Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teaser Tuesday-Goodnight June by Sarah Jio

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"The store is just as I remember it, though like me, I suppose it's showing signs of age. The brick facade, always a bit rustic, is shedding its mortar."
pg 18 Goodnight June by Sarah Jio

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel

I added Dust Girl to my library queue after reading Becky's post about it. I wanted to read more about the Dust Bowl and that era. Dust Girl had that plus fairies. I do love book about the fae. Dust Girl combines the historical aspects I love plus the supernatural. I'm really glad I picked this one up.

Callie lives her with mom in Kanas. Their town, Slow-Run, is being slowly vacated by its residents. The dust storms are making it hard for people to continue to live there. Nothing grows and the dust makes people sick. One day, Callie's mom disappears and some strange people show up in Slow-Run. Callie befriends a young man, Jack, who promises to help her find her parents. Callie and Jack must run from the fae.

I liked Callie. She was smart but still learning about who she was. Jack is definitely more than meets the eye. He's going to get more interesting in the next book. If you like historical fiction and fairies, I would recommend Dust Girl. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Others who shared their thoughts on Dust Girl: Becky's Book Reviews, The Book Smugglers, Buried In Books, and Diverse Pages.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

What To Eat This Week

We did pretty good last week. It was pretty cool most of the week so cooking was easy.  It's going to warm again for a few days then cool off so I'm looking forward to those days.

Breakfasts: Cereal for Tai. Oatmeal for me.

Lunches: leftovers

Dinners:

Monday: Baked salmon and salads

Tuesday: Cobb salads

Wednesday: Thai Turkey Meatballs

Thursday:  Bacon Wrapped Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs and salads

Friday: Juicy Lucys with sweet potato fries

Saturday: Party at friend's house

Sunday:  Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Mango Habanero sauce and salads

What are you eating this week?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I need a classic for the Book Bingo Challenge. I picked Of Mice and Men cause it's short. 

I've really been enjoying this steampunky historical fiction series. I'm excited to see how it wraps up. 

What did you get this week? Claire's got the linky this week.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday Teaser-We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"Usually i adored telling stories and hearing them told. The legendary Sinclairs, what fun we had, how beautiful we were." 
pg 26 We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Sunday, August 10, 2014

What To Eat This Week

I've been remiss in sharing on menu plans. Part of it was it was too hot to cook so we were eating out a lot. Also I've lost my cooking mojo. I'm anxious for cooler temps so I'll want to be in the kitchen. Until then, salads.

Breakfasts: Cereal for Tai. Chia seed pudding for me.

Lunches: Turkey chili and taco salads

Dinners:

Monday: Sweet Tart, and Spicy Shrimp Salad

Tuesday: Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs over rice with a salad

Wednesday: Spaghetti and meatballs

Thursday: Chicken and apple sausages and salads

Friday: Italian Salads

Saturday: Turkey meatloaf and salads

Sunday: Juicy Lucys with sweet potato fries

What's on your meal plan this week?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

I've been wanting to read Moriarty's books for a while now. So when I saw The Husband's Secret on the library shelf, I grabbed it. I'm so glad I did. The Husband's Secret was an excellent read.

Cecilia has the perfect life. She's married to a handsome man, has three beautiful daughters, and runs a successful Tupperware business. One day while her husband is out of town, Cecilia stumbles on a letter from him written to her. The envelope states that it should be opened after he has passed. Cecilia can't imagine why her husband would write such a letter or what the letter would contain.

Rachel's life is marked with sadness. Ever day she grieves for her teenaged daughter who was murdered years ago. Rachel longs to know why her daughter was murdered and who murdered her. Rachel suspects her daughter's boyfriend who is now the gym teacher at the school Rachel works at.

Tess is having a midlife crisis or maybe her husband is. Either way, Tess decides to move in with her mother who recently broke her foot. While Tess enrolls her son in a new school, she meets an old boyfriend, one that happens to be the school's gym teacher.

I enjoyed how the story flowed from one woman to the other. At first, it was hard to tell how these women were going to be entangled with one another but slowly we see how these lives get interconnected. I liked each of the women and enjoyed hearing how their troubles get resolved or not resolved. Moriarty does write a good epilogue that explains all the secrets (not just the husband's) and shows what might have happened. The Husband's Secret was engrossing and I enjoyed every minute of it. Others who shared their thoughts on The Husband's Secret: Feeling A Little Bookish, White House Red Roof, Delicious Reads, and Overbooked.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Lots of graphic novels this week. No reason. Just felt like reading a lot of graphic novels.

I was looking for another graphic novel by Millar (The Secret Service) when I found this one. My library doesn't have The Secret Service so I might have IIL it.

I keep hearing good things about this one.

I don't remember how I found The Spectral Engine but it looks good and creepy.

I found A Bintel Brief while searching for graphic novels about Jews. A Bintel Brief is also about immigrants, a topic I enjoy reading about.

Another one I don't remember where I heard about it. Looks good and heard it was dark. Always good.

What did you get this week? Add your link below.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Teaser Tuesday-Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"I'd freaked out when I'd seen myself. I've had long black hair and no bangs for as I can remember, and the girl staring back at me in the salon mirror didn't look anything like me." 
pg 6 Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Monday, August 4, 2014

July Book Tally

Saga vol 3 by Brian K Vaughan
Zombillenium: Gretchen by Arthur de Pins
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
The Library by Sarah Stewart


July seems to have gone by quickly. A busy month with one huge book meant less books. A lot of good books but fewer than I would have liked. Hopefully I have more time for reading August. 


Stats:
Romance Reading Challenge This month: 1(Trapped At The Altar) YTD: 14
Historical Reading Challenge  This month: 2 ( Somerset and Trapped At The Altar) YTD: 10
What's In A Name Challenge This month: 1 (The Here and Now) YTD: 4
Yearly Total: 81