Weekly Wrap-Up – January 16, 2016


Welcome to my weekly wrap-up! Here is where you can see my books read during the past week, books I have added to my shelves, any bookish happenings and the like. I have linked to Stacking the Shelves, the Saturday Situation, the Saturday Review of Books, Talk of the TownBought, Borrowed & Bagged, The Sunday Salon, the Sunday ShowcaseCaffeinated Book Reviewer’s Sunday Wrap-Up and Mailbox Monday. So check out what I’ve been up to this past week.



Books Added This Week

From NetGalley



Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. Prep is one of those books that has stuck with me for a long time, so I’m glad I get to read this one. – This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan. A, hopefully, cute YA read about a group of pranksters. – When Max receives a mysterious invite from the untraceable, epic prank-pulling Chaos Club, he has to ask: why him? After all, he’s Mr. 2.5 GPA, Mr. No Social Life. He’s Just Max. And his favorite heist movies have taught him this situation calls for Rule #4: Be suspicious. But it’s also his one shot to leave Just Max in the dust…

Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen. I have read Quindlen’s Black and Blue and enjoyed it, so I am looking forward to this one. – As she grows up and discovers sex, love, and ambition, the people in her world who have seemed forever bound together begin to drift apart: Mimi’s mother, from her reclusive sister, Ruth; Mimi’s damaged brother Tommy, from his family and son; and even the townspeople, menaced by the lingering presence of government officials. As Mimi looks back on the past, she comes to understand that her family and the town itself might always have been destined to disappear.

Not Working by Lisa Owens. I’m hoping this is one of the cute fast reads that help break up the serious.  – A wise and laugh-out-loud debut novel that captures a young generation trying not to have it all, but to figure out what it all means. Claire has just resigned from her job without a plan for her next move. As she struggles to explain herself to friends and family, she experiences the emotions and minutiae of day-to-day life as only someone without the distractions of a regular routine can—and discovers what happens when she seeks true purpose in life.

The Obsession by Nora Roberts. I like Robert’s supernatural trilogies so I thought it was time to read one of her standalone novels. – Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.

The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah. Crushing life events, sign me up. – He has all kinds of everyday joy in his life — he’s young, he’s in love, he has friends who promise to stand by him if life ever goes wrong. Then one day, life does go wrong. He makes a mistake, and it’s big and unforgiveable. Now time is running out, and his life is falling apart. But he’s going to put it back together again. His own way.


From Edelweiss



Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor. Secret time travelers, yes please. – When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.

Leave Me by Gayle Forman. I really enjoyed Forman’s If I Stay so I hope her adult debut will be just as good. – For every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, for every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention–meet Maribeth Klein, a harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize she’s had a heart attack.


From Author



In the Context of Love by Linda K. Sienkiewicz. I loved the sound of this one. Traveling through your past to find your future. – Is it ever too late to leave your past and the secrets that haunt you behind? Angelica Schirrick wonders how her life could have gotten so far off-track. With two children in tow, she begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her back home to Ohio. It pains her to remember the promise her future once held and the shattering revelations that derailed her life.

Reserved: A Love Story by Tracy Ewens. I love Tracy and her sweet series. I was glad I was able to snag a copy of her new one (previous reviews for Taste and Candidate). – Almost six years after Adam’s death, Makenna and her daughter Paige have built a solid, happy life together. Makenna manages her brother’s trendy restaurant, The Yard, and helps out at Ryeland Farms, the family business, all while navigating the world of private school parenting. Sure, being a single mom has its challenges, but she hardly has time to pack her daughter’s lunch in the morning, let alone think about dating.


Books Read This Week



Good to Great by Jim Collins (work book)

Great by Choice by Jim Collins (work book)

The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelley Rowley

The Ex by Alafair Burke

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin


This Week in Review…

So work has been ridiculous this week. I didn’t get home before ten p.m. any night this week and I will be playing some catch up this weekend as well. We had a fantastic event with the Governor this past Tuesday,  so I can check that off the schedule and next I have a trip to San Francisco planned for the first week of February and our yearly audit starting the 16th of February so the light I thought I saw at the beginning of the month is gone.

But, yay for you guys for being such a bright spot in my day. Whenever I get an email that says I have a comment or a like, it makes me smile. So thanks for sticking with me even when I’m not super good at continuing the conversation.

A totally non-book related piece of happiness… I got a new car! My 11 year-old minivan had one of the back lights duct taped on, a cassette tape player, neither of the front windows rolled down anymore, half of the seat adjustment levers were broken and my trunk release fell off about two months ago.



