Weekly Recap #91: Week of 2/10 – 2/16

 

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.

This week was kind of a blur for me.  We’re entering busy season again at work and are doing so short-staffed and with some time-consuming new procedures to follow.  I’m hoping the procedures smooth out and become easier to follow as we get used to them, but right now, every day is just ugh.  The highlight of the work week was getting heart-shaped pizzas for lunch on Valentine’s Day, lol.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, my husband and I were both still getting over being sick so we did nothing.  I bought my own box of chocolates again this year because the only one I like is the variety that has nuts and even after almost 20 years of marriage, he still gets it wrong every year.  Some people are great gift buyers and some are hopeless. He’s definitely in the hopeless category when it comes to chocolates.

On the sick front, I honestly can’t believe how long the after-effects of this sickness have dragged on.  We’re both functioning now and back to work, etc., but are also both still coughing frequently and feel completely drained by the time we get home in the evenings.  I napped almost all day yesterday and may end up doing the same thing today.  Food still tastes weird too.  My coffee tastes metallic and I was especially disappointed Friday night because we picked up Chick Fil A on the way home from soccer practice and it tasted weird too.  I’ll be so glad when this sickness is completely out of my system.

Reading was a mixed bag for me this week too.  I finished The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which was absolutely fabulous.  I don’t know that I’ll be writing a real review for it, but it was definitely a 5 star read for me.  Then I also finished an ARC of Crown of Feathers, which I still need to write my review for, but I will say that it was a hard book to get through.  I almost DNFed because of all of the info dumping.

Crown of Feathers was supposed to be my final February ARC but I just got approved for Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee. That book was a recent CWW pick for me, so I’m excited to dive into it this week. I also just started reading Obsidio, the final book in The Illuminae Files.  I’m excited to see where this story goes and I’m excited to finally be finishing up one of the series that has been lingering on my TBR for way too long.

I think that’s about it for me.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

   
 
    

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #90: Week of 2/3 – 2/9

 

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.

After our Arctic blast a couple of weeks ago, we were finally treated to some lovely 60-70 degree weather this past week.  I knew with all of the yoyo-like temperatures we’ve had lately that eventually I’d end up sick.  This week unfortunately ended up being the week, and not only did I get sick, but my husband did as well.   I got sick first, catching what was either the flu or the worst cold I’ve ever had from a coworker I was training last week.  We probably should have cancelled the training but were just desperate to get it in before busy season is in full swing.  I thought I had escaped the sickness but woke up Thursday morning sweating profusely, achy all over, and running a fever of 102.3.  I ended up calling in sick Thursday and Friday because I felt so badly, but thankfully am feeling much better today aside from a nagging cough and some congestion.  Unfortunately though, as soon as I started to feel better, my husband came down with it. He’s not even convinced he got it from me because apparently almost everyone at his work has been sick lately too.  My son has been lucky so far, so I’m really hoping that luck holds so he doesn’t miss school.

I saw this photo on the Facebook page of the local NBC station and had to laugh because it’s so true, especially this year.

Credit: NBC12

 

Not too much else went on this week.  Since I didn’t feel well enough to do much else, I did get a ton of reading done. I only have one more February ARC left to read so I’m excited about that and plan to get back to my backlist reading as soon as that one is read.  I also, as of right now anyway, only have 5 ARCs for March so I think that’s going to be a big backlist month for me.  I guess it probably sounds weird to be excited about not having many ARCs, but I am just so eager to meet my goal of reading more books that are sitting on my shelves that I’m thrilled when there’s any window of opportunity to do that without worrying about not meeting ARC deadlines.

When I wasn’t reading this week, I was continuing with my Gilmore Girls binge on Netflix and finishing up season 5 of Grace and Frankie.  Next up for me will be to finish the final season of Kimmy Schmidt and then to start The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and see if it lives up to the hype.  I’m also hoping to watch Bohemian Rhapsody this week since it’s coming out on Redbox.  I missed it when it was at the theater but keep hearing good things about it so now I’m very curious.

