Saturday, January 9, 2021

The Weekend Review - January 9th - 11th

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Hi Everyone!  

It's sure been a crazy week here in the U.S.  I fully planned to spend my first week of 2021 reading and enjoying my books.  I planned to watch less news and do more reading.  Well, that didn't happen.  With everything going on, I couldn't stop watching the news.  This has been an awful week.  I'm really ready to escape into my books now.  This weekend I'll be in Italy 😊

Before all this happened, I finished one book.  So at least I got to complete something this week.  I'm trying to be optimistic and think next week will be better.

Some of my regular TV shows came back this week.  All I watched was This Is Us, though.  Everything else is still on my DVR.  

My blog has been busy and next week looks to be busy too.

Things may have started out crazy but I plan to get a handle on things and get organized.  At least as far as my reading goes.

So what have you been doing this week?  Read or watch anything exciting? Hope you all have a great week!

Blog Tours/Spotlights/Reviews/Giveaways 
I Hosted

Blog Tours/Spotlights/Reviews/Giveaways Coming Up Next Week

Tuesday:  Review:  Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg (Blog Tour)

Wednesday:  Spotlight;  Artistic License to Kill by Paula Darnell (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Thursday:  Spotlight:  Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Friday:  Review:  Her Texas New Year's wish by Michelle Major (Blog Tour)

Saturday:  Spotlight:  Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork by Rose Pressey (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Posts last week:

Monday:  Awww...Mondays


I'm currently reading...

I finished reading ...

I'm planning to read this one next...

Here are this week's Kindle freebie haul. They were freebies when I got them, I don't know if they still are. Always make sure to check they are still free before buying. The prices change quickly.  

Blog Tours and Reviews coming up soon...


  1. My grand plans for spending an evening reading on Wednesday were ruined as I was just stuck watching the news and couldn't believe what was taking place. So much craziness. Hope you have been able to enjoy your books this weekend! I really like the sound of Our Italian Summer.

  2. Still waiting for Marion Lane from the library, but I am number six on three copies now, so we are getting there. Here's my post. Happy Reading!

  3. Wow, it looks like you have a lot of good reads/posts coming up! Enjoy!

  4. I could really use a book set in Italy as well. :) Happy reading!!!

  5. The news this week was quite tense, wasn't it? The stories that are still coming out are something else. Thank goodness for books! I will be starting Willberg's novel shortly. I am really looking forward to diving in. I hope you enjoy your current and upcoming reads! Take care, Yvonne. I hope you have a great week!

  6. I have been so saddened to hear of what has been going on in the US, Yvonne - I really do pray you will have some peace soon! 🙏 As for my week, it has also been a little crazy, with should the schools be open or shut, and now a third lockdown! However I have finished one really good fun crime book and watched two great shows. In particular I re-watched series one of A Discovery of Witches, all ready to start the newly released series two!🧙‍♀️ Take care and happy reading! 🙂

  7. I love This Is Us as well. I am just on the S3 and I don't want it to end. The news about the US capitol was terrible for us too.

  8. Our Italian Summer looks like a blissful escape...and I am eyeing The Perfect Guests. Let's hope we have a calmer week ahead!

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  9. Our Italian Summer looks like an ideal escape. I'd love to head that way.

    The world has been crazy this week, and I couldn't stop watching the news either. I'm ready to see people leave the stage.

    Here's to a better week!

  10. A book set in Italy - what a wonderful escape from the craziness that was Washington... I hope you are able to slip away to other fabulous places this coming week, Yvonne:)

  11. Hi Yvonne! I didn't pay much attention to the news this week and believe it or not, the American Capitol drama didn't get much a attention here in SA. So I just waited for today to read everyone's comments and feedback!

    I had a good reading and blogging week, but next week I'm back at school and won't have much time.

    Thanks for the Kindle Freebies! I just downloaded Bodies, Baddies and a Crabby Tabby. Can go towards my Purrrfect reading challenge.

    Enjoy your week Yvonne!

    Elza Reads

  12. Enjoy your book trip to Italy! I'm currently reading Killer Chardonnay so I look forward to your review of a Pairing to Die For (such a great title!)

  13. What a nice way to escape! Hope it was relaxing for you. Happy reading the rest of the week.

  14. Yes, the news was really crazy this week. I hope things don't get worse. Anyway, hope you have a happy new year!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  15. Escaping to Italy sounds like a good plan. I plan on reading Our Italian Summer too.

  16. It was such a strange week and thankfully it's all over. I hope you enjoy your book set in Italy! I can't wait to read your review of it. My plan for next week is to read as much as possible and avoid the news. Happy reading :D

  17. Thanks for telling us about the freebies- I just went and got Bodies, Baddies and a Crabby Tabby. :)

  18. I love the cover and title for A Crabby Tabby. I hope you enjoyed your "trip" to Italy. I've been reading multiple books this past few weeks which I rarely do. Hope we ALL have a better 2021.

  19. Ha I gave up watching the news and then I was back glued to it, mainly CNN as that's what I can get here in NZ. Compulsive viewing, all so heartbreaking. Take care and enjoy those books.

  20. I have Marian Lane on my TBR...but I'm way down on the list. Yes, this week has been the pits! - Melinda @ A Web of Stories

  21. I spent entirely too much time doomscrolling.
    Enjoy your escape into Italy!

    Wishing you a great reading week

  22. Our Italian Summer looks great! Have a great reading week!

  23. Crazy week! I hope this one is better. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  24. Books are more and more my sanctuary from a world gone mad. I've stopped watching the news, the Covid death rate here in the UK, our Covid is horrifying. Stay safe and happy reading.

  25. Italy sounds nice! I hope you stay safe and find some enjoyable reading time!

  26. Awww....snap....tried to get Innkeeper but its off sale now.


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