Sunday Bookends: Light romances, what the kids are reading, and unrealistic TV shows

Since this weekly feature is called “Sunday Bookends” I decided I would actually start off by talking about what books the children and I are reading. I should mention what my husband is reading but he reads a lot of books and I can’t keep up, plus I would have to put in descriptions of them and what he thinks about them and, well, quite frankly, he can just start his own blog for that. Ha.

So, anyhow, my youngest is 5 and she’s “reading”, or actually having read to her, Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary.

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I read the Ramona books when I was anywhere from 9 to 12 so it’s been years since I’ve read the stories. That’s probably why I forgot that this book would actually be better for my son to read because it’s from the perspective of Beezus, the older sister, who is trying to figure out how to deal with her 4-year old younger sister. Instead of my son reading it, though, I’m reading it to my 5-year old who is getting all kinds of ideas from Ramona’s antics. When I start reading a chapter I issue a warning (or two) to Little Miss.

“We don’t do this in real life, okay?” I tell her. Or, “Don’t you ever invite all of your little friends over for a party without asking me, understand?”

She looks at me with wide eyes and says “Okay,” but I can just see her little wheels turning and I now wonder which mischievous activity of Ramona’s she will choose to emulate. I have been reading the book to her at night before bed, but unlike Paddington, she stays wide awake for Ramona, which has meant some later nights for us both. I’ve decided to start our nightly reading earlier now since my hope of her falling asleep while we are reading has now faded.

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My 13-year old is finally reading the fifth book in the Harry Potter series. I say finally because it took him a year to finish the fourth book. It didn’t take him a year because he struggles to read. It took him a year because he kept getting distracted by video games, Legos, and building amazing creations in Minecraft. He finished the fourth book over the last month because I assigned it to him for his English class and this week he will be assigned a book report on it. He’s done a nice job with his last two reports, so I’m sure he’ll do fine with this one, as well.

As soon as he finished book number four, he went looking for the next book in his dad’s collection and spent two hours in his room, lost in Hogwarts instead of Youtube. It was heavenly for this book-loving mother.

As for me, I finished Take a Chance on Me, a novella by Becky Wade and really enjoyed it. Her first official book in that series, The Misty River Romance, is coming out in May and is called Stay with Me. While I wait for that book, I found True to You, the first in her Bradford Sisters Romance series. I am enjoying it so far. Her romances are, as Amazon says, “clean and wholesome,” but written well and not cheesy like other romances can be. Don’t look at me like that. My romances aren’t cheesy. Well, maybe they are, but hey, cheesy is a nice distraction some times.

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For those who are interested, I’m including the description for True To You from Amazon (It is currently available for free on Kindle Unlimited if you have a membership).

Winner of the 2018 Christy Award Book of the Year

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John’s already dating someone and Nora’s not sure she’s ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

As for what I’m watching, I wasted too much time on Granchester and was turned off by how they tried to shove 2020 sensibilities into a show that takes place in the 1950s. I made it into part of Season 2 before I bailed on it. I would have bailed before, but the lead actor’s masculine jawline and cheekbones had me a bit mesmerized.

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There were only so many scenes of him drinking his sorrows away with a glass of brandy, a cigarette, and some jazz that I could take. Not only that but this vicar is the most un-vicar like vicar I’ve ever seen. He’s completely ruled by his demons, which is realistic, but I like to watch shows where the main characters learn from his mistakes and this dude never does.

I know that I am supposed to recognize these are flawed human beings who are growing and learning but the main character seemed to repeat the same mistakes over and over with little to no revelation on his part. And I also questioned that he was a vicar but practiced very little of the Bible. In fact, he was almost never conducting the duty of a vicar at all, yet he never got fired.

As for what I was doing this past week, we’ve been packing, cleaning out and all-out panicking about our move in less than three weeks. One day at a time, though. We know it will all work out eventually.

