Sunday, September 28, 2014

This Week in Reading - September 28


It's Sunday so time for The Sunday Post hosted by the amazing Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  It's a chance to talk about what's going on in blog world and out as well as what we picked up this week!

What I Got:

Fairy Homes and Gardens by Barbara E. Ashley Rooney
I think most people who know me would be surprised since I'm not particularly whimsical but I love fairy gardens.  I fully intend to make it a hobby when I have more time for hobbies!  This looks like a really fun book to page through.

Forbidden Ground by Karen Harper
As we get closer to Fall I find myself reaching more and more to mysteries and this romantic suspense sounds fun.

Teardrop Lane by Emily March
I really enjoyed the previous book in this serious that I read and really enjoyed the characters that this book will focus on.

At Home with Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott
This sounds like it may be what I wanted How to Be a Parisian Wherever You Are to be.  It's supposed to be full of tips to be stylish and have a happy relaxing home.  We'll see.

Currently:

Reading: Louise's Blunder by Sarah R. Shaber which I'm really enjoying so far.  It's a mystery set in World War 2 Washington DC with a dash of espionage.  Also, a biography about Coco Chanel called Mademoiselle by Rhonada K. Garelick which I'm not enjoying nearly as much.  It's not bad just not flowing as well as I would like.  And of course, Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie.

Listening:  Finishing up Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland which I have absolutely fallen in love with.  Next up is Sleeping Beauty and Other Classic Stories by Jacob Grimm followed by The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister.


Watching:  Not as much as I wanted to especially of the new releases.  I have NCIS: New Orleans and How to Get Away With Murder on my DVR but haven't had time to watch them yet.  I did watch the new Big Bang Theory which I enjoyed even though I'm not really loving Penny's hair.  We're still watching Star Trek: The Next Generation and I'm still watching CSI: New York which I'm enjoying.  I had forgotten what a good job they had done with Danny and Lindsay's relationship.  It's enough to be interesting but not enough to distract from the show.  I did watch Sleepy Hollow which I loved last season but it's been off air so long I had kind of forgotten about it.  I really enjoyed the premier for that one. Can't wait to see where they go this season!

Off the Blog:

This has been kind of a crap week.  Nothing particularly awful just one little stress after another leaving me frazzled and short tempered. Thinking about digging up a favorite book and trying to do a mood reboot since obviously being frazzled and short tempered doesn't really help any situation.

Paul has been working at McDonald's for almost a year now and seems to have finally burned out on the food.  We decided to try and recreate his old favorites from there in a homemade version.  This week was Big Macs which turned out really amazingly good.  Not sure what we're going to do next.  It's his birthday this week and we're going to do our usual going to dinner at his choice and then cake and presents.  He's always been the worst about getting me a list of actual things he wants for his birthday but this year I threatened to give him an all llama birthday if he didn't.  Years ago he got spit on by a llama at a petting zoo and has never quite forgiven them.  The threat worked though I did find a little llama figurine to give him just for fun.

Other than that not much going on.  Eleanor's still enjoying her classes and working at a bookstore,  She even was here for dinner one night this week since she had to be in town for an appointment before heading back to college.  Emma still shows up at home every once in awhile for about 5 minutes before she breezes out.  We're still waiting for acceptance letters from the colleges she applied too.  Logically I know there won't be any problems but illogically I still worry.  The Tornado is still loving school and being tornado-y.

On the Blog:

This Past Week:

Tuesday:  My Top Ten books on my Fall TBR and what I'm going to do with my print books
Saturday:  Ovenly - Cookbook Review or the reason I'm going to have start buying clothes in a larger side.

Coming Up:

Monday: Life is Sweet - Review (and one of my favorite covers)
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Books that were hard to read
Wednesday: Louise's Blunder - a World War 2 era mystery - Review
Thursday:  Mademoiselle - a biography of Coco Chanel - Review
Friday: Linkups with whatever book I'm reading 
Saturday: Link up with Trish at Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity for this month's cookbook

69 comments:

  1. Love the cover of Fairy Homes and Gardens. Hope you have a wonderful week, and find the perfect book to liven up the mood.

