Saturday, February 10, 2018

Weekly Mews: A Quiet Weekend & My February TBR Winner

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 playing catch up with commenting and blog hopping, as well as preparing upcoming blog posts. My offline life has just been too busy to fit everything in. I know you understand how that goes. I hope you are all well.

What I Am Reading: I finished a couple books this week: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews, the third book in the Innkeeper Chronicles, and Susan Elia MacNeal's The Prime Minister's Secret Agent, the fourth book in the Maggie Hope series set during World War II. I enjoyed both immensely. They were the best in their respective series yet.

This weekend I am trying to get a little ahead in Les Misérables and War and Peace before beginning my next book. As today is the kick off of The One With a Twist phase of #COYER Winter Switch Challenge, for which I will be reading solely e-books, it seems the perfect time to start on my February TBR List winner. I also need to start The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez for my Going Postal book group.

What I Am Listening To: This week I finished listening to The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, narrated by Kirsten Potter. Now I know what all the fuss is about.

What I Am Watching: I finished the twelfth season of Supernatural. Dare I hope that the deaths at the end of the season are like all the others and not really the end? I sure hope so! Now I just have to wait for the current season to finish and be released on Netflix. I have also started watching the second season of Travelers, which I am trying to get my mind around a bit. Maybe I should have gone back and re-watched the first season. Mouse has gotten us into Annedroids, an Amazon Prime television show. I am not quite as taken with it as I was with Just Add Magic, but it's cute. Annedroids is about girl who lives in a junkyard and makes androids and her two neighborhood friends.

We are also watching the Winter Olympics. I enjoyed what I was able to catch of the opening ceremonies.

Off the Blog: It was another crazy week at work. I definitely feel like I have earned my weekend. Friday was Mouse's 100th day of school, and she got to present the project she had been working on the past two weeks. She was quite proud of the 100 heart pin board she put together along with the story she wrote about her great grandmother celebrating her 100th birthday last year. Mouse also got to dress up as a 100 year old, gray hair and all. She had a blast.

This weekend will be a relatively quiet one, thank goodness. We had our first cookie booth for the cookie season last weekend, but aren't scheduled for another one until next weekend. And we won't be running around preparing for something dance or school related. Maybe finally we can relax a little. After Karate.

What I Am Grateful For:  I have the best cat. She's been especially cuddly lately, and I am loving the extra affection. I am also grateful for blanket/pillow forts and Thin Mints.



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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Thank you for helping me decide what book from my TBR collection I should read next:

My TBR List is a meme hosted by the awesome Michelle at Because Reading. It’s a fun way to choose a book from your TBR pile to read. The 1st Saturday of every month, I will list 3 books I am considering reading and take a poll as to which you think I should read. I will read the winner that month, and my review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 




Thank you for voting in my February TBR poll! I actually was thinking the results would be a little closer than they were. I hope to read all three books this month, but I will definitely be reading the winner first! I may not be able to resist reading the fifth book in the series as well though, so time will tell.


As you can see, Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4) by Anne Bishop is the clear winner, with 51.4% of the vote (18 votes). I am very excited about finally diving into this one. I am not sure why I have been putting it off given how much I loved the first three books in the series.



Thank you for voting! I hope you all have a wonderful February and Happy Reading!


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70 comments:

  1. Love the kitty she is gorgeous! That is cute your little one dressed as a 100 year old woman.

    I hope you love this months pick! I am looking forward to your review! :)

    Have a great week, Wendy! Happy Reading! ox

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    1. Michelle - Thank you! Mouse had so much fun on her 100th day of school. Her class went all out. I don't remember it being a thing when I was in school. I wish it had been!

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  2. Sorry work is so hectic - I hope it settles down soon. I bet Mouse was the most adorable 100 year old ever!

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    1. Kathy - Thank you. It's been a busy month, even busier than January. March is our busiest month, so we'll see how it compares. Maybe we'll get lucky. Mouse was very cute as a 100 year old. :-)

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  3. I'm sorry to hear that work has been so busy for you. Same here so I'm playing catch up with my blog comments as well. I say that, but really I've done a few here and there while being glued to my TV watching coverage of the Olympics ever since I got home from work on Friday, lol. I'm glad your daughter had such a great time celebrating the 100th day of school. My son always enjoyed that when he was younger, but I don't think they're doing much with it this year.

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    1. Suxanne - Thank you. I was close to being caught up and then wham! I'm behind again. I think I may just have to start fresh and do what I can for the time being. I haven't watched the Olympics since the weekend before last. I keep meaning to, but when we've had the television on, it's been to watch one of my daughter's shows. Oh well.

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  4. Ooh those cat pics are the BEST! Glad the reading has been going well. I've had a pretty good run of books too, I love it when the year starts out like that. :)

    I plan on watching a lot of Olympics too. And I liked Travelers S2 a lot, although I had forgottena few things as well.

