Weekly Wrap-Up Sunday Post #9

Another crazy week in paradise!  Kinda.  Sorta.

This post has been shared on The Sunday Post, a weekly recap from so many amazing blogs is hosted by Kimberly over at Caffeinated Reviewer. 

This word link and the graphic will take you to The Sunday Post meme for this week – enjoy.  🙂

Just Life:

Quarantine life continues.  We had a small scare as one of our friends is sick and being tested for COVID-19.  Fortunately, she’d been off work for a week before her potential contact (with a doctor’s office nurse who was asymptomatic until a random sweep of the office personnel was done when she became sick), but it still sucks for her as she is now in total lockdown until she gets the results back.  This virus is so insidious.  You can have it and have not one single symptom yet pass it along to someone else.  Wash those hands, keep a social distance.  Mask up, people.  Yeah, it’s not comfortable but you’re protecting those you love and perfect strangers – and yourself -from this dangerous virus.  Not ranting, just pleading… be safe, and keep those around you safe as well.

In other home news, regarding my son.  He’s begun a new liquid oral medicine, Evrysdi (pronounced Ev-Riz-Dee) in place of the spinal shot with Spinraza (that nine-inch needle to the spinal column was always scary and painful… but it was the only treatment, at the time, for Spinal Muscular Atrophy).  I’m comfortable mentioning it as he’s shared this information with his Twitter followers and is truly all about helping others with information that might be helpful to them or someone they might know.  Any new direction in medical treatment is always a bit scary, yet the results from this have been good.  The chance to build stronger muscle with life-altering possibilities is something that has to be tried.  If this daily medicine will save his life, allow the possibility of affecting the strength of muscle… then I’m all for it, even as I hide that motherly concern behind a positive smile.  (I’m a mom, it’s part of my job description to worry about… anything.) 🙂

Reviews on the blog last week:

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Joining the 2020 New Release Challenge

Since I get e-ARCs from NetGalley throughout the year you’d think that it would be super easy to join in the fun at the 2020 New Release Challenge over at (un)Conventional Bookworms with Linda and Brandee, right?  Well.  The reading of new releases has never been the problem – it’s the remembering to go and actually link up that review that has been my downfall in previous years.  I have to figure out a better way, that’s all there is to it as far as a solution goes.  Anyway –

I’m joining the 2020 New Release Challenge for a different reason this year.  I’m trying to actually read the books I buy – novel concept, right?  In truth, they often end up on my TBR pile and then being part of a future “backlist” challenge.  *sigh*  So.  Although they would qualify, I’m not planning on counting the NetGalley ARCs for this challenge — I am counting the actual newly released books that I’ve purchased, read, and reviewed.  I need something to push me to read those newly purchased books nearer to their release date, and I believe this challenge may help form some new habits.  We shall see how it goes.

If you’d like to join in the fun then head over to the signup page with all the details through the text link above or the graphic link on the upper side of this post.  My goals?  I’m aiming for: 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro.  I believe I can do that level (at least for I buy a lot of books) the challenge is going to be in keeping everything, every place updated.  Hmmm… maybe there should be a Challenge to actually update our Challenges?  (grin) I’d sign up!  Good luck if you’re joining in the fun & happy reading times.

My list of actual read and reviewed New Releases is in the next section.


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Joining the 2020 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

If you read books then you have a To Be Read list/pile/tower of doom — we all do.  They might be physical books on your bookshelf, ebooks stored on your e-readers, or simply books that you’ve written down somewhere to get to “someday”.  Yeah.  We all have TBR piles – and mine is so out of control it isn’t even the slightest bit funny in a haha kinda way but more of an Oh My Goodness what have I done! way.

I’m joining the NovelKnight 2020 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge with a specific goal in mind.  You can also join or just check it all out at the text link above or by clicking on the graphic link at the top of this post.

I’m picking twenty (20) books from my bought but haven’t read yet TBR – all from various lines of Harlequin™.  This past year has been heavy with NetGalley ARC commitments, way more than I should have but put a book cover in front of me and I’m like a kid in a candy store — they all look so “good”.  But I’ve put the brakes on (or at least I’m tapping the brakes) so that I can get to some of my purchased books from 2019.  All of my adult reading life I have adored Harlequin.  Yet, I haven’t read as many or gotten caught up on ongoing series in recent years due to other online and real-life commitments.  That changes in 2020 as I’m taking more time for my own personal reading experiences and this challenge will work perfectly to help me keep on track to get those bought but not read books into my brain, my heart and off of my Kindle.  I’m determined.

My list of books will follow in the next section of this post.  When read and/or reviewed they will either be crossed out or linked to the review post here at Keeper Bookshelf.


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Joining the 2020 Retellings Reading Challenge

I noticed a pattern in my purely for pleasure reading last year (not the NetGalley or ARCs reading) where it seems I’m picking up more re-telling of classic fairy-tales romances than I usually do.  I honestly seem to go in cycles on re-tellings and 2020 seems to be the year they are on my reading radar.

I decided to join the 2020 Retellings Reading Challenge hosted at Centerfolds this year.  I’ve joined in the past with, frankly, not much success so I’m hoping for a much better result this time around.

You can find all the rules, options, levels, and any information you could possibly need by following either the text link above or the graphic link on the side of this post.

I’m aiming for the “Warrior Princess: 6-10 Retellings” level this time.  I believe that is more than doable, and should I manage to read more – all the better.  🙂

If this sounds like fun, head on over to the sign-up page and check it out for yourself.  Good luck & happy reading challenges!

 

2020 A Fresh Page Turned

2019 had been… a year.  In so many ways – good, bad, and ugly.  At this moment I “could” dwell on those last two (bad & ugly)… but No, not going to do that because today is a blank page, an exciting brand-new decade beginning, a new year begun anew so why drag last year’s garbage into this pristine, clean place, right?

Two weeks ago I “had” a grand new plan for Keeper Bookshelf — and then some of that bad & ugly hit and that tossed me for a loop even though I wasn’t directly involved.  I started questioning just about everything I do here on the blog(s), places that are in many ways a safe haven for me, places where I can allow my love of really good stories to take flight.  I “could” let events that had nothing to do with me directly try to steal my joy in this place of mine – it would be so very easy to do that… and for about a week I did allow that.  But no more.  My blog might be small with a not very large audience (now) but that does not mean the uglies get to take it from me.  No, not gonna happen.

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