Things are… looking up!  Not “great” yet but getting closer.  After my not-so-fun weekend, I took some big steps to improve the situation on Monday.  First things first: a date with my gym hot tub (so I could get a momma break and ease my aching body).   Step two was getting my back adjusted again (feels almost perfect now), and then I just tried to take it easy for the rest of the afternoon.


I have fallen SO far behind on Book a Week. I’ve read 18 books but there’s 21 weeks – almost 22 – completed in 2015.  I may have slipped too far behind to read 52 books in 2015, but I’m sure going to keep trying!  I just finished up this one (which was super long <—a problem for Book a Week!).


Week 18:  City of Bones


This book was actually my Mother’s Day present from the Husband!  He knows I like Young Adult fiction and also like series, so he thought this would be a good fit.


Description: “When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…”


My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.  Unfortunately I just didn’t like it.  Seemed formulaic (which I normally don’t mind), and also didn’t have me gripped and dying to continue the story… I put it down for days at a time sometimes.  And I have no desire to read the rest of the books in the series, so… That says a lot.  I think it was too “young” in “young adult” for me.  Plus, one advantage to my Book a Week project is it is making me slightly more picky than normal (I usually love all books simply because they are books!). 


Okay… let’s talk about that sandwich.

 tomato basil grilled cheese

To make this awesome grilled cheese:


Butter one side of each slice of bread. Flip over.

On one slice, spoon some vodka pasta sauce.  On the other, put a big pile of mozzarella cheese.

Top with fresh basil.

Proceed to pan-fry as you normally would.


PERFECTION. <— See, my week is already better than last week!




  • TLS June 2, 2015, 8:09 am

    What a brilliant idea for a grilled cheese! I love a good vodka sauce (and good vodka)! I will be making that in the near future. Hopefully my basil plant will take off soon, so we’ll have more to use.

  • Lindsay June 2, 2015, 9:37 am

    What gym do you go to? And, more importantly, is it a gym that has locations in the Raleigh/Durham area? It just looks so amazing and I’m in the market for a new gym.

    • Caitlin June 2, 2015, 10:33 am

      I’ll email you!

  • Amanda June 2, 2015, 9:50 am

    OMG. That sandwich is everything!

  • Sagan June 2, 2015, 10:04 am

    Aw, that’s too bad you didn’t like the book! I thought it was way better than most other YA books. To each their own 🙂

    Also… that grilled cheese is genius. Must make it for Mr Science!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul June 2, 2015, 10:10 am

    Oh goodness I want to eat this right now! I’m craving grilled cheese!

  • Amy @ Army Amy June 2, 2015, 11:17 am

    You could still make your book goal. Don’t give up! I’ve read 52+ books per year multiple times. My advice: don’t get hung up on reading 1 book in 1 week. When you are busy, you read slower, but during less busy times, you can read a lot more. Plus, it’s too easy to fall behind. Instead, try focusing on a monthly goal. I’d also suggest dropping books that you don’t like. What’s the point in forcing yourself to slog through something you aren’t enjoying? As you saw, it only serves to kill your motivation. Good luck and happy reading.

  • Deanna June 2, 2015, 11:57 am

    I am totally with you – I did not like City of Bones/Mortal Instruments series very much at all. However, Cassandra Clare also wrote a series called The Infernal Devices. Clockwork Angel was the first in that series. It was so much better – it seemed like it was written like a COMPLETELY different author. It is definitely a good YA read!

  • Kendall June 2, 2015, 12:16 pm

    that looks amazing! I still haven’t found a dairy free “cheese” that is as good as regular cheese. Continue to take good care of yourself!! Good thing you know an acupuncturist!

  • Laura @ June 2, 2015, 1:12 pm

    That sandwich looks so good! I’ve gotten really in to reading this year, too, and while I haven’t been doing a book a week I have certainly read a lot more than in the recent past! As a kid/teen I’d read a book or two every week, and slacked off in early adulthood.

    Our local library has a summer reading program for kids AND adults! I signed myself up (along with my two year old son), and if I reach my reading goal I’ll have a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Fun!

  • Clizia June 2, 2015, 1:42 pm

    That sandwich looks amazing – what is vodka sauce though?

    • Caitlin June 2, 2015, 3:02 pm

      It’s a type of pasta sauce! You gotta try it.

  • Natalie @ The Ravenous Mommy June 2, 2015, 5:22 pm

    For a mom of 2, a book a month is great! I’ve only read a couple books in the past year, haha.

    That grilled cheese looks so yummy, I usually make the basic kind and this looks so much better!

  • Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me June 2, 2015, 8:51 pm

    I love kicking grilled cheeses up a notch! This looks like a great alternative to the traditional version. 🙂

    Glad to hear things are getting better!

  • Kathy June 2, 2015, 10:44 pm

    That sammie looks gooood! Regarding your book reading goals, maybe you could throw a couple new to you kids books into the mix…research for the kiddos and a quick read for you. Have you read PaperBag Princess?

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