Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Sunday Salon #21 (Read-a-thon Edition)

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This week has been a busy one but that was to be expected.  Life has gotten back into the normal routine.  Kids are back to school, work is work, and daily homework help each night has begun again.  I'm not complaining though as I enjoy the fact that everything is settling back down.  The weather has gotten colder and there is nothing better than curling up with a good book whenever I can find the time.

This week was the Bout-of-Books read-a-thon which is always a fun experience.  I did really great with it and managed to read two books for the read-a-thon.  This means I've read three books already in 2016.  Who is this girl?  LOL!  I attribute all of this reading to really great books and the need not to move from under a warm blanket.  I've also jumped back into the fitness/exercise thing with two feet.  I was mostly successful so I'm happy but I'm hoping to work even harder this week at it.  My biggest struggle is finding the time to workout before dinner because I'm useless afterwards (and it just won't happen).  I'm going to work this week on working out directly after getting off of work- no excuses!  Enough rambles out of me though, here are the books that I have finished so far in 2016:

Snow Angels by James Thompson - A thrilling read that was just meant to be read on a cold winter evening.  This book was darker than I expected but really it was a book that I just couldn't set down.  A really great start to my reading year! 

City of Light by Keri Arthur - Gah!  This book was so, so good and left me pining for the second book (which doesn't release until late this year).  A really great start to this new series and one that I will be immediately continuing on soon as I get my hands on book two that is.  Loved it!

Beside Myself by Ann Morgan - This book- I don't even know what to say about it.  It was dark, haunting, and one of those books that just took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions.  I read this book for a TLC book tour (my stop is early next month) and I cannot wait to see other readers' thoughts on it.  It is one of those books that I really want to discuss.

Whew!  My reading year really has started off with a bang thanks to these three books.  I'm now currently reading the following book:

I haven't gotten very far into this one but I have high hopes for it.  It sounds really great and I just love a good romantic suspense!  I'm doing really great so far with reading the books that I picked out for January.  It has also helped narrow down my options a bit making it easier to decide on my next book.  I'm not going to lie- I still struggle a bit but that is because I can just be so indecisive.  LOL!

#Fit Readers Update- I'm on day eight of the 30 Day Shred video.  I've skipped two days which I wasn't happy about but obviously I was lacking the motivation.  I will be moving on to workout two this week which is going to make me work even harder.  I've also managed to get two runs in - both a little over a mile long.  Not great but if you understood how much I hate running on the treadmill then it would make more sense why I view this as an accomplishment.  I need to start working on two mile runs though if I want to hit my goal of 30 miles in January.  I've got lots of plans for this upcoming week apparently :)

New Books:

I've failed.  I couldn't stay off of NetGalley and have downloaded some new books this week.  In my defense I had ALREADY requested them before my ban (but then I may or may not have requested a few more).  It is a sickness I tell you.  LOL!  Here are the books that I added to my e-reader this week:

There were actually a couple of more but I will save them for next week's post.  Plans for today include a workout and laundry.  A little bit of cleaning and prepping for the upcoming week.  My normal Sunday plans.  We will be watching football and I will be working on getting some reviews written up.  I'm also hoping on visiting and catching up on all of the comments that have been left here lately.  I've been awful when it comes to responding- this is something that I would like to work on in 2016.  And a little bit of reading of course.  The read-a-thon might be officially over but I can still read like it isn't!  I'm off to get this day started.

Happy Sunday and Happy Reading!


  1. Sounds like your reading year is off to a great start, Samantha. Tomorrow will be my first official day back on the exercise wagon. I dread getting up so early in the morning, but before work is the only time I can fit it in. I get home too late in the evenings and there just isn't enough time to squeeze it in there. I'm determined though--and talking a lot about to help me feel more accountable.

    I almost cheated my NetGalley/Edelweiss ban this week when I got an e-mail about a new release coming up. By the time I hit the "Read me" button it was switching to "Request". There were only so many copies available and evidently those 500 copies went fast. Better them than me, really. I didn't bother requesting it after that. I told myself I needed to be good.

    I hope you have a wonderful week! I need to sign Mouse up for soccer. She's missed playing, which I'm kind of glad about. We weren't too fond of the tumble and dance class she took this fall and winter.

  2. You are doing great with 2016 reading. I've just finished one book this year so far and it wasn't too great. I have to get my review up soon.
    I know! NetGalley! I have a new ebook this week myself, after I told myself I would not request anymore. There is no way I can get my review ratio up to 80% over
    Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Woo-hoo you are off to