A Winter’s Respite Readathon Update #3

Seasons of Reading
Pages Read: 46 (The Bargain) + 250 (A Flaw in the Blood) + 26 (The Colour of Magic)
Pages Read Total: 556
Books Read: 2
Books Read Total: 3
  • Finish Buffering by Hannah Hart √
  • Finish The Bargain by Jane Ashford √
  • Finish Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
  • The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett – in progress
  • A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Barron √

Quentin: 17 Weeks

Photo bomb from big brother. They were talking to each other.

Likes: Snuggles; chewing his blankies; bath time

Dislikes: Rain and cold; Arthur getting too close to his face

Selfie with mom at the play place (it was raining outside)

Sleeping: We settled into a decent routine of bedtime at 9:30ish. Sleeps until at least 1:30am, but usually more like 3:30am. Wakes up to eat and goes back down for 3-5 hours. Daytime naps are sometimes nonexistent, but here’s to hoping we settle in to something soon.

Eating: Consistent with 6 ounce bottles lately

Watching big brother

“Reading” his new book

Playing: Q has recently started playing with his toys. Mostly he grabs things and tries to eat them, but it’s a start. He’s also gotten interested in “reading” his little books, especially the one pictured above. The one page is crinkly and he can chew on the book itself. I am hoping to clean the jumper this week and introduce him to the big toys. (It’s in the garage and a bit dusty from being stored out there for almost two years.)

Doctor Visit Stats: Q’s four month doctor’s appointment isn’t until Jan. 30th, but we made a visit on Thursday. Everyone in the house has had a nasty cold and I was concerned that the baby was developing bronchitis or RSV or something of the like. He was very wheezy at night. I took him in, doctor checked him out, and he was diagnosed with a mild case of the croup. Nothing super major and nothing that needs antibiotics. So far, he’s slowly getting better… On a side note, they weighed him and Q is now 16 pounds!

Baby in motion!

Milestones: Rolling from back to tummy. He can probably roll the other way, but hates tummy time with a fiery passion. He’s also started moving around in a circle while on the floor. He’s never in the same place as I put him.

Schedule: Eh. Other than bedtime, we don’t really have one.

I put him on the mat facing the other way…

Out and About: The rain has discouraged our outings. It’s just too crazy to attempt to get a toddler and and baby in and out of our tiny 2 door mini cooper in the rain. We did get out to the grocery store earlier this week and a visit to the indoor play place on Thursday. Q went with mom to book club in Redwood City on Sunday. He got to visit with Miss Janine and Miss Amanda and baby Esha. We have an actual outing planned next Thursday to the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Here’s hoping it doesn’t rain.

Joy! (and moving in a circle…)


A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Barron

Title: A Flaw in the Blood

Author: Stephanie Barron

Publisher: Bantam 2008

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 289

Rating: 2/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Mount TBR; Read Your Book Shelf; Popsugar — On my TBR for too long

The acclaimed author of the bestselling Jane Austen mysteries brings rich historical immediacy to an enthralling new suspense novel centered around Queen Victoria’s troubled court…and a secret so dangerous, it could topple thrones.

Totally struck out with this one. My first sign of trouble was that a blurb from Booklist compared it to Carlos Ruiz Zafon. His writing is gorgeous. This writing is mediocre. I didn’t get the same feel for a world as I do in Zafon’s novels. Beyond that, I hated the switching from 3rd person narration from Fitzgerald to 1st person narration from Victoria. The transitions were abrupt and very annoying. The storyline wasn’t very interesting or intriguing. I was bored with the novel. Definitely not worth my time.

New Movie January #11-18

#11 The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2013) “Seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi’s life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. Following a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, Mariah discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth – but also devastating supernatural power.” — I loved this family friendly action adventure story. It was just the fun movie I needed the other night. Apparently the movie is based on a book. I’ll have to check it out.

#12 Burying the Ex (2014) “A guy’s regrets over moving in with his girlfriend are compounded when she dies and comes back as a zombie.” — Such a fun little twist on the zombie trope. This was a ton of fun. Definite must-watch movie.

#13 St. Vincent (2014) “A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.” — Been on my list for awhile now. Glad I finally got around to watching this one. Bill Murray is great at playing the asshole.

#14 A Royal Night Out “On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.” — A silly little movie for overnight feedings. This was a fun movie. Plus the costumes are amazing!

#15 Interstellar (2014) “A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.” — I enjoyed most of this movie. The look and sound are amazing. Very 2001-esque. I liked the premise of the movie. What I didn’t like was the conclusion that someone love transcended all the obstacles. A little hooey for my tastes.

#16 Jason Bourne (2016) “The CIA’s most dangerous former operative is drawn out of hiding to uncover more explosive truths about his past.” — We felt like we had to finish the series, but I must say that I was disappointed in this movie. Acting was so-so, plot was predictable, and worst of all, the shaky cam continued.

#17 Invaders from Mars (1953) “A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.” — Part of our 100 best science fiction films. Properly cheesy scifi. J and I had a lot of laughs from the unintentional comedy. Definite must-see for scifi fans even if the film doesn’t have the same impact as in the 1950s.


The Bargain by Jane Ashford

Title: The Bargain

Author: Jane Ashford

Publisher: Sourcebooks 2014

Genre: Historical Romance

Pages: 416

Rating: 3/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Mount TBR; New to Me

Lord Alan Gresham is the sixth son of the Duke of Langford and, as such, has been allowed to remain at Oxford to pursue his scientific studies. When the prince regent asks him to debunk the “ghost” of a dead actress haunting Carlton House, he cannot refuse, and is forced back to the Society he deplores. But upon meeting the daughter of the alleged ghost, his calm, logical investigation is disrupted.

A fun fluffy romance that turned out to be not so fun. The first 60% of the book was just fine. I enjoyed the characters and the story line. But then things started getting weird. The book tries to stick too many twists and situations into a few pages. Thoroughly disappointed in the last few pages. Really turned me off to the entire book…

Buffering by Hannah Hart

Title: Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded

Author: Hannah Hart

Publisher: Day Street Books 2016

Genre: Memoir

Pages: 272

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Mount TBR; Popsugar – Librarian Recommendation

By combing through the journals that Hannah has kept for much of her life, this collection of narrative essays deliver a fuller picture of her life, her experiences, and the things she’s figured out about family, faith, love, sexuality, self-worth, friendship and fame.

Revealing what makes Hannah tick, this sometimes cringe-worthy, poignant collection of stories is sure to deliver plenty of Hannah’s wit and wisdom, and hopefully encourage you to try your hand at her patented brand of reckless optimism.

Picked this up before Christmas from the librarian recommendation pile. Originally the ARC was offered as free book for Labor Day. I love watching Drunk Kitchen and was very interested in learning more about her personal life. After reading, I had to take a bit of time to digest everything. Hart unpacks a ton of hard topics within a very short book. I was floored by the amount of stuff she has had to deal with in her fairly short life. Somehow Hart injects a bit of humor into these sometimes dreary stories. I feel like this book is in the vein of Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. And I absolutely loved Lawson’s book. I don’t think Hart has quite the same self-depreciating humor, but she has a few great messages through this book. A very interesting read!

A Winter’s Respite Readathon Update #1

Seasons of Reading
Pages Read: 45 (Buffering) + 68 (The Bargain) + 39 (A Flaw in the Blood)
Pages Read Total: 152
Books Read: 0
Books Read Total: 0
  • Finish Buffering by Hannah Hart
  • Finish The Bargain by Jane Ashford
  • Finish Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
  • The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  • A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Barron