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

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πŸ’ 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. πŸ€ͺ 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.

πŸ’‰πŸ¦  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. β˜€οΈ

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! β€” 𝓓𝓲π“ͺ𝓷π“ͺ

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

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


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

πŸŽ‰ 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. πŸ˜… 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? πŸ˜‚

From Instagram:


βœ‹πŸ» This is the Five Finger Book Challenge! Looked fun, so I had to join in.

πŸ‘πŸ» A book I give a thumbs up to: CONJURE WOMEN β€” Loved it!

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

πŸ–•πŸ» A book I really didn’t like: BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME β€” Nothing wrong with it per se, just not my cup of tea.

πŸ’ A book with a character I’d marry: Mr. Rochester β€” Yes, Jane Eyre’s Mr. Rochester. Sorry. πŸ˜‚

πŸ€™πŸ» A book I promise to read soon: THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA β€” 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! β€” 𝓓𝓲π“ͺ𝓷π“ͺ

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

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Hello! Unfortunately I missed the last couple of weeks β€” 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! β€” 𝓓𝓲π“ͺ𝓷π“ͺ

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

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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 crΓ¨me 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 -10Β°F. πŸ₯Ά

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 β€œBecause you enjoyed Mr. Rochester” and the rec was Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens. πŸ“

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. πŸ₯š 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! β€” 𝓓𝓲π“ͺ𝓷π“ͺ

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

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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 (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
WINTER COUNTY by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
THE PERFECT GUESTS by Emma Rouse (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½)
DO EVIL IN RETURN by Margaret Millar (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME by Julia Claiborne Johnson (β˜…β˜…Β½)
THE INITIAL INSULT by Mindy McGinnis (β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½)
SHIVER by Allie Reynolds (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)

What I Read Last Week:

What I’m Currently Reading:

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful week! β€” 𝓓𝓲π“ͺ𝓷π“ͺ

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