Monday, June 20, 2022

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday - June 20

 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.   

My, my, my...we are back to Monday. Hope all you dads out there had a pleasant Father's Day. We headed to Boston for a Red Sox game. 

I had to skip last week's post because the work schedule overwhelmed me. I swear that real estate is either feast or famine. But, I love it. Thankful I am done with my 90 hours of post-licensing education for North Carolina. I passed all three tests and completed my required eight hours of continuing education for this year. I had one closing this past week here in Massachusetts and should have three more before the end of the month. Once we return from North Carolina, I should have multiple listings hitting the market. 

The Lil' Princess and her father drove down to UNC Wilmington in the early part of the week for orientation. All her classes are set and the process of getting ready for fall has begun in earnest. I actually had the house to myself (except for furry beasts) for two days. That was weird, but nice. I snuck in a tiny bit of reading. 

My review of this book appears today at The Children's and Teens' Book Connection.

My review of this one will be coming Tuesday at my children's book blog.

My review of this book will appear at this blog on June 27.

I also signed up for book tours for the following two books. Look for reviews in August and September respectively. 

I am reading these books now, but may have to break off to accommodate review books. 

Maybe by the time vacation rolls around I will be able to tackle some of these:

Other books from my TBR pile I would love to read are:

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

My physical mailbox remained empty this week, which is good considering my available reading time. I couldn't resist, however, picking up this first book in the Bloombay Shores series for free on my Kindle. I really am a sucker for pretty waterfront covers.

Welcome to Bloombay, a small island off Seattle’s coast with stunning ocean views, picturesque vineyards, and a tight-knit community.

Sisters Emily, Donna, and Olivia Abernathy miss each other dearly. Residing in different cities, they only see each other a few times a year. But when Emily, the eldest sister, is forced to move to Bloombay, Donna and Olivia immediately visit her to make sure she’s okay. They find themselves at crossroads in their own lives too, and the island charms them in unexpected ways.

Emily Abernathy has dedicated the past twenty years to raising her children. When her husband leaves her for a younger woman, she’s forced to move out of their house. Living in LA is expensive, and at forty-five, she knows she’ll have a tough time on the job market, but she’s lucky to find a job at a small hotel on a small island she’d never heard of before: Bloombay. Once Emily moves to the island she finds out her new job isn’t as secure as she thought.

Olivia Abernathy’s friends all think her boyfriend, Noah, is definitely going to propose, but she isn’t so sure. As a surgeon in Seattle, he works longer hours than she does as a graphic designer, but Olivia wonders if there’s more to his recent late nights out and sudden cool behavior. When she confronts him with her worries, she gets an unexpected response that makes her want to rethink everything in her life. Spending time with her sisters is just what she needs. And the handsome architect who insists on joining her on her morning runs seems to have more than friendship on his mind.

Donna Abernathy is a successful doctor in San Francisco. She works tirelessly and takes great pride in what she does. Her laid-back relationship with a lawyer who thrives on a busy schedule is just what she needs. Except Donna has always wanted to be a mother, and as time passes, that wish only grows. But when things don’t work out as expected, she desperately wants a change of scenery and pays a visit to her eldest sister, Emily, in Bloombay.

What's on your reading list for the week? 


Kathy Martin said...

Nice looking assortment of books. I hope you can find some time to read around your work. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

You have some tempting titles. I loved Little House on the Prairie, so I want to read Melissa Gilbert's book.

Enjoy your week.

Jen at Introverted Reader said...

My sister went to UNC-W and loved it! I hope your daughter does too.

I've read a couple of books by Melanie Benjamin but not The Children's Blizzard. It's on my list though.

Enjoy your week!

Greg said...

The game sounds like fun! I haven't been to a baseball game in ages. Congrats on finishing up your post license tests too!

I imagine those Little House books are interesting.

Thanks for your comment on my blog :)

Cheriee Weichel said...

You have quite the collection of books today. Alas the Grandma’s and Grandpa’s Tales are not available at my local library.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

A baseball game on Father's Day sounds perfect. Enjoy your week and your books!

Cheryl said...

Kathy, not much reading time until vacation, but maybe I will luck out.

Laurel, Melissa's book is starting out good, so hopefully it continues. I liked her first book.

Jen, I hope she will love it, too. It will be strange having her away from home.

Greg, they won, so it was good.

Cheriee, sorry to hear those books aren't available.

Mary, it was definitely a great day for it. A big cooler than the last time we went, but we had fun.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Hope you have a nice week.

Kathryn T said...

Sounds like you are really busy yet enjoying the real estate experience. Hope you get lots of good sells!

vvb32 reads said...

Personal Librarian was an interesting one. Happy reading.

Martha Eskuchen said...

I really like the palm tree background!
I know the feast or famine cycle. And when that is your business source, you need to be ready when the market is moving.
So many good books in your TBR list. And thanks for the heads up on the Bloombay title.
I hope you have a good week and Happy Reading!

Savvy Verse & Wit said...

Congrats on passing the exams. I'm sure that was no easy task. It's really becoming reality that she's headed off to college! I hope all goes well and GO SOX.

Cheryl said...

Kathy, I definitely love what I do.

Martha, glad you like the new background. I am in a beach mood with vacation on my mind.

Thanks, Serena. I am glad the tests are behind me.