Weekly Recap #101: Week of 4/21 – 4/27

 

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 woke up at 7 this morning so that I could write this post and a couple of reviews in peace and quiet.  I tiptoed downstairs as quietly as I could, sat down to write, and within 30 seconds, everyone else in the house was awake and hasn’t stopped talking and banging around since.  Annoying, much? LOL!

In spite of my annoyance this morning, this has actually been a pretty relaxing week for me.  It was spring break at my son’s school so there were no after school activities or soccer games to deal with.  Most people at work took vacation this week so it was super quiet for those of us who didn’t.  I was able to get a fair amount of reading done and got mostly caught up on the blog hopping I was so far behind on.  Middlegame actually ate up most of my reading time this week.  It was my first Seanan McGuire read and I unfortunately didn’t love it as much as I had hoped I would so it was a chore to get through all 528 pages.  I’ll have a review up sometime soon to share my thoughts.

What else?  I have not seen Endgame yet and have been trying to avoid spoilers.  So far I’ve been successful and hope to see the film next weekend.  I really did want to see it this weekend but the only tickets available were for the front row and I just can’t watch a movie that close to the screen.  Silly me hadn’t realized people would start buying them so far in advance, lol.  Tickets for next weekend haven’t been released yet so I’m hoping I’ll get decent seats then.

And of course you know I’m going to mention Game of Thrones.  I loved the second episode of this season so much. I think it’s one of my all-time favorites.  No spoilers but a couple of scenes made me cry, and I’m sitting here on this Sunday morning just wishing the hours away until 9pm so I can watch episode 3.  I have a feeling I’ll be crying again but for completely different reasons, lol.

Well, that’s it for me.  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 #100: Week of 4/14 – 4/20

 

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 Easter to all who are celebrating today!  Thank goodness, April 15th has come and gone and work has slowed to a more normal pace.  This week was all about relaxing and recharging for me and for all of my coworkers.  I didn’t actually take off any days from work but it was so slow there that it didn’t feel like I was even working. I also got caught up on my sleep and on my chores too, so now my house doesn’t look like a tornado blew through it.

Getting completely caught up and hopefully even a little ahead on the blog is my next big task.  I’ve got a bunch of blog hopping to do, several reviews to write, and then I need to get back on track with my discussion posts, as well as do a recap my 1st quarter progress on my backlist, audiobook, and retellings challenges.  I haven’t reviewed any of the backlist books I’ve read this year so I’d like to at least do something to quickly let you know what I’ve read so far and what I liked and didn’t like. Thanks to audiobooks, I’m actually on track at this point to at least meet my goal and possibly even exceed it, which is exciting. 🙂

I still find myself shying away from fantasy reads and reaching for contemporaries and thrillers, so we’ll see how long that continues.  Now that Game of Thrones is back(!), I have a feeling that I’ll soon be craving those fantasy reads again or maybe I’ll even finally pull A Dance with Dragons off my shelf and start reading it, lol.

Speaking of Game of Thrones, I had a somewhat mixed reaction to the first episode.  I thought it was great of course, but at the same time, I wanted more.  I’m guessing that’s just because we’ve waited so long and because of the way Season 7 ended.  I went in expecting tons of action and was a little surprised at how mostly quiet the episode was.  I think Greg put it nicely when he said the episode felt like it was setting the stage for the action that is sure to come.  Anyway, I’m very much looking forward to tonight’s episode.  I still can’t believe that it will all be over in just a few more episodes!

Well, that’s it for me.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK

 

       
 

 UPCOMING REVIEWS

      
 
 

 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

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Weekly Recap #99: Week of 4/7 – 4/13

 

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.

*Checks self*  Yep, still tired, still busy, and the whole week was a blur.  There’s light at the end of the work tunnel though because the tax deadline is tomorrow.  WOOHOO!

All I really have on my mind right now though is that Games of Thrones is back TONIGHT!  I was up until 1a.m. last night working on blog posts for the upcoming week because I will be doing nothing tonight except tuning in to see how this final season kicks off. I’m so excited!

