Sunday, January 8, 2017

B.B. Toady Weekly No. 12

Linked to Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Sunday Post

Life

This week has been so crazy that it's hard to believe that we are only one week into the new year.  Our daughter and grand baby moved out last week, which I had mentioned, and that brought on a fury of disorganization, game planning, and regrouping.  Our grand-toady, is having a hellish time adjusting to the move.  She is just a couple weeks shy of 18 months, so I think we can all imagine that after living with us for all that time and then making the change has caused some anxiety.  She misses us and we miss her.  Thankfully she lives very near by and is still visiting four or five days out of the week while her mother is at college, and spent the night Saturday for a lovely time.

My sciatica is just a bitch and I am starting to just get really pissed off about it.  Have tried every angle that I know of doesn't include a knife.  I had a mild case a long time ago, but this is way different.  Anyone ever have severe and chronic sciatica?  I would love a tip or two about how to manage.

For the first time in years I found myself trying to read too may books at the same time.  It's all of these challenges and read-alongs that I had a problem saying no to.  Hopefully I will find my groove.

I just started watching The Gilmore Girls from the beginning.  This is my first go, since I generally hate anything that is too pop culture, but this series is amazing!  I should have listened to so many of you.  I have seen it all over your blogs.  Well, at least I can can binge watch now.

On the Blog

The Mothers by Brit Bennett (review 3 ⭐'s)
The Girls by Emma Cline (review 2 ⭐'s)

Rory Gilmore Reading List (yet another list of smart books to choose from)

Also Read this Week


Newly Added To My Shelf


Around the Web

Les Mis Loves Company!  

I have had Les Misérables on my TBR forever and finally bought the Julie Rose translation last year... and there it is is.  Still sitting on my shelf.  Thankfully, Jennifer at Literate Housewife is reading it and has set up a reading schedule for any of us who want to read along.

March 2017: Part I Books 1 – Part I Book 6
April 2017: Part I Book 7 – Part II Book 4
May 2017: Part II Book 5 – Part III Book 4
June 2017: Part III Book 5 – Part IV Book 3
July 2017: Part IV Book 4 – Part IV Book 15
August 2017: Part V

#LesMisLovesCompany

Tell Me

That's it for me this week, guys and dolls.  What are you reading or what are you writing about?  Are you head deep in signing up for challenges and other bookish events that the new year brought in?


24 comments:

  1. I think all of you are brave for taking on Les Mis. I tried it a long time ago and even though I adore the play and have seen it several times, I just couldn't do the book. Hopefully, the way you've divided it into parts will help.

    I'm anxious to see your thoughts on The Sleepwalker. I'm reviewing it this week, too. It wasn't my favorite Bohjalian book.

    I'm going to take a break from new releases this week and read Our Endless Numbered Days. Somehow I missed Claire Fuller's debut and want to read it before Swimming Lessons.

    Have a great week!

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    1. I won't argue with you. I am feeling quite brave, actually. Les Misérables is a book that I have picked up and read the first couple of pages of at least a dozen times. I have learned a lot about translations though, and am really hoping to have a positive experience, and actually read the book this time around.
      Sleepwalker was not my favorite either, but I did like the surprise of the last page. It is often how a book ends that dulls some of the ache of a less than perfect read. I found it the book just weird, and I normally find odd interesting, but... Well, I will write the review.

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  2. Oooh! The Rory Gilmore challenge sounds really interesting!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

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  3. Sciatica is awful. I used foam wedges to relieve pressure points and it helped, but seriously no fun at all. Oh I love Little Women. Is this a reread or first stroll?

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    1. The wedges sound like a good tip. This is bad ass sciatica. I haven't slept more than just under an hour at any one time for a few weeks at this point. It has badly messed with my periformis muscle, which causes leg cramps from my ass to my ankle. It's horrible.
      This is my first go with Little Women, and I am really enjoying it. It's a great winter read.

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  4. Sorry to hear about the sciatica. :( And I can really only do two books at a time (and prefer one)- too many and I'm like which to read? What happened again in that one?? It just doesn't work.

    The Oregon Trail looks interesting, I like an occasional nonfiction and the westward expansion fascinates me. Looks like a good read.

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    1. Yeah, I am getting a little confused at this point.
      I heard a lot of good things about The Oregon Trail during Nonfiction November, and now it is a club read! Couldn't pass it up.

