Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • I Am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki
  • Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • How to Be a Texan by Andrea Valdez


  • Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett

Total pages read this week: 605

Total books for the year: 75 of 75. There was an “Easy Crochet Slippers” pattern in one of the issues of my favorite magazine, “Mary Jane’s Farm,” and I’m enjoying making something other than small blankets for my cat.

Down the TBR Hole #74

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR. My TBR pile is down considerably to 656 books!  I’ve been reading a lot, and I discovered a few duplicates to delete.

This week’s books:

Lammas Night by Katherine Kurtz – GO.  The story takes place during WWII, but the synopsis uses the term “Wicca”, even though that term wasn’t used until the 1950’s (“Wica”, with the double ‘c’ not used until the 1960’s).  Maybe I’m being picky, but I’ve read enough Dan Brown books to be over the sloppy use of the Occult and Apocrypha in Fiction. Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler- KEEP. I’ve already read Parable of the Sower, and while I had no interest in the religious elements, the near-future world the characters are living in was scary and all too believable to put the book down. Path of Fate by Diana Pharoah Francis – KEEP.  I’m skeptical, but I’ll give it the 50 page test at some point. Saffron and Brimstone by Elizabeth Hand – KEEP.  I tend to love short story collections by Open Road Media, so I’ll try this one out. Sister Light, Sister Dark by Jane Yolen – KEEP. I was going to pass this one up, but the synopsis mentions that the characters live in “a world without men”, and I want to know if that means they’re segregated for some reason or if something has happened to the men. My TBR pile is down one more to 655 books, and I’ve got 4 more Open Road Media books to look through for next week before I get into a Cozy Mystery binge I found myself indulging in during April of 2017.

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for November 29th – December 5th.
  • I haven’t signed up for anymore virtual races, but I did finally decide to bag up and donate all of my old clothes that haven’t fit me in years.  There’s no sense in torturing myself over clothes I wore in my 20’s.  It’s OK to buy new clothes when I need them, no matter what size I am.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Active Days: 2/5
  • Steps: 32,691
  • Miles: 13.45
  • Total Miles: 678.29
  • Active Minutes: 116

#ThanksgivingReadathon Wrap-Up

Sunday was the final day of the #ThanksgivingReadathon hosted by Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku! It was also the last full day of my trip back home to Austin, Texas. Since I didn’t take my computer with me, I didn’t post a #FitReaders check-in on Friday or a “Monday Minutes” yesterday. So, I’m going to include those in this wrap-up as well.


  • The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
  • Time Was Soft There by Jeremy Mercer
  • The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
  • One other book from my “Hygge” list.

The only book I didn’t finish was a book from my “Hygge” list.  However, I did start a book, I Am a Cat on Sunday. Considering how busy I was hanging out and spending time with friends and family, reading 552 pages over the week of Thanksgiving is really good.

Currently Reading:

  • I Am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki
  • Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett

Total pages read this week: 552

Total books for the year: 74 of 75. This is the time of year when I do a lot of crocheting, as long as my hands aren’t bothering me. I’m currently making a scarf for the Boyfriend, and I love to listen to Cozy Mysteries while I crochet.

  • This check-in is for November 22nd – 28th.
  • I signed up for another virtual challenge, but this time it’s for February 2020, and is *only* 100 miles.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.

  • Active Days: 5/5
  • Steps: 32,376
  • Miles: 13.38
  • Total Miles: 664.84
  • Active Minutes: 212