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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 08): 05/08/17

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 8)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

This week my husband was on vacation but mostly we spent his time home getting books into storage. The master bedroom had a large hole in the ceiling from water damage (an improperly installed dishwasher). We had to box up two book cases, put the boxes into storage, and dismantle one of the cases. We also had to strip the bed and fold it up to make more room for the work crew.

Saturday the work crew came in and fixed the ceiling. Then we just had to put the room back in order so we could use it as a bedroom. It was exhausting work, made more so because one of my toes is still messed up from the march across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Slime results

Friday night was the Multicultural Night at our daughter's school. Our Girl Scout troop performed. First they taught the audience how to sing The Rattlin' Bog and then they taught them how to do a Ceili Dance. In the picture you can see my husband and my daughter paired up for the dance.

Golden Gate Bridge before and after

Despite spending most of my waking hours boxing books, I did manage to read five things. My long book was Pachinko. I also read a graphic novel, a manga, and a comic book. I rounded out the list with a cozy mystery.

What I read last week:

Pachinko
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Ebook
Multigenerational novel about a Korean family
Brownies and Broomsticks
Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
Ebook
The start of the Magical Bakery mystery series.
Stone Heart
The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
Personal collection
The sequel to the Nameless City.
Merman in My Tub Volume 1
Merman in My Tub Volume 1 by Itokichi
Personal collection
The first in a manga series about a merman living in a guy's bathroom.
Ghostbusters 101 issue 1
Ghostbusters 101, Issue 1 by Erik Burnham
Ebook comic
The first of the story arc involving the newest Ghostbusters. Holtzman, Erin, Patty, Abby, and Kevin in comic book form!!!
 

What I'm reading:

Farm Fresh Murder
Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton
Library book
First of the Farmers' Market mystery series
California
California by Edan Lepucki
Personal collection
Minotaur takes a cigarette break
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill
Research
A story about the Minotaur working in a greasy spoon somewhere in America..

Up Next:

Winter Wonders
Winter Wonders by Kate Hannigan
Library
The third of the Cupcake Cousins books
Lumberjanes
Lumberjanes Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, et. al.
Personal collection
First of the Lumberjanes graphic novels.
Miss Peregine's  Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Personal collection

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Comment #1: Sunday, May 07, 2017 at 23:55:30

Myra from GatheringBooks

I've been so intrigued by Pachinko - mainly because of the book cover that is just so intricate! I loved Draw! by Raúl Colón. :)



Comment #2: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 07:28:00

Pussreboots

You can read my review of Pachinko.



Comment #3: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 00:53:24

Greg

I've got Lumberjanes on my list to read soon too. I've been getting back into graphic novels a bit. And sorry to hear about the water damage! Hope it's all better now or will be soon... sounds like a real headache!



Comment #4: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 07:33:00

Pussreboots

The water damage was old. We got it fixed over the weekend. Photo is of the newly repaired ceiling. Lately I always seem to have at least one graphic novel going. They make good reading when I can't concentrate on other things.



Comment #5: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 00:54:26

Kathryn

Oh dear a leaking dishwasher and a wet ceiling - what a nuisance. Hope this week is all clear!!



Comment #6: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 07:36:00

Pussreboots

The leaking part happened months ago. It was only the repair part we had to deal with last weekend. Everything is all done and we now have a lovely repaired ceiling. The photo in the post is of the newly installed ceiling.



Comment #7: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 01:13:29

Louisa

I don't recognize any of these books, but yeah, they look really great! Hope you have a good week! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!



Comment #8: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 07:39:00

Pussreboots

I'm enjoying them. Thanks for stopping by.



Comment #9: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 01:38:26

Amanda

Sorry to hear about the water damage to your ceiling, what a pain.

Hope your toe is on the mend too - though you could see it as an excuse to put your feet up and read more!

Great mix of books this week. I see Miss Peregrine's Home is on your up next agenda. Enjoy that one, I read it a few months ago, it was a different reading experience that's for sure!



Comment #10: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 08:10:00

Pussreboots

I am staying off my feet until they heal except for when I have to take kids to school or pick them up or run errands. No hiking for me, though.

The damage to the ceiling was old news but we finally had the time and money to get it fixed.



Comment #11: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 01:50:45

Louisa

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was so fantastic to me, so I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!



