October 20, 2013

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 10/20/13




Reviews:

A gif review of Writers Between the Covers by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon

Read-a-Thon Mini Reviews ~ Quick thoughts on the books I read for Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

Read:

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

The House Girl by Tara Conklin

Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt

November's Fury by Michael Schumacher

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Currently Reading:

I just finished Tiny Beautiful Things 2 minutes ago and I'll be starting this one today:

The Family by David Laskin

Upcoming:
This, maybe?

Elizabeth of York by Alison Weir

I requested the first 2 books in the MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood. I have a copy of the 3rd book but I can't even think about reading that until I read the first 2. I'm hoping those come in soon and I have a feeling that I'm in for a treat.

Other Business:

My Facebook page hit 1000 likes earlier this week!
I'm so excited and thankful! I have a great time on my page interacting with other crazy readers.

My youngest kidlet went to Nana's (my mom) house this week. She was there for an intensive course in home economics. They sewed, they cooked, they TALKED ABOUT ME...I just know it! My mom taught Avery how to make spaghetti sauce and banana bread. They sewed a few secret projects that I won't know about until Christmas. They also made these two cutie pies:

Totoro!
Ollie the octopus!

Can you handle the adorableness?

Have a great week sweet peas!

53 comments:

  1. I hope you don't find this too forward, but are you going to give all of us a kiss on our heads too? ;)

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    1. I would if I could, you know it! :D

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  2. Those sewed toys are ADORABLE! Very cute!
    Happy reading, both those books look good. And wow about the 1K facebook likes!

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    1. Aren't they ridiculously cute? ;) I can't get over them!

      Thanks!!

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  3. Truly adorable!! Nanas are great for kids...and now that I am one (and have been for many years now!), I enjoy it from this side, too.

    I read books two and three of the MaddAddam trilogy...I liked the second one better than the third. Hope you enjoy the ones you choose.

    Here's MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES

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    1. I can't wait to be a Nana! Or a Grandma...or whatever I decide to call myself when the time comes :D

      I'm looking forward to that trilogy! Thanks for visiting Laurel :D

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  4. I totally just bought Tiny Beautiful Things yesterday and cannot wait to get around to it. Also, MINIONS! I did not just sit and giggle at that gif for a few too many moments...well I did but I love minions. Congrats for the Facebook likes, you definitely deserve the love. Happy reading for next week :)

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    1. Oh my gosh Ellie, you are in for a treat! It's beyond lovely :D

      Thanks darlin'!

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  5. I love those cuddly things! So cool!

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    1. :D Thanks Athira! I hope she makes more and more!

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  6. Totoro!!! I want! So adorable! I loved Beautiful Things, hope you did too. Congrats on 1000 followers! Woot :)

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    1. Totoro love, hooray! Cutest thing isn't he? ;)

      Tiny Beautiful Things was incredible. Seriously.

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  7. Congrats on the followers! Got a kick out of seeing Mr Roper in your gif review. :)

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    1. LOL, Mr. Roper ;) Ahh, those were the golden days of television!

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  8. Congrats on all the facebook likes! I enjoy the pictures you post over there :) I'm in the middle of "The Year of the Flood" now, and I think so far I liked "Oryx and Crake" a little better, but Atwood is so amazing at world building, it's still fascinating to see all the different paths people were taking after the apocalyptic catastrophe in this trilogy. Looking forward to "MaddAddam" before long!

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    1. Thanks lady :D

      I hope I like the trilogy. I'm not a HUGE fan of dystopian stuff BUT I really dig Atwood so I have high hopes.

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  9. It's so good for our kids to spend time with their grandmas. Makes me miss my own grandma! Looks like you had a good reading week. I still can't get over how fast you read.

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    1. I agree. I was so happy that they were hanging out for that long. I was a little nervous about what sort of tales my mom would tell her though... ;)

      I did, I did! I hope you did as well!

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  10. You must feel like Malcolm in the Middle this week with your daughter and mom cavorting as they are! You must tell me what spoiler you were referring to on my blog re Bridget. I am at a loss.

