Once again I’ll be linking this up with the Sunday Post (hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer).
You guys, I have to go back to work this week. Wednesday. 🙁 And the last time I emailed the school secretary she sent me pictures that make it look like they have a TON of work to do in the library. So I don’t even know what I’m going to do when I get back! I mean I will have books to put back on shelves, and will have to prepare the laptops for being handed out at the beginning of the year. All things I would have loved to do in my 10 days back before the rest of the teachers. 🙁
Okay, so Monday was hot. But I did have my stepdad call the roofing company they’d used to come out and give an estimate on a bump there has been in my roof since I first moved in. Fortunately the guy came out and said it doesn’t look like there’s any rot or anything and it should be an easy fix. But of course, even at the not too bad price, I need to save up for that.
Tuesday was even hotter. I got the dogs to give me a little bit longer than an hour between each time they wanted out. Once again I’m on the thought process of quitting writing. I want to spend time reading and blogging. I have story ideas, but don’t know that I will ever feel that I have the time or the talent to write. And I know it takes practice. But just don’t know that I am going to be motivated enough to do it. So I need to put myself on a book buying ban from anything having to do with working on the writing process. I also joined in again on the Top 10 Tuesday on the freebie topic and I went in the theme of my Book Bonanza trip with the top 10 romance authors I still want to meet.
Wednesday was a little cooler, but it was still lower 90s. Had a guy someone suggested out to look at fixing the siding panels that had fallen off the side of my house when I hit them with my lawnmower when I got to close after I first moved in. He got them put back on really quickly and didn’t charge me. Just told me to tell other people about his service when they needed someone. I reached out to my school secretary again and she sent me a picture saying they were putting the carpet into the library finally. So as of the time she emailed, a week before I go back to work, this is what my library looks like, so much left to be done.
Thursday the heat cranked back up. It was over 100 degrees in the afternoon. I ended up going to meet a friend for a “writing” date at a BBQ place she likes. I’d never been and didn’t realize it was right next door to one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Now, I’m from Kansas City, and we have the best BBQ of anywhere, but it will never be my choice over Mexican food. But oh well. I’m trying to re-write/re-outline my very first novel I got very far on. And I’ve always been a pantser, so that’s why when I try to do much outlining, I get stressed and want to just give up on writing. But we were somewhere we didn’t know if there was wifi, so I had to have something besides blogging to do.
Friday also really hot. Felt like my last week of summer break since I have to start back next Wednesday for sure. Tried to hang out around the house all day, but the dogs kept wanting to go in and out all the time which made me want to leave. I did go out and do a little shopping. Was trying to look for back to school clothes, but didn’t really find much. I did do a bad thing and buy a new purse when I’d been looking for a new laptop bag. Vera Bradley is becoming a bit of an obsession for me.
Saturday the temperature reached 100 degrees with a feels like high of 105 degrees. It was too hot! I spent most of the day inside, except for my mom and I went to see a movie.
The first one was for a blog tour this past week. The second one was also for a blog tour this past week. Third was for an author’s ARC team that I am on now, yay! It was soooooo good! I should have posted a review yesterday. The last one I had been listening to the audiobook. But when I met the author at Book Bonanza, I bought a copy to get signed. I was getting kind of tired of how the narrators were on the audio, so I finished up like the last third of the book with just reading instead of listening. The 5th one was an ARC the publisher sent me and I plan to post a review on Monday of this coming week.
New Additions to my Library
Got this one for a blog tour review this coming week!
A surprise ARC from a contact at the publisher.
I got to talk to audiobook narrator turned author, Chris Brinkley, at Book Bonanza and he offered to send me a code for Audible to listen to his book if I reached out to him. I did that and he sent me a code right away! Since I gave up on the audiobook I was listening to because I want to read my physical copy of the book, I started this one this week. And so far I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. The second one was from Sync this week and you can get it this week for free, until Thursday, if you go sign up HERE.
I got this awesome surprise box in the mail full of fun swag and two autographed books from Julia Kent! So exciting!!!!! Now, I had already purchased a copy of Love You Right, so I guess I’ll maybe add that to my giveaway for the Summer 2022 Seasons of Books Hop which is linked down below, make sure to go enter!
I went to the Vera Bradley outlet looking for a new laptop bag, instead I left with this Luna Lovegood purse. I already have the other one, but this one is orange, my favorite color! And it actually had the secret wand pocket my other one was supposed to have.
This isn’t bookish really at all, but I got a new tumbler that I ordered about a month or so ago and I loved it, so had to share it. Do you have Sonic Drive-In restaurants where you live? I love a good vanilla Dr. Pepper from there, often get it on my drive to work.
I should have gotten this first one last Friday, but it kept not going through when they tried to send it. It’s for a ARC team review this coming week. The second one was kind of a surprise from the author in her newsletter and since I’m not on her official ARC team as much as I want to be, I filled out the form for the limited number of ARCs to see if I could get one and I did! So I’ll be doing my best to fit that in over the next week if possible! lol The third one I had a message from the publisher about this book that comes out in November on Edelweiss. I don’t get e-galleys from there often, but I do like this author, so I grabbed it to try! The last one is from the author for a review in September.
Saw the first one over on another blog last Sunday as a freebie they’d got, so I had to go grab it on Amazon. The other two were in author’s newsletters, but free on Amazon. The fourth one was in some holidays in July freebie list. The 5th one was on Amazon as well! The 6th and 7th were from an author’s newsletter. And the 8th one I know is free on Amazon till Monday!
So I just decided to wander through the books at Target and saw this. I’m not a graphic novel person, but I do love this book series, it was the reason for my 2nd tattoo, so I figured I’d grab this. I might see if I would feel okay to put the graphic novel in the library for students. Knowing how much sex is in the books, I mean that’s part of what I loved about them, I’ve never been comfortable buying them for a high school library. So I haven’t even when students asked. And I mean they leave so much of that out of the movies, that it’s not like some people would realize how much sex plays a part in the books.
What I’m Watching
Started the new Resident Evil series.
I also got a tip to try Travelers on Netflix from Greg over at Book Haven. I keep getting some good recs for shows from him!
Also the new American Horror Stories season started this week. The first episode was very creepy and it made me want to go back and rewatch the New Orleans Coven season of the original series.
And then on Saturday I went and saw a movie I’d been looking forward to for a long time! It was good, although as usual for Jordan Peele movies, it was kind of weird and you’re kind of left hanging at the end.
- Summer 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop – This giveaway goes clear until September, and I will also have a few smaller giveaways after I go to Book Bonanza pulled from the rafflecopter before September too!
- The Looooong and the Short of It with a Giveaway: June 2022 Wrap-Up Post and What to Expect in July
How was your week? Did you read or watch anything good? Get any good books?