It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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The Good.  The weather on the whole was very good. I planted some vegetables. I read good books, quilted happily, and enjoyed a great game of women’s rugby between England and NZ.  Plus I got a few jobs done I’ve been meaning to do for ages.

The Bad.  Despite having had the outside sprayed for ants, they have been appearing in the kitchen in the evening.

The Ugly. Driving into my garage on Friday afternoon I caught the passenger side of my car against the side of garage, took a chunk out of that and scratched two side doors of car. Despair!  So annoyed with myself, I just wasn’t concentrating – I’d spaced out.  So now Monday I will have to see about getting it fixed and maybe not going the insurance way as my premium will only go up. Yes I have done it once before in same car on a very unforgiving pole in an underground parking area. Worse that time. I think there was a bit of a dent as well and they replaced two parts of the side. Did use Insurance that time! Thousands of dollars for small dents!!

What I read last week:

Other Birds was very good. A little different to her previous books and still delightful and moving. Us Against You was my Slow and Steady read that I happened to finish this week. It was fantastic and maybe my top book for the year! Looking forward to reading the third book, The WinnersThe Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey will have its own review post.

What I am reading now:

Still Life

Up next:

A review book gathering dust on my NetGalley shelf. Because I was not impressed by Mallery’s last book I read I’ve been putting this off!

The boardwalk bookshop Last Week’s Posts

The Winter Garden.  Nicola Cornick

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

  1. I’m very hot and cold with Susan Mallery’s books. I either love them or am decidedly meh about them. Hopefully this one is a good one. Oh no on the car! It’s so frustrating how much relatively small body works cost. Hopefully you’ll be able to fix it without getting insurance involved. We’ve found we need to spray for ants at least 3 times to get rid of them and I don’t really think there is any way to keep them out! Or at least not here. It’s a yearly battle for us!


  2. Sorry about the car. My Hubby would probably have padded the sides of a garage if I was expected to park in one. My monovision lenses result in less-than-perfect depth perception.
    Ants can be so annoying (and persistent even as they move from one place to another).
    I need to read/listen to the first of Backman’s books.
    I ‘m glad you like Other Birds cause I liked its cover. 🙂
    I hope you have a good (all good) week this week and Happy Reading!


  3. Don’t you just love garden fresh veggies? I’m so sorry to hear about your car damage! Backman is one of my favorite authors. If I remember correctly, Us Against You offered food for thought regarding the culture of sports teams and small towns. Happy reading to you!

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    1. Patricia yes nothing like fresh veggies from the garden, the taste! Backman is a really good author and I have just ordered the third in this trilogy. Yes it is all about sport and small towns and really humanity in general.


  4. Oh, Kathryn – I’m so sorry about your car accident. I’ve done the exact same thing! My car is the only one that fits in our garage, and it’s a tight fit, so it’s easy (for me, anyway) to hit that center bit. Since then, I’ve been VERY careful! Hope you can get it fixed without too much fuss or expense.

    I’ve heard such good things about Other Birds. And I have a question for you about Us Against You. I thought Beartown was an excellent novel, but it was so dark, in tone and content. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read the rest of the trilogy. What did you think? I know you don’t usually like books that are too dark. So glad you are giving Louise Penny a try! I always enjoy her novels on audio. Amazon has a new TV show coming out December 2 based on her novels, called Three Pines – we’re looking forward to it.

    Enjoy your week and your books!

    Book By Book


    1. Sue for me Us Against You was dark, perhaps not quite as dark as Beartown though. I found it intriguing and so full of wisdom. I read as a slow and steady so only a chapter or two a day, and I found I really got into it. And yes I don’t like dark, but there is compassion and understanding of humanity in it. I have just ordered the third and I believe last. I have heard that the Louise Penny books are good on audio, I am reading the first few in print but may turn to audio, in fact I have the first one on audio, I got it way back for my sister but she didn’t like it. I can see its slow, but utterly fascinating.

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  5. I loved Still Life! It was the only one I’ve read in print. I’ve listened to all of the others on audio.
    I backed really fast out of a parking spot into a telephone pole last year with a new car that I wasn’t used to yet. Nothing and no one hurt but my pride and and a big corner of the rear driver’s side of the car, so there’s always a bright side!

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  6. Ouch for the car!
    I didn’t know about The Stolen Book.
    Glad to see you are launching into Louise Penny’s series. The first one is not the best, but I hope you open book 2 after, and you will be hooked! I can’t wait or volume 18, coming out in 2 weeks!

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  7. Ants are an annoyance for sure. I hope you find a workable solution soon! My husband backed his car into the garage door last week. Fortunately it still works but we had to call the garage door guy and he ordered a new panel for the door. The car is fine (it’s a 1999 Volvo wagon – we call it The Tank for good reason!). I hope this week is much better. Thank goodness for an escape into good reading.

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  8. Sorry about your car. It will be a long time until we can plant veggies. We actually still have some radishes and book choy growing that can take some frost. Have a nice week. Thanks for hosting.

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  9. Oh Kathryn – so sorry to hear about the accident. The only goo thing – you weren’t injured thankfully. We had snow today and you are dealing with ants – both are 4 letter words! Hope they get cleared up. I loved Louise Penn’s series altho I still have about 4 to finish. Happy reading.

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  10. Rugby sounds fun! Sorry about the car though. I did something similar once, was pulling out and forgot there was, um, a car there and scraped it. Luckily not too bad or expensive, but… embarassing as all get out.

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  11. Ants are the bane of my existence. We get them every year and they drive me crazy!

    Is Still Life your first Louise Penny book? I hope you love it–I’m obsessed with the Three Pines series!

    Have a great week!

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  12. Hi Kathryn! I’m sorry to hear about your car. Nuts about the ants, too. I’ve used a variety of things to keep ants out. One is Comet – they kind you use to scour the sink. I sprinkle a line of it at the front and back door – they won’t cross it. Do you know where they are coming in? In theory, I guess you could run a thin line of it all around your house as it’s not expensive. Anyway, good luck getting rid of them. I hate ants!! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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