A Week of Bookish Days- 2/3/18

Hello February! I’m having a quiet day; the sun’s out so I’ll run a couple of errands, then curl up to finish off Graceling. I’m loving fantasy right about now– maybe the weather, my mood– whatever, but I do get stuck on reading jags where I read the same genre over and over during the month. Hey, whatever makes us bibliophiles happy! Tomorrow’s the Super Bowl in the U.S. A big deal for sports fans but I don’t watch football during the season, so I’m going to chat with my SIL and family & enjoy some munchies. Oh and catch some of those good quality, funny commercials. I’m now a part-vegan/part- vegetarian depending on what I have available to eat–so no buffalo wings for me!– but the fam’s putting out a raw vegetable platter with dip, spinach & feta cheese puff pastries, etc. so I’ll have a selection too.

Here’s a quick rundown of my week:

Bloggers I want to give a shout-out to this week for taking the time to comment here, plus I enjoy reading their blogs:

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

–>she posted  a great review  about The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jen @ A Garden Carried in the Pocket

–>she posted about Urusla Le Guin’s memoir, written right before her death

AJ @ Read All the Things!

–>she posted Some Favorite Authors Book Haul and is quite an eclectic reader

Book(s) I read this week & their reviews:

I finished up Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen 3.5-4/5 I love Ms. Quindlen’s books! This one is a slower-paced, reflective, family dynamics story with a melancholy message. Heavy with characterization, family secrets, and Mimi’s coming of age experience. Miller’s Valley and the family farm might be taken over by the state because of a messed-up dam and necessary flooding to the region. Is home where you came from, or is home where the heart is?  Do your adult relatives live up to your expectations when you’re an adult yourself? A bit confusing at the end, but the epilogue wraps up the plot.


I also finished up The Voice Inside- 4/5 (Frost Easton #2, based in San Francisco) by Brian Freeman (NetGalley, thanks to the publisher). This is book #2 in a new series by Mr. Freeman, who also writes a few stand-alones, such as Marathon- I gave 5/5, which I read right before New Year’s so not on my blog but highly recommended! His previous series (9 books so far) is Jonathan Stride, based in Minnesota, and also recommended as a gritty police procedural. I like his writing style and think like-minded readers should consider him. Frost Easton is more of a laid-back, free spirited 30-ish guy, as opposed to Stride being a mid-aged more rigid detective. This plot involves a serial killer who targets unrelated targets of different backgrounds in the same area, always leaving a wristwatch on them from the previous kill, smashed at a certain time. What does this mean, how are the killings related and why is a famous true-crime writer interested in assisting Easton?


This week I posted about my library love and my random haul from my local branch. I also found a used paperback copy of Graceling by Kristin Cashore, hurray, because I borrowed Fire, a companion or book #2 in the series, but can be read without Graceling. However, upon starting it, I knew I wanted to read the first one, so I put Fire aside until I finish up Graceling. I’m loving it and YA fantasy in general this month.

I also joined in on the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge (on my sidebar too) and joined Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction for a monthly wrap-up post. I also did a Lit-List (#1), in which I’ll make random lists and comment about them. In this one I asked followers if they thought I should continue on with some series that I stalled on in the past. All in all, a good week!

Don’t know what’s up next… but it’s sure to be a good–and eclectic– choice from my library stack! Have a good week with whatever you find yourself doing! ~Kari


I’m linking up this weekend to Kim @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer to find some new-to-me titles and share my bookish news! sundaypost


18 thoughts on “A Week of Bookish Days- 2/3/18

  1. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks February 3, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    I’ll be joining the monthly wrapup post too, at least when I will be posting it tomorrow 😀
    I hope you have a great week 🙂


    • karireadsandwrites February 5, 2018 / 2:25 pm

      Thanks, Evelina. I like to make lists and read other people’s lists too, especially about books.


  2. Cahleen @ The Alt Story February 4, 2018 / 11:06 am

    I’m also a big Anna Quindlen fan and really enjoyed Miller’s Valley. Did you know there’s an ARC for her on NetGalley right now? I think it’s called The Alternate Side. I’ll be reading it soon.


    • karireadsandwrites February 5, 2018 / 2:23 pm

      Thanks for letting me know about NG having it– I’ve been avoiding that site lately. I knew there was a new title out there from her and am eagerly awaiting it.

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  3. Michelle P February 4, 2018 / 11:35 am

    I am also at the moment loving on Fantasy, I need a change so badly and that seemed to be the way I needed to go.

    We are having a small little get together for the superbowl, I am waiting on the Kitten Bowl and then the Puppy Bowl and then the commercials

    Have a great week, Kari! Happy Reading!


