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Bookings: September 18, 2017

BookingsOh my goodness, I’m ready for Fall. Bring me all the sweaters. Last week I mentioned I made my first ThredUp purchase. It arrived, and the verdict is in: I’m a fan. I ordered two sweaters, a wool skirt, and a button up, for a whopping $45. Everything fit (I only shopped brands I was aware of, and I paid attention to the measurements), and I liked 3 of the 4 items. The skirt was most definitely NOT the color listed on the website – it said it was grey, and it’s definitely tan – but I can deal with that. I’ll send the one shirt back and get store credit for something else. It’s definitely a site to search when you have an item in mind, otherwise it’s a little overwhelming. Use my link and you’ll get a $10 credit to spend!

This past week I traveled to Charleston, WV, for work. Work trips are fun because they give you a chance to scope out a place without a commitment – you have to be there anyway, so you might as well enjoy it. I’m not sure Charleston is a place I’d make a point to go back to, but I enjoyed my time there. I’ll try to get some pictures up for you soon. And while I’m at it, Mexico posts. Oops.

In other news, our septic tank backed up (again) last weekend, so we’ve been dealing with that. We’re working with contractors to repair the damage. It’s a blessing in disguise, actually – we needed to reno the basement, and now we’re sort of forced to.

Tonight is the season premier of Dancing with the Stars, and I’m beyond excited. Anyone else tuning in?

Don’t forget to like She’s All Booked over on Facebook for more book goodies and fun travel news!

Last Week’s Posts:

Bookings

Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Book Club: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

I Just Finished Reading:

 

  

I’m Currently Reading:

     

I’m Traveling To:

Atlanta this weekend for the Misterwives tour, then camping at Bandy Creek.

 

 

 

Linkups

bookdatesundaypostKathryn 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.

Bookings: September 11, 2017

BookingsLast week was busy! My mom had cataract surgery (it went well!), and I lost Jimmie to Destiny 2. (In all seriousness, he’s been enjoying the game and is not actually ignoring me.) We drafted our Fantasy Football team – we had 14th pick out of 14 teams, so it was a challenge. I think we’ve got a decent team, if not a breakout one. We actually watched the Green Bay/Seahawks game last night and it gave me a near heart attack.

I went to a painting class Friday night, taught by a friend of mine, and then spent the rest of the weekend dealing with septic and plumbing issues, and crafting and blogging and playing around with Adobe Spark. I’ve been working on a knit shawl for months, and I’m determined to finish it so I can wear it this Fall. It’s not difficult, I’m just a super slow knitter. Speaking of Fall, I’m so ready for it. I’m a Summer girl through and through, but it’s been a loooong summer, and I’m ready for some cooler weather.

I didn’t end up ordering a desk for my craft room/office, but I did order a bunch of clothes with all the Labor Day sales. I made my first ThredUp purchase, and I’m really excited to see how that turns out.

You’re going to see a new review format starting this week, with Dark Matter on Wednesday. Let me know if you like it – I’m still torn! And lastly, don’t forget to like She’s All Booked over on Facebook for more book goodies and fun travel news!

Last Week’s Posts:

Bookings

Tour and Review: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer Armentrout

Travel: Flying Saucer in Nashville, TN

I Just Finished Reading:

little beach street bakery

I’m Currently Reading:

    

I’m Traveling To:

This week, Charleston, WV for work, Atlanta in a few weeks for the Misterwives tour, then hopefully camping at Bandy Creek. I also all of a sudden want to book a trip after we get this plumbing situation under control, but haven’t decided where yet.

 

 

 

Linkups

bookdatesundaypostKathryn 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.

Bookings: September 4, 2017

Book Bites is now Bookings! I had an epiphany late one night last week and realized even I was bored with the Book Bites format. It felt….repetitive and boring. And, part of me feels like we’re not really getting a chance to connect, and that’s no fun. So expect some changes in the next few weeks and months!

Speaking of connecting, if you’re over on Facebook make sure you’ve followed She’s All Booked! I’m still learning how to do social media “right,” but there’s all sorts of fun things there that won’t make it onto the blog. Book news, things I’m excited about, fun pictures of my dogs…you know, the usual!

I hope you’re all having a lovely Labor Day weekend, and hopefully are enjoying a break from the daily grind! We’ve had a quiet but relaxing few days, full of good food, quality time, and of course, lots of reading. This week is another busy one, with Book Club tomorrow night, and a painting class on Friday. Jimmie’s also super excited because Destiny 2 comes out this week, so I’ll be a video game widow for a while. Not that I’m complaining – just means more time to read, knit, sleep, and other thrilling things!

I’m also browsing around online for office/craft room furniture so I’ll finally have a dedicated blogging/painting/quilting/tyedying/escaping space. I’ve had a vision for the room for about two years, just haven’t found the time to make it happen. Hopefully soon I’ll have pictures to show you!

With that, here’s what’s happening.

