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Weekly Wrap-Up – 4/19/19

Weekly Wrap-Up

What a week, you guys! It’s been crazy here, that’s for sure, but I’m back blogging again, which always makes me feel good. Plus, due to the holiday this weekend, I have a day off from work today! Yay three-day weekend! Definitely needed, because work has been absolutely insane this week, so I can definitely use the break.

Let’s take a look at reading progress last week, shall we?

  • I read chapters 28 through 56 of The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters, finishing that book for NetGalley. It was so good! You can read my review from yesterday here.
  • I read chapters 6 through 9 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, although I did not get the post up on Chapter 9 yesterday. Ran out of time. I’m going to try to do that today.
  • I finally made some more progress on Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, reading chapters 32 through 39. I’m hoping that once I finish the next few review books I have, I can devote more time to this one.
  • I started The Circle: Taken by Sage Sask this week for a book tour next week, reading the prologue through chapter 22. It’s pretty good so far.

Hoping to schedule some posts for next week since it will also be busy and I’m hoping to still get in my normal postings. We’ll see how it goes. Hope you all have a lovely Easter, if  you celebrate!

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Weekly Wrap-Up – 3/29/19

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It’s been a bit of a whirlwind this week, not gonna lie. Work has been really busy. My daughter has had a lot to do at school, which is always busy, but the year is starting to wind down finally, which adds to it. The Spring Festival is in full swing on LOTRO. So yeah, lots of things.

Plus, I think this past week has been one of the busiest weeks on the blog that I’ve had so far. I posted 14 posts since last Friday. That’s a lot for me! It will continue to be a lot too, as I wrap up March with the #PotterheadReadAlong19 – I’ll need to double up Prisoner of Azkaban posts if I want to be ready to start Goblet of Fire on April 1st. I fell way behind in that during the middle of this month, but it can still be done! I’ll make it!

Let’s take a look at my reading progress this week:

  • First and foremost, as I mentioned on WWW Wednesday, I finally finished Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey. Review will be coming in the next few weeks. I’m holding off on starting the last book in the trilogy, Kushiel’s Avatar, just to catch up on a few other things.
  • I read and blogged about Chapters 11 through 16 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. You’ll be seeing a lot more of those posts this weekend.
  • The Wrythe and the Reckoning by Yvonthia Leland – I am trying to figure out what the author is doing with this story. It’s . . . not really going anywhere? I read chapters 3 through 12 this week, so it’s not like I’m not making progress. This one is going to be really hard to review.
  • I started and finished Secrets by Francine Pascal and Kate William this week. It’s the second Sweet Valley High book for my Nostalgic Reads feature. I will probably post it over the weekend sometime.
  • I started over reading Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #5)reading the Prologue through Chapter 13. Even though I don’t think I forgot much of the story, I’m glad that I started over, just so I’d have that nice, fresh perspective. It makes me excited to keep going.

So yeah, it’s been a pretty successful reading week this week! After having a reading slump that lasted for over a year, this makes me so happy.

Hope you all have a great weekend, if I don’t see you back here for all the Prisoner of Azkaban posts!

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Weekly Wrap-Up – 3/22/19

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A bit of a later wrap-up this week, just because my Friday has been CRAZY! My head is spinning a little and I’m still a bit sleepy – although that might have had something to do with being out late last night. One of the local community theaters that I have done shows with in the past is currently doing a production of Mamma Mia. Several friends of mine are in it, so of course, I wanted to go and support them. Plus the show is just pure fun and joy. I don’t usually go out late on a weekday, but all their performances were selling out so fast, it was the only one we could get. So I’m a bit foggy today, oh well. Totally worth it!

In slightly more serious news, my daughter, who I think I’ve mentioned before is having problems at school, has been diagnosed with ADD, inattentive type, in addition to her anxiety disorder and depression. So not only is the anxiety making it hard for her to focus, but the ADD is making it near impossible, which only increases the anxiety and the depression. Fun stuff. She is not a fan of taking any sort of medication, so we are looking into other ways to help.

But enough about serious stuff. This has been a pretty productive week here on the blog! I got my first Nostalgic Reads post up and really enjoyed discussing it in the comments. So many of us grew up with these books! I also got to take part in my very first blog tour! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, and hopefully, I will get to do another one sometime. Plus, the books I got to review were AWESOME! I have found a new favorite fantasy author!

