It’s Monday!

A few books found their way to my house this week.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom


When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin.

Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.

Muppet Robin Hood by Tim Beedle,
illustrated by Armand Villavert, Jr. and David Petersen

(From Paperbackswap.)

The Muppets tell the Robin Hood legend for laughs, and it’s the reader who will be merry! Robin Hood (Kermit the Frog) joins with the Merry Men — Sherwood Forest’s infamous gang of misfit outlaws — to take on the stuffy Sheriff of Muppetham (Sam the Eagle) and the wicked Gonzo of Gisbourne!

Mailbox Monday is taking a blog tour. This month’s host is Laura at I’m Booking It. Head over there to see what goodies others got in their boxes and to share your own loot.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Here’s my report today.

Books Completed Last Week:

  • A View from the Back Pew by Tim O’Donnell (review Wednesday)
  • Leaping Beauty by Gregory Maguire (review not completed yet)
  • You Can’t Do Everything So Do Something by Shane Standford (won’t be reviewing)

Other Stories Read:

  • “Dolly’s Trash and Treasures” by Lawrence Block (review not completed yet)
  • “Beauty and the Beast” by Marie Le Prince de Beaumont


Currently Reading:

  • In Christ Alone by Sinclair B. Ferguson
  • Muppet Snow White by Jesse Blaze Snider, illustrated by Shelli Paroline (reading with Amber)
  • The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Listening to:

  • The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

Up next:

  • I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  • The Case of the Glamorous Ghost by Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Silver and Spice by Jennifer Greene

For Friday’s Tales:

  • I’m thinking Irish tales for the next couple of weeks. It’ll be St. Patrick’s Day soon. Any suggestions?

What have you been reading?


  1. I love the one with the Muppets, I had no clue they were in book form too. Going to look up Kitchen House, now that one is something I’d love to know more about next. Enjoy the week and happy reading 🙂

  2. Yes, now would be a good time to pull out those Maeve Binchy books, since St. Patrick’s Day is approaching…and also because I’ve joined an Ireland Reading Challenge.

    The Kitchen House was on my radar awhile back, and then I hadn’t seen it in awhile. Seeing it here today now reminds me that I want to read it!


    • I didn’t know I am Number Four was based on a book. Now I am itching to get my hands on it – the trailer for the film looks nice too.

      I am currently reading:

      1. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
      2. New Australian Stories (edited by Aviva Tuffield)
      3. Death do us Part (edited by Harlan Coben)
      4. The List of All Answers by Peter Goldsworthy

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