Stacking the Shelves #264

Posted June 6, 2021 by Carole in Stacking the Shelves / 33 Comments

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

My Life

Why do short work weeks feel so long? I felt like this 4 day work week would never end. I really need my weekends these days. Last weekend my neck was hurting so bad that I couldn’t move without pain or sleep well. It was feeling a bit better by the start of the work week but not by a lot. I didn’t feel up to being on the computer a lot outside of work so I fell behind with comments once again.

There really wasn’t much happening this week. I went to work, walked the dogs, pulled too many weeds, made dinner, and tried to keep my head above water with the blog. We did get up and go to a few yard sales in my neighborhood Saturday morning. I had hoped to find books (of course) but instead, we came home with a new bed for my daughter. I just couldn’t pass up the gorgeous queen-size bed that someone was selling since my daughter reminds us that she needs a bigger bed at least weekly. Of course, I need to get a mattress before she can actually sleep on it.

What I’m Reading

I finished three books this week. I had a little bit of time last Sunday to read and finished Switch by A.S. King. I liked the book but thought that it was a little too abstract for my taste. I was able to finish The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep by Laurie Faria Stolarz and wasn’t too much a fan of the story in the end. I didn’t get a lot of reading time during the week but was able to finish reading Falling by T.J. Newman Friday night which I found to be a very entertaining read.

I am about three-quarters of the way through Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid and am starting to understand why everyone seems to love this author as much as they do. I just started reading The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid yesterday and hope to finish it later today. I am loving it so far.

Books Added

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Publisher via; All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle (Publisher via; Love for Beginners by Jill Shalvis (Publisher via NetGalley); The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter (Publisher)

Favorite Instagram Post of the Week

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 

33 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #264

  1. Hopefully your neck feels better! Do you see a physical therapist for it?

    I’ve been visiting one quite a few time in the last couple of years, for my back and my shoulder. I’ll have to wait and see if it all stays as good as it feels now, once I start playing Handball again.

    • Even with insurance, medical care for a sore neck would be too expensive to consider unless it becomes chronic and won’t go away after a very long period of time.

  2. I always feel like the short work weeks are long. It’s some sort of Quantum madness with time dilation, I guess. I hope your neck is feeling better. I was rejected on both EW and NG for the new Shalvis (shocking, since I always get her books), but I have a hold at the library and am still excited to read it. Hope we both love it.

    • I actually didn’t request the new Shalvis but got a widget just last week and decided to go for it.

  3. I hope you like Malibu Rising! I’m one of TJR’s screaming fans, so I’m excited to get my hands on that one. Hopefully your neck heals quickly. I injured my back at work last week, so I can relate to your sleeping difficulties. I’m tired and cranky right now!

    • I finished Malibu Rising and did enjoy it. I am definitely going to need to check out some of her other books.

  4. I haven’t gone to a garage sale in ages! Usually when I went to them I never really found anything bookwise. Apparently I always chose houses that didn’t have readers in it! Lol.

    Nice new reads! Those are new to me ones but I hope you enjoy them all!

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    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

    • I have found some good books at yard sales in the past but I didn’t see many books at all last week and none that I wanted to buy.

  5. Well I hope you feel better soon. I have to be careful about sitting too long and I definitely hurt when I do it. I have effectively used chiropractic and physical therapy to help with issues over the last 10 years.

    Still so many weeds? I don’t have any in the beds but I have some in the sidewalk cracks and in the pinestraw around the AC units. At least you have some great reads – enjoy!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

    • I have a rather high deductible on my insurance so I try to limit going to doctors unless there is no other option and I have to be very ill. I am feeling better after toughing it out for a bit.

      The weeds are better in some areas. We just have so many areas to contend with at this house. The man who lived here before we bought the house was retired and spent his days outside working in the yard. There is an area around the mailbox, the tree in the front yard, the entire front of the house, the side of the house, a huge area with a fountain in the back, the back corner of the back yard that nobody can even see, the side of the backyard behind the hot tub, and a gravel area with a border around the 18 ft pool. There is also an area where they had gravel with a border and an arbor with a bench under it, but they took the bench and the arbor was not in good shape. It is really just too much for us to keep up with and I have had to let a couple of areas go.

  6. I’m with you on these short work weeks. I actually only worked tues-thrus this week, and it felt like the week went on forever!

  7. enjoyed your post. i have arthritis in my neck and have for years, so i can relate to your problem. it is very annoying and lots of things set it off. hope you get it under control
    sherry @ fundinmental

    • I am starting to wonder if I have some arthritis in my neck as well. As long as it isn’t keeping me awake at night, I can deal with it.

  8. Bummer about the neck pain and the week feeling long. I messed up my back a few weeks ago so I get what you mean about it putting you behind on stuff. Yay for finding the bedstead at the yard sales. Glad you had a mostly enjoyable reading week and the new TJR was a good one. I’ve only read my first by her last year.

    Have a good week, Carole!

    • Back pain is the worst! You can’t do anything without moving your back. My daughter is quite thrilled by the new bed. We hope to get it set up with a mattress this weekend.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear about your neck. I hope you’re feeling better! Neck pain is so exhausting. Too funny about getting the bed instead of books. Sounds like something I would do! Short weeks always seem convinced they have to pack all the craziness into a shorter amount of time and I always end up extra worn out by the end. I hope this week is much calmer!

    • My neck is much better! I would have bought books too if I had been able to find any that I wanted.

  10. I hope your neck is feeling better. Finding a bed is great. I’m sure she’ll be happy with the bigger bed once you get a mattress.

    • It turns out that my mom has an extra mattress so we should have the bed set up this weekend. My daughter is excited!

  11. I haven’t been sleeping well either and then everything starts to hurt because of all the tossing and turning I do. I’ve got Malibu Rising on my TBR.

  12. It did seem like last week went on forever! Traffic is getting worse for me so I think the whole process, getting there and home just takes longer, too. Yesterday getting home was a nightmare since there was a bad accident. I did a bit of weeding. I used to love going to yard sales. I haven’t searched for any in a long time.

    I tried one book by Taylor Jenkins Reed (After I Do) and I hated it! It was a marriage in crisis book and the couple was so frustrating I haven’t read anything since, but maybe I should give her another chance.

    • I bet traffic will just continue to get worse as more people go back to the office. I am lucky that I have such a short commute. I haven’t read any other books by Taylor Jenkins Reid but I did enjoy Malibu Rising. The audiobook was very well done.

  13. Oi. That’s how I felt a couple of weeks ago. We also had a long weekend so I know how that feels. I have a complicated relationship with TJR’s books. I’m not all running to the bookstore to grab her latest one, tbh.

    Anyway, I hope you’re having a great week!

    • I decided to give Malibu Rising a try since I was able to get my hands on a review copy of the audiobook and I did end up enjoying it.

  14. I hope your neck is feeling better, Carole. That short week did seem extra long. I feel like all I do is work lately. I’m behind on my blogging as well. We do the best we can, don’t we? I hope you have a great weekend!