Sunday Reading & Weekly Update (#3)

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This week was a weird week for me. For the whole summer, I’ve been all about getting the kids out to play and do activities and just give them a super fun summer – which is all fine and good – but then last week I realized that while it’s great to get up and have somewhere to go, in a few weeks the little boy will be going to school, which means we might have to be up and out of the house, according to a schedule, every single day of the week. That means that the days of lounging around in our jammies all morning would be a thing of the past. Or just the weekend.

So this week I was strangely anxious about hanging out with people. We did get out a little bit, but not very much at all. And I really didn’t want to leave the house at all. I made sure the kids were happy and maybe we wore the same jammies too many days in a row, but I just wasn’t feeling ready to be around people this week. The other morning, I had wrote down an appointment wrong, so we ended up at a park waiting for someone who wasn’t going to show up until the next day. I messaged a friend about it and she said to come meet her at a local pool. I was all for it until she said three other people were going. I felt very anxious about it, like I wasn’t mentally prepared to be around so many people. So we drove around, me and the kids, with the baby taking a nap, and then we went home.

It feels strange because for so long I longed for people to help me with this motherhood thing and now I feel like I’m pushing them away. Am I pushing them away? Or is it just an off week? Who knows.

ANYWAY.

That happened and we also finished school shopping for the little boy. Now, on top of the washing machine, is a bankers box full of folders, a binder, kleenex boxes, glue sticks, markers, etc. It’s all new and exciting and the part of me who loves back to school shopping is so happy for him. I’m still sad about him going and a little nervous at how we’re going to pull off the rigid schedule, but I’m sure we’ll figure it out. It will be so weird not having him in our mornings most of the week, but I know that this will teach him so much. Honestly, I can’t wait for him to say silly things to me and for us to actually be able to talk to one another. So many parent friends of mine tell me about the hilarious things their kids say and all I can come back with is that my son says “shoe” and “sock” and not much else.

At least he gives really good hugs and kisses.


Bout of Books is this week! Time to read all the books!

Here’s what happened this past week in books …

Added to the shelf: 

  • Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J. Maas (hardcover)
  • In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware (paperback)
  • Deceptions (Cainsville, #3) by Kelley Armstrong (hardcover)
  • Family Tree by Susan Wiggs (audiobook)
  • The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon (audiobook)
  • House of Whispers (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, #5) by J. L. Bryan (ebook)

Currently Reading: 

  • Goddess of the Hunt (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #1) by Tessa Dare (ebook)
  • Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas (hardcover)

Finished This Week: 

  • The Crawling Darkness (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, #3) by J. L. Bryan (ebook)
  • Lullaby (Watersong, #2) by Amanda Hocking (audiobook+hardcover+pre2016tbr)
  • Terminal (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, #4) by J. L. Bryan (ebook)
  • The One And Only by Emily Giffin (audiobook+hardcover+pre2016tbr)
  • Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman (audiobook+hardcover+pre2016tbr)
  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & The Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan (audiobook+reread)
  • One Lucky Hero (Men In Uniform, #1) by Codi Gary (audiobook)

DNF’d This Week:

  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (I know lots of people liked this one, but I was just too bored reading it!)

Blog Posts:

  1. [Re-Reading] Omens (Cainsville, #1) by Kelley Armstrong (Audiobook)
  2. Bout of Books 17: Sign Up Post!
  3. [Book Talk] Lullaby (Watersong, #2) by Amanda Hocking (Audiobook)
  4. [Book Talk] The Crawling Darkness (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, #3) by J. L. Bryan

And that’s it for now! Have a happy bookish week!

Sunday Reading & Weekly Update (#2)

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This week was to be my week to prepare for a big event – a first birthday! Naturally, I felt very little motivation to do this. I mean, I was looking forward to her party, but what’s the point of cleaning all week when the kids are just going to mess it up? And any food would have to wait to be made on Friday or Saturday morning (though I did listen to an audiobook while preparing ALL the hamburgers last weekend). Little things got done all week, but nothing major … so my blog updating and Outlander watching continued! Since I still had lots of updates to do to get Reading In Winter back up and running, it only made sense. And it was really nice to rewatch my favourite show!

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My super spoiled, freaking adorable little girl who really is this happy all the time.

We had little girl’s birthday yesterday and it went so well! I learned I can fit 25 people in my home, even with crazy kids running around! Baby started walking really good in the last week so she cruised around lots, ate all day, and by the end of the day her cute little white dress looked like it took a bath in watermelon juice. Thank goodness for stain remover!

This week I got an email notification from a local library saying my card was expiring. I am so on the fence about renewing. I love this library and worked at it for a few years. Having no expiry date was the best thing about working there, but since it’s kind of out of the way now, paying $30 to renew seems like so much! I recently bought a library card for the town closest to me, the town where my son will be going to preschool, which only makes sense since we’ll be there more often during the week. That being said, it would be nice, since our lives are going to get a little more structured and busy, to have an afternoon out by myself to the library, maybe. Though, THAT being said, I tend to read a lot more ebooks and listen to more audiobooks from this particular library than get physical books. So I’m still not sure. I know, I know, if I rented just two audiobooks from them it would pay for the renewal fee, but just getting that reminder made me feel sad that I don’t work at the library and I kind of miss it.