I do have to catch up on my blog hopping, so thanks as always for your patience in that.  I had very good intentions of doing it yesterday but then sat down to read what I thought would be just a few chapters of The Bride Test.  Twelve hours later (!), I had finished the book and hadn’t visited a single blog. No regrets though because The Bride Test is amazing and I think that’s exactly how I needed to spend my Saturday.

Okay that’s it for 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 #98: Week of 3/31 – 4/6

 

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.

First I want to start off with apologies for totally slacking this week in the blog hopping department.  I started out well but then about halfway through the week, I crashed and burned.  Work just really sucked the life out of me and by both Thursday and Friday evenings, nearly every time I sat down, I immediately dozed off.  We are critically short-staffed at work at the moment, and although some of the stress/workload will go away after the April 15th tax deadline, my team’s work is primarily audit-based, so we’re just getting geared up for our busiest time. We did just hire a new person though, so hopefully once she’s fully trained, things will level off.  Until then, the gif below is me pretty much every night and all weekend, lol.  For this reason, my What I’m Reading list below is probably way overly optimistic, especially considering I only finished 1 1/2 books this past week, but we’ll see how it goes.

 

via GIPHY

Not too much else besides work went on this week, but my son did have his first Parks and Rec soccer game of the season.  He’s with a new team this time around, so I was thrilled when they won the game 6-0.  He’s playing midfield this time around too and looked really good out there, so I felt like all of our off-season training efforts are starting to pay off.  His next game isn’t until the 11th and then he has back-to-back games, including one on tax deadline day. I’m really hoping I won’t have to miss that one, but we’ll see…

After sleeping in late on Saturday, my son and I finally got to the theater to see Captain Marvel. We both really loved it.  Honestly it was way better than I thought it would be based on the mixed reviews I had read for it, so that was a very pleasant surprise.  There was also a great trailer for Avengers:  Endgame, so now I’m more excited than ever to see that in a few weeks!

Okay that’s it for 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 #97: Week of 3/24 – 3/30

 

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.

Before I forget, today is the last day of my 3rd Blogoversary Giveaway so be sure to enter if you haven’t already. It’s for a free book of your choice up to $20.  —>  Enter for your chance to win a free book!

I think my biggest accomplishment this week was that I made it through the last Fantasy ARC that I had on my review schedule for the Spring.  I really enjoyed both Wicked Saints and Descendant of the Crane, but I think I’m ready to take a break and read from other genres for a while.  I don’t have any other Fantasy ARCs on my schedule as of right now until August and I’ve been requesting contemporaries, historical fiction, and some thrillers to give myself a good variety to choose from.  Once I’m ready for more fantasy, I plan to focus more on the books from my backlist, especially series that I’ve started and not finished.  Plans don’t always work out, especially where shiny, new books are concerned, but we’ll see how this goes.

The book I’m most excited about right now is The Bride Test, which I recently won in a giveaway from Jennifer – Tar Heel Reader.  Thanks Jenni!  I hardly ever win giveaways so this really made my day. I can’t wait to read it.  I think 3 April ARCs to get to and then it’s next on my list!

Not too much else has really gone on aside from the usual.  At work, there’s two weeks left until the tax deadline so I’m sure we’ll be crazy busy until then and probably beyond depending on how many returns we extend.  In soccer news, even though my son didn’t make the school team, his first game for Parks & Rec soccer is this Wednesday.  Because he has been doing so much training all winter, he’s going to play offense instead of defense this season so I’m hoping it will be pretty exciting to watch.  He’s also continuing his training for the foreseeable future, so I’m glad to see that not making the school team hasn’t killed his enthusiasm for the sport.

Lastly, in what I’ve been watching on TV/Netflix news, I finished season 2 of Riverdale on Netflix this week so I’m caught up until they put the next season on there, and am now trying to decide what to start next. There’s also a part of me though that just wants to cancel my subscription after they jacked up the price and then immediately cancelled One Day at a Time, which was one of my favorite shows on there.  Aside from my Netflix dilemma, I am also anxiously awaiting the new seasons of Game of Thrones and The 100.

Okay that’s it for 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 #96: Week of 3/17 – 3/23

 

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.

