Saturday, January 27, 2018

Weekly Mews: New Books & Buzzing with Busy-ness

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by the wonderful Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. I am also linking to Stacking the Shelves hosted by the great Team Tynga's Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently. As well as Book Photo Sunday, hosted by the sweet Ronyell of Rabbit Ears Book Blog in which participants post photos of their own books.




Can you believe January is almost over? This month has flown by. It was a very busy week, both at work and on the home front. I attended a two day training this past week for work. We are still short staffed with no relief in sight. It makes my being away difficult for those who are left behind especially. I get my turn of being left behind this next week with the next group going in for the training. What is it they say? What goes around, comes around.

My mother's surgery on Friday went well. Thank you again for all your good thoughts and prayers! Hopefully this time the surgeon got all the cancer. We should find out soon.

Girl Scout Cookie season has started in our part of the country, Sunday being the first day of sales for Mouse. This weekend is also the start of Mouse's martial arts class. She has been wanting to do martial arts for some time now, and I finally was able to find a class that fits our schedule--and our budget.

What are your plans this weekend?

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New to My Shelves: 


My daughter talked her dad into getting her the latest Supergirl graphic novels, volumes 1 & 2.


It's all about poetry:
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward
Of Yesteryear by Lauren Eden

(I do not need any more bookmarks, but I could not resist the one with the cat and a tiny gold mouse attached to the moon and stars. The ballerina key chain is my daughters. She asked that I add it into the photo.)


Recommended by my friend and fellow blogger Ellen of 15 and Meowing, The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Erik Blegvad ~ This one was one both Mouse and I needed to read. Thank you, Ellen!


I picked up an e-copy of A Cold Creek Noel  by RaeAnne Thayne & A Very Crimson Christmas by Michelle Major while it was on sale for $0.99.


My most recent Going Postal Mail Group book arrived in the mail this past week. I am really excited about reading The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez. It has been on my to read list for a while now.

What I Am Reading: I am making good progress overall with my year long reading projects. I am all caught up with Les Misérables, but have some catching up to do with War and Peace. I am really enjoying both--even War and Peace which I had struggled with in the past.  I finished reading Vanished by Karen E. Olson this week haven't quite settled on my next read. Maybe the runner up to my January TBR poll, Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews.

What I Am Watching: This my daughter got me hooked on the Prime Amazon show Just Add Magic, about three teen friends who discover a cookbook full of magic spells. 

What I Am Looking Forward To: I am looking forward to the upcoming holiday weekends this next month.

What I Am Grateful For:  Maybe this should be who I am grateful for this week. Medical professionals, teachers and crosswalk guards. All of you.

Tell me about what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? How was your week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week?


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52 comments:

  1. OOooh I haven't started The Supergirl gaphic novels yet, I hope your daughter enjoys them!

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    1. Kimberly - She seems to be so far. She can't quite read them completely yet, but she's enjoying the pictures. LOL We've been reading them to her mostly. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I'm so glad your mother's surgery went well. I know it's been an incredibly stressful time for all of you. I think I want to watch Just Add Magic. It sounds really fun. Mouse has good taste! And good for her for landing the SuperGirl graphic novels. I don't think I've read that RaeAnne Thayne but I'm sure it will be a delight. I don't think I've encountered any of her books that weren't. Have a great week!

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    1. Katherine - Thank you. We are all glad it's over. Hopefully for good this time. I think you would like Just Add Magic. It's a cute show. Mouse loves her graphic novels. :-) She gets that from her dad. Haha Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I have no idea where January went, but it is fine by me, come on Springtime!
    If I were near you guys I'd buy the chocolate mint and the lemon cookies please, like 4 boxes each. They are so good lol.
    The Supergirl graphic novels look like fun and the bookmarks are cute.