Last Week’s Posts:

Book Bites

Review: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Travel: Mantra Artisan Ales

I Just Finished Reading:

 cafebythesea little beach street bakery

I’m Currently Reading:

    

I’m Traveling To:

Atlanta in a few weeks for the Misterwives tour!

 

 

 

Linkups

bookdatesundaypostKathryn 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.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (August 28, 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.

Where does the time go? I can’t believe it’s practically September already. This weekend I switched out my summer decor for fall decor. I also spotted some Sam Adams Oktoberfest in the grocery store, so it looks like fall is pretty much here. Pumpkin lovers, rejoice.

Reading has been a little slow this week, and will probably continue to lag. My travel schedule is a bit nuts through September. I’m looking forward to some downtime in October.

In other exciting news, last week’s solar eclipse was incredible. We were lucky enough to have over 2 minutes of totality. It was so beautiful that I want to go see another one.

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: American Gods

Review: Potions and Pastries (Magical Bakery Mystery #7)

I Just Finished:

you are a badass

What I’m Reading Right Now:

  little beach street bakery cafebythesea 

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

ensnared  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 (August 21, 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.

This time last week, I was in Mexico! How can the trip already be over?! We had a lovely time, with absolutely gorgeous weather. Expect a handful of vacation-related posts in the coming weeks. I’ll go ahead and spoil it though, and admit I didn’t take pictures of everything I ate and drank…so my “drinks to order” post might be a little smaller than originally planned!

Oh, and anyone else excited about today’s eclipse?

I read two books on the trip, which was pretty good considering. I also finally finished American Gods before I left – that review will be up later this week. Not sure what my next audiobook will be yet. Any suggestions?

Last Week’s Posts:

Sneak Peak: Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun (2nd Trip!)

6 Books in My Beach Bag this Summer

Review: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

I Just Finished:

   darkmatter

What I’m Reading Right Now:

  little beach street bakery cafebythesea

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

ensnared  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.

6 Books in My Beach Bag this Summer

My beach bag is full of books. 

I’m in sunny Riviera Maya, Mexico, at the Royalton Riviera Cancun resort, and I’ve stuffed my beach bag full of (hopefully) engaging, thrilling, and fun books. Will I get through them all? Probably not, but I’m sure going to try.

I like to take a mix of both print and ebook books with me on vacation. I can’t deny the convenience of having a couple dozen books available on my Kindle, but there’s also just something about reading an actual book on the beach. So I’ll admit, I have many more books with me than are on this list. But, let’s just roll with it. So which books made it into the beach bag?

Young Adult

If you’ve read any of my Book Bites posts for the last….oh, I don’t know, 3 months?, you’ve no doubt seen Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch has been on it for the entire time. I unearthed it from the tower on my nightstand, and threw it in the suitcase, so we’ll see if I get to it!

 

 

 

 

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I’ve debated and debated about picking up Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King for months now, simply because I was waiting for more reviews to come in. I’m always skeptical of brand new books with super high reviews – a lot of reviewers tend to throw out 4s and 5s left and right. That’s ok, but doesn’t always reflect how I’m going to feel about a book. The premise interested me from Day 1, but I’ve read a lot of really lackluster YA lately (I’m looking at you, Caraval.) However, with 6500+ reviews and a solid 4.0 on Goodreads, I’ve got high hopes.

 

 

Chick Lit

little beach street bakeryI loved Jenny Colgan’s The Bookshop on the Corner so much that I knew I wanted to read as many of hers as I could. It’s no surprise, then, that I grabbed and ran with The Little Beach Street Bakery the moment I saw it in my local used bookstore. (And it was $2.50 – score!) It’s been torture saving it for Mexico, and it’s probably the one I’ll have already finished by the time you read my post. If I’m honest, I’ll probably finish it on the plane before we even get to the resort, but who cares. You can read my full review of The Bookshop on the Corner here.

 

 

 

 

Thriller

darkmatter

Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter has been on my list since before it came out, and I finally decided to just take the plunge and buy it. I used to read thrillers all the time, but in the last few years, pretty much only ever read them at the beach. They’re engaging and it’s hard to feel terrified when you’re sipping cocktails under palm trees. (Remember that time I read The Woman in Cabin 10 while putting back mimosas? I’m looking to recreate the moment.)

 

 

 

 

Nonfiction

I’ve had it on hold long enough. It’s time to finally read a Roxanne Gay book, considering how well regarded they are. I’ve got the ebook of Difficult Womenand I think I can at least get through a couple of the essays in between margaritas.

 

 

 

 

 

Classic

I debated long and hard about whether or not to bring the brick that is Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. In the end, I decided the extra weight wasn’t worth it, but I used a Scrib’d credit on the ebook. Will I make any progress on it? We’ll see, but something tells me Scarlett O’Hara is a perfect beach companion.

