Inky’s Weekly Wrap-up (November 26 – December 2)

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 Stacking the Shelves and the Sunday Post. 

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.

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.

Everyday Life:

It’s been another busy week. Between waiting for packages to arrive at the house (those irritating porch pirates are at it again) and finishing up Christmas shopping, I have not found much time for reading. I finished the two books listed earlier this week.

Blogging Life Changes:

Over the next couple months and into next year, I will not be as active visiting blogs and it may take a bit longer than usual to comment back. I want to spend time with family and friends, read more and spend less time on the internet. After the new year, I would like to get back into playing the piano, perhaps begin lessons once again. Last year my husband bought me some pricey video editing software, I should learn how to use that as well.

I will participate in two reading challenges in 2019 (to read more 😏), I will make blog updates occasionally. I need to make changes and I’m sure you all understand how time consuming all this is.

What I’m Currently Reading:

The Alice Network, is a library book club read for next week. Which we will discuss and then celebrate with our holiday party and book exchange. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a while.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the matter where it leads.

What I Read this Past Week:

Stacking the Shelves #60:

I spent the day shopping with my sister on Friday. Of course, we stopped at Barnes & Noble, I had a couple coupons to use. My niece had some book titles on her Christmas list. While she was shopping for her daughter, I spent most of my time in the romance area. I was pleasantly surprised to find Christina Lauren’s new book.

I haven’t read any romance novels by Brenda Novak, only her thriller/suspense. I picked up two books from her Silver Springs series and if I enjoy those, I’ll add others from that series.

I took advantage of Cyber Week at Amazon and picked up many low-priced Kindle books.

Books purchased:

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Forever My Girl (Beaumont #1) by Heidi McLaughlin

eBooks purchased:

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Love Sincerely Yours by Meghan Quinn & Sara Ney
Finding Rebecca by Eoin Dempsey

Borrowed from the library:

Moonlight Sins (de Vincent #1) by Jennifer L. Arementrout

Last Week on the Blog:

Books from the Backlog: S. by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst

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

Happy Reading! -Jovita


  1. UGH! I'm so sorry to hear you're having trouble with people stealing packages. That is SO frustrating. My coworker is dealing with the same issue. I just picked up a copy of My Sister, the Serial Killer. I can't wait to dive in!

    1. It's crazy that people would do that. On our community FB group, some members are leaving boxes on their porch filled with doggie poop. The porch pirates will get a big stinky surprise when they steal and open the box.

      I've read that My Sister, the Serial Killer is very funny. I hope you enjoy it Erica.

  2. I've not read any of those yet, but I love the idea of The Alice Network. Sounds like a book I'd appreciate so thank you for highlighting it for me :-)

    1. I've heard wonderful things about The Alice Network, I do hope you enjoy it Stephanie.

  3. I had a package go missing this past week. Turns out my neighbor had the whole time and never bothered to look at the label to see that it was mine. She did bring it over after she opened it days later.

    I loved The Alice Network! I thought it was really well done and hope you enjoy it as well. I totally understand the changes that you are planning to make. I am always telling my husband that I could read so much more if I didn't spend so many hours commenting on blogs. Have a great week!

    1. I can't believe your neighbor waited three days to open it. I open packages as soon as they arrive,lol. That was nice of her to bring it over. My neighbors are friendly like that.

      My husband actually noticed that I wasn't reading as much and spending more time on-line. I feel guilty if I don't comment on other blogs, especially those that visit here. Thanks Carole, you have a great week as well.

  4. Oh I love all the Brenda Novak books. The Silver Springs books are great.

    I'm lucky that my neighborhood is incredibly safe. I've had packages sit out for a few days on my porch and nobody takes them. It's a pain in the rear when the post office leaves little notes to have to go to the post office.

    It's a balance to comment / read and live life. One can only do so much. You have to just do what you can.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. I totally agree with you Anne, I can only do so much. Oh good, I've been wanting to read more of Novak's books, I'm happy to hear that you love her books and I made the right choice to start with that series.

      I've had a wooden carved bear on my porch for years and it's still there, and we never had anything stolen. I think my area is safe, but I do see on FB and the news people talk about their packages being stolen from neighboring communities. Hopefully they stay faraway from here.

  5. I bought My Sister, the Serial Killer for my Kindle but to be honest, I don't know when I'll get to it. Such a wonderful haul!

    1. Thank you Barb. So many books, so little time. Have a great day.

  6. Aww, but I completely understand the need to unplug! Sometimes it's good for our own health to do so and I hope you enjoy the time you spend outside of the interwebs. Plus, you're right, blogging is very time consuming and too much can be super exhausting if you ask me.

    1. Thank you Sophia, and yes it is exhausting especially now that I'm getting older. Sometimes all the clicking and typing really bothers my arthritis, lol. Have a lovely day Sophia.

  7. Ug, sorry about the porch pirates. Luckily, I live in a house with a ton of other people, so someone is always home to bring in the packages. Enjoy your new books! I need to read Far From The Tree, too. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I saw on the house camera that my package was delivered, I had to call and wake up my daughter to go downstairs and the get package. That's wonderful that you other people to bring in packages. I couldn't pass up the deal on Far From the Tree, hope you enjoy it as well. Have a lovely day AJ.

  8. oh you have great books here I'm dying to get too! like Alice Network (hope you are liking it so far!) and the Great Alone It makes me anxious to wait foe the packages to arrive too! Hope you enjoy your time with family and friends! :)

  9. Yay for playing piano again! You go! I started playing guitar again last year, after a 25 year mommyhood hiatus, and it has been wonderful. It is calming and centering and I even enjoy playing finger exercises now. I have been encouraging people to pick up old creative endeavors again. My general mood has been much better. 🎼✨ I haven't had as much time to practice as would like because of blogging, so I know what you are talking about. I am retiring after the first of the year so that should fix things for me, but like you, I am wanting to spend less time on the internet anyway. 💻

    I want to read Far From the Tree, and The Great Alone. I have had Alienated on my Kindle forever. Maybe I'll get to it next year. Ha ha. 📚

    I hope you had a wonderful week. 🌞

  10. Blogging is sooooo time consuming! I applaud your desire to spend RL time with others and learning things. Pricey software is quite beneficial to learning too. Happy reading and I hope you enjoy yourself. Blogging shouldn't be a chore. ❤️