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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Stacking The Shelves #56 & Sunday Post #19

I am combining two great blog hops:  Stacking The Shelves (a Saturday feature by Team Tynga's Reviews), and Sunday Post (a Sunday feature by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer).  Both of these features give people a chance to post about what books they received and also an opportunity to catch a glimpse of what others are excited about.  I really enjoy see everyone's version of these features! If you enjoy my blog, please consider following me via Bloglovin, Networked Blogs, GFC, or by email subscription.  If you leave a comment and tell me you are a new follower, I will follow you back! As always, all book cover images are linked to GoodReads so if you see a book you want to learn more about, just click away...

Happening This Week:

It has been a busy time at school as report cards are due and the teachers are extremely busy.  I am an aide, so I try to support the teacher I work with as much as possible.  We are finishing up all of our Thanksgiving projects and I look forward to the week off.

I have also decided that I am tired of doing all the cooking on Thanksgiving while my family sits comfortably watching television or are on their computers.  So I made a list and each person will be in charge of that dish.  So I will do the turkey, but each of my kids (and my husband) will do the vegetables, cranberry sauce, stuffing, etc.  I hope this will make it more of a cooperative meal and not just mom toiling away at the stove.

 My Family's reaction...


Well...  It's not going very well on the NaNoWriMo front.  I am not a person that is motivated to get things done by pressure.  I want to work hard on my novel, but these imaginary deadlines are not helpful to me.  I still will write this book, but I was just getting more and more frustrated that I couldn't reach my daily word count.  

What I have learned from this experience is that I love the creative process.  I love writing, imagining, and finding my characters.  And I really feel I will finish the first draft of my book.  It just might take longer than a month!

On The Blog:

New Books



I found so many books on NetGalley that I just had to request.  And I seemed to have lucked out and was approved for four of them!  


I pre-ordered this book a long time ago and it has finally arrived!  This is a compilation of all the short stories that come before Lady Midnight.  I can't wait to start it tonight.

What happened to you this week?  What are you excited to read and do during Thanksgiving?  Let me know in the comments.
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  1. OOh nice new reads! New to me ones! Hope you enjoy them all!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  2. NetGalley is dangerous. I hope you love all of your new books this week. Have a lovely weekend.

    Grace @ Books of Love

    1. Yes NetGalley is like a book buffet, and my eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach! But I actually like getting all these titles as they give me a lot to blog about. Have a great week.

  3. Such a smart thing to divide up the cooking responsibilities. So many of us have a hard time telling others what we need to make our lives better, and I'm glad that you took this step for yourself. I am feeling inspired to do something very similar. I don't know if I will get much of a different response, but hey.

    1. Thanks, Toady! Now I need to make sure they are getting things ready or we will have a pretty sad Thanksgiving dinner! I think I have all the ingredients they need. I need to coach them on timing and when to start preparing everything.

  4. Great idea! Your family should have responsibilities. I don't host the event any more, but even when I did, people brought things.

    Except the year that it was just me and two of my kids. I did everything...but it didn't turn out well, as we'd just moved into the townhouse and the oven apparently had some coils out. Not a good outcome!

    Which reminds me of the movie I see in your previous post: a great Thanksgiving movie, Pieces of April. I might have to watch that one this week.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. Yes, we've had every Thanksgiving disaster known to man. One of the most memorable was when my Grandma got a new stove, only to have it collapse while the Turkey was in the oven. I think we wound up cooking it at a neighbor's house. That was 40 years ago, and we still talk about it. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  5. Nice that you get the week off! I have to go in on Mon and Tues, but a two-day week isn't bad. Happy Thanksgiving! I'm excited for Kinsella's new book.

    1. Yes, a two day week will go quickly. I'm just happy to have some time off to regenerate from working with Kindergartners. I adore these kids, but they take a lot of energy for me to to a good job. have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  6. I love when you go crazy on NetGalley and actually get some exciting approvals!! I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving and the division of labour works out for you! :) Thanks for visiting our blog!

  7. Yay! It's great that your family is going to help you out with the Thanksgiving meal!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

    1. I really like your blog! I just visited it, again, and it's a great mix of books and life. Have a fabulous feast on Thanksgiving.

  8. A Stitch of Time sounds really interesting; not sure why I didn't request that one. Brains are fascinating! Good luck with the school stuff and herding your family on Thanksgiving!

    1. It's amazing how delicate the brain is. I read another book called Brain on Fire, by Susannah Cahalan. In it, she talks about how she got this virus that totally messed up her brain and had people thinking she had a mental disorder like schizophrenia. I love books like that so I'm hoping to get even more insight with A Stitch Of Time. Have a wonderful week.

  9. I am very familiar with your families reaction - same happened to me a few years ago. But in the end they did what I asked them to and we had a lot of fun actually. Your haul is impressive, though I don´t know any of those titles or authors. Happy reading and have a great week!

    1. The kids are on board, but not my husband. I really hope he comes around. Do they have a similar holiday in Germany (I think that's where you are living, right?)?

  10. YES I definitely agree with your thanksgiving strategy - why should you have to do all the cooking while they get to chill out? I usually end up doing all the cooking, but I make sure my partner scrubs the apartment from tip to tip, so at least he's joining in on the pre-dinner fun...! ;-)

  11. I love your delegation of duties! It definitely makes things easier, and I agree that one person shouldn't have to do all the work! In our family, we have Thanksgiving at my parents' house and my mom cooks the bird while the rest of us each bring a side-dish.

    You have a varied selection of book there! Hope you enjoy them all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  12. I hate preparing meals so I'm glad I only have to cook for my dad and not prepare feasts. Sounds like you have the right idea getting the family to do their share...they might not realise how tiring it is to cook every day until they experience the work!


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