Stacking the Shelves #263

Posted May 30, 2021 by Carole in Stacking the Shelves / 10 Comments

I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.

My Life

This was another normal week. I guess the big news for the week is the changes to this blog. Michelle at Lima Bean Designs did such a fabulous job with the header! I am really surprised by just how affordable it was to get this done. I would have done it years ago if I had any idea that it wouldn’t break the bank! I am still making adjustments but I am happy with my blog’s overall appearance.

I did get to see my family last weekend and celebrate my niece and nephew’s 7th birthday! I cannot believe that they are already 7! We have been doing a lot of work around my mom’s house so we brought her the swing that my husband put together for her and got it set up on her existing frame. My mom and I took it for a test run for just a bit….until it came crashing to the ground. The swing wasn’t the problem. The frame holding the swing broke and dropped us on the ground before landing on us. More of the weight landed on me than my mom but we both ended up with some bruises and a good laugh. It was quite a sight to see.

What I’m Reading

I finished two books this week. I can listen to audiobooks at work but during the work week but I seem to be getting almost no time to actually sit down with a book. I read for maybe 20 minutes in bed before falling asleep and then have a marathon reading session on the weekends if I don’t have other obligations. I really need to find a better balance. I listened to The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton and really enjoyed it. She has done such a fabulous job with these books. I put all other books aside once Priest of Gallows by Peter McLean landed on my Kindle on Thursday. This is such a fabulous series and it is completely underrated. Priest of Gallows was one of my most anticipated reads for the year and it was just as good as I had hoped it would be.

I just didn’t get any time to read Switch by A.S. King but hope to finish it before heading back to work on Tuesday. It is a short book so that should be doable. I have been reading Falling by T.J. Newman on my Kindle and it has been quite the page-turner so far. I decided to knock a book off of my NetGalley tbr by listening to The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep by Laurie Faria Stolarz and am finding it to be just okay.

Books Added

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten (Publisher via NetGalley); The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews (Publisher via NetGalley); Priest of Gallows by Peter McLean (Purchased)

Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy by Anne Sebba (Publisher); The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid (Publisher)

Favorite Instagram Post of the Week

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 

10 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #263

  1. I noticed the new design earlier and I really like it! I keep debating about getting a redesign done for my blog, but I do still like the look, but then I noticed everyone else always updates theirs after a few years. I think I’ve had this design for maybe 7 or 8 years? Lol. I can’t remember it might have been 2013…I won a redesign and I do still love it, so I don’t know. Plus I’ve a whole box of blogger cards I never got to use with that design. Lol!!!

    Nice new reads! I’m getting super curious about For the Wolf! It sounds awesome! One of my friends just reviewed it and I think I might have to get it as well! Hope you enjoy the lovely new reads!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  2. Yes, love Michelle’s new design for your blog. Oh man, the swing crashing down would have been a startling moment. 🙂 Loved Last Train to Key West. Fun that you got to visit with family.

    Have a good week, Carole!

  3. I love the design. I’m doing minor changes periodically and Michelle always takes my vague confusion and turns it into something worthwhile. I know what you mean about the reading balance. I was reading a lot more ebooks when I spent more of the day in bed with hip pain. Now I’m doing more and I’m back to more audiobooks. I still read ebooks at night but with the yard / house work I’m pretty exhausted at night.

  4. Sam@WLABB

    I love your new banner (though, your old picture was cute too). I love Cleeton Cuba books. She finds some great historical bits to incorporate.

  5. It’s nice you were able to help your mom out with some home projects. Kids really do grow fast, right?

    I end up reading a lot by audio books and marathoning on Friday-Sun, too because work is just a big time suck, but as it pays the bills not much I can do about that, lol.

    I’m hoping For the Wolf is good. You never know with new authors. I got a copy of The Santa Suit as well. It sounded so cute and it was short. Easier to squeeze in! You’re new header and blog look great, btw! I sometimes think of switching to a self-hosted platform, but Blogger is easy for me and I just don’t have the time to figure a new thing out right now.