Weekly Wrap-Up #35

Posted October 3, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in Weekly Wrap Up / 12 Comments

Weekly Wrap-Up #35

Once again I’ll be linking this up with the Sunday Post (hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer).

It’s October! Yay! Probably my favorite month of the year. Partly because of Halloween and fall weather. But also because of my birthday!

This week things have slowed down a lot with the virtual students and laptop distribution at school. However, one of the secretaries was out all week, and so I was without my library assistant in the mornings so she could cover. During the afternoon one of the other secretaries from the counselor’s office I think came down so she could be in the library part of the day.

I was able to work on a few things in my library I wanted to work on. But there are a lot more things I need to do. I think I’m still on a bit of a weeding kick from spending this past spring weeding over 2,000 books from my old library. While that only dropped that collection down to like 18,000 total books? At my new library that would be too many at this point. We only have about 10 books per student. And the Missouri suggested amount is 15-20 per student. I doubt I’ll ever get the money to fix that. Especially since one of my goals is to at least get the collection age up from 1998 average to at least into the 2000s.

I know I’ve mentioned this summer how I was going to take my Kansas retirement for the past 8 years out and get bills paid off. I can finally apply for it as of October 1st. Of course I need a notary signature on it, so I had to wait to get an appointment with my bank and that will be Monday.

Any way, last week was a crazy week of reading quickly through books! I did have a DNF, although technically it was a barely started one. I’d read the reviews which were really pretty bad, and the PR company who had sent out the tour info also had sent an email saying that it wasn’t as much romance as women’s fiction. And with all the books I was speeding through for blog tours, I realized it just wasn’t going to be a book for me and gave up before I really got into it because of that.

Books finished:

As you can tell I had to speed through some books this week to get done for blog tours. One was an audiobook that I’d actually been listening to for a few weeks, and one, Code of Ethics, I started last week.

New Books:

No new physical books this week.

E-galleys for Review:

The first is another SmartyPants Romance e-galley and the second is the one I was so hoping to get a physical copy of. And technically it comes out this week, but my goal is to read it by Saturday for a review. I got a last minute approval on Netgalley for it. So excited!

Free E-books:

The first one I won from an author’s newsletter I think. The second one from signing up for a newsletter. And the last one was my Amazon first read for the month.

What I’m Watching:

I went to the movies this week. There are a few movies I want to see. But I decided on Dear Evan Hansen. Oh my gosh it was so good! I was sobbing at the end. And I didn’t hear any sniffling coming from the other people in the theater, so I was wondering what kind of monstrous emotionless robots were watching the movie with me.

I tried the new La Brea show, but I don’t think I’m going to keep watching it. So far it is kind of stupid in my opinion.

But I am loving the new episodes of what will sadly be the last season of Brooklyn Nine Nine. I can’t believe I didn’t realize it was back on until I went to check out my DVR and found a bunch of episodes starting in August!

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How was your week? Did you get any good books? Are you binging any tv series you’d recommend?

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12 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up #35

  1. It’s a good idea if you can take the money without penalty. I did a 401K loan years ago, paid off all the credit cards, and have accrued no new credit card debt since. It’s a good feeling. I have been finding a lot of great women’s fiction lately. I wish publishers would believe in this label and stop marketing (women’s) fiction as romance. It just makes the readers salty

    • Lisa Mandina

      There will be a penalty, but, even after that, having the money to pay bills off is more worth it to me. I want so bad to get out of as much credit card debt as I can. And yes, if I’m told it’s a romance, which I like, and it is women’s fiction, which I rarely like, I will get salty. lol

  2. Good luck with the library! What a challenge-getting the average age up without cutting books since you are already a bit short. I really wish women’s fiction would be more properly marketed. I personally tend not to like them, so if they market it as romance, I am going to roast the book upon review.

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    • Lisa Mandina

      There is a recommended amount that the school library association as well as ALA recommend for a good library. Ten books per student is probably better than some libraries, so it’s not horrible. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Agreed. Although these days I’ll end up DNFing if I know I’m not enjoying it. Too many other books to read! Thanks for visiting!

  3. You have lots of challenges with your new library but that might be a little interesting too. I hope you are finding some great reads with all your books and tours!

    Somehow your comment had gone to spam but I approved it and you should be all good now.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Hmm, what a weird start to this week it has been! Glad you were able to find my comment. Thanks for stopping by!

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