Monday Mash-Up #017 Library Book and Plant Sale!

This past week was pretty quiet around here.  However, Saturday was the annual used book and plant sale at the Salkum library….which I just had to attend!!  My son and I arrived late morning and found that most of the plants had already sold.  I did get some veggie starts though.  Lemon cucumbers and butternut squash, yum!  I also picked up a German chamomile plant and some lupine (not pictured).

I picked up these chenille plant starts as well, I love these!

And, of course, found some books!


I’m pretty proud of myself for keeping my book buying in check!  😀

My reading started out pretty slow, but I was able to finish up a few over the weekend:

Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts — 4 out of 5 stars

My goodreads review:  I can honestly say I know nothing about graphic novels. I couldn’t tell you if this had amazing artwork or if it was subpar, if the writing was amazing or if it sucked. But I will say this:
I was entertained, and I could see Anthony Bourdain’s love of Japanese storytelling coming through with each chapter.

Rosemary:  The Hidden Kennedy Daughter — 3 /12 to 4 stars out of 5

I went into this one thinking it would shed more light on Rosemary’s life.  Rather, it looks at the Kennedy family as a whole and how they were involved in her life, and how ultimately she shaped their lives as well.  The writing was a bit clunky at times, and certain factoids (Joe Kennedy’s political aspirations for example) would be better suited for another biography, but overall an interesting and somewhat sad read.

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert — 3 stars out of 5

My goodreads review:   Overall, not bad. This is your typical historical drama where the main character encounters every true historic event that happened in their lifetime (and if they didn’t personally go through it then some family member or friend did), loses nearly every person they love, yet finds some sort of redemption and/or peace and a happy ending.
I actually like this kind of story. Really, I do. But this one just didn’t do it for me.
This was one of those books where I felt like I had read 100+ pages and in reality had only read 20 or so. Very slow going for the first half. I did appreciate the research behind the story, but I felt the character development was pretty cliche.
And the snippets with the long-lost daughter Ruth (which I’m guessing was a set-up for the second book) did nothing for me. I’m not a cold-hearted bitch, but it was way too convenient. Or maybe at this point I just didn’t give a crap anymore.
Three stars for the historical references, which I truly liked. Beyond that, meh.

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett — 3 out of 5 stars

I’ve wanted to read this one for some time.   After recently reading Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, I found myself comparing the two as I read.  Needless to say, Chandler won out.  The story just didn’t hold my interest like I thought it would.

Servants of the Storm by Delilah Dawson — 3 out of 5 stars

A YA horror/thriller that had so much potential but wound up fizzling out before the halfway mark.

And so we start another week.  Have a great one and, as always, Happy Reading!

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