THE WEEK IN REVIEW: “The Last Hurrah!” (JANUARY 3rd – January 9th)

Posted January 10, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in Memes, The Sunday Post / 18 Comments

The Week in Review

I decided that I would do a weekly recap, and link up with The Sunday Post, which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, that was inspired in part by In My Mailbox. It’s a post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This week was filled with appointments, pouring rain, and many good reads.

book haul

last week on the blog

  1. [3 Jan] THE WEEK IN REVIEW: “Happy New Year!” (DECEMBER 27TH – January 2nd)
  2. [4 Jan] Honor Reclaimed by Tonya Burrows ★★★★½
  3. [4 Jan] Broken Honor by Tonya Burrows ★★★★★
  4. [5 Jan] Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2016 Bookish Resolutions
  5. [5 Jan] This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp ★★★★★
  6. [7 Jan] Wilde at Heart by Tonya Burrows ★★★½
  7. [8 Jan] READING YOUR WAY CHRONOLOGICALLY THROUGH THE ALEX CROSS UNIVERSE

this week on the blog

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t
  • Book Review: Mary Mary (An Alex Cross Novel) by James Patterson

around the blogosphere

life outside the ‘net

I began the week tweaking the new site design I implemented last week by adding NoseGraze’s  Icon Tags plug-in, and Parajunkee’s Flat Icons to the site. I’ve since used them in reviews that will post this week, and I love them! I’ve also began making my own feature headers to make the site a little more put together. Even though I really enjoyed last year’s design, I’m really loving this one as it’s more “me.” Aside from tweaking the site, I’ve also created a TBR Jar to help me whittle down the tons of books I bought last year.

I found many jar designs on Pinterest, but the one that intrigued me the most was one that turned the strips of paper with TBR titles into 3D origami stars. It took me two days to complete my jar, but it’s worth it. The jar looks beautiful on my bookshelf, and very colorful thanks to the bright, patterns paper I used. I can’t wait to use it!

Source: Rosie Evans

As I stated in my Top Ten 2016 Bookish Resolutions post, one of my goals is to cut back on how much I spend per month on books. To aid in this cause, I decided to go to my local library, and picked up two books on TBR list that will help me with the Series Ender Reading Challenge I’m participating in this year. What I learned was that it’s fun to use the library, and ok to visit for books I don’t necessarily “need” to own. On a personal not, my six month money plan also got a boost this week when I made a pot of homemade Baked Potato soup. By making dished in my Crock-Pot, I hope to cut down on my grocery bill somewhat. We’ll see how that goes. Besides, with the rainy week we had here, soup made the perfect comfort food.

On Friday, I visited the podiatrist to have a small procedure done on my foot. I suffer from ingrown toenails, and had the doctor remove part of the nail on one of my feet. Thanks to the meds it was a pretty easy procedure, but now that the anesthetic has worn off, it kind of hurts. Luckily, by the time it’s time to return to work Monday, my toe should be better. I think…

I ended my week on a high note when I discovered I passed my Japanese class. Woo hoo! I got a C, but who cares? That class was harder than all the classes I took for my Master’s program. LOL! Plus, one of my nieces is fluent, so I’ll have someone to practice with. Japan, here I come!

@Angelized_1st

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18 responses to “THE WEEK IN REVIEW: “The Last Hurrah!” (JANUARY 3rd – January 9th)

    • @Angelized_1st

      I’ve seen it around, but when I saw it on sale I just had to get it. I’m curious about it as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. The CrockPot is excellent for making meals, which will help on groceries. (I work in a grocery store). I haven’t read Mary Mary by James Patterson, yet!! I have read most of his but there’s a few now I haven’t read yet, and Steel Scars looks good, and is now on my TBR. Have a good week!!

    • @Angelized_1st

      It is really great! I use it a lot in the winter. Tonight I made beef stew. That should tide me over a few days. Mary Mary was really good. I have the next two in the series already, so I’ll probably knock them out before the month is over. Have a great week, too!

  2. Those little oragami stars are so cute! You should post a picture of your jar 😀

    I love baked potato soup, but I haven’t had it in soooooooooo long and now your comment has made me hungry and craving it lol.

    Thanks for including my discussion post, and congrats on passing the class! Have a great week 🙂
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    • @Angelized_1st

      It is really cute. Maybe I’ll post the finished jar on my Instagram. Like a before and after photo. The soup was delicious! I never made it before. I’ll definitely be making it again. You’re welcome! It was a really good post. I’m excited I passed the class. I was really worried after that scary final. Thanks for stopping by!

    • @Angelized_1st

      Thanks! I love the new look, too! I’m really happy with it. I didn’t realize the Barclay novel was part of a series. Do I need to read the first book before I read this one?

  3. Oooo! The Dream Thieves! I need to finish that series. Seriousely. I wasn’t going to join any more challenges, but I forgot about the series ending one. I need to do that too and I couldn’t count books from other challenges for that as well. I’ll go look it up…

    I think it’s amazing you took Japanese and passed! Way to go!

    We use our crock pot and pressure cooker off and on, but I’ve found some great recipes and we love using them.

    Have a great week! Hope your toe is all healed up tomorrow and thanks for sopping by!
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    • @Angelized_1st

      You definitely need to finish The Dream Thieves. I just finished it today, and I loved it! A lot more than The Raven Boys. My toe is feeling better each day. Thanks! Have a great week!

    • @Angelized_1st

      I love looking at my jar, and have thought about leaving them. It was a lot of hard work to make them, and the thought of unraveling the stars kind of makes me sad. Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

    • @Angelized_1st

      Thanks so much! Yeah, I love it a lot. Tweak Me is so versatile, and I’m glad I moved my WP over to self-hosting. While I liked WP.com, it was really limiting. I have a good server provider, and they make things easy for me. Have a great weekend!

  4. I’ve been debating adding that same plug-in and flat icons! Although I also like her watercolor icons.

    Sorry about your foot; I hope it’s feeling better by now. And you have a lot more patience than I do, making all those origami stars! I’ll bet it looks pretty though. Also, yay for using the library! I’m trying to cut back on buying ebooks and use the library more – save the book budget for the books I fall in love with and have to own.
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    • @Angelized_1st

      Thanks! My foot is starting to get better. I almost did give up on the origami stars. It was much more time-consuming than I originally anticipated when I began. It does look really pretty, though. Actually, it looks too pretty to use. LMAO! I’ll post pics Sunday, because several people have asked that I show the finished product.

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