Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 8/21: Bookish Updates

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….


Hi all, happy weekend. Thanks for your input last week on the annoying blog ads, I’m ad free now. Ahhhh much better. I had a nice relaxing week off and it’s the first time in years I’ve had a staycation for a week. I read 2 books this week and posted 3 reviews and it was nice getting back into the swing of blogging. I worked on my crochet projects and I took Otis to the groomer. It’s amazing what you can get accomplished when you’re not on any set work schedule. We wanted to drive out for the day to a favorite state park/mountain but it’s actually been closed since early August due to danger of brush fire from the dry heat we’ve been having most of this month. Hopefully we can make it out there in a few weeks.



onto my bookish updates…



recently on the blog:

I shared my thoughts on My Dearest Julia: The Wartime Letters of Ulysses S. Grant to His Wife.

I also reviewed:

Modern Crochet Style by Lindsey Newns


Anyone Can Crochet Amigurumi Animals by Kristi Simpson

coming soon:

I read The Thin Place by C D Major this week so my review will be up Tuesday.


And I read The Little House by the Sea (Pennystrand Village Book 1) this week so my review will be up soon also.

in my mailbox:

Not that I needed this but I treated my self to Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover. I’ve read a few of her books and always enjoy them.

watching:
I watched Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey and it turned my stomach so I had to fast forward some of it. I find cults fascinating though. Also, American Horror Stories which has been okay so far. A few of the episodes were a little meh. What have you been watching?



crochet:
Being off this past week meant more crochet time. I finished up these pumpkin stacks, one was on commission then I made a second one for my parents. The funny thing is I had all the materials I needed in my stash already so that was perfect lol. I had the idea in my head of how I wanted these to look and took it from there, I’m happy with the results. My SIL gifted me a bunch of cute handmade tags for my projects, I used some on these.










That wraps it up for now, thanks for stopping in. What are you up to? What are you reading? Enjoy your week!


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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 8/14 Updates After Blog Hiatus

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….



Hi everybody. If you’re reading this thank you for stopping by today. I’ve been on blog hiatus since late March. Just life keeping me busy but also my computer sucks and I need to purchase a laptop this way I can blog from the comfort of my couch or bed instead of actually having to log onto this old dinosaur. Also, what’s with the WordPress ads? It seems they’ve taken over, I need to go ad free I guess. If you’re on WordPress are you ad free?

I won’t bore you with too much rambling but I’ve been enjoying my summer, we went on vacation to the lake for a week in June and just the usual other stuff is going on. I’m still working on a hybrid schedule which is great. I’m off work this upcoming week and plan on doing a day trip here or there then lounging in my pajamas as much as I can. We’ve had a very hot couple of weeks here with heat advisories and now it finally seems to be letting up a little. I haven’t read too much lately but I’ll be reviewing what I have been reading. I’ve been crocheting alot.

onto my bookish updates…

recently on the blog: I dove right on in and posted 3x this past week.


Book Spotlight: Ruin: A Novel of Flyfishing in Bankruptcy Debut by Leigh Seippel


Book/Author Spotlight: Little Dirt Road and Juiced by Ted Mulcahey.


I re-read Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice.



in my mailbox:

Oooh! I met Norman Reedus a few months ago!



He was very nice. He gave me a fist bump. He was on book tour for his book called The Ravaged. Unfortunately you couldn’t take a picture with him, you were just allowed to go up and get him to autograph your book but he was so nice and it was worth waiting in line to get to meet him in person. I’m a big TWD fan so this was awesome. He was so Daryl in person lol. I took this pic below while waiting in line to meet him.



The Little House by the Sea (Pennystrand Village Book 1) came via NetGalley/Bookouture. I love this cover and this sounds like a perfect summer read.



I purchased a copy of My Dearest Julia: The Wartime Letters of Ulysses S. Grant to His Wife A Library of America Special Publication when I visited Grant Cottage again this summer while on vacation. The cottage is near where we stay so I took my parents out there for a guided tour of the cabin. They have a little store on the grounds as well as a small museum. I’ll share my thoughts on this one soon.



That pretty much wraps it up, what have you been up to this summer? What are you reading? Watching? I actually just finished re-watching Midnight Mass last weekend. It is so good and was worth the re-watch. I’ve also been watching Becoming Elizabeth which is very good.