I think that’s about it for me.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK

 

      
    
       
 

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 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

 
    

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #89: Week of 1/27 – 2/2

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 started out on a strange note.  My son woke up last Sunday morning with huge pink blotches on his cheeks.  At first I thought it was windburn from waiting out at the bus this week because it was really windy almost every day.  They kept getting pinker throughout the day though and then he started to run a fever and his face looked a little swollen, so we took him over to one of the urgent care centers.  There he was diagnosed with something called Fifth Disease or Slapped Cheek Syndrome and he was the second case of it the doctor had seen that day.  I had never heard of it, but the doctor said that it’s viral and that the pink rash is actually the final stage of the virus running its course.  So basically you have no idea you have it until it’s almost gone.  We had to keep him out of school for a day, which of course he loved, but he seems fine now, which is the most important thing, and thankfully my husband and I seem to have escaped coming down with it.

Last weekend I was also lamenting about how many ARCs I need to get through before February 12th.  I’m pleased to report that I got a ton of reading done this week and finished all of my February 5th ones and will be reviewing those on the blog this week. Well, all except for The Ruin of Kings, which unfortunately ended up being a DNF for me.  I liked the characters well enough, but the structure and pacing weren’t really working well for me.  Then I noticed I was getting pretty far along in the book but the story seemed nowhere near finished.  I then realized I only had a lengthy excerpt of the book rather than a full ARC so I gave up on it since I had so many other February ARCs to read and review.  Disappointing of course, but as someone who often struggles to DNF, I’m glad I made myself set it down and move on to other books.

Not too much else went on this week. I did finally just finish the new season of Grace and Frankie, which of course, was hilarious.  I also noticed that the final episodes of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are now online so I’ll probably be watching that soon too. I might even start it on Superbowl Sunday since I don’t have a team I’m rooting for this year. I’ll just be watching for the commercials, lol.

Oh well, enough of my boring rambles.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

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 UPCOMING REVIEWS

     
      
   
 
 
 

 

 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

    NONE THIS WEEK… 
    

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #88: Week of 1/20 – 1/26

 

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’s one of those weeks where either nothing important happened or else I’ve forgotten everything that did happen because I can’t think of anything to write.  Work, school, soccer, repeat is yet again all that comes to mind.

Last week I managed to get all of my posts for the week written on Saturday and Sunday.  I really loved having the extra time during the week to read and blog, so I’ll be aiming for the same productivity this weekend.   Since I didn’t have to write any posts during the week, I was able to finish reading my last January ARC, two of my 2/5 ARCs, and start a third 2/5 ARC.  I have really got to get better about not requesting too many ARCs with the same publication dates because I still have another seven that I need to try to get through by 2/12.   Once I get through those, thankfully my publication dates spread out a bit and I’ll be able to get back to my backlist reading.

What else?  Oh, I did manage to squeeze in most of Grace and Frankie season 5. I have a couple of episodes left but should knock that out today or tomorrow.  That show just keeps getting funnier and funnier, and I’m so excited to hear that it has already been renewed for season 6!

Short, sweet, and pretty boring, but that’s all I’ve got right now

Have a great week, everyone!

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK

 

   
 
       
 

 UPCOMING REVIEWS

     
      
 
 
 

 

 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

     
    

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #87: Week of 1/13 – 1/19

 

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.

What a crazy weather week we’ve had here in Virginia. My son was out of school Monday and Tuesday because we had five inches of snow and by the end of the week, we had temps in the 50s and it felt almost springlike.  The bottom is supposed to drop out on those temps tonight though with a projected low of 11 degrees tonight and a high of 25 tomorrow.  I know I won’t want to get out of bed tomorrow morning (not that I ever do on a Monday morning) with temps like that.

Other than the wild weather, life has been plodding along like usual.  The big excitement for this week was that I had minor surgery and therefore got to work from home two days.  The surgery itself was no big deal, but I have to say it was really nice working from home.  It was amazing how much I actually got done without having to worry about incoming phone calls, people stopping by my desk, and the other various interruptions that always happen in the office.  I could get used to that, lol.

I’ve been continuing my Gilmore Girls rewatch and enjoying it because it’s kind of like comfort food, but I will be abandoning that tomorrow to start watching Season 5 of Grace and Frankie, which is one of my favorite series.  I’m impressed that I’ve waited two whole days to start watching it, but I decided I wanted to use it as a reward if I can get all of this week’s blog posts out of the way this weekend.  I’m planning 5 posts for the week and this one is number 3, so we’ll see if I can stick to the plan.  I also got a little behind on blog hopping because of my surgery, but hopefully I’ll get caught up on that this weekend too.

