Weekly Wrap Up 6/27

Posted June 27, 2015 by Elizabeth in Features/ 29 Comments

sunday post stacking the shelves

I like having a Weekly Wrap Up on my blog to see what I’ve accomplished in the world of reading and reviewing. I am linking up to a couple of memes that do the same. The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba @  Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news about our lives, recap the past week, showcase books we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. Stacking the Shelves is held at Tynga’s Reviews and is a place to share the books that have arrived in the last week.

I participated in KissinBlueKaren’s new Thursday meme: Beyond the Books with a post about Things I Collect. It’s a little embarrassing as to how many collections I have, so I only featured two.  Each week Karen is posting a discussion topic that takes us “Beyond the Books”. All of the topics through November are listed on her blog, so I hope you’ll join us when you are feeling the need to try something new or write a discussion post. This week it will be Favorite TV Shows. You might be surprised at some of mine.stars


I gave away two copies of Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky this week. The winners were Mary from BookFan and Jennifer who posts her book reviews on Twitter as @BlueWaterEditor. The books are flying off to their homes thanks to St. Martin’s Press.



  • Anatomy of Murder by Imogen Robertson (Crowther & Westerman Mystery #2)
  • The Burning Room by Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch Crime #19)
  • Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford (Amish Mystery #1)
  • A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan (ARC for August release.)
  • There Was a Little Girl by Brooke Shields


  • The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport (Won from Kristin @ Kritter’s Ramblings. Thank you Kristin and St. Martin’s Press.)
  • The Other Sister by Lauren Willig (Thank you Courtney from  St. Martin’s Press.)
  • From the Library
    • The Girl He Left Behind by JoJo Moyes
    • Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh
    • The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allenstars

alex johnson author of bookshelfAROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

I think everyone loves Roald Dahl, either from their own childhood or reading to their children. Stylist.co.uk had a great article about his writing last month. The Greatest Wisdom From Roald Dahl by Sejal Kapadia features quotes organized by theme and pictures of Dahl with his wife and children.

Lucia at Reading is My Breathing shared her tips on How to Survive Vacation (for Book Junkies).  A lot of good advice as she was packing for a long vacation.

First, have you heard of Bookshelf by Alex Johnson? It’s a very cool coffee table book. His blog, also called Bookshelf, has so many interesting things such as a fort built from books, lounge chairs for relaxing and reading, interviews with furniture designers. The whole thing is literary porn. I just click on the labels for whatever I’m interested to see. I’m trying to figure out how to do the floating book ceiling in my lofted living room.stars

I had my 3-month PET scan this week, standard for cancer patients in my situation. It’s an easy scan, don’t eat or drink for eight hours ahead of time, only tiny sips of water. The tests measures where radiated glucose settles in the body, so you can’t drink anything that would mess up the test with other sugars and such. I try to be the first scan of the day so I don’t have a long wait to eat. Everything came back pretty good. “A good visit,” the doctor said. There is still cancer, but it’s under control, so I have three more months of no treatments, which is nice. It’s the side effects from treatments that will get you in the end probably, at least in my case.Smores2

I also got a new oxygen system for when I leave the house and it is awesome! Of course, since it’s so great insurance doesn’t pay for it, but now I can leave the house for more than four hours at a time and don’t have to worry about running out of oxygen. The machine runs on a super battery, as well as both AC and DC power, so anywhere I go I should be OK. Plus it’s smaller and lighter than the old system. Who can complain about that? I did a lot of research before buying, so if you’re in the market I’m your expert until the next generation of machines comes out.

Next weekend is Independence Day Weekend here in the U.S. so I’m sure many people will be taking a little bloggy time off throughout the week.  I hope everyone has great weather, cold drinks, and s’mores that melt properly!


29 responses to “Weekly Wrap Up 6/27

  1. I am so, so glad to hear about your positive doctor’s visit! It makes my heart happy to read your good news 🙂 And the oxygen thing sounds wonderful as well- anything that will help you be freer to live your life is a HUGE win. Sorry that the insurance people are jerks though. I also kind of NEED that “Bookshelf” book- talk about something we can all drool over 😉 Hope you have a FABULOUS week!!

  2. So glad to hear your visit was good and that you got a new oxygen system that will allow you more time without having the worry about running out. Enjoyed your collection post. I also collect (and use) Longaberger. Have a great week.

  3. That’s great that your scan went well and good news about your new oxygen system too. I haven’t read The Girl He Left Behind but I love JoJo so I hope you enjoy. Happy Independence Day Weekend (in advance!).

