Monday Morning Check-In: Me Day

Good Monday morning everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I am coming off of fair week and a late night where we stayed up to try to see the Northern Lights last night.  We gave up because it became apparent that thanks to our yard light and the FS tank yards that is lit up like the surface of the freaken sun there was too much light pollution on our property to see much of anything.

On tap for today is anything I want to do because it is my birthday today.  If I want to nap or play with my birds or read or even do the dishes (because I want to use the sink) or play with my kittens (who are almost a year old) then I am going try to get some reading in and wait for a call from my doctors with blood work results that I had taken on Friday.  If you want to know what that’s all about you can check out my other blog, What I’m Dealing With.

I hope you all have a great week and enjoy this beautiful summer day, even though it is Monday.  Happy Reading!

Monday Morning Check-In: Hello again

Good Monday morning everyone.  What is this?  Am I over my depression?  Is the old Amy back in the swing of things.  Sadly no.  I am feeling a bit better thanks to a relaxing day out across Eastern Iowa but it would be foolish for me to think my depression left so quickly.  I have a doctor’s apt in Iowa City this morning for my first three-month check-up and so I had a little free time where I couldn’t work on a project so I thought I would check in with all you good folks.

On the reading front, I managed to finish a review book about nine days after it released.  There are three other books coming out this month that I need to get my butt in gear and read.  Two of them are due by July 11th.  One of them has an archive date on the 11th so it needs to be started now, but the other has an archive date in August so I’m not as worried about getting that one read by release date.  I have an interesting read by Wesley Snipes the actor from Blade.  It is a vampire urban fantasy book and I’m curious to see how he does.   I also have two audiobooks to listen to, both of them I’m equally excited about so I’m not sure which to start first.

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and the town I grew up in holds one of the best fireworks displays in the state so husband and I will be headed over there early to get a good parking spot.  I requested we go really early this year because it is also the 30th anniversary of my mother’s death and I would like to take flowers to her grave.  After that, we will have several hours of not a whole lot to do but read as we wait for the show.  Despite losing my mother on that day the Fourth of July remains my favorite holiday.  Probably because of all the fond memories I have of the day with her.

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!  Happy Reading ~Amy

Monday Morning Check-In: More not reading…

Good Monday morning everyone.  Another week and weekend passed where I got little to no reading in.  On a side note our property is looking fabulous.  Our flock of birds grew last Friday and I needed to redo the coop yard.  I more than doubled it and put up a higher more secure fence.  Some of the birds are still flying out but the surprise bunny now has a secure place to live where the bunny killing barn cat can’t get to him.

Back to reading.  I’m enjoying my book when I get a few minutes to read and I have started a new audiobook that expires in three days.  I have been leaving my phone in the house while I work because the projects I’m working on could possibly damage the phone.  I might risk that today and throw on some headphones and work in the garden because I don’t think I will be able to renew the title.  So I hope to bring you at least one review this week.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Monday Morning Check-In: I survived…

Good Monday morning everyone I hope you had a great weekend and got in more reading than I did.  Yes, it was another busy weekend with plenty of yard work that has convinced my muscles to revolt and scream in pain when I move.  You see I’m terribly out of shape after my surgery in January and being lazy by nature I haven’t been working to rectify that.  So now that it is nicer weather and growing season has started I find myself exhausted.  We did manage to get in most of the garden and plant some flower beds. We also moved the chickens to their new more secure home.  Good thing too because the raccoon found the porch last night and trashed it, the chickens were living there temporarily.  So, like I said not a lot of reading last weekend.  I’m not into the audiobook I downloaded and I hate to say it but I’m not really digging the latest Scalzi release either.  So disappointed in that one.  I’ll finish it but it just isn’t exciting me.  I’m kind of glad I didn’t buy it.  Well, I have another day of chores on tap so there might not be a lot of reading today either.  I need to mow, run to town, list on eBay, and do some gardening.  Oy, I’m tired already.  Have a great week and happy reading!

Monday Morning Check-In: Too tired to read.

Good Monday morning everyone.  My entire body hurts. Oy.  We spent Sunday cleaning out the chicken coop and moving bales of hay in an effort to find where the chicken killing raccoon was hiding. Now,  I hurt so much that it is a struggle to even type.  The bad news is that we didn’t find the raccoon but the good news is that he didn’t show up on the trail camera last night so maybe we missed him sneaking out of the coop while we were working.  We also got some major progress toward creating a more secure coop and getting these birds off my porch and out of my flower beds.  Little stinkers trampled two hostas when they found my herb bed…

I’ve not finished a book in quite some time.  I had hopes for this new series I started but I’m just not clicking with it.  Which is disappointing as I have the entire series on hand.  So do I push on with another book and see if it picks up, that has happened before or do I set this one aside for now and try reading something else? I don’t know…  I think I might try one of my review books and I have the latest release by John Scalzi checked out from my library.  I did pick up two comics over the weekend for Free Comic Book Day.  Star Trek, of course, and I really dug one of them.  I can kind of see how people get so enthralled by them because I want to get my hands on the next five copies to see what happens in this storyline.

Well, I’m going to go sleep.  Seriously,  I am still so tired from all the work yesterday.  This was the most lifting and intense labor I’ve done since my surgery and I need a bit more recovery time.  Maybe I can keep my eyes open long enough to finish my book.

Happy Reading.

Monday Morning Check-In: Looking to fall in love.

Good Monday morning everyone.  Coming off another busy non-reading weekend and followed that up with a busy Monday morning so I’ve not cracked open a book yet.  Have managed to run packages into town and all the laundry is on the line.  Also moved the remaining birds that I have back to the house while I work out a way to catch what is killing them out in the coop.

