Sunday Post: May 19

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

This was just a difficult week all around. It started with migraines on Monday, an anxiety attack that made my hands go numb on Tuesday, and just a general sense of blah and exhaustion the rest of the week. I’m not enjoying a book I got from NetGalley, and while I don’t want to DNF it because I want to be nice and review it…. I also really, really don’t want to keep reading it. Luckily, a trip to the library helped turn my reading week around and I got some books I’m really enjoying. Also, with any luck, next week will be much better and I’ll get things back on track.

Monday: The Alchemist (book review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Magical Creatures

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Aurora Rising (book review)

Friday: Avengers Book Tag

Saturday: Last Sons of America (book review)

Monday: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare book review

Tuesday: Top 5 Unputdownable Reads

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett book review

Friday: TBD

Saturday: Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi book review

What are your reading this week? How did you last week go? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Sunday Post: May 12

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

This was a really nice week. It was Teacher Appreciation Week, which meant there were all kinds of goodies and treats at work. The best was on Wednesday when, instead of our regular grade-level collaboration meeting, we had a staff-wide one over ice cream sundaes. It was relaxing, it was fun, and the ice cream was delicious.

Yesterday, I got to see The Lightning Thief musical, based on the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan. It was a lot of fun. The sets were cool and it covered a lot of stuff from the book in a relatively short time. It was, of course, much, much better than that travesty of a movie. My only complaint was that the band was too loud and it drowned out some of the lyrics, but I think I’ll get the cast recording and catch up with what I missed. I definitely had a good time, and if the tour comes around, I recommend seeing it.

Monday: ARC review of An American Duchess

Tuesday: Top 5 Book I Want to Reread

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Book Review: Aru Shah and the Song of Death

Friday: New Disney Princess Tag

Saturday: Book Review: King of Fools

Monday: The Alchemist (book review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Magical Creatures

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Aurora Rising (book review)

Friday: Avengers Book Tag

Saturday: Ever Alice (book review)


I’m not feeling quite as reading slumpy as I did last week, but I’m still not reading as fast as I want to. Maybe I should get off the internet and read, right?

What are you reading this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Sunday Post: May 5

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

picture of a book on someone's lap

Just another ordinary week here at Casa de Books on the Brain. I tried to get back to my routine where I get up at 4:30, go to the gym, and then head to work, but it just wasn’t happening. No matter how much sleep I got, I woke up utterly exhausted and depressed and couldn’t get out of bed for the gym. I compensated by going after work, so I got my workouts in, but man. I was in such a good routine all year, and then February hit and it all fell apart. I think part of it is I’m bored of the workout routines I’ve been doing. I’m going to try and mix it up a little and, if that doesn’t work, maybe purchase another round of personal training to see if that will motivate me. But, I guess as long as I’m going, it doesn’t matter if I do it in the morning or evening.

I also didn’t get as much reading done as I wanted to. I was enjoying An American Duchess by Caroline Fyffe for the most part, but not enough to read a whole lot each night. I finished it last night, but it took me way longer than it should have.

Monday: Book review of Aru Shah and the End of Time

Tuesday: Top 5 Sequels I Need to Get To

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Book Review of Play it Again

Friday: Who Am I? Book Tag

Saturday: April Wrap-Up

Monday: Book review of An American Duchess

Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Want to Reread

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Book review of Aru Shah and the Song of Death

Friday: The New Disney Princess tag

My new Kick Ass Playlist:

One Girl Revolution by Superchick

Just a Girl by No Doubt

The Bullpen by Dessa

Woman by Kesha

Not Your Little Girl by Jane Arden

Salute by Little Mix

Gunpowder & Lead by Miranda Lambert

I getting scared that I’m slipping back into a reading slump. I need to get on that before it’s too late.

How was your week? Drop a comment below and let me know what you’re reading!

Sunday Post | April 28, 2019

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

Someone sitting on a bed crossed legged reading a book.

I had a fairly quite week this week. I had Monday off and got to go to the movies and see Shazam!, which was a lot of fun. Zachary Levi and Mark Strong were both fantastic in it. Then, Tuesday it was back to work. It was nice seeing the kids again and getting back to a routine. Friday I had a half day so I could go to an appointment, and unfortunately the morning was full of testing for the kids. I hate when I accidentally schedule ALL THE TESTS for one day, but sometimes, it just happens that way.

On Saturday I got to see Avengers Endgame. I don’t talk about it on the blog, but I am a huge Captain America fan, which is funny because I went into The First Avenger thinking I wasn’t going to care very much about him. I’d enjoyed Iron Man, liked Thor (mostly because of Loki–I love tricksters), but didn’t think Cap would do it for me.

Fast forward eight years, and, well, I’ll let you see for yourself:

I also have a wall full of Captain America art and one more cosplay, but I can’t get those pictures to upload for some reason.

So, without any spoilers, I can say I really enjoyed the movie. There was one thing that disappointed me, but it was minor and didn’t affect my overall enjoyment of the movie. I cannot wait to see it again.

Monday: Book review: Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles

Tuesday: Top 5 Mind-Blowing Mysteries/Thrillers

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: ARC Review: The Stone Rainbow by Liane Shaw

Friday: I Should Have Read That book tag

Saturday:Book Review: Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Monday: Book review of Aru Shah and the End of Time

Tuesday: Top 5 Sequels I Need to Get To

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Book review of Play it Again

Friday: Who Am I book tag

Oh, I’m only reading one book right now! I should pick up another so I don’t get behind.

How was your week? Drop me a comment below and let me know what you’re reading!