Reading progress for the week:

  • Blasted through The Shadow Watch and The Rage of Saints by S.A. Klopfenstein. Got both books read in three days. Note to self: when applying for a blog tour, try not to ask for a second book in a series when you haven’t read the first one. Also, don’t sign up for one that has multiple books when you aren’t sure if you can get them done in time. I mean, I did, but it was a challenge.
  • I’ve started slowing down on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanOnly read Chapters 8-10 this week. It’s not because I don’t want to read it – I really do! This week has especially been stressful time-wise, and since I really enjoy doing the Chapter-A-Long posts for them, it takes a little bit extra. I may not be able to finish this one in March for #PotterheadReadAlong19, but I’m still going to try!
  • I started The Wrythe and the Reckoning by Yvonthia Leland for NetGalley. I’ve read Chapters 1 through 2.2. Yes, chapter 2 is split up into 2.1 and 2.2 for some reason. This book is . . . odd. That’s all I’m going to say for now.
  • Made slight progress with Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey. Read Chapters 67-70, which isn’t much, but hey – progress is still progress!
  • Y’all, I didn’t read Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas at all this week! I am starting to get fuzzy on some details, so I may need to start that one over after I get through the next couple of NetGalley ARCs.

I’m going to try to get some posts up for Harry Potter over the weekend, but otherwise, I will see everyone back on Monday! Have a great weekend!

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Weekly Wrap-Up – 3/15/19

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Hello, good people! Who’s glad that the weekend is upon us? This girl!

This week has been a rough one for me. Between meetings at my kiddo’s school to a very busy week at work to fibromyalgia deciding to flare up again big time, it’s been a mess. Not gonna lie, this blog is sometimes part of what keeps me sane. It gives me a reason to think positive and to keep reading and, especially, to keep interacting with so many other wonderful book bloggers out there. So thank you, you guys. Book bloggers are the best!

Speaking of reading, let’s go through what I’ve read this past week.

  • I read chapters 16 to 45 of Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter, finishing that book. It was an ARC from NetGalley, so that was important to me. I posted the review for that one yesterday, so check it out!
  • I’ve read chapters 58 to 66 of Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey. Still working at this one, even though it is taking me a while. To be fair, I don’t read this one every day. Usually, this is my reading-before-bed book, so if I’m really tired at night, it gets skipped. But I’m still making progress!
  • I started Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Mass, book #5 in the Throne of Glass series. So far I’ve read the first 12 chapters. Things are happening!
  • I’ve really slowed down reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. Part of that is because of trying to do the Chapter-A-Long posts with it – it definitely takes longer, and if I don’t have the time, it gets missed. Managed to get through chapters 4 to 7 though. I’ll need to pick up the pace before I get to the next books – they get so much bigger after this!
  • I also read my first book for my new Nostalgic Reads feature – Double Love by Francine Pascal, the first book in the Sweet Valley High series. Oh golly, you guys. I had forgotten what a trip these books are! Hit me right in the flashback feels! So I will get a post up about it sometime next week, although not sure when. I need to go back through and make notes.

I think that’s it for now. I’ll be back in a little while with a Chapter-A-Long post. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

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Weekly Wrap-Up – 3/8/19

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Ugh, this has been a crazy week for me! Work has been a bit more busy than usual and that always leaves me feeling exhausted. Which unfortunately means less reading time.

Also, my other stress relief activity, playing Lord of the Rings Online, has been unavailable because they are moving data centers. They were hoping to have it done in a day, but ran into some technical issues and it is now day three with no LOTRO in my life. Hopefully they will be back up and running soon. I need my Middle Earth fix!

On the plus side, I am so excited for one of the other fandoms I follow: Critical Role. For anyone who doesn’t know, this is a streaming web series where a group of voice actors (who also happen to be best buddies) play Dungeons & Dragons. The stories they tell are just as compelling as any professionally produced television show I’ve ever seen. They have a Kickstarter campaign to take their characters and produce an animated special, which has been a dream of theirs for many years, and they have blasted past their original goal. Which means now it’s not just one animated special – it’s a series! Plus bonus content!

I love being happy for people who make me happy. 🙂

Let’s look at reading progress this week:

  • I started Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter and have so far read the first 15 chapters. I think. The chapters aren’t numbered, at least not on the ARC copy I got, so I’m sort of keeping a tally as I go so I have some idea. Enjoying it so far. It’s weird, which you know I like. I am really hoping to finish this one in time to review it next Thursday.
  • I have not done much with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. Only 2 chapters so far, but I should get some more reading done this afternoon, and hopefully another Chapter-A-Long post.
  • I have read through chapter 57 of Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey. Still making good progress on that one. Roughly two thirds of the way through.
  • I have read chapters 59 through 89 of Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, which finishes this one for me! Book #4 is done! Very excited about this one. I’ll have a review up either next week (if I don’t finish Never-Contented Things in time) or the week after.