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My husband’s car is in the shop and will be there for a long time, based on the price for the repairs, so the kids and I have been pretty much marooned at home. This would drive most people crazy, but as an introvert, I don’t mind having an excuse not to go out into public and deal with – shudder – other people. It has also been made easier by the fact it’s been super rainy and cold this past week. When it warms up and we are stuck without a car to go to the playground, I might start to freak out a little bit. Luckily my husband is home from work early most evenings.

I added three chapters of A New Beginning to blog this week, not wanting to leave my devoted readers on a cliffhanger until next week. I’m also giving copies of the manuscript to friends and family to ask them to proof it and hopefully catch typos so I can publish it on Kindle sometime in April. You can find links to those chapters HERE or at the link at the top of the page under A New Beginning.

So, how are all of you? What have you been reading, watching and doing? Let me know in the comments and if you want to jump onto Sunday Bookends each week, feel free to do so and leave me a link so I can read your weekly review as well.

 

 

Written by Lisa R. Howeler

As a writer, photographer and former journalist, Lisa R. Howeler writes a little bit about everything on her blog Boondock Ramblings. She self-published her first novel, A Story to Tell, in September 2019 on Amazon. She's a wife and a mother and enjoys a good John Wayne movie and a cozy Jan Karon book. She's also a freelance writer and photographer who is a contributor to various stock agencies, including Lightstock and Alamy. Her photography work focuses on documentary and photojournalism.

10 comments

  1. I’m dreaming of the day my son will put down his tablet and hide with a book. He’s just starting to learn, so it’s a big, hard chore for him that he doesn’t want to do. Good luck with all the packing and moving!

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  2. I ordered myself a devotional today! Big step ๐Ÿ™‚ I have loads on my reading list, but besides your book, I haven’t been reading anything. As an avid reader who usually reads two to three books at a time, this makes me a little anxious, but hey, it’s life and right now, I don’t have time for that! At some point, things will settle down and then I’ll be wishing I didn’t have so much time for reading ๐Ÿ˜‰ In the meantime, you will just have to keep writing books so I can sit down and read a chapter on the computer which for some reason is easier to actually get around to doing than opening an actual physical book. I hope your car is able to be fixed at some near point in the future and that moving goes well! I was actually thinking about your move today and was wondering how it was going and how soon you have to be out. You will do it! God Bless!

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    1. Thanks for thinking of me! We have to be out by April 3…yikes! So we are trying to move in shifts, with my parents as a place we can store things (they are in between where we live now and where we are moving). That will mean we won’t have as much to move the week we started loading the moving truck. Or that’s the theory anyhow! And I’m glad I can give you a little reading time, even if it is only a chapter at a time ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope to start another book sometime in April or May. I already have a few chapters written for it, but I’ve been rewriting and changing the direction of the story a little bit over the last year or so, so I’ll see when I actually start sharing it for my blog readers.

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      1. Yay for having a place to store stuff! It will work out ๐Ÿ™‚ I have tried devotionals on the computer, but I never stick to them. We will see how this goes, but I’m giving myself permission to miss some days otherwise I will give up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I am reading your book, and one of James Herriot’s books for my fiction, and easy fun reading! At the same time, I am reading “Relentless” by Michele Cushatt, an intense book with heart-questions, so I’m taking my time and moving slowly through it! We’ve been watching a lot of old Dick Van Dyke episodes this week. Blessings and prayers for you!

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  4. I am still reading those Texas romance novels I got for Valentine’s Day. I watched this really fun series on Netflix and now I can’t remember what it was called. It’s about a nurse midwife that goes to a small town in California to work. It was a beautiful little town and just a simple, no stress show to watch at the end of the day. I still like Doc Martin more, that is such a fun show with all it’s crazy characters. My son use to love reading Diary of a Wimpy kid.

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    1. I am just going to have to check out Doc Martin since you and another of my blog readers keeps mentioning it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am on a Netflix break now for personal reasons. I don’t like the agenda a lof their shows have anymore.

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