Sunday Post April 21, 2019

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

cactus and a pile of books on the floor

Photo by the Bialons on Unsplash

This week was my spring break and I enjoyed it a lot. I didn’t do a ton–I didn’t even make it to the movies, which I always do–but I rested and relaxed and it was lovely. I finally got back to the gym for a good week of workouts, which I haven’t been able to do since I hurt my foot in March. There was some resistance in going. I dragged my feet and didn’t get in as early as I usually do, but I was on vacation, so that was okay.

woman in glasses
Post-workout glow

On Tuesday, I took my cats to the vet. As usual, Brycee, my older cat, was an angel, and Cobbler, who I call my old man kitten because while I still think of him as a kitten, he’s really ten years old, was awful. It was so hard to listen to him screaming while they tried to take a blood and urine sample. They ended up skipping it because he was so stressed out. We’ll have to try again later this year when they can sedate him.

orange and white cat
Cobbler
brown and black long haired cat
Brycee

On Wednesday, I went shopping for some spring-like clothes. I decluttered a lot of my clothes over the winter and everything left was dark colored. I was looking for something lighter and airier, and I actually found a few things! I hate clothes shopping, but this was a delightful treat.

Then, on Thursday, the weather was warm and sunny. I originally had planned to go to the movies, but the thought of being indoors on such a beautiful day killed me. I decided that I’d head to the beach and read, but, as I was getting ready, I decided that since I was heading to the beach, I might as well go kayaking. So, I grabbed my dry bag, packed a lunch, put on my swimsuit and sunscreen, and headed out.

It was amazing. I saw otters and harbor seals. I learned how to get the kayak over some waves. I was all by myself, so I sang Moana a bit. I almost got seasick, which wasn’t so wonderful, but it was part of the experience. I’m so glad I went and can’t wait to go again. I’m going on a big kayaking trip this summer so I want to get out an practice as much as I can until then.

Monday: Blogger Recognition Award

Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Predict Will Be 5 Stars

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Book Review of The Princess and the Fangirl

Friday: Book Review of The Earl Next Door

Saturday: Book Review of Milady

Monday: Book review of Any Old Diamonds

Tuesday: Top 5 Mysteries/Thrillers

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Book Review of The Stone Rainbow

Friday: I should have read that book tag

Saturday: Book Review of Song of Achilles

I had a wonderful week! I have one more day of spring break tomorrow, during which I may actually make it to the movies. I also will go to the gym and relax. And then, it’s back to work!

How was your week? Did you have any adventures? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Sunday Post April 14

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reader. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

This week was all about hanging in there. It was the week before spring break, and everyone at my school was feeling it. Especially me.

On Friday, I got to see the musical Aladdin. It was so much fun. Years ago, when I was in high school, a couple of friends turned me onto a music collection called Music Behind the Magic, which was the songs that were written for the animated movies but not included. My favorite songs came from Aladdin, and I was thrilled that they were included in the musical.

The best part of the play was definitely the Genie; the actor was actually from the Broadway show even though this was the National Tour. The worst part of the show as the women around me who kept singing–out loud–during the performance. I mean, I mouth the words sometimes, but they were singing pretty loudly. And it sucked. But getting to hear a beautifully sang rendition of Proud of Your Boy pretty much made up for that.

Posts this week:

Monday: Book review of An Artless Demise by Anna Lee Huber

Tuesday: Top 5 Romantic Reads

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Book Review of The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Friday: Book Review of Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Saturday: Reader Problems Book Tag

Currently Reading:

I won The Earl Next Door in a giveaway off Goodreads. It’s pretty cute so far. I’m listening to Good Omens, and I like it, but for some reason, the narrator chose to read Adam–and 11 year old boy–like a 40 year old man holding a pipe and about to start complaining about taxes. I don’t like it.

Upcoming Week:

Monday: Blogger Recognition Award

Tuesday: Top 5 Tuesday

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Book Review of The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Friday: Book Review of The Earl Next Door

And I’m not sure what I’ll do Saturday yet. Maybe a book tag.

How was your week?

Sunday Post – April 7

It’s Sunday once again and I’m recapping my week with the Sunday Post. The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reader. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

I started this week taking a day off from work to recover from WonderCon and get all the things I needed done for the week. I grocery shopped, did laundry, went to the gym, and napped. I was exhausted and that was my theme for the week: exhaustion. I was barely hanging on all week. I also hard car trouble, which is always fun. I’d gotten an oil change and my transmission fixed, but they didn’t tighten something so my car leaked fluid for a day. I got it fixed and it’s okay, but it was hassle to deal with. Thank goodness for AAA.

Most of the week, I just worked, came home, read, and played on the internet. Not much to report.

Posts for the week:

March Wrap-up

Book review: A Curious Beginning

Top Ten things that make me pick up a book

Book review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

WWW Wednesday

Book review: The Hazel Wood

Book review: The Tiger Queen

Book review: Eliza and Her Monsters

Looking at that list, I think I posted too much. I’m so eager to post reviews as well as memes that I doubled up some days. The problem is, I’m going to run out of books to review! Luckily, I’ve got spring break coming up so I can catch up on my reading. But I need to slow down and not overextend myself.

Currently Reading:

I enjoy listening to audio books, but I hate how long they take. I can only really listen to them while I’m driving because otherwise I fall asleep, so I only listen about an hour a day. But I’m getting close to the end of Red Queen and it’s gotten really exciting.

Upcoming Week:

Monday: Book Review of An Artless Demise by Anna Lee Huber

Tuesday: Top 5 Romantic Reads (technically, this was last week’s prompt, but I missed it)

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Book Review of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

That’s all I have planned out for right now, but I’ll think of something to post the other days.

That was my week. How was yours?