Comment #12: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 08:14:00

Pussreboots

I've had the Miss Peregrine books on my TBR at home for as long as they've been out. My husband has read them but somehow I've just been putting it off.



Comment #13: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 06:38:16

Geybie's Book Blog

Wow... reading 5 books a week is awesome. I only manage 3 tops. Sometimes only two. I'm a slow reader.

Anyway, love to see the picture of your husband and daughter dancing. 😁❤️

I hope you enjoy all three books you're currently reading and the ones you're reading next. Have a wonderful week.



Comment #14: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 08:17:00

Pussreboots

Three of the books were short and contained more pictures than words. It was good that my husband could go to the event and participate. Usually he ends up missing them because of work.



Comment #15: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 08:25:00

emma @onereadersthoughts

I hope you enjoy the Miss Peregrine series - it was one of my favourites from last year.



Comment #16: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 08:19:00

Pussreboots

I hope so too. I've had my copy for years.



Comment #17: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 08:26:53

Laura

We're dealing with water damage too. Not fun. My son loved the movie version of Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children and wants to read the second book. Enjoy your reading week!



Comment #18: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 08:21:00

Pussreboots

I haven't seen the movie. The books have been sitting on my TBR shelf at home for years and I want to read them before I pack them.



Comment #19: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 10:16:18

Laurel-Rain Snow

Wow, you had quite the week! How frustrating to have to box everything up and fix a leak. I can relate to that, though, as I've had various house damages over the years.

I hope to read California soon...I've had it for a while, and set it aside...until I read and loved Woman No. 17, by the author.

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. Have a great week!



Comment #20: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 08:49:00

Pussreboots

The water damage happened some time ago. We just now had the money and time to get the ceiling repaired.

I've had California on my TBR shelf since the book first came out. I don't want to even consider getting her new book until I read her older one.



Comment #21: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 10:35:09

Kathy Martin

have more book boxing to do but can't do it until I have a place to stack the boxes. Two weeks to my rummage sale. Then I hope to have more space for boxes. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #22: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 08:49:00

Pussreboots

Thanks to how we've rearranged the master bedroom, post ceiling repair, we have room for a bunch more boxes. Upstairs too there's room. The only problem I have upstairs is that Tortuga cat has decided the box tower is hers and has gotten very territorial about it.



Comment #23: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 11:11:23

Beth F

Ugh on the packing stuff up for the work crew, but I bet you're glad that's done. I have Stone Heart on my list for this week.



Comment #24: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 08:58:00

Pussreboots

Stone Heart is very good. I'm not going to say anything more because I don't want to spoil anything for you.



Comment #25: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 12:17:10

Lexie

Ah! Did you enjoy The Stone Heart? I am enjoying the series despite the more problematic elements.



Comment #26: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 09:28:00

Pussreboots

I did and I address some of the problems in the upcoming review. My take on the book, though, will be unconventional as I'm looking at in terms of an American road narrative book (which it is despite it's setting). I have the review scheduled for this coming Sunday.



Comment #27: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 12:51:44 Melinda

I hope you finally got your bedroom back in order...what a pain!



Comment #28: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 09:21:00

Pussreboots

It is in the best shape it's been in months, but there's still more work to be done.



Comment #29: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 16:57:17

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

California always sounds very intriguing to me. Hope you enjoy it!



Comment #30: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 09:22:00

Pussreboots

It's interesting but I'm having trouble buying the timeline of events, so far. I'm only on page 60, so there's still plenty of room for things to make sense.



Comment #31: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 20:12:50

Susie | Novel Visits

Wow! You're really getting through a lot of books! California was a DNF for me which made Woman No. 17 all the more interesting to read.



Comment #32: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 09:25:00

Pussreboots

I am reading California slowly. I own it and there's no particular deadline for finishing it. The book that's taking most of my reading attention at the moment is The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break which is a strange mashup of mythology and road narrative.



Comment #33: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 21:42:33

Harvee

I just started Pachinko. It is a long book, I agree.



Comment #34: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 09:27:00

Pussreboots

Pachinko picks up in the second part. At least that's where it stopped feeling like a long book to me.



Comment #35: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 22:17:34

Ellen Pilch

I am impressed that you got so much reading done with everything else going on. The Scouts sure keep you busy.



