Inky’s Weekly Wrap-up (October 15th–21st)

It’s time for another Weekly Wrap-up post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on my blog. Showcase books and things I may have received. Share a bit of news about myself and what to expect on my blog in the upcoming week.

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It’s all about sharing the latest books I've added to my shelves; may it be physical or virtual. I include books I borrow from the library, audiobooks, gifts and of course eBooks.



Everyday Life:

This morning we took advantage of the warmer temperatures to pick up leaves. We were able to get eight full bags, and I’m sure we will have to pick up more in the upcoming weeks. It was a beautiful day to be outside.

Today we also celebrated our sons 21st birthday. We all went to dinner as a family along with his girlfriend, it was a wonderful time. It’s rare that we have both Austin (our son) and Riley (our daughter) together for dinner, one of them is usually working. I had to laugh because when Austin ordered his first legal beer, he wasn’t asked for his ID.

I talked to my mom earlier in the week and she was going a bit crazy because she didn’t have any new reads in the house. Which is so unlike her, now that she’s retired she enjoys reading more and has finished her recently purchased/borrowed books. I’m going to place a surprise order for her this evening through Book Outlet. She’ll be so thrilled when a box of books arrives for her.



What I’m currently reading/listening to:

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

Putney by Sofka Zinovieff
In the spirit of Zoë Heller’s Notes on a Scandal and Tom Perrotta’s Mrs. Fletcher, an explosive and thought-provoking novel about the far-reaching repercussions of an illicit relationship between a young girl and a man twenty years her senior.

A rising star in the London arts scene of the early 1970s, gifted composer Ralph Boyd is approached by renowned novelist Edmund Greenslay to score a stage adaptation of his most famous work. Welcomed into Greenslay’s sprawling bohemian house in Putney, an artistic and prosperous district in southwest London, the musical wunderkind is introduced to Edmund’s beautiful activist wife Ellie, his aloof son Theo, and his nine-year old daughter Daphne, who quickly becomes Ralph’s muse.

Ralph showers Daphne with tokens of his affection—clandestine gifts and secret notes. In a home that is exciting but often lonely, Daphne finds Ralph to be a dazzling companion. Their bond remains strong even after Ralph becomes a husband and father, and though Ralph worships Daphne, he does not touch her. But in the summer of 1976, when Ralph accompanies thirteen-year-old Daphne alone to meet her parents in Greece, their relationship intensifies irrevocably. One person knows of their passionate trysts: Daphne’s best friend Jane, whose awe of the intoxicating Greenslay family ensures her silence.

Forty years later Daphne is back in London. After years lost to decadence and drug abuse, she is struggling to create a normal, stable life for herself and her adolescent daughter. When circumstances bring her back in touch with her long-lost friend, Jane, their reunion inevitably turns to Ralph, now a world-famous musician also living in the city. Daphne’s recollections of her childhood and her growing anxiety over her own young daughter eventually lead to an explosive realization that propels her to confront Ralph and their years spent together.

Masterfully told from three diverse viewpoints—victim, perpetrator, and witness—Putney is a subtle and enormously powerful novel about consent, agency, and what we tell ourselves to justify what we do, and what others do to us.



What I read/listened to this past week:


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Consumed (Firefighters #1) by J.R. Ward ⭐⭐⭐
Full Disclosure by Stormy Daniels ⭐⭐⭐⭐



Stacking the Shelves #57:

Books purchased:


The Witch Elm by Tana French
Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

Audiobooks I borrowed from the library:



My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Full Disclosure by Stormy Daniels
Putney by Sofka Zinovieff



Last week on the blog:




Have you read any of the books that I have listed? Thank you for visiting and I have a lovely week ahead.  - Jovita 


24 comments:

  1. Aw, that's neat ordering books for your mom. I'll bet she'll be tickled! And happy birthday to your son!

    I still need to try Tana French one of these days!

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    1. Oh yes, she will be thrilled. My mom is pretty easy to buy for, mostly non-fiction. I have Tana French's In the Woods from Dublin Murder Squad on my library list. I'm looking forward to it.

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  2. Happy birthday to your son! That's a milestone, for you both!