My crazy schedule caught up with me this week and after about Wednesday, I decided I needed to take a little break and recharge.  My son was also feeling down because after all of his hard work training for so many months, he still didn’t make the soccer team.  I decided we both needed a little pick-me-up so for the past two nights we have vegged out together, watching movies, ordering pizza, and indulging in ice cream.  Marvel movies were on the agenda, as well as Into the Spiderverse (which was awesome, by the way!).  We’re both feeling much better now, but needless to say, I have some catching up to do on the blog and especially with writing reviews because I didn’t write a single one all week.  Oops, lol.

On the reading front, I’m about to dive into Descendant of the Crane. It’s the last fantasy ARC I have on my schedule for a while so if it doesn’t bust me out of my YA fantasy rut, at least I have plenty of other genres coming up to give me a break from it.  The weather has been gorgeous here this weekend so I’m really hoping to be able to start reading this one outside.  I’m also working on my backlist reads with an audiobook of Crazy Rich Asians that I’m really enjoying so far.

Oh, and before I forget, in blog news, today is actually my blogoversary!  The Bookish Libra has officially been up and running for 3 years now. I’ll be starting a giveaway later today to celebrate, so be sure to check back for that.  Thanks so much to all of you who have supported me these past 3 years.  It’s the friends I’ve made, just as much as my love of books, that keep me blogging and I really appreciate all of you.

Okay that’s it for now.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK

 

       
 

 UPCOMING REVIEWS

     
      
 
 
 

 

 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

    

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

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Weekly Recap #95: Week of 3/10 – 3/16

 

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 is one of those weeks where I’m sitting here trying to remember what happened each day and I’m coming up totally blank. The joys of working for an accounting firm, I guess. Life is a blur from January to April 15th, lol.  I think the highlight of the week was being so busy and so tired that my husband and I tried Instacart for our grocery shopping and DoorDash last night to order dinner from one of our favorite restaurants that doesn’t have its own delivery service.  I really loved both services, especially Instacart since I hate going grocery shopping.

Aside from that, the only thing that really stands out is soccer, soccer, soccer.  My son’s Parks and Rec season started this week and he is still attending the training sessions, so our schedule was extra busy.  He also has tryouts for his school team starting tomorrow, so every spare minute has been devoted to helping him be as ready as he possibly can.  We don’t know what his chances of making the team are since he’s only a 6th grader and will be trying out with 7th and 8th graders, but we figure it’s a good practice run for next year anyway so that he’ll know what to expect and will be more comfortable trying out when he has the best chance of making the team.  I’m proud of him for even trying out though. I was a wimp and never tried out for any kind of sport when I was in school, lol.

On the blogging/reading front, I think I have finally hit a wall in my fantasy reading.  I found myself getting especially impatient with the worldbuilding in Wicked Saints, which I actually set down yesterday in favor of Serious Moonlight, a YA contemporary.  I don’t think it’s an issue with Wicked Saints either; I think it’s just me.  I wanted a read in a world that was familiar and didn’t want to have to work to imagine another new fantasy world.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m just super tired from work or if my mood reading side is demanding a change, but you’ll notice below that I hauled more books than usual this week and not a single one of them is fantasy.

Anyway, I think that’s about it for me.  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 #94: Week of 3/3 – 3/9

 

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.

Work really kicked my butt this week so I didn’t get nearly as much reading or blogging done in the evenings as I usually like to.  Instead, I was in full Netflix mode most nights.  I haven’t read the book yet, but I watched the movie Dumplin’ and thought that was pretty good. I’ve had Dolly Parton songs in my head ever since I watched it too, which I won’t complain about. I’m not typically much of a country music fan but I’ve always loved Dolly.  I also decided to try an episode of Riverdale to see if that series would be of interest. Needless to say, I fell down the Riverdale rabbit hole and I’m now almost finished with season 1.

I was also unfortunately too tired to get caught up on my reviews. I had hoped to get my review up for Daisy Jones & the Six this past Friday but instead, it will be posting tomorrow.  I’m excited to share my thoughts on Daisy Jones because it’s just such a great read. As far as my reading, I did manage to finish Bloodleaf, which releases this week and I’ve just started Sky Without Stars, which is a Les Miserables retelling. So far I’m really loving it.

