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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Greetings to you all. We have just come off a long weekend holiday, with Friday taking the day this time. It is Matariki here, a Maori celebration of a set of stars showing in the sky, so its counted as the Maori New Year. For the first time we have celebrated it as a nation. I really like the idea and hope it really becomes embedded in our country as a top celebration.

On a less delighted note, Goodreads has been giving me grief and will not let me take any actions like currently reading, read etc or post reviews. I contacted them and they put me in a queue. Then sent me an email asking for feedback. Well of course it was a thumbs down because nothing was fixed… so far. It’s a bummer because I actually use GR all the time. Thank goodness for this blog where I keep a record too.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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And starting to listen to…

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Up next:

Not sure but most likely this one.

Nightwork 

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31 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

  1. How frustrating about Goodreads. Every once in awhile it goes nuts on me but normally resolves itself and I hope that is the case with you. And sounds like they were seriously premature in sending that email! The Jenny Colgan book is on my TBR and I’m looking forward to Nightwork. Matariki sounds wonderful. I hope you are having a great week!

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  2. Sorry to hear about your Goodreads problems! I rely on it to keep me organized, so I know that’s frustrating. Unfortunately I dislike the new design “beta” pages it keeps showing me, but I guess the change is inevitable.

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  3. Your Maori New Year sounds fabulous! How wonderful to have new national celebrations during this time in history!
    Eager to read your thoughts on The Cartographers. I enjoyed it very much.
    Sad about Goodreads! I also use an app called Reading List: Book Tracker as a backup. It’s a private platform, but serves my purposes quite well.
    I hope it all works out for you! 😊

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  4. I think it’s wonderful that an indigenous celebration is becoming a national holiday! Something sort of similar (though different) recently happened here, where Juneteenth (on June 19) is now a national holiday. It’s the day that the last enslaved African Americans in Texas learned they were free – a full two years after they’d been freed! It was traditionally celebrated by African Americans, but I think it’s wonderful that e all celebrate now – and learn this important and oft-overlooked bit of history.

    Looks like some good books for you lately! I’d love to hear what you though of The Cartographers – I think that’s next up for me on audio (it’s exactly 400 pages so counts for Big Book Summer!).

    Enjoy your books this week, Kathryn, and thanks for hosting the linkup!

    Sue
    2022 Big Book Summer Challenge

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    1. That’s interesting about Juneteenth – I had heard of it but didn’t realise its a national holiday. Yes a step forward to recognise it as a national holiday. I liked The Cartographers and should be good on audio, I think actually it is more the kind of book you’ll really take to.

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  5. Oh Kathryn what a great holiday. I just requested the Viola Shipman. I hope you love Nightwork as much as I did. I’ll be reviewing the Macmillan audio on the blog next week. Happy Monday

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    1. Debbie I nearly chose the audio of Nightwork but I am slow at the moment on audio so chose to read, can always come back to it at a later date for a reread. Loving the Viola Shipman book.

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  6. What an interesting celebration! I have a nephew living in NZ right now so I’m especially curious and will have to do a little research. Looks like a great reading collection – I would say summery, but I guess it’s not summer in NZ is it?! Happy Reading!

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    1. What really, it is such a beautiful setting, amazing, he is a great advocate for the tourist industry, if I was travelling I’d want to visit the Saugatuck / Douglas region.

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    1. It’s great that holidays are beginning to be more multicultural! Too bad about GoodReads! How frustrating! I use LibraryThing to track what I’m reading, but don’t use the social media aspect of it much. It’s hard enough to keep up with the book blogging world!

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  7. What kind of celebrations take place for Matariki? I’m still reading my Tony Hillerman book, so I have nothing to link up. I used to read many books during the week, but now my pace is slow. Good luck with GR – seems that many websites I use have issues. I like to blame it on my browser – lol!

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    1. There was some gatherings where ceremonial things took place with the Maori leading and there was fireworks. It is also regarded as a family time, so I visited one person in my family. I think it will catch on more as we move through the years. I didn’t see the stars yet as sky has been cloudy. Hope your book is good, reading is my first hobby, and quilting came out of that!!

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  8. The celebration sounded great. Hope Goodreads gets the issue solved. I’ve had my own problems with them over the years but they seem to figure things out eventually. Looking forward to your thoughts on the Nora book!

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  9. Sounds like a fun celebration.
    I had trouble for several days with Goodreads too. I thought it was due to a computer upgrade that removed my cookies. I had to re-sign in on a lot of apps and GR was one of them.
    Maybe it wasn’t just me.
    Hope you enjoy your reading this week too.

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  10. Kathryn Interesting to hear about your nation-wide celebration of Maori new year.  I wish we weren’t so divided here in the U.S. these days.  Sorry about your trouble with Goodreads.  You didn’t say how you liked the books you read last week.  I loved Bloomsbury Girls and have recommended it to my local book club. Judy Zell

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  11. That sounds wonderful! I’m glad that celebration is being held by the country as a whole. It’s nice to make progress. 🙂

    The shjipman book looks good to me and I understand it’s either partly or completely set in my home state (Michigan) so I’m curious about it… 🙂

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      1. That’s awesome to hear. I vacation a lot in the Traverse City area and not sure if that area is specifically mentioned, but I know from reviews and whatever that northern Michigan in general is the setting…

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  12. Sounds like a fun celebration. I like that Friday was the holiday…Mondays always get that honor. 🙂

    Oh no on Goodreads….they do mess up at times…they say I read books and I haven’t. Sorry you are having such a hard time. I use them a lot too.

    I keep seeing THE CARTOGRAPHERS everywhere.

    Enjoy your week, Kathryn. Hope Goodreads gets things sorted out for you.

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