Weekly Wrap Up #344

Posted January 8, 2023 by Carole in Stacking the Shelves / 30 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

The first week of 2023 is in the books. I was off on Monday and took the day off Tuesday since it was my husband’s birthday. We went out to dinner with the family Monday night to celebrate both my husband’s birthday and my oldest daughter’s which was Friday. My daughter turned 28 which does not seem possible!

The rest of the week was pretty quiet with my regular routine of work, dog walking, and chores around the house. I am trying to get off to a good start with the new year so I was a little busier online than usual. We will see how long I can keep it up.

How was your week?

What I’m Reading

I finished 5 books this week. It only took me about an hour to finish Court of the Vampire Queen by Katee Robert on New Year’s Day. I really do wish that I had been able to finish that one in 2022. I listened to All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham and liked the book but thought the twists were a bit far-fetched. I started the year out as a total mood reader and decided to read a Kindle Unlimited book, Roaring Midnight by Colleen Gleason, and cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I then moved on to How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix which was a little different than I thought it would be but enjoyable. My mood reading continued and I found myself diving into Murder at Haven’s Rock by Kelley Armstrong and absolutely loved it.

I have listened to almost 20% of Glory in Death and am really enjoying it. My plan is to read one book a month from this series until I am caught up which will probably take 4 years or more. We will see how that plan works out!

Books Added

The Last Life Boat by Hazel Gaynor (Publisher); Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon (Publisher); Breaking All the Rules by Amy Andrews (Publisher)

Favorite Instagram Post of the Week

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 

30 responses to “Weekly Wrap Up #344

  1. Hope you enjoyed the birthday celebration. Time goes by so quickly!

    The ending was crazy in All the Dangerous Things, right? I really enjoyed it, but I wish one person didn’t die in the end and had a longer time to pay for what they did, but I guess death is the ultimate punishment…

    I’m looking forward to reading Murder at Haven’s Rock too! Did you know if you turn in proof of your pre-order (I ordered a hardcopy even though I have an eARC) you’ll get the novella Armstrong wrote for the time in between Deepest of Secrets and this newest one? Armstrong has the details on a post on Instagram, but probably on her blog too.

    Enjoy your books!

    • I am sure that I will eventually grab the hardcover of this book. Right now, we have cut out all unnecessary spending so that we can pay for my dog’s surgery. Thanks for letting me know though! It is a fantastic book!

      • Oh, I totally understand! If my cat needed an expensive surgery I’d be putting everything on hold to get the money together too! He’s a member of the family like I’m sure your dog is. I hope it all goes well, Carole!

        • Oh my gosh, my dogs are my babies! Normally, it wouldn’t bee too bad but I am still trying to get over paying for a wedding a few months ago.

  2. Happy birthday to all your family members. My daughter will be 28 next month, so we can sit in awe about it together. I am jealous of all three books you got. I hope to read the whole trio of them. Can’t wait to see what you think

    • I knew that our daughters were close in age but not that close! It seems like just yesterday that mine was a little girl.

      I am 3/4 of the way through Breaking All the Rules and I am loving it!

  3. Yay for the family times and birthday celebrations. I’m always a mood reader. lol I REALLY want to read Murder at Haven’s Rock but also kind of am waiting for the audio. Those In Death books are like crack. I bet you might read more than one a month. I read them all though. To me the narrator sounds too old for Eve, probably because I hear her as VI Warshawski. So I have only listened to one on audio.

    • I really like the narrator so I think that I will probably stick with audio (especially since I already have the first 25 or so). I usually like to work my way through series slowly so I think that 1 per month will work perfectly.

  4. What a great reading week you had! I haven’t finished a book yet this year. But hopefully soon. 🙂 Happy birthday to your husband and daughter! I am glad you were able to get out to celebrate. Yesterday was an especially fun day for my daughter–a day with two of her bestfriends. Finding time for them to get together is sometimes hard since they don’t go to school together and don’t have the dance studio in common anymore, but luckily us mothers are committed to making sure they are able to stay in touch. She was invited at the last minute this morning to go see a musical in L.A. with one of those friends. I guess one of the people who had been going is unable to go now and they thought of my daughter. I am a little jealous–I love going to see musicals–but happy for her. She’ll have a great time. Your new books all sound good! I hope you enjoy them when read them! I have listened to the first couple of J.D. Robb In Death books, but haven’t gotten farther. Perhaps someday. Have a great week, Carole!

    • What a fantastic experience for your daughter! I remember the days of children playing all over the house. It really doesn’t feel like all that long ago. I hope that you have a fantastic week, Wendy!

  5. Happy New Year! I haven’t read a Colleen Gleason book in ages. I’ve been thinking of revisiting her series I was reading a few years back… I’ve been curious too about the Willingham book. Been seeing there around a lot.

    • I have Kindle Unlimited for the next couple of months and am hoping to finish some more Gleason books during that time if I can. They are so addicting!

  6. Happy belated birthday to your husband and daughter. For some reason I am always bummed if I can’t finish a book by the end of the year and it carries over into the 1st or 2nd. I mean, it’s not like it matters, but I always try to avoid it. 🙂

    • I should have finished it last year. I got busy doing something else and then just went to bed. I don’t mind so much if I am not so close to finishing.

  7. Great week and yay for the first week in the year gone haha Happy Birthday to your special man! The In Death series is so huge, but I am slowly working my way through it too.

    • I don’t even know how many books there are in the In Death series but I know that I read book #50 a couple of years ago before going back to the beginning.

  8. Sounds like a lovely start to the new year and celebrating two family birthdays. Great start to your reading year, too. I like your plan for reading one a month from the In Death series. I did a year of once a month reads from the series a little while ago and enjoyed them. I need to keep going, too. Murder at Haven’s Rock was my last read book and it was great.

    Have a good week, Carole!

    • Murder at Haven’s Rock was fantastic! I am looking forward to starting to slowly work my way through the In Death series.

  9. Happy birthday to your daughter! A quiet week sounds nice. I’m adding the Hazel Gaynor to my TBR. I love her books! Have a wonderful week!