I had a mixed bag on the reading front last week. I did end up DNFing 96 Words for Love. I just wasn’t feeling it so decided to cut my losses and move on.  On a much better note though, I finally read (and loved!) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.  That one had been on my TBR for over two years.  I also finished Murder on the Orient Express, which was also great.  I did both of those as audiobooks so they did double duty for my backlist and audiobook challenges.  I also finished two ARCs and will be reviewing those this week, The Suspect by Fiona Barton and The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff.  I had mixed feelings about The Suspect but enjoyed it overall, and I thought The Lost Girls of Paris was fantastic.

I think that’s about it for now.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

     
   

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #86: Week of 1/6 – 1/12

 

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’m sitting here watching the snow fall as I type this post. Based on the latest forecast, we’re supposed to get 8-12″ of snow between now and Sunday night.  We don’t do snow here in Central Virginia so it should make for an interesting few days as far as work and school goes.  I spent most of today getting most of my errands and chores done, so I’m hoping to be able to spend tomorrow snuggled up by the fire reading.

Speaking of reading, I’ve gotten off to a pretty good start this year. As of today, I’ve finished six books and am about halfway through my seventh.  I only have two more January ARCs to read so I’m hoping to get those wrapped up this week and then get started on my February ones.  I’m reading 96 Words for Love right now and it’s not really holding my attention. If that doesn’t change soon, it might end up being my first DNF of 2019 because life is too short to waste on books that aren’t for me. The upcoming read I’m most excited about is The Lost Girls of Paris.  Pam Jenoff’s last book was incredible so I have very high hopes for this one too.

Honestly, not much else is going on. It has been pretty quiet. Season 5 of Grace & Frankie drops on Netflix this Friday, so I’m pretty excited about that.  In the meantime, I’ve been binge watching Gilmore Girls for the third time.  I have tons of new shows in my Netflix queue that I want to start, so I don’t even know why I’m re-watching an old show yet again.  I guess maybe it’s a comfort thing. Who knows?

I think that’s about it for now.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 UPCOMING REVIEWS

     
      
  
 
 
 

 

 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

   

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #85: Week of 12/30 – 1/5

 

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 New Year, everyone!  I hope that 2019 is off to a great start for all of you!  I had twelve days off from work and was like a whiny child when it was time to go back, but overall I had a wonderful and relaxing holiday and feel very refreshed and ready to tackle the new year so I won’t complain too much. I also finally decided on a new car and we picked that up while I was off from work.  It’s my first new car in twelve years so everyday since I’ve gotten the new one has been quite the adventure as I get used to all of the new technology that my old car didn’t have.  For those who remember me mentioning the car hunt before, we ended up going with the Subaru Ascent and so far I love it!

I spent this weekend taking down all of the Christmas decorations and putting the house back together.  My husband and I then did a huge purge/reorganization of our kitchen to make it easier to prepare what we hope will be healthier meals in 2019, as focusing on our health and fitness is one of the few goals we’ve decided on for the new year.  Aside from eating better (i.e. eating more veggies, less carbs and meat), we’re also planning to try to get to the gym three times a week for some cardio and weightlifting.  We failed miserably at this in 2018 so wish us luck, lol!

As far as blogging, I’m still thinking about my blogging goals for this year, so stay tuned for a post about those sometime soon.  I’ve started the new year focused almost solely on getting all of my January and early February ARCs read and reviewed on time.  I didn’t exercise nearly enough self control when I was requesting and then got approved for more than I was expecting to, so it will be a few weeks before I really get started on tackling what I think will be my main goal for the year – reading and reviewing books that I already own.

I think that’s about it for now.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

Believe it or not?  No new books this week!

     
 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #84: Week of 12/23 – 12/29

 

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 that everyone who celebrates Christmas had a wonderful holiday this week.  Mine was very nice, low-key like I wanted it to be, but I think everyone still enjoyed it.  Instead of trying to go see everyone on Christmas Day, we spread it out over a few days so that we can spend more time with each family member we’re visiting. So we saw my Dad and step-mom on the 23rd, my in-laws on the 24th, had the 25th for ourselves, and then went to my mother’s on the 26th.  I slept 10 hours the following day, but woke up feeling refreshed and have been pretty productive since then, especially on the blog.

