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
–>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!