Sunday Post 48 | Boy, What a Week

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My week started with six loads of laundry waiting to be washed, and while the first load was getting done, the washing machine died. Dead. No more washing. Ever.

I don’t know if anyone else has had the pleasure of needing a new big appliance since Covid began (at least in the US), but getting them is quite a challenge, and it’s gotten worse. Last summer, we had to get a new refrigerator, and even though we chose one in stock, it took about a week or so for delivery. At the time, that seemed like a bit of a wait.

The washing machine, which again we chose one in stock, will not be delivered until the end of the month. Some appliances would be inconvenient but not a big problem if we had to replace them, like the dishwasher or even the dryer. But the washer is something that you really can’t work around, short of buying a washboard and a big metal bucket thing. Do they even sell those things anymore?

I did find out that a dry cleaner I’ve used in the past also does wash and fold so that works as a temporary fix to be used sparingly. I was a little disappointed that they washed and folded my husband’s dress shirts without pressing and hanging, though. It felt like a weird thing for a place that does wash/fold and dry cleaning. I’m anxiously awaiting my new washer and hoping that the delivery isn’t delayed 🤞

from NetGalley

YA Paranormal Fantasy
The first in an all-new series by New York Times best-selling author Kendare Blake continues the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer featuring the next generation of Scoobies and Slayers who must defeat a powerful new evil. A new Slayer for a new generation… Frankie Rosenberg is passionate about the environment, a sophomore at New Sunnydale High School, and the daughter of the most powerful witch in Sunnydale history. Her mom, Willow, is slowly teaching her magic on the condition that she use it to better the world. But Frankie’s happily quiet life is upended when new girl Hailey shows up with news that the annual Slayer convention has been the target of an attack, and all the Slayers—including Buffy, Faith, and Hailey’s older sister Vi—might be dead. That means it’s time for this generation’s Slayer to be born. But being the first ever Slayer-Witch means learning how to wield a stake while trying to control her budding powers. With the help of Hailey, a werewolf named Jake, and a hot but nerdy sage demon, Frankie must become the Slayer, prevent the Hellmouth from opening again, and find out what happened to her Aunt Buffy, before she’s next. Get ready for a whole new story within the world of Buffy!
Holiday Fiction
As twinkling lights go up and snowflakes begin to fall, Laurel Hanover and her eight-year-old son are going home to the Cranberry Inn in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Laurel can’t wait to leave New York behind to help her father run the family business, and make snow angels with her son, even if it’s just for Christmas. But when she walks through the door, she’s shocked to find the inn in disrepair, and a letter saying her father will be gone until Christmas Eve… No one in town knows where Laurel’s father is, and she doesn’t know whether to be worried or angry – but she won’t let the inn go under, and nothing will get in the way of the perfect Christmas for her son. Seeing the worn-out wooden bannisters, bare of festive lights, she immediately recruits her childhood friend, brooding local carpenter Joel Hutcherson. They might disagree on whether any walls actually need to come down, but each rip in the carpet makes Laurel more concerned for her father, and Joel is a welcome distraction. And when he admits that Laurel was his first crush, she realises she’s falling for him. But then Laurel uncovers a card with beautiful, ornate writing amongst her father’s things and learns the real reason he disappeared. And it changes everything. Worse still, she thinks Joel knew the truth all along. Laurel thought this was going to be the perfect Christmas – that maybe she had found her happy. But now there’s nothing to stop her from running back to New York the moment the baubles come down… is there?
YA Domestic Thriller
All it takes is one spark to start a blaze. At Foxham Prep, a posh private school for the children of DC’s elite, a single rumor has the power to ruin a life. Nobody knows that better than Bryn. She used to have it all—the perfect boyfriend, a bright future in politics, and even popularity thanks to her best friend, cheer captain Cora. Then one mistake sparked a scandal that burned it all to the ground. Now it’s the start of a new school year and the spotlight has shifted: It’s geeky Georgie, newly hot after a summer makeover, whose name is on everyone’s lips. When a rumor ignites, Georgie rockets up the school’s social hierarchy, pitting her and Cora against each other. It grants her Foxham stardom . . . but it also makes her a target. As the rumors grow and morph, blazing like wildfire through the school’s social media, all three girls’ lives begin to unravel. But one person close to the drama has the power to stop the gossip in its tracks. The question is—do they even want to? From Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra, authors of the Tiny Pretty Things duology (now a Netflix series), comes another edge-of-your-seat social thriller.
YA Fantasy
“Dark, gripping, and gorgeous, Wake the Bones will lead you into the woods and keep you up late. As lush and sweltering as a Kentucky summer… Elizabeth Kilcoyne is a force.” – Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author. The sleepy little farm that Laurel Early grew up on has awakened. The woods are shifting, the soil is dead under her hands, and her bone pile just stood up and walked away. After dropping out of college, all she wanted was to resume her life as a tobacco hand and taxidermist and try not to think about the boy she can’t help but love. Instead, a devil from her past has returned to court her, as he did her late mother years earlier. Now, Laurel must unravel her mother’s terrifying legacy and tap into her own innate magic before her future and the fate of everyone she loves is doomed. Elizabeth Kilcoyne’s Wake the Bones is a dark, atmospheric debut about the complicated feelings that arise when the place you call home becomes hostile. “Seething with shadows, summer, and uniquely southern magic, Wake the Bones is a powerful debut that captures the ache of home being a place you simultaneously love and loathe.” – Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf.

As soon as I received the ARC, In Every Generation, I just had to binge-watch season 1 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And, after I finished the book and made the mistake of reading some critical reviews that I disagreed with, I had to go back and watch some pivotal episodes from other seasons (so I could, of course, feel shamelessly vindicated that I – and the author/editors – was/were right and the critical reviews were wrong – lol).