    Here's MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES POST

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    1. Thanks! I'm really excited about the Fairy Garden book!

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  2. I so snorted on giving him a llama birthday and him not having forgiven them yet. That's too cute.

    I make homemade egg mcmuffins now and again and they're SO good. It's still one of the highest traffic posts on my blog from like a year ago. ::snort::

    Hope the reading-reboot does the trick. Weeks like that just make me twitchy.

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    1. Thanks! I did get a little mood reboot that was good. Egg McMuffins sounds really good. We may have to try that next!

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  3. Hahah, I'd love to see his face when he gets the llama figurine! And the homemade versions of McDonalds food sounds great, I'm loving it! LOL
    Enjoy your books and I hope this week goes better.

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    1. I highly recommend homemade Big Macs though I think I'll only go with 1 patty from now on. The homemade version was way more filling!

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  4. Sounds like you got some good things to read this week, I really need to try some Agatha Christie. I watched NCIS: NO and it was pretty good. I am so excited to see Scott Bakula in a TV show again. :) I love Sleepy Hollow and watched the new show before it Gotham and it's not to bad. I was so ticked off at Bones!!! I have How to Get Away with Murder on my DVR aslo but haven't had time to check it out. :) I love Fall preview time. :)

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    1. Definitely try Agatha Christie! And Then There Were None is not to be missed and her short stories are excellent. I liked NCIS: NO and was excited about Scott Bakula too! We gave up on Bones a few seasons ago but from what I heard I'm definitely annoyed as well!

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  5. Sorry to hear that you've had a bad week. They always suck. An old favourite is always a good way to relax are such "fun" in my opinion. I hope this week is better for you.

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  6. The Fairy garden book looks interesting. I get easily depressed when life stressers mount.
    Hope next week is a great one for you.

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    1. Thanks! This week has definitely been better.

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  7. I don't watch any tv live - everything gets taped on my DVR. I finally got to watch How To Get Away With Murder yesterday and loved it!!! In fact, I might actually watch it again to make sure I got everything! Can't wait to hear what you think about it!

    I hope you have a better week this week. I go through weeks like that...nothing big, just little annoyances that add up to create a crappy weekend overall. I love the idea of pulling out a favorite book to make you feel better - will have to remember that for next time. That and a good cuppa tea should definitely make things better!

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    1. I'm the same way. Not quite sure how I lived without a DVR! I enjoyed How to Get Away With Murder! Can't wait to see where it goes!

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  8. I've seen a few pics on Pinterest for Fairy Gardens. They always look so adorable! I love how you put that... mood reboot! I needed that last week. Absolutely nothing was working for me and I didn't want to work with anything! I normally read horror or dystopian so I read a romance that was cute, flirty, and really short and that totally worked for me! Hope you find your reboot method soon! :D Have a great week!

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    1. I love miniatures so the Fairy Garden appeals to me. Love that you switched up your genres! That's a great idea!

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  9. Hope this week is a better one. I like the idea of recreating restaurant favorites at home- I suspect the homemade versions are better. :) That llama story is fun- although he was probably pretty shocked at the time!

    I haven't seen Big Bang Theory yet... I'm not getting off to a good start with the new TV season. Missed several premieres I was going to watch...

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    1. Oh he was so mad! It didn't help that the rest of us -especially his sisters were just about doubled over laughing! Recreating has been a lot of fun and we've made some pretty tasty stuff!
      I'm catching up on the shows but it's taking far to long!

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  10. The little llama is too funny! And my week was off too. The mood reboot. Can I quote that?!
    Lovely haul this week. I've been searching books and movies getting ready for Halloween next month. Found some good ones.
    here is my Sunday Post - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/09/28/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-80-and-the-sunday-post/

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    1. You're more than welcome to quote it! I'm interested to see what movies and books you've found for Halloween!

