Saturday, May 07, 2022

Weekly Mews: Happy May (Please Vote in my TBR 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.

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. 

A rose from my mom's garden

We made it to May! My mom's surgery last month went well and she's feeling much more like herself these days. She is cancer free which is such a relief. 

May is always a busy month for Mouse with school wrapping up. This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week, the last of the state testing, and Mouse performed in her first school band concert. This next week her big state report is due and she's been putting the final touches on that. Her class will soon be taking the stage for the school musical about the American Revolution. And then comes the end of the school year and the start of her summer break. If only I got one too!

Tomorrow is Mother's Day in the U.S. We are celebrating early with my mom tonight since tomorrow my husband and daughter are taking me to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire for a day of fun. The weather is expected to be nice and it will be nice to get outdoors for a bit. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there! I hope you all have a great week. 

Last Read

This week I spent time in World War II London trying to uncover an espionage ring in Ashley Weaver's historical mystery, The Key to Deceit (Electra McDonnell #2)--a fun page turner. I also took to the streets of New York City in Riding the Lightning: A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic by Anthony Almojera, which was an emotional and worthwhile read. 

Reading Now

I am currently reading A Botanist's Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari, the first in a new historical mystery series set in London, 1923. 

What are you reading now? 

Up Next

It is that time again when you help me choose the next book I will read! In deciding what to choose for this month's TBR List poll selections, I found myself gravitating most toward protagonists with a criminal bent. These three popped out at me and I hope you will help me vote for which one I will read next.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive. [Goodreads Summary]


The Old Woman with the Knife by Gu Byeong-mo
The kinetic story of a sixty-five-year-old female assassin who faces an unexpected threat in the twilight of her career—this is an international bestseller and the English language debut from an award-winning South Korean author.

At sixty-five, Hornclaw is beginning to slow down. She lives modestly in a small apartment, with only her aging dog, a rescue named Deadweight, to keep her company. There are expectations for people her age—that she'll retire and live out the rest of her days quietly. But Hornclaw is not like other people. She is an assassin.

Double-crossers, corporate enemies, cheating spouses—for the past four decades, Hornclaw has killed them all with ruthless efficiency, and the less she's known about her targets, the better. But now, nearing the end of her career, she has just slipped up. An injury leads her to an unexpected connection with a doctor and his family. But emotions, for an assassin, are a dangerous proposition. As Hornclaw's world closes in, this final chapter in her career may also mark her own bloody end.

A sensation in South Korea, and now translated into English for the first time by Chi-Young Kim, The Old Woman with the Knife is an electrifying, singular, mordantly funny novel about the expectations imposed on aging bodies and the dramatic ways in which one woman chooses to reclaim her agency. [Goodreads Summary]

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels (Dangerous Damsels #1) by India Holton
A prim and proper lady thief must save her aunt from a crazed pirate and his dangerously charming henchman in this fantastical historical romance.

Cecilia Bassingwaite is the ideal Victorian lady. She's also a thief. Like the other members of the Wisteria Society crime sorority, she flies around England drinking tea, blackmailing friends, and acquiring treasure by interesting means. Sure, she has a dark and traumatic past and an overbearing aunt, but all things considered, it's a pleasant existence. Until the men show up.

Ned Lightbourne is a sometimes assassin who is smitten with Cecilia from the moment they meet. Unfortunately, that happens to be while he's under direct orders to kill her. His employer, Captain Morvath, who possesses a gothic abbey bristling with cannons and an unbridled hate for the world, intends to rid England of all its presumptuous women, starting with the Wisteria Society. Ned has plans of his own. But both men have made one grave mistake. Never underestimate a woman.

When Morvath imperils the Wisteria Society, Cecilia is forced to team up with her handsome would-be assassin to save the women who raised her--hopefully proving, once and for all, that she's as much of a scoundrel as the rest of them. [Goodreads Summary]

Thank you for voting! What will you be reading 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 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 family and I have been watching the Moon Knight, the latest MCU series, on Disney+, which I am still kind of on the fence about.  It hasn't won me over the way the other MCU series have, although I do like it on some levels. We have also been watching The American Song Contest, the U.S. attempt at the Eurovision Song Contest. It's not the same by any stretch, but there are some talented songwriters and performers on the show. Then to go along with our reading of the Spy x Family manga series, we are watching the anime series. It's funny and mostly true to the source material--with an embellishment here and there. I decided to give the first season of Transplant, a medical drama, a try and am really enjoying it.

What are you watching these days?

New to the Shelves 

Everyone got a book in their Easter basket this year: 

Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega (Mouse's) 
A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Mine)
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Anjin's)

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

April Monthly Wrap Up

Here is what I finished reading in April:

Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers (#1) by Anna James
Four Aunties and a Wedding (#2) by Jesse Q. Sutanto
The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
The Patron Saint of Second Chances by Christine Simon
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman - April's TBR List Winner
A Burning by Megha Majumdar
The Bromance Book Club (#1) by Lyssa Kay Adams
When the Crow's Away (Evenfall Witches B&B #2) by Auralee Wallace
Spy x Family, Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Endo
Spy x Family, Vol. 2 by Tatsuya Endo
Spy x Family, Vol. 3 by Tatsuya Endo
Spy x Family, Vol. 4 by Tatsuya Endo

April was a big reading month for me. I read all three of my April TBR List poll options. My daughter and I finally finished The Bookwanderers, which we both loved, but somehow it kept getting shuffled to the side with all the other books my daughter was reading the past few months. My entire family is loving the Spy x Family manga series. Most of my reading inn April got me laughing while a couple had me tearing up. A Burning made me angry. My favorite of the month by was Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. I am looking forward to watching the Netflix series based on the book.

