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Weekly Wrap-up | May 31, 2020

It’s time for another weekly wrap up, in which I round up books I’ve read, posts I’ve made, and thoughts I’ve had this week.

Well, oops! I sort of dropped the ball this week. On Wednesday, I was writing up my WWW post but had trouble uploading images and then my computer crashed. I was so disgusted that I decided to scrap the post and stay away from my blog for the day. Somehow, that translated to three days. Oh well, I guess I needed a break.

Meanwhile, the world has been completely turned upside down. At least in the US. Yet another black man, George Floyd, was murdered by the police and people have had it. There are protests all across American and, from what I understand, London and Tokyo as well (although, in Tokyo, they are also protesting police brutality of their own police). I personally am incensed and tired of the injustice people of color face in my country. I want change.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure what I can do. There was a protest yesterday nearby, but I didn’t find out about it until now. I’ve donated to the Minneapolis Freedom Fund. More importantly, I’m starting to actively educate myself about anti-racism and what actions I can take to help. I know it’s not enough, but I hope it’s a step in the right direction.

Last Week’s Posts

Monday: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Summer Reads

The Upcoming Week

Monday:A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Haven’t Read

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Bloom by Kevin Panetta (review)

Friday: May wrap-up

Currently Reading

Around the Blog-o-Sphere

Black Lives Matter by Carly Books

YA books by Black authors that need to be read by The Book Raven

Black Lives Matter by Poetry, Prayer, Peace

How was your week? Read anything new?

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Weekly Wrap-up: Sunday, May 17

Got another week down. It was a great reading week because I’m setting more and more time each day to read. I’m also dipping my toes in the annotating pool, something I’ve really never done before. I started just by tabbing my favorite lines, but now am trying to get more organized and color coding and adding some thoughts. I’m doing it with a reread of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I’ve never been against writing in my books, precisely, I just never know what to write. But, I thought it might be interesting to give it the good old college try.

In other news, my dad started his daily radiation treatments on Wednesday and will be doing it for about three or four more weeks. It’s tough, not being around. And, by around, I mean not even being in the same town. Not that I could help if I was in town because of physical distancing and all, but I might be able to swing by and see him through the window or sit in the yard a safe distance away. Wish me luck; I applied for a few more schools down by my parents; I hope I at least get an interview with one.

Monday: Only Mostly Devastated by Sophia Gonzalez (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Worst Rulers

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers (review)

Friday: Bookish Bucket List tag

Monday: The Hockey Player’s Heart by Jeff Adams and Will Knauss (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Opening Lines

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: TBD

How was your week? Anything great happen? Let me know!

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Top 5 Cute Romances

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday. Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm. This week’s topic is my Top 5 Cute Romances.

Alex and Henry in Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston is the epitome of cute. It starts with Alex being absolutely obsessed with Henry. Like, over the top hating everything about him in really specific detail. Then they become friends,and then they fall in love and it’s the cutest, squishiest thing ever. They are so adorable together, from the way they talk and text to their romantic emails. Guys, they quote famous lovers to one another. It’s the best. They are definitely the cutest.

Arthur and Rory from the Magic in Manhattan series by Allie Therin are adorable too. On the one hand, you’ve got noble and too-good-to-be-true Arthur, who is basically a valiant knight out to protect the world. Then you’ve got Rory, a tiny, cranky firecracker who’s irresistible. They make me melt from squee.

Robin and Alistair are pretty darn cute in Unmasked by the Marquess. Robin is non-binary (although the language didn’t exist at the time, of course) and has been masquerading as her friend’s deceased brother for years. Alistair is immediately attracted to him and just as attracted when he discovers that Robin is also Charity. They are incredibly cute together.

Verity and Ash from A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian are adorable as well. He seduces her with writing and cheese. They’re so disgustingly in love with each other, it should be sickening, but it’s not. It’s great. Super cute.

Ella and Darien are my final cute romance couple. I’m a sucker for a good Cinderella retelling, and these two geeks made this one something special. I love how fannish they both are, and how they bond over it. I love how adorable they are together. They’re great.

What are some of your favorite cute romantic couples?

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Weekly Wrap-up: May 3, 2020

Hi all, it’s been awhile. I’ve been struggling a lot lately. Everything just happened so quickly, you know? One minutes, events were being canceled, then school was supposed to be out for a couple weeks. Then, the stay at home orders were implemented, then extended, and suddenly, BAM! No more in-class school for the rest of the year. To top it off, I got the news about my dad soon after and realized that this year is really not going to be such a great year. For anyone, obviously, but I’m trying to come to terms with what I may be losing, and it’s hard. So, I haven’t been in the best blogging place.