I’ll be blog hopping and catching up a little this week. Stay well 🙂 I’ll close with a few vacation views from June.








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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday: 01/02/2022 Happy New Year and Yearly Wrap-up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….




Happy New Year! I wish you all a happy, healthy 2022. I hope you are doing well. How was your holiday?

It’s been an eventful week. I got sick this week with a stomach bug which today I’m finally feeling better from. Then yesterday we lost electricity from around noon till almost 9pm at night so not fun at all. The power company had some kind of equipment damage and my neighborhood lost power then it took them forever to fix since it was New Years Day.

So, this is my usual weekly updates post but also quick a yearly wrap-up of my 2021 reading year. Onto my updates….

in my mailbox:




The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and these bookmarks were a gift from my daughter for Christmas. How pretty is this edition? And she got me handmade bookmarks one of which has a Stephen King quote on it. Also shown is the yarn bowl I received for Christmas. A yarn bowl is a bowl with a slot where you thread your strand of yarn through as you crochet so that it doesn’t get tangled up and or fall to the ground while you’re working. I love it, this is one of those knick-knacks I’ve always wanted but never treated myself to. This one says “It’s crochet, it’s knot knitting”.


Her Last Affair by John Searles arrived via NetGalley and the publisher.


watching:


The Silent Sea on Netflix is very interesting and I recommend. We have just two episodes left.

Also of note, 1000 Pound Sisters is crazy and entertaining and I’m still watching Sister Wives which I’ve been watching since day one. What are you watching?



My 2021 Reading Year

My reading was meh again this year. I read 14 books which is not good but at least I read somewhat. This has been my normal since 2020 hit. Before that I would average around 30. Has this happened to anyone else?

Favorite Book of 2021

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Runners up:

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay


Later by Stephen King


Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Favorite bookish moment of 2021:

My daughter and I met author Nicholas Sparks!!

That wraps up my updates. Goodbye 2021 hello 2022! As usual, I’m aiming to read more in 2022 and now that my daughter and I have been reading books together to discuss them, I think I will get much more reading in.


What was your reading year like? What was your favorite book of 2021? Thanks for stopping in 🙂


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Top Ten Tuesday 9/14/21: Books With Numbers In the Title


I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post since November 2019 and seeing a few fav book bloggers posts reminded me to get in on the fun again. This week’s topic is “Books With Numbers In the Title”. The first 5 on my list are ones I’ve read, the rest are ones I would like to read one day.


1. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom


2. Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae


3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James


4. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah


5. Her Three Lives by Cate Holahan


6. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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7. November 9 by Colleen Hoover


8. 1984 by George Orwell


9. Ready Player One by by Ernest Cline


10. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Have you read any of these? Thanks for stopping in!

Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 9/5/2021:


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Happy weekend and happy September, I love this time of year. I’ve been enjoying some time off work these two weeks and taking a few day trips. We had originally booked a few days away in Pennsylvania but Hurricane Ida rolled into our area on Wednesday night so we had to cancel those plans last minute.
We’re grateful all we had was heavy rain and winds by us because some of the surrounding areas got hit pretty bad.

onto more bookish updates…

Recently on the blog:


I shared my thoughts on The Bookshop Murder (Flora Steele Mystery #1) by Merryn Allingham.

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Coming soon:

I have a giveaway coming up on Monday September 6th. Please stop by then for details!
Author Ivy Keating has generously offered to do a giveaway here on my blog. It’s going to be a good one!


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In my mailbox:
A 1992 vintage movie tie-in copy of Dracula .




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Watching:
The new season of AHS which is crazy and good as usual. And I started The Undoing then I ended up binge-watching the whole thing because I could not stop. It was so good. Have you seen this one? What are you watching?

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crochet:
I’ve been making shawls these past few weeks. I discovered my daughter’s Damon Salvatore cardboard cutout makes an easy model….lol




I swear at first glance he looks real. Am I right? Our dogs think so, they won’t stop barking at it when we bring it out.



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That’s all for now, I’ll close with pics we took on a recent day trip.




Enjoy your week! What have you been up to? Stay well.



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Disclaimer: Nothing in this post is available for download. Some of these links are affiliate links. If you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. The photos in this post are my own and not to be removed from here.