 

 

 

 

You might notice I don’t have any cozy mysteries in my beach bag. I’ll agree, cozies are probably some of the ultimate beach books. However, I have about 40 of them on my shelves, and since they take me roughly 2 hours to read, are not a good use of baggage allowance! I do have a few on my Kindle, though, so if I get desperate I’ve always got them for backup!

What kinds of books do you take on vacation? Should I have put anything different in my beach bag?

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Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (August 7, 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. I’ve been slacking on the blogging front. Work has been absolutely nuts (which is a good thing!) and I’ve been absolutely exhausted. I haven’t read much, so there weren’t too many posts to update. And honestly, I just couldn’t bring myself to get on the computer at home after staring at it all day at work!

That’s all about to change though, since this time next week we’ll be back in Mexico! We are both so incredibly excited. The pups, not so much.

I’ve still got a bunch of travel-related posts I’m working on, as well as a few book reviews and blog tours. Slowly but surely, you’ll start seeing more posts! Thanks for hanging in with me even though I’ve been a little spotty lately!

On the What I’m Reading Right Now front, I’m STILL working through American Gods. It’s like 19 hours long, and I think I’m about 3/4 of the way through it. It’s definitely a commitment I should have saved for a long car ride, but I’m enjoying it.

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: Ten Birthdays by Kerry Wilkinson

I Just Finished:

 

What I’m Reading Right Now:

  

 

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

ensnared  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 (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.

5 Great Audiobooks for National Audiobook Month

audiobookmonthJune is National Audiobook Month

Happy Audiobook Month! For several years now, the Audio Publishers Association has held a national campaign every June to promote audiobook listening. Librarians, booksellers, publishers, and the rest of the reading world come together to celebrate the joys of listening to books. I’ll admit, I’m a little late to the party, since the month is nearly half over. Regardless, I couldn’t miss a chance to join in!

It seems like we’re all over the board when it comes to audiobooks. I know people who would never finish a book if not for audio – and then I know people who consider listening to a book “cheating.” I know people who say they can’t pay attention to the book if they listen to it, and people who find they pick up more listening than reading. And I know plenty of people who have just never tried one!

At one time or another, I’ve been all of those people. I listened to my first audiobook in August 2016. I’d always thought I’d get bored by listening. Plus there was the time factor – I could easily read two or even three books in the time it would take to listen to one. But, I had a trip to Atlanta coming up, and I was driving by myself, and I was bored with all my music. I signed up for a free trial of Scribd, downloaded a book, and off I went. It took me about half an hour to get used to the experience, but by then I was engrossed in the story and knew I was going to finish it. And now here I am, writing a post about audiobooks for Audiobook Month! So without further ado….

5 Great Audiobooks for National Audiobook Month

If You’ve Never Listened to an Audiobook, Try…

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Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven BoysThe first of the series, The Raven Boys is a captivating story by an author who knows how to grab (and keep) your attention. Will Patton’s narration (you may know him from movies like Remember the Titans and Armageddon) is breathtaking, and it’s no wonder he’s won an Audie award for Best Male Narrator. Review in this post.

 

 

 

 

If You Need a Beach-Worthy Audiobook, Try…

bookshoponthecornerJenny Colgan’s The Bookshop on the Corner. It’s a feel-good story for any book lover. Be warned, though, I gave all the characters in the next two books I read Scottish accentsafter listening to Lucy Price-Lewis’ narration. This is a perfect light read with substance, not to mention an excellent travelogue. I’m planning a trip to Scotland now, and I 100% blame this book. You can read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

If You’re Short on Time, Try…

norsemythologyNeil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. Just over 6 hours in length, and each myth has its own chapter. Unlike a lot of other audiobooks, the chapter endings don’t feel like cliffhangers. That makes Norse Mythology easily digestible, especially if you have limited listening time. And as for narration? Neil Gaiman is superb. Hearing an author read his or her own work is kind of the ultimate experience, since you get to hear it exactly how the author intended. Full review here.

 

 

 

If You Need a Book Club Recommendation, Try…

undergroundrailroadColson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. It won the National Book Award last year for a reason. It’s timely, compelling, and in-your-face. I listened to this separate from book club, but I wish I knew someone else who’d read it so we could discuss. There’s so much here to talk about, and not just about the past either. Bahni Turpin does the narration, and her ability to convey the emotion and turmoil of the story is remarkable. Full review here.

 

 

 

For Epic Feats of Narration, Try…

sleepinggiantsSylvain Nuevel’s Sleeping GiantsThe audio version features a full-cast recording. The story is told in a series of vignettes – interviews, case files, journal entries, and the like. Having the full-cast recording makes the listening experience that much richer, because you feel like you’re really getting to know each character. Review is coming on this one!

 

 

 

 

How are you celebrating National Audiobook Month? What audiobook should I listen to next? Leave a comment below telling me your favorite recordings!

Not an audiobook listener yet? Use my link to get two free months of Scribd! Rent audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, and more. You’ll get two audiobooks and 6 ebooks during your trial, and if you continue after that, it’s just $9 a month.