    That's great your mom's surgery went well. Enjoy your weekend and happy reading :)

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    1. Naida - The weather at least will be spring like here next week. :-) Haha! My mom's favorites are the lemon ones too. And my daughter's and husband's are the Think Mints. The better to sell them so we don't eat them all ourselves. LOL

      I hope you have a great week!

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  4. Wendy, I continue to be impressed---and tackling WAR AND PEACE is, well---IMPRESSIVE! Glad you're doing well with it this go-round :D And thank you for mentioning THE TENTH GOOD THING ABOUT BARNEY 'cause it looks wonderful and I plan to see if my library has it :D

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    1. Donna Marie - I finished January assignment of War and Peace tonight and feel a sense of accomplishment. :-) I hope you can find a copy of The Tenth Good Thing About Barney. It's worth checking out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Good to hear your mother's surgery went well! And so sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. It's a good idea to read a book with your child explaining feelings from a kid's point of view.

    I think I would like your new book, Book of Unknown Americans. Enjoy reading it and have a less stressful week ahead.

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    1. Kari - Thank you! Although it would have been nice to have the book earlier, the loss is still fresh enough (end of September), that it was still a meaningful and helpful read. It's really a beautiful story.

      I am looking forward to The Book of Unknown Americans. I hope to read it this coming month. Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I am glad your mother's surgery went well. I hope she recover soon :)
    I have never heard of that show on Amazon. I'll check it out for sure. Seems like your daughter has really good taste.

    And nice haul. I hope you enjoy your books :)

    My STS: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/01/stacking-shelves-16/

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    1. Sim - Thank you! We are all relieved--once again. Hopefully this time we will have good news. I hope you like Just Add Magic, if you watch it! It's a fun show. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Thank you for the shout out :) I am glad you were able to get the book. I hope it brought you and your daughter some comfort. XO

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    1. Ellen - Thank you for recommending the book! It really is a sweet book. I couldn't help but tear up. Thank you for visiting today, Ellen!

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  8. So glad to hear your Mom's surgery went well. We'll pray that all the cancer was removed. Girl Scout cookies - yum! I'll be passing on them this year. There are some things that I just can't handle quite yet. Ha! Have a good week, Wendy!

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    1. Kay - Thank you. It is good news indeed. She's in a bit of pain, of course, but doing well. I wasn't sure I was ready for Girl Scout cookies--I certainly don't need them. Haha. But it's hard to avoid when you have a Girl Scout in the house. You can always donate cookies to the troops or some other charity--I don't know if your local Girl Scouts do that, but I know we do. ;-) Thanks for visiting!

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  9. I am so happy to hear that your Mom's surgery went well. Hopefully she will have an easy recovery. I have had a really busy work week as well and can relate to that challenge. Enjoy your new books!

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    1. Carole - Thank you so much. I hope so too. I hope she takes it easy--she's not good about that! I hope you have a great week!

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  10. Best wishes to your mother, glad to hear the surgery went well. Yay and sending thoughts for a quick recovery. :)

    Mmm girl scout cookies. I'm a thin mint fanatic lol.

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    1. Greg - Thank you! She says she's already feeling lots better, although will be glad when she can sleep in her own bed again. Right now she's stuck on the couch because she can't go up stairs. Hopefully by Monday. Thin Mints are very popular in our house too. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I'm glad your mother's surgery went well. January has flown by! Have a great week!

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    1. Maree - Thank you! I am too! Have a great week as well!

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  12. I'm glad the surgery went well :-) And yum, Girl Scout cookies! Hopefully the martial arts class will be great! Has she started any of the classes yet?

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    1. Kristen - Thank you! Mouse started the karate/self-defense class this weekend and really enjoyed it. :-) I hope you have a great week! Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Oh Yesteryears is really beautiful! The ballerina keychain is a wonderful touch - Mouse has a good eye!

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    1. Eustacia - I love that cover too. :-) I have heard good things about the book, and am looking forward to reading it. Mouse loves her bling. LOL Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great week!