I got a 2013 Ford Edge SEL in a beautiful shiny blue. All the windows work and it is glorious.




Last week I mentioned that I was 13 or 14 reviews behind. I had a self-imposed reading ban until I got them done, and I am happy to say that I was able to knock them all out in 3 days. Yay for being able to take notes on my Kindle or I would have been lost. My new policy is 2 books then review.

I was invited to a Goodreads book club and so far it seems great. Our February book has just been selected and the March poll is already up. I’m very grateful they plan ahead or else it would not work for me.

I’m still looking for a really good system to track my books and reviews. I am way behind on posting reviews to Amazon (thank goodness for the UBB Goodreads plugin) and want to find a way to remind me and help manage my upcoming books. So please let me know what has worked for you.

I have one giveaway running right now and two others starting this coming week.

Win (1) of (2) finished copies of THE HEIR AND THE SPARE by Emily Albright (US Only) — Ends Jan 23rd, 2016


125US of Books





United States of Books – This week’s book took us to Colorado with Plainsong by Kent Haruf. We are still looking for another person or people to help us read through the US. If ten books is too daunting to sign up for, I would be happy to split a group between a few people. So, let me know if you want to blog your way through all 50 states with us.





Up Next for Author Tuesday – January 19, 2016 – Rachel Hollis author of The Girls series (Party Girl, Sweet Girl and the upcoming Smart Girl). I’m excited as A) I have a total author crush on Rachel and love her books and B) we will be offering all three books for a grand prize and a copy of her newest book for runner-up.

February 2, 2016 – Daphne Lamb author of The Girls Guide to the Apocalypse.

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Posted January 16, 2016 by Laura in Stacking The Shelves, Weekly Wrap-Up / 20 Comments

20 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up – January 16, 2016

  1. … and breathe 🙂

    Eligible and Into the Dim sound fab reads. Definitely something I would enjoy.

    I’ve only read one of Nora Roberts supernatural trilogies but I absolutely loved it. It was a few years ago now. I bought Dark Witch … sitting there on my Kindle. Not enough time!

    I couldn’t get into the A-Z of You and Me (but I did knit a square for the publishers promo).

    Congratulations on the new car!

    Thanks for linking with #TalkoftheTown Laura
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  2. Congrats on the new car! The one I’m driving was the first new one I got since the 80s….and it is already almost ten years old! Yikes, how time flies.

    Enjoy your books…I also got Miller’s Valley, and love Quindlen.

    I’m eyeing The Obsession, too. Have a great week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES
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  3. That car looks gorgeous! Wow, you’ve collected a lot of books this week. I’m always asking for books for birthdays and Christmases but what I really ought to ask for is the time to read them. I’ve had a good book week too. I’ve just started reading ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett to my two boys, which we’re all enjoying, I’m reading the intriguing ‘The Beggar and the Hare’ by Tuomas Kyro and I had a lovely trip to the bookshop to use up all the stamps I’ve collected and ‘buy’ three books for free. Hurrah! I chose The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter (one I’ve always meant to read), The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald and the much-hyped ‘My Brilliant Friend’ by Elena Ferrante. In fact, the bookseller said that it was so brilliant that I really ought to buy the second one straightaway…We’ll see but I’m certainly looking forward to reading it.

  4. I love your new car. It looks so pretty.

    I’m really impressed about how your able to review all those books in only three days. I write my reviews immediately after finishing a book, because I’m having a lot of trouble keeping all those names apart. And I love writing everything down before starting a new one. It’s a part of my reading ritual I guess.

    Good luck with work this upcoming week. I hope it’s less crazy 😉
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  5. Don’t beat yourself up about the reviews. A book blog, at least many of the ones I follow, are more than book reviews. You still can talk about books without reviewing all of them. As for me, my bookish week, I read one book, Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich and I was happy with reading it, even if it is only the second book of the year. I didn’t read any in December so I’ll take it.

  6. Congratulations on your new car! That’s awesome news! I know what it’s like to be behind on reviews. All you can do is the best you can. It isn’t easy, especially when you have a job and life outside of your blog, which I imagine most of us do. Hang in there. Have a great week!
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  7. Wow, some great new arrivals there this week – and some I must check out.

    And you’ve read The Ex. I’m keen to read it but haven’t seen it on NetGalley etc… perhaps it’s not available here in Australia yet!
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