My Week in Review 2017 #37

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

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.

Life Happenings:

This week has been pretty busy with work and life. We had a huge national event at work this past weekend that was a lot of fun, and now I’m getting ready for inventory. We’re also starting to gear up for the holiday season. My October is going to be insane… but fun!

In other news, my no spend month pretty much fizzled from day 1… but I picked up a bunch of great books on sale! I also got some more of the books that I won in the auction, and some free Kindle books, so my book haul is pretty big this week {see below}.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #36
Down the TBR Hole #12
Top Ten Tuesday~ Back Before I Was Born
On the Definition of Discussion
Cat Thursday #37
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ The A to Z of You and Me
Thursday Quotables~ Finding It
The Friday 56~ Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Book Beginnings~ One Plus One
Book Blogger Hop #11

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #13
Top Ten Tuesday~ Fall TBR
On Reading From Multiple Genres
Cat Thursday #38
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ The Elite
Thursday Quotables~ Wanderlost
The Friday 56~ Island of Glass
Book Beginnings~ That Perfect Someone
Book Blogger Hop #12

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It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

Forged in Smoke (Red-Hot SEALs, #3) Faking It (Losing It, #2)

Forged in Smoke {audio re-read}//Faking It

Recently Completed:

Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys, #1) Falling For Her (K2 Team #3) Show No Mercy (Black Ops Inc., #1)

Wrong Number, Right Guy//Falling for Her//Show No Mercy

Up Next on TBR:

Not Quite Dating (Not Quite, #1) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Not Quite Dating//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

Kindle Unlimited:

Audio~

Wrong Place, Right Time (The Bourbon Street Boys, #2) Lost in Her (K2 Team, #4)

Wrong Place, Right Time//Lost in Her

Purchased:

Physical~

Dorothy Must Die: Stories (Dorothy Must Die, #0.1-0.3) Dorothy Must Die: Stories Vol. 2 (Dorothy Must Die, #0.4-0.6) Luck, Love & Lemon Pie The Way to Game the Walk of Shame Magnolia (Magnolia Branch, #1) The Hating Game Summer of Supernovas Passenger (Passenger, #1) All That Glitters (Geek Girl, #4) Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3) Picture Perfect (Geek Girl, #3) My Life Next Door The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay

Dorothy Must Die Stories//Dorothy Must Die Stories Vol 2//Luck, Love and Lemon Pie//The Way to Game the Walk of Shame//Magnolia//The Hating Game//Summer of Supernovas//Passenger//All that Glitters//Their Fractured Light//Picture Perfect//My Life Next Door//The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay

ebook~

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) Map to the Stars Play With Me (Grover Beach Team, #1) Stranded with the SEAL (HERO Force, #1) Jacob (Kings of Guardian, #1) The Jewel (The Lone City, #1) A Royal Engagement (The Young Royals #1) The Testing (The Testing, #1) The Wicked Horse Boxed Set You Are Your Choices: 50 Ways to Live the Good Life Winter Kisses (3:AM Kisses, #2) Blackmail Boyfriend (Boyfriend Chronicles, #1)

Throne of Glass//Map to the Stars//Play With Me//Stranded with the SEAL//Jacob//The Jewel//A Royal Engagement//The Testing//The Wicked Horse Box Set//You are Your Choices//Winter Kisses//Blackmail Boyfriend

Won:

ebook~

Sidewalk Flower (Sin Pointe, #1) Hidden Deep (Hidden Saga, #1) Breaking Through Knight of Runes Marry Me for Money (Forever After, #1)

Sidewalk Flower//Hidden Deep//Breaking Through//Knight of Runes//Marry Me for Money

Free for Kindle:

Trophy Husband (Caught Up in Love, #3) Driven to Date (Better Date than Never, #7) The Flirting Games (The Flirting, #1) Wrap Me Up The Start of Us (No Regrets, #0.5) Shopaholic on Honeymoon (Shopaholic #3.5) Becoming Us (London Lovers, #1) Nameless  (Broken City, #1) Unraveling You (Unraveling You, #1) A Spy Like Me (Circle of Spies, #1) This Night So Dark (Starbound, #1.5)

Trophy Husband//Driven to Date//The Flirting Games//Wrap Me Up//The Start of Us//Shopaholic on Honeymoon//Becoming Us//Nameless//Unraveling You//A Spy Like Me//This Night So Dark

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Book Beginnings~ One Plus One

I’ve added some additional memes to my repertoire and am linking up with Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader.

This meme is a fairly simple concept, we share the first line or so from a current read. This week I’m featuring One Plus One by Jojo Moyes.

One Plus One

Ed Nicholls was in the creatives’ room drinking coffee with Ronan when Sidney walked in. A man he vaguely recognized stood behind him, another of the Suits.

Sounds ominous…

Book Blogger Hop #11

I am linking up with Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer for the Book Blogger Hop. And what is the Book Blogger Hop? Well according to the meme’s page:

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

Have you ever bought a more expensive edition of a book, when a cheaper edition was available, just because you preferred the cover of the more expensive one? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

No. While I have purchased books because of pretty covers, I would rather buy the less expensive book than have a specific cover. I look for sales and discounts so that I can purchase more books overall.

The Friday 56~ Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

“Keiko looked at Henry like he’d woken her from a wonderful dream.”

Thursday Quotables~ Finding It

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Because I love sharing quotes from books, the more random the better, I decided to join Bookshelf Fantasies for Thursday Quotables to highlight some great quotes from the books I’m reading.

This week I’m featuring quotes from Cora Carmack’s Finding It.