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  5. That sounds really painful, I hope you recover soon. I've never had it but I can understand chronic pain and how it can wear you down.

    Found your blog from Ruth's and I look forward to reading more of your posts. I also have a blog where I review books, hope you visit it:

    https://sharonhenning.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes. That's the thing. It wears me down. The lack of sleep, and the constant stress. I am really not myself at all lately. It's nice to have someone understand, but I am sorry at the same time that you do.
      It's a pleasure to meet you. I look forward to visiting your blog. Thank you for stopping by, introducing yourself, and leaving a comment.

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  6. I never watched The Gilmore Girls when they were on network TV, although I occasionally saw isolated episodes on a Soapnet Channel (that is no more). Then I found them on Netflix, binge-watched all the seasons, and was eagerly awaiting the revival when it came. Love them!

    I also loved The Sleepwalker, and I'm eyeing The Leavers. Hope you enjoy it...and all of your books.

    Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. You binged on Gilmore Girls too? That's great. I am just loving it. My daughter is dying at how much she thinks I am like the mom. I guess I am in some ways. Loving, snarky, and a short fuse when one is needed. :)
      I am really looking forward to The Leavers. I was hooked from the synopsis.

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  7. I've heard a lot of buzz about Gilmore Girls and I pretty much dismissed it, too. I recorded a couple but my husband balked and wouldn't give it a try so I just went in and deleted everything.

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    1. I understand that. Honestly, it is nothing that I think my husband would tolerate watching either, without an attitude anyway. We do most of our binge watching together, and since I am not much of a television person usually, he picks the majority. This is one that I have just gone ahead with on my own and watch when he is at work and I have down time.

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  8. Ugh, I hope you can figure out how to manage that pain - what a drag.

    I just read my first Mount TBR book (Troy Chimneys by Margaret Kennedy) and loved it! 1 down, 59 to go...

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    1. Thank you, Lory. It really is a drag. I am not at all my normal self and am running out of patience for it.
      Congrats on your first Mt. TBR! It's great to kick of the year with one that you love. I, on the other hand, have read three books that I feel lukewarm to cold about. Well, at least I don't have to worry about choosing books that won't live up to what I've been reading.

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  9. Ohhhh Les Mis is a wonderful read!!! I'm so excited for you that you get to read it for the first time. I think it's the perfect book for a readalong - it won't seem so massive if you can break it down into smaller sections.

    Sorry to hear about the sciatica! That sounds terrible. I wish that I had tips for you! Hopefully something works for you soon! Gilmore Girls is a great distraction though!

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    1. Thank you. I am almost to the point with the sciatica that I can get through the day, but cannot lay down for more than an hour, which makes for a sleepless night, and a long exhausting day. I am grateful for any improvement though, and Gilmore Girls has been a great way to at least sit back in a chair and relax.
      Les Misérables is a book that I say I am finally going to read every year, and don't get to it. I am so glad that this is finally my year.

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  10. I’m trying to be very responsible with my challenges and readathons this year. They’re fun, but they stop being fun when I go nuts and try to do everything at the same time. I hope you feel better soon and your grandbaby adjusts.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I think that's very wise. While I got caught up in the reading excitement at the starting line, I was glancing through mine just yesterday, and realized that I have actually done a half way decent job of choosing challenges that work out nicely together. In addition, a few of my challenges are longterm personal challenges, like reading books off from a particular list in which I pick and choose what I want to read anyway. None of those are intended to be completely read.
      Thank you for your well wishes, AJ.

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  11. Sciatica sounds so painful, I hope you get some relief from it this week. I love reading lots of books at the one time, I have just always read that way. And Little Women is one of my all time favourite books. Enjoy!

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    1. So painful! Thank you for your best wishes.
      It's interesting that you enjoy reading several books as you do. I know that there are others like you. I tend to do it myself from time to time, but I don't like it really. Is it that you are reading books that are very different at one time?
      I am about half way through Little Women, and I adore it! I recently had a discussion with a friend that found it to be the most insufferable among books, and she is someone that I often agree with, but not in this case!

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  12. Yay! I'm glad you were able to get a copy of The Oregon Trail from your library :) I always try to pick book club books that won't be too hard to get ahold of.

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  13. Thank you. I quite appreciate having a book that was easily enough obtained. There was just a smidgen of a wait list, but it passed on to me very quickly. I look forward to starting it, late as it may be. :)

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