However, not blogging or sticking to a routine hasn’t helped, so I’m back at it. At least, I’m gonna try. This week, I officially start distance teaching and I’m going to recommit to exercising and sticking to a daily schedule. I just do and fell so much better when I’m disciplined about all that, you know?

Monday: A Stroke of Malice by Anna Lee Huber (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Cute Romances

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Briarely by Aster Glenn Gray (review)

Friday: April Wrap-up

Saturday: TBD

How are you? What’s been going on lately? Let me know in the comments!

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Top 5 Things I’m Enjoying While in Isolation

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. I’ve been in isolation for 24 days, all by myself since I live alone. Well. I guess not totally alone, because I do have two cats, both of whom are thrilled that I am home. But this has been tough, and I’m glad to have a chance to reflect on things that I’m enjoying.

Books

Of course, I could not start a list of things I’m enjoying without acknowledging books. They are my solace. I’ve revisited old favorites and I’m discovering new. And while I’m scheduling my days as such that I don’t exactly have a ton more time to read, I am reading more and I am enjoying the time very much.

Daily Phone Calls to my Family

I call my mom about three times a day, and it’s helping so much. Even with calling that much, we always have tons to talk about, and it really helps my mood.

Exercise

It’s killing me that I cannot get to the gym. I’ve been working so hard lifting weights the past couple years, and now I’m going to lose all the muscles I’ve built. But, I bought weights for home and I’m on YouTube all the time looking for new workouts. I really look forward to working out every morning (this morning not included!) and it helps my mood and focus a ton.

Writing

All year, I have been dying for more time to write, and now I have it. I started by scheduling two hours a day to write, but I’m finding that I’m spending a ton more time because I’m loving it so much. I was writing the sequel to my unpublished book, but an author suggested I stop and write something else. Luckily, I had another book lined up, so now I’m writing about pirates, a very old love, and I’m having so much fun. Writing is awesome!

The Untamed

I’m almost done with the Netflix show The Untamed, which makes me sad, but I plan to start it over once I’m done. It’s so good and so complicated that I missed a ton of stuff at the beginning. And while I’m dragging my feet on getting to the end because I don’t want it to end, it makes me so very happy when I watch it. It’s got what I love: men being vulnerable and open with other men, and I love each and every squishy moment. It’s fantastic.

Those are just five things that I’m enjoying while in isolation. Runner’s up include my cats, coffee, Phantom of the Opera and other musicals, and the internet.

What are some of the things you’re enjoying in isolation?

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WWW Wednesday April 1, 2020

Hey y’all. It’s Wednesday, and I am down in the dumps. I was watching the news last night and, out of nowhere, they announced that the schools in my county are closed for the rest of the year. Yes, we’re still doing distance learning and, yes, I’ll see at least some of my kids through that on my computer screen, but that’s it. No more going to school. In addition to being upset about that, I’m also upset about the way it was handled. They should have told the teachers and staff before it was announced on the news. I’m really angry about the way I found out. Also, I was/am trying to find a job closer to my parents for next year. If I succeed, I’ll never see my students in person again. I’ll never see my former students in person again. I’ll never get to say goodbye.

So, yeah. I’m a little down right now. But, onto the post.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are asked three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Right now, I’m reading 3 books, but WordPress is acting up again, so I can’t post all three pictures. I’m reading Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston, a reread to get me through this difficult time. I’m also reading The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer, an author I discovered last year who quickly became a favorite. Finally, I’m reading Joe Ledger: Special Ops by Joanthan Maberry, one of four Joe Ledger books I have bought this last week. This one is a collection of short stories set among the novels.

I just finished two books: The King of Plagues by Jonathan Maberry and Starcrossed by Allie Therin. I loved both books with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. I actually reread The King of Plagues because I think there’s a mistake in it and I’ve been wanting to ask the author about it since the book came out in 2011. Now that he’s doing weekly Q&As on Facebook, I figured this was the time.

Honestly, I have no idea. Gone Girl is on top of my TBR pile, but I don’t know if I’ll read that or something else. I do have three more Joe Ledger books coming, so it might be one of those.

What are you reading this week?

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Weekly Wrap-up

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile. The last week and a half has been crazy and I haven’t been able to sit down and work on the blog. On February 6, I drove down to my parents house to see my dad, who was back in the hospital (he’s been in and our since New Year’s Eve). He got out and we celebrated my birthday together. Then, I drove home and got back to work at school. I just felt a little overextended, so I dropped everything but reading and spent the week recovering. But, I’m back and ready to blog!

