Stacking the Shelves #265

Posted June 20, 2021 by Carole in Stacking the Shelves / 9 Comments

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

My Life

The past coupld of weeks have been overwhelming. I found out that the company that I work for will be moving soon. I have worked at a company during a move before and it really sucks. I am one of 3 people that work in the 8,000 square foot building and there is 20 years worth of crap to go through and decide what needs to move on to the next location. One of the reasons that I have stayed at my job is that is is 3 miles from my house but it looks like the plans are to move much further. So, my commute will probably go from 15 minutes to 45 minutes each way. Part of me wants to start looking for a new position closer to home and the other part of me knows that I would have a hard time finding another position with the freedom that I currently have. It’s just a bummer.

I mentioned that I have been having trouble with my neck lately. It’s been pretty bad. I had a regular doctor’s appointment and my doctor suspects that I have arthritis in my neck based on my loss of mobility. He wants me to get an x-ray and started me on medication. The medication seems to be helping, but I don’t think I will get the x-ray unless something else happens due to the expense.

I apologize for not posting last weekend. We spent last Saturday at my mom’s working on her house and brought back a mattress to our house for my daughter to use and I was drained by the end of the day. On Sunday, we got up and took my mom to Ikea to get a few things for her house and then put the things she bought together. We didn’t get home until late in the day at which point I had to focus on laundry so that we would have things to wear to work. Yesterday, my sister’s family came over to swim then we loaded up my daughter’s old bed to set up for one of her kids. Today, we have to make it to the grocery story if we plan to keep eating. I know that I have a lot of comments to catch up on and hope to tackle it during the upcoming week.

What I’m Reading

I finished five books in the past two weeks and I really liked all of them. I enjoyed Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid which I thought was a great introduction to this author’s work (my review). I absolutely loved The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid and believe that this will be one of my top reads of 2021 (my review). I took a chance with All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle and am going to be highly recommending that other readers give this book a try. Jill Shalvis is a favorite author of mine and Love for Beginners did not disappoint. What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin is one of the few books that I have left to review on Edelwiess so I am thrilled to cross it off of my tbr list.

I am more than halfway through We Are Inevitable by Gayle Forman and am loving it so far. I have only read a little of For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten and am intrigued. I am not quite halfway into The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti and can’t wait to see how things work out.

Books Added

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (Publisher); Sex/Life: 44 Chapters About 4 Men by BB Easton (Publisher); We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (Kellogg’s Feeding Reading Program); Frankly in Love by David Yoon (Kellogg’s Feeding Reading Program); Million Dollar Demon by Kim Harrison (Penguin Random House Reader Rewards)

Book of the Month

The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer; One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston; Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Favorite Instagram Post of the Week

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 

9 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #265

  1. Oh man, I totally feel you on the commute and moving thing. When I was still at my old job, I was less than 5 minutes from home, then they moved us to a 15-20 min commute and then of course came the dreaded downtown move that bumped me up to 30+ minutes. Each time having to pack up crap. At least with the second move I basically just pointed to what was needed, my desk, filing cabinets, computers, etc.

    Nice new reads! Omg, I feel like you’re a daredevil having the books so close to the pool! Lol. I pretty much never bring mine close to water! Hope you enjoy all the new reads!

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  2. Putting together IKEA stuff is both mentally and physically exhausting. I understand how you felt. Sorry to hear about your company moving. I have a four hour commute, so I relate hard to this. I was looking at job openings, thinking maybe I could find something before they call us back into the office, but like you said, it hard. I hope all goes well for you. I loved Shalvis too. She never disappoints me.

  3. You’re in the sandwich between your parents and your children so things are going to be busy for awhile. I’m trying to do all the outdoor projects while I have help and also before the HOT of July and August. The moving is a bummer. I think you should look. It doesn’t mean you have to change jobs but at least you will know your options. That said, I hated looking. Good luck! I hope you get to enjoy your new home this summer with its garden and pool.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  4. I had to change locations four times and for a while each kept getting further away and made it tougher to want to keep my job so I get what you’re going through. Man, that’s tough with the possible arthritis of the neck. Glad you were able to spend time with family last weekend. Your pool looks great in the Instagram shot. Yay for five hit reads. I’ll have to try that Taylor Jenkins Reid.

    Have a good week, Carole!

  5. That’s so frustrating about your work and I can understand how tempting it would be to look for a closer position. Maybe you could use the longer commute for audio books? My daughter had a long commute for awhile and swore that it helped switch gears from work to home easier so I hope you will find some benefits. I’m so sorry to hear about your neck. I have some degenerative disc issues and arthritis and I’ve found a really good firm pillow helped a lot with some of the issues. The one I got is so firm that I hated it at first and it actually gave me a headache but it has solved my neck problems like nothing else (well that and a chiropractor but the pillow is way cheaper!). Hope you’re able to relax and enjoy your reading! Sounds like you’ve had a busy time of it!

  6. Ugh, that’s tough about the office move. It’s easy to get spoiled working so close to home. I guess it’s one of those “it was good while it lasted” things. My commute is only about 15 minutes now but years ago when I worked downtown… almost an hour one way. I do not miss that for sure.

  7. It’s terrible that you’d have to move farther. And I can totally understand how it will be tougher for you. I have never heard anyone having an arthritic neck! That must be uncomfortable and painful! I hope you’ll find relief soon.

    Have a great week, Carole. Thinking of you. <3