Week in Review: Oct 16 to 23

I haven’t done a week in review in over 2 months so since I’m trying to get into a regular blog rhythym I thought I’d get back to this.

img_20161022_135034She-Ra went to the vet yesterday to get her vaccinations updated. Since the vet is just outside town I thought I’d go for a drive up to the beach for some rocks. I went prepared with a canvas tote bag which I filled halfway. And the weather was nice enough that I had a picnic on the beach with She-Ra and my mum. All in all, yesterday was a good day. I already washed a few of the rocks so I hope to paint in the coming weeks.

Last weekend I also picked up a crochet project I had started two winters ago! I barely crocheted last winter so I need to make a conscious effort to get back into that. Painting and crocheting is all part of my self-care. And after the week I had, I needed it!

My reading is still slow (I’m only at 4 books completed for the month!) but I’m not counting all the times I re-read Kulti. I love this book. And I started watching Pitch so I’m really excited about that show because it reminds me of Kulti so much!

Here’s what I read in the last week:

Twisted Palace | The Player

I hope to get reviews posted for both books soon.

New to the TBR Pile:

To Love and Cherish – Lauren Layne

Currently Reading

Dirty English – Ilsa Madden-Mills

She-Ra has a dental cleaning (and I know at least 2 teeth will be extracted) on Tuesday so that’s what I have coming up this week. I hope to get at least 2 more books read before the end of the month too. And painting rocks.

How was your week?

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Mini-Review: One True Loves

onetruelovesOne True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

I’ve never read this author before but when I saw a review for this book, I had to read it. I’m glad I did. Emma’s story was an interesting one and really makes you question who would you chose in this situation?

Emma and Jesse were soulmates and they dated for years before they married. On their one year anniversary, Jesse went missing when the helicopter he was in crashed, in Alaska.

Emma refuses to believe it at first but eventually grief sets in and after a while she starts to live her life again. Losing Jesse changed something fundamental in her and for someone who loved to travel and who could not wait to leave her small town, this change results in her returning home and finding happiness in one location. Then she runs into Sam, a close friend during her high school days. She eventually falls in love with Sam. And when they become engaged, Emma receives a call she never thought she’d get. Jesse is alive.

I enjoyed reading about Emma’s two relationships and how they developed but this book really got interesting when Jesse returns.

I’m saying that I have spent the last three and a half years of my life hoping with everything I have in me to see you again. And if you think that you being engaged to someone else is going to stop me from putting our life back together, you’ve lost your goddamn mind.

I could see why Emma would have a tough choice to make when Jesse re-enters the picture. Both the men she fell in love with are awesome guys. I felt that the way she reacted to the situation was done in a good way. In a situation like this, I can see myself getting annoyed with a character who can’t make up their mind and I can definitely say that wasn’t the case here. Jesse’s story of how he returned to the land of the living is quite incredible too. I definitely recommend this character-driven novel. I was happy with who Emma wants to spend the rest of her life with.The other thing I enjoyed was the angst level wasn’t high. Emma is a strong character with a good head on her shoulders.

Solid B.

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Blogging Blues

I had 2 30 day blog challenges this summer to jump start my blogging mojo and I have to say, I don’t think they worked. Once those 30 days were up I stopped blogging regularly. Part of my blogging blockage is my inability to write a review. I don’t have the words. And this makes me sad.

And the last two months I’ve been slumping. I take more time to figure out what book I want to read when I finish my current book. Whatever I do pick up rarely holds my attention. So that means I’m taking longer to read one book. I just feel so discombobulated and reading is my happy place, so what does that mean when your happy place doesn’t make you happy anymore? I feel like I’ve been forcing it since the end of August.

I don’t want to be a debbie downer so I’m going to get beyond this point. I want to get back into blogging but I think I need to take baby steps. And I need to not force the reading issue. It’ll come back. Nath says we have to not put pressure on ourselves and I agree with her.

As for baby steps, instead of blogging every day, I think I’ll start off with a small goal, like post 1 mini-review each week and 1 week in review post. I have three days to write a review until I have to get my week in review post up.

I can do this.

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September 2016 Recap


rock painting for stress relief

Ugh, I did horrible blogging this month. Real life definitely got in the way of that and my reading, as you’ll see in a bit. But work had me scrambling for the majority of August and the first 2 weeks of September. Once that crazy was done She-ra had some health issues that I’m still dealing with. So for the last half of September I’ve just been worried about her and babying her. I barely read!

