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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/26/18

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.

I MET ALL MY GOALS THIS WEEK! (I didn’t make any!)

Finished- Forgotten Women by Freda Lightfoot: A Mini Review


I read this on kindle and listened on Audible.

Eh. I really liked the story, but the writing was not for me. The 1986 story was perhaps superfluous. The author could have chosen to just tell Libby and Charlotte’s stories and I would have been just as happy. Although the modern “mystery” did sort of add a little more intrigue that hooked the reader at the beginning. Some readers may have needed that since stories about the Spanish Civil War are probably not the most popular genre for English speakers.

I wasn’t crazy about the audible narration. The Spanish accent didn’t sound like my Abuelo’s, even when I tried it at 1.0x (I usually *start* at 1.5x and move up to chipmunk speed the more I get into a story) so it grated on my nerves. I know, there are a plethora of Spanish accents, but wow this was bad. And I swear the Scottish and Spanish accents sounded the same sometimes.

Still, the story really was engaging so I was willing to overlook writing and Audible narration flaws. I’m just not sure I’ll ever try anything else by this author.

Currently Reading


I honestly don’t feel like I’m reading anything. I’m dabbling in the four books pictured, but nothing seems to be sticking. Condorito and Poinciana are probably the only ones I feel like I’m actually reading. Poinciana is the subject of a particularly spectacular book diet fail (see below)

Currently Listening


Defining Moments in Black History

I was speechless within 5 minutes. It’s a powerful listen and I probably won’t review it because I’ll never do it justice.

Book Diet Fails


First of all, I find it exceedingly difficult to read book blogs and maintain a book diet. So now that I’m kind of back into blogging I expect I will be acquiring more books. My husband keeps mumbling about self-control. I don’t know what this “self-control” thing is, but it doesn’t sound fun.

Sue gets half blame for Jade City. I’d been eyeballing it for a while and a picture on her blog reminded my about it.

I blame Sarah for The Green Rider and Seraphina.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is all on me.

Ashes of Roses was recommended to me by a student who says she really isn’t much of a reader, but loved it. I’m also a sucker for anything about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire (That didn’t come out right.)

I heard about Cuz on What Cathy Read Next and even though it may be months before I read it, I just wanted to know that it was mine.

I just discovered Sara at Harlequin Junkies this week. Where have I been? The Upside of Being Single sounded so fun I felt it was worth breaking the diet…I mean, I’d already started breaking the diet so why stop?

Now let me tell you about the most spectacular fail of all-Poinciana.

I made a goal this year to read one library book a month then promptly failed and did not read ANYTHING (library or otherwise) in January. I read a quick children’s book in February just to get it over with, but decided that was kind of cheating so I checked out a “real” book from Hoopla. In my head reading two in February would make up for January. Poinciana was 350 pages…until I opened it and the formatting made it 600+ pages. I can’t turn off the page/progress in a Hoopla book (if I can, someone please tell me.) I did some fiddling with formatting and got it down to 516 pages. I am a slow reader. The progress was mocking me every time I sat down to read it. It was bumming me out and totally ruining the experience, but the story was engaging enough. I should probably also mention that I don’t like reading on a deadline. I know, I know…I can check it out as many times as needed, but that doesn’t really completely remove the “deadline” does it? Anyhoodle, I decided to just by my own stinking copy so I could turn off progress and take a year and a half to read it if I want.

So now I’m going to try not to beat myself up about breaking the book diet (especially for a book I could read for free on Hoopla.) My birthday is coming up so I’m just going to call these purchases “self-care.”

On the TV


By now you should know that it’s pretty much all telenovelas* all the time at my house. There are so many good ones on right now that I’m struggling to find time to watch them and still go to work every day (I can’t quit my stories!) Right now my first love is José José. I’m hooked on the 70’s ambience as much as the story. Alejandro de La Madrid played a rat bastard in the last series I saw him in and it’s incredible how different he is in this. He’s also got to be the sweetest actor around. I am not lying when I say he likes every tweet I’ve tweeted about him. (Did I just make myself look crazy?)

Soy Luna also premiered and it’s just what I need in this evil world. I don’t care how old I am…Disney will always soothe my soul. And seriously…roller skating.

Al Otro Lado del Muro also premiered last week and I was hooked within the first 10 minutes. I love that the female protagonists are friends and the story is NOT about fighting each other to get a man.


*Please note: While the industry seems to be moving away from the term “telenovela” and is using “teleserie” and “serie” more, I still tend to use the term “telenovela” since that is what most English speakers know. And I’m and old dog and I’m not a fan of new tricks.

On the Soapbox

I got all ranty last week. Apparently putting “slut” in the post title will get you a ton of hits. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’m not sure if I’m done being ranty, either. You’ve been warned.

Here’s to another week of reading and other pursuits!

10 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/26/18”

  1. I liked Seraphina but it wasn’t anything like a quick read. It bordered on being too “literary” for my tastes. I once had The Green Rider on my TBR mountain but it didn’t survive a recent purge. I’m being more careful about high fantasy books since I seem to be a little burned out on the genre lately. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. High Fantasy is not my thing at all. I’m trying to change that and read more, but so far all I’ve done is add books that sound interesting to my TBR lists.


  2. Yay for meeting your goals! (Sometimes not making any is the only way I can reach them😅)
    I’m glad I’m not the only one driven crazy by Hoopla’s page counter. I havent heard of a way to turn it off though. Glad your liking defining moments in (black) history i didnt know it had an audiobook I’ll have to check it out!

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    1. Oh gosh, I thought *I* was the only one hating in Hoopla! I have to have the option of turning off page counts. It’s weird though, page numbers in physical books don’t bother me at all.


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