What are you reading Monday?

It’s Monday! For good or ill the new week is here. Which means it is time for…


Besure to check out the Book Date blog!

Last week I read…

Bitter Harvest (A Greenhouse Mystery #2)

I finished 3 books. The first was Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson. It was chosen by he cover. I’m a sucker for pumpkins. We tried growing them once. They about took over the yard. Much like watermelons! It was entertaining but i did’t enjoy it enough to read furthur in the series. The writing & story were fine, it just wasn’t for me.Wandering Island

I also finished Wandering Island by by Kenji Tsuruta. I needed a graphic novel for the Mother- Daughter Reading Challenge. The size is misleading because it is mostly pictured 😉 I enjoyed it. The drawings were great. It did suffer from too much skin showing, but I’m not he target audience. I was a bit miffed at the cliffhander ending– but no enough that i don’t look for book 2.

Weeki Wachee Springs (Images of America: Florida)The last book I read was one I picked up on vacation, also heavy on pictures. Weeki Wachi Springs by Maryan Pelland. A visual read through the history of the vintage mermaid park. I loved it. The photos and stories behind them were very entertaining.



What I’m reading now…

I have plenty of reading time at the moment. I’ve started 2 books. One is a librbay book and the other is a new release i bought on my kindle. I haven’t read enough of either to have an opinion so i will leave the blurb from goodreads.

SeeSee by Lee Ann Ward

Carlie Henson is pretty, popular, and an All-American girl. She has a gorgeous boyfriend and a mother who lives to keep her safe. Probably because everyone is drawn to Carlie…including the murderers she has the ability to identify when she looks in the eyes of their victims.

Keeping Carlie’s secret is pretty simple when all she has to do is avoid dead people. But when a cheerleader at her high school is murdered and the killer seems to have gotten away with it, Carlie knows what she has to do. With the help of her boyfriend, Dillon, she devises a plan to see what she must, no matter her personal safety.

But when Dillon is the one who’s injured in the showdown with the killer, Carlie vows to never help anyone again…until the next young woman attacked is her best friend, Jenna.


I also started, The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long GoodbyeMarlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he’s divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.




What’s up next…

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I know nothing about this book other than it is a new retelling of Sherlock Holmes. This time it’s Charlotte Holmes. I can’t wait to give this one a read.

What are you reading this week?



Friday- Book Beginnings

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday.

Please join every Friday and share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Bitter Harvest (A Greenhouse Mystery #2)

The harvest moon glowed bright overhead, a burnt offering to the demons plaguing Megan’s peace of mind.

Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson


I found the found the first sentence intriquing. It set me up with expectations of a spooky story. Which doesn’t necessarily go with the vintage feel of the book cover. After reading the book I must say it’s not spooky either. It’s a nice cozy set during October. I kept reading so the opener did it’s job.


Shelf Control 1

Today is surgery day. I’m both happy and nervous. Just a little outpatient on my wrist. I hope to be in tip top condition by August. I thought it would be fun to join in on Shelf Control.

Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! Click here for more info.

I have too many books I haven’t read. So this is the perfect meme for me.  It will be awhile before I can write again but I can read 🙂

Shelf Control

My pick of the week is:

Save the Date

Title: Save the Date

Author: Mary Kay Andrews

Published: 2014

Pages: 448

Synopsis: from Goodreads

A Savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime—one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn’t believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all.

How I got the book: I found the paperback at a bookstore on clearence. It’s a beautiful cover. I saw the author name and the cover and just bought it. I haven’t even read the blurb on the back.

When I bought the book: Sometime in the last year.

Why do I want to read it? I love Mary Kay Andrews. I’ve read 4,5, maybe 6 of her books. I love them. She writes smart, funny characters. There’s actually two of her books on my TBR shelf I need to read. I don’t know why I haven’t read them yet. I think this is a stand alone. I hope so. I hate reading out-of-order.

If you want to participate go to Bookshelf Fantasies and add your link to the linky.

What book on your shelf so you need to read?


20 Books of Summer

I ran across this challenge recently and had to join in the fun.

20 books

Surf over to Cathy at 746 Books to find out more about this reading challenge. Basically, from June 1 to September 3 I will read 20 books. That’s a hair more than my goal of four per month. It’s summer. What else do I have to do?

I will use this challenge in place of my usual monthly TBR. What am I reading?

20 Books of Summer TBR

  • Tomorrow When the War Began- John Marsden
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them– J.K. Rowling
  • Beach Town– Mary Kay Andrews
  • Weeki Wachee Springs- Maryan and Dan Pelland
  • Wandering Island– Kenji Tsuruta
  • Must Love Chainmail– Angela Quarles
  • The Elfstones of Shannara– Terry Brooks
  • A Study in Charlotte– Brittany Cavallaro
  • Wicked Mobile – Brendan Kirby
  • The Princess Diaries– Meg Cabot
  • The Shores of Spain– J. Kathleen Cheney
  • Illuminae– Kaufman & Kristoff
  • Unsympathetic Magic– Laura Resnick
  • The Napoleon of Notting Hill– G.K. Chesterton
  • This old Homicide– Kate Carlisle
  • Fixin to Die– Tonya Kappes
  • Bitter Harvest– Wendy Tyson
  • Counterfeit Conspiracies– Ritter Ames
  • Macdeath– Cindy Brown
  • Glistens– Chess Desalls

I reserve the right to trash this list at any time and start over;)


What r u reading?

It’s Monday.

