Inky’s Weekly Wrap-up

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:

Last week I mentioned that I probably wouldn’t change my blog design again unless I became bored with it. I changed it after a couple days. I just wasn’t happy with the template design and decided to go with a minimal look this time around. I spent most of the week messing with html to change the font to a google font that wasn’t offered for this design. Then it took me forever (okay, it felt like it) to decide on colors, I had a few late nights working on this. Finally, it’s something I’m happy with and sure to keep. What do you think?

I do not use the themes that blogger provides, instead I get blog themes/templates from New Blogger Themes, there is a wide variety of free themes to download or you have the option to purchase the Pro Version of the themes. By purchasing the Pro Version, you can make all the edits to your heart's desire. Most of the templates are reasonably priced… I wouldn’t mention how many I purchased within the last two weeks.



What I'm currently reading/listening to:


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this stunning debut novel from a New York Times bestselling nature writer, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open.

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark.

But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens.

In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens's debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.



What I read/listened to this past week:


The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting - My Review
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris - I listened to the audiobook version and loved it, when it was over I had tears. It is a heart wrenching unforgettable read. My review will be posted on Monday.



Stacking the Shelves #56:

I was making a purchase at Amazon for a household item and I need to add a bit more in my cart to get free shipping, of course I added two books. I did visit the arc thrift store with my sister this week and was so excited to see the hardcover version of Beartown for $2.99. I did have to clean it with soapy water, Goo Gone and then use Lysol Disinfectant Spray when I brought it home. Am I the only who cleans used books or library borrows? I’m weird that way.


(books purchased)
Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Beartown (Beartown #1) by Fredrik Backman

(audiobook I borrowed from the library)
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris



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

28 comments:

  1. Nice find on Beartown. I've heard good things about the book and have enjoyed other books by Backman. Hope you enjoy your new books and have a great weekend. - Katie

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    1. Oh yes, I have also enjoyed some of his other books and I've hear really good things about Beartown. Have a great weekend Katie.

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  2. I don't use blogger anymore, but I'm bookmarking the template site you shared for future projects. Thank you!

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    1. That's great, hopefully you will find something there that will work for your future projects. Have a great day.

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  3. I like the new look! And I can see cleaning a book- some that I've seen in thrift stores or even from the library can be kinda nasty?

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    1. They sure can be, sometimes I would find crumbs from library books... at least I hope it was crumbs. Have a great weekend Greg.

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  4. I like the blog design. Purple and minimalism are two of my favorite things in a blog. I hope you enjoy your new books! I’ve seen good reviews of Where The Crawdads Sing.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thanks AJ, I also like the wider pages, it makes for easier reading. I'm not very far into Where The Crawdads Sing, but so far it's good. Have a lovely week and stay warm!

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  5. I like the blog design!
    I must admit, I had a good giggle at the idea of soapy washing and anti-bacterial spraying used books. I've had that urge a time or two!

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    1. I started cleaning book way back when my kiddos were young and we borrowed library books, I was weird about them touching things that weren't very clean. I suppose I'm still that way. My husband laughs about it whenever I start pulling out the book cleaning supplies. Have a great day Nicci

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  6. It's great you've finally settled on a design :) I can never have enough patience to fiddle with the designs, and I don't know enough about websites to do it either. My blog design was changed once by a friend, and that's that xD
    And that's very smart to clean your books, I think! It's true, they can be quite nasty if they come from thrift shops or the library sometimes.

    Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

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    1. When I got back into blogging I couldn't remember a thing about html so I did purchase a theme and the designer made all the changes on the blog, which I was very grateful for. I'm going to keep it for awhile, it's really time consuming to change things. Have a wonderful day Evelina.

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  7. Oh I love your blog, lovely clean and enticing. I keep meaning to do mine, but never getting around to it. It's a bit job, as you well know! :)

    I've heard a lot about Where the Crawdads Sing. Hope you're enjoying it, Jovita!

    Here's my Sunday Wrap Up Post. Hope you can drop by!

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    1. Thanks, it's very time consuming to change the design. I'm almost finished with Where the Crawdads Sing, and LOVE it and it has become my favorite book of 2018! Have a wonderful day.

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  8. I've heard good things about Bear Town and I want to try something by Helena Hunting sometime. Your blog looks great!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and happy reading! :)

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    1. I do enjoy finding new blogs to visit :) So far I've like the books from Backman that I read, I'm hoping I will like this one as well. Have a wonderful day.

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  9. Bwahaha..yes I always wipe down borrowed or used books. Now I mostly borrow electronic books and I clean my reader constantly! I love the design. I keep thinking I want to go minimalist with mine.

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    1. I need to get back into only ebooks, I've run out of shelving space and have small stacked throughout my reading room. I also constantly wipe down my kindle, for those pesky germs.. lol. Have a wonderful day.

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  10. I love minimal themes. Your blog looks really nice. :)

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  11. I LOVE your new theme so much!!!! I've been thinking about messing with mine again, specifically with my book review template. They're getting a little stale to me.

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    1. Thank you Erica. I yes I understand stale, if it was so time consuming to change everything I would like to have a blog that changed with the season or holiday. Have a wonderful day.

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  12. I've never used one of the Blogger themes, and usually spend $10-15 on a template! I buy something minimal that I like, and then spend the next few weeks changing the fonts and colors, sizes and formats, until the meet my specifications. I like to start with a base before tweaking it myself! That also means I have to get permission from the seller to made modifications, so it's a process. I'm happy with the simple layout I have now, and haven't felt an urge to change everything, so that's good. I love the simplicity of your blog! It makes the content stand out more.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. $10-15 on a template is very reasonable, that's what I did this time and tweaked how I like it. Since I purchased the Pro Version I didn't have to contact the designer to make any changes, which I do like. I like your blog and the font you used. Have a wonderful day Lindsi

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  13. Well done in being able to do your blog design on your own. I'd love to be able to do my own. It looks fantastic.

    Angelica @ Paperback Princess

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    1. Thank you Angelica :) I'm pretty happy this time around, and decided to keep this one for a while. Have a wonderful day.

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  14. Funny when I commented on your other post I was about to say that I love your blog design! I cannot wait to see your review of the The Tattooist of Auschwitz. The Holocaust is a very dear topic to me

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    1. Thanks Daniela, the blog design is growing on me and I have a feeling it's one that I will keep for sometime. I'm so happy to see that your going to read The Tattooist of Auschwitz, let me know what you think of it. Thank you for visiting.

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