Here’s what happened this week …

Added to the shelf: 

  • Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic, #1) by J. L. Bryan (kindle freebie)
  • Cold Shadows (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, #2) by J. L. Bryan (ebook) READ
  • City of the Lost (Casey Duncan, #1) by Kelley Armstrong (ebook)
  • Veiled (Ada Palomino, #1) by Karina Halle (ebook)
  • The Crawling Darkness (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, #3) by J. L. Bryan (ebook)
  • Omens (Cainsville, #1) by Kelley Armstrong (audiobook) (<– I’ve read the book, but it was finished when I had Lucas back in 2013 and for the life of me I have no idea what happened. I got the audiobook so I can reread it and continue with the series!) LISTENED
  • Terminal (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, #4) by J. L. Bryan (ebook)

Currently Reading: 

  • The Crawling Darkness (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, #3) by J. L. Bryan (Ebook)
  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (Hardcover) (<– this is good and I’m still interested, but clearly I’ve been taken by a new book series that MUST BE READ.)

Finished This Week: 

  • Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, #1) by J. L. Bryan
  • Cold Shadows (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, #2) by J. L. Bryan
  • Omens (Cainsville, #1) by Kelley Armstrong (Audiobook + reread)

Blog Posts:

  1. [Book Talk] Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, #1) by J. L. Bryan
  2. [Book Talk] Wake (Watersong, #1) by Amanda Hocking (Audiobook)
  3. [Book Talk] Five Summers by Una LaMarche (Audiobook)
  4. [Book Talk] Cold Shadows (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, #2) by J. L. Bryan
  5. [Book Talk] Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (Audiobook)

And that’s it for now! Have a happy bookish week!

Sunday Reading & Weekly Update (#1)

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One of the joys of starting up a blog again is getting everything updated. Oh, did I say joy? I meant “pain in the ass.” I’ve been blogging since 2009 and have absolutely NOT desire to update EVERYTHING, but certain things can’t be avoided, especially since Reading In Winter used to have its own domain and now it doesn’t. What does this mean? Well, it means that one of the pages I use the most, my reading archives, doesn’t work – all the links point to http://www.readinginwinter.com posts, whereas they’re all now http://www.readinginwinter.WORDPRESS.com. Seriously, pain in the freaking ass.

However, it’s not such a bad thing as I’m realizing. Now I’m organizing my reading archives a little better, so they’re easier for me to search. Series books are organized by series, authors are now bolded for better searching, and I’m trying to keep ALL reviews in one spot, with one page and ONLY one page – no page for audiobooks, another page for graphic novels, etc. It’s taking time, since I have to search for some reviews on Goodreads from the past two years (all reviews from my hiatus blog, A Little Time to Read, were moved there), and some reviews from Reading In Winter weren’t exactly posted with a blog title with searching in mind, but it’s getting there.

And I can watch Outlander while I do it! So far I’ve made it to the end of the ‘g’ section. I’ll be sooo happy when it’s done!

Another thing I’m trying to not focus too much on is the format of my “reviews.” I’ve always been someone who likes to share their general thoughts on books, rather than getting too specific with the details of the book itself (like the publisher, synopsis, links to Goodreads or Amazon, etc.). As I write new book thoughts, I’m just doing that, writing my thoughts. It makes it so much less tedious since I can just them up and set a date to publish.

I also made a point of updating all my reviews on Goodreads, though I’m not totally done yet. I got into this habit at one point of just putting a link to a review on this blog, so now I’ve added full reviews. Took a while, but I’m glad it’s done!

PS – If you followed me over at A Little Time To Read you’ll notice I snagged my Sunday photo … I loved it too much to pass it up!


This last week has been a pretty good week, reading wise! I was happy to see that I had passed the 75 books read mark, which is freaking awesome. Despite the fact that I’m working on blog things a lot more right now, updating links and such, I feel like I’ve found some stride with reading. And audiobooks are a saving grace!

Here’s what happened this week …

Added to the shelf: 

  • Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper by J. L. Bryan (Kindle freebie)
  • Dog With A Bone (Black Dog, #1) by Hailey Edwards
  • Time Thief (Anomaly, #1) by Anna Hackett (Kindle freebie)
  • Sacrificed to the Dragon (Stonefire British Dragons, #1) by Jessie Donovan (Kindle freebie)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8) by J. K. Rowling

Currently Reading: 

  • Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper by J. L. Bryan (Ebook)
  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (Hardcover)

Finished This Week: 

  • Lord John and the Hand of Devils (Lord John, #0.5, #1.5, #2.5) by Diana Gabaldon
  • Bound by Flames (Night Prince, #3) by Jeaniene Frost (Audiobook)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8) by J. K. Rowling
  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (Lord John, #2) by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Custom of the Army (Lord John, #2.75) by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray (Audiobook)
  • Wake (Watersong, #1) by Amanda Hocking (Audiobook)
  • Five Summers by Una LaMarche (Audiobook)

Blog Posts:

  1. Changes, Beginnings, Continuations, & So Forth (<– my “I’m back!” post)
  2. [Book Talk] Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8) by J. K. Rowling

And that’s it for now! Have a happy bookish week!