  1. The Layover by Whitney Gracia Williams
  2. The One Real Thing by Samantha Young
  3. The Will by Kristen Ashley
  4. The Search by Nora Roberts
  5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  6. Jackson’s Trust by Violet Duke
  7. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  8. The Goal by Elle Kennedy

A – 2
B – 3
C – 3

E-book – 6
Print – 2 (one from the library)

Contemp – 5
Fiction – 1
New Adult – 1
Mystery – 1

I read the Girl on the Train to get ready for the movie. The main character, Rachel, really pissed me off. LOL Despite that I like how it unfolded and just guessed who the killer was right before the reveal. Can’t wait to see the movie and I really like Emily Blunt. The Will and the Search were comfort rereads. I really enjoyed The One Real Thing and One True Loves. I just finished the Goal and I don’t know if it was a combination circling around the drain of a potential reading slump or that it was about a pregnancy, but I wasn’t loving it. I liked Tucker and Sabrina. But when she had the baby? Meh. I didn’t want all that detail. That’s just me though. Luckily that wasn’t a big part of the book so when I felt it was slogging I just skipped those parts. I never skip when I read so is that saying something? Maybe.

Let’s hope October is a better month for everyone!

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Week in Review: Aug 29 – Sept 5

I hope everyone had a good long weekend. I binge watched season 3 of GoT. Started season 4. My mom had the best reaction to the Red Wedding and you know who’s death at the beginning of season 4.

Reading wise, it was a slow week. My stress will decrease after next week so I’m not trying to pressure myself about reading. I did read The One Real Thing by Samantha Young and really enjoyed it.😛 I’m debating what to read next, just not sure what I’m in the mood for.

I also painted this past weekend. Rocks and a small canvas with a galaxy.

How was your week?

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August 2016 Recap

August was jam-packed with awesome memories! There’s too much to summarize without sounding like a lunatic so lets just say even though I was back at work, August was fun! And my baby turned 9! People still ask me if she’s still a puppy because she’s so small. The greys are coming in but she’ll always be my puppy.

I didn’t read as much as I would have liked this month but that’s ok.

Here’s what I read:
1. The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen
2.Make It Last by Megan Erickson
3.The Gunslinger by Stephen King
4. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
5. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
6. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
7. A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
8. What Remains by Garret Leigh
9. Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon
10. From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne

A – 2
B – 7
C – 1

Print – 2
Library Print – 3
E-Book – 5
** OMG!! The first month where I have read an equal amount of print books and e-books! **

Contemp Romance – 5
New Adult – 2
Fantasy – 2
M/M Romance – 1
* I’m very pleased with myself for reading an m/m. This genre has really fallen off my radar and I want to incorporate more into my reading.

How was your August?

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30 Day Challenge Update

I missed 2 days out of thirty so I would say I was partially successful with this latest challenge. I say partially because I didn’t write a book review. I re-posted a review from my old blog…but didn’t come up with any new reviews. This makes me sad. But at least by doing this challenge I saw that I wasn’t writing any reviews.
I got halfway through a review for a book I really enjoyed and it stalled out because I felt like I wasn’t doing it justice.

Perfectionism is procrastination in high heels. Elizabeth Gilbert said that. And it’s true. I need to not put pressure on myself to write perfect reviews. I think my September challenge will be to write a review a week. Be it lightning, mini or full review. One a week. I can do it!

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Book Budget?

I have a monthly book budget, and it’s a pretty generous one. I totally demolished it during August but I figure since I came in below budget several months throughout the year, that it was ok. I do feel some guilt about it, but ah well. Not that much. LOL

Do you have a monthly book budget?

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Happy Birthday She-Ra!


She-Ra is the one on the left😛

My munchkin turned 9 today. But I’m kind of sad. Max’ birthday was August 15th, so I always did something on the 22nd, a two for one deal. I’ll give her a treat later in the week, when I feel happy.

But I did take her to the park tonight. She got to chase a squirrel. LOL

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Week in Review: Aug 22 – 28

I posted yesterday about having a book hangover. It’s still the case because I chose a book to read but haven’t gotten into it yet. I honestly believe that my lack of reading is stress related. And that stress won’t abate until after the third week of September. Boo.

I did manage to read one book this week though. A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet and I really enjoyed it. I finished that on Wednesday and yeah…that’s a big chunk of reading time lost. I’m not doing anything productive with that time either. I wanted to paint today…didn’t do that. I’m just a ball of stress. So excuse me while I go into a corner and cry.
aug28haul Here’s my little haul for the week. I went to the library on Friday. Not pictured in there was a book on calligraphy.😛 And the top 3 paperbacks are from Saturday. I had a $10 card for Chapters that I had to use by the end of the month. I also picked up an emerald dotted Leuchtturm. According to my calculations, I’ll be done my current notebook by December. So I’m hoping my new purchase will be my 2017 bujo.

Not pictured are my ebook buys from today. Kobo has a 50% off coupon happening right now. Maybe one of those books will drag me out of this hangover.

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