Category Archives: Book Bites

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (July 3, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

Happy (early) 4th of July! I love this holiday, not in part because it’s just a couple of days before my birthday. I think we’ll spend this holiday on the boat with the pups – Olga has a life jacket now, so she can swim without me worrying she’ll drown. Maybe a barbecue later, maybe a game night. Whatever you’re doing tomorrow, I hope you enjoy yourselves!

On the What I’m Reading Right Now front, I’m working through American Gods, and I have a couple of blog tours coming up. I’m still sort of struggling with my reading slump, but I think it’s more that I don’t have the energy to start a book at this point. Does that make sense? 

We also got new appliances this weekend. I’m SOOOO excited to have a functioning dishwasher, and a fridge that’s not from the stone age. Though it was a good fridge, and still doing just fine after 20 years. They certainly don’t make appliances like they used to.

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: Ella’s Ice Cream Summer

Review: Sleeping Giants

I Just Finished:

  

What I’m Reading Right Now:

 

On Hold for the Moment:

salttothesea difficultwomen strangethedreamer gonewiththewind

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

ensnared theacidwatcher truthwitch     

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (June 26, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

I know, I know. We missed a week last week. I didn’t read a single book, and I thought we’d change it up a little by skipping the “I’m in a slump” post. *grin*

Truthfully, it took me a while to recover from having my heart absolutely shattered by Beartown. Backman does that to me. Needless to say, I’m going to be reading a lot of fluff reads for the next couple of weeks. Which means, I’ll read like 4 books a week. I’m ok with that. (If I ever pick up the pace, that is.)

On the What I’m Reading Right Now front, I’m a little over halfway through Waking Gods, sequel to Sleeping Giants.  I picked up Neil Gaiman’s American Gods to listen to next, since I’m simply not going to get around to reading it in print. (Lots of Gods going on.) And speaking of print, my copy of Gone with the Wind still hasn’t arrived, what’s up with that??

Not much else new in my world – we went to a beer festival, we’re gearing up for the 4th of July, and I’m eagerly counting down the days until we’re back in Mexico. (48, in case you were wondering.)

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: The River of Kings by Taylor Brown

Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

How to Choose the Perfect Campsite

I Just Finished:

What I’m Reading Right Now:

 

On Hold for the Moment:

salttothesea difficultwomen strangethedreamer gonewiththewind

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

ensnared theacidwatcher truthwitch        

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (June 12, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

Big reading week for me! I knocked out 5 books. Ok, so technically I ended up abandoning two of them, but you’ll have to wait for those reviews to find out why. Regardless, I read enough of them to call them read, so we’re counting them.

Beartown and Sleeping Giants were ah-mazing, and I’ll try to get those reviews up soon.

On the What I’m Reading Right Now front, I’ve just started Waking Gods, sequel to Sleeping Giants.  I’m debating about what print book to start next – any suggestions?

I finally feel like I can breathe again, and having a few posts scheduled out makes it easier to write. Does that make sense? Expect a couple of travel-related posts soon! We took Olga hiking this weekend, so I’ll probably do a trail recap too. Our hike was longer than expected – nearly 8 miles! – but she did great. Love having such an active pup, since it forces us to be active too!!

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: Snow Blood Season 4 by Carol McKibben

Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

 

I Just Finished:

 theriverofkings   

 

What I’m Reading Right Now:

On Hold for the Moment:

salttothesea difficultwomen strangethedreamer gonewiththewind

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

ensnared theacidwatcher truthwitch       

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (June 5, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

Things are finally starting to somewhat return to normal, and I managed to get over my reading slump thanks to Snow Blood (I’m a huge fan of this totally ridiculous series). I finally finished listening to The Bear and the Nightingale, so that review should be up later this week. Since I slacked off in reading lately, reviews should come a little quicker now, at least until I get a backlog built back up.

I started listening to Sleeping Giants on Friday, and though I’m only about 20 minutes in, I’m already hooked. So excited to get through this one. And, I broke down and ordered a hard copy of Gone with the Wind. Anyone else prefer reading really big books in print?

I’m also working on a few ideas for travel posts, since it’s been a while since we had one of those. Anything in particular you guys want to know about all-inclusive resorts? I’m thinking on a series about how to choose which one to go to, stuff like that….and I still want to do another resort showdown with Royalton Riviera Cancun added in. Time to get writing, huh?!

