Hello.


Well, praise be Jesus! Look who came back from the dead! (Again).

How have you all been? I miss the shit out of every single one of you. 🙂 It’s been at least a couple of months of book-less and blog-less emptiness over here in my house, y’all. *sobs* On Friday night, I was all of a sudden overwhelmed with the need to start writing again. I managed to write 3 reviews that night and continued writing right through Sunday afternoon. In case you’re not aware, it’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada so I have an extra day to actually schedule some stuff for you. I’m hoping to get back into commenting again during the week and see what you all have been up to. Gah. I’m missing so much, aren’t I?

I’ve been sick this week so I stayed home on Friday and decided to request a bunch of romance books on Net Galley. I read four in two days. Lol. I’ll have to share my thoughts on them in the near future.

The Beauty and Obese

So what have I been up to? Well, on my last update to you I mentioned that I was taking the time to get fit. I’m happy to say that I’ve reached my goal of a 50-lb weight loss in 4 months! I still have another 25 to go and since it’s the last few pounds that are usually the hardest to lose, I’m most likely going to work my ass off even harder than before. One of these days, I’ll have to share my before and after picture. The changes still boggle my mind.

For the better part of the summer, I clocked some insane amount of steps. My gym had a team steps challenge that I participated in. My daily goal went from 10K to 30K with a couple of days where I took 40-50K steps. I freaking walked everywhere – like a mad woman possessed! I’m happy to announce that my team won. I ended up with 1.17M steps during the 45 days of the challenge. I’m also happy that it’s over because between the four classes a day and the walking, I was exhausted for most of the summer.

Rereads

I’ve also spent a lot of time rereading books. I honestly couldn’t start a new book during my time off. I went with the familiar or books that I’ve loved in the past. As pictured above, I reread a couple of Charley Davidson novels, Melina Marchetta’s latest, Sandra Brown’s Lethal, and The Hating Game. I reread a lot of romance novels as well.

The Downside

Because I haven’t been writing or reading, I think a couple of publishers have given up on me. They’ve sent me an email asking where my reviews are. Another downside? I went from being 25 books ahead of schedule to 12 behind. But I caught up soon enough. I neglected Goodreads so there were a few books that I’ve read before my break that I didn’t mark as ‘read’. I’m now a mere 2 books ahead of schedule. Lol.

Well, I think this is all for now. It’s gotten longer than expected. I just wanted to say hi and tell you all about my life so far. I also would like to send my love to all those affected by the devastating hurricanes, the massive earthquake in Mexico, and lastly, to the families of the victims of the Las Vegas terrorist attack.

I love you all.

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On the Night Table [48]: Slowly

 


I can’t even remember the last time I made a trip to the bookstore, y’all. To tell you the truth, don’t miss it that much. That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped being a book nerd. I’ve been going through my shelves and reading whatever I want. I don’t know what’s going on but the books I’ve requested from a few publishers hasn’t arrived. It’s been weeks now! Not that I’m not enjoying the careless ways with which I picked my reads but I’m wondering why none of the books are getting to my mailbox. Perhaps I keep missing out since requests are on a first come, first serve basis? Things that make you go…WTF.

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Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files, #2
Published: April 4th, 2017
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Bruh. This series is so awesome. If you haven’t read Sleeping Giants yet, I suggest you remedy that, stat. You know I’m not a fan of Sci-Fi but man, Mssr. Neuvel converted me. I haven’t written a review but I might re-read it again before writing one. Yes. Again. Because I read this twice already!

 

 

A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau, #1
Published: October 25th, 2005
Rating 3 out of 3 Stars

I wanted to get my curiousity out of the way so I decided to give this one a whirl. Unfortunately, I’m one and done. I don’t think I’ll continue. This was a long read and there’s not much action to speak of. The family of vamps is interesting, though. But not interesting enough to incite the desire to continue.

 

 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Published: October 22nd, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Another long, arduous read but so worth it. The young Theo tugged at my heartstrings. The adolescent Theo had me pulling my hair. The man that Theo had become did not learn from the mistakes of his past. Annoyed as I was, The Goldfinch is worth all the accolades it had gotten since publication.

 

 

I don’t have much going on this week blogging-wise. I’ve been so obsessed with thrifting lately that I’ve spent most of my weekends dragging my husband to thrift shops and flea markets. I’m thinking about doing a weekly post of my vintage finds, actually. I don’t know if you guys will go for that. Let me know! In the meantime, here’s a sample of what I’ve picked up on my thrifting adventures.

 

 

 

I’m not gonna lie, my house has seen some chaotic changes lately but I’ve finally picked a theme which is a mix of bohemian chic and mid-century modern. I’m enjoying finding some pretty cool vintage pieces. So much so that I’m thinking about opening up an online store to sell my finds. I’ll see how it goes.

Thanks so much for reading, everyone! Have a great week.

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 203


The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley | The Chosen by J.R. Ward | You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner | Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik | Geekerella by Ashley Poston | Literally by Lucy Keating | Exit West by Mohsin Hamid | Saga Volume 7 by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughn


Hello!

How was your weekend, y’all? Well, good news! They offered me a full-time, permanent position! Thanks to all of you who wished me good luck. My boss finally talked to me on Friday and asked me if I wanted to stay on. I’m so relieved, you guys! To not have to worry about going on job hunts and interviews make me so happy. I’m basically keeping the position I was doing and the person I did the maternity relief for is assuming a different role when she comes back in a week. So good news all around since I don’t have to train for another position. My boss did say they’re going to cross-train me in other areas sometime in the future so I’m looking forward to that.

This Weekend.

I started my Spring cleaning on Saturday. I aerated the soil on my front and back lawns in time for Spring growth, then I managed to talk my husband into cleaning out the garage. We got rid of a bunch of stuff and donated it to our neighborhood charity shop. Next weekend is a long weekend which means I’ve already got a few things lined up on what to tackle next. I’ve got some lawn furniture and planters to spray paint and a laundry room to organize. I also want to tackle the dirt and grime on our patio blocks, as well, the caked-on grease on hubby’s barbecue. I’m exhausted just thinking about what’s ahead. Lol. But adulting is exhausting as you know. 🙂

We had such a warm day on Saturday (it got up to 19 C) then the temperature plummeted to -2 the next day. Egad. I had to break out my winter coat again because the bitter cold wind was whipping all day yesterday. It’s supposed to stay frigid for the next two days. Let’s hope it’ll be warm by the time long weekend rolls in.

I went thrifting and found these:

I’ve always wanted to read a Tana French novel but I’ve yet to find the time. I found this Broken Harbor copy which looks practically brand new. Also a huge fan of Linda Howard so I try to find her backlist of books. They’re a rarity at my charity shop so really surprised to score these!

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Promises to Keep was a learning experience. Strange the Dreamer was freaking amazing. The Unexpected Everything and I did not get along. The Chosen was really good.

 So that was my week. How was yours? 

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