The actual highlight of my week was getting my order of Girl Scout Cookies.  I always order way too many with the idea that they’ll last us all year, but if the tradition continues, they’ll all be gone in about three weeks, lol.

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

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK

 

       
 

 UPCOMING REVIEWS

     
      
 
 
 

 

 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

    

 

TOTALLY RANDOM

 

The perfect floorplan for a bookworm.

 

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Weekly Recap #93: Week of 2/24 – 3/2

 

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.

I can’t believe what a couch potato I’ve been all weekend, but it really was all about the “Netflix and Chill” for me.  I finished watching the final season of Kimmy Schmidt and then started binging The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.  At first I couldn’t stand the Sabrina show, mainly because I’m so used to the fun and quirky Sabrina the Teenage Witch show that I used to watch all the time.  The new show reminds me more of Charmed than anything else, but I liked that show too so the Netflix show gradually won me over. I expect I’ll finish the first season today.

I think part of my need to just have a lazy weekend is because it’s busy season at work and we were severely short-staffed this week.  We’re supposed to be a team of 6, but recently had two people transfer because they didn’t want to do the kind of work we do anymore but didn’t want to leave the firm, and then we had another from what’s left of our team out on vacation.  That left three of us to cover the work for ten offices.  We got through the week but it involved rarely leaving my desk at work and then logging in from home almost every night to keep the jobs moving forward.

Somehow, even with work and the crazy soccer schedule, I still managed to get a decent amount of reading done this week. I finished You Asked for Perfect by LJ Silverman, which I thought was fantastic, and I also finished What’s If It’s Us, which I thought was super cute. I’ll be posting reviews for Desperate Paths, You Asked for Perfect, and possibly Daisy Jones and the Six (which I’m currently reading) this week.

Random blog thoughts:  I’m not sure if I’m going to write reviews for all of the backlist books I’m reading this year since I’ve set my backlist reading goal so high. I do think I’m going to try to at least do bookstagram posts with some bullet points of what I liked for some of the books I don’t review on my blog.  I don’t know, just an idea I’ve been toying around with as I’m watching the list of unreviewed backlist books I’ve read in 2019 grow. I may change my mind but we’ll see…

I think that’s about it for me.  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 #92: Week of 2/17 – 2/23

 

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.

As I type up this week’s update post, I’m sitting here staring out my window, wondering yet again if the rain will ever end.  My front and back yard look like lakes, as if we’ve simply run out of places for the water to go.  The ground here is so saturated that during a small snow and ice storm that hit the area last week, my son missed two days of school, one for the actual weather and then one because trees came down all over the county, taking down power lines with them.  The outages were widespread enough that several schools in the county had no electricity, thus the bonus day off.  Something seriously needs to give on the weather front.

I don’t have much else to report this week.  My son’s soccer coach has added a speed and agility class to our already packed training schedule, so now we have soccer from 4-7pm on Wednesdays.  Thankfully he only wants him to attend this extra class for a few weeks because it is definitely a time killer that has us not getting home until nearly 8pm.  It will also probably mean minimal blogging that day just because there’s still homework, etc. to contend with once we finally do get home.  My son is planning to try out for his middle school team in a few weeks so I’m really hoping that all of this extra training helps him to achieve his goal.

Speaking of blogging, as most know, I’ve been trying to cut back on how many ARCs I request and focus more on books I already own.  That said, I still have a pretty long listing of pending requests, some of which have been pending for months so I wasn’t expecting to get them.  I got unexpected approvals for both Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett and Middlegame by Seanan McGuire, and am so excited to read both of them.  I’m so excited for the Bennett book that it took everything in me not to drop all of the other books I’m reading and dive into that one, lol.

I had some really great reads this week too.  Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee was a lot of fun, and I also loved You Owe Me a Murder, which I breezed through in one day and which reminded me of the old Strangers on a Train movie.  It’s definitely one of the better YA thrillers I’ve read.  I’ll be reviewing both of these books this week, so stay tuned!

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

 

WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK

 

 

WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK

 

 
       
 

 UPCOMING REVIEWS

     
      
 
 
 
 

 

 STACKING THE SHELVES

 

    

 

TOTALLY RANDOM