Weekly Wrap-Up – January 23, 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 Amazon



I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christine Lamb. This is one of my February book club reads. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. I have wanted to read this one since I first heard about it in early Fall 2015.

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

The auditorium doors won’t open.

Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


Books Read This Week



Everything’s Relative by Jenna McCarthy

The Two of Us by Andy Jones

Girl in the Dark by Marion Pauw

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

 This Week In Review…

Yay for having this past Monday off! I was able to spend some nice downtime reading (although I’m now 6 reviews behind). The rest of this week however… I worked till 10 p.m. on Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and 9 p.m. on Friday (I go in at 8:30 a.m.). So busy doesn’t even describe it. I just need to hold off on losing my mind till our new fiscal year (starts July 1) when I will be able to hire a full time assistant. Right now I share one and she is fantastic, but the other department needs her more now so instead of having her 20 hours a week to help, it is closer to 5. I supervise all of the financial, operations (building maintenance and such) and HR for my company, so I have been trying to catch up this week, but I don’t know if that is possible. I love my job and am grateful our CEO and board feel I am capable of being the CFO at 37. I know I try to overachieve to prove that I deserve the job.

Speaking of overachieving, I realized I was getting into a very deep hole with all of the books I was accepting for review. I used to review 4 books a week, then 5, now February has 26 reviews scheduled for its 29 days. I am pretty much fully booked for reviews until the 6th of May and have at least one book scheduled for June through September. I then halted requesting on Netgalley and Edelweiss and will not accept any author submissions for at least a month. Hopefully, that will help me catch up.

I have three giveaways running right now.

1 Signed Copy Set of The Girls Series and 1 Signed Copy of Smart Girl (US Only) — Ends Jan 26th, 2016

10 – e-copies (Nook or Kindle) of Inked PLUS signed poster (INT) — Ends Jan 31st, 2016

Win (1) hardcopy of THE YEAR WE FELL APART by Emily Martin (US Only)


125US of Books





United States of Books – This week’s book took us to Delaware with The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez. Thank you to the wonderful bloggers who stepped up to fill the missing spot. I have 4 lovely ladies joining our team.

Cathie over at CH Armstrong Books (Her debut novel just released and it is fantastic. I recommend you all go read The Edge of Nowhere. My review for it will be out next week.)

Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit

The Fab Miss W at Book Lover Circumspect 4

and our international addition, Wattle at Whimsical Nature

They will join H.C (Irresponsible Reader), Teri (Sportochick’s Musings), Elisha (Rainy Day Reviews) and myself on our bookish trip around the US.





Currently running on Author Tuesday – Rachel Hollis author of The Girls series (Party Girl, Sweet Girl and the upcoming Smart Girl).

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

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Posted January 23, 2016 by Laura in Stacking The Shelves, Weekly Wrap-Up / 26 Comments

26 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up – January 23, 2016

  1. I can’t believe you get through that many books a week with a job that keeps you so busy! It’s seriously impressive. I have to admit that I didn’t really like This is Where it Ends as much as I wanted to even though I was really excited for it, too. Oh, well. Great haul and happy reading!

  2. That’s a lot of books! And sounds like you’ve busy at work- hope you get some downtime here and there. Yay for Huckleberry Finn- I read that as a kid and want to read it again, it’s been so long. I hardly remember it.

    Have a super week!
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  3. I really want to read I Am Malala, too, she is very inspiring because she doesn’t give up, even when the going gets very tough!
    My goodness, you worked a lot last week! Make sure you also get some time to be you, that’s important so you won’t get burned out. Same with books, I guess! You’re very organized, though, already having February all ready to go. I am not accepting any review requests, either, and I’m really trying not to request any books either 🙂
    Your new books this week look great, and I hope you’ll enjoy them all.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
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  4. I’ve added “I am Malala” to my list ! How on Earth can you work so much *and* read so much ? You must be exhausted ! I hope you finally get some help at work. Take care and have a quiet, peaceful sunday 🙂

  5. Oh wow, both I Am Malala and This is Where It Ends look amazing! I’ve been wanting to read Malala’s book for quite some time so I should probably get on it! I hope you’re having a good weekend 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great week!
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  6. I recently put a stop to my requesting habits as well! I realized I had more books to review in January than there were days in the month! February wasn’t much better. Like you, I am now full until May! But there are so many great books and so many authors I want to help! I suck at saying no!
    This is where it ends sounds like a really interesting book! I have added it to my TBR for sure!
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  7. I overbooked myself a bit in February as well but I’m hoping to stay ahead of the game anyways. It sounds like you have a very busy month scheduled for yourself! I’m trying to stay off of NetGalley but I haven’t been doing very good with that. Have a great week and happy reading!

  8. Gosh you’ve read so much this past week – I shall have to check out some of your reviews! I hope the week to come is just a book-filled!

  9. I forgot to say, I’m really looking forward to seeing your thoughts on Menna van Praag’s book; I hope you have time to write a review soon!

  10. I Am Malala sounds like a good read. I have heard of it before, but I haven’t seen reviews. I cannot wait to see what books I’ll be reading for the project.