Weekly Wrap-up | January 19, 2020

Oy, what a week! Seriously, though, this week was absolutely insane! On Tuesday night/Wednesday morning at about 2, my smoke alarm/CO2 monitor started going off. It was just chirping every few seconds, so I didn’t think it was sending off an alarm. I tried to open it up to take the battery out, only to find that the unit was attached by wires to the ceiling, and I couldn’t figure out how to get them unhooked. I also couldn’t read any of the information on the back except the part that said to call the fire department if it went off.

I ended up calling the non-emergency number, but she treated it like an emergency. She had me go and wait outside, in the cold (okay, okay, California cold, but still) and wait for the fire truck and three firemen in full gear to arrive. They went into my apartment, scared the cats, and tested the air. They eventually determined that the smoke alarm itself was defective or past it’s expiration date and needed to be replaced. They unhooked it from the ceiling and left, leaving me to try and get a few hours more of sleep. It didn’t work all that well.

On Thursday, I was out of school for a training in math. It was also the same day my dad, who lives 300 miles away, went in for surgery. I spent the whole day checking my phone, waiting for updates. Around three, my mom texted to say that it would be a couple more hours. I left the training (with a full bladder) intending to drop by home, use the bathroom, grab my gym clothes, and go to the gym. I arrive to find out that my water had been turned off because of a problem in the building. Frustrated, I packed my shower gear and went to the gym. While working out, I decided that it made more sense to do an extra thirty minutes on the treadmill after strength training, because then my water would be turned on. Meanwhile, two hours came and went with no word from my mom. Finally, my brother texted and said it would be another two or so hours. I almost started crying in the gym. The good news came later that he was fine and out of the surgery.

The next morning, I woke up a little crabby, but ready to slay the day. I jumped in my car and my tire pressure light was on. Again. This put me in an even more sour mood, but I persisted and the day went fine.

Saturday was awesome because I ran two and a half miles to the gym, did a work out, did a stretching class, walked home and stopped for lunch. I was swimming with endorphins. Also, I found out I made it to the second round in the RoadTrip Nation trip I’m trying to get chosen for.

Then, today, I woke up to take my car to get tires replaced, only to find my front tire completely flat. I had to call a tow truck and was late to my appointment (I did call to tell them), but it’s basically going to take all day for the car to get fixed. Oh well. It’ll give me time to write and relax, I guess.

So, that’s a lot of words that have nothing to do with reading or books. For most of the week, I didn’t get much reading done because I was tired or stressed. But I did finished The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh on Friday and Crashing Upwards S.C. Wynne. I saw the later on a list of best M/M romance and, having never heard of it, had to read it. It was fine, but Red, White, and Royal Blue was vastly superior as a romance. Way more romantic.

I’m now getting ready to start A Touch of Madness by Rebecca Crunden. I feel so bad. She sent me the book months ago, and I haven’t read it yet. I should, however, have it done by next week (barring any more disasters). The first book in the series was super enjoyable, and I have no doubt this one will be great as well.

Monday: The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Need to Read in 2020

Thursday: Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown (review)

Saturday: Reading & Writing Goals for 2020

Monday: The Self-Care Solution by Jennifer Ashton (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Reasons I Rate a Book 5 Stars

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Friday: TBD

So, how was your week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Wrap-up | January 12, 2020

Wow! This was a super busy week! I barely even had time to sit down in the evenings, much less read. My poor cat was desperate for affection and whenever I was sitting down, plopped on me for cuddles. Sadly, I was only able to give him a few minutes of them before I was up and rushing to whatever I had to do next. I did managed to get some reading and cuddling in yesterday, though, so we’re all good. With any luck, this week won’t be quite as busy and I can get back to my regular schedule of cat-cuddles and reading.

Monday: Atomic Habits by James Clear (review)

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Beyond the Grave by C.J. Archer (review)

Monday: The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Need to Read in 2020

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: TBD

How was your week? Also, is anyone actually interested in my Saturday Snippets, or should I stop posting? Have a great week!

Weekly Wrap-up | December 29

Wow, this week has gone by super quickly! On Monday, I drove home to spend the week with my parents for Christmas/Hanukkah/Mom’s birthday. It was a really fun week. We did Christmas with my brother on Christmas Eve. On Christmas, we had a long, leisurely morning before going out to lunch, then doing Christmas. I got new books as presents, which is always so awesome. The next few days were full of shopping and relaxing. I went to Barnes and Noble and got a couple books I’ve been wanting for awhile. Today, I’m driving back home. I’m sad to leave, but I’m also happy because I miss my cats. I’m also getting excited for the new year.

I bought Atomic Habits and The Beautiful. The rest were gifts. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is signed and personalized by the author. I’m thrilled with my holiday haul.

