Good morning, loves.
I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! My work life has been winding down to busy normal – I was able to leave on time every day last week, which was fantastic. It’s the little things in life! I packed most our stuff for vacation today, and the cats have already claimed the suitcase.
Reggie is a sweet cat, but he hates it when we travel. He will maintain vigil on the suitcase until we leave, and at that time he will climb on the shelf and watch us leave, demanding last minute pets. He’s sweet, but loves his humans and seems a bit sad whenever we go.
On the other hand…
Lizzie’s interest in our travel extends as far as “the other cat is sitting on the suitcase and everything in this apartment is mine.” She can cuddle and follow me around the house, but as long as somebody’s filling her food bowl, she’s happy.
Either way, I’m excited to go. It’s going to be hot and exhausting, but sometimes breaking away from the regular routine is perfection.
As far as reading goes, I finally finished The Witching Hour. It was a trek and I wrote a bit of a grumpy review about it that’ll be popping up this week. I was also able to finish Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. After a heavy adult book, a light fantasy middle grade book was awesome. That review will come up a week from tomorrow!
As for my current reads, Matt and I are still trudging through The Arctic Incident. I dunno why, but I just haven’t been feeling Artemis Fowl on our co-commutes. We’ve been chatting and listening to music more, so nothing wrong with that. I’ve also been having a really difficult time getting into Ink, Iron, and Glass. I know if I just sit down and focus on it, I’ll get through it. Still waiting to fall in love with it!
A book I am enjoying right now is Mr. Mercedes. King is super hit or miss with me, but for whatever reason, I’m completely hooked on this one. It has some flaws, but overall, I’m interested.
I hope everyone is enjoying what they’re currently reading! Had anyone picked up something special?
We were also able to get away for a little bit this weekend and we went down to King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA. I actually wrote up a whole post about this and that’ll drop in a couple weeks, but in the meanwhile, it was fun and here’s a sneak peak:
Today is my mother-in-law’s birthday, so to celebrate both her and my husband’s 35th with family, we’re taking them out to one of our favorite local(ish) restaurants this afternoon. My mother-in-law isn’t my favorite person in the world, but I’m expecting it to be a good meal!
I promise, I’ll be on my best behavior. 😉
This week on The Literary Phoenix:
Vicious by V.E. Schwab / ★★★★ 1/2 – I loved the characterization in this book and the slow burn plot. It may not be Schwab’s best worldbuilding, but it was a great book
Ten Television Shows I Am Obsessed With / Top Ten Tuesday – It was sort of a nice break to get away from books on this week’s TTT! I tried to focus on fall shows, since that’s when the best lineup starts (in my opinion). A couple shows have had their return dates changed or pushed, so it turned out to be not strictly autumn, but it’s close!
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski / ★★★★ – I read this book in the middle of The Witching Hour because I needed a break. I didn’t love it, but it was interesting enough to keep be reading and to add the next book to my TBR.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer / ★★★★ 1/2 – This book is an old childhood favorite, and I did a quick reread of book one before joining my husband in a complete series read! I forgot how quick this one was!
A Dream of Adventure and Avonlea / Book Blogger Hop – When asked what bookish locations I had been to, I found myself thinking instead of one I hadn’t visited, but would like to… that picturesque setting of Anne of Green Gables.
Spotlight in the Blogosphere
How to Write a Great, Not-Boring, Interesting Review @ The Bookish Actress – Elise gives one of the most clear, concise explanations on ow she writes her reviews and the sorts of things you can do if you feel a bit lost. When I review, I tend to give fresh opinions in a scattered way, so I think her mini-outline here is great advice.
Finding Some Fantastic YA Books Set in College @ RedGal Musings – Yes, yes, yes, yes. While I personally believe that college is when the YA genre should become the NA genre, the world doesn’t work that way. If you’re looking for some awesome reads that are past high school but not full-blown “adult”, Elizabeth has your back!
Making Time for Friends @ An Historian About Town – I am one of those people who has too much on her plate… to the point where meals often happen on my commute and when he weekends come, I just want to catch up on sleep. Remembering to also prioritize our friendships can be tough, and The Historian’s four simple tips are good ones.
Re-Reading Books: Worth It? @ The Bandar Blog – Ali, like myself, is a perpetual re-reader, and lately she’s be struggling with some of her re-reads. In this quick posts, she talks about some of the pros & cons, and invites discussion of your experiences!
The ‘Nope’ Book Tag @ The Caffeinated Bookworm Life – I honestly just love this tag? I did this one a while back, but I love to see other peoples’ answers. Swetlana breaks it down with characters, relationships, and ends she just doesn’t like.
Do Un-relateable Characters Affect Your Feelings of a Book @ Bionic Book Worm – For me, the answer to this question is an absolute yes. I am a character reader. Shanah talks about her own experiences of this conundrum, and whether or not it has affected her reviews.
What were some of your favorite posts this week?
Did you do anything fun this weekend?
Is anyone else struggling with their current reads?
I’m linking up this post to The Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer. Check out the linkup for more weekly wrap ups!