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 Town, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, The Sunday Salon, the Sunday Showcase, Caffeinated 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit
The Fab Miss W at Book Lover Circumspect 4
and our international addition, Wattle at Whimsical Nature
Up next is – Daphne Lamb author of The Girls Guide to the Apocalypse on February 2, 2016.
My Weekly Posts
- [17 Jan] Summer Secrets by Jane Green ★★★½
- [18 Jan] United States of Books – The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
- [18 Jan] Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR
- [19 Jan] Author Tuesday Interview and Giveaway – Rachel Hollis
- [19 Jan] Inked by Eric Smith ★★★★
- [19 Jan] Waiting on Wednesday – The Girl Who Fell
- [20 Jan] This Was Not the Plan by Cristina Alger ★★★★
- [21 Jan] No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn ★★★★
- [22 Jan] Good on Paper by Rachel Cantor ★★★
- [23 Jan] Weekly Wrap-Up – January 23, 2016
- [23 Jan] The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin ★★★★
So how was your bookish week?
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