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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Stacking The Shelves #128 & Sunday Post #92





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 seeing everyone's version of these features!   All book covers are linked to Goodreads, if you want to check them out.  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! 


On The Blog:

Not much has been going on with the blog as I have been on vacation for the past two weeks in...  Ireland!!!  Thankfully, I prepared several posts before I left.

Tuesday, July 3rd:  ARC Review:  Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi

Thursday, July 5th:  Audio ARC Review:  A Reaper at The Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Tuesday, July 10th:  ARC Review:  The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall


In Real Life:

This past month has been full of highs and lows.  At the end of June, my very dear friend passed away from Breast Cancer.  This has been a very long and emotional goodbye.  The family has been so brave, but this is a devastating loss for many people.  In the midst of this, we were trying to prepare for our anniversary trip.  I was so distracted from the situation that my husband wound up making most of the plans.  He did a wonderful job, and I am so grateful that he took the wheel.

Our trip to Ireland was amazing!  This was a trip to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, so it was just my husband and I, no kids!!!  We started our trip in Northern Ireland, flying in to Belfast.  We then spent three nights in a 19th century tower.  There were so many unique experiences that I can't name them all.

What was really great about our trip was experiencing all these moments with my husband.  Traveling has been one of our passions. But with kids, it has been a struggle to set aside enough funds to go anywhere.  Getting this opportunity to see the world has been so meaningful for us.  I'm just so grateful that our kids (all are young adults) were game to work together to run the house and be responsible.

New Books:

Public Library:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25733990-sleeping-giants
Bought:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052169-age-of-war?ac=1&from_search=true

That's it for this week.  I hope you are making great memories this summer.  I know this past month has been life-changing, for me.

 
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  1. Haven't heard of these! I hope you enjoy them both once you read them!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! Sleeping Giants is a science fiction, which I finished in two days! You might enjoy it. Have a great week.

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  2. I am so sorry to read about your loss! I do hope you get some distraction with your new books! Enjoy! My haul

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    1. Thank you , Chrissi. I already finished Sleeping Giants. It was super fun, and very distracting.

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  3. Welcome back. Ireland trip sounds fabulous :-)

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    1. We were really fortunate to take this trip, no kids, for two whole weeks!!! I haven't traveled out of the country in five years, so it was about time! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. So sorry about your loss. But glad that you got to go to Ireland. My eldest son spent some time in Ireland a few years ago and took gorgeous photos that I have hanging in my bedroom (my Ireland Room).

    Enjoy your week and your books, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. Thank you, Laurel. Our trip was wonderful, a great distraction for my grief over my friend. I still shed some tears, but focused on how my friend was so adventurous, and how she would have loved this trip.

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful trip and I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I bet it was wonderful to get away with your husband and finally relax some. I have Sleeping Giants out from my library now as well. Don't know when I'll get to it because I have way too many books which need read right now.

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    1. I read Sleeping Giants as an audio book, and it was amazing. My husband and I rarely get to go anywhere (our last trip alone was over 10 years ago). This was a very special trip for us.

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  6. The Age of War cover intrigues me.

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    1. Isn't it pretty? This is a series that starts with the book, Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan. I have really enjoyed this fantasy series.

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  7. I'm glad you had a great trip to Ireland. That's so exciting. Enjoy your books! Robin, my co-blogger reviewed Age of War. Anne - Books of My Heart

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  8. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. But how lovely that you were able to go to Ireland with your husband! And 30 years -- that's terrific. May you have many more years together.

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  9. Sorry to hear about your friend. Even when expected, loss is never easy. :(
    Glad you had a lovely trip to the emerald isle though!

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