Sunday Reading & Weekly Update (#4)

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It’s September!

I loooove September. You know that crisp feeling in the air, the leaves changing colour, and I always want to create something (or buy new things – like yarn and notebooks and pens and books!).

This week my son starts school and I’m sad and happy about it – it’s bittersweet. We’ve slowly been trying to get into a routine in the last week and it’s helped with everyone’s moods. Plus, this past week the baby and I stopped our nursing sessions. Again, so sad. Not only is my little boy, who’s not yet 3, starting school, but the comfort sessions I’ve had with my little girl have come to an end. We had a few rough days and nights where I couldn’t even sing to her without her losing it, since she associated my singing with nursing, but now she cuddles up into me and we can sing a song before bed and it’s just really nice.

This month I’m going to start going to a yarn night at the local library, and I want to start making regular library dates for myself where I can just go wandering around. I’ve started crocheting a lot, making sweaters for the kids and their friends, blankets, hats, and whatever else I can come up with! I’m rewatching Gilmore Girls in anticipation of the new season coming up in November. All I want to do is drink coffee. I’m sleeping better at night, getting up super early in the morning, reading lots of books, trying to knock books off my TBR pile (my pre-2016 TBR, that is) and just trying to get organized in all aspects of my life. My husband is going away this month so I’ll have 5 days with just me and the kids … hopefully they’re stress-free!

Other than that, we’ve had some really relaxing days around here. We’re just getting over colds and it’s rainy and cold here this weekend, this long weekend, which means lots of relaxing, coffee, movies, crocheting, reading, and Netflix. It’s perfect!


Here’s what happened this past two weeks in books …

Added to the shelf: 

  • Buried Bodies (Anderson High Wolves, #1) by Kelly Apple (ebook) READ
  • The Girl Most Likely by Kelly Apple (ebook) READ
  • Something in the Air by Marie Landry (ebook) READ
  • Not Until Tonight (The Night, #1) by Jessica Sankiewicz (ebook)
  • Leave Me by Gayle Forman (paperback)
  • Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine, #3) by Ransom Riggs (hardcover)

Review books: 

  • A Tapestry of Secrets by Sarah Loudin Thomas (thank you to Nuts About Books!)
  • A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jaegers (thank you to Nuts About Books!)
  • All The Things We Leave Behind by Riel Nason (thank you to Raincoast Books!)
  •  The Courtship Basket (Amish Heirloom, #2) by Amy Clipston (thank you to Booksneeze!)

Currently Reading: 

  • Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas (hardcover)
  • House of Whispers (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper, #5) by J. L. Bryan (ebook)
  • Silence of the Lamb’s Wool (Yarn Retreat Mystery, #2) by Betty Hechtman (ebook)

Finished This Week: 

  • The Best Man (Blue Heron, #1) by Kristan Higgins (audiobook)
  • Goddess of the Hunt (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #1) by Tessa Dare (paperback+pre2016tbr)
  • Buried Bodies (Anderson High Wolves, #1) by Kelly Apple (ebook)
  • The Girl Most Likely (Anderson High Wolves, #2) by Kelly Apple (ebook)
  • The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & The Olympians, #2) by Rick Riordan (audiobook+reread)
  • The Perfect Match (Blue Heron, #2) by Kristan Higgins (audiobook)
  • If Only We by Jessica Sankiewicz (ebook)
  • On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1) by Samantha Young (audiobook+pre2016read)
  • Something In the Air by Marie Landry (ebook)
  • Smoke by Catherine MacKenzie (ebook+reviewbook)
  • Waiting On You (Blue Heron, #3) by Kristan Higgins (audiobook)

Blog Posts:

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

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!