On the reading front I have one review book to finish up and then I am going to scour my t0-read shelf and look for a new series to fall in love with. Preferably a finished or established series so I can read a few books without waiting.  I do have one in mind and look forward to starting that later this week.

The Blade Bound blog tour is still going strong and thanks to everyone that entered last week by commenting on this post.  Today is the last day to enter as I plan to pick three winners tomorrow, release day!  It has been so much fun being a part of this tour and I hope to sign up for more blog tours by authors I enjoy in the future.  Good luck to all that have entered!  See you tomorrow or Wednesday by the latest when I announce the winners.

Happy Reading!

Monday Morning Check-In: Blade Bound Blog Tour

Good Monday morning everyone!  I did not get much reading done over the weekend, again.  Husband had three days off so we were busy running around and managed to get some work done on the property. But.  I also have the next two days off and since I worked so hard to get everything done over the weekend I now have two free days, with a quiet house, to get some serious reading done!  I hope to read Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands or start one of the review books I signed up for.  I was a little naughty over the weekend and splurged big time on books at BAM.  I had to. One simply does not pass up a signed book by a favorite author when one comes across it.

This week also begins the Blade Bound Blog Tour of which Read What I Like is featured as a stop!!!  My big day is Thursday but there are two weeks of stops and tons of great blogs participating so be sure to check them all out. The links are below.  There will be two giveaways featured at each stop, one held by Ms. Neill and one by each blog hosting.  I almost have my post ready to go but in the meanwhile,  you can check out the other blogs and see what everyone has to say about the upcoming finally of the long run Chicagoland Vampire series!


Week One

Monday, April 17 – There’s This Book
Tuesday, April 18 – Vicarious Bookworm
Wednesday, April 19 – Bad Bird Reads | Francesca’s World
Thursday, April 20 – Read What I Like
Friday, April 21 – Snoopy Doo’s Book Reviews | The Book Nympho

Week Two

Monday, April 24 – The Consummate Reader | Rantings of a Reading Addict
Tuesday, April 25 (Release Day) – Vampire Book Club | Literary Escapism | Saucy Wenches
Wednesday, April 26 – Cocktails & Books | Goldilocks & The Three Weres
Thursday, April 27 – Rabid Reads
Friday, April 28 – Tru Bookie’s Review

Happy Reading!

Monday Morning Check-In: A Little Blog Excitement!

Opps.  I hit post instead of schedule…  So I’m a little early. Sorry.

Good Monday morning everyone!  I received a bit of exciting news last Friday that I am not going to share with you, yet.  Well, not all of it at least.  I was accepted to be part of a blog tour for an upcoming release that I am super excited about!  It is a series that I have read for some time now and the last book in the series is coming out this month.  You probably can figure it out yourself from all those clues, but I am going to hold the title and author until next week.  I have been working hard all weekend on my tour stop post and am SO EXCITED!!!  I don’t want to spoil the post or the book so I better stop here.

Since I have been working on the blog tour all weekend I haven’t gotten much reading done.  I’ve been sitting at under 100 pages in my current read for over a week… I should either scrap reading it right now or start over.  Tomorrow if I can sit down and have some time to myself I can probably get into it but I need some peace and quiet and to step away from the computer.  Well, that’s all for this week.  Sorry I didn’t post anything besides a review last week.  I had a stressful weekend and needed a break.  Fortunately, this blog tour has me super excited and I’m happy to be back!  Happy Reading

Monday Morning Check-In: Figuring things out.

Good Monday morning everyone.  I hope you had a great weekend.  Mine was pretty awesome as Saturday husband and I went to Iowa City on a real date.  Kinda.  After a little thrifting and grocery shopping we went out to eat and followed that up by seeing the documentary Kedi, here is a link to the movie’s site, it is about the street cats of Istanbul and was all kinds of amazing.  Such a beautiful sweet film.  I was thrilled to see the theater was packed and everyone seemed to enjoy it if the reactions during the movie were any indication. Husband and I also loved it and can’t wait until it is released on DVD so we can purchase it.

Sunday has now become chore day.  I’ve decided to move laundry and dishes to that day along with listing items on eBay in an effort to free up my Mondays.  This way I can post my Monday check-in and get my exercise in and have the afternoon free for reading! Sounds like a good plan right?  I hope so.  Soon it is going to warm up, however, and I will start to have outside chores that need to be done too.  Right now with the grass that is available and no chickens to feed I only need to do chores every few days outside.  Looking to bring home new birds around the middle of the month after the local bird sale.  Will be nice to have chickens again.

Well I’m off to exercise.  Listening to the sequel to Spock vs Q while I walk today and should be finishing up my current physical book read as well.  So maybe two reviews for you this afternoon.  Or maybe not.  Have a great week everyone!  Happy Reading.

Monday Morning Check-In: Tired…

Good Monday…afternoon…  Sorry, I’m late and that I didn’t even manage to make a Check-In post last week.  Haven’t got a good excuse except for life.  I’m trying to figure out how this new exercise routine works into my schedule.  I am finding that I tolerate my hour-a-day of movement if I get it over first thing in the morning.  Which is about the same time I should be writing this post each week on Monday’s at least.  So that might mean I need to change the graphic to Monday Check-In and get to the post when I can.  Have to say the walking is paying off!  My blood pressure is back to normal.  Now hopefully exercising for the rest of my life will keep it that way.  My goal is to avoid medication.

Life has also gotten in the way of reading.  The past week I have been dealing with planning activities at work, a day full of appointments and the loss of all my chickens.  Yesterday we caught and killed the raccoon that killed all my birds and worked to shore up the coop for when I bring home new birds.  I hope to finish up possibly two books for you today and maybe even another one or two later this week.  I’m so close to finishing several books I just need to find some uninterrupted time to sit and read.

Speaking of reading this is where I leave you.  Happy spring everyone!  We made it through another winter!