Twitter Tumblr FlickrFacebookContact me
This Month Previous Articles Author Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA Portfolio

Recent posts


Month in review

Reviews
All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper
The Best Man by Richard Peck
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
Bloom by Doreen Cronin
Candor by Pam Bachorz
The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase by Wendy Mass
The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
A Day's Work by Eve Bunting
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
Iron Ties by Ann Parker
The Lens by N.K. Guy
The Magic Cornfield by Nancy Willard
Merman in My Tub, Volume 1 by Itokichi
Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
On the Trail to Sunset by Thomas William Wilby and Agnes Anderson Wilby
One Witch at a Time by Stacy DeKeyser
The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Sealed with a Secret by Lisa Schroeder
Showing Off by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
Storm by Amanda Sun
They Came in from the Road by Marjorie Starbuck and Elizabeth Platko
VanDerZee by Deborah Willis-Braithwaite
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
Who Is AC? by Hope Larson

Miscellaneous
Books with Strong Families
Collaboration
Half year round-up - Favorite books read in 2017
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 05)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 12)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 19)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 26)
May 2017 Inclusive Reading Report
Read Our Own Books May 2017

Thirty years of tracking my reading
What do readers want?

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 26): 06/26/17

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 26)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

The heatwave has passed for now but not before taking its toll. Our upstairs bathroom gets the worst of the heat during the summer and it got hot enough in there to crack the water tank. My son and I had a busy Tuesday afternoon turning off the water and mopping up after the spill. Good thing we caught it quickly or things could have been a lot worse. Now we're down to one working toilet until July 3 when we can get it replaced. Apparently we weren't the only ones with toilets cracked by heat and our local plumber is swamped (ha ha).

Last week was my daughter's Girl Scout day camp at the local Girl Scout cabin. It's her last year attending as a day camper. Next year if she wants to attend, she'll have to be a PAinT (Program Aide in Training). If she earns her LiA (leaders in action) badge by helping the Brownies in her troop do a journey, and she attends the PAinT training meeting in April, she can be a junior counselor next summer.

The other excitement was getting my oldest signed up for cross country. That meant paperwork, including picking up proof that he had a physical from his doctor recently. Turns out we have the entire summer to do the physical but we didn't know that until after we had gotten all the paperwork turned in!

What I read last week:

Us Conductors
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Personal collection
20170612_reading_biscotti.jpg
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates
The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Library book
Bookplate Special
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett
- audibook
The third of the Booktown Mystery series
Ghostbusters 101 #2
Ghostbusters 101 #2 by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening
Comic
Ghostbusters 101 #3
Ghostbusters 101 #3 by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening
Comic

What I'm reading:

The Unbreakable Code
The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Personal collection - the sequel to The Book Scavenger
The White Road of the Moon
The White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier
Library book
Chapter & Hearse
Chapter & Hearse by Lorna Barrett
- audibook
The fourth of the Booktown Mystery series

Up Next:

Rosemary Remembered
Rosemary Remembered by Susan Wittig Albert
Library book
Made for Each Other
Made for Each Other by Paul D. Storrie
Library book
Pi in the Sky
Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
Personal collection

Last Week's Reviews

Comments  (42)


Name:
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:
Comment:


Comment #1: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 02:38:40

Greg

Yikes sounds like the heatwave caused all kinds of trouble! Sorry to hear that.

I remember seeing the Book Scavenger around, I didn't realize there was a sequel out!



Comment #2: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:26:00

Pussreboots

I swear the house knows we'll be selling it soon. Book Scavenger and the Unbreakable Code are both very good. I'm about a third of the way through the second book.



Comment #3: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 02:43:38

Majanka

Made for Each Other sounds like a great book, as does Pi in the Sky. I hope you enjoy your books this week.

My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.



Comment #4: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:29:00

Pussreboots

I've only just started both books but they're good so far.



Comment #5: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 05:13:26

Pat @ Posting For Now

Sorry to hear about your water tank. The heat is heating up here in VA. It looks like you had a great reading week.



Comment #6: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:31:00

Pussreboots

The toilet will be replaced and didn't do any permanent damage, so that's good. The reading week started out strong and then petered off. I'm not reading as much at night as I sometimes do.



Comment #7: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:26:03

Kathy

Sounds like your summer has been adventurous. We haven't had that much heat. In fact, I turned on the furnace this morning. Lots of good books listed too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #8: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:38:00

Pussreboots

Our furnace has been off for about six weeks. I'm mostly reading library books and ebooks now that everything else is packed up.



Comment #9: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:49:44

Laurel-Rain Snow

Ooh, a broken toilet doesn't sound good! Great that you turned off the water quickly. I had a similar "flood" when I was out of the house and someone didn't flush properly, so the toilet kept running...imagine the mess we found when we came home!

Enjoy your summer and your books, and thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #10: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:40:00

Pussreboots

I can imagine the mess all too easily. Summer's going to be busy and the books will mostly be library books until we're settled in our new home (where ever that will be).



Comment #11: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:49:50

Casey @ She's All Booked

Busy week! Plumbing issues are the absolute worst. Hopefully they can get you back up and running soon! Curious to hear what you thought of The Hate U Give.



Comment #12: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:43:50

Pussreboots

A week from today we should be back to two toilets. I loved The Hate U Give. I'll be posting a review mid July.



Comment #13: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 18:24:28

Yvonne

How awful about the heatwave and the broken toilet.

I hope you enjoy all your books and have a good week!



