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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 19): 06/19/17
The summer heat has arrived with a vengeance. Sunday it got up to 106° F in our neighborhood. Normal summer temperatures are the mid 80s to low 90s. It's hard to pack in this extreme heat.
The kids are on summer break now. On Friday, my son celebrated the birthday of one of his earliest friends. It was a reunion of friends who attended preschool together.
While he was at the party, my daughter and I went to nearby Ardenwood Farm where we got to ride the train, feed the animals, and hunt for peacock feathers. It's molting season for the birds ad we came home with two feathers. We also learned that peafowl like to eat kibble. We think they're swiping it from the farm cats.
What I read last week:
What I'm reading:
Last Week's Reviews
Comment #1: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 03:32:33
I can't even imagine it being that hot, I wouldn't cope in it. Some of those mystery books look very promising. Enjoy.
Comment #2: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:24:00
The Book Town mysteries have been keeping me entertained as I pack. I'm listening to them as audios performed by Cassandra Campbell. My library has access to them on One Click Digital and they're DRM free.
Comment #3: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 05:16:04
The Hate U Give and The White Road of the Moon look interesting. I hope you enjoy them!
Comment #4: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:29:00
I'm fifty pages into The Hate U Give and it's excellent. I am planning to review it in July.
Comment #5: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:22:28
I thought I had read Shopaholic & Baby...but according to Goodreads, no. I did read Mini-Shopaholic. Enjoy!
I want to read The Hate U Give.
Enjoy...and what a great summer break already.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Comment #6: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:33:00
If you think you read Shopaholic & Baby, you probably did. Over the weekend I noticed that Goodreads switched what book I was reading from Shopaholic & Baby to Shopaholic & Sister. I think there was an error with how the books were sorted in their database and when they fixed it, it confused everyone's books read or currently reading in that series.
You should read The Hate U Give. It's beautifully written. I'm 50 pages in and if I didn't have other commitments (like packing), I'd be ensconced in my room, reading it in one go.
Comment #7: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:13:36
I'm sorry you are getting hit with such extreme temperatures. It certainly isn't packing weather unless you are packing in an air-conditioned space. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
Comment #8: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:39:00
There is no AC here. Most homes around here don't have it. So we did very little in the way of packing yesterday. We've gotten about another three hundred and fifty books into storage. We have about another two hundred which I will do this week. Then we need to give away / throw away things we aren't using.
Comment #9: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 13:14:40
Eek 106° f is crazy!
I really like the cover of Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti. And I've heard great things about The Hate U Give. Happy Reading!
Comment #10: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:39:00
Crazier yet — we had a thunder shower at midnight. This part of California normally doesn't get summer storms. When the first thunder rolled through it sounded like something had exploded the next town over. Then the rain hit.
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti is good. It's my lunchtime ebook. I have one complaint though, the cat on the cover isn't the main character's familiar. She has a dog. There is a ginger cat mentioned but so far it's not a major character.
Comment #11: Monday, June, 19, 2017 at 14:39:33
You live in New Jersey?
My son lives in Hoboken.
ENJOY summer vacation, and I hope the heat calms down. The temps don't know what to do around here. :)
Thanks for coming by my blog, and have a great reading week.
Comment #12: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 14:14:00
No, but I can see why you would think that. I live in California. There happens to a different Newark near me — not the one you're thinking of.
We had rain last night — unusual for summer here and that helped. It's hot to day but there's a breeze.
Comment #13: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 14:02:45
The weather has been gorgeous over here in the Uk this week too. I keep on seeing the hate you give on everybody's tbr list. I'll be interested in what you think.
Comment #14: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 19:51:00
I don't think 106° F (41° C) is gorgeous. It's too hot. And where we live wasn't designed for the heat. There's no AC at home. The Hate U Give is by page 50 very well written and something I hope is taught in schools.
Comment #15: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 18:06:27
This hot weather is whacked. We suffered yesterday for sure. Thank you for telling me about Neil's other narrated book. I will do some research. That looks like a fun birthday party. Did they roll around in those bubbles?
Comment #16: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 20:01:00
They did three different things with those bubbles. The first was they wore them as armor while playing soccer. Next they hid behind them while doing archery (with rubber tipped arrows). Finally, they did in fact roll around in them.
Comment #17: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 18:09:16
I read the first couple of books in the Sophie Kinsella series. I have to get back to it. Have a great week!
Comment #18: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 20:44:00
I'm getting back to the Shopaholic after about a three year hiatus.
Comment #19: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 19:12:49
Some showers this evening cooled things down a bit. Stay cool indoors!
Comment #20: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 20:45:00
At midnight last night we had an unexpected and rare for here thunderstorm. It only lasted about five minutes — just long enough to wake up all the neighborhood dogs and get everything wet. It did cool things down but it was still in the 90s by this afternoon.
Comment #21: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 21:35:20
I hope you like Hate. I thought it was a powerful story.
Comment #22: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 20:50:00
Fifty pages in, I agree that it's a powerful story. I plan to have it reviewed by mid July.
Comment #23: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 22:15:16
It was a hot week for us too. Spent most of it in the pool.
Comment #24: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 20:52:00
There's a local swimming lagoon but this weekend was too busy for us to go.
