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.

Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 7/11/2021: Summertime 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….

Hello all and happy weekend. I haven’t posted an updates post since May and time is flying as usual. I hope you are doing well and enjoying your summer. Summer tends to get busy for us because both my kids and my husband have birthdays back to back, and it seems like each weekend we have plans, then we try to fit in a vacation trip as well. I can’t complain, I love the summer months and enjoying the sunshine as much as I can.

Maybe TMI but in the midst of being busy with work and family these past few months, I had to have a root canal. A painful complicated one that involved two one and a half hour long visits to a specialist who gave me THREE shots of Novocain per visit, a round of antibiotics and prescription painkillers which after taking just one pill I decided to stick to Advil forever. I’m glad it’s over and done with and I hope to never have to go through that again in this lifetime or the next.

Anyway, on a good note, work announced the hybrid schedule is permanent so I am happy about that. It’s great working from home a few days a week then driving into the office a few days. I’m finding it a nice balance.

And I was finally away on vacation recently doing alot of this which was very relaxing:


Onto my bookish updates…..


recently on the blog:

I shared my thoughts on Sarana and the Dark King by Ivy Keating.


I reviewed The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.

In my mailbox:

After loving The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah I ordered The Great Alone by the same author.

I received The Bookshop Murder by Merryn Allingham via Bookouture, The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews via St. Martin’s Press and Neon Gods by Katee Robert via Sourcebooks Casablanca.



I purchased The Power by by Naomi Alderman and this fun bookish tote at the coziest little Indie bookstore I found while on vacation. It was a little book cabin and the owner was very nice.






crochet
I crocheted a coffee cup coaster and cozie for my cubicle.



I finished up my son’s blanket. I made this for him as one of his birthday gifts in May.



watching:
We watched all 3 Thor movies and are watching the Avengers films next so we can watch the new Loki series. Have you watched any of these?

That wraps up my updates, what are you up to? What are you reading? Otis says enjoy your weekend and stay safe 🙂



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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.

Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 4/11/2021: 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….


Good morning all, happy weekend. It’s hard to believe we are halfway through April already. I like this time of year though, the longer days, the weather warms up and the flowers start to blossom…


I got my first dose of the vaccine two weeks ago. I’m not going to lie, I was excited but also nervous. Thank goodness it went well and my second dose is in a few weeks. I had minor side effects, mainly strong arm pain from my shoulder to my hand but once that peaked around 8 hours after the shot it started to get better and I was back to normal within 48 hours. I feel so much better just knowing I’m halfway there to being fully vaccinated. My husband got his first dose last week and had zero side effects.

On another note, I’ve decided I’ll be doing these Sunday updates every other Sunday because it fits a little better with my schedule. Plus, I’m usually a slow reader and I don’t like to only post Sunday updates with no book reviews in between.

Onto more updates…

in my mailbox this week (both perfect for National Poetry Month):

Impermanence by Ren Powell via Poetic Book Tours for an April 28th review.


Garden in a Seed by Nazanin Mirsadeghi arrived via the publisher for an April post.


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Recently on the blog
I shared my thoughts on Puppy Kisses by Lucy Gilmore. This was nice contemporary romance with puppy rescue in the plot.


Coming soon:

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay . Um scared much? Yes. I finally started this one and am breezing through it, but I can’t read it late at night before bed like I usually do with my current reads.

Also, Dewey’s Read-A-Thon is April 24. Will you be reading along? I will be this year.


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Crochet
I’ve been working on a granny square shawl for the past several weeks and am nearing the end of the project. I wanted to use mainly Spring/Summer colors, mostly yellow. Here are the granny squares in progress and while being blocked.





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Watching:

My daughter and I are hooked on The Witcher on Netflix. Have you watched it? So good!

That covers my updates for now. Thanks for stopping by. What are you up to lately? Happy reading this week!



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.