This Week’s Reads: The Sweetness of Water – Total Health Turnaround – The Lord of the Rings #AmReading #Books #Reads

Hey, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well this week. First, I have to apologize for being somewhat absent recently; I’ve tried to keep up with posts, but it’s been difficult for me. I’ve been dealing with some health problems, which has led me back into the doctor’s realm again—where I don’t want to be. Since my daughter was sick, and the stress of dealing with that on top of some other things (I believe) has activated something in my system and I’m in a bit of a setback now. Something really neat happened though: I went to the wrong doctor. Have you ever gone to the wrong doctor because there were other doctors with the same last name and Google misled you? I did, and at first it seemed like a huge nuisance. I was supposed to be visiting a cardiologist in a new group and instead I went to his cousin’s office, who’s a family doctor but highly active in functional medicine. It must be a sign because it’s exactly where I needed to be. I’ve always had an interest in functional medicine, and this doctor tends to treat with a more natural approach. We talked for a time, and he didn’t even charge me for the visit. What’s happened to me is an imbalance of stress hormones (including a thyroid imbalance no surprise), and I’m hopeful I can get it under control quickly. My plan is to go back and sit down with him for a comprehensive visit. So, there’s something good that happened for me this week. 😀

In the reading world, I’ve finally finished The Princess Bride over the weekend. I’ve been thinking about it considerably, and I’m finally ready to write up a review. We watched the movie again so I could compare the two with both fresh in my mind. There was so much that I forgot about, even with this being a reread. It turned out to be a good experience overall.

We also finished The Black Stallion, and then we watched the movie with Mickey Rooney, and I cried. Gosh it was good. Watch for that review coming up for Shabby Sunday.

My new fiction book pick for this week is The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris.

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June Wrap-up 2021: #BookReviews #Books #Music

Is it really July already? It’s crazy how fast this year is going, isn’t it? Maybe it’s just me. June turned out to be somewhat of a neglectful month for blogging. I knew reading and posting would slow down with spring activities and planting, and I think July may be similar. We’ve been busy with the kids and trying to squeeze in our summer activities. Once the Fourth of July hits, it seems like the rest of the summer just flies by: before you know it, the new school year begins, and we’re in fall. I’m actually looking forward to the cooler months. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons for reading, so I hope to be more active here in the coming months.

For June I managed to post nine book reviews. The nice thing is that four of these are for the 2021 Retelling Reading challenge. Three were ARCs. I’m actually caught up with the challenge and NetGalley and Edelweiss for now, with a few coming up for September.

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Love in the Wild by Emma Castle

Live your Life by Amanda and Anna Kloots

Lost in the Neverwoods by Aiden Thomas

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May Wrap-up 2021 #Books #BookReviews #MayWrapUp #Music

Seriously, I can’t believe it’s June already! May went so fast for me. It wasn’t a super productive month as far as reading due to all the outdoor work and planting that needed to be done. We also had a wonderful reunion with a good friend of the family and his little daughter. We hadn’t seen them in over a year due to the pandemic. The kids were like in another world. I’ve also spent a little more time streaming and watching true crime videos on YouTube. That can take up a considerable amount of time if you let it.

So, now that all of our planting is complete, I’m hopeful I’ll be able to get more reads in for June. I’ve also decided to slow down on my NetGalley reads because I’ve requested too many at once. Reading a handful of books with late publication dates always slows down posts for the blog because I just went back to requesting ARCs a few months ago. I’d like to keep my ARCs manageable so I don’t have too many deadlines. It stresses me out to have too many waiting, and right now I have five NG reads on my list.

So, let’s see how May turned out!

In May I only reviewed 4 books; one was for Shabby Sunday, but I did have a few other reviews on Goodreads for books that will post this week. I’ll include those for June, which will likely be a much more productive month.

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman

Among The Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

Red Rover by Christopher Krovatin

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This Week’s Reads: For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten and Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner #AmReading #Books #Reads

Things have been very busy with planting and outdoor work, which has slowed my reading colossally. We ended up deciding on a whim to fix one particular landscaping area behind my house, and it turned into a huge project but a fun and rewarding one. It’ll be nice to have some new, different plants to share for Flower Friday too.

I just finished up That Weekend, which turned out to be pretty good. I’ll post my review within a week as this releases in June.

I’m reading with the kids The Dark Lord Clementine and Echo Mountain. The first one is taking some time to get into.

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