Sunday, December 8, 2019

Sunday Post #42/Sunday Salon #16

Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly Sunday Post link-up, and Deb at ReaderBuzz expanded Sunday Salon from a FB group to a link-up as well.

What I Read
The Second Life of Ava Rivers, which I always (including this time) write/say as The Second Life of Ava Gardner.  I mean:

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Ava Gardner, film star

Faith Gardner
Faith Gardner, author of...

The Second Life of Ava Rivers
The Second Life of Ava Rivers

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two rivers
It's not surprising I'm confused, right?

Anyway, it was a solid amnesia/missing person thriller, although I was hoping they wouldn't go where all such stories go, but alas, I was disappointed.

I read that for the Battle of the Books title selection committee, and the next book I read was also for that. I'd read Tess of the Road last spring and loved it, realizing late in the book that it was a companion novel to the Seraphina books, which I hadn't read. So now I had a good reason to read Seraphina. I started listening to it on audio in the car, but couldn't wait to find out what happened next, so I downloaded the ebook, then I found the physical copy in my classroom library and started reading that too. So it was All Seraphina All The Time for a couple of days there, and it was so much fun. I loved it!

Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)

I recently won a copy of K. A. Holt's latest novel in verse, a middle grade book about two girls who like like each other. The eponymous Redwood and Ponytail are delightful, and their angst was so relatable. I appreciated how one girl was totally fine with her sexuality and had unquestioning acceptance from her people, but the other wasn't so sure. It seemed realistic, given that society is not 100% on board yet, but some definitely are. I gobbled this book down in one sitting and absolutely loved it.

Redwood and Ponytail

What I'm Reading/What's Next
Obviously I had to move right on to the next book in the Seraphina duology, Shadow Scale. The next OBOB contender I want to read is Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, because I love author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I'm also in the midst of my once-a-semester madness of reading five different books to five different classes. Re-reads for me are Orbiting Jupiter and Nightjohn, and the books I'm reading for the first time right along with the kids are Ruby on the Outside, Tight, and Zebra Forest. And if any class finishes early, we'll read all or parts of They Call me Güero. So far they're all going well.

Three Things

  1. Today's my 18th wedding anniversary, but we're going to celebrate next weekend. 
  2. We went to a White Elephant party last night. I came home with movie tickets, and my husband got squash and sauerkraut. You win some, you lose some.
  3. I've been watching season 3 of The Good Place, and we've started watching Schitt's Creek. This is a bit unusual, because we haven't watched sitcoms before in any kind of deliberate way. I mean, you catch the odd episode of whatever, but we usually watch sci fi/fantasy or mystery shows. 


  1. Too funny about the book title. With all those similarities no wonder it gets confusing! :) Too bad it was a bit predictable. And congrats on your wedding anniversary!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  2. Happy anniversary!!!! And I'm the same- I haven't watched a sitcom in ages, seems like! I tend to gravitate more towards the SF type stuff too. I've probably missed a ton of shows.

  3. Happy Anniversary 🥂
    It seems like you are reading a lot of great books right now.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  4. Happy anniversary. Redwood and Ponytail sounds good. My weekly update

  5. Happy anniversary! Haha, movie tickets are a way better gift than sauerkraut. Yuck.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. Happy anniversary! I feel like, at 41 years married, we are starting to know each other pretty well, so I guess you are about halfway there?

    I bet you are loving all these great stories for Battle of the Books. In our district, we would always do Bluebonnet and 2x2 (our state awards) competitions, and that just involves books published recently. I always wished we'd pull more good books from the past.

    We are scrambling around after finishing up Corfu and Poldark. We still have some more Comedians in Cars Drinking Coffee.

    Have a great week, Wendy!

  7. Cheers to 18 years! That's wonderful! Somebody actually brought squash and sauerkraut to a white elephant? I mean, my German upbringing has me loving the kraut, but it's an odd choice.

  8. Happy Anniversary!!

    I had my first White Elephant Christmas party so that was interesting lol

    I love Schitt's Creek! I can't wait for the final season to start in January.

    Karen @ For What It's worth

  9. Happy belated anniversary!!

    I really want to read KA Holt's latest---sounds like a fantastic read!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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