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

Linking up with Sunday Post & It’s Monday! What are you reading?


Happy Super Bowl Sunday! 🏈 We live in the Kansas City area, so we’ll be cheering on the KC Chiefs later today. I’m sure the game will be a nail biter. I’m not a football fan at all, but I feel like I should support the hometown team! [Update 2/8/21: Yikes! That was a painful game to watch. It just wasn’t their night. Bummer! Still, they had an amazing season.]

So…it’s been many years since I’ve joined a weekly book blog meme. 😯 I’d say for the past five years or so I’ve been concentrating most of my time on Goodreads and Instagram (and cross-posting here), because I felt like the book community had shifted in those directions. Lately, though, I’ve been missing my good ole book blog. Have you noticed a change in the book blogging community?

⭐️ A quick side note: I recently deleted my Facebook account (personal & page), so if we were friends & you noticed I disappeared, that’s why!

January Reading Wrap-Up:

ROOT MAGIC by Eden Royce (★★★★★)
WINTER COUNTY by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (★★★★)
THE PERFECT GUESTS by Emma Rouse (★★★★½)
DO EVIL IN RETURN by Margaret Millar (★★★★)
BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME by Julia Claiborne Johnson (★★½)
THE INITIAL INSULT by Mindy McGinnis (★★★½)
SHIVER by Allie Reynolds (★★★★)

What I Read Last Week:

What I’m Currently Reading:

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

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