Reading Roundup for April

This month I actually was able to start reading again, but I seem to be stuck on a genre and a series. I can only focus on supernatural witchy ghost books right now, and I have some armchair psychiatrist reasons why. Anything too intense is just well, too intense. Too complex and I can’t concentrate well enough to catch all that I normally would and I don’t feel I would appreciate it fully, and if they are too happy, that isn’t jiving with me because we are living in such strange days. So I think I am enjoying these because they have happy endings but the characters are in a sort of state of chaos as well. I am going to try to read something different next week, I am going to head back to the cozy mystery Lighthouse Library series I had been reading and see how I do.

That all being said, this is what I read this month..

And I am about to finish book 7, hopefully tonight!

So rather than go book by book, I think I am just going to discuss this series.

Charlie Payne is a psychic who is able to communicate with ghosts, and in the first book she begins to use her talents to assist the police, when a police officer’s mother asks her to look into the haunting of her house. The policeman, Jason, doesn’t trust her and assumes she is a con artist, but after seeing what she can do first hand, becomes a believer.

Charlie’s whole family is made up of gifted witches, all with different abilities. Together, Charlie and her cousins Lisa, Jen, and Daphne with their Aunt Evangeline work together with Jason in working his tough cases. Throughout the books, a few more characters are added in, each with their own roles to play. I don’t want to spoil it and tell you too much here though!

I really enjoy all of these characters. They seem like real people. I feel like sometimes you read books and characters just aren’t relatable – they don’t act or say things like just a normal real person does. Charlie and her crew are interesting characters, each very different but also make me think of regular people I might run into in life, with their reactions and way of doing things. I also love the family dynamic – they have family dinners every Friday and are such a tight knit little family. I love that.

As for the stories themselves, I feel like this series just kept getting better and better as I plowed my way through them. The only thing that bothers me is that there are editing errors that bug me here and there. Overall though, I am really enjoying these books! I will definitely keep reading this series, and also look into her other series, Book of Kaels.

My Sunday-Monday Post

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Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz

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Last week was, well, another week. Lol. Wyatt and I really dug into homeschooling, with lots of projects and learning about weather. Then yesterday was my mom’s birthday. She is hanging tough, quarantining alone, but we did go over and drop off a gift that I ordered for her. I ordered her a DIY card making set, since she likes to send cards to people and also because it will occupy her time as well, making them. I also added a set of Flair markers because I love them and I thought she might like them too. We had started a plant from seed for her but either it didn’t make it or hasn’t emerged yet! We had a surprise when we visited too, a raccoon living in her tree! We visited for a bit, in the front yard and 8 feet apart, then later we had a video chat birthday cake and ice cream with her. My brother and his family visited her in the same way, and spent a good while chatting with her. We do what we can!

Read Last Week:

So yeah, still reading this series. I figure if it’s working I will stick with it! I did try to read two different books, and I just couldn’t, so it was back to witches and ghosts. These are pretty good though, and I will just keep reading them until I am done I guess! (or get tired of them)

Reading This Week:

I am obviously enjoying this series. Lol. The main character is intriguing and I think she is practical and tough and relatable, despite being a witch and psychic. The stories are interesting, the supporting characters are just as interesting as the main, and they are quick reads that are holding my attention at a time when I am finding it difficult to concentrate on reading.

Posted Last Week:

National Parks Week

A Pancake Picnic

Week Two of Homeschooling…

Some of my favorite vacations…National Parks Week

Watching:

When Calls the Heart and Sanditon are our go-to shows at night right now. On weekends we are doing “movie nights” and this weekend we watched The Pale Horse (although technically not a movie) and then Blow the Man Down which was a recommendation from Greg at Book Haven. We are so glad he suggested it last week, we both loved it! It was totally quirky and well done and just so different. I told my mom and brother to watch it too. I thought The Pale Horse was well acted and held my interest, but I can’t say I necessarily liked it. Does that make sense? I haven’t read the book, but I did google the synopsis after watching the Amazon show, and saw the book is nothing like what we watched. I am putting the book on my list to read though!

How are you all? What are watching, reading, eating?

My Sunday-Monday Post

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Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

Another week of shelter-in-place. Billy took the week off this past week and it was really nice to have him home. I was much more relaxed knowing he was home with us and not out at work. And while we did a lot of lazy things this week, we realized last night that being just sort of couch potatoes is not something we really ever do a whole lot of. So it was interesting to just lay about. The weather was horrid this week, we even had an all day snow on Friday, and we just stayed inside with the exception of a few rides around town to just get out for a minute. We also worked with Wyatt together for his homeschool, learning about the letter R and rabbits, and we had so much fun doing it! This week and next we are going to focus on weather, and I am in the process of pulling that all together still. We watched a stream of the DSO classroom edition, which was really cool. It was about the many moods of music and Wyatt absolutely loved it! Saturday night we tuned in to a virtual campfire program with Yosemite National Park. We set up the tent in the living room and went all out. It was fun! I am trying to take advantage of some of these virtual events as much as I can – or at least as much as I remember to do so.

Read Last Week:

I haven’t been able to really read since COVID started, until this series. I can only read about ghosts right now apparently. But since I am able to read this series, I am sticking with it! It is pretty good! And so far they have all been included in my Amazon Kindle Unlimited membership.

Reading This Week:

Posted Last Week:

I reviewed a few board games for kids here, and then talked about our massive craving for junk food here.

Watching:

Still watching When Calls the Heart, although we are nearing the end of the seasons available. Good news though, the newest season will start this upcoming week. Lol. Yay! We watched a movie, Brittany Runs a Marathon, Saturday night too, after kiddo went to bed. It was pretty good!

And that’s it from my corner of the world. How about you?