It’s Monday. What Cha’ Reading?

Good Monday, Everyone!

How did your weekend go? Fast? Exciting? Slow? Wakey. Wakey. Time to experience another week.

Can you believe there’s two weeks left in July? Where does time fly? Seriously. I locked my school year down last month and that seemed like yesterday. Before I know it, my alarm will strike 5:45 and I’m fixing a thermos filled with tea to take to work. No time to complain. Summer beckons more time to enjoy reading.

What I Read Last Week

The Mothers The Mothers

What We Lose What We Lose

What I’m Reading This Week

The Address

With a century between them, two women, drawn to The Dakota Apartments (Yes. THAT Dakota!), experience love, loss, pain, and pleasure. This story’s set in 1884 and 1985, so I’m ready to journey through each woman’s life behind the walls of this famous New York City apartment complex. This arc’s a gift from Penguin’s First Reads. I cannot wait to deep drive into its fascinating story.

All aboard this drama train…

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Monday, Monday, So Read-y To Me…

Good Monday, Everyone!

How did your weekend go? Fast? Exciting? Slow? Wakey. Wakey. Time to experience another week.

All I seek is quiet and calm during mine. However, with two kids and a husband, asking is all I’m granted. Yet, with books and a cup of tea by my side (What you think I stop drinking tea because the air outside resembles a sauna? Nevah!!!!), my quiet finds me.

As a matter of fact, my youngest son grants me peace and quiet for four hours. Why? SUMMER CAMP!! If you’re a mom, believe in the power of summer camps. Sure, the kids receive academic enrichment, swimming, and arts and crafts. But, the silver lining for us includes more time to read, no fights over the last popsicle, and having kids so drained and pooped, they beg for naps.

Glory be to summer camps!

Anyway, along with my weekly novels, I add about five short stories or audiobooks to the mix for diversity and new reading experiences. Keep reading fresh, fun, and free from slumps! *Knock on wood*

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Monday, Monday So Read-y To Me…

Good Monday, Everyone!

How did your weekend go? Fast? Exciting? Slow? Wakey. Wakey. Time to experience another week.

As for me, I have found myself at a conundrum book dragons contemplate: visiting and buying in bookstores vs. online buying. On Saturday, I visited one of my favorite and local bookstores, Vroman’s Bookstore (Bookish Heaven #1) . Two stories of a book dragon’s dream exists, where not only books live, but bookish stuff (e.g t-shirts, socks, bookmarks) beg for you to take them home. If you’re ever in L.A. or Pasadena, stop buy and support this independent slice of book heaven.

However, as a new fan of Shirley Jackson (better than Stephen King), I want to grab every story she’s ever written. During my visit, I agonized over a short story collection and one of her novels. With my budget and several pre-orders on their way, I could select one. While I picked the collection, I cried over it’s price ($16), knowing I could get it cheaper online. I bought it anyway.

Here’s the issue: when I came home, I looked on Amazon for a comparative price of $7.62 (an $8 savings). I became anxious. What do I do? Do I return the book and re-order on Amazon? Or, do I consider myself a part of the community striving to keep indie stores open? How can I keep supporting bookshops as cheaper options beg for my wallet’s attention?

Thankfully, my husband rushed in to my rescue. He said to be practical and achieve both. Order online when I want and visit stores when my budget opens space. I play a part as a bookshop supporter when I can and never mind naysayers.

What a smart husband. Steak dinner, honey?

True. Why feel guilty for having two options to share my book lust? Have you shared this conundrum? Please share below any tips you have to not feel guilty.

Enough drama. Back to books.

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Monday, Monday So Read-y To Me…

Good Monday, Everyone!

How did your weekend go? Fast? Exciting? Slow? Wakey. Wakey. Time to experience another week.

As for me, relaxing with air conditioning on full-blast alongside a book and water, in the midst of a heatwave, works for me. I need not exceed that excitement.

With a new week upon me, of course, I’m reading new material. I admit that, with the heat, I tend to get slump-y. No I don’t stop reading. But, I do slow down with one book (at least). First-world problem? Right! I’m not complaining hard, though. I’ll survive.

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Monday, Monday So Read-y to Me

June Pride month pushes along and while I celebrate with joy, I’m burning as the heat rises.

This is me when a heat wave strikes L.A.

I  kid! I kid! I’m more like…

While popsicles, ice water, and air conditioning attempt to cool me, I’m reading like it’s 32°F outside.  What are you reading?

What I Read Last Week

One of Us Is Lying Hue’s Reviews: One of Us is Lying

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Monday, Monday, So Read-y To Me…

I’m running around without a head this week. I have tons at my door. My mother’s visiting. My oldest son’s graduating. My youngest son’s promoting on to fifth grade and starting his summer. Work ends for me until the school year begins again. So much to do. So little time.

How do I manage to read? Slowly and when the chance strikes.

What am I reading this week? One book. Yes. One book.

Final Girls

” Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.
 
That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.” – Amazon

I’m two hundred pages in, and it’s a killer. Well-worth a read. There are twists, turns, and shady characters. I think I’ve solved the ending. But, I’m not sure. Pick this book up as soon as you can.

Happy Reading!

Crafty

Monday, Monday, So Read-y To Me

Hello. Hiya. How you doin’?

It’s Monday and another week’s upon us, which means more books. Yay! What are you reading? What have you read?

My book buying ban continues. From May to early – mid September, I’m reading books currently in my possession. However, I’m not on a book receiving ban. In other words, I welcome ARCs and free books via giveaways or publishers. Life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right?

On to the books…

What I Read Last Week

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What I’m Reading This Week

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What I Received This Week

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So many books…

Will I survive my gluttony?

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Happy Reading!

Crafty