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: Asking for Truffle by Dorothy St. James

Book Club: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I Just Finished:

thebearandthenightingale 

 

What I’m Reading Right Now:

theriverofkings  

On Hold for the Moment:

salttothesea difficultwomen strangethedreamer gonewiththewind

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

ensnared theacidwatcher truthwitch   

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (May 29, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend, and remembered why we celebrate. Barbecues are great and all, but don’t lose sight of what today really means.

Ok, I’m off my soapbox! Back to books. I’m still behind in my reading. Not sure why, but I just can’t get into anything! Guess that means I need to read a whole bunch of cozy mysteries, right? Seriously, how do you guys deal with a reading slump?

The only thing I finished this week was The Hate U Give, and even then, it was only because it was our book club book, and book club meets tomorrow. Just couldn’t get into it! I don’t think that’s the book’s fault, though, and I’m looking forward to the discussion tomorrow night. Since I’m way behind on posts, you’ll probably see that review later this week.

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: Eyes Wide Open by Isaac Lidsky

Review: Manny the Frenchie’s Art of Happiness

I Just Finished:

thehateugive

What I’m Reading Right Now:

theriverofkings  thebearandthenightingale 

On Hold for the Moment:

salttothesea difficultwomen strangethedreamer gonewiththewind

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

ensnared theacidwatcher truthwitch   

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (May 22, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

I’ve managed to get a little more reading in lately! I ended up taking a couple of days off from work and just used the time to veg and relax. It was much needed. I read a couple of light fluff reads, and started Beartown finally. It’s different from Backman’s other books -just as good, just not as light or whimsical.

I’m having a terrible time getting into Strange the Dreamer, so I decided to put that one on hold for now. I’ve also paused on Gone with the Wind, simply because I want to read it all at once, and I need to knock out a couple other books first. Like the Book Club book and the rest of my Netgalley queue…though I’m happy to report I’ve got my ratio up to 74%, which is pretty stinkin’ good.

Oh, and good news – I passed my test! I’m now a certified project manager. I was convinced I’d failed – so convinced in fact, that I didn’t bother reviewing any of my answers. I was so fed up by the end of the test that I just hit submit. Imagine my surprise when the computer flashed “CONGRATULATIONS ON PASSING YOUR PMP EXAM” up on the screen. I’m pretty sure I jerked back, my mouth dropped open, and I probably made a little noise of disbelief.

Last Week’s Posts:

Blog Tour: How to be Everything by Emilie Wapnick

Review: Winter at the Dog & Duck by Jill Steeples

Review: Summer at the Dog & Duck by Jill Steeples

I Just Finished:

lookingfortruffle 

What I’m Reading Right Now:

theriverofkings  thebearandthenightingale  thehateugive

On Hold for the Moment:

salttothesea difficultwomen strangethedreamer gonewiththewind

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

ensnared theacidwatcher truthwitch   

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (May 8, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

By now, I feel like I’m on repeat – I didn’t read much! I warned you this would happen, didn’t I?

I take my certification test on the 15th, and I more or less think I’m ready. Ish? I’d better be. Failing this test would be super embarrassing, not to mention a pain in the neck. 

We just booked a trip back to Mexico for August, and I’m BEYOND EXCITED. We’re heading back to Royalton Riviera Cancun since we loved it so much the first time. Actually that reminds me, I need to finish the newest Resort Showdown post. I’ll try to get that up before we go again? Although if I don’t, it’ll give me a chance to take more pictures…

I finished two books this week, Joyful Trouble and Summer at the Dog & Duck (barely). I’ve been back in the office so I did listen to The Bear and the Nightingale a few times, but I didn’t even pick up any of the others, including Beartown. I’m seriously in a reading slump! One more week until things (hopefully) get back to normal.

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: Pit Perfect by Renee George

Review: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

I Just Finished:

joyfultrouble summeratthedogandduck

What I’m Reading Right Now:

theriverofkings strangethedreamer gonewiththewind  thebearandthenightingale

On Hold for the Moment:

salttothesea difficultwomen

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

thehateugive howtobeeverything ensnared theacidwatcher lookingfortruffle truthwitch   

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (May 1, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

It was another slow reading week. I’ll be happy when these next few weeks are over and life can get back to normal! I’m also still fighting with WordPress, because I did something stupid and used a redirect on my old site – which I shouldn’t have done. And now I can’t make it stop. Oy vey.