  4. I’m glad your scan came out good and that you’re able to leave the house for a little longer now. I’l have to check out Karen’s meme. That sounds like a fun one and I love learning non-bookish things about bloggers! I’ve got The Other Sister and am really looking forward to reading it and am curious about Sarah Addison Allen. Anything with the word peach in the title just screams summer. Have a great week!

  5. So glad everything is going well for you! I hope it stays that way! Also I LOVED Roald Dahl as a kid, even now! I’m pretty sure I read almost all of his books in elementary school!

    Good luck to you on a floating bookshelf! I’ve always wanted to try something fancy (project-wise), but I’m currently renting so I can’t exactly do anything permanent haha.

  6. I’m glad your PET scan went well and that oxygen system sound very practical and liberating ! I haven’t read Michael Connolly yet, I should remedy that. Enjoy your new books, have a great week !

  7. I’m glad you had such a productive week! I admit most of these are new books to me but I can’t wait to check them out. Yay for three more months of no treatments. I’m impressed by your positive outlook! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great week!!!

  8. Great news on scan! I enjoyed your Dotty Dowager review, I’ve been thinking of reading that one. It looks like it’s in modern times? I generally prefer the ones set in older eras, but it does look interesting. I love that cover.

    Hard to believe next week is 4th. Yikes- the summer is flying by. Hope you have a nice weekend and week ahead.

  9. Glad your scan went okay and hope it continues that way.

    I might very well join the ‘Fave TV shows’ link up this week as I am a TV addict. (In addition to a book addict. Am an equal-opportunity addict!) 😉


  10. Good news for the scan, 3 months to celebrate treatment free. The new oxygen help sounds great, about how big would it be, do you carry it in a bag or how does it move with you?
    All your books are unfamiliar to me except I do have a copy of The Peachkeepers on my shelf to read some time.

  11. Glad your doctor visit went well. The new oxygen system will help I’m sure. You got some great looking books ahead. I hope you love all your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  12. Hi Elizabeth,
    I hope you feel better after the PET scan. I know how anxious one can get when anticipating a test. Very happy to hear the results were positive! whohooooo new oxygen system!!! 🙂 r anything special you were looking forward to besides the day to day stuff? like maybe reading outside more now? For some reason I have never being one to read outdoors. Get distracted with whatever is happening around me (look a butterfly lol) . So I usually read in bed at night or listen to audio books when driving.

    • I love to read outside and can get totally into my book. I got a big umbrella this year that covers almost the whole deck and keeps it nice and cool.

  13. Tsuki @ Tsuki's Books

    I really want to read “The Book of Speculation”. I hope your scan goes well. My mother is in a treatment stage after maintenance with her cancer. It’s a protein infusion that has no side effects but helps the immune system fight. Hopefully everything goes well for you.

    Tsuki’s STS

  14. Good news for you from the doctor! Let’s keep those good reports coming.

    Every day is a gift, isn’t it? Even if we aren’t currently fighting an illness, age itself is a time bomb ticking away…ooh, that sounds gloomy.

    The point is to live and enjoy each day.

    Thanks for sharing…and I love that bookshelf. Checking out that site.

    I want to read the Brooke Shields memoir…I read another one of hers, the one about her postpartum depression.

    Thanks for sharing and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  15. I remember all the PET and CAT scans I had to go to with my mom. She hated them, but did it with a brave face. That stuff she had to drink an hour before the procedure always made her sick. Anyway, I pray that you continue to do well and kick butt. Happy reading!

    • I don’t have to drink before the PET, it’s a radioactive injection from a lead-lined needle to protect the technician. For a CT there are different types of drinks, if you know which one disagrees with you, try asking for the other kind.

    • I don’t mind the scans. I usually sleep through them. With a PET there’s nothing to drink, just a radioactive infusion administered by a lead-lined needle to protect the technician. A little scary if you stop to think about it. With a CT there are at least 3 different kinds of drinks, so if a patient can’t handle one they could try another, if the hospital has it.

  16. Yay for three more months of no treatment! My mom had a PET scan last week and is waiting for a call from her MD. I hope her news is similar to yours.
    You had a great week in books. I read Mrs. Kimble quite a while ago and remember liking it (but not loving it). Not sure why though. I’m going to keep an eye out for BOOKSHELF. Sounds like the perfect coffee table book for booklovers!
    We’ll be sticking around home for the holiday next week so I’ll be around the blogosphere. Have a great week, Elizabeth 🙂

  17. Glad your dr. visit went well and your new oxygen system lets you go out for longer. Looks like you got some pretty good books this week. I enjoyed Mrs. Kimble (although I read it so long ago it’s a bit fuzzy). The Girl You Left Behind is one of my favorites so I hope you enjoy.

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