Comment #25: Monday, June, 19, 2017 at 22:24:33
Glad to hear you had a great time out with your kids. The peacock is cute. Enjoy your books and have a wonderful week. 😁
Comment #26: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 20:53:00
Ardenwood has about a dozen peafowl. They also have chickens and wild turkeys. I have a lot of fun photographing them all. They are just tame enough to not scurry away when I have my camera focused on them.
Comment #27: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 22:43:41
Those big balls to roll in look so fun.
Comment #28: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 21:00:00
My son says they were fun but he was sore all the next day. It was quite the work out.
Comment #29: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 23:04:13
That's just way too hot. Beautiful peacock though! What a great pic!
Bookmarked for death looks fun.
Comment #30: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 21:02:00
The peafowl are just tame enough to not be bothered by cameras. Bookmarked for Death is good. I'm on the third of the series now and the series continues to be enjoyable.
Comment #31: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 23:14:23
Hope the heat lets up and the packing gets done. Fun! Fun! Fun!
Comment #32: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 21:04:00
We got about another three hundred books into storage. We're down to a few stray volumes in the living room, the master bedroom, and the two shelves in the children's room.
Comment #33: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 01:34:13
Wow, that's hot! I prefer the colder temps, so yeah, glad that I'm not there! Hope you enjoy The Hate U Give! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!
Comment #34: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 19:38:00
So do I. With the cold you can wear layers. You can turn on the heat. You can eat hot food. With the heat, there's nothing to do but wait it out. Very few homes around here have AC. Ours certainly doesn't.
I am enjoying The Hate U Give but only have it for three weeks (minus the few days I've had it). There's a hold list so no renewals. If it were my personal copy, I'd probably read it slower, savor the text.
Comment #35: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 06:12:01
No you're right 41°C is too hot. I don't understand °F, we just don't use it any more in the UK.
Comment #36: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 20:47:00
No worries. I know we're the big weird hold out but we're massive and it would take more red tape the entire world could produce given how we're set up. We regularly travel to Canada so converting between the two isn't getting pretty easy.
Comment #37: Tuesday, June, 20, 2017 at 06:42:06
It's freezing cold in SA - the heat actually sounds nice!
Bewitched, Bothered and Biscotti is such a nice title.
Comment #38: Tuesday, June, 20, 2017 at 20:50:00
Want to trade spots? One of my favorite summers was the summer I skipped by being an exchange student to TAS. Betwitched, Bothered and Biscotti is fun so far but I've been ignoring it for my audiobooks and for The Hate U Give.
Comment #39: Tuesday, June, 20, 2017 at 09:22:10
Wow! Congrats on the lease although you have a lot to do between now and then! That's a lot of book boxes in storage! Although it sounds fabulous.
The concert looks great. Congrats to your daughter.
And that Giant Cookie? Amazing!
I hope you enjoyed all your books!
Comment #40: Tuesday, June, 20, 2017 at 20:59:00
As we own the place we're moving out of, we can take extra time getting things out. We basically need our beds, our clothes, our computer, our kitchen stuff (some subset of it), our table and chairs. There's a lot we're not keeping — old furniture that's falling apart.
The concert was great as was the play. All the kids worked so hard. There were actually two giant cookies, which is a good thing because everyone wanted a piece.
Comment #41: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 11:12:16
Yikes! Stay cool in this heat. Interesting books on your list this week. Have a great one and happy reading!
Comment #42: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 21:04:00
We're doing our best to stay cool. Another heatwave is predicted for tomorrow through Thursday night.
Comment #43: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 09:36:18
That's definitely too hot of weather. We are still cool, which is sadly typical for where I live. You got quite a bit of reading done last week. Hope you enjoy your books this week.
Comment #44: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 21:08:00
For most of the year we're cool too. These summers though can be brutal.
Comment #45: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 23:25:44
That party looks awesome! I need to get The Hate U Give onto my library list. It sounds like an amazing and powerful read. We agree on the Princess and the Pony at my house - my daughter LOVES that pony.
Comment #46: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 21:11:00
The Hate U Give is worth putting on hold.
Comment #47: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 14:19:30
Wow! I'm floored that you were able to keep all of your books in the house. When I moved from Maryland to Colorado, I had to purge quite a few books only about 50 of the several hundred I had. And since I've been in Colorado, I've added back the 50 and then some.
Moving is awesome for organizing and purging. I hope all works out and you get the library you want.
Comment #48: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 13:44:00
We had the books and very little else. In the next house, though, I'd like to have them be less of an ever present thing. I want room for other interests too — places for art supplies, a better area for the games, etc.
Comment #49: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 11:22:58
Ok, I will stop complaining about the heat if it's not pushing 100F! (no I won't)
Comment #50: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 13:49:00
The heatwave is over for now. It's a lovely day in the high 70s.
Comment #51: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:30:45
Oh lord that heat! I'm melting just thinking about it!! Stay cool and hydrated.
Comment #52: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 13:51:00
Staying cool isn't always an option. There's no AC. Hydrated — that we can do.
Comment #53: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 18:39:40
Ugh, 106 is terrible. We haven't gotten THAT hot yet down here in the South, but I'm not looking forward to it if it does.
I like how you do the starred reviews for last week's reviews at the end of the post, by the way.
Comment #54: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 20:20:00
The heat has done some terrible things. We have sidewalks buckling. Our toilet cracked. We've had power outages. Thankfully today it was thirty degrees cooler.