Weekly Wrap-Up #123 – June 18th, 2023

Posted June 18, 2023 by Lisa Mandina in Uncategorized / 30 Comments

Gah!!! Less than a month now till my trip! So excited and so nervous! Also, happy Father’s Day to any fathers that might be reading my blog today.

Last Sunday was what I thought was a lovely rainy morning. Unfortunately our house guest, Rolla, decided he didn’t like to go out in the rain, and so decided to try to hike his leg in the house instead. Which mean I immediately put him in his kennel, and then put the other dogs in theirs as well and went to do my blogging and such at the library. Had another normal Sunday night dinner at my mom’s house too.

Monday I left summer school for about an hour to go to the middle school right down the street and talk to them about the open library position. I think I would like the job. But I guess now I’m just waiting to see if they like me or the other candidate better!

Tuesday was pretty quiet in the library. I got some more books ready for genrefying, but I ran out of my Realistic Fiction stickers, because we do have a ton that fit into that category and the boxes of them are only 500 at a time. Not sure how soon our secretary can get it ordered and received another box of them.

Wednesday some people showed up in the library and I guess there was an immunization clinic scheduled. Of course no one bothers to let me know when things are going on. What I hate mostly about those things though, is that then I am expected to get on the intercom and call students to the library. I hate talking on an intercom! Ugh. For dinner I went to Red Lobster with my friend who Rolla belongs to. Afterwards she came and picked him up and took him home. It was much quieter and calm in my house after he left, lol.

Thursday was mostly quiet in the library. Although there is one of the people from the other high school that was just laughing like crazy, starting first thing in the morning. And do you know those people who have what is really just an annoying laugh? Yeah, and it’s like things were funny all day long. Plus, I feel like the people from the other high school, who are pretty much all but one of the admin for summer school, are kind of cliquish, not that friendly? I mean I’m sitting in the library basically alone all day, but they just walk through, not really even looking at me or smiling or saying hi.

Friday was a very quiet day in the library. I actually listened to my audiobook that is for the library committee for a lot of the day while I sat and worked on getting books ready for genrefying at my desk. I also saw that the middle school library job had been filled, and since I haven’t heard anything, I’m pretty sure it’s not me. Which kind of sucks. At first I didn’t figure it was worth the change, but then I thought about it, and interviewed, and then I was very interested. Oh well. I just keep telling myself five more years. I decided to DNF the review book I was reading because I just wasn’t caring for it, and being behind on review books I knew I would not end up liking it. Will just do a promo post for it instead. Also got to watch the first episode of the new and last season of Outlander.

Saturday was another lovely sleeping in morning. It was kind of sunny when I woke up, but clouds moved in. Went to lunch with my dad, stepmom, and one of my sisters for father’s day. After lunch I went to see a movie, The Blackening. It was really good. Then ran by the grocery store, unfortunately after I finished shopping the pharmacy was closed, so I’ll have to go back on Sunday. Went home and relaxed the rest of the evening.

I did find out Saturday though, that my library clerk’s husband, who had been sick for the past year, passed away very early on Saturday morning.

Books Finished

First one was an e-galley that I posted a review of on Monday. Second was an audiobook that will be reviewed in my L-L-L-Little Reviews post for June. Third was an e-galley review for an author’s review team posted on Tuesday. The fourth was an e-galley for a blog tour review this past week as well.

New Additions to My Library




Got both of these from the library to listen to for the Gateway committee. I actually kind of gave up on the first one after listening to it a few times. Not because it was bad, but because it was really just like almost exactly like the book Carrie by Stephen King, so I figured I kind of knew what was going to happen.

Bookish Stuff:

Got my June Picklegram from author J.J. Knight’s Patreon in the mail on Sunday. it was the cute little origami cat and when you took the ears off, there was a really cool pickle sticker!



Free E-books:

Both were free on Amazon. I’ve liked another series by the author of the first one, but haven’t read much else. The second one sounded good, and I liked the punny title.

Physical Books:

I stopped by the Barnes & Noble when I was out to lunch on Saturday with my family. I was hoping to get a copy of Fourth Wing, but of course they need to print more! I then looked for The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy and found it, so I bought that. I saw the Chiefs Superbowl win book on a table at the front of the store, and grabbed it to maybe give to my brother for Father’s Day. But I’m also kind of thinking about keeping it for myself, lol.