Comment #36: Monday, May 08, 2017 at 09:29:00

Pussreboots

There are two meetings left to scouts this year. Then I'm taking a break from being a co-leader. I really need to focus on the move that we're planning.



Comment #37: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 00:43:27

Gina

I really want to read Pachinko! You sure did have a busy week!



Comment #38: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 14:02:00

Pussreboots

I hope you do.



Comment #39: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 02:43:42

Jade @ Reading with Jade

The water damage sounds like a palaver, but at least it is on the mend now. It looks like you have some great books lined up this week. Happy reading!



Comment #40: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 14:04:00

Pussreboots

It was but it's over now. We should have done the repair sooner but the thought of the work required to ready the room was daunting.



Comment #41: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 08:55:10

Tammy

Thank you so much for stopping by yesterday! I really like your blog it is so cute! I would really like to make my blog more personal like yours I feel it's so robotic right now. I would actually like to do more reviews on the blog. Then the other stuff I'm doing on my blog. I just have the other stuff as fillers.

I'm actually thinking of just doing a couple of companies that do the type of genres I like and leaving the rest.

It also seems I need to put more into the post on Monday's! Once again thanks for stopping by! Hope to grow in the blog world with you!!!



Comment #42: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 14:10:00

Pussreboots

Thank you for the kind comments. Blogging is perpetually a learning process. My blog was where yours is about eight years ago. There's learning how to customize it, learning what content you like to provide, how to make your voice — your version of the reading experience — ring true. It's also learning that you're not obligated to do what the publishers / publicists say — or even to take ARCs from them. You don't even have to cover current publishing news or recently published books.

Here's a starting point: So you want to blog. I think though, I might want to write an updated version. The blogging world is always in flux.



Comment #43: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 10:15:17

Susan @ The Book Bag

Wow, what a nice variety of genres you are into. I absolutely love the Miss Peregrine's series, I hope you do too.



Comment #44: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 14:21:00

Pussreboots

I hope so too. I started it once before and put the book aside after the first chapter. I don't even remember why exactly.



Comment #45: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 10:29:32

Nise'

We just finished up renovation after some water damage. So glad!



Comment #46: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 14:25:00

Pussreboots

It feels good to get everything back the way it should be.



Comment #47: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 15:18:55

Ashley @ Ashleyz Wonderland

I read Brownies & Broomsticks awhile back. Very cute read!



Comment #48: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 14:26:00

Pussreboots

I really liked it and am eager to continue with the series.



Comment #49: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 15:19:00

Yvonne

Farm Fresh Murder has been on my list to read for awhile. It looks like a great series. Hope you have a great week!



Comment #50: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 14:28:00

Pussreboots

I'm sort of struggling with Farm Fresh Murder. The pacing seems off.



Comment #51: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 13:09:11

Casey

I listened to Miss Peregrine's a few months ago and really enjoyed it. I've heard the pictures in the hard copy are amazing!!



Comment #52: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 18:07:00

Pussreboots

I have the series in hard copy. I bought it for the pictures.



Comment #53: Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 20:42:37

Erin@ Quixotic Magpie

Farm Fresh Murder and Minotaur both look good! Minotaur actually brought a smile to my face, the little blurb lol.

That stinks about your ceiling! I hope this week is better to you.



Comment #54: Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 22:26:00

Pussreboots

Farm Fresh Murder ended up being a disappointment. The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break was odd but excellent. The ceiling was old damage. We just needed to save up to get it fixed — which we did.



Comment #55: Sunday, May, 14 2017 at 00:19:00

MarthaE

Sorry I am late (very) in the week. Sounds like you daughter and family had fun at the school/scout event.

Glad you were able to get some reading in. You read a 752 page book plus 4 others? Wow.

Hope you have enjoyed this week. See you again soon!



Comment #56: Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 22:29:00

Pussreboots

Pachinko in print is just shy of 500 pages. I didn't read it in just one week. I've been slowly reading it for about a three weeks. Brownies and Broomsticks is a short cozy — and something I took about two weeks to read. The other three are graphic novels or comic books.



Comment #57: Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 16:28:42

Reading with Beth

So many interesting books...happy reading!



Comment #58: Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 17:59:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. Same to you.