Sunday, December 5, 2021

The Weekend Review - December 4th-6th

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Hi Everyone!  

It's been a fairly quiet week.  The weather in Florida has been nice which gave me some more time for listening to audio books. 

Last Monday was my birthday.  My husband took me out for dinner.  I got a beautiful new pocketbook, a new Kindle Paperwhite and a new Kindle Fire.  I did well this year 😁  I can't wait to start playing with them.  

I finished two books this week.  Not too bad.  I joined a few challenges hosted by others - Alphabet Soup, Literary Escapes, Cloak & Dagger and Craving for Cozies.  There are still two more I want to join that I joined last year - The Backlist Reader and The European Reading Challenge.  I don't know if those hosts will be hosting again, but I'll be on the lookout for them.  Even though I haven't completed all my challenges, I still enjoy doing them.  I think I might actually complete my Goodreads challenge this year, but I still have a few more to read.

I just started watching a show on the National Geographic channel "The Hot Zone:  Anthrax".  It stars Daniel Dae Kim and Tony Goldwyn.  Pretty good so far.  We'll see how it goes.  I recorded a bunch of Hallmark movies but haven't had a chance to watch them yet.  Honestly, I've been more interested in reading these days.

So, I'm writing this on Saturday (December 4th).  This is "Gotcha Day" for Cookie and Oreo.  I can't believe it's been a year since we adopted them.  My oldest, Kit, still isn't thrilled but they keep trying to win her over.  Cookie and Oreo are still close sisters.

Not much else is going on around here.  What's new with you?  I hope everyone has a great week.  Take care and stay safe.

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

Monday:  Review:  A Plus One for Murder by Laura Bradford (Blog Tour)

Tuesday:  Review:  Nanny Dearest by Flora Collins (Blog Tour)

Wednesday:  Spotlight:  Pride, Prejudice and Peril by Katie Oliver (Blog Tour)

Posts last week:


I'm currently reading...

I finished reading ...

I'm planning to read one of these next...

I'm listening to...

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. Love the picture of Cookie and Oreo! So glad you've had nice weather! Audio books have really been saving me lately though lately I've been wanting to read more and tv hasn't been grabbing me. I do love the Hallmark Christmas movies though! Have a wonderful week!

  2. Happy Birthday!! I am on the lookout for reading challenges too! I will do the Historical Fiction one (because I am hosting it) and then I need to find more.

  3. I'm glad you had a good birthday. It's hard to have a birthday at this busy time of year. You got some fabulous gifts.

    I hope you will read A Zen for Murder next. I like that setting.

    I'm still thinking about challenges for 2022, too.

  4. Happy birthday 🥳 what wonderful gifts for you.
    Now I’ve got my challenge up I need to start thinking about what else I’m going to attempt next year.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  5. Super jelly of your bed's backboard. I love all things rustic and I'd assume I'd live in a forest if it meant I could have all that wood, artificial or otherwise. Great cozy mysteries.

  6. Happy birthday! And happy gotcha day to the cats. Have a great week!

  7. It sounds like you had a perfect birthday! Hope you have had some time to play with your new toys 🙂.

    Our weather has been pretty nice, but it is turning more winterlike today. It is snowing and blowing.

    Have a good week!

  8. I had trouble commenting...trying again.

    Cute kitties...and enjoy your new Kindles!

    Here are my

  9. Happy Belated Birthday! Glad you had a good one. And Happy Gotcha Day to Oreo and Cookie! XO

  10. Happy birthday!! Sounds like good gifts! :)

    I like the sound of the challenges too- I did Cloak and Dagger a few years ago, I should rejoin.

    My Darling Husband looks good and so does Nanny.

    I hope The secret of Snow is good. The Michigan setting appeals to me...

  11. Belated birthday wishes! My SIL also celebrated her birthday on Monday. I'm thinking about asking for a kindle fire for Christmas...

  12. Happy birthday and happy gotcha day to the furry ones. Our two oldest want nothing to do with the two youngest. Different genders probably doesn't help--oldest are girls and youngest are boys.

    Your holiday books all caught my eye because I am in the mood. Hope you enjoy your reading.

  13. Happy belated birthday! Do you prefer the Fire or the Paperwhite and why? I ask because my manager is thinking of getting an e-reader. I have an old, old, old Fire so I am curious about newer generation readers myself!

    Your kitties are too cute.

    1. For reading books, I prefer a Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis. The eink that is used is more like reading a physical book. With the Fire, there is more of a glare but it's good for reading magazines and doing other things like going online or watching Netflix, etc.

  14. Your weather makes a move to Florida really tempting. How do you keep track of your challenges? I sign up and then forget about them which is sort of useless. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. I keep track of my challenges on my blog. I have one page for each challenge. Then at the top I have a tab for all the challenges and keep track there. It probably is too much work, but I do enjoy participating in them. Have a great week!

  15. The Secret of Snow! One I have and am looking forward to reading.

  16. I am also joining in on the Alphabet Soup challenge, I am doing the author edition. I am also curious about the Backlist challenge. Although I am doing similar challenges. Have a great week.


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