Monday: Finale by Stephanie Garber (review)

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (review)

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Monday: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (review)

Tuesday: Top Reads of 2019

Wednesday: WWW Wrap-up

Thursday: Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco (review)

Friday: 2019 Wrap-up

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

What are you reading this week? Did you meet your 2019 goals? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Wrap-up December 22, 2019

This week was so lovely. I had the week off from school, and I got a lot of relaxing done. Monday and Tuesday, I had appointments and ran/went to the gym, but on Wednesday, I woke up with a deep desire to do nothing. And, by nothing, I mean sit and read. So that’s what I did. I opened up Interview with the Vampire and tore through it. When I was done, I went to the library for The Vampire Lestat (and Queen of the Damned, but my library doesn’t own a copy). It was a magnificent day.

Thursday, I started my day with a run. About five minutes in, I came across a small dog that was in the park. I tried to get it to come to me so I could see its tags, but it ran away. I started running again, only to stumble across the dog once more. The dog ran off, but stopped at the end of the block to bark at me. Then, it ran away and disappeared. I rounded the corner and started running down the block. Then, I heard barking behind me. The little dog had gotten a slightly bigger friend and they both chased me down the street, barking their heads off. I kept running faster and faster, absolutely terrified (all the while cognizant that this was a ridiculous situation). Finally, I decided to stop and see what happened. I did, and put my hands up for some strange reason. The dogs stopped, too, barked at me a little more, and then ran off. So, yeah, that was an adventure.

Reading wise, I finished three books, Interview with the Vampire, Capturing the Devil, and The Jane Austen Society. I wrote a little bit, but not as much as maybe I should have, and I even got to the movies yesterday. So, it’s been a very nice week.

Monday: Her Majesty’s Necromancer by C.J. Archer (review)

Tuesday: Dear Santa, I’d Like these 5 Books!

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Friday: Festive Christmas Book Tag

Saturday: Snippet Saturday

Monday: Finale by Stephanie Garber (review)

Tuesday: nothing

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: Snippet Saturday

How was your week? Any great books or daring adventures? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Wrap-up | November 24, 2019

I made it through another week! This week was rough, y’all. For 12 years, I’ve had the week after parent conferences off for Thanksgiving. This year, they moved conferences up a week so I had to go back and teach. And it was a rough teaching week, let me tell you. Ever tried to get 25 second graders to add two digit number with regrouping? Yeah. It took four days before they finally got the concept. Four very frustrating days.

But, now I have a week off, which is wonderful. I spent yesterday working on my NaNoWriMo novel and finishing up A Touch of Death by Rebecca Cruden. I also cleaned my apartment and it feels so nice to have an organized space again. Today will be another day of reading and writing. I also need to go running because in four days, I’m running a 5K! My goal for this race is to just finish. If I have fun, I’ll sign up for another race on New Years Day where my goal will be to run the whole thing without walking. Right now, it seems like I’ll never be able to do it, but I never thought I’d be able to do NaNo either, and I’m at 40,000 words right now. So maybe I can do anything I set my mind to.

Monday: Fable by Michele Packard (review)

Tuesday: Top 10 Changes in my Reading Life

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish

Saturday: Snippet Saturday: Dark Goddess

Monday: Review of A Touch of Death by Rebecca Cruden

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Night Country by Melissa Albert

Friday: How has reading shaped/changed your life?

Saturday: Dark Goddess snippet

What’s in store for you this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Wrap-Up | November 17,2019

This week was all about parent conferences and writing. I managed to get my conferences done in three days. One day I had eleven conferences, starting at 1:15 and ending at 6. The best part was I managed to write over 2,000 words that day on my NaNoWriMo project. I wrote while waiting for parents to show up. Then on Thursday, I went to a teacher training and wrote during lunch (no one would sit with me) and during breaks. I also went to a write-in that night and had my best day of writing ever: over 3, 600 words. It made me confident that I could maybe one day do this for a living. I just need to get published.

I also decided to go to NetGalley and see if there were any books I wanted to read. I’m not entirely sure why I did that, because I have a huge TBR pile at the moment, but I went ahead and requested a few. I got approved for all but one, which is awesome. I also got another book called A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden, which I started last night and am really into. So, my reading life is full right now.

Monday: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Authors I NEED to Read

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Think of England by KJ Charles (review)

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Monday: Fable by Michele Packard (review)

Tuesday: Top 10 Changes in my Reading Life

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden (review)

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish

What plans do you have for the upcoming week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Ug. This week was such a slog. I was exhausted and unmotivated all week. All I wanted to do was sleep. I got some reading done, but not as much as I wanted. I did manage to write every day on my NaNoWriMo project, so that was good. I’m 15K into the novel. I just need to keep it up.

Next week is going to be another hard one, at least on Tuesday and Wednesday. I’ve got parent conferences this week, which is always draining. Luckily, I’m done on Wednesday, if everyone shows up (*knocks on wood*). Then I’m going to a training on Thursday and it’s a short day Friday. I hope to get a lot of writing and reading done in all my “spare” time.

Monday: Review- Rage by Jonathan Maberry

Tuesday: Top 5 Books on the Current TBR

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish – Reading Outside Your Age Bracket

Monday: Review – A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Tuesday: Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Authors I NEED to Read

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Review – Think of England by K.J. Charles (hopefully)

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish – Plot or Characters: Which is More Important?

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Anyone doing NaNoWriMo? How’s your progress going?