Sunday Post | It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Linking up with Kimberly @ Sunday Post and Kathryn @ It’s Monday! What are you reading?


Hello & happy spring, or happy fall if you’re in the southern hemisphere!

🎉 I just celebrated my 11th blog anniversary. March 17th ☘️ marked eleven years of Book of Secrets. For some reason, I vividly remember the moment I hit “publish blog” and then immediately had second thoughts about the whole thing. Suddenly, I looked down and already had my first follower, which inspired me to keep going. (I remember who it was! We still follow each other on Instagram. Sorry, I probably tell that story every year, lol.)

Speaking of blogging, WordPress made a switch this week and tried to force me to use their new-ish “block” post editor, lol. That’s a huge NOPE from me. I hate it. After spending an hour trying to recreate my very simple post style in Block (which was a fail), I googled how to change the admin page to default to the Classic editor. 😅 Whew, I was relieved to get it back. I know it’s probably just delaying the inevitable, so I’ll enjoy it while it lasts. Did I mention I hate the new Block editor? 😂

From Instagram:


✋🏻 This is the Five Finger Book Challenge! Looked fun, so I had to join in.

👍🏻 A book I give a thumbs up to: CONJURE WOMEN — Loved it!

☝🏻 A book I’d recommend: WILDFLOWER HILL — It’s been a favorite for many years.

🖕🏻 A book I really didn’t like: BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME — Nothing wrong with it per se, just not my cup of tea.

💍 A book with a character I’d marry: Mr. Rochester — Yes, Jane Eyre’s Mr. Rochester. Sorry. 😂

🤙🏻 A book I promise to read soon: THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA — I’ve only heard wonderful things…can’t wait to read it!

What I’ve Been Reading:

WATCH OVER ME by Nina LaCour (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
THE VALLEY AND THE FLOOD by Rebecca Mahoney (⭐⭐⭐)
THE SWEET TASTE OF MUSCADINES by Pamela Terry (⭐⭐⭐⭐½)

What I’m Currently Reading:

🚨 Bear Pond Books is hosting a virtual book launch for Jennifer McMahon via Zoom on the evening of April 6th if you’re interested! Click here for the details: https://www.bearpondbooks.com/event/jennifer-mcmahon-drowning-kind

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful week! — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

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28 thoughts on “Sunday Post | It’s Monday! What are you reading?

  1. I don’t understand why both Blogger and WordPress changed their formatting. It seems so nonsensical and I can’t see any real benefit to the changes they made. The Jennifer McMahon sounds really good. Have a great week!

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  2. I hated when Blogger changed things up and would no longer allow me to post, comment using Safari – ugh. Congrats on 11 years, the years do fly by – I’ll be 13 in June and never expected to keep it up. Have a great week.

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  3. Congrats on 11 years! In April, I will mark 13 years.

    I also hate Block Editor. I did find a way to click on the Classic format through the block, but it is still so much harder than our previous method. I was able to stall the use of it for a while, going in the “back door” of admin…but then they blocked that!

    Good luck.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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  4. The five finger challenge does look fun. And congrats on 11 years! That’s amazing. And I love that you remember the beginning so vividly. ❤️❤️❤️

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  5. Happy anniversary! I remember when I started my blog last year, I was terribly confused about how many things changed in three years since my previous blog. I then bought a lovely template from Etsy and the same weekend Blogger also had an interface update. My template, however, stood the test of time and it still does! I am so glad about that. ‘Cause I am completely useless with techno lingo.

    You have such lovely books featured today! I need to remain here a bit longer and look in more detail.

    That Instagram challenge does look like a lot of fun. I might use it for a Friday Fives post!

    Hope you will have a good week and happy reading!

    Elza Reads

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  6. Happy Anniversary! I really don’t like WordPress’s block editor, but I’m glad you were able to make it work for you. Love the book choices for your challenge! Have an awesome week!

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  7. Congratulations! That’s amazing! That’s a neat story too about your first follower. :)

    I’m sorry to hear about the new block editor. Blogger has made changes too and some of them have been very frustrating. I’m tech challenged anyway lol. I definitely feel your frustration though!

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  8. Such great book covers and that’s a fun challenge. Happy blog-versary! Time flies!

    I don’t like the new WordPress editor but have gotten used to it. It’s very annoying and I had to take away my “read more” link so I try to shorten my posts now.
    Happy reading this week!

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  9. I’ve been using the “new” WP editor for a while and I still hate it. Ugh! I’m sure that once I finally get used to it, they will change it again. It seems that is the way of technology!

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  10. Yeah the new editor is a pain but I just chose the Classic block and that really helps. I hope to read The Sweet Taste of Muscadines some day, I see you liked it.

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  11. Happy anniversary! I really don’t like it when my blogging platform makes changes. I hope you can keep Classic. Nice looking assortment of books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  12. Happy Blogaversary! I am at thirteen or fourteen years myself. It goes by so fast! I just love to interact with other readers. I’ve met so many in person too and they are always exactly as they are on their blogs.

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