Welcome to this week’s Sunday Post. This feature is brought to you by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, so swing by after you are done here and get the full list of participants!
What I Reviewed:
- [3 Jul] The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean
- [4 Jul] Wired by Julie Garwood ★★★
- [5 Jul] Semper Fi Cowboy by Heather Long
- [6 Jul] Drakon's Plunder by N.J. Walters ★★★★
- [7 Jul] Make Me Stay by Sidney Halston ★★★
- [8 Jul] Resilient by Gillian Archer ★★★
What’s Coming Up:
- Shattered by Cynthia Eden
- Claiming Alexis by Susan Stoker
- Resurrection by Katie Reus
- Survival Instinct by Janie Crouch
- Stay Close by Alexa Riley
- The Billionaire’s Private Scandal by Jenna Bayley-Burke
This Week’s New Releases:
What I Found Online:
- 14 favorite book sidekicks from Goodreads!
- Book Confessions from Nick over at Nick and Nereyda’s Infinite book blog are SPOT ON! I partake in all of them!
This Week’s Book Haul:
ARCs thanks to the publishers and authors!
Well, as the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. We spent $4200 getting the plumbing fixed/replaced, then they started the clean up process. Just for the clean up (tearing down dry wall, pulling up carpet, sanitizing) they estimated d$6000-$10000. I started to hyperventilate when I got that number. Our insurance covers this but only up to $10000. So, it will cover getting everything cleaned up, but then we are stuck with nothing left to try and rebuild. So, the area is just a disaster now. partial walls, carpet nails sticking up, hot mess. I have been implying my strategy of avoidance as often as possible (I call it ‘Scarlett O’Hara-ing; you know, when she says she will worry about that tomorrow) but its difficult to not worry about. Money is SO tight right now. I’m worried we are going to miss a few bill payments or something. I have no plans to fix anything in the basement. If it never gets done, then so be it. We can’t afford to try and fix it all now. Money was already tight since we had to finance the new AC/furnace unit in June. Ugh. Stressful adulting.
Aside from dealing with all the adulting stuff, it was a low key week. I have July off, so this is my down time. I go back and teach a test prep class the first 2 weeks of August, then we jump right into the school year. So, I try to use July to recharge. For me, this means avoiding leaving my house! Its way too people-y out there. And soon enough, I have to be surrounded by people all day. People who need me to make decisions, talk and listen, etc. My preparation is avoidance now! Its a classic introvert way of handling things. So, the dogs and I spend the day napping, reading, playing fetch.
Speaking of the dogs, several of you asked how they did while we were gone. They were fine. The place posted pictures a couple times so we were able to see them. They were thrilled to be home though! They aren’t used to having to sleep in a crate or be around so many other dogs all day. They haven’t been crated in YEARS. They were only crated in the evenings at daycare so it wasn’t like all day or anything, but it was a change for them for sure! But, now we are back into our routine and they are happy as can be!
I have been binge watching season 12 of Criminal Minds. I love that show! If you like Criminal Minds, check out the Podcast Real Crime Profile. Its put on by Jim Clemente, a retired FBI agent and producer for Criminal Minds. He and Lisa Zambetti (the casting director), and Laura Richards (basically the English version of Jim) do an amazing job really breaking down well known crimes and they have great discussions about them! Right now they are doing a series on The West Memphis Three.
Well, thanks for letting me unload all the drama! Hopefully next week is better!
So, whats new with you this week? Did you read any of the same books I did? Did you find any great book deals I need to grab ASAP? Let me know in the comments!
oh yes Adulting can be so stressful right? Hope you get everything figured out financially. It would be nice if things never broke down or didn’t cost a fortune to replace or fix.
Looks like some good books to read with our past releases!!
Ugh adulting… Hate it. Sounds like you’re going through a lot of money related stuff, hope it all works out! I know what you mean, luckily for me school starts mid September so I’m enjoying my vacation now and catching up with stuff I can’t do during the winter due to work, like paper work stuff. Hope this week is better for you!
Oh man! I’m sorry to hear about the rain/plumbing damage. That sounds like a lot of money to spend, but it’s also not something you can avoid. It sucks though especially since you’re in some financial constraints at the moment. Sending you all positive vibes!
I hope you are able to relax during July. Recharging sounds like a good idea.
