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It’s that time of year when I start planning our summer vacation. I’ve been agonizing over the need to get away and the uncertainty of how things will be virus-wise this summer. It seems like such a long way off that surely things will be better, but I know that is very optimistic thinking – not impossible, just optimistic. Last year our beach rental was canceled by the owner but I’m thinking the ones listed this year are not going to do that. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out whether it is a good idea or not. I’m not sure how I am going to figure that out though. But, I do miss the beach.
My older daughter went to a wedding last weekend and instead of returning directly to her apartment off-campus, she came home to us. My child (okay…young adult) has been a walking example of almost everything they warn against during this whole pandemic. And, we keep saying, “Don’t do it,” and keep threatening to limit her to the first floor if she comes home untested, but still she does and still we don’t quarantine her while she is in our home. Luckily, she tested negative again, but my husband could have been spreading the love at work while we waited for her to get results back. Talking to friends with college-aged children, we find that we are not alone in this issue. Have any of you had any issues like this? How do you handle it?
I figured out this week that I can handle a crazy reading/reviewing schedule for a while, but nothing burns me out faster than not taking a few days each week off from blogging. I decided to post two reviews on my normal review days rather than spread them out during the week, and I feel much better. So moving forward, I will continue to do that when I have more than two reviews in a week, except any blog tours scheduled for other days. I got lucky this week and two of the books I reviewed were stories featuring assassins, so it made sense to post on the same day. I will try to do the same for ones to come if at all possible.
How has your week been? Have you been thinking about vacation plans or are you skipping it this year until things return to normal?
New Book Blogger Friends
Here are a few more new bloggers friends I think you all should check them out!
Lou’s Book Stuff – Louise is passionate about books, particularly fantasy, YA, and mystery/thrillers, and she finished her first series at age 8 or 9 – The Famous Five by Enid Blyton.
Carla Loves to Read – Carla is a retired elementary school principal (teacher and librarian) and is very passionate about Children’s books, MG, YA, and Christian series geared to young readers.
Write from Karen – Karen has been blogging since 2005, she is accident prone, wants to publish a novel, and blogs about many things including books. Her latest post is all about naps. Don’t we all love naps? 🙂
Annika Perry – Annika is a writer influenced by her Swedish heritage and Yorkshire upbringing. Her blog contains short stories, poetry, and book reviews.
My book haul this week is just two books from NetGalley. Janet Evanovich is one of my must-buy authors, so I was so happy, awed, amazed etc… to receive an ARC of her next book – one in the O’Hare and Fox series which I love almost as much as the Stephanie Plum series. And the J.T. Ellison book is part of a flash blog tour by Harlequin Trade (meaning short notice). I read Good Girls by her and liked it very much so I’m excited to be part.
The Bounty by Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton
FBI agent Kate O’Hare and charming con man Nicholas Fox race against time to uncover a buried train filled with Nazi gold in this thrilling adventure in the “romantic and gripping” (Good Housekeeping) Fox and O’Hare series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.
Straight as an arrow special agent Kate O’Hare and international con man Nick Fox have brought down some of the biggest criminals out there. But now they face their most dangerous foe yet—a vast, shadowy international organization known only as the Brotherhood.
Directly descended from the Vatican Bank priests who served Hitler during World War II, the Brotherhood is on a frantic search for a lost train loaded with $30 billion in Nazi gold, untouched for over seventy-five years somewhere in the mountains of Eastern Europe.
Kate and Nick know that there is only one man who can find the fortune and bring down the Brotherhood—the same man who taught Nick everything he knows—his father, Quentin. As the stakes get higher, they must also rely on Kate’s own father, Jake, who shares his daughter’s grit and stubbornness. Too bad they can never agree on anything.
From a remote monastery in the Swiss Alps to the lawless desert of the Western Sahara, Kate, Nick, and the two men who made them who they are today must crisscross the world in a desperate scramble to stop their deadliest foe in the biggest adventure of their lives.
Her Dark Lies by J.T. Ellison
Fast-paced and brilliantly unpredictable, J.T. Ellison’s breathtaking new novel invites you to a wedding none will forget—and some won’t survive.
Jutting from sparkling turquoise waters off the Italian coast, Isle Isola is an idyllic setting for a wedding. In the majestic cliff-top villa owned by the wealthy Compton family, up-and-coming artist Claire Hunter will marry handsome, charming Jack Compton, surrounded by close family, intimate friends…and a host of dark secrets.
From the moment Claire sets foot on the island, something seems amiss. Skeletal remains have just been found. There are other, newer disturbances, too. Menacing texts. A ruined wedding dress. And one troubling shadow hanging over Claire’s otherwise blissful relationship—the strange mystery surrounding Jack’s first wife.
Then a raging storm descends, the power goes out—and the real terror begins…
In case you missed any of my posts last week, you can find them here:
- Monday (1/25): Book Review | Knight’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler (Epic Fantasy ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️)
- Tuesday (1/26): Book Review | Family by Own Mullen (Mystery ☀️☀️☀️)
- Wednesday (1/27): WWW Wednesday
- Thursday (1/28): Book Review | Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (Mystery ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️)
- Thursday (1/28): Book Review | Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz (Mystery ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️)
- Friday (1/29): Book Blogger Hop: Do you share Books? Do you have a system for keeping track of who you’ve lent books to?
This week is ANOTHER full and busy week. I hope you come back to see the following:
- Tuesday (2/2): #BlogTour Book Review | The Golden Flame by Emily Victoria (YA Fantasy ☀️☀️☀️☀️)
- Tuesday (2/1): #BlogTour Book Review | We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen (Sci-fi / Fantasy ☀️☀️☀️☀️)
- Wednesday (2/3): WWW Wednesday
- Thursday (2/4): Book Review | Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman (Mystery ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️)
- Friday (2/5): Book Blogger Hop: What books would you like to see made into Netflix series?
- Saturday (2/6): #BlogTour Book Review | Murder on the Menu by Fiona Leitch (British Cozy ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️)
I didn’t find anything new to watch this week. I finally finished the latest season of Outpost, an interesting fantasy series on CW. I’m still continuing on with the latest shows of such series as Blacklist, Prodigal Son, Batwoman (love the new actress playing Batwoman and how they handled switching actresses after just one season) and Legacies to name a few 🙂
Did you read, watch, or do anything fun this week?