Weekly Wrap Up #306

Posted April 10, 2022 by Carole in Stacking the Shelves / 24 Comments

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I am really excited to participate in The Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves hosted by Reading Reality.

My Life

I am officially on vacation until after Easter. I needed a break and decided this would be a good week to take some time off. My husband has to work so I will probably spend some quality time reading and hope to get out to some local parks to take photos. I really need to get some work done in the yard as well but I might wait until next weekend to tackle that chore so I can make my husband help. My flowers are blooming which is a big surprise since they didn’t do much last year. Daffodils are my favorite so I am thrilled to have them in my front flower bed.

Yesterday, we went to see my daughter’s trombone recital. She had a couple of pieces of music written for her and this was the first time the music was played anywhere which is kind of neat. They were challenging pieces that really did a good job of showcasing her skills. The drive is a 5 hours round trip so it was a full day event for us. My mom came with us and my older daughter and her boyfriend met us there. It was nice to see everyone and support my daughter.

How was your week?

What I’m Reading

I finished 4 books this week. I absolutely love Peace Talks by Jim Butcher. Not only was this book a past due NetGalley book, but it was also the last book that I owed a review for on Edelweiss. I am officially completely caught up on Edelweiss. Woo Hoo! I do plan to use the site again but I will only download a few books at time and keep it manageable. I then started my work week out listening to Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti and thought that it was a great start to the series which I am excited to read. Next up was Owl and the Tiger Thieves by Kristi Charish which I enjoyed a lot. I am really sad that there are no more books in the series since there are a few things that were left unresolved. I finished When a Princess Proposes by Kerrelyn Sparks before I went to work Friday morning and enjoyed being back in a world I love with a new generation of characters.

I started reading The Furies by Katie Lowe and have listened to about 40% of the book and am a bit on the fence with it. I was so excited to be approved for A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow that I decided to sneak it into my reading schedule right away. It is quite possible that I will have finished this novella by the time this post goes live.

Books Added

Cold, Cold Bones by Kathy Reichs (NetGalley); A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow (NetGalley)

Favorite Instagram Post of the Week

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 

24 responses to “Weekly Wrap Up #306

  1. OOh a vacation sounds nice! I’ve been dying to take on myself…but just haven’t found anywhere to go. Since I’m working from home a staycation doesn’t sound as nice as it used to! Lol. I might try to go up to my aunt’s in June…just need to check the calendar now that I am thinking about it! Hope you enjoy your time off!

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

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  2. I hope you enjoy your week off. So nice that the whole family was able to go and enjoy your daughter’s performance. Seeing daffodils is so encouraging. They really are the first sign of spring. You’re a beast getting all your EW books knocked out. I know I have many I will never read.

    • I had a little more restraint on Edelweiss over the years. NetGalley is going to take a bit more work and honestly, there are a few NetGalley books that I don’t think I will ever want to read.

  3. Oh what a nice trip you had Carole thanks for sharing and to have music written for your daughter that is so special. My daughter is also in the music field she is a classically trained opera singer, she got her doctorate a few years ago from the U of I and is now teaching at two of our local community colleges plus she participates in Union Avenue Opera and Winter Opera. It’s so good to be a proud momma.

    Plus it looks like you got your fill of fantasy/paranormal this week

    Thanks for sharing

    • I didn’t know that your daughter was an opera singer! How cool! My daughter is still trying to decide if she wants to start working on her Masters’s degree right away or work as a teacher for a while.

  4. Yay! Everything is coming up roses, er daffodils. I love concerts like your daughter’s and went to many as I minored in music and was in the professional music fraternity. It’s great so many in the family could go. I’m happy you are going to have a week off and can relax. I wish you good weather for the week’s plans. Congrats on the Edelweiss cleanup! You are reading great books and have to feel good to be on track.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

    • My daughter only has one semester of coursework after this semester is over so there aren’t a lot of concerts left. I have my fingers crossed that the weather cooperated with my plans.

    • I will cross my fingers for you too! I have enjoyed Kathy Reichs in the past so I am looking forward to reading Cold, Cold Bones.

  5. I used to love getting a week off in spring when I was still working and usually had it to myself. Hope you get a chance to get a bunch of reading in as well as time in your yard and at the parks. Your daffodils are lovely. Mine are still just budding. So glad you could go hear your daughter play the original music piece and enjoy time with family.
    Woohoo on finishing out your last Edelweiss book! That must feel so fabulous. I’m sitting where I want to be at NetGalley and need to keep trying hard to only take books I can reasonably fit in.

    Have a good week, Carole!

    • I am looking forward to having some time to myself. It feels so good to be caught up on Edelweiss and I am in a much better place on NetGalley as well. I am glad that I tackled this goal.

  6. Hooray for the week off, Carole! Sometimes a staycation is just what you need. Sounds like the recital went well and it’s nice that so much of the family was in attendance. Hope you enjoy all your downtime this week!

  7. I hope you’ll enjoy your time off! The flowers look gorgeous. I can’t wait till I move and will have a real garden. I love more in a “brick neighborhood” right now, as I call it. But in the new house we’ll have room for flowers! Yay!

    • I am really lucky that the house that we bought a couple of years ago had a lot of plants already. We haven’t added many ourselves.

  8. Yay for a vacation, even if it’s a staycation. I hope you get some reading in and lots of relaxing! Congrats on your daughter’s recital – that’s wonderful so many people could go and support her. I am reading the ACOTAR series this month with some BookTok friends. I’m on the third book right now…there are five total, but book four isn’t very long!

    • It has been nice to have a week off to myself. I have the ACOTAR series on my tbr. I am hope that you are enjoying them!

  9. Enjoy your week off. I loved Peace Talks too. I read the Scorpius Rising series and loved it. It wasn’t on audio, so I read the ebooks, so can’t comment on the narration. You’ll have to let me know what you think. I didn’t see who was the narrator for that.

    • It looks like the narrator for the prequel novella is Arika Rapson and for the rest of the series, it is Michael Pauley.