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  14. I'm so glad the surgery went well! I thought everything would be fine. I hope more great news as to the results reaches you soon.

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    1. Evelina - Thank you! I hope you have a great week!

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  15. I'm glad to hear your mother's surgery went well. Hopefully you'll get good news from the doctor soon.

    Mmmm, Girl Scout Cookies. I can never resist buying several boxes of those each year.

    I'm glad to hear you're doing great on your reading too. One of these years I'm going to tackle War and Peace too.

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    1. Suzanne - Thank you! I hope the news from the doctor will be good too. Yes, Girl Scout cookie time. We went out selling in the neighborhood a bit today, but it's definitely not my daughter's preferred way to sell. Our neighborhood is inundated with Girl Scouts as it is . . .

      Thanks for visiting! And have a great weekend.

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  16. So glad to hear your moms surgery went well! <3 I totally understand the stress of being short staffed at work, that's never fun! This week I actually started a new job! I've just been doing a LOT of training courses to learn about the products we sell, but it's been great so far! I'm really excited!

    I hope you have a great week!!

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    1. Erica - Thank you! Hopefully the news will continue to be good. Congratulations on your new job! I hope it is going well for you. I'm so excited for you! Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Yea for Super Girl. Those look good. Glad the surgery went well and I bet you're relieved. Hope you and your family have a great week.

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    1. Barb - I plan to read them too! Thank you for the well wishes for my mom. She is doing well.i hope you have a great week too! Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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  18. I'm very glad that your mother's operation went smoothly and I hope that news is good. Congratulations on your reading - War and Peace is quite a project:). Have a great week, Wendy.

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    1. Sarah - Thank you! I hope the news will be good too. I hope you have a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney reminds me of how much I love Judith Viorst. My children and grandchildren enjoyed the Alexander books.

    I haven't read any of her adult books in ages, though. Off to check!

    Enjoy your week...I'm glad your mom's surgery went well. Sending positive thoughts!

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I had forgotten she'd written the Alexander books! Thank you for jogging my memory. Thank you also for your positive thoughts for my mom. :-) I hope you have a great week, Laurel-Rain. Thanks for visiting today!

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  20. I'm happy to hear your mom's surgery went well.

    I've seen Just Add Magic. It's a cute one.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Chrissy - Thank you! I am glad you've seen Just Add Magic too. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  21. Oooh! You got the Supergirl books! I hope you enjoy them!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Ronyell - I hope so too! Thanks for visiting. :-)

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  22. The Book of Unknown Americans is amazing!! It is one of my favorites. It tackles tough issues, but it is such an important read with immigration being in the news all the time.

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    1. Cori - I am glad to hear you loved The Book of Unknown Americans. I can't wait to read it. It definitely seems like a book relevant to today. I hope you have a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. Yay, Girl Scout cookies! Glad the surgery went well and hope the report is great.

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    1. Nise' - Thank you! Hopefully we'll have good news soon! The Girl Scout cookies have been tempting me like crazy. Haha! Thanks for visiting!

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  24. Great books for your shelves! So glad your mom's surgery went well and continued good wishes for her health! Sounds like you might have a bit of crazy week at work so just hang in there!

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    1. Iliana - Thank you! Work has been all kinds of crazy and stressful as of late. I'm hanging in there though. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  25. I'm so glad your mom's surgery went well, Wendy.

    Hope you enjoy all the books you've there! :)

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    1. Melody - Thank you! I too. It's such a relief. Thanks for visiting, Melody!

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  26. Sending good energies for your mom. There have been a lot of people complaining on Twitter and their blogs lately, so I think I am going to start adding the "What I'm Grateful For" on my Sunday posts, too. I hope you are having a wonderful week. :)

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  27. Thank you! It isn't always easy to do, but with so much in the world that only increases my sadness and stress, it is nice to take time to remember what is good in this world. Even if it's just the small things. I hope you had a great week too!

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