Monday Mash-Up #021

You know it’s June when the local strawberries start hitting the market!  I was very happy when my husband brought home these delicious beauties.  Our friend, Pedro, started his berry farm a few years ago and we always look forward to getting our supply from him!  Tonight we had some over ice cream; tomorrow I will be making some freezer jam for the winter.


This past week has been a bit busier than usual.  I’ve been helping out at the local fruit tree nursery up the road, mostly with potting plants.  When I get home, I’ve been pretty wiped out and haven’t had the energy at times to do much reading.  I was able to finish these three:

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner — 4 out of 5 stars!

I just finished this about an hour ago and it is still sitting heavily with me.  Depressing and haunting are the two words that keep popping into my head, especially the last few paragraphs.  The flow of the story is a bit disjointed and there were side stories that just didn’t seem to fit in or go anywhere, but I could not put this one down.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan — 3 out of 5 stars

Dynasty meets Mean Girls, with a bit of Kardashian-esque family dynamics—that pretty much sums up this one!  It was a fun, mindless read, but a bit long-winded at times (I think if all of the details about jewelry and designer clothing were omitted, the book would be about 200 pages shorter).  I will probably read the other two  books in the series because I do want to know if Astrid gets a backbone, Eddie gets his ass kicked for being a jerk, and if Nick keeps his inheritance, just not anytime soon.

My Father’s Ghost is Climbing in the Rain by Patricio Pron — 2 1/2 out of 5 stars

The first few chapters sucked me in, then, well, blah.  The middle was repetitive, boring, and just didn’t go anywhere or move the story along.  The last few pages woke me back up, but overall this book just didn’t do anything for me.

Well, I better sign off so I can get some sleep for potting plants and jam making tomorrow!  Until next week, Happy Reading!!




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