Weekly ReCap 9/4

Posted September 4, 2015 by Elizabeth in Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post/ 24 Comments

I like reflecting back on what has happened with my blog each week in addition to what I’ve accomplished with reading and reviewing. I also like to schedule my reading of any new books that have arrived in the last week between contests, ARCs, and the library. On Saturday, Tynga’s Reviews hosts Stacking the Shelves, a place to share the books that have arrived in the last week. The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @  Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news about our lives, review the past week, and discuss what is coming up for the week on our blogs. Plus, Sheila from Book Journey will be back soon with It’s Monday, What are you reading?

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I just signed up for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril X Halloween reading challenge (RIP, get it?) hosted by The Estella Society. It looks easy to fit in with other challenges and has a very pretty button, which drew my magpie eye to investigate immediately. They are still accepting sign ups, so if you read mysteries, thrillers, horror, ghost stories, go check it out. They even have levels for movies/tv, short stories or reading just one book, and there is a read along for those who like the group reading format.

The Fall Mini-Bloggiesta will be September 17-20. If you’ve never participated before it is a great way to learn more about blogging and take time to improve your blog. There are challenges that teach you how to create images, use different tools such as Trello or Buffer, write more creative reviews, communicate with publishers, all sorts of things that are helpful to book bloggers. Follow Bloggiesta on Twitter or subscribe to know when to sign up and when is happening. I am hosting a mini-challenge about using images.


Made a big mistake this week. I put a bunch of books on hold at the library, thinking it would take a while for them to come in, and they all arrived at once. I have 2 ARCs I need to read in the next week, so the never-ending read for myself/read what I need to review question is back in play. Will I ever learn?

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  • The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan (library)
  • Gone With the Windsors by Laurie Graham (library)
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple (library)
  • Villa America by Liza Klaussmann (library)
  • The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold (library)

Reviews Posted

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Some Fun Discussions

Books Read

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  • Knock on Wood by Linda O. Johnston
  • Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante by Susan Elia McNeal
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – hysterical
  • Snowflake Bay by Donna Kauffman

Around the Blogosphere

  • genre-mapThe Genre Map from Book Country is very cool. It turns color as the cursor hovers over a particular area and then links to a definition of the genre. Perfect for understanding all those detailed sub-genres.
  • Jeannie from For What It’s Worth hosted an amazing Fairy-Themed Book Party with her eight-year-old granddaughter. I wish I was invited!
  • It’s Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial end of summer. Did you see these amazing bookish sandcastles on Book Riot this week?



24 responses to “Weekly ReCap 9/4

  1. Ahhhh now I see how you work. You do NOT hoard books, and read approximately the same amount of books you obtain. ::Grumps away to a corner::

    Bloggiesta sounds so fun- it seems like a great way to get ahead! Sadly, I will not have a spare minute that weekend, as I’ll be alone with the kids. But I will have to check out the posts afterward, maybe I will find some great tips!

  2. I’m combining my Halloween challenge with my horror challenge and already have a lot of books read. I love the holiday and love scary reads so never lacking on those. LOL

  3. OMG, I can’t believe I didn’t see the RIP, I must go sign up now. Better late than never I guess…lol. 🙂 I hate when you put a lot of books on hold and they all come at once…lol. Enjoy your reads!

    • You don’t need to really commit to anything, and you can go and use the links at the challenges when it’s over, so signing up really isn’t a big deal. But then you’d get info about Twitter chats or whatever comes up.

  4. I’ve read Bernadette and The Other Woman (I enjoy all Ms. Ryan’s books).
    Big stack for you this past week and next, but don’t we book bloggers all rise to the challenge 🙂
    You’ve got me intrigued about A Window Opens, will have to check it out further.
    I’ve participated in Carl’s challenges before, and they are always a good time and nice links from the other bloggers to read. Have a good week, Elizabeth.

  5. I read one book by Hank Phillippi Ryan and loved it, so I’m up for more from her. (The Wrong Girl).

    And your list reminds me that I want to read my e-book of Broken Homes and Gardens…sooner rather than later. It looks so good!

    Thanks for the reminder about Bloggiesta…I love participating, and I tend to alternate which blog to work on…but now that I’m down to seven blogs, maybe I’ll work on more than one…LOL.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for sharing. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  6. I’m going to check out that genre map, I feel like I’m always guessing what genre a book is and especially all those new categories that seem to have sprung up in the last decade.
    I always just read what I’m in the mood for! And never really worry about dates, etc, it mostly works out for me 🙂

  7. I love that genre map, I did a little exploring of that and I need to do a little more. what a great idea! Never fails about library holds, does it? Hope you’re having a great week (and weekend!).

  8. As an FYI, The Book of Secrets (LOVED it!) just showed up on Bookbub at $1.99, def. worth buying in case you don’t get to read the library book on time. Not sure how long that price will last, though. Look forward to seeing what you think of it, as well as The Other Woman.

  9. Lekeisha The Booknerd

    I may need to grab The Other Woman. I’ve read a couple of books by the author and enjoyed them. You’ve got lots of reading to do! Happy Weekend!

  10. I like the look of a couple of your new arrivals so keen to hear what you think of them.

    I really should participate in something like the Bloggiesta but have to admit…. well… I’m just kinda apathetic about the whole thing! 😉

  11. Oh that happens to me at the library ALL the time.I hope you like Where’d You Go Bernadette. I enjoyed it a lot. I am loving A Window Opens and should finish it soon. Also glad you liked Mindy Kalings book – Have a great weekend!!

  12. Oh great, love to here that A Window Opens is one of your favs so far this year. I am going to read it in the coming week. I love the map you shared of all the genres, it is wonderful. A couple of years ago I only learned about cyberpunk and steampunk and read a couple of middle grade books in those genre.

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