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

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


ᕼᥲρρყ ᒍᥙᥒᥱ! ☀️ What have you been up to? I’ve been walking more and listening to audiobooks again. I’ve taken a few trips to the library and bookstore for inside browsing, which I haven’t done since February 2020. It was so much fun!

Do you have a Little Free Library near you? I’ve been searching for one close by because I have several ARCs I’d like to donate. I did find a LFL a few blocks away, but it only had children’s books in it. My daughter wouldn’t let me add my thrillers, lol. My search continues! 📚

What I’ve Been Reading:

OF WOMEN AND SALT by Gabriela Garcia (⭐⭐⭐)
THE INVISIBLE HUSBAND OF FRICK ISLAND by COLLEEN Oakley (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
THE LISTENING HOUSE by Mabel Seeley (⭐⭐⭐½)
RULE OF THREES by Marcy Campbell (⭐⭐⭐⭐½)
🎧 THE STARS OF WHISTLING RIDGE by Cindy Baldwin (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

What I’m Currently Reading:

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

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

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


💐 Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all the moms and mother figures out there! My family has been spoiling me by letting me have a “do nothing” day today, and tomorrow I’m getting a special brunch & dinner. Love it!

Sorry I’ve been missing for a while. We had a family emergency at the beginning of April, so much of last month was a fail when it came to reading. I was so tired by the end of the day, all I wanted to do was mindlessly scroll through TikTok. 🤪 Things are much better now and getting back to normal, thankfully. I’ve been able to read some great books over the past couple of weeks.

💉🦠 Finally, in good news, I got my first COVID shot over & done this week. Yay! I can’t wait to be fully vaccinated before summer starts. ☀️

What I’ve Been Reading:

THE DROWNING KIND by Jennifer McMahon (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
GHOSTWIND by Rachel Ann Payne (⭐⭐⭐)
THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR by Anne Rivers Siddons (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
Check out the many different covers of this book!?!

What I’m Currently Reading:

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

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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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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! Unfortunately I missed the last couple of weeks — too much going on in real life for much blogging. Hope everyone is doing well! Here are a few pics of my chi-chi Ginger to make up for it. She’s ready for spring…

What I’ve Been Reading:


It’s been a tough couple of weeks for reading. More misses than hits, but the hits were very good! Click on the titles below to see my thoughts:

MOON OF THE CRUSTED SNOW (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
DISAPPEARING EARTH (⭐⭐)
THE IN-BETWEEN (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
DOWN COMES THE NIGHT (DNF)
THE SANATORIUM (⭐⭐)

What I’m Currently Reading:

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

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

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


Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️ Will you be celebrating today? My husband is a fantastic cook, and he’s making spicy fennel pasta for dinner and chocolate pots de crème for dessert. Yum!

This past week was filled with bitterly cold weather and a handful of expensive home repairs. When it rains, it pours, as they say! We added new insulation below our kids’ bedroom floors hoping it will keep them warmer, though not a lot helps when it’s -10°F. 🥶

This gave me a laugh a few days ago. You know how on the Goodreads sidebar it gives you recommendations based on what you’ve read? So mine said “Because you enjoyed Mr. Rochester” and the rec was Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens. 🐓

I love it!!! 😍 Mr. Rochester is a Jane Eyre prequel of sorts, where the author imagines what Rochester’s life was like before Jane. And, I really did enjoy the book. Why the chicken connection, I don’t know! However, if my homeowner’s association would allow it, I’d love to raise chickens. 🥚 Have you noticed any strange Goodreads recs?

What I Read Last Week:

⭐ Click here for my thoughts on THE PUSH ⭐
⭐ Click here for my thoughts on FIVE TOTAL STRANGERS ⭐

What I’m Currently Reading:

DOWN COMES THE NIGHT is a YA gothic fantasy that I was so excited to get from NetGalley! DISAPPEARING EARTH has been on my wish list forever, and it was recently an eBook deal that I had to grab. Have you read it? Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful week! — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

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