Monday, July 19, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday - July 19

Welcome to It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday.


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Here we are at Monday again. Hope you had a nice week. We are experiencing unbelievable amounts of rain here. Flash floods, flooded basements, and washed out roads. I can't remember the weather being this rainy for so long ever... and I've lived here my entire life. Maybe I just blocked it out along with all those bad childhood memories. LOL!

Our unofficially adopted daughter turned 18 last week. Her dad threw her a huge birthday/graduation party. We got rained on, but it was a great time.

Daughter #3 is the same age as the Lil' Princess, but because LP's birthday is in November, they are a year apart in school. 

My birthday was Monday, which means I am creeping even closer to 55. Yikes! The Lil' Diva bought me some nice flowers.

I sometimes wonder how Theo doesn't hate us with all the ways we make him miserable. The Lil' Diva bought him a sweatshirt this week. 

Dwight and Travis look adorable, but don't let them fool you. They are total mischief makers. 

In my reading world, I surprised myself by finishing off and reviewing my first Murder, She Wrote novel. 

Read my review here.

I am reading this one. 

Though I could probably work another Murder, She Wrote novel in before these reviews are due, I think I will behave and start these right away. 

I also signed up for this book tour in October.

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

I was so excited to see this one arrive in the mail this week. I sat in on a great Zoom conversation with the author, editor, and illustrator of this book on Sunday. 

I also grabbed this Kindle freebie, because you can never have enough books; though some might argue with me if they saw my closet.  

That's it from me this week. What are you reading? Do you have any good cozy mystery recommendations for me? I love to read them. 


Juli Rahel said...

Sounds like you had a week full of birthdays and fun! I am visiting my mother in Germany and the floods here are horrible as well :( Your kitties and dog look adorable, despite mischief, and I hope you enjoy all of your new books! Have a lovely week :)
Juli @ A Universe in Words

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What a great week of books and family! Enjoy the upcoming week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Kathy Martin said...

You seem to be having all our rain. It has rained only once so far in July and none is predicted. We are in a state of extreme drought where I live. Happy birthday. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Yvonne said...

Happy Belated Birtday! Sounds like a great week, except for the rain. I hope it lets up. Great pics!

Hope you have a great week!

Book of Secrets said...

Happy Birthday! Those are nice photos — I especially love the dog sweatshirt!

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Happy birthday to you and your adopted daughter 🎈
I’m sorry to hear about the flooding having endured it here earlier this year.

Wishing you a great reading week, stay dry!

Elizabeth said...

Happy Birthday to your adopted daughter.

What a great week and books.

RAnn said...

No flooded basements here, but only because New Orleans doesn't have basements. I think it has rained every day for the last two months, and looking out the window of my 14th floor office I see, yes, more rain!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Happy Birthday to all! Our dog never let us put any clothing on her. I tried every so often and she wouldn't have it.
Enjoy your week and your books.

Cheryl said...

Juli, yes, lots of fun. I miss those days when the girls were younger and I didn't work outside the house. Then we had more time for days like those.

Laurel, always great to have you visit.

Kathy, I would ship you the rain if I could. We were in drought for the last two years. This summer has changed that.

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Yvonne.

Book of Secrets, thanks so much. The dog really tolerates us very well.

Thanks, Shelleyrae. Here's hoping to a world with some average weather soon.

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Elizabeth.

RAnn, that is one good thing about no basements. Many homes in NC don't have them either.

Thanks, Mary. It all depends on what the clothes are. If they are soft, he is better about them. He's not always a fan of the costumes the girls bring home.

vvb32 reads said...

Happy birthday! Secrets and Pies looks yummy cute. Enjoy.

Martha Eskuchen said...

We are supposed to have a full week of rain this week. But I feel for those experiencing such flooding. That leaves a mess to clean..
Happy Birthday to you! You are nicely young compared to some of us - lol.
Theo looks fine in his sweater. I'm not sure how our dogs like their winter coats but that is the only time we wrap them.
Nice snag on Secrets and Pies.
Have a good week; stay safe and Happy Reading!

Kathryn T said...

We live so far apart and yet we were inundated with rain too, not too bad where I live but a bit further south, homes lost and cattle drowned. Just terrible. Happy birthday, believe me its a good age, quite awhile since I saw the 50's. Enjoy your books.

Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf said...

I hope you had a lovely birthday. The flowers are gorgeous. Haha Theo doesn’t look too impressed with his new shirt. Love all the photos. Have a great reading week!