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! 🙂


















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Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Books I Can’t Believe I Read


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read.  I imagine there are lots of different ways I could explore this topic, but looking around at my bookshelves, I’m going to go with ‘I can’t believe I read these…because they’re literally the size and weight of bricks!‘  That’s not to say they were bad reads — most of them were incredible and didn’t feel like they were anywhere near as long as they actually were, but there were a couple (I’m looking at you, Moby Dick!) that I thought I would never finish.


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1. LES MISERABLES by Victor Hugo  (1,463 pages)


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2. A STORM OF SWORDS by George R.R. Martin (1,177 pages)



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3.  BLEAK HOUSE by Charles Dickens (1,017 pages)



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4. MOBY DICK by Herman Melville 

(728 Pages, but felt like it was about 3,000 pages.  Way too many chapters about whale blubber for my liking!)



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5.  JOHN ADAMS by David McCullough 

(751 pages – I don’t even usually read Nonfiction, much less over 700 pages of it, but this was riveting!)


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6. GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell

(1,037 pages – As much as I complain about romance, I still can’t believe I read and adored this one, lol.)


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7. UNDER THE DOME by Stephen King (1,074 pages)


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8. MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot (904 pages)


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9. THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1,072 pages)


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10. ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy (1,008 pages)



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Question:  What are some books that you can’t believe you read?

Bloglovin – Give me a follow!

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From the research I’ve conducted as I’ve been setting up my book blog, I’ve discovered that this is supposed to be one of the best blogging communities on the internet, so I’ve signed up for an account and have claimed my blog there. I’m my only follower at the moment (insert sad face), but hopefully that will change soon.

I’m updating on June 10, 2016 to say that I’m now up to 12 followers. Celebrating baby steps here, haha. Gaining new followers is a slow but steady process. What is making it a little more challenging for me is that I’m having trouble interacting will fellow bloggers who use the Blogger platform. I hope I can resolve that soon. If anyone else has encountered this issue and has found a solution, I’d love to hear it because there are so many bookish posts out there that I’d love to be commenting on. I’m trying to comment using my WordPress.com profile.

I do follow back, so if you would like to give me a follow, I’ll return the favor 🙂