Sunday Reads (40)

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Another weekend … another update!

In my life: 

Why HELLO there! It seems like FOREVER since I did my last Sunday Reads post and I have to say that while a break was definitely necessary, it’s wonderful to be back and blogging this week. *hugs all of you*

Life hasn’t been all that busy. Just me growing a baby and all that. I’ve had a few scares and a few trips to the hospital, but nothing OVERLY serious, which has been nice. In the last month or so I’ve also started buying things for baby, including some books (obviously) and some other things I’ll know I need when he or she comes.

I also got to go visit the lovely ANNE from Creativity’s Corner at the end of May (seriously, the last update post I wrote was, like, May 19th — I’m way behind!). We went and saw the new Star Trek movie, did a Doctor Who puzzle, and did a lot of chatting. The only thing that made me nervous was flying by myself since I hadn’t done that since 1999 when I went to California to see Tori Amos in concert. After *almost* missing my flight in Toronto, I was so happy to finally get on the plane and get home … I love Canada. But thank you to Anne for having me!

The husband and I have had lots of dates around the city — and we’ve spent lots of time  just chilling on the couch, watching movies. You will see in my reading update that reading kind of took a backseat for a while, too. We also had a BBQ for dad’s birthday, as well as LOTS of other BBQs when it came time to announce our upcoming baby.

Honestly, other than spending way too many hours watching crappy TV shows during the day while crocheting, occasionally taking a break to get groceries or bake some bread, I haven’t been doing a lot. It’s been kind of nice.

It’s also nice to have a view like this …


Even if it comes with evening skies like this (that usually bring rain) …


In reading (& blogging): 

In the ENTIRE PERIOD that I have been abscent from updates like this, I have to say that I haven’t been reading OR blogging.

*hides head in shame*

BUT … I did come back into the wonderful world of book blogging on Tuesday. Prior to that, it had been TWO WEEKS since I read ANYTHING and even before that, I felt like i was forcing myself to find the time to read — even though I had plenty of time to do so. Let’s just say that the first few months of pregnancy brought lots of nausea and LOTS of tiredness. It was just too much work to open and read a book, unfortunately.

Thankfully, my energy is coming back and this week I read SIX BOOKS and I feel like I’m finally ready to get back at everything. And it’s been FUN! I’ve loved carving out that time in the morning to check out blogs, to format posts, etc. And then spending more time reading and exploring all the books in my home library.

I was so very lucky to acquire a KINDLE from lovely Edmonton author Trina M. Lee a few weeks or so ago. I’ve read a few review books on it and it’s so awesome! I love how easy it is to move books from NetGalley to the Kindle. WAY easier than the Kobo. AND I have to say that my book buying “ban” has been a thing of the past. I’ve gotten quite a few books in the last month — too many to mention here — and can’t wait to read them. Let’s just say, I am ALL about the book sales lately.

These are just the physical books I can *remember* getting since my last Sunday Reads. This doesn't include audiobooks OR ebooks. *shudders*

These are just the physical books I can *remember* getting since my last Sunday Reads. This doesn’t include audiobooks OR ebooks. *shudders*

This week it’s the Hot Summer Reads read-a-thon and I’m VERY excited for it! I started listening to The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey, and I’m reading Uncharted by Tracey Garvis Graves, a novella that’s a companion to her amazing book, On the Island. Other books I plan to read this week include LOTS of review books, since I’m way behind in my review book reading. I must conquer that pile!

How was your week? Have you read anything good lately?



16 thoughts on “Sunday Reads (40)

  1. YAYA SO glad you are back! I was starting to wonder *sniff* Congratz on the baby! I’m sure he or she will have quite the awesome book collection to come home too 😉

    And yay for just chilling around, sometimes that’s so needed – although minus the nausea and all that! Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the books and do other things – then you come back to the books with a vengeance! 6 books in 1 week is awesome! 😀 And your loot looks friggen sweet!

    Also yay on the Kindle! I don’t have a Kindle but i love the Kindle app on my iPad and you’re right it’s so much easier to load Netgalley books on it than it was on my nook! I read on it almost solely now – except when I have a physical book of course! 😀

    Welcome back! ❤

    • Thank you, April! 🙂 I can’t wait to enhance baby’s book collection … there are so many books I know he or she needs to have! And of course we had to get Z for Zamboni for daddy to read — even if it’s a girl! 🙂

      It was nice to take a break, but I will admit that I missed my books. I can’t wait to dig more into them!

  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful time and look at those views,. Sometimes we need a break from it all..i am not sure I could go that long without a book..but glad you are back and ooh a kindle how exciting!!

    • I’m not sure HOW I went that long without reading — I was definitely thinking about reading. I think that’s what got me back into it. I missed my books! And yes … my Kindle is so exciting! 🙂

  3. So glad that you are back and what wonderful news about the little one:) It sounds like you’ve had a lovely and relaxing time this past few months…with both friends and family…. And getting back into the swing of things with 6 books is great! Thanks so much for popping by my blog…I’m glad you did b/c I didn’t have you in my new reader and now I’ve added your blog:)

    Have a great week.

  4. Welcome back! Growing a baby must be tough work and hard on the body, so take breaks if you need it! It’s good that you and your husband have been able to spend more time too 🙂
    It’s good that you’re getting your energy back and reading too! Nice pile of books too. I find if I don’t do my usual Sunday posts I tend to forget some books too lol.

    • Thanks, Kelsey! Growing a baby is definitely a lot of work … it takes a lot out of you!

      I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who forgets about the books I get — I need to keep a running list. 🙂

  5. Yay! I have been slowly coming back too, slowly. I thought I was going to be able to start reading again and had a really good week of having energy and then bam, back to sleeping by 9 every night. Honestly I’ve had naps the last couple days and slept 12 hours at night. Unfortunately for me, it’s back to watching kids weekly until December. Then, see ya’s later! No more kids to watch 🙂 Sounds like you had a relaxing time though, which is really good. I wish you didn’t have the scares though. Those are not fun 😦

    Your TBR pile of books must rival mine with that stack of new books! Yay for getting back to reading though! And for buying baby stuff! 🙂 I am looking forward to buying more cloth diapers 🙂 Your ultrasound must be coming up soon, are you finding out the gender or keeping it a surprise?

    • I had quite a long time there where I couldn’t even keep my eyes open past 7:00 … my eyes hurt they were so tired! It’s nice to not be like that, though I still can’t stay up crazy late. I’m better at getting up earlier!

      Scares aren’t fun — I’m seeing my doctor tomorrow to get the news on one thing that came up a week or so ago. Hoping everything is still good! And we’re planning to find out the sex on Thursday — but we’re keeping it a surprise! Since everyone already knows we’re pregnant, it’ll be nice to keep this little secret to ourselves. 🙂

      • Yay for finding out the sex! I can’t believe you’re that far along already! I’m jealous! I have 7 weeks until I’m 20 weeks, so I have a long wait to go! Keeping the gender a surprise is pretty cool, I couldn’t do it, even if I knew it, I’d have to tell I’d probably accidentally slip up and call baby he or she in front of someone.

My home is where my books are. - Ellen Thompson

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