    And yes to Thin Mints!!

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    1. Greg - I freak out a little every time she sits on the ledge. It's so high up. I know cats are much more agile than humans are, but I still worry. LOL I finished watching the second season of Travelers today--so good! I hope it continues for another season.

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  5. Yes, I am glad the Others won since it is one of my favorite series. Now I want thin mints! I love the Innkeeper Chronicles and the wait in-between audios kills me. Especially when I know they share chapters on their website, but I hold out for the audio. Hope this week is amazing. Your kitty is adorable.

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    1. Kimberly - I love the Others series! I finished Marked in Flesh last week and hope to start the next book soon. I am really enjoying the Innkeeper Chronicles. What fun!

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  6. I totally understand your non-bookish/blog life getting crazy. It tends to happen to me quite a lot, lol. I'm glad that you are enjoying the Olympics! I haven't had a chance to check any of the competitions out yet, but I'm hoping to catch at least one before they end.

    Have a good week, and have fun snuggling with that cute kitty of yours! :)

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    1. Anna - I haven't been able to watch much of the Olympics since that first weekend, I'm afraid. I hope you caught some of the games!

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  7. What a gorgeous cat!! Sounds like things have been busy, I hope you have a great (and quieter) week!

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  8. Awww I want to steal your cat! She is just so cute! Hope that this week won't be as busy for you :)

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  9. Love the Winter Olympics, and I'm watching every chance I get. And yes I totally know how all about being too busy to fit it all in! Hope you enjoy Marked in Flesh.

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    1. Trish - I hope you are enjoying the Olympics! I have not been able to watch much since the first weekend, unfortunately. I really enjoyed Marked in Flesh and am anxious to jump into the next one soon!

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  10. Your 100 years old kid is super adorable. I will be watching the Winter Olympics as well this week.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

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  11. Beautiful cat!

    I'm also watching Supernatural, though I am only on Season 5. I have quite a way to go!

    https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/02/11/sunday-update-week-1/

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    1. Rachel - Thank you! I hope you are enjoying Supernatural. I really enjoy spending time with Sam and Dean. :-)

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  12. I'm hoping today will be a relaxing day. If only we'd have some warm weather. So tired of the cold.

    Here's my reading week: https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2018/02/2613-pages-reading-enormous-books.html

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    1. Deb - It turned out to be a nice day--kind of a calm before the storm. I hope your weather is warming up!

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  13. Glad to know you don't have to do a cookie booth this weekend. Enjoy your relaxation! Mouse as a 100-year-old - precious!

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    1. Kay - It was nice to have a reprieve from cookie sales. The season has about a month left in our area. I will be glad when it's over!

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  14. Your cat is indeed incredibly adorable :) I hope you like Marked in Flesh - I haven't read that series.
    Have a great week!

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  15. Sorry about the chaotic home life! At least your little girl is having a blast with school and other social activities. You're raising a new bibliophile as I see you read so many books with her each week.

    I'm also up to #4 in The Others series (I voted for this!) and hope you really enjoy it. I need to pick it up soon.

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    1. Kari - I wish I had my daughter's energy and enthusiasm. :-) Hopefully she will be a book lover. The jury is still out on that. LOL I hope you get a chance to read Marked in Flesh soon. I really enjoyed it!

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  16. I hope you enjoy The Book of Unknown Americans. It's a favorite of mine. I truly believe it portrays any snapshot of a group of immigrants and how real their struggles and successes are. An important read. Of course I love the cat pics in your post too!

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    1. Cori - I hope to start The Book of Unknown Americans soon. I am really looking forward to reading it! I am glad to hear you liked it so much!

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  17. There are never enough hours in the day. Even this morning when I got on to type up my Sunday updates and get a review post started, before I knew it an hour flew by already.

    I just finished reading a review post about The Couple Next Door and it does sound very good. Awww... the 100 year old activities sound like fun! The cat looks too cute and fluffy and enjoy Marked in Flesh.
    Have a nice week!

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    1. Naida - Time sure does fly. Especially lately. I hope you have a great week too!

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  18. Enjoy Marked in Flesh! That's a great series. I need to catch up on all my Ilona Andrews books!

    I have an open wall like that in my kitchen and I had a cat that used to crawl up on it like your kitty :-)

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  19. What a beautiful kitty! And I'm glad Mouse had fun dressing up for the 100th day of school festivities. That must be relatively new; they didn't do it when my daughter was in school. But I've seen FB posts from friends with kids in elementary school now, and their schools did the "dress as a 100-year-old person" thing, too.

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    1. Lark - Thank you! I think she's really pretty too. :-) I don't recall celebrating the 100th day of school when I was a student either. Anything to have a party these days. LOL

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  20. Your kitty is adorable. Mouse's project sounds great and how fun she dressed up as an old woman. I hope you have a nice week!