Finding It (Losing It, #3)

1

I couldn’t seem to walk in a straight line. My path kept veering towards his. Probably because I was drunk. Or his muscles were magnetic. Both completely plausible options.

2

He cradled my jaw, and lifted my head back. Our eyes met, and his went from interested to confused in seconds flat.

3

 I wasn’t about to tell him that it wasn’t working because I was still depressed. This guy had seen more vulnerability from me in a few days that anyone else had seen in years.

4

We both knew the other was awake, but we lay still as if we weren’t. It was like a game to see how close we could get to the line without crossing it.

5

When you love someone, really love someone, it’s a lasting mark on your soul. There’s a lock on your heart that you’ll carry with you always.

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ The A to Z of You and Me

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

I’m participating in Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts, hosted by Lexxie over at {un}Conventional Book Views again this week.

What is Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts? Well here’s a description from Lexxie’s site:

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

This week I am featuring The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah. Chef Jef is trying to get Ivo’s breakfast order and Sheila is attempting to help in this scene. {pg. 7}

The A to Z of You and Me

“I tell you what,” says Sheila to me, “how about if we get you something simple, and you can see how you feel when it gets here? I’d like you to eat something this morning, even if it’s only a couple of bites. How about something soft and easy, like scrambled eggs?”
I can’t answer. I don’t want anything.
“Yeah? Scrambled eggs?” Jef is looking at me brightly.
“How about that?” says Sheila. “Or poached? Or fried?”
“I don’t do fried,” says Jef.
“Oh no, course! Well, scrambled then? Or poached?”
I can’t answer this.
“I’d like you to have something. It’ll get your strength up, and maybe everything won’t look so gloomy, will it?”
So.
They’re waiting.
“Poached.”
“Poached?”
I nod.

On the Definition of Discussion

What do you think of when you think of a discussion post? I used to think that discussion posts had to be deep and thought provoking, that they had to look at an issue and analyze it or give an opinion. But now I think it’s simpler than that. A discussion can be anything you want it to be.

Sometimes a discussion is deep, about a topic that is important to you or an issue that keeps cropping up in the community. But other times a discussion can be light and fun. And at still other times a discussion can be completely random. And sometimes a discussion is just any post that isn’t a review or a meme.

I think part of the reason I have struggled with discussion posts is that I’ve had it in my head that they have to be super serious and talk about things that could generate a lot of debate and differing opinions. And we’ve already established how I feel about that. But I really don’t know why I thought this way. I mean I don’t expect other bloggers to post serious deep discussion posts. I mean, Cait at Paperfury is one of my favorite bloggers and her discussions are full of humor and fun.

I have been in a serious discussion funk and haven’t been able to write a discussion post in a couple of week {not that you would have noticed since I schedule so far out}. I was considering just marking discussions up as a failed experiment and dropping them for the time being, but then I got to really thinking about it. Ultimately I decided to drop the pressure and keep the discussions, and to stop taking myself so seriously!

What about you? Do you stick to serious discussions or have fun with them?

Top Ten Tuesday~ Back Before I Was Born

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a throwback freebie, so I decided to throw it way back and pick 10 of my favorite books published before I was born… so yep all of these books were published before 1971.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)

Little House in the Big Woods

Stuart Little

Stuart Little

Animal Farm

Animal Farm

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Down the TBR Hole #12

One of the newer memes that I found and fell in love with is Down the TBR Hole by Lost in a Love Story. I found this meme featured on Bursting with Books and had never seen anything like it, but I loved the concept. Essentially you go through your Goodreads TBR shelf and take another look at the books that have been hanging out there for a while. You then determine whether you want to keep the book on your TBR or remove it.

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here are this week’s selections:

Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance

Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields
Nonfiction; Self Help
Added January 19, 2012

The influential blogger and author of Career Renegade counsels readers on how to navigate inevitable insecurities that mark a creative career, explaining how to understand fear and uncertainty in order to render them powerful forces for creative success rather than sources of anxiety and failure.

Verdict: Remove

Poet's Choice

Poet’s Choice by Edward Hirsch
Nonfiction; Writing; Poetry
Added January 19, 2012

Edward Hirsch began writing a column called “Poet’s Choice” in the Washington Post Book World in 2002. This book brings together those enormously popular columns, some of which have been revised and expanded, to present a minicourse in world poetry. Poet’s Choice includes the work of more than one hundred poets from ancient times to the present—among them Sappho, W. B. Yeats, Czeslaw Milosz, Primo Levi, Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda, Amy Lowell, Mark Strand, and many more—and shares them with all of Hirsch’s inimitable enthusiasm and joy. Rich, relevant, and inviting, the book offers us the fruits of a life lived in poetry.

Verdict: Remove

Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally

Plenty by Alisa Smith & JB MacKinnon
Nonfiction; Food; Memoir
Added January 19, 2012

Like many great adventures, the 100-mile diet began with a memorable feast. Stranded in their off-the-grid summer cottage in the Canadian wilderness with unexpected guests, Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon turned to the land around them. They caught a trout, picked mushrooms, and mulled apples from an abandoned orchard with rose hips in wine. The meal was truly satisfying; every ingredient had a story, a direct line they could trace from the soil to their forks. The experience raised a question: Was it possible to eat this way in their everyday lives?

Verdict: Remove

Where We Belong

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
Fiction; Chick Lit; Romance
Added January 19, 2012

Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.

For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.

Verdict: Remove

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)

Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Fiction; Young Adult; Fantasy
Added January 19, 2012

One boy. One dragon. A world of adventure.
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

Verdict: Keep

Another good week with 4/5 removed. Running total now 39/60.

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

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