February 15, 2014

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 02/16/14




Reviews:

Not a single one this week. Uh oh!

Read:

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Currently Reading:


Upcoming:


Other Business:

Ahhh, you guys! I'm so busy with school. I'm still making time to read (whew!) but the blog has taken a bit of a hit. I need some time management tips. Or perhaps a time turner?


I hope you've all had a fab week! What's happening with you? What are you reading?

45 comments:

  1. It's very hard to maintain blogging and family life! I feel ya! I have been blogging about other things but behind on book reviews as usual.

    I'm currently reading Thrity Umrigar's memoir First Darling of the Morning. She's one of my favorite Indian authors and its a non-fiction that reads like a fiction. If you haven't read it, I think you'd enjoy it. I'm reading it as part of Savvy Working Gals' nonfiction book club.

    I started a linky and hope you will stop by and link up to 3 posts. http://momssmallvictories.com/small-victories-sunday-7-one-make-comeback/

    I have been trouble accessing and commenting on your blog from my phone for some reason. :( But I've been visiting!

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    1. I didn't know you were doing a link up thingy :) Have you for long? I haven't made time for blog reading in so long :( That speaks directly to my lack of time lately...sigh.

      I feel like I've read Umrigar before but I'm not sure what title. Hmmm. I adore nonfiction so I'll definitely look that one up!

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  2. You are very busy! Perfectly understandable if it's tough to juggle everything. How do you like The Luminaries? I keep hearing good things about Wake too.

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    1. Thanks :D

      I keep telling everyone that it's a very dense read. You know the type...when you have to pay close attention to every sentence? I'm really enjoying it though. It's full of interesting characters.

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  3. Oh girl. When I was in school I rarely read outside of my classes (though with so many Lit classes I was sometimes reading a 1,000 pages a week). Thankfully I didn't have the pressures or distraction of blogging/social media back then but I played SO many Sudoku puzzles to give my brain a break. Just allow your brain to do what it needs to do!!

    I'm so curious about Luminaries but I don't think MY brain could handle it right now! Hope you have a great week.

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    1. When I'm really trying to concentrate on school I have to log out of Facebook and put my phone in another room, lol. I'm easily distracted ;)

      The Luminaries is good but whew, it's one of those chunky chunksters that need ALL of your attention.

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  4. My kingdom for a time-turner. (Oh, wait, I don't have a kingdom...)

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    1. I suppose you don't ;) I understand the sentiment though!

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  5. it is such a relief {for me} that someone else did not get any book reviews up this past week. . .With moving and everything it's been so crazy for me to even find a moment to read much less write a review. I can't imagine having school on top of it all! Give yourself a break; take a breath; and be content in the knowledge that your readers will still be here :-)

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    1. You're completely correct :D I need to relax and realize that I can't do it all!

      I'm glad I'm not the only one slacking though, lol ;)

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  6. Hey, at least, we're getting to see you here now. We'll take it. Thanks for checking in for us. We appreciate it.

    Happening with me? Eh, not much. A little reading, hopefully this afternoon. A little watching of Downton Abbey tonight, maybe. We'll see. It's easy like a Sunday morning...well, now afternoon.

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    1. :D Hi Bryan!

      Downton makes Sundays so lovely doesn't it? Now that there is no football to watch Sundays can be a drag for me, lol. Thanks DA!!

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  7. Time turner, definitely.

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    1. Right?? SCIENCE, get to work on this!

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  8. When you find the time turner, let me know - I could use it as well! You are definitely reading a lot - the reviews will come!

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    1. Can you imagine if there really was such a thing?? Wowza ;)

      The reviews will come...or they won't. Ha! Time will tell!

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  9. I was wondering if you were going to read Shotgun Lovesongs with all of its Wisconsin connections! I just picked it up yesterday, so far so good.

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    1. We read the same things so often, and usually right around the same time. ;) Great minds! And of course I have to read this one with all of the Wisconsinness going on!

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  10. Reading Wake, which you have as upcoming. I have a friend listening to audio of The Luminaries right now. She said it's pretty long audio! Good so far? Glad you are still able to squeeze some reading in...school can't last forever, just do what you can when you can.

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    1. How are you liking Wake, Jennine? I'm looking forward to it!

      The Luminaries is definitely a chunkster. It's over 800 pages...whew!

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    2. I liked Wake - review going up this weekend.

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    3. I'll look forward to that! Although I might not read your review until after I read the book. I'm a nut that way :D

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  11. I know what you mean. School is taking over my life too. I think we need a time turner. ;-) Have a good week.

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    1. I'm too old for this stuff, lol. You have a good week too!

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  12. I feel like reading/blogging is really hit or miss, depending on what is going on in my classes during a particular week. Last week was very intense for me, and I didn't have any time for anything extra or fun. :( I have a set schedule for when I do my assignments, and its like I am back in grade school. I go to work all day, then when I get home at 3, I immediately start on my assignments, and work on them until my husband gets home at 6. If I finish before 6, I will blog. That is my time for any sort of writing/work stuff. The rest of my time is spent with my husband and doing household things.