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  11. We all have those weeks where family life makes us edgy and not in the mood for our books and blogging. Though I did enjoy all the posts you put up this last week, good jobI Maybe looking at your Fairy Garden book, which is a different genre for you, will give your mood a boost! It's so cute. I'm looking forward to your TTT this week.

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    1. Thanks! I got some good books read this past week. The Fairy Garden book is pretty fun. I'm looking forward to having time to do something like that.

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  12. I don't think worrying is illogical; unproductive maybe but natural and not illogical.

    The Fairy Garden book looks like fun. We had a fairy garden at my old school and it was cute.

    Hee, threatening with llamas. That's funny.

    I hope this week is better for you.

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    1. I do love Fairy Gardens and I'm really looking forward to looking at that book. I do tend to worry and you're right it's not illogical but it's definitely not productive!

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  13. I love the cover of Fairy Homes & Gardens and am going to check out two of your other new books, Teardrop Lane and Forbidden Ground. I've got Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder on the DVR and hope to curl up this evening and watch.

    Hope the coming week is more even-keeled and enjoyable for you,

    My Sunday post: www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/09/weekly-book-recap-83.html

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    1. I enjoyed How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal is on my to watch list but I haven't gotten to it yet. I'm excited about Forbidden Ground and Teardrop Lane. I really enjoyed the last Emily March book I read and I liked meeting the characters that this book focuses on.

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  14. Louise's Blunder sounds good. Have you read the earlier books in the series? I watched Big Bang Theory. I really enjoyed it and I thought Penny's hair was really cute.I also watched NCIS: New Orleans. I thought it was just okay. Fairy Homes and Gardens looks great. I hope you have a better week.

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    1. I haven't read any of the others in the Louise's Blunder series but I don't think it affected my understanding of the series. I like Penny's hair but to me it just doesn't gel with her character.

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  15. I worked at McDonalds for like 3 years. I actually had fun working there but I was also a teen and all my friends worked there I am soooo excited about TV shows being back. I have debated on whether or not to do a monthly TV post on the blog. It might be fun.. but more work so I don't know yet. Have a good week!

    Angie
    Angela's Anxious Life

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    1. He's turning 17 and has been there almost a year and he likes it for the most part. It's helping that a friend of his has started there also. I've thought about TV posts too but not sure who all would be interested and time is definitely scarce!

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  16. Fairy Homes and Gardens sounds interesting!

    I am sorry to hear you had stressful weke, lots of small issues can really add up. My week was the same, I hope next week gives you a break.

    lol at you buying your son a llama figurine, those kind of jokes are fun ;). I actually like llama's, they are pretty cute, we saw some at the zoo we went to this week.

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    1. I like llamas too. They definitely have personality! This week has definitely been better than last week!

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  17. I haven't seen How to Get Away With Murder yet, but I did watch NCIS: New Orleans (probably because of the Donaldson book I just read) and I enjoyed it.

    I'm sorry to hear you had such a stressful week. I hope this one is better for you.

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    1. I enjoyed NCIS: New Orleans quite a bit as well and I'm enjoying the Donaldson book as well. They go nicely together!

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  18. I loved Big Ban Theory's premiere but I also don't like Penny's new hair cut. That style is cute but it doesn't look right on her. But anyways that llama story is funny!! That's a great way to motivate him to tell you what he wants for his birthday. Sorry to hear you are stressed but I totally understand. Work has been stressful and I escape from it by reading a book. So hopefully both our weeks will be better. Have a great week!!

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    1. Definitely hope your week was better! I agree about Penny's haircut. I do like the style but I don't think it suits her. The older they get the more creative I have to get in terms of motivation!

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  19. Hope you have great fun on Paul's birthday and that he loves the llama!

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    1. Thanks! I'm not sure love will be the right word but he'll definitely get a laugh out of it.

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  20. My son is the worst to shop for. I never know what to get. I hope next week is better for you, getting in those funks sucks.

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    1. I can normally pick up stuff for the girls without too much trouble though I like to have some ideas for the bigger stuff. Boys are much harder! I end up buying him lots of Dr. Pepper but that's about the only extra I can ever think of!

