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

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


Read Since Last Time:

SMILE BEACH MURDER by Alicia Bessette

DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid

THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR by Rose Carlyle


Posts Since Last Time:

TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY by Linwood Barclay [Review]

EVERY SUMMER AFTER by Carley Fortune [Review]

FAMILY OF LIARS by E. Lockhart [Review]

DARK AND SHALLOW LIES by Ginny Myers Sain [Review]

DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid [Review]

SMILE BEACH MURDER by Alicia Bessette [Review]


Blogging Things:

What’s up with Bloglovin? I don’t use it for following anymore, but I’ve noticed that my blog’s page and my profile page on there consistently say “Sorry, this page isn’t available.” Is it working for anyone else?

I’ve reformatted my reviews so they’re more reader/mobile friendly. The old way I was doing it looked like a mess, especially in Feedly. How do you follow blogs? I split my following between Feedly and WordPress Reader.


Currently Reading:

THE FAVOR by Nora Murphy

A gripping debut domestic suspense novel, Nora Murphy’s thrilling The Favor explores with compassion and depth what can happen when women pushed to the limit take matters into their own hands.

THE ANATOMY OF DESIRE by L.R. Dorn

For fans of riveting true crime docuseries a la Serial and Making a Murderer, The Anatomy of Desire is a modern tale of crime and punishment exploring unbridled ambition, blinding passion, and the dark side of desire.

THE DEAD ROMANTICS by Ashley Poston

A disillusioned millennial ghostwriter who, quite literally, has some ghosts of her own, has to find her way back home in this sparkling adult debut from national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

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

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

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


Read Last Week:

TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY by Linwood Barclay

FAMILY OF LIARS by E. Lockhart

EVERY SUMMER AFTER by Carley Fortune


Posted Last Week:

May Reading Wrap-Up
(with cute Ginger photos)

20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge
(found several new-to-me bloggers to follow)


Beyond the Blog:

I’m working on a new fitness program this summer — Jessica Smith’s 6 Week Total Transformation System on DVD. It has ten 30-minute workouts that include aerobics, strength training, stretching, and more, plus a calendar that shows you what workout to do each day. I started it on May 15 because I wanted to have time to complete it twice before works starts again in August. It’s tough, but I’ve been able to stick with it so far. Will I be totally transformed? Haha, no. But I’m hoping it will help me build some muscle and flexibility.

I’ve been watching Ghosts, both the UK version (the original) and the US spinoff. It’s about a woman who inherits her family’s old manor home, only to discover it’s haunted by a group of quirky ghosts. She can see them, but her husband cannot. I love this series so much. Both versions are utterly charming and funny. Makes me want a group of ghosts friends if they would respect privacy boundaries! :-)


Currently Reading:

SMILE BEACH MURDER by Alicia Bessette

“[A]n all-new mystery series featuring Callie Padget, a former reporter turned bookshop clerk in the Outer Banks who is pulled into a deadly web of secrets when a mysterious fall at a lighthouse echoes a tragedy from her past.”

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

★ May Wrap-Up ★

Hello, all! We wrapped up our school year last week, and my job as an elementary school paraeducator was amazing. I’m going to miss the kids over the summer, but I’m also ready for a break! Between work, family, and just being tired in general, I haven’t spent much time blogging, so it’s good to be back.

I read seven books in May, some I’ve already reviewed, and some I hope to eventually:

  • TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY by Linwood Barclay ★★★★★
  • FAMILY OF LIARS by E. Lockhart ★★★★★
  • BURIED IN A GOOD BOOK by Tamara Berry ★★★½
  • A SECRET SHARED by Patricia MacLachlan ★★★
  • THE SHADOW HOUSE by Anna Downes ★★½
  • INSOMNIA by Sarah Pinborough ★★
  • MOUTH TO MOUTH by Antoine Wilson ★★

My first summer project was reorganizing my bookshelves, which took two days to finish. Now all the books are alphabetical by author’s last name again. I had to part with one large shopping bag of books to make room for all of them. Ginger wasn’t happy about the chaos around her couch.

I don’t have a summer reading list set in stone, but a few books I’m hoping to read are:

  • THE BOOKWOMAN’S DAUGHTER by Kim Michele Richardson
  • THE LOST SUMMERS OF NEWPORT by Williams | Willig | White
  • THE HOTEL NANTUCKET by Elin Hilderbrand
  • SUMMER FEVER by Kate Riordan
  • THE FINALISTS by David Bell
  • THE SWELL by Allie Reynolds
  • DEEP WATER by Emma Bamford

Have a wonderful June! — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

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, again! It’s been a looong time since I’ve put together a weekly recap post, so I wanted to check in and say hi. Work at the elementary school is fantastic, and that along with family things keeps me pretty busy.

Spring break starts this week, and I’m just going to ignore the lingering snow on the ground. This Thursday, St. Patrick’s Day, is a special day because it marks my 12th blogging anniversary. Twelve years!!

I wanted to share the wonderful goodies I recently won from Atria Books and Pickled Stamps.

From the publisher I received a lovely copy of THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles that I’m excited to read. And from Pickled Stamps, I received a cool personalized library embosser. I went with “Ex Libris Book of Secrets” since that’s been my bookish identity for so long. Love it!

Now one of my spring break projects is to start embossing the hundreds of books on my shelves! Do you have a library stamp or embosser?

What I’ve Been Reading:

Here are most of the adult books I’ve read during the first quarter of 2022:

THE OVERNIGHT GUEST by Heather Gudenkauf ()
BENEATH THE STAIRS by Jennifer Fawcett (★★★½)
WOULD I LIE TO YOU? by Aliya Ali-Afzal (½)
THE IT GIRL by Ruth Ware (★★) *
ALL I WANT by Darcey Bell ()
THE ACCOMPLICE by Lisa Lutz ()
VLADIMIR by Julia May Jonas ()

* Publication date — July 12, 2022.

What I’m Currently Reading:

ROAD OF BONES by Christopher Golden

“A stunning supernatural thriller set in Siberia, where a film crew is covering an elusive ghost story about the Kolyma Highway, a road built on top of the bones of prisoners of Stalin’s gulag.”

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