Weekly Wrap Up #389

Posted December 3, 2023 by Carole in Stacking the Shelves / 18 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 was back to work again this week. I have the kind of job where most of my work just waits for me to get back so I was a bit buried in paperwork this week. When you add in the fact that everything is still very tedious due to the switch to new accounting software, I had a hard time getting caught up. I worked at the bookstore on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and it seems that holiday shopping is in full swing.

I did a terrible job of keeping up with everything online this week. There were some moments when I just couldn’t get myself to look at a computer after fighting with one for 8 hours at my day job. I bought a new laptop last week and I am not sure that the comments that I did try to leave on a few blogs even went through. Hopefully, I can get into some kind of routine this week that allows for some downtime to make comments.

How was your week?

What I’m Reading

I finished 6 books this week. I had a great time with Raiders of the Lost Heart by Jo Segura. I decided to tackle The Maid by Nita Prose next and loved getting to know Molly. Cocktails & Chloroform by Kelley Armstrong was an outstanding read. Death in the Dark Woods by Annelise Ryan kept me guessing until the very end. The Long Walk by Stephen King was an incredibly entertaining book that made me ask myself just how far I could walk if my life depended on it. Judgment in Death by J.D. Robb was a solid addition to the series.

I have listened to just a bit of Alone with You in the Ether by Olivie Blake while following along in the book. I have only read a couple of chapters of Housebroke by Jaci Burton but I can already tell that this book will leave me with a smile on my face. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride seems to be everywhere right now so I decided to see what all the fuss is about. I am only a couple of hours in but I am liking it a lot so far.

Books Added

The Summer Escape by Jill Shalvis (Publisher); Sociopath by Patric Gagne (Publisher); The Wager by David Grann (Publisher)

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride (Publisher); Tangled Up in You by Christina Lauren (Publisher); I Want It That Way by Karen Grey (Publisher)

Favorite Instagram Post of the Week

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 

18 responses to “Weekly Wrap Up #389

  1. Coming back to work after a vacation is always rough! All the work that piles up in your absence, all the emails…you almost need another vacation after dealing with all that! Lol. Hope you’re able to get caught up again soon and find some normalcy again!

    Nice new reads! These are new to me ones but I hope you enjoy each and every one of them!

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    • I only missed 3 work days so the emails were as bad as they could have been! It has taken me most of a day to get through them after 5 days off.

  2. That has to be tough going back to a backlog of work. I hope everything smooths out with the new system. I loved Raiders too. Thought it was so much fun! Molly was such a wonderful character. I am reading the sequel soon (I have a library loan) and am excited to return to that world. I am jealous you have the new Shalvis and CLo. Love their books! I had DNFed Ether. I decided I am too low-brow for literary fiction like that. You seem to be doing better with it than I did.

    • The big problem with the new system is that nothing transferred over. We sell 1000s of different parts so I will probably be spending hours every week just entering new items as we sell them.

      I hope that I can get through Ether. I tried to do the audio on its own and got lost. I want to read a bit more of it before I make any judgments.

  3. Hope this week is less stressful for you. Death in the Dark Woods is one I really want to read. And I’m glad to hear you liked Raiders of the Lost Heart. Some reviews I’ve read of it haven’t been so positive.

    • Oh no! I had a lot of fun with Raiders! I hope that you get the chance to read Death in the Dark Woods, Lark.

  4. You have a heavy workload and the holidays will be full because B & N will need you more than ever. Does your day job slow down at all or not really because of the conversion? I loved The Maid and its sequel. Every In Death book is a comfort and joy.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

    • The slow period at my day job is the summer. The software change will be more work for me for quite a long time since we sell 1000s of different parts and I have to add them to the software as we sell them.

  5. Yeah, understandable that you had nothing left in the tank for online visiting after all the work hours on the computer. I’m intrigued by a few books in this week’s haul so I look forward to your reviews.

    Have a great week, Carole!

    • I feel like I picked up a good mix of books this week. I spend quite a bit of time looking at a screen at B&N in addition to my day job so I need a break some times.

  6. That’s a great number of books to have read. I need to work Housebroken in somewhere this month. Seems like time is flying so fast. I love Kelley Armstrong and need to give that series a go. She is such a prolific author and always has something new in a variety of genres.

  7. Coming back from a vacation is always rough. I swear things just multiply when unattended! Your new books look great – especially the Jill Shalvis book! I hope you’re having a great week!