Comment #14: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 18:14:00

Pussreboots

The heatwave for now is over. Fortunately we have two bathrooms, and a reliable plumber. He's just busy fixing all the other busted plumbing. Nearly all my books are now in boxes and I've run out of boxes. But I have ebooks, audiobooks, and the local libraries.



Comment #15: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 19:03:02

Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews

Love the cozy...BOOKPLATE SPECIAL. :)

ENJOY your books...looks good.

Elizabeth Silver's Reviews My It's Monday, What Are You Reading



Comment #16: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 18:27:00

Pussreboots

Bookplate Special was good as is Chapter & Hearse.



Comment #17: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 19:17:53

Sue Jackson

Wow, I've never heard of a toilet cracking from the heat before! That's incredible. I guess you don't have a/c? Sorry you had to go through that!

You read a lot of books last week - I absolutely loved The Hate U Give - it was especially moving on audio.

Enjoy your books this week -

Sue 2017 Big Book Summer Challenge



Comment #18: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 18:29:00

Pussreboots

No one around here has A/C unless they've gotten one of those small window units. Even most businesses — save for large box stores — are without A/C. I also loved The Hate U Give but I'm not sure I'd be able to handle it as an audio.



Comment #19: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 19:37:28

Donna

I feel like I'm the only one that hasn't read The Hate U Give.

While you were dealing with heat I was dealing with constant rain (while on vacation no less). My poor plants are so waterlogged. We are supposed to be dry this week.



Comment #20: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 18:32:00

Pussreboots

Until this week, I was in the club of people who haven't read The Hate U Give. It was an excellent read. We had an unusually wet winter but I miss the rain. Summer rain is so rare here.



Comment #21: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 19:43:14

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

I'm sorry to hear about your heat problems. I had no idea heat could cause those sorts of troubles.

Can't wait to hear about Hate.



Comment #22: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 18:36:00

Pussreboots

Neither did I until it happened. I will be reviewing The Hate U Give in mid July.



Comment #23: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 22:19:58

Nise'

Sorry about the cracked water tank. The Hate U Give is on my stacks.



Comment #24: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 21:31:00

Pussreboots

Move The Hate U Give to the top of your stacks. It's an excellent book.



Comment #25: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 22:51:33

Ellen Pilch

I am impressed you had time to read at all with so much going on. Have a nice week!



Comment #26: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 21:36:00

Pussreboots

Two of them were comic books. I try to read at night. The audiobook I listened to while packing. The only I really took time off to read was The Hate U Give.



Comment #27: Monday, June, 26, 2017 at 23:26:41

Katherine

I did not know that toilet tanks could crack due to heat. Is that due to the water being substantially colder than the tank? I'm in AZ...hot, so hot...but I've never had toilet tank problems, even during the really dumb summer when we decided not to run the AC.

How is Ghostbusters 101 working out?



Comment #28: Monday, June, 26, 2017 at 21:40:00

Pussreboots

I suspect it's the cold water vs the hot ceramic. The bathroom is small and in direct sunlight for most of the day. It heats up in there. Thank cracked right after it was flushed and the refilled with water.

Ghostbusters 101 is so much fun. Issue 4 is released tomorrow.



Comment #29: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 05:49:13

Geybie's Book Blog

Sorry about the heat, hon. I hope you enjoy your books this week. Happy reading and have a wonderful week. :)



Comment #30: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 14:07:00

Pussreboots

Same to you.



Comment #31: Tuesday, June, 27, 2017 at 08:04:20

Hillary

I have been wanting to read The Hate U Give... I look forward to your review.



Comment #32: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 14:26:00

Pussreboots

I'll be reviewing The Hate U Give in about a month.



Comment #33: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 08:37:41

Sarah

Man, I can't imagine having a heat wave crack a toilet...that's crazy. Glad the heat wave finally broke for you. Looks like you have quite a good reading week. Have a great week!



Comment #34: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 14:31:00

Pussreboots

We're back to our usual morning and evening fog. I hope this weather lasts.



Comment #35: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 09:08:29

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

Oh sorry to hear about the water tank.! But the rest are all exciting news. I can't wait to hear what you think of The Hate U Give. One of my top books this year



Comment #36: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 14:34:00

Pussreboots

The Hate U Give is among my top books for the year so far as well. I will get it reviewed in about a month. In the meantime, I'm working on a top reads of the year to date post.



Comment #37: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 09:09:29

Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

I wasn't aware that a toilet tank can crack because of hot weather. We have the problem of our roads cracking and splitting because of the extreme cold in the winter so come spring, we have awful potholes on the street.

You're reading some good books. I've seen The Hate U Give all over the place. Happy reading!



Comment #38: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 14:37:00

Pussreboots

That particular bathroom isn't well insulated from the weather. In summer, it can get extremely hot in there and with the cold water from the pipes, I think it was just too much for the poor thing.

The Hate U Give is worth reading, even if it's outside of what you would normally read.



Comment #39: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 11:11:13

Becky

Plumbing issues are the worst! Glad you caught it before it got too bad. I've heard some great things about The Hate U Give. Happy reading, and thanks for stopping by my blog!



Comment #40: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 14:43:00

Pussreboots

The Hate U Give is everything you've heard. If all goes well, we should have a replacement toilet installed on Monday.



Comment #41: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 20:06:19

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie

Wow, that is some heat! I didn't even know that was possible. I am glad to hear that the heatwave has passed for now.

The Bailey Cates book looks fun. And I kind of want to adopt another cat now to name it Biscotti! Unfortunately, I think my husband would veto me (on adopting another).



Comment #42: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 22:57:00

Pussreboots

The Bailey Cates series is good but I have a few problems with the second book which I will address in the review.