What I’m Watching

Finished the final season of Never Have I Ever, and man did those last three episodes have me in tears! Not to mention that I just think the show is so outstanding! Rewatched the movie Nope one night too. Plus the new and last season of Outlander started on Friday. They’re doing Fridays instead of Sundays this time. Saturday I went to see The Blackening. It was really good, although I feel the drug use by the characters was a little much for me. But it was unique and smart and funny and had some fun scares!

Coming Up Next Week on My Blog

The second, fourth, and fifth ones are all ARCs. The first and third are e-galleys. We’ll see if I get them all done this week!


Don’t forget that I do now have the nice little box on the right hand sidebar so you can check out giveaways all the time! My current monthly giveaway is HERE. I started a new giveaway this past week. Remember if I get over 100 entries in that monthly giveaway I add more winners, and the last five months I had over 100, so that was two winners each month this year so far.

I’ve also got a new giveaway, the Summer Seasons of Books, that will be starting on Wednesday.

Upcoming Scotland Tour Tidbits

It’s getting so close! The second stop on the last day is at Glencorse Old Kirk. This is a church where they filmed Jamie and Claire’s wedding in Outlander. First picture is of the church outside. The second is the scene from the wedding in the show.

Final Thoughts

How was your week? Did you read or watch anything good? Get any good books? Enjoy this snuggly shot of my house guest from this past week. He is so funny in how he sleeps with one of his feet on his head!

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30 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up #123 – June 18th, 2023

    • Lisa Mandina

      I really liked Seer for the most part. My review goes up tomorrow! I’m two episodes behind on Silo. Need to watch it this week.

  1. Sorry about the job. That is a bummer. Also, I know exactly how you feel about the laughing. There was a woman at my last school that had this super loud cackle that made me CRAZY. And I hate how working in a high school seems to breed adults who act like they are in high school. Its the worst.

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    • Lisa Mandina

      I know, it’s so sad to see adults acting that way. My last high school wasn’t as bad. But the middle school I was at before had times when it was like that too.

  2. You must be so excited for your trip! I’m sorry to hear of your colleagues loss. I need to check out Never Have I Ever as I’m looking for new shows for the summer. Have a wonderful week ahead!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Never Have I Ever was sooooooo good! It started out seeming like it would be a shallow teen comedy, but it was so much more than that.

  3. Sorry to hear about the job. At least you can look forward to your trip. I need to get a copy of The Fourth Wing too. I’ve heard great things. I keep meaning to read The Undertaking g of Heart and Mercy. I loved The Weight of Blood but it was a lot like Carrie. So good though. The Agathas was awesome too which just reminded me I need to read the sequel. Hope you habe a great week!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I feel like I know enough about The Weight of Blood that I could put it aside and move on to books that were new and different. The Agathas is definitely keeping my attention though!

  4. How exciting that your trip is fast approaching! Planning and looking forward to a trip is almost as much fun as taking it. I hope you share some pictures when you get back. Your doggy houseguest is just too cute sleeping there! Happy to hear you enjoyed A Love Catastrophe! I’m looking forward to getting to it soon.

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    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah, that’s what I try to tell myself too. That it wasn’t that they didn’t like me. It’s just the other person was a better fit.

    • Lisa Mandina

      It’s weird because one of my dogs doesn’t mind the snow, but the rain is not fun for him. We do love them though! lol

  5. Glad the interview went well! Keeping my fingers crossed for you! I know you mentioned it might be a pay cut but might be more of work you’d enjoy doing…so I hope it goes in whatever direction you’re wanting it to go in! Lol.

    Nice new new reads! New to me ones but I did read The Undertaking of Hart & Mercy last year and thought it was very cute! Hope you enjoy all the new reads!

    Thanks for visiting my StS!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Actually I basically found out on Friday that they’d filled the position, so I didn’t get it. Oh well. I am mad I let myself get excited over it, but now I can just keep working on what I’d been working on in my current library. Thanks for returning the visit!

  6. Sorry that the library job didn’t work out after all. It’s hard not to get your hopes up when you have an interview that goes well, and I know your current situation is sometimes less than ideal. Hope next year is more positive for you! And it’s a shame that the summer school staff isn’t more friendly – so weird!

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    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah, I’m just thinking positively about what I can keep doing in my current library for now!

  7. WOW! Your trip is almost here! Sorry about the job, maybe something else will pop up. Also, sad news about your co-worker’s husband.

    Last week and this week so far have been a blur. I’ve been busy on the weekends and the prep work bleeds into my weeks. This coming weekend is the Girl Scout Camporee and I’ve been planning food, shopping, getting the schedule set, etc. After that, my summer vacation starts!

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