Weekly Recap #65: Week of 8/5 – 8/11

 

It’s time for another weekly recap post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

I don’t have much to report here. I was busy but it was mainly with back-to-school preparations — shopping for supplies and new clothes, getting my kid a haircut so he doesn’t look like a wild man on the first day of school, going to the school to meet teachers and learn how to use lockers, etc.  We also got our new soccer roster midweek so I feel like I’ve spent days on the phone calling parents with beginning-of-season info.  I had two days off at the end of the week and they’re both a blur.

It was busy but I still managed to get a ton of reading done, mainly because I started thinking about my son going to middle school and got too anxious to sleep.  Even with all of the extra books I added in, last night I started reading the final book on my Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge reading list. I don’t know if I’ll finish it before the challenge is over since it’s over 500 pages, but I’m thrilled to have read so many books this summer.

I’m also way behind on reviews and on blog visits again.  The time just got away from me with everything else that was going on this week.  We’re finally ready for school to start tomorrow though so I hope to work on getting caught up today.  I think as far as the reviews go that I’m only going to write proper reviews for the ARCs on the list below and then just a sentence or two on the others as part of my final recap post for the Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge.  My brain can’t handle being that many books behind so I need to do something to quickly get myself back on track.

Oh well, I think that’s it for me. I hope everyone else has a great week! 🙂

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 UPCOMING REVIEWS

 

     
     
   
        
 

 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

  
     

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #64: Week of 7/29 – 8/4

 

It’s time for another weekly recap post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

As you can tell by how many reviews I have coming up, it was another great reading week for me but unfortunately a not-so-great writing one.  Apparently I’m a mood reader AND a mood writer, and I just didn’t feel like writing much of anything last week.  Thankfully I have a couple of days off from work this week and I plan to use those to get completely caught up on those reviews before I forget everything about every book I’ve read the past couple of weeks, lol.

Not too much else has been going on.  As I mentioned last weekend, I did finally sign up for an Instagram account for my blog.  I’m still trying to decide how much I’m going to use it, but I did do a couple of posts and have started following my fellow bloggers.  I’m still figuring out who has an account and who doesn’t so if I haven’t followed you yet, be sure to let me know your username so I can do that.  Here’s my account:  @thebookishlibra.

Off the blog, it was business as usual.  Aside from buying school supplies for my son, the only other thing I can remember doing is watching the newest season of Orange is the New Black.  I have mixed feelings about what I watched.  On the one hand, I thought it ended on a very powerful note, but overall I thought the season got off to a weak  start and didn’t really improve until the last 2 or 3 episodes.  There were too many new characters that didn’t interest me, and several of my favorite characters didn’t even make an appearance.  Kind of reminded me of that last George R.R. Martin book I read, haha.

Oh well, I think that’s it for me. I hope everyone else has a great week! 🙂

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 UPCOMING REVIEWS

 

     
    
     
 

 

 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

     

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #63: Week of 7/22 – 7/28

 

It’s time for another weekly recap post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

This was a very good writing week for me.  I was 6 reviews behind at the beginning of last week but managed to get five written this week so I’m not feeling nearly as bad about backlogged reviews as I had been.  Of course I also finished reading two more books so I still need to write 3 to be fully caught up but such is the life of a book blogger, right?  LOL!

I hate when this happens, but I am a few days behind on blog comments and visits.  I’m fully placing the blame for that on Mother Nature.  After the rainiest summer I can remember in recent memory, we finally had three days of sun in a row so I’ve been outside as much as possible trying to work on those home improvement projects we started weeks ago and haven’t had enough dry weather to complete.  We’re so desperate to get those projects wrapped up that I even spent part of my Saturday night helping my husband start hanging our newly painted shutters.  We hung shutters until about 9pm when I finally had to quit because it was too dark and because the mosquitoes were eating me alive.  We still have two sets to paint but the end of that project is finally in sight!

In other blog-related news, I actually set up an Instagram account for my blog this week.  Now that I’ve set it up, I of course have cold feet about posting anything but we’ll see how that goes.  I may just end up using it to follow other book bloggers and like their pics.

Not too much else is really going on.  We’ve already started back-to-school shopping, which has my son a little crabby.  The county we live in voted to change the school calendar, starting with the upcoming school year.  We have historically gone back to school after Labor Day in September but this year because of the calendar change, the kids lose three weeks of their summer break and go back to school on August 13.  It will be nice in the spring because they’ll end up getting out before Memorial Day, but my son is mad as hell about losing so much of his summer break this year.  I’m sure he’ll get over it as soon as he’s back with his friends, etc., but right now, it’s like living with a grumpy old bear every time someone even mentions the word “school.”  Fun times!