    • karireadsandwrites February 5, 2018 / 2:21 pm

      Oh, there’s a Kitten Bowl?? Dang, I missed that one– we only caught the end of the Puppy Bowl because we were driving to a relative’s house. I love pups and kitties!


  4. Greg Hill February 4, 2018 / 3:23 pm

    Graceling sounds fun- I never did read those. And enjoy the Super Bowl (the commercials are the best part). About the only time of the year I say that lol. I need to find some fantasy reads, it’s my favorite genre but haven’t read one in age seems like??


    • karireadsandwrites February 5, 2018 / 2:18 pm

      I find fantasy a bit hit or miss for me, but I’ve been reading more of it lately. I recommend Graceling and An Ember in the Ashes. They’re “light” fantasies. I’m on the lookout for another good title so if I see one on your blog I’ll check it out.


  5. Aj @ Read All The Things! February 4, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    I don’t watch football, but I do love the party snacks. Thanks for giving my post a shout-out. Have a great week!


    • karireadsandwrites February 5, 2018 / 2:15 pm

      As Super Bowl is over now, I can attest to the fact that I sat on the couch at a relative’s home and watched the whole game, but my favorite part was the big array of munchies available!


  6. jenclair February 5, 2018 / 8:55 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed Miller’s Valley. I liked it a lot and have her latest in my TBR queue. Thanks for the mention of my Le Guin post. 🙂


    • karireadsandwrites February 5, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      I have always enjoyed Anna Quindlen, even when she switches up the genres she dabbles in. I’m also awaiting her new title.


  7. girlplusbooks February 6, 2018 / 10:34 am

    Aw, thanks for the mention, Kari! So thoughtful! 🙂

    Hope you had a good time at your Super Bowl gathering. Those spinach and feta pastries sound divine. Yum!

    I’ve yet to read anything by Anna Quindlen even though I’ve had Oe True Thing sitting on my TBR for years.

    Hope your week is off to a great start!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books


    • karireadsandwrites February 7, 2018 / 1:38 pm

      I love those little puff pastries. They’re Greek and I can’t spell the name properly but mostly just chopped spinach and feta cheese inside. Yummy!

      Anna Quindlen is a really wonderful author. I’ve read her fiction and nonfiction. One True Thing is very good– you should read it soon!


  8. Jan February 6, 2018 / 11:12 am

    I have just found your blog–following it from my blog, Kari! I am now following you on feedly. In reading your “About” page we sound similar. I’m 60+, retired in the last couple years, read quite a few different types of books and love reading!

    I read Graceling a number of years ago and have had the next book or two for a number years and not read them. It’s been so long I’m thinking I need to reread Graceling first before tackling the next books…lol. I love the cover of Miller’s Valley. I’ve never read any Anna Quindlen books so I may have to read one. Where would you suggest I start?


    • karireadsandwrites February 7, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      I loved Graceling but started the second (which is a stand-alone companion) Fire, and wasn’t sucked in right away. Will go for Bitterblue next, though, from my library.

      Anna Quindlen– her books:
      some are suspenseful, exciting, a bit of romance, usually with a dysfunctional family,
      I’d say Contemporary Fiction or Literary Fiction–>
      Black and Blue, One True Thing, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Object Lessons, Every Last One, Rise and Shine, Blessings, Miller’s Valley, new release-Alternate Side.

      Nonfiction essays, memoirs, commencement speeches, short books, etc: Lots of Candles Plenty of Cake, Good Dog Stay, Being Perfect, Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City, Loud and Clear, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, How Reading Changed My Life, Living Out Loud.

      I’ve read almost all of her fiction and non. I prefer her nonfiction, only because there are too few women who write these truthful essay books about their feelings and struggles out there for me to pick up. For fiction: you seem to like mystery or SF from reading your blog, so I’d choose these more intense reads: Black and Blue or Every Last One if you’re in that mood, or One True Thing or Still Life with Bread Crumbs for a slower read. Lots of Candles Plenty of Cake for an easily found memoir.

      Hope it helps you and Tanya out 🙂


  9. Literary Feline February 10, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    I seem to be on a fantasy kick right now too. I can’t wait to dive into the next Others book. It’s one of my favorite series. I haven’t read Graceling, but am glad you enjoyed it! There was no Super Bowl in our house as none of us our football fans or watchers. It made for the perfect time for running errands though! I hope you have a great week!


    • karireadsandwrites February 11, 2018 / 8:03 am

      I’ve read the first three of the Others series. Thanks for reminding me to pick it back up! I like how each type of shifter has a distinct personality trait, like the crows being attracted to shiny things 🙂 I occasionally read fantasy but lately it seems like the right genre for my mood.


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