  • Monday, October 11th: The Mother Next Door by Tara Laskowski ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ (Domestic Suspense/Thriller) – Book Review and Excerpt
  • Tuesday, October 12th: The Keeper of the Night by Kylie Lee Baker ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️☀️ (YA Fantasy) – Book Review and Excerpt
  • Wednesday, October 13th: WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday, October 14th: Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood ☀️ ☀️ ☀️☀️ ☀️ (YA Gothic Thriller)
  • Friday, October 15th: Book Blogger Hop: Frankenstein or Dracula?
  • Monday, October 18th: The Post Box at the North Pole by Jaimie Admans ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️☀️ (Holiday Fiction) – Book Review
  • Tuesday, October 19th: Child of Light by Terry Brooks ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ( Fantasy) – Book Review
  • Wednesday, October 20th: WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday, October 21st: Lies My Memory Told Me by Sacha Wunsch ☀️ ☀️ ☀️☀️ (YA SciFy Thriller)
  • Friday, October 22nd: Book Blogger Hop: Bookish costumes

How was your week – bookish or otherwise?

30 Replies to “Sunday Post 48 | Boy, What a Week”

  1. The nice part of renting right now is someone else has to deal with fixing and replacing the appliances. But we did spend about 6 months just trying to get an intact bed for our daughter, an order we ended up needing to cancel because, no matter how much it said it was in stock and how many times we were promised none of the pieces would be missing pieces, we realized it wasn’t going to happen. Good thing we have a trundle frame and she’s really short so the low height is perfect for her. I hope you get your washing machine soon! What a terrible thing to have die.

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    1. That’s so frustrating about the bed! But I’m glad you had something else that you could make work for the time being. Washing Machines are definitely something that is a problem if it dies. It’s one of the few things that is difficult to find an alternative for.

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  2. I’m sorry to say but that’s some horrible luck, my friend. There really is no way to make that situation Less inconvenient. Hopefully the time will pass quickly!
    And thank you for sharing this post! I probably would’ve never found out about ‘In Every Generation’ otherwise and that should be interesting..
    Be well!

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    1. In Every Generation is awesome. The writer stayed so true to the show that it was fabulous to revisit some beloved characters and to see the beginnings of the next generation of slayers and side kicks ❤️

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  3. Sorry about your washing machine. My dryer has been broken for months. Nobody can figure out what’s wrong with it, and new ones are expensive and hard to get. At least I can just hang clothes up and let them air dry. I have a toddler, so we couldn’t survive without a washing machine.

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    1. Dryers and Dishwashers have easy work-arounds if they break but washers are a necessity, especially when you have small children or even pets (like mine, anyway, who like to throw up on things you can only clean well by washing 😨)


  4. White goods are really difficult to source in the UK too. It’s not helped by having left the EU, where most of them came from. We recently bought a freezer which promptly died on us and they couldn’t replace it because of having no stock. Thankfully the old freezer was still working (just with broken drawer handles and not quite big enough for our needs) so we are still using that one!
    Have a great week and enjoy your books.

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  5. It is so utterly weird to not be able to get an appliance delivered the next day. I’ve heard about the delays but it’s still hard to grasp. We have service agreements for all of our stuff, which I’ve questioned, but now I’m thinking it was a wise choice. The last time when our washer died, we had to use a laundromat to dry the blankets that were in the washer. Not fun. Good luck!

    Mostly YA this week and they look quite interesting. Are you on a genre binge? Enjoy everything, Tessa💜

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  6. Wow, I never thought that appliances would so difficult to get during COVID. At least you found a workaround for a bit, but I feel your pain. I guess I would end up going to a laundromat, and that is always terrible. I have requested The Cranberry Inn, I hope I get it as I enjoyed her previous book quite a bit.

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  7. Wha ha ha! A washing board and a bucket!! Please do take some photos of desperation kicks in. You can get through a whole lot of audiobooks doing that though…

    Good luck and I hope you will have some time for reading and blogging.

    Elza Reads

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  8. Oh no, it is always a nightmare when of the big household appliances goes, but the washer is probably the worst! I remember taking bags round to my grandfather’s this last time ours went. I hope you’ll be able to manage until your new one arrives at the end of the month, that is a crazy amount of time to wait! At least you had Buffy to escape into! 🧛‍♂️

    As for my week, it whizzed by in a blur! Great news though… I finally finished reading The Count of Monte Cristo! 😅 Take care and happy reading. 🙂

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    1. I was thinking it would be so much easier if we had family nearby that we could lug our laundry to, but we don’t so laundry service it is. And, yes, Buffy is a great escape. ❤️

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  9. Wake up the Bones now that sounds intriguing. So sorry about your washing machine. It is the one item in my kitchen that I would cry if it went wrong. It got me to thinking, my mum had a twin tub. It took hours just to wash and dry anything. Now all we have to do is put it in the machine and press go. I’m binge watching the last series of Grim. I’m heavily into my detective programmes, and this one you have to watch from the beginning or you will be thinking, what is going on? It is about a detective, who is also a Grim. There are humans, who are animals, and he investigates murders in their community. As I say, you’ve got to watch the first series to understand any of the plot, but I recently found it on Sky, and hadn’t watched the last series to see how it ended.

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  10. I was afraid our washer was dying a slow death, but it just needed some new parts. Even with that, it took over two weeks for them to come in. I’ve heard horror stories about the wait time for new appliances, so I hope yours is shorter. I also got a widget for Wake the Bones – looks like a good one!

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  11. Oh no, what a nightmare. I hate it when things break down and you’re right, at this time trying to get hold of a new one is like finding gold dust. Hope it all works out well ❤❤

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