Sunday, June 23, 2019

This Week in Reading - June 23

It's Sunday Post time!  This is hosted by the awesome Caffeinated Book Reviewer and gives us all a chance to recap our week.

What I Got:

Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell - I've been reading The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell and she mentioned The Bookshop and Shaun himself so when I saw this one on NetGalley I couldn't resist! (NetGalley)

Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne - This is the story I've been waiting for since it was teased a book or two ago.  Plus I love Thayne's Christmas books! (NetGalley)

Manor of Dying by Kathleen Bridges - I've been wanting to read this series for awhile and this one caught my eye.  And I was feeling a bit week so I couldn't resist. (NetGalley)

The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis - This is a mystery series involving the Bronte sisters and this one involves a missing bride.  Need I say more?  (Publisher)

And Then There Were Crumbs by Eve Calder - I'm not familiar with the author but I love the title and I love a cozy with a food tie in. (Publisher)

Terns of Endearment by Donna Andrews - At some point Andrews will run out of bird names to make cozy title puns with but until then I will be picking up her books.  (Publisher)


Reading:  Jackson by Emily March and The Book Supremacy by Kate Carlisle

Listening:  A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

  Not much - there just hasn't been time.

Off the Blog:

I'm flat out exhausted.  I mentioned last week that we have a rental house that the tenants have recently vacated and we're scrambling to get it back to rentable.  This week has been very much a case of 1 step forward 2 (or 20) steps back.  The people didn't leave it in great condition and it's just mind boggling what has to be done.   We got everything painted last weekend and are now waiting for the flooring and the rest of the stuff.  Except some of the materials for the flooring hasn't come in which pushed that back, the counter guy apparently has disappeared, and now the general contractor is sick.  So I've been days on the phone lining up people to give me estimates and making lists and going back and forth with our property manager.  I'm in physical therapy 3 times a week for my neck which is leaving me feeling drained and taking some meds for that which are making me really sleepy.

And in wonderful but also incredibly time consuming/stressful news - Emma is getting married.  Next weekend.  Out of state.  She chose a location so that my grandparents will be able to attend which was really lovely but it's a super small town and it's been a bit of a challenge.  It's a small wedding and she's done a lot of the planning (and is seriously low key about the whole thing) but now that we're getting really close I"m realizing just how much is left to do.  I think after next weekend I'm going to go to bed and sleep for a week.

On the Blog:

What Happened:

What's Coming Up:

Monday:  The Islanders - Fiction Review
Tuesday:  Top Ten Tuesday - Summer TBR
Wednesday: Jackson - Contemporary Romance Review
Thursday: The Book Supremacy - Cozy Mystery Review
Friday: Friday Fives - Books That Are Like a Vacation
Saturday: 2019 Wrap Up - Halfway Done

Have a great week and happy reading!


  1. Oh wow- congratulations on your daughter getting married! I imagine with it being out of state it is a challenge, but nice that your grandparents can attend. Hope all goes well! And good luck with the rental situation too- it sounds like no fun but I hope there as well all goes well.

    I love the look of Confessions of a Bookseller!

  2. You sure have a lot going on. Love the look of some of those incoming books. Rentals can be a pain, I've never had one but have seen others in my family put up and have to do what you are doing at present. All the best for the wedding, exciting even though stressful.

  3. I really like some of your books. So many endearing titles as well.

  4. It sounds like you are really going to need a rest with all this going on!

  5. You have certainly been busy! Hope things will settle out in a week or so and you can get some good 'rest' time. I know the wedding will be lovely. Take care!

  6. Whew! You've got a lot going on, I'm tired just reading it. Congrats to Emma, exciting and so sweet that she was able to plan the wedding close to grandparents.

    The rental property sounds stressful, I hope everything works out for you without too much hassle! It's a shame they didn't leave it in better condition.

    Have a great week and get some of that well-deserved rest asap!

  7. Congrats on Emma's wedding. How wonderful, despite the added stress to your already-maxed-out days! Hope your neck starts to feel better soon.
    On a bookish note, I love the looks of that bookcover you shared. I've read some Kate Carlisle before and they were good. Good luck this week with everything going on!

  8. A wedding to pull together quickly can be fun...and exhausting.

    I don't envy you that rental house cleanup.

    Confessions of a Bookseller looks tempting. Enjoy your week, and get some rest.


  9. Congrats on the wedding, and as a used to be partner with a wedding planner, I can imagine the stress and stuff that needs to be done, even for a small wedding. I'm sending some hugs out your way that the housing situation, wedding and pain you're experiencing will be handled quickly so you can get the rest your body needs. Hugs, RO

  10. Confessions of a Bookseller sounds like something I would enjoy. And congratulations to your daughter. I hope you have a great week ahead.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

  11. Urg! You need a clone, Katherine. Sorry to hear about the neck and congratulations on your daughter's upcoming wedding. I hope the coming week is a LOT less stressful!

    Bye the way - is The Study in Scarlet the audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry?

  12. You are super busy, I’m a sloth by comparison! A wedding is wonderful, it sounds like your daughter is a thoughtful bride, which in this day and age of Bridezillas is rare! Enjoy it!

    Have a great reading week,

  13. Congrats on Emma's upcoming wedding! I hope it's lovely as can be and everyone has a beautiful time.

    Also, oooh, Manor of Dying sounds so intriguing! Colour me curious!

  14. You got some cool books I didn't know there was a new Hampton Home and Gardens book!!!! *runs off to look for it!* Sounds like that rental is a pain but at least you have the wedding to look forward too! Then sleep, sleep for a long long

    Have a great week!
    Week in Review

  15. Ooph, that's a lot for a week!
    I'll never understand why tenants leave their rental houses in a mess... We always went nuts trying to leave it as per the move in inventory (or better) so we got our deposit back. Some people just don't care, I guess.

    I hope you get a chance to chill soon!

  16. Congrats to Emma! What an exciting time.

    You picked up some great looking books. Enjoy them and have a great week!

  17. Oh my goodness, SO MUCH going on!! Congrats on the wedding and my sympathies about fixing up the rental... no wonder you want to sleep for a week! Also, I've had Confessions of a Bookseller on my list for several months. Can't wait to hear what you think.

  18. Wow! Sounds like a busy, stressful life. Good luck with everything!

  19. Geeze, I hope things calm down, soon! Even small weddings are stressful. It will be lovely, though. 💐

    Thanks for mentioning that Confessions of a Bookseller was on NetGalley! I have wanted to read that book since they published it in the UK. I had been checking Hoopla for it when I remembered to, but no wonder they never had it. I thought it had been published simultaneously in the US, but I guess not. 👍✨

    I hope you had a great start to your week. 🌞

  20. I like the looks of all of those book themed cozies you got list and have shown. How exciting a wedding. No matter what the size planning one and coordinating everybody is stressful. But it will be a beautiful day for you all.