I’m especially happy with my progress. The Throne of Glass series and Phèdre’s Trilogy are both on my Complete the Series challenge list for this year! My goal was to complete three series on that list, so if I can keep going with these, that will knock two out early in 2019. I might be able to exceed my goal at this point!

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

 

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Weekly Wrap-Up – 3/1/19

It’s a brand new month! Welcome to March, everyone!

Seriously, where does the time go? 2019 feels like it just started and we’re already two months into it. Wow.

February was a bit of a tumultuous time for me. I am having some personal issues going on right now that I am working through. I’m blogging a bit about that over on My Crooked Little Path, if anyone is curious – not because I don’t want people to know about them, but this blog is definitely meant to be more upbeat and fun. MCLP is much more a way for me to vent when I am dealing with my various mental health issues.

But enough of that. What else has been going on this week? I’ve signed up for a couple of blog tours. It’s something that I really want to get into, as it just looks like fun, but I don’t know if I have a big enough following for what they are looking for. We’ll see. Certainly doesn’t hurt to try! I’ve also been really trying to be better about interacting with the blogs that I follow as well. You guys are all awesome and I know, as bloggers, we live for getting comments. Especially toward the end of this week, I’ve been trying to comment more, to be a better blog friend in that way. Haven’t hit everyone, but I’m working on it.

Let’s take a look at my reading progress this past week:

  • I finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets yesterday, as most of you saw with my Chapter-A-Long post. I will be starting and posting Chapter 1 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban hopefully later today.
  • Made really good progress with Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, reading chapters 28-58 as of yesterday. I should finish that one, if not today, then by early next week. Moving right along with this series, which will go towards my Complete the Series challenge, so yay!
  • Made less progress with Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey, but that is mostly by design. I’m about halfway through it though, through chapter 37, so that’s pretty good. No idea when I will finish it, but I’m not in a rush either.
  • I am starting my next NetGalley ARC, Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter, today! My current plan is to get the review for that one up on March 14th, so be on the lookout for that. It’s about Faeries, so that makes me happy. I like Faeries.

So lots of things coming up on the horizon for the blog. I still have another project that I want to start, but it probably won’t happen until maybe this summer, when I might have some more time. We’ll see.

Until then, here are some pictures of my fur babies. They make me smile. 🙂

Kitties
Amber and Sophie

And yes, Sophie is laying on a pillow of cat faces. I am a crazy-cat-lady-in-training and proud of it!

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Weekly Wrap-Up – 2/8/19

Oh boyo, am I glad it’s Friday! I only have a few plans this weekend, so I am hoping to relax for a bit. Maybe. Hopefully. Maybe get some gaming in. That would be nice.

Reading progress this week was slow, but it’s also just been a weird week in general. Still, progress is progress. As of yesterday, I have:

  • Read the last chapters of Kushiel’s Dart, chapters 81-96.
  • Read the first 16 chapters of Kushiel’s Chosen.
  • Started Heir of Fire and read the first 25 chapters (that’s actually more than I expected.
  • Read the first 6 chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Overall, that’s not bad. I had forgotten how far I got into Heir of Fire before I looked it up. I’ve been keeping a daily reading log to see how far I get each day. For some reason, that has been the main thing that has kept me from falling into another reading slump. I like jotting down that I read two chapters here, five chapters there. It keeps me focused.

Blogging has been going really well. I am very excited about starting up my Chapter-A-Long posts with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I haven’t done that in a really long time and, while it is not the fastest way to read a book, it is kind of fun to really dig into the little pieces that you enjoy instead of just remembering the larger, overall plot lines. I’m going to try to do this with all the #PotterheadReadAlong19 books this year, which will go into July. Might have to do more than one chapter at a time, or just multiple blog posts each day for it, since the later books are much, much longer. I’ll have to think about it.

I’ve also started blogging a bit more, not too much, on my personal blog, My Crooked Little Path. It’s a lot of venting and complaining right now (or screaming into the void, as I like to call it), but it’s helping me work through some stuff. I actually have some followers over there now, which is nice.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I will probably be back tomorrow with another Chapter-A-Long post (and of course, another one today in a little while), but other than that, I will see you all on Monday! Cheers!