Sunday Post 33 | Happy 4th!

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Happy 4th to all of us in the US!

This weekend is a full one for me. The girls are home with their cats – so, 4 people and 5 cats. Five indoor cats really ups the amount of time it takes for care and feeding, since all that falls mostly to me. And my Maine Coon princess (Josie) hates my daughters’ cats, though Theo (my orange tabby fluff ball) loves them. It makes for very interesting dynamics.

Today, we are taking a “family trip” to Ikea to purchase some items for the girls new apartment, and I’m going to look for items for the house to replace what’s being taken, i.e. beds. Then late in the afternoon is the town 4th of July parade which is just town members who want to dress up in red, white, and blue walking through downtown behind the fire truck. The first year we went, we were expecting a more traditional parade and boy, were we surprised when it was just fellow town members walking. 🤣

There are no fireworks – I have no idea why they never do fireworks – but the night will end with a concert on the green – the green is a large grassy area in front of the library right on Main Street. Everybody brings camp chairs and blankets and the band sets up directly in front of the library. This year’s band plays what they call “Yacht Rock” and their band name is Thurston Howell – I kid you not. I even provided a YouTube clip so you can enjoy a small dose.

Amazon Prime First Read for July

A shocking murder carries echoes of the past for a psychologist in a startling novel of suspense by a Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author. Psychologist and criminologist Dr. Gretchen White is a specialist in antisocial personality disorders and violent crimes. She’s helped solve enough prominent cases for detective Patrick Shaughnessy that her own history is often overlooked: Gretchen is an admitted sociopath once suspected of killing her aunt. Shaughnessy still thinks Gretchen got away with murder. It’s not going to happen again. When a high-profile new case lands on Shaughnessy’s desk, it seems open and shut. Remorseless teenager Viola Kent is accused of killing her mother. Amid stories of childhood horrors and Viola’s cruel manipulations, the bad seed has already been found guilty by a rapt public. But Gretchen might be seeing something in Viola no one else does: herself. If Viola is a scapegoat, then who really did it? And what are they hiding? To find the truth, Gretchen must enter a void that is not only dark and cold-blooded, but also frighteningly familiar.

NetGalley ARC Approval

No matter how far she runs, the forest of Edgewood always comes for Emeline Lark. The scent of damp earth curls into her nose when she sings and moss creeps across the stage. It’s as if the woods of her childhood, shrouded in folklore and tall tales, are trying to reclaim her. But Emeline has no patience for silly superstitions. When she learns her grandfather disappeared from his nursing home, leaving only a milky orb in his wake, the stories Emeline has always scoffed at suddenly seem less foolish. After searching for him almost everywhere, Emeline finally succumbs to the call of Edgewood, entering the forest she has spent years trying to escape. Emeline finds herself in the court of the fabled Wood King himself. She makes a deal—her voice for her grandfather’s freedom. Little does she know, she’s stumbled into the middle of a curse much bigger than herself, one that threatens the existence of a life she has worked so hard to forget. With the help of a handsome and brooding tithe collector, a surly blacksmith, and a lost childhood friend, Emeline sets out to not only save her grandfather’s life, but to right past wrongs, and in the process, discover her true voice. Haunting and romantic, Kristen Ciccarelli’s Edgewood is an exciting novel from a bold, unforgettable voice in fantasy.

The girls wanted to watch Luca on Disney+ because they hadn’t had a chance to watch it yet. It was a pretty cute movie. It’s about two sea monsters who want to experience the human world, and has great themes like the true meaning of freedom, the importance of family, and the power of acceptance.

  • Tuesday, July 6th: Book Review of Where It All Lands by Jennie Wexler ☀☀☀☀ and Book Review of Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim ☀☀☀☀☀
  • Wednesday, July 7th: WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday, July 8th: Book Review of The Lily Garden by Barbara Josselsohn ☀☀☀☀
  • Friday, July 9th: Book Blogger Hop – Where do you post your reviews? 

How was your week? Any celebrations or fun events?

32 Replies to “Sunday Post 33 | Happy 4th!”

  1. Happy 4th of July! 5 indoor cats in the house where some of them don’t get along – can’t imagine what that must be like. Hope you get a lovely day with your family! 😊

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    1. Luckily we have 3 floors so plenty of room to spread and they do spread. It’s only first thing in the morning and the evening that tend to be problematic when they all want to be in one room.


  2. I read an ARC of A Familiar Sight. What are the chances I finally get a Prime membership and have already read one of the books? I guess I will find out how often it happens! Happy July 4th.

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    1. I haven’t had that happen yet but there are many good choices this month. So, hopefully you will find another good choice. ❤️


  3. Happy 4th of July to you, your girls and all those cats. That band is awesome, they play all my favourites. I have never heard of it referred to as Yacht Music. Have a great weekend and enjoy your upcoming reads.

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  4. Enjoy your girls and their cats, Tessa💜 I can really “hear” you’re really glad they’re there despite the chaos. It’s so cool you have a Main Coon cat, the only breed I’ve connected to. They really behave so similarly to dogs. I’m so envious of your trip to IKEA, which used to be my kryptonite. I haven’t been in a store in years because I can’t be trusted😏

    Enjoy your 4th 🇺🇸

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    1. Always happy to have them home. My oldest asked me if I was getting tired of having them home so much to which I replied, “I’m your mom.” That says it all, doesn’t it? And you’d think we’d go to IKEA more since it’s so close but we don’t. I really like their stuff too.

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  5. Happy 4th of July. I’ve been looking at Six Crimson Cranes on Netgalley so seeing you rate it 5 stars has me really wanting to request it.

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  6. I keep telling my husband I want a Maine Coon. It likely will never happen, but one can dream. 🙂 I hope you have a nice weekend with your daughters. Sounds like you have a nice 4th of July planned. It’ll be just another quiet Sunday for us until the neighbors start shooting off their illegal fireworks. I love the cover of Edgewood. It sounds good too. I haven’t selected an Amazon Prime book yet–so many sound tempting. We watched Luca recently too and really enjoyed it. I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Illegal fireworks are the worst. We live in NC near the border with SC. It’s illegal here but not in SC, so most people cross the border and get them. Late tonight it will be very noisy.


  7. Sounds like you had a herd to feed and water this weekend, Tessa, lol. We took our son to Ikea for the first time in Austin and he was like a kid in a candy store. He adored it and has since made another trip with his roommates.

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