    I love autumn but the leaves do get a bit much in the end, lol. I don't mind clearing them up when they're dry and crisp but they're all soggy and gross here. :(

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    1. Thank you, it's so hard to believe that my baby boy is older. Oh my goodness, I have to agree Nicci, the soggy leaves are yucky.

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  3. Glad you had a nice family birthday dinner! Funny about your son not getting carded. I hope your mom loves her new books! That's so thoughtful of you. :)

    Sorry to see Consumed wasn't a total win for you! I really enjoyed My Lady Jane, really funny, but the second book wasn't that great for me. Happy reading, Jovita! :)

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    1. He was a bit disappointed not getting asked to see his ID, I told him it happens to me all the time :) My mom will be thrilled. That's too bad that you didn't care for My Plain Jane, I actually purchased that one since it was based on Jane Eyre. Have a great day Rachel.

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  4. I just won a copy of Where the Crawdads Sing yesterday and I am really curious to read it as it gets so many good reveiws. Now The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is another one that I want to read as I love Kristen White's stories! Have a great week :-)

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    1. Congratulations Sophie on your win. I do hope you like Where the Crawdads Sing, I thought it was fantastic. Have a wonderful week.

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  5. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein looks interesting. Hope you enjoy your new books and have a great weekend. - Katie

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    1. Thank you Katie. I did enjoy The Dark Descent... perfect time of year to read it.

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  6. What a thoughtful gift you have planned for your mother! My sister and I bought my mom a Kindle years ago and I added it to my account and can send her books that way. How nice to have a meal with your whole crew! It seems like it can get harder and harder to get everyone together as they get older. Nice new books this week. I hope you have a great week!

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    1. I thought about getting my mom a Kindle, but I don't think she would like to learn to use it. I would have to find her one that is really easy to use. She still has my dad work the DVD player for her. Have a great day Carole.

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  7. Happy birthday to your son! I hope your mom likes her books. I can’t imagine what it’s like to run out of things to read. I’m glad you liked Where The Crawdads Sing and My Lady Jane. I need to read both of those.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Oh no right, I have a stacks of books that I need to read. I hope you enjoy both books, if you do decide to read them. Have a great day.

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  8. Lucky Austin (and Happy Birthday to him!). I'm pretty sure if I actually order a drink, I'll get asked for my ID every time. I'm used to arranging my groceries so anything with the potential for my ID is at the very end. 😂

    Aww, that's super sweet of you! Going a little crazy because no new books in the house sounds very much like a book nerd problem - maybe this is why we hoard all the books so we don't run out. ;)

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    1. I was really surprised to hear she didn't have any, especially now that the weather has turned and she'll need to something to read while snowed-in. In the past she would reread some of her favorites again. I think she will like all that I picked out for her. Have a great day Sophia.

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  9. Aww, it's so sweet of you to order book for your mom :) And I am so glad that yo had a nice time with your family.
    Seems like you are reading some good books and collected some good ones too. Have a lovely week ahead.

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  10. Receiving books unannounced is the best. You are so lucky that you have another book lover in your family, in the form of your mother.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

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    1. Oh yes, we have a many book lovers in the family, it gets really interesting when we're all get together. Have a great day.

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  11. I was looking through old photos this weekend and found one of me neck deep in leaves. :-) Our leaves haven't yet changed colors. Happy birthday to your son! I hope he had a nice birthday. I hope you are enjoying Kiersten White's book. I have my eye on that one and look forward to reading your thoughts on it. The Witch Elm! I want to read that one as well. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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    1. It's always wonderful to look back on old photos. I have a bunch of the kids playing in them when they were young. I wish our leaves would have stayed a bit longer on that tree. I did enjoy Kiersten White's book, it's the first I read by her and I'm very much looking forward to reading more. Have a lovely week.

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  12. Happy birthday to your son! I have read the first Tana French book. (I assume that's part of the same series as In the Woods?) I really liked the book, though I have not gotten to any of the rest of them yet. Maybe soon.

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    1. I've heard wonderful things about that series by Tana French, I added the first book of that series to my library list. Have a great day Rachel.

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