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    1. Oh, I guess it's not really a spoiler since I've seen it all over the place, but I'm talking about Darcy being DEAD. Wahhh!

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  11. Oh I just picked up The House Girl yesterday, considering it. Are you going to review it? And Lookaway, Lookaway?!

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    1. I might do mini-reviews of those since they were library books :D They were both good! Especially Lookaway, Lookaway. That book was a riot, lol.

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  12. You read all of these books last week?! AFTER the read-a-thon?! I'm impressed.

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    1. Ha! Yes! I didn't think of it that way ;)

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  13. What a great week of reading! I bet your daughter had such an awesome time - I know I'd love to know how to sew those awesome little things :)

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    1. I had more time to read since the kidlet was gone ;) She really did have a great time. They're already planning their next week of lessons!

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  14. Aah! I love the one on the right, though I can't quite tell what he's supposed to be... with so many appendages visible from the front, I'm thinking octopus? Whatever he is, he's adorable, and I want one!

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    1. You're correct, octopus. I should have captioned those, lol. In fact, I'm going to now!! :D

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  15. Those are adorable creatures! I didn't know Cheryl Strayed had another book out. I haven't managed to read the first one yet.

    Joy's Book Blog

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    1. The Strayed is a collection of letters written to her when she did the advice column on The Rumpus. It's amazing!

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  16. Congratulations on the 1000 FB likes! You got lots of reading done this week, too. I'm off to check out a few posts I missed this week. Oh, and the stuffies or plushies are adorable! Well done, kidlet and Nana!

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    1. Thank you, thank you! Aren't they the cutest? Ahh! Every time I look at the octopus I almost die of cuteness ;)

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  17. That is so adorable!! Congratulations on your FB likes. Have fun this week!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer :D You too! Hope you have a great one!

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  18. I loved Ella Minnow Pea! So crazy! What a cool home ec class, that your daughter could learn from your mom. Making memories along with learning, I love it. And I don't know how to sew or knit or anything like that! I plan to learn to knit this winter though, from my uncle. :)

    I am off to check out your mini-reviews!

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    1. Ella Minnow Pea was such a neat book! Loved it :D

      I wish I had taken the time to learn those things when I was younger. Now I sorta feel like an old dog/new tricks, ha!

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  19. Congrats on 1000 likes! That's an awesome milestone. Your reading weeks always put mine to shame.

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    1. Thanks bunches Brooke! I was pretty excited to hit 1000 :D

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  20. Congrats on the 1000 followers!

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    1. By the way, banana bread with caramel spread used to be one of my favourite treats as a kid. Tell Avery to try that combo :)

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  21. Oh my, Ollie the Octopus is adorable!

    You did really well with your reading. It's taking me all month to finish two books. Pitiful. Everything has slowed down on the reading front but that's okay. I was already way behind for the year. I am not going to sweat it now.

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    1. Cute as can be, right? :)

      Real life can get in the way of reading, it just happens. Don't sweat it indeed, that's the best attitude! :D

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  22. that despicable me gif is my favorite thing ever. Love it! Congrats on 1000 followers!

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  23. Wow, 1000 FB followers! Congratulations! It's wonderful that your mom is teaching your daughter all of those skills (I really, really wish I could sew!). The toys are adorable. Happy Reading!

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    1. I should really be the one taking lessons. I wasn't interested when I was a kid, probably because it wasn't cool enough or something. Dumb!

      Thanks!

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  24. Oooo, I loved Ella Minnow Pea! Can't wait to see what you thought.

    That octopus is adorable!!! Your mom has SKILLS.

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    1. I'm so glad I read it, thanks to your rec! It was such a cool book.

      Thanks!

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  25. I love your use of a minion gif! The minions are just so adorable :)

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    1. Can you believe I've never seen either of those movies?! Don't throw things at me ;) I really do need to remedy that though!

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  26. Look at you with all of the good books! Wanna know your thoughts on Ella Minnow Pea and The House Girl especially!

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    1. Woot woot! ;) I'd better do a post of mini reviews on those recent library reads of mine :D

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