Not my favorite day of the week. But I am playing along with The Book Date with What are you reading Monday?


Last week I read…

The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #1)

I buried myself in my chair yesterday until I finished The Sword of Shannara. This is the first book in the original Shannara series and the first time I’ve read Terry Brooks. It was well worth the two weeks I spent reading it. Loved it. The main reason I read it was I bought the Elfstones of Shannara first without realizing it was part of a series. I can’t read out of order 😉 Shannara feels a lot like LOTR. If you enjoyed Tolkien you would probably enjoy this book as well.


What I’m reading now…

Optimists Die First

I intended to read a cozy mystery after Shannara. Something light and easy. But my library bag had other ideas. I picked this odd little book up based on the cover and title. Seriously, how could I not read a book entitled Optimists Die First? And the cover looks like a knitted sweater. I’m only on page 69. It seems like a fast read but I think it’ll be a bit more in the emotions department than I wanted after Shannara.

In a nutshell, the story follows a teen girl who is dealing with the death of her little sister. She has a lot of guilt around it and she’s also trying to be a buffer for her parents. Obviously, it’s a YA book.

What’s up next…

Later Gator (Miss Fortune Mystery #9)Probably book 9 in the Miss Fortune Series on my kindle. I’ve been itching to read this one. Another one with an awesome cover 🙂

What are you reading this week?


2017 Goal Check May 18

Awesome title, right?

Chaos has fried my brain. This week involved 1 graduation party, a trip to the beach, graduation, band concert, a birthday party, and a trip to the doctor. I’m tired. I’ve achieved next to nothing. But only one week left of school.

I injured my wrist 9 (?) years ago in a heroic attempt to save my youngest from falling while roller skating. I should have let her fall, she would have bounced. I did not. I’ve been dealing with this injury, very painful, ever since. I finally agreed to surgery, early June. I will spend most of the summer in a hard cast on my right arm 😦  After the doctor poked, pulled, and twisted my wrist into painful positions I spent the rest of the day curled up in my chair watching Call the Midwife reruns.

Now I have a tighter deadline to finish edits to Camouflage. I need to finish as much as I can before surgery. Sigh.

Let’s look at the bright side.

Things I can’t do with a cast:

  • clean the bathroom or kitchen
  • sweep or vacuum
  • chop vegetables
  • brush and dry my hair at the same time

I know there are more and some of these I will be able to do one handed with a little practice. But I promise you, I will try my hardest to avoid the first two for as long as possible.

On with the goals:

  • Write 200,000 words.
     The total is still 11,903. No new progress.
  • Edit 600 pages.
    No new progress.  312 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps. I’m sorry, but this is not happening. I give up. Dropped.
  • Read 80 books.  I am still reading The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. This book is huge. I’m about 53% through it. I’m reading every day. I find myself highlighting sections of it. 29/80 books read.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. Summer goal.
  • Complete devotional. I am now two lessons behind.
  • Deep Cleaning. Nada!
  • Submissions. Yes! I made two submissions this week. So I did do something!

There you go. A not so stellar week, but one filled with life milestones.

How did your week go?


Row80 Round 2 week 6

The countdown clock for summer is in full swing. I am so ready, maybe even more ready than my girls…no on second thought. Even though it is the end of school, I’m starting to prep for fall. My girls go to a small private school which means I have to buy books and uniforms. Bummer. But so worth it, we love our school. This week I had to locate pictures of Daughter #1 for the 8th-grade recognition slide show. Pictures of her over the last 14 years 😉 No I did not include that embarrassing one of her chewing on her toenails. Although I thought about it. I found one of my favorites.

Look at that hair! You can see the bayou behind her as she flies by on my daddy’s boat. She was a cotton-top when she was little. Her hair still has the corkscrew curls, but not as blond. Sigh.

I also received the book list and uniform policy for next year. Thankfully, she can still wear the uniform she has unless she outgrew it. She probably did, she’s at least two inches taller than me. Yes. She’s tall, thin, and blond. I’m so doomed. The book list is insane. I went ahead and ordered her summer reading books, both deal with the Holocaust. That should bring up insightful conversations this summer.

If that’s not enough trauma for me, Baby Doll has her swim team party this week and the last band concert next week. She’s only 17 months younger than her sister. She’s so excited for next year. This will be the first time they are on different campuses 🙂 Time to spread some wings.  Baby Doll has been swimming since she was 4ish. At first, water was the only thing she feared. Now, we don’t even have that! I’m pretty sure she is part fish. Hence our slight obsession with mermaids.

So this summer is a season of changes. New school, new adventures.

On with the goals:

  • Write 200,000 words.
    I wrote 989 words this week, bringing the total to 11,903. Not much but it is something. I have difficulty writing and editing at the same time. It’s like my brain can’t switch gears.
  • Edit 600 pages.
    I edited 11 pages, bringing the total to 312 pages. I am over halfway to my goal.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps. I’m sorry, but this is not happening. I give up. Dropped.
  • Read 80 books. I finished Caravan of Thieves by David Rich. Not my favorite book. It was okay.  I needed a book by an author with my first or last name for the Mother-daughter reading challenge. I didn’t finish Hunter by Mercedes Lackey. I got bored with it and put it aside. I am currently reading The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. I love it! The writing is beautiful. 29/80 books read.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. Summer goal.
  • Complete devotional. I am now two lessons behind.

There you go. I’m inching forward. I am disappointed about dropping my walking goal but I didn’t see the point in pretending it’s going to happen.

How did your week go?