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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/5/17

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

The Book Diet

I swear I started my book diet June 1st. It lasted until June 2nd. Thanks to the It’s Monday blog touring I did last week, I purchased the following books:

  • Diary of a Tokyo Teen: A Japanese-American Girl Travels to the Land of Trendy Fashion, High-Tech Toilets and Maid Cafes
  • Las mil y una telenovelas by Cecilia Absatz
  • Flying Witch Volume 1 by Chihiro Ishizuka
  • The Only Girl in China by Eric Qiao

Then I was all “I can do this. I won’t buy books.”

Until I decided I wanted to read Bakuman. So I restarted my book diet at 8 AM June 2nd.

But BookBub sent some great deals on Friday. I couldn’t say no to Crscent by Diana Abu-Jaber

Then Sunday rolled around and the ladies on We Live and Breathe Books  posted about I Belive in a Thing Called Love.

I don’t even know why I bother with book diets.

Last week I read and heard

I managed to fisnish four books!!! The fourth volume of Princess Jellyfish was just as delightful as the first 3. It Ain’t So Awful Falafel is billed as being for grades 4-7, but I don’t think that should stop any adults from reading it. I got into a real knitting and crochet groove so I also listened to audiobooks more. I finished God is Disappointed in You. I got quite a few laughs out of it.  I spent most of my time listening to White Rage with my mouth gaping open in horror. The part about how states fought integration? It sounds just like charter school/school choice today. And I feel so stupid for my ignorance of history.

Even though 4 books were finished, I’m far from declaring the slump over.

I’m currently reading

There was a buddy read on Litsy for The Hate U Give. It was May 20th. I’m finally reading it now. I can’t participate in the discussion, but I don’t think it’s a book I should skip.

I’ve been dabbling in The Liberal Redneck Manifesto, Alma, Royal Scandal and Crime Does Not Pay. They are all  quick reads…or they should be, but I can’t seem to pay attention for very long. I really need to pick one to focus on at a time.

I’m currently Listening to…


I haven’t decided what I want to listen to yet. I’m leaning toward a Great Courses lecture by John McWhorter (I’m his #1 fan….love that guy.)

What I’m Watching

*sigh* The Turkish series ended on Friday. I was slightly disappointed by it. Ah well. Life goes on. Tuesday a new Turkish series starts (Volver a Amar) and it sounds just like a romance novel with the two protagonists brought together under wild circumstances. I hope it’s good.

Galavision started its summer programming last week. My friend on El Cohete (there’s a link in the sidebar) is calling it Teen Summer. They are showing Rebelde, Lola Érase una vez and CLAP: El lugar de tus sueños. CLAP is perhaps the cheesiest Fame/Chorus Line/Center Stage/Girls Just Want to Have Fun mashup I’ve ever seen (all credit to La Diva del Desierto for that description.) Thanks to CLAP I am learning that I am really a 12 year old. I am having way too much fun watching it. Please don’t look it up on IMDB. If you do, please don’t judge me for my horrible taste in television.

My husband and I finsihed up Goblin. I think it broke me. I was able to live with the ending, but the show as a whole was just filled with so much heartache and tears. I laid down the law and told my husband our next choice is going to be something utterly fluffy. Don’t get me wrong, Goblin is an amazing show and perhaps the most beautifully filmed K-Drama I’ve ever seen. It just wrung me out emotionally.

In the kitchen

I was feeling decadent and I ordered a dessert add-on from Plated: no churn ice-cream. Now I know a useful ice cream hack. This could be really dangerous. Yes, I am aware that everyone already knows how to use heavy cream and condensed milk to make ice cream. I live under a rock.

On the needles

I finished up an afghan that I started waaay back during Bosch Season 2. It’s cookie monster blue, acrylic and hideous. And I love it. There was yarn left over so I made this cool Cocoon Shrug. Mine doesn’t look half as nice as the ones pictured on Ravelry (see: cookie monster blue and acrylic), but it serves it’s purpose. I think I would like to make another one and not be so sloppy about it.

On the Blog and On the ‘Net

I posted about my math hangups and wrapped up May with a side of June goals. Anna on Herding Cats and Burning Soup (and hot damn she drops the F-bomb….looove herrrr!) organized a Blogger Social that I joined and posted an intro for. I’ll be doing some visiting this week! *waves to visitors*

Here’s to another week of reading!

21 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/5/17”

  1. I seem to be in a downturn with book buying. I did get the newest from two favorite authors which I had ordered previously and one review book. But for me that is a slow week. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. I’m trying so hard to contain my buying. I just don’t seem to have the willpower. The It’s Monday posts do not help at all! 🙂


  2. The Hate U Give is amazing. I just listened to the Liberal Redneck book on audio. It was interesting. I’ll be looking into a few of the books you posted. See, now you are making other people get books!


    1. Finish watching Goblin. Just have the kleenex ready. 🙂 It’s just that it felt lighter when the series started and then it does get heavier toward the end.


  3. I love the idea of a book diet! I Believe in a Thing Called Love and The Hate U Give look super interesting though; is love to hear what you have to say about them! Homemade ice cream is totally the best, and it’s awesome that you got some audiobooks in while knitting! 🙂 #getsocial17

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  4. Book diets sounds like real diets and they seem unhealthy a lot of the time so I think book diets are unhealthy too! Just my opinion 🙂 I need to get bust in The Hate U Give (and I one of the last ones to realize the title spells out THUG? #Getsocial17

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  5. I have used that ice cream hack once. But the ice cream felt a little fatty when I tasted it like there was a coating of congealed fat in my mouth as I ate it. lol #getsocial17

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    1. All I tasted was sweet tasty. We had a chocolate sauce too. Maybe I should experiment and try it plain. You know just to see. 😉


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