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    1. Ellen - Thank you! Mouse had such fun at her 100th day of school celebrations. She loves any excuse to have a party. :-)

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  21. The 100 heart pin board sounds pretty! And the dressing up sounds fun lol. Aww, your cat is adorable!

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    1. Kristen - It turned out very nice! From the ones I saw when I picked her up that Friday, there were some very creative ones out there. She had a lot of fun dressing up. :-)

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  22. I haven't watched the Olympics yet. I want to, but I just haven't yet. What can you do! My kid didn't want to dress up for the 100th day of school.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Chrissy - I hope you got a chance to watch some of the Olympics! This was my daughter's first year to dress up for the 100th day of school and she would have been so disappointed if we hadn't let her. Any occasion to put on a costume makes her happy. :-)

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  23. Blanket/pillow forts and thin mints plus a snuggly cat, sounds comfy cozy and well earned after a busy week.

    My Sunday Post

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    1. Laura - Blanket/pillow forts are hard to pass up. :-)

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  24. I love Mouse with her gray hair :) My daughter played an old lady in a school play in grade school so that brings back memories. Your cat looks so much like my Sassy did. Have a great week and enjoy reading Marked in Flesh!

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    1. Carole - It turned out much better than I expected given her hair is so dark. :-)

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  25. Oh, what a wonderful project for your daughter to be involved in! And how sweet your cat is so cuddly just now... I hope you have a less hectic week, Wendy:)

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    1. Sarah - They make a big production of the 100th Day of school these days, evidently. :-)

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  26. Glad Marked in Flesh won for the TBR list! I hope you enjoy that book!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays and Cover Spotlight!

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    1. Ronyell - I really enjoyed Marked in Flesh! I can't wait to read the next book in the series now.

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  27. I was a bit sad when my son graduated from high school and all the concerts, theater shows, fund raisers were over, but it didn't take me long to get over it though being able to come home on Fridays and know my weekends were free. Ha ha. I still miss the concerts and shows, just not all the stuff leading up to them. I do get to go to the dance recitals of the two girls I babysit, so that keeps me happy. ☺

    Yay for cuddly cats! 😺

    Have a fabulous new week. 💜

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    1. I think I will be sad to see all of that in our past too--although in the middle of it, I just wish it was behind us most of the time.

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  28. I’m grateful for Thin Mints, too. Your cat is adorable. I hope you have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. AJ - Thin Mints are a favorite in our house. :-)

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  29. I'm glad your cat is sweet and cuddly. I swear they know when we are stressed or feeling sick as once again over the last few days my Buddy was a constant lap or bed companion when I was sick.

    The 100 pin project sounds like quite an effort for your Mouse.

    Have a great week Wendy.

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    1. Diane - She's definitely got a mind of her own though. Some days she'd much rather be off on her own. But, yeah, when I really need her, she's right there ready to cuddle. They have a sixth sense.

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  30. I love fluffy cats! We had a large white and gray male who put on insane weight in the winter. He was so sweet. We called him Fat Cat. One summer I slept outdoors and he'd come curl up in my hair. Mouse looks like such a cute little old lady. I haven't been around to comment as much as I usually do. I'm in a show limbo right now after finishing Longmire.

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    1. Charlie - Gracie is very fluffy. LOL That's so sweet that Fat Cat used to curl up in your hair and sleep. :-)

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  31. Cute kitty, so fluffy and adorable. Yum, Thin Mints, I like to put them in the freeze to keep me for eating too many... doesn't help because frozen Thin Mints are just as yummy! Have a great week.

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    1. Jovita - Thank you. I love my kitty. :-) Thin Mints are the best frozen. Haha

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  32. Busy weeks are both good and bad... They exhaust me, but at least the time passes, too.
    Congrats to Mouse having her 100th day of school. That sounds like a lot - when in the big scheme of things it isn't.
    I think I need to start the The Others series. I hear only good things about it.
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Lexxie - Yes, fast work days tend to be better than slow ones in some ways. I hope you do get a chance to start the Others series. It's really good.

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  33. Sounds like Mouse had a fun time!
    Hope you've a great week and happy reading, Wendy! :)

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    1. Melody - She had a blast. :-) It was a fun week for her.

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  34. Love the cat pics! I'm glad Mouse had a good time at her 100 day party. Sounds like she had lots of exciting stuff to present. I've got the first in the Anne Bishop series coming up on audio and I'm so excited! Hope you're having a great week!

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    1. Katherine - Thank you! I hope you enjoy the first in the Others series. I really enjoy it!

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  35. That's so cute about Mouse's award! I totally understand life craziness so good for you for being able to get so much done! Ok, now you gotta tell us more about the books you've read and what you thought of them!

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    1. Iliana - She is so proud. :-) I haven't had as much luck being productive this month, but at least I am reading. :-) I need to find time to sit down and polish off my reviews for posting. Finding time has been a real issue as of late.

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