I think that’s it for me. I hope everyone else has a great week! 🙂

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

  
     

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

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Weekly Recap #62: Week of 7/15 – 7/21

 

It’s time for another weekly recap post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Not much to report here this week. It’s one of those ‘I don’t even remember what I did this week so it couldn’t have been too exciting’ kind of weeks, haha.  Just work, work, and more work, with the only break in work being to take off from work to run my son over to his middle school orientation.  Still can’t believe I’m about to have a middle schooler on my hands!

As soon as the weekend hit, we were inundated with pouring rain, which according to the forecast is supposed to stay with us through at least August 4th 🙁 , so aside from driving an hour in it yesterday to meet my dad and stepmom for lunch because I haven’t seen them in 6 months, my weekend will be spent in the house staying dry.

As you can see from my Upcoming Reviews list below, I’m also way behind on posting reviews. I’m actually behind on writing them honestly. I’m not sure what happened there, but today will be a writing catch up day so I should finally knock a few books off that list.

I wasn’t a total blog slacker this week though.  I posted my first Summer TBR Wipeout challenge recap where you can see that I’ve read 6 books out of the goal of 15 I had set for myself.  So definitely lots of reading going on.  Participating in the Summer TBR Wipeout also moved along my Beat the Backlist Challenge, so I’m up to 22 out of my goal of 30 backlisted books for the year. I also posted my first discussion post in a while where I talked about how my reading tastes have changed over the years.  Once I get semi caught up on my reviews, I should have another discussion post coming along to get myself back on track for the discussion challenge I’m taking part in.

I think that’s it for me. I hope everyone else has a great week! 🙂

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK

 

   
      
 

 

 

 UPCOMING REVIEWS

 

     
      
        
 

 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

 
      
 

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #61: Week of 7/8 – 7/14

 

It’s time for another weekly recap post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

This past week was mainly just the same old, same old — work, continuing with home improvement projects, and getting outside as much as possible to enjoy the great summer weather we’ve been having.  I’m still binge watching Felicity. I’m about halfway through season 2, which is the season where she chopped off all of her hair.  I still remember watching that for the first time and seeing all of the entertainment news magazines and shows go nuts.  Who knew a haircut could cause so much drama? LOL.

I did take one vacation day this week and took my son to Water Country USA water park in Williamsburg.  Neither of us had ever been there before so it was a nice treat for us both.  It’s a little expensive, especially if you add in the Quick Queue option that allows you to skip the lines, but I hate waiting in long lines so it was worth it.  We both had an amazing time and had nearly perfect weather for it too.  It was just warm and sunny enough to be a beautiful day, but not so hot and scorching that either of us ended up with sunburn.  My son, who can sometimes be a little timid about rides, actually rode every ride in the park, even those huge terrifying drop slides that I can’t even look at, much less ride, lol.  I rode everything except for those and it was just an all around nice mom/son day.  It was also just nice to be completely unplugged from my phone and computer for the day since I couldn’t even carry my phone around at the park for fear of losing it or getting it completely waterlogged.

I had a great reading week as well, finishing up A Feast for Crows, the last book in the Grishaverse trilogy, as well as an ARC of Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win.  Reviews for all three of these will be up on the blog this week, as well as my first update for the Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge so I can see how I’m doing on that.  A couple of library books that became available sooner than I expected has shuffled my TBR for that challenge a little, but I’m still hoping to knock 15 books off my list before all is said and done.

I think that’s it for me. I hope everyone else has a great week! 🙂

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

 
 

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

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Weekly Recap #60: Week of 7/1 – 7/7

 

It’s time for another weekly recap post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

I hope everyone who was celebrating this week had a wonderful 4th of July.  We had a quiet day here since both my husband and I had to work the day before and the day after the holiday.  We did finally get to the theater to see Ocean’s 8 though, which was fabulous, for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.  I had never seen the other Ocean’s movies either so I came home with the intention of binge watching all of them.  That didn’t work out too well, unfortunately.  I fell asleep halfway through both Ocean’s 11 and Ocean’s 12, then gave up on the whole plan.  I think the buildup to the actual heists just felt so slow in the original movies compared to Ocean’s 8 and my attention span just wasn’t up for the challenge.  I gave up and ended up binge watching the first season of the old TV show Felicity instead.  I had forgotten how much I loved that show when it first came on TV.