I only posted one review this past week since I figured it would be a light traffic week, but also because I hadn’t written anymore. I finally got my butt in gear though and wrote all of my backlogged reviews so look for those next week.  I’ll have reviews for Muse of Nightmares, Vengeful, Throne of Glass, An Anonymous Girl, and possibly The Girl King going up this week. I also finally met my goal for the 2018 Discussion Challenge this week too so that was exciting, especially since it was the only challenge goal I hadn’t met yet.

As you can see from my list below, Christmas was very good to me in terms of books. Between actual gifts I received, an unexpected approval from Netgalley, and the great ebook deals on Amazon, I seriously stacked my shelves. Now I just need to stop watching Hallmark Holiday movies and get busy reading!

Oh well, I think that’s it for me.  Happy New Year, everyone!

 

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

     
 

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #83: Week of 12/16 – 12/22

 

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’m late with today’s post because our Christmas celebrations started first thing this morning.  We hit the road for a trip out into the country to see my Dad and my step-mom.  I was going to type something up before I left but ended up accidentally oversleeping instead and had to rush around and get my act together so we could get out the door on time.  Oops!

Anyway, it was a really nice visit, lowkey and relaxed, which is how I like it.  The weather was nice so we spent quite a bit of the day outside, just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.  I’m home now and taking stock of where I am in terms of our Christmas preparations for the rest of the holiday.  I’m thrilled to say that I’m actually pretty much done.  We baked cookies and wrapped all of our gifts yesterday and we hit the grocery store today on the way home to pick up everything we need in terms of food to entertain our visitors.  We don’t do much here on Christmas Eve so tomorrow will hopefully be a relaxing day of reading and watching Hallmark movies.

I haven’t decided yet how much I’ll be posting on the blog this week.  If I’m remembering correctly, this is usually a slow week traffic-wise so I think I will probably just post a few times and then spend the rest of the time reading and getting caught up on blog hopping since I know I’m a couple days behind on that.  I also have a backlog of reviews I need to get to that I’ve been saying I’m going to post for weeks now and somehow still haven’t managed to find the time.  Here’s hoping for a relaxing yet productive week!

Happy Holidays everyone!

 

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

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 STACKING THE SHELVES

     
  

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #82: Week of 12/9 -12/15

 

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.

We had our first big snowfall of the season here in Central Virginia this past week.  Well, not really all that big, but we don’t do snow here so it doesn’t take much to shut everything down.  We had 5 inches of the white stuff, and my son’s school was closed for 3 1/2 days.  I even got one snow day out of it myself, which was nice since I’ve been so wiped out lately.  This Thursday thankfully is my last work day of 2018, so I can have a couple of days to crash and burn before the holiday festivities kick into high gear.

My son had his first band concert of the year this past Thursday night.  He plays trumpet and band is really the only class he likes this year, so I was really glad to attend the concert and hear how great they actually already sounded.  It was especially impressive considering they’ve only been playing their instruments since late August and all of the band classes only got to meet together once to practice as a big group because of the snow cancellations.

Speaking of my son, I love him dearly but he was a huge source of unexpected drama this week.  Since Thanksgiving he’s been telling me that his math teacher has been giving them time in class to finish their homework and so he hasn’t been bringing anything home to work on.  As I found out the hard way this week, that’s not the case, and he has actually turned in so little work since Thanksgiving that his grade has dropped from an A to a C.  I can’t get a straight answer out of him as to what’s going on, but I think he has been lying about having homework to do because his soccer classes are eating into his video game time.  The only way he could reclaim that time was to say he had already completed his homework and then hide the evidence to the contrary by not bringing anything home.  I had an impromptu conference with the math teacher this week and she showed me how I can go online and see her actual grade book and know what’s missing and what has been turned in going forward, but needless to say, it did not make for a good week and my son is now expected to bring his assignments home every night, whether or not he has already completed them, so that I can see for myself.

Not much else is going on here. I just finished picking out what blogging/reading challenges I want to do in 2019, so I’ll be posting those tomorrow.  I only have one more ARC that I need to review for December and I’m reading that right now so I’m feeling pretty good about that right now.  I still need to do two discussion posts to complete my 2018 discussion challenge so hopefully I can knock those out in the next couple of weeks as well.

Oh well, that’s all I have.  I hope everyone has a great week!

 

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 STACKING THE SHELVES

     
 

 

TOTALLY RANDOM