Library Checkout: July 2018

I’ve been meaning to participate in Rebecca Foster’s (Bookish Beck) Library Checkout meme for a couple of months now and I finally remembered and got my act together enough to put together a post before the end of the month! Yes! She’s skipping this month due to travels but if you’ve never checked out her blog before please do so for some insightful and varied reviews (such a voracious reader.) Note: I’m only highlighting books checked out for me in this post. At any given time I have about 15 books checked out for my son in various states of being read!library-checkout-feature-image


  • The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway mystery #2) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


  • Just Cook It!: 145 Built-to-be-Easy Recipes That Are Totally Delicious by Justin Chapple


  • The Bird’s Nest by Shirley Jackson (I’m about 70 pages from finishing – boy, it’s nuts!)download (1)
  • The Book of Self-Care: Remedies For Healing Mind, Body, and Soul by Mary Beth Janssen (I’m pretty much skimming this one too.)





  • An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
  • The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael Twitty
  • Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jodie Older (Shadowshaper series #2)


  • Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurstondownload
  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump by Dan Pfeiffer
  • The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life And Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
  • The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
  • Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce


Anything from my list appeal to you, or have you read any of these? What have you checked out lately from your local library?


It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

its-monday-what-are-you-readingHi friends!  I’m struggling a bit right now with my blogging and reading.  I’ve been reading in little bits and pieces, without long sustained stretches.  (I’ve also been working on practicing yoga and trying some strength training at night when my son goes to bed – yay! – but that’s been eating into my reading time too.)   Maybe it’s the winter blahs (although it’s been crazy warm in Tennessee the past couple of weeks.  Still gray, though.) I’m sure it’s a phase, and I’ll soon be firing on all cylinders.  But in the meantime, I’ve decided to join in on the It’s Monday, What Are You Reading meme, hosted by The Book Date.  I’ve been thinking about doing so for a while.  I love a good “currently reading” book chat!

At the moment I’m reading three books:  Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, French Milk by Lucy Knisley, and Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing A Lord by Sarah MacLean. (Remember when I was going to read only one book at a time?  Ha ha!)

Behold the Dreamers is good, but I’m finding myself not dyingfc9ef780abf3d053a5beb8a9289d2ec9 to pick it back up once I’ve put it down.  Mbue’s writing is lovely, and I love the NYC setting, yet for some reason it’s taking me a while to read. Maybe because it’s sad.  But I’m still very glad I’m reading it, as it puts very real, human faces on huge, complex issues like illegal immigration and class privilege.


In the meantime, I picked up French Milk at my local county library where I live.  I’m a sucker for travel memoirs set in France anyway, always have been.  This is a slim graphic novel about Knisley’s month long trip to Paris with her mother.  It’s entertaining so far, and I’m going to finish it, but I don’t see it being something I’m going to really love.  Oh, but it is making me want to eat pastries!

71qrmsjndflSo my first “Random Read” pick of the year (one of my goals – to be more random in my reading) is Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord.  I’d read the first one of these historical romances last year (Nine Rules To Break When Romancing a Rake) and liked it. It was the first real romance novel I’d read.  This one features the dashing twin brother of the hero in the first novel, so it’s set in relatively the same time and place (1820’s England.)  The heroine,  the independent, intelligent Lady Isabel, is a daughter of a man with a title but no moral compass.  After he dies (having gambled away all of their money) she is forced to sell some of their antiquities in order to continue supporting her younger brother and the community of young women in trouble she’s taken in (she calls the estate Minerva House.)  7781699The handsome Nicholas just happens to be an expert on antiquities! Unbeknownst to Isabel, he’s also been hired to search for a runaway young woman who may be hiding at Minerva House.  Already he’s rescued Isabel from a team runaway horses and discovered that he’s attracted to her. Conflict ahead!  I’m only about a quarter of the way through this one but already I’m having lots of fun reading it.

What are you reading now?  Have you read any of these books, or do you plan to?  Are you affected by the “winter blahs?”  Do you have any suggestions for good yoga DVDs?  Let me know in the comments.