Sunday, January 17, 2010

Week in Review: January 10-16

Week in Review

Well, I just haven't posted enough this week, have I? The new year is turning out to be busier than the holidays. My Grandma is still in the hospital after having been moved up to a better facility here in the Twin Cities. She is doing okay I guess for her age (94, WOW!) but it takes time, the doctors say. So, I've been visiting a lot since I am the closest to this hospital. I can't wait to have that beer with her that she's been asking for. :)

I've also been working more and trying to figure out my next move for this year.
Last year went by so fast and it was a huge life shift for me. I was laid off last March from a job I had for over ten years. I had no idea what to do next and my fierce nature propelled me to get out there quick and support my family.
I was fortunate to be hired at a wonderful non-profit a few short months after my lay off. I then decided to go back and work part-time with books because i missed working with them so.
So my two part-time gigs have helped me transition nicely and help put food on the table. How long do I do this?
But, like I said, it's a new year and I am planning on many adventures.
My kiddo will be ready for pre-school.
We will be trying for a second (oh my!).
I'm going to BEA and the Book Blogger Convention.
I would like to take a mini-vacation with my husband.

This leads me to figuring out how and what's next. What do I do for myself when he's in preschool? How do I emotionally prep myself for a second? What do I want to do before my life will be consumed by a newborn? How much money do I have to save before going to NYC? What the heck would I say to my husband on a vacation when we wouldn't be interrupted every minute? And how much can I read this year?


Well, that's just too much to think about so on to my week in books. I haven't written any new reviews because I've been finishing up reading the three romance books I'm doing Blog Tours for next week!!! I finished Seduced by a Rogue; Knit, Purl and Die and am working on closing up Gentlemen Prefer Succubi.

And, remember when I said i was only going to stick to one review request per month? Well, (nervous laugh) I stretched that a little bit in the next few months!
I couldn't help it! There were too many luscious looking books out there that begged me to read them. It's my blog, darnit, I'll read if I want too!

So here are the books I'm signed up for.
Cowboy Trouble by Joanne Kennedy (romance)
An Earl to Enchant by Amelia Grey (historical romance)
A Certain Wolfish Charm by Lydia Dare (romance)
Beautiful People by Wendy Holden (women's fiction)
Knit, Purl and Die by Anne Canadeo (cozy mystery)-
Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire (Young Adult)-Sourebooks Fire
Merlin's Harp by Anne Eliot Crompton (Young Adult)- Sourebooks Fire

In my defense, these are spread out over the next four months! :)

On to other books that came my way, I received the beautiful new paperback edition of Feathered Serpent by Xu Xiaobin due out from Atria International (Simon and Schuster) in early February.
Check it out!

Now if you excuse me, I must get back to him (see cover of Gentlemen Prefer Succubi)

Happy Reading!

red headed book child


Celticlady's Reviews said...

I am sure whatever you decide to do, it will all work out!! I also an innundated with books to review, I do not feel overwhelmed yet, as reviewing books is what I wanted to do....I think my mailman is ready to stuff cement in my mailbox... lol..

Celticlady's Reviews said...

Thank you!! boy do I remember those days!! and as far as the mailman, they get paid plenty and have all those days off, oh like tomorrow, and the averageJoe still has to work...glad to hear that grandma is on the mend...

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I went to the BEA once several years ago. Would love to go again, but really don't want to venture to NY to do it. Bummer they aren't moving it around anymore.

That you can do something you love is what truly matters!

Lisa said...

I'm so jealous that you get to go to BEA and the Book Bloggers Convention. I can't go because my middle one is graduating from high school that same week. I remember him starting preschool--that's how fast life goes! Don't worry, you and the hubby will find things to talk about--you must have talked to each other before your little man was born!

Christine said...

I hope your grandmother's recovery continues smoothly, even if it is slowly but surely.

You sure did have a busy year last year! I have to tell you, they just get busier and busier! Mostly in good ways... but still. You'll look back to this year and wonder how you squandered all that free time! LOL!

By the way, I'm in love with the book cover for FEATHERED SERPENT.

I giggled my way through that series of questions you laid out up there... and was very tempted to answer each one. But I'm sure you meant them rhetorically and besides. It's more fun finding the answers for yourself! Fun? Hmm... Yes, I'll stick with fun.

Looking forward to meeting you in May while you're out this way for BEA!!! =)

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh--you have a hectic schedule that in no way could I accomplish even on my best day! Getting too old for all of that and well, I just don't want to!! LOL

You're the second book blogger I've come across today who has Merlin's Harp on their list. Must check this out!

Finally--good luck on Baby #2. You have a full plate my girl! Exciting times ahead for you. :)

Ryan said...

I decided not to accept that many book review requests this year, I want to read books that I want to read for my own enjoyment. I will still accept a few, that sound really good.

I have an award for you.