    How are your classes going? :)

    Shotgun Lovesongs sounds really good!

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    1. I was just at your blog and saw that we had similar weeks, lol. I do like your schedule though, it makes a lot of sense. I'm flying by the seat of my pants and I need to remedy that! :D

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  13. Jennifer, don't feel bad -- you're a busy girl! And I'm not hitting the decks running with reviews either as I try to finish my book and get it published. However, thanks for more hints at good reads. Luminaries is getting close to the top of my tbr pile. I tried starting it once, and had a hard time getting into it. But I'm not giving up! Hang in there -- good to see you. :)

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    1. Can you believe how life dares to get in the way of our reading and reviewing?? ;) I'm plugging away at The Luminaries right now and I'm really enjoying it.

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  14. I hope school is going well for you! I'm a graduate student, which basically means I've been a student FOREVER, so I totally understand what you are going through trying to balance reading and life obligations and school. I'm not as fast of a reader as you, but listening to audiobooks has really helped me keep "reading" even if I don't have time to sit down with a physical book. I listen while commuting, doing chores, putting on my makeup...every little bit helps :)

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    1. You're a professional student! That sounds like what I'd like to be when I grow up ;) I love the learning but I'm having a hard time balancing things lately. I'll get into the swing of things soon...I hope!

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  15. The Luminaries sounds so good but I'm not sure I'm up for another giant book just yet. I hope you are enjoying it.

    When you get a minute, we would love to hear about your classes and how they are going! Also, I will be sure to let you know if I come across a time turner. :)

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    1. I'm with you, I need a bit of time in between my chunksters. After this I hope to read some shorter, and dare I say fluffier, books ;)

      I should do a post about my classes. Hmmm....

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  16. One book that I would really like to read this year is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. I have to gather some energy before reading The Luminaries ;) I'm really looking forward to your review of Wake and Shotgun Lovesongs (love that cover). I've read nine books last month but now I'm slacking both in my reviews and reading!

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    1. I really enjoyed that one, I bet you would too. :) I stayed away from spoilers and it was a surprising read.

      I hate to say it but I'm glad a bunch of us are in the same boat lately, lol. We'll get back at it! One of these days ;)

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  17. Time management hints? No TV. You give up a TON of reading/blogging time with TV, even if it is on in the background. Write posts during the time of day in which you are most awake. For me, that is during my lunch break. I write better and more quickly during the day than if I try to force something at night. The other thing is not to force it. If it is taking forever to put your thoughts into words, try it some other time. Schedule posts in advance. This is a huge one and makes life SO much easier. You can set aside some time each weekend and schedule posts for the week or just start writing each day and scheduling reviews as soon as you finish reading them. By doing this, I have posts scheduled a month in advance. It helps me so much when life gets busy and I can't find the time to squeeze in some writing. Find an app like Evernote that syncs between phone, laptop and tablet. That way, if you have a thought about a post or a review, you can jot it down on one device and come back to it on another. If I think of any more, I'll let you know. Good luck!

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    1. I could give you a giant hug for this comment :) You should write up a whole post with your tips!! I should try writing more during the day. By the time I finally sit down to write reviews I'm too tired. My brain just sits there all empty ;)

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    2. I understand completely. It took me about a year to realize that writing reviews or posts after work was just an effort in futility and all but a waste of time. Now, my evenings are spent with a little blog maintenance (updating links with the day's review, updating Goodreads and Pinterest) and answering emails and comments. An hour tops. The rest of the time, I'm reading or working on other household chores that always need doing. Most of the time, it's reading. I can't tell you the last time I watched a TV show or movie.

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    3. You're a smart cookie! Now that I've started school I'm trying to find a whole new routine. I'll find my rhythm sooner or later. I hope ;) I do watch a bit of telly. Normally I only watch one series at a time, say The Walking Dead. But now American Idol has started...dammit ;)

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    4. You'll definitely find your rhythm. I used to watch a lot of TV too. Once the kids started getting so busy, I found I would rather read and relax than watch TV and relax. It became all about priorities for me. You'll find yours and get into a routine. I promise!

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  18. hehe a time turner would make a great difference here too :)
    Meanwhile somebody creates one, I'm dealing with multitasking and trying to be more organized!

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    1. I'm going to the Wizarding World in Orlando very soon. I'm going to get myself a time turner necklace or key-chain or something! Will it work? Probably not ;)

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  19. Don't worry... I also didn't review anything for over a week

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    1. And I did another whole lot of nothing this week. Sigh!

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  20. Hi-ya. When I read your profile on SheReads, I knew I had to visit your blog. After visiting and nosing around, I knew I had to follow. Count me in as your newest groupie. Nice to meetcha.

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan! I'm so glad you've visited and have decided to stick around ;)

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