The folks at UpNature were kind enough to send me Lemongrass Oil to review.

In other exciting news, I finally got a bottle of Lemongrass Oil, so we can use something besides sandalwood or lavender in our diffuser at night. Don’t get me wrong, I love both of those, but I’m a little over them at the moment. This one is from UpNature and the bottle is HUGE. It smells amazing and word is, it’ll help keep mosquitoes away. Wish I’d had it a couple nights ago when I woke up with an enormous bug bite on my leg. We’re camping in a couple of weeks, so I’ll try it then!

Anyway, I didn’t finish anything this week. BUT. I read on Gone With the Wind, Strange the Dreamer, The River of Kings, and Summer at the Dog and Duck. I’ve been working from home with the pup, so The Bear and the Nightingale is on hold (I’m listening to it, and typically only on my commute). My NetGalley stack continues to grow, though I’m trying to be more selective. I’m actually really interested in everything I’ve got in the backlog, so that’s a win! But most exciting of all, I got Fredrick Backman’s newest, Beartown, and I CAN’T WAIT to read it. Seriously, I’m practically a Backman fangirl, and if you’ve never read him I’ll pester you until you do.

Last Week’s Posts:

Book Club: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Review: Zodiac by Romina Russell

I Just Finished:

Nothing. I need to get reading!!

What I’m Reading Right Now:

theriverofkings strangethedreamer gonewiththewind summeratthedogandduck

On Hold for the Moment:

salttothesea difficultwomen thebearandthenightingale

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

joyfultroublethehateugive howtobeeverything ensnared theacidwatcher lookingfortruffle truthwitch 

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (April 24, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

olgasharkcollar

Olga, sporting her stylish e-collar (we wear it backwards!)

It was another slow week for me. I’m still studying for my Project Management certification (I take the test mid-May). But more than that, my pup had surgery and then had minor complications. She’s doing well now, but it was a stressful week! She’s a cutie though.

I only finished one book this week, but made more progress on a bunch of others. I’m still working on Gone With the Wind and The Bear and the Nightingale, slowly but surely, and I finally started Strange the Dreamer. I also picked up The River of Kings, which I can already tell is going to be a wonderful book. It’s the kind you savor. And no surprise, my Next Up stash is growing!

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology

Review: Kanishk Tharoor’s Swimmer Among the Stars

I Just Finished:

Blue'sProphecy

 What I’m Reading Right Now:

theriverofkings strangethedreamer thebearandthenightingale gonewiththewind salttothesea difficultwomen

 Soon I’ll Be Reading:

joyfultroublethehateugive howtobeeverything ensnared theacidwatcher lookingfortruffle truthwitch summeratthedogandduck

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (April 17, 2017)

Welcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

It was a slow week for me reading-wise. I spent a lot of time working on the launch of my new site (you’re here now!!) and studying for my Project Management certification. I’m testing around 70% at the moment, with a few weeks left before the exam, so it’s crunch time. I was lucky to get our Book Club book read!

I finished 2 books this week, and made slow progress on 4 others. Reviews for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and Winter at the Dog & Duck should be up soon. I’m running about 3 weeks behind on reviews right now!

I’m still working on Gone With the Wind and The Bear and the Nightingale, slowly but surely, and I’ve got Strange the Dreamer I want to get to. My library loan for Salt to the Sea expired again, and I still haven’t made it more than a couple pages in Difficult Women, but that’s on my to-do list this week. Otherwise my Next Up stash hasn’t changed too much, though it’s about to – I’ve got a handful of blog tours on deck.

And, in case you missed the announcement, I’m now She’s All Booked! Sorry for any confusion in the switch from Fearless Creative, and hopefully everyone is still subscribed to posts. There’s a bit of a learning curve with WordPress, so bear with me! I’ll get it sorted out sooner or later!

This Week I Finished:

 

 

 

 

What I’m Reading Right Now:

 

 

 

 

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

 

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Check out what I read last week

Linkups

Kathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.