I did not do much blogging in April. March was a rough month and while some of that carried over into April.

How did your April shape up? Do you have a favorite among the books you read?

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  1. Voted!

    I wound up enjoying Moon Knight. It wasn't until the last couple of episodes that it came together for me, however. It was as the story finally came together that I truly appreciated it.

  2. Congrats to your mom on being cancer free. I hope you both have an excellent Mother's Day.

  3. LOVED Spy Family. I read the first one and need to get the rest. They didn't have them at the store but they just came back in.
    I had to go with the Darker Shade of Magic because that series is one i have wanted to read because I heard it is amazing.

    1. Michelle - My entire family is really into the Spy x Family manga and anime. Such a fun series! Thank you for voting!

  4. So glad your mom is feeling better and is Cancer Free! Enjoy the Renaissance Pleasure Faire! It sounds exciting.

  5. So happy to hear about the good news with your mom's health! Hope you enjoy your Sunday. So many great books and TV shows. Moon Knight is on my list too.

  6. Yay for cancer free! Some good books here. I've recently finished Four Aunties and a Wedding and loved it!

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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  7. I am so glad to hear that your mom's surgery was a success! What a relief. I hope her recovery goes smoothly. The end of the school year is always a bit crazy so I hope it goes smoothly for Mouse (an you).

  8. Glad to hear your mom is cancer free! I remember those crazy days leading up to the end of the school year...busy and exciting, for sure, but I can't say that I miss them. So many activities! I've got both A Burning and Piranesi on my tbr list. Hope you enjoy them. Happy Mather's Day!

    1. JoAnn - Definitely busy. She had a good school year, thank goodness. Thank you for visiting!

  9. I am so happy your mom's surgery went well and that she is cancer free.

  10. Good luck with all the activities coming with the end of the year! And...I voted lol

  11. Happy Mother's Day! That's such good news about your mother. And I hope you guys had fun at the REnaissance faire- I love those!

    I wasn't really a fan of Moon Knight.

    I haven't read Ashley Weaver in a while. I read her first couple books and liked 'em.

  12. May is always a busy time. I voted for A Darker Shade of Magic because I read it and loved it. I've also read and enjoyed The Wisteria Society. Happy Mother's Day!

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  13. I'm glad to hear that your mom is cancer free now and that you got to spend the day with her yesterday. I hope you have a good Mother's Day today with your husband and daughter. I hope you have a good week.

    My Sunday Post

  14. I voted for A Darker Shade of Magic.
    Happy mother's day.
    I'm so glad that your mother is doing so well now.

  15. I had a good reading month in April. I am off to a very slow start this month. The rose from your mom's house is gorgeous. I have started taking pictures of my day lilies :) Happy reading.

    1. Cindy - I bet your day lilies are lovely! Thank you for visiting!

  16. Oh! That rose looks beautiful! Hope you have a great week!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  17. Yay for your mom being cancer free! That's so awesome. And I had to vote for A Darker Shade of Magic because I really loved that book. :D

  18. Happy Mothers Day! And I hope you have fun at the Renaissance Faire😁

  19. It's wonderful new that your mom is cancer-free. I'm glad that you will get to celebrate with her and then spend time at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. That sounds delightful.

    I hope Mouse is able to get through all the end-of-year craziness. And I agree with you...everyone should get several months off!

    1. Deb - Thank you! I desperately need time off--from work and life in general.

  20. We are struggling a bit with Moonknight. Maybe we will get to binge a bit this week.

    Glad to hear that your mom has a clean bill.

    I voted for the third book because that cover is gorgeous!

    1. Marg - I hope you were able to catch up with Moon Knight and enjoyed it in the end. Binge watching it might work better. Thank you for stopping by.

  21. That rose looks so pretty.
    Hope you have a great week.

  22. I'm so glad your mum is cancer free now!

    I voted for 'the old woman with the knife' - sounds fascinating and reminds me a bit of 'drive your plow over the bones of the dead'!

  23. I am so happy for your mom and all of you. Cancer is awful and I am glad she is cancer free. I remember how busy that last month of school was. Too bad you don't get the summer off too Wendy. I am glad you loved Anxious People. Enjoy your winner this month. I voted for the only one I read, which was Wisteria Ladies, it is so much fun.

  24. Love the angry looking cat in Easter basket picture! I'm so glad your mother's surgery went well. Even when you know everything's going to go well it's such a huge relief to have it actually done. I love the coral-y color in the rose. So pretty. I hope you're having a wonderful week!

    1. Katherine - Haha! Yes, it's a reversible plush toy that turns into a unicorn on the other side. I love the little grumpy face though. :-) Thank you for visiting.


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