I received Under Fire too and I’m excited to read it. I’ve been in the mood for a good romantic suspense novel and this sounds perfect.
I hope you have a good week ahead!
I have been on a romantic suspense binge lately! It seems to be the only thing that keeps my attention! Thankfully, I got wonderful news from my dad today that he and mom are going to not require us to repay them the money they loaned us for the plumbing repair, so I feel a million times better!
Can’t go wrong with Criminal Minds. I just reinstated my netflix and l predict lots of watching in my future. theglobaldig.blogspot.com
Criminal Minds is the BEST! Love it!
Oh, I am sorry about all the plumbing stress…the “adulting.” After living for thirteen years in a house I owned, with things always needing fixing,, expensively…I sold it just before the real estate market went bust…and decided to rent for a while. Well, I’m still renting, and loving that when things break, the maintenance staff fix it. And promptly. So I may never buy again!
Good luck! Enjoy your books, which are all unfamiliar to me. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Oh man! Sorry that you had to pay so much for plumbing! I hope your house will do okay in the near future!
Being an adult is a pain, I hate it when stuff goes wrong. I got a chip on my windscreen which went from a tiny chip to a massive crack and had to get the whole thing replaced. There is always something. Anyway I hope you have a better week!
OMG! Everyone has Lucas but me. I am going to drown in my tears now. ? But seriously, I have a YA blog, and that’s not a YA book, but I love the Cold Fury men. Enjoy!
I’m so excited for Lucas because he is Max’s brother and I LOVED Max! So swoony!!
Oh My! It sounds like you guys are hailing a time of it. It’s so hard to be an Adult. You have to prepare for all those unexpected things that pop up and you hope and pray they never do, but with your luck it always does. Or so it seams for us. So sorry to hear about all your home issues. I hope it levels out.
Glad the pups did great while you guys where away. Most pets do wonderful. It’s the owners that have the hard time. ^_^
Have a wonderful week, recharge, and enjoy all your new books.
Oh I agree-its the adults that struggle with the dogs being away not the dogs. Although, they were thrilled to be home! Like me, they like their normal routine!
Adulting does suck, especially the money aspect of it sometimes. Hope everything works out in the long run. And have a great July off- your avoidance strategy sounds like a pretty good way t spend July! It is too people-y out there sometimes!
Glad your dogs did well too. Hope you have a great week.
Ha, yes adulting sucks. Glad the dogs did ok, and you really read the last paragraph first? *shivers* Hope the week ahead is a good one for you.
Yes, I am one of ‘those people’ who checks the ending first! And, like Nick mentioned, I seek out spoilers if I am AT ALL concerned about someone dying or something awful. The only time I went in blind was Harry Potter.
Ugh, that sucks that there was no insurance $$ left to put everything back together after the clean-up. It really does seem everything happens all at once. We’ve had an AC replacement, new tires for the car, and a new garage door opener happen all in one month before. It’s never fun. I’ve read Bad Romance by Jen McLaughlin, I had some issues with it (like, a huge deal was made out of the “forbidden” aspect but actually they were only step-siblings for a couple months) but overall it was enjoyable enough.
Oh man that stinks about the work and $$. Adulting sucks and homes are just a contant drain on the wallet. Glad your doggies did well but I am sure they are happy to be home. Hope you are able to relax this month. Have a great week!
So sorry to hear of your financial woes:(. Typical it strikes at the time of year when things are a tad lean. As our school term goes on longer and I get paid a month in arrears, my unpaid month comes in September, when I’m back teaching again, which always feels a bit grim. I hope you get a chance to fully relax and unwind – it’s important as it’s a job that requires a lot of mental and physical energy. Happy reading and dog playing:)). Oh – and binge watching…
Oh wow, that is a lot of plumbing costs :/ I hope you guys find a solution. Adulting can be hard!
Totally get it about leaving the house as well. I’m freelance, so I’m all like… what to do so I would have to leave EVEN LESS 😀
Ugh, that is definitely NOT one of the joys of home ownership. I hope the rest of your summer is relaxing and that you get to enjoy all your new books.
Adulting can be really stressful. I am sorry to hear about all those expensive repair costs :(. Money really can be a struggle and it’s annoying when then everything seems to go wrong all at once. I hope your next week is a good one!