Monday: A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (Review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Bookish Habits

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Chosen by Chaim Potok (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: TBD

I’m currently obsessed with the show The Untamed which is on Netflix right now. It’s about two cultivators, which are magic users, who work together to stop a clan from using evil magic to take control. It’s so good.

How was your week? Any current obsessions?

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WWW Wednesday – February 5, 2020

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are asked to answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I started Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca last night. It’s a little hard to describe, because a) I’m not that far in and b) it’s just hard to describe. The first few chapters are a little disjointed, presenting mysteries and then jumping to a seemingly unrelated story. I don’t think the main character, Mrs. Grace Humiston, until the third of fourth chapter. But the writing is smooth and easy to follow (until I was too tired to read). I’m looking forward to this. (BTW, it’s not about a woman who married Sherlock Holmes; it’s based on a true story of a lawyer and detective in America who was compared to Holmes.)

I’m still, slowly, reading This Chosen by Chaim Potok. I actually really like it, I just am having trouble finding time to read. I need to stay off the computer and YouTube. I need to finish it by the twenty-third, I believe, for my book club.

Last, I’m reading I Thought it was Just Me by Brene Brown. I love Brene Brown. She makes things seem so simple and clear.

I finished The Morning Mind by Dr. Rob Carter, III and Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter the other day. It went a little off for me when it started discussing Ayurvedic medicine in one chapter, which seems like an oversimplification of a complex system. And I wasn’t exactly following everything because I was supposed to download a PDF and take a quiz and I was in the car, so… But, it made me think differently about certain things and how to structure mornings and even how to improve my posture. It was a good read.

I also finished A History of Madness by Rebecca Crunden. I totally called the ending and was vindicated when I got it right. It was a great cliffhanger; I’ll have to read the next book.

So, my dad’s in the hospital again and my birthday is on Friday and unless I go down to see my family, I’ll be spending my birthday alone. So, I’m going to my parent’s house tomorrow and there’s a Barnes and Noble nearby and I’m treating myself to A Heart of Fierce and Broken. And then, I’ll also read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn since my mom lent it to me months ago and I’ve never got around to it.

What are you reading this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

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Weekly Wrap-Up | February 2, 2020

Hi all! January is finally over! It really feels like it lasted 465 days this year, and I’m not sure why. Well… I guess I did have a few overwhelming weeks. And my dad was in the hospital for most of it., which caused a lot of stress. And I was exhausted a lot of the time, but I’m not entirely sure why. Except, like many people, I made some healthy goals this year to eat healthier and recommit to my exercise goals, so maybe that’s why I was tired. Only, I’m not sure why that would do it. Anyway, that’s a long way of saying that I didn’t get as much reading as I wanted to. But this is not my monthly wrap up; that’ll come on Friday. 🙂

This week was good. I took some time for myself, started revising the novel I wrote in October, and generally had a good week. Not a lot of reading, but I did get some in. With any luck, I’ll get more done this week.

Monday: The Beautiful by Renne Ahdieh (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Anticipated Releases in 2020

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan (review)

Monday: Crashing Upwards by S.C. Wynne (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books that Weren’t What I Expected

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: A History of Madness by Rebecca Crunden (review)

Friday or Saturday: January Wrap-up

Friday is my birthday, so I may not get the wrap-up posted on that day.

  1. I started revising my untitled novel, a paranormal romance between a sorcerer and a vampire.
  2. I deadlifted 135 pounds.
  3. I found out I don’t have to be evaluated at work this year, because I am so awesome. 🙂

What were some of your wins this week? Happy reading!

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Weekly Wrap-Up

I survived the week before winter break! The week wasn’t as hard to get through as I thought it would be, but it was definitely crazy. Three of the five days, we had assemblies in the morning. Then we’d go back to class and have to test. It was insane. But the kids held together and we got through.

On the reading front, I got a lot done. I finished Finale last night and Her Majesty’s Necromancer earlier in the week. I didn’t get a ton of reading done, but that’s okay; I was busy. Mostly what I did was relax. I got home on Monday and realized I was very close to being totally burned out, so what I needed to do was just let my mind turn to mush and zone. So, that’s what I did.

Yesterday, I ran my second 5K. It was a Christmas themed race, so I joined in the spirit:

Woman wearing reindeer antlers and a red  nose.
Run, Run Rudolph!

I managed to shave a few milliseconds off my time, which was not as fast as I wanted, but still good. Now, I just need to train for my New Year’s run. 🙂

Monday: The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get to in 2019

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Monday: Her Majesty’s Necromancer by C.J. Archer (review)

Tuesday: Dear Santa – I’d Like These 5 Books!

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

How was your week? Any great reads? Drop a comment and let me know!