Adjusting to Work Life

After being back to work for a couple of weeks, I am finally beginning to settle into a bit of a routine. I had some pretty long and intense days at the start getting my store set up, hiring staff, and training. Now that I have my staff hired (for the most part, seasonal hiring starts now) and trained, I’m going to a more normal looking work-week. As a matter of fact, I had 2 days off together this week to catch up on stuff around the house.

For the first week or so, I was so tired when I got home from work that I did nothing. I basically ate dinner and fell into bed. I would read on my day off and try to catch up on all blog related activities at that time. Now that my body has acclimated to working again, I’m starting to get more reading time during the week as well. I still won’t be reading anywhere near my previous level, but should at least get through 1-2 books per week. I miss my reading time, but I’ll adjust. I am planning to listen to audio books on my drive to and from work starting next week. I just need to turn on service to my iPhone so I have data since I won’t have wireless access on the road. Once I do that I might be able to get through more books each week.

My posting schedule won’t really change until the new year since everything is pretty much written and scheduled through the end of December. I’ll need to update my Sunday Posts, Monday Updates, and Stacking the Shelves each week, but they are already set up, so I’m basically just filling them in. I will have to write my reviews as they come up, but I have time for that within my week. Come January I may have to look at posting less frequently, but we’ll see when the time comes.

Of course, once I move closer to work my time will open up a little more again. This should happen no later than February, but could happen sooner. I’ve been pricing apartments in the area and seeing what’s available, but I also want to save a little money before I actually move.

Overall, I feel like I am finally into my working rhythm, I just need to organize my space so it makes sense and streamlines my prep time.

Top Ten Tuesday~ If Your Book Club Likes Food

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes X”. I decided to go with a foodie theme on this one and am sharing 10 Books to Read if Your Book Club Likes Food. I’ve included a few foodie memoirs, as well as some fiction that includes some foodie vibes.

Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen Spiced

Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living Julie and Julia

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table A Homemade Life

Bella Tuscany Bella Tuscany

My Life from Scratch: A Sweet Journey of Starting Over, One Cake at a Time My Life from Scratch

The School of Essential Ingredients The School of Essential Ingredients

The Love Goddess' Cooking School The Love Goddess’ Cooking School

Starting from Scratch Starting from Scratch

The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City The Sweet Life in Paris

Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide To Finding Her Inner French Girl Entre Nous

**All covers link to Goodreads, all titles link to Amazon

Monday Update~ 10/31/16~ The Halloween Edition

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Happy Halloween! I hope everyone receives lots of bookish treats and no tricks today! I will once again be linking up with the Book Date for It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

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My new job has severely cut into my reading time. I’m at work approximately 9 hours a day, plus have a 2 hour commute {I hour each way}. When I got home each night this week, all I wanted to do was crash. Hopefully as I adapt to the position and the hours, I’ll get more reading time in again.

Recently Completed:

Eleanor & Park

Eleanor and Park

Currently Reading:

Louder Than Words      A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

Louder Than Words//A Discovery of Witches

Currently Listening to:

The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman, #2)

The Rosie Effect

Up Next on the TBR:

Cupcake Overload (Cupcakes, #2)     This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

Cupcake Overload//This Savage Song

**All covers link to Goodreads, titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Sunday Post~ 10/30/16

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:

Work is in full swing, my store is open and my staff is currently being trained. I have been exhausted every day when I get home and have hardly had any time or energy to devote to the blog or reading. I am so incredibly thankful that I was able to prep so many posts in advance, so my posting schedule is still intact. That may change once I get through everything that is already scheduled, but hopefully by then I will have acclimated to my new work schedule a bit more. Once I can save up some money and move closer to work, I’ll have more time to devote to reading again. My goal is to be moved to Eugene by the middle of February. One big plus right now is my dad has loaned me his truck to get back and forth to work, so I don’t have to inconvenience anyone else getting back and forth to work.

In other news it has been raining almost non-stop for the last week. We did get a reprieve and had some sun on Friday, but it started raining again overnight.

Last Week on the Blog:

Sunday Post~ 10/23/16: The New Job Edition
Monday Update~ 10/24/16
Top Ten Tuesday~ Containing Magic
Review: The Form of Things Unknown
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Going Home
The Friday 56~ This Savage Song
Stacking the Shelves~ 10/29/16

This Week on the Blog:

Monday Update
Top Ten Tuesday
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Everyday
The Friday 56~ The Sweet Life in Paris
Stacking the Shelves

This Week’s Reviews:

None this week

Book of the Week:

Eleanor & Park

Quote of the Week:

“He regretted saying it. Not because it wasn’t true. He loved her. Of course he did. There was nothing else to explain… everything Park felt.
But he hadn’t meant to tell her like that. So soon. And over the phone. Especially knowing how she felt about Romeo and Juliet.”

Park, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell {35%}

Last Week’s Goals:

Well… I finished a book. That’s all I can really say that I accomplished.

This Week’s Goals:

Catch up blog reading
Read 1 bookSchedule 5 posts

Notable Posts from the Blog World:

Again, none this week… still trying to get caught up.

Stacking the Shelves~ 10/29/16

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One of the best things about Saturday’s is getting to join up with the team at Tynga’s Reviews to share my bookish haul from the week.

eARCs for Review:

If You Were Here

If You Were Here

Thank you to Edelweiss and Merit Press

Library Audio Books:

The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman, #2)

The Rosie Effect

Gifted:
I received a bunch of books from my sister-in-law. Rather than share them all at once, I’ll be sharing them over the next 8 weeks. This is group 5.

Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #1)      Grim Tuesday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #2)      Drowned Wednesday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #3)      Sir Thursday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #4)      Lady Friday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #5)

Mister Monday//Grim Tuesday//Drowned Wednesday//Sir Thursday//Lady Friday

Superior Saturday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #6)      Lord Sunday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #7)      Rampant (Killer Unicorns, #1)      Ascendant (Killer Unicorns, #2)      13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)

Superior Saturday//Lord Sunday//Rampant//Ascendant//13 Little Blue Envelopes

The Last Little Blue Envelope (Little Blue Envelope, #2)      I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1)      The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, #2)      The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, #3)      The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies, #4)

The Last Little Blue Envelope//I am Number Four//The Power of Six//The Rise of Nine//The Fall of Five

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

The Friday 56~ This Savage Song

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 This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

“Now, the way other people felt about food, that’s how August felt about music. He could savor each note, taste the melody. The thought made his tallies prickle, his fingers ache for the violin. Across the table Colin was telling a story. August wasn’t listening, but he was watching. As Colin talked, his face went through an acrobatic procession of expressions, one folding into the next.”

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Going Home

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Welcome to Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts, an original weekly meme hosted by Lexxie at (un)Conventional Bookviews. 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.

This week I am featuring Going Home by Nora Roberts. This is a collection of 3 short novels and the scene I chose is from the third story, Mind Over Matter {pg. 322}.

Going Home (3-in-1)

“‘Get that for me, will you?’ Clarissa cast an anxious glance at the kitchen. ‘I really should check the brussels sprouts.’
‘Brussels sprouts?’ A.J. could only grimace as Clarissa disappeared into the kitchen. ‘Bad enough I have to eat the meat loaf, but brussels sprouts. I should have had the hamburger.’ When she opened the door her brows were already lowered.
‘You look thrilled to see me.’One hand still on the knob, she stared at David. ‘What are you doing here?’
‘Having dinner.’ Without waiting for an invitation, David stepped forward and stood with her in the open doorway. ‘You’re tall. Even without your shoes.'”

Do you like brussels sprouts? I didn’t as a kid but I love them now, especially roasted with olive oil and garlic.

Review: The Form of Things Unknown

The Form of Things Unknown Book Cover The Form of Things Unknown
Robin Bridges
Young Adult
Kensington Books
September 9, 2016
eARC
Net Galley

Natalie Roman isn't much for the spotlight. But performing A Midsummer Night's Dream in a stately old theatre in Savannah, Georgia, beats sitting alone replaying mistakes made in Athens. Fairy queens and magic on stage, maybe a few scary stories backstage. And no one in the cast knows her backstory.

Except for Lucas—he was in the psych ward, too. He won't even meet her eye. But Nat doesn't need him. She's making friends with girls, girls who like horror movies and Ouija boards, who can hide their liquor in Coke bottles and laugh at the theater's ghosts. Natalie can keep up. She can adapt. And if she skips her meds once or twice so they don't interfere with her partying, it won't be a problem. She just needs to keep her wits about her.

I wasn’t sure where this one was going in the beginning. It deals with mental illness, ghosts, and typical teen hi-jinks, but I think it was handled in a great way and enjoyed the ending.

All of the characters have their flaws, especially Natalie. I think her flaws, as well as those of the other characters, were presented in a realistic way. Her relationships with David, Raine, Starla, Caitlyn, Caleb, Lucas, her parents, and her grandmother are all different and realistic.

I really liked the protective instincts David has for Natalie. Because I am a younger sister with an older brother as well, I can really relate to their dynamic. David teases her, but worries about her; and when push comes to shove, her is there for her no questions asked.

The relationship between Lucas and Natalie is a little more complicated and filled with so many misunderstandings. Both of their exes contribute to the misunderstandings and make it hard for either of them to know where they stand with each other.

The story took some turns that I did not expect, especially with some of the minor characters. I enjoyed the twists and turns the story took and felt like the resolution worked well. But I also want to see more of their story!

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Net Galley and the publisher {Kensington Books} in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Top Ten Tuesday~ Containing Magic

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is a Halloween freebie. Since I generally don’t read books that I would typically consider to be scary, I had a hard time coming up with something this week. I am also not a big Halloween person, so there was nothing obvious that jumped out to me as a possible theme. I ended up deciding on books that contain magic.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)The Harry Potter series {of course}

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

The Graces (The Graces, #1)
The Graces

Dance Upon the Air (Three Sisters Island, #1)
The Three Sisters Trilogy

Black Magic
Black Magic

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
A Discovery of Witches

The Night Circus
The Night Circus

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
The Mortal Instruments series

Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)
The Ink World Series

Dance of the Gods (Circle Trilogy, #2)
The Circle Trilogy

 

**All covers link to Goodreads, all titles link to Amazon

Monday Update~ 10/24/16

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I will once again be linking up with the Book Date for It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

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Recently Completed:

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)      Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8)

The Wrath and the Dawn//Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Currently Reading:

Eleanor & Park      The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)      City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)      The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun      A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

Eleanor & Park//The Sea of Monsters//City of Ashes//The Happiness Project//A Discovery of Witches

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)      Going Home (3-in-1)      The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City      Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)      Louder Than Words

Me Before You//Going Home//The Sweet Life in Paris//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows//Living Out Loud

Currently Listening to:

The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman, #2)

The Rosie Effect

Up Next on the TBR:

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)      Cupcake Overload (Cupcakes, #2)

This Savage Song//Cupcake Overload

 

**All covers link to Goodreads, titles link to Amazon {affiliate}