawkeye, and I have been watching it with him. This is his first time watching it and my second. We have also seen the first two episodes of The Book of Boba Fett and are enjoying that. I am a fan of Ming-Na Wen and so was excited she is a regular in the series.
The other day as I was working on a blog post, I turned on Netflix and was looking for a show to have on in the background. I came across the original Knight Rider series starring David Hasselhoff, which I watched with my family when I was growing up. My daughter watched a couple of the episodes with me and got a kick out of K.I.T.T., the talking car. She also picked up on the stereotypical damsel-in-distress trope that seems to run in just about every episode. We had a good laugh about that. I was about her age when the show first came out. I remember daydreaming about stowing away in the backseat of K.I.T.T. and fighting crime with Michael Knight. (We won't talk about how I also was part of the A-Team in some of my daydreams. Haha!)
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