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  21. Sorry to hear its been a rough week, hope next is better

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    1. Thanks! This week did end up being much less stressful.

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    1. I'm really looking forward to looking at the book!

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  23. I hope At Home With Madame Chic is better than How to Be Parisian.

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  24. LOL I love presents that bring back memories of funny or embarrassing times. I'd love to see his face when he get the Ilama.
    Hope this week is a better one for you.
    Sharon @ Sharon's Book Nook!

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    1. Those are my favorite kinds of presents too! I'm hoping to get a picture of the present.

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  25. I like Karen Harper too. I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. She's new to me but I'm really looking forward to trying this book!

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  26. I think I tried to read that biography of Coco Channel, and couldn't get into it.

    Bahaha on the llama story. That's a good one!

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    1. It was pretty funny at the time and we're not the kind of people to let something that great go.
      The Chanel biography was okay but definitely not a pull you in kind of read.

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    1. Thanks! I'm definitely looking forward to reading them.

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  28. Ohhh! Forbidden Ground sounds good, I love those sorts of books.
    Keep your chin up, this too shall pass. (I hope!)

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    1. Thanks! This week has definitely been better.
      I love this kind of book too! I'm hoping it lives up to my expectations!

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  29. Every Saturday night in our house is 'Burger Dad's/Mum's' where we make our own versions of take out food. I even bought plastic baskets for them to have it in. The kids love it,e specially the burgers.

    Thanks for dropping by mine. xx

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    1. Oh I love that! That sounds like so much fun!

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  30. Sorry you had such a "piled-on" crappy week last week! I hope this week goes better for you! Your Fairy Homes and Gardens sounds so cute ;)

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    1. Thanks! This week has been much better.

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  31. Hahahaha re: the llama figurine. :D Hope this week is frazzle-free.

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    1. Thanks! The llama thing is just too good to let go. He'll probably still be getting llama stuff when he's 40.

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  32. Ah, Fairy Homes and Gardens looks cute! I ♥ all things fairy. I thought the season premier of Sleepy Hollow was really good -- I'm glad it's finally back!

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    1. I really enjoyed Sleep Hollow and can't wait to see where it's going to go. The Fairy Homes and Gardens is really cute though I think I'd prefer it in print form.

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  33. I watched How to Get Away With Murder this past Friday and liked it. Sometimes when I am catching up on television, I like to multitask, but I found that hard to do with that particular show.

    Happy birthday to Paul! I admit I'm a bit like Paul when it comes to gift lists. My mother and mother-in-law still request lists. I always tell both of them that they need to provide me with lists if I'm to provide them with lists.

    Have a great week, Katherine!

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    1. I agree. I had to actually sit down and watch How to Get Away With Murder. I did enjoy it though. Looking forward to seeing where it goes.

      If someone is easy to buy for then I don't worry too much about lists but that's definitely not the case with this one! The girls I don't have any problems with but I draw a complete blank when it comes to his birthday.

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  34. You got Fairy Homes & Gardens and Tearddrop Lane too! :-)

    I'm glad your son had a happy birthday! But surprised it took him a year to get tired of McDonald's food. I worked as an asst. manager there for a year over 20 years ago, and I think I've eaten there only once or twice since.

    Sorry to hear you've had a rough and frazzled week. Re-reading an old favorite sounds like just the thing. (At any rate, it usually works for me!) And watching old favorites, too - I tend to turn to things like the Joan Hickson Miss Marple series when I'm stressed out. Also Winnie the Pooh. Anyway, I hope this week is going better for you.

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    1. Oh I love Joan Hickson's Miss Marple! And really Miss Marple in general when it comes to it.

      He probably won't eat there very much from now on but don't be too surprised. Teenage boys don't have the most selective of palates!

      So looking forward to Teardrop Lane. I really enjoyed Dreamweaver Trail.

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  35. Wow.... a few interesting reads there. I hope you enjoy them all!!

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    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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