Sunday Post: August 25, 2019

Oh. My. Goodness, this school year is kicking my behind. I’m so tired at night, I can only read about ten minutes before I don’t understand what I’m reading any more. I’m failing as a blogger because I can’t finish a darn book to review it. I don’t feel like I’m in a reading slump, because I’m eager to read and have books to read, I just can’t. I also am struggling to get to the gym. I start the week strong and go, and then just can’t make my body move. So, I’m failing as a blogger, failing as a gym rat, but succeeding as a teacher. I guess that’s what counts, right?

sigh

It will get easier, soon. The kids are settling in, I’m feeling more routine, it’ll get better. I just need to be patient. So, please, stick with me as I get through this rough patch; I’ll be posting again more regularly soon.

Two. Two stinking posts!

Tuesday: Top 5 Dystopians

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

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Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Don’t Talk Enough About

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

And, with any luck, one day I’ll be able to post my review of Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber

The song Whole Wide World by Mindy Gledhill

Also, if you’re interested, I’ve got a Donor’s Choose project going on, I’m trying to raise money to but a low table for my students to work at. You can go here to see the project. Or, you can go to my Amazon School Wish List and see if there’s anything you’d like to donate there.

What are you reading this week? Any words of wisdom to get me out of my funk?

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you answer three questions:

What are you reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently listening to Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly, which is about Cinderella’s stepsisters after Cinderella has her happily ever after and they don’t. It’s really enjoyable. Isabelle, the main character, is complex and strong and interesting. Her sister, Octavia, is too, but she’s not the focus. I like that they have more depth than just being mean and selfish. The author does a good job of making them sympathetic without excusing their behavior.

I’m also reading Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber. I really like the book and Verity continues to be awesome. She was a spy during World War I and is having trouble readjusting to civilian life. She’s also having trouble readjusting to her marriage with her declared dead and now returned husband. There’s a mystery involving her spying days and a medium and it’s all very interesting.

I just finished Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. She once again lays out why vulnerability is so vital to Wholehearted living and how we can “dare greatly” to find our true selves.

Oh, I don’t know. Hopefully Mistress of Nothing, since ThriftBooks is sending me another copy. After that, I think I’ll try Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Also, I am tired and con’t concentrate on books for longer than ten minutes or so. It’s really cramping my style.

What are you looking forward to reading next?

Sunday Post: August 18, 2019

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

I survived the first week of school! Oooh, boy, is this year going to be interesting. I have a very rambunctious group of kiddos this year. They are imaginative, bright, enthusiastic, and loud. They are definitely going to keep me on my toes.

Yesterday, I got to see Wicked, which was completely awesome. I’ve seen it once before, but there was a lot that I’d forgotten. The best part was I didn’t miss any of it, which I was sure I was. A comic con was going on nearby, and I left later than I meant to so I struggled to find parking. I finally got into my usual parking lot right when the curtain was supposed to go up. Luckily, they held the curtain (just for me?), so I was there from the beginning. The performers were wonderful, and I love the story. I had a wonderful time.

In other news, ThriftBooks is sending me another copy of Mistress of Nothing, so I’ll be able to finish it soonish.

Monday: Fledgling by Molly Harper (ARC review)

Tuesday: I need a break

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce (review)

Friday: Summer Sweat-along Book Tag

Saturday: Review Delayed Indefinitely?

Monday: TBD

Tuesday: Top 5 Dystopian

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

The Rest of the Week: TBD

I’m a little behind on reading and reviewing. Oops!

And that’s my Sunday post. I better get to reading!

Review: A Curse Dark as Gold

Title: A Curse Dark as Gold

Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Length: 396 pages

Publication Date: March 1, 2008

Charlotte Miller has never believed in the curse on her family woolen mill. It may be crumbling and ramshackle and refuse to be repaired, but it’s the heart and blood of the town. When her father dies, though, bad luck seems to be nonstop. Just when things seem desperate, a man named Jack Spinner appears and offers to save them by spinning straw into gold in exchange for Charlotte’s ring. It seems like a small price, but Charlotte is drawn into deeper and deeper bargains with the mysterious man and soon finds his price too dear when it’s already too late. Desperate to save her family and the town, Charlotte must call on all her strength to solve the mystery of the curse and save her family.

Oh, I loved this story. I’ve always enjoyed the story of Rumpelstiltskin and this book told the story beautifully. Charlotte was an amazing protagonist, practical, level headed, kind, and thoughtful. She’s left with a huge burden after her father dies and never flinches from the reality of it. She cares not only for her younger sister but the whole town, as many of the villagers rely on the mill for their livelihood.

I greatly enjoyed the romance between Charlotte and Randall, who is a young banker who comes to collect the debt her father owed to his bank. He was so wonderful and sincerely good that I loved him from the first moment he appeared in the book. I thought the romance unfolded very well and was considerate of the time period as well.

I’m sure there were some faults in the story, but I enjoyed every bit. The author took her time laying the groundwork of the town, the mill, the family, and the curse before introducing the magical elements. I like being led into a world slowly and then uncovering the magic, so it really worked for me. I got the book from the library, but this is definitely a book I’ll be adding to my personal collection.

Sunday Post: August 11, 2019

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

Okay, where the heck did the summer go? It seems like yesterday I was counting down the last days of school, and now I’m going back tomorrow. Keeping busy certainty made the summer go by quickly, and while I can’t complain, I do wish I had more time to kick back, relax, and read. However, I am looking forward to starting up again and meeting my new kiddos.

Monday: Heart of Iron (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books Under 300 Pages

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Eat, Pray, Love (review)

Saturday: All the Better Part of Me (ARC review)

Monday: Fledgling (ARC review)

Tuesday: TBD

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: A Curse Dark as Gold (review)

Saturday: TBD

What wonderful things have you read this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you answer three questions:

What are you reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C Bunce. I’m especially liking the second; it’s really well written and has great world building. It reminds me a little of Beauty by Robin McKinley, but slightly more sophisticated.

I just finished All the Better Part of Me by Molly Ringle and Fledgling by Molly Harper. I really liked both. Reviews will be up soon.

I think next I’ll read Changeling by Molly Harper, which is the first in the series. After that, I’m not sure. I see another trip to the library in my future!

What are you reading this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Sunday Post, August 4

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

This week was rather laid back after my whirlwind trip. I went on the Whales, Wilderness, and Glamping trip through Spirit of the West Adventures and had an absolutely amazing time. I’ve always enjoyed kayaking, and I got plenty of it here. We went out every day, and the second day, we went out all day. I really though I wouldn’t be able to do an all day kayak, but the guides were really good about taking breaks, so it wasn’t hard. The best part is I was able to fulfill my lifelong dream of seeing an orca in the wild. I got to kayak in the water while they swam, and the next day, I saw them close up on a boat. It was magical.

The other wonderful part of the trip was hearing the humpbacks in the bay. I’d be lying in my tent at night and hear them breathing. It was so neat.

In other news, I’m starting school again next week. Well, I go back next week, and the kids come back the following week. I hope to keep on a normal posting schedule, but you never know what will happen. Life is unpredictable like that.

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Jack of Thorns (review)

Friday: Reader Confession Tag

Saturday: July Wrap-Up

Monday: Heart of Iron (review)

Tuesday: Top Books under 300 Pages

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Eat, Pray, Love (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: All the Better Part of Me (review)

Have you fulfilled a dream lately? Or what dream do you have that you hope to fulfill one day?