This has also been the week of major home improvement projects.  My Saturday was seriously so exciting I just couldn’t stand it!  Want to know how I spent it?  Painting the shutters on my house and waiting for my new oven to finally be delivered.    We were given an annoying 4-hour delivery window for the oven so since we had to stay at home for that long anyway, we decided to multi-task and get the shutters painted.  We’re also planning to redo our front porch so once we got the oven, we spent the rest of the afternoon driving around looking for porch railings and columns that we liked.  Exciting stuff, right?

My son is at his grandmother’s for the holiday, so it was quiet here all week and the weather was gorgeous so I spent the rest of my time out on my deck reading. I got a lot of reading done on A Feast for Crows.  I’m over 700 pages in now and hope to actually finish it this week, which I’m kind of impressed with myself about since it usually takes me months to read one of those books.  I’m also planning to finish the Grishaverse trilogy this week.  I started the last book yesterday but got sidetracked by all of that shutter painting excitement.

My son comes home today and we’re taking him out for a celebratory milk shake.  While he was at his grandmother’s, we got his math placement in the mail and learned that he has placed into Pre-Algebra for the upcoming school year.  He’s going into 6th grade and only about 10% of the 6th graders in the county place into Pre-Algebra so we’re very excited for him especially since he loves Math and really wanted to place into Pre-Algebra.  Why a milkshake?  Because apparently I’m a horrible parent and my child has never had a milkshake before.   I know, I know! *hangs head in shame*.  In my defense. for years he has done nothing but tell me how much he hates milk and, up until about two years ago, he wouldn’t really eat ice cream either.  It just never dawned on me that he would have any interest in a milkshake. But now the interest is definitely there and he has FaceTimed me everyday this week to make sure we’re still going today, lol.

I think that’s it for me. I hope everyone else has a great week! 🙂

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

   
 
 

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #59: Week of 6/24 – 6/30

 

It’s time for another weekly recap post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

After all of the excitement last weekend of having my nephews around, we fell back into a pretty quiet routine this week.  We’re finally starting to get more sunshine in our forecasts so a lot of time has been spent sitting outside on the deck reading and relaxing.  It’s supposed to be nice tomorrow too so we’re planning to head out and catch Ocean’s 8 early in the day and then come back and cook on the grill and hang out outside for the rest of the day.  That was actually our original plan for Saturday, but in this week’s one burst of excitement, our oven nearly caught on fire yesterday.  I had set it to pre-heat to 400 degrees and when the oven beeped to let me know it was up to temperature, I opened the door to put the food inside and something just didn’t seem right.  Not that I know exactly what 400 degrees is supposed to feel like, but the heat coming out of the oven just felt way hotter than what I’m used to feeling when I open the door.   I went and got my husband and when he looked at it, he could see that the broiler was on even though I hadn’t touched it.  We turned the oven off, but it wouldn’t turn off. Instead, it just kept getting hotter and hotter and then smoke started coming out of it.  That set off the smoke detectors, of course, so then it was total chaos.  We ended up having to actually throw the circuit breaker to get it to shut off.  It got a little scary there for a minute, but needless to say, after 24 years, it’s time to get a new oven.  So my Saturday was spent shopping for ovens instead of lounging and grilling, lol!

Because it was so quiet otherwise, I did get a decent amount of reading done this week, including finishing a couple of backlist books that I’ll be reviewing later this week.  I also realized when I wrote my Top Ten Tuesday post last week that I was wrong about having read four books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.  I’ve actually only read three of them, which has given me the kick in the pants I needed to finally start the fourth book.  It will probably take me the rest of the summer to read it since it’s nearly 1,000 pages, but it will happen.  I’ll also be signing up for the Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge because I have about 12-13 other books that I really want to get through this summer and even though I complained about challenges recently, I do really enjoy this challenge.  I’ll be doing my signup post and sharing my TBR in a couple of days.

I think that’s it for me. I hope everyone else has a great week! 🙂

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 UPCOMING REVIEWS

 

        
   
 

 

 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

    
 
 

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #58: Week of 6/17 – 6/23

 

It’s time for another weekly recap post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

It has been another quiet week for me, busy at work and lots of lounging around in my down time.  The highlight of my week was that I finally got to sit down and watch Love, Simon yesterday.  Such a super cute movie. It’s slightly different from the book but I still really loved it and highly recommend it to everyone, even if you don’t plan to read the book.

This weekend has been crazy at my house. Two of my nephews, ages 17 and 12, are up visiting from Florida.  We only see them once or twice a year so it has been a real treat for my son, who absolutely adores them and really looks up to the 17 year old.  All three of them are also video game nuts so they’ve been glued to the X-Box, yelling and screaming and just having a grand old time.  It sounds like party central at my house and thankfully the weather has been good this weekend so the hubby and I have been leaving the noise behind and hanging out outside on our deck.  My poor cat is so ready for them to leave though.  He does not like the noise and in his mind, the stranger danger, and I think if he could figure out how to pack their bags and set them on the doorstep, he totally would, lol.

I didn’t accomplish nearly as much reading as I had hoped to this week, but I did finish To Kill a Kingdom, which I thought was fantastic.  I’ve also started Letting Go of Gravity and am really enjoying that so far too.

I think that’s it for me. I hope everyone else has a great week! 🙂

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 UPCOMING REVIEWS

 

        
  
 

 

 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

     
 
 

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #57: Week of 6/10 – 6/16

 

It’s time for another weekly recap post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Happy Father’s Day weekend to all who are celebrating!  I’ll be keeping this post short and sweet since I’m taking a break from our Father’s Day activities to write it.  We’re celebrating not only Father’s Day but also my son graduating from elementary school this past week.  He finished up with straight A’s and achievement awards in Math and Social Studies. so we’re very proud of him.

Aside from that it has been a fairly quiet week.  I took off 2 1/2 days from work this week and was thrilled to have good enough weather to actually get outside and enjoy my days off.  We’re in the midst of a major landscaping project at the moment and have ripped out all of the overgrown bushes that were planted in front of our house.  It looks naked out there now as we decide what we’re planting in their place, but the bushes were just so out of control that they had to go.  As we learned when we pulled them up, they also had snakes (yes, plural) living under them.  We think they were baby copperheads but regardless, I don’t do snakes so they had to go.  Once we finish our new planting, we’ll also be painting our shutters and doors a new color.  Nothing screams I’m middle aged like being super excited to put shutters and doors, right? LOL!

I didn’t get quite as much reading done this week as I had hoped with those days off, so A Boy Made of Blocks and Letting Go of Gravity are still on my TBR. I did start A Boy Made of Blocks last night though so I’m hoping to get through both of these and at least one more during the upcoming week.

I think that’s it for me. I hope everyone else has a great week! 🙂

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

       
 
 

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

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Weekly Recap #56: Week of 6/3 – 6/9

 

It’s time for another weekly recap post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

This week has been a little off kilter for me because it started off with a mandatory training session that forced me to get up extra early on a Monday morning and drive an hour to the training center when my morning commute is usually 10 minutes.  That was the worst, of course, but they did compensate for that misery a bit by serving us a delicious breakfast  before the training started.  I can be very forgiving when bacon, eggs, french toast, and fresh fruit are involved, lol.  The training did eat up a lot of my time though so I spent most of the rest of the week playing catch up.  Not fun but by the time I left on Friday, I was back on track, so yay!

Not too much else has been going on.  My son finished all of his testing last week and will graduate from elementary school this Friday.  I can’t believe I’m going to have a middle schooler on my hands.  Where does the time go? I still remember his first day of preschool!

I had a pretty good reading week too.  I finally (two weeks late!) finished the last of my May ARCs, Furyborn, and will review that this week.  I have some mixed feelings about it but enjoyed it overall.  I also finished one of my June ARCs and got started on another.  And thanks to my longer commute this week, I also managed to finish A Man Called Ove, which had been on my TBR for two years.  This week will be mostly devoted to my June ARCs but I am hoping to get through A Boy Made of Blocks, which is another that has been on my TBR for too long.

I also apologize for lagging behind on my blog hopping and replying to comments.  I knew I would fall behind with my work schedule but had planned to get caught up on Saturday since there was a 90% chance of stormy weather all day that day.  When I woke up though, the sun was shining and it was gorgeous outside and I ended up spending nearly all day and evening outside instead of at my computer.  I hope to get mostly caught up today though since the rain that missed us yesterday is supposed to be here all day today.

I think that’s it for me. I hope everyone else has a great week! 🙂

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 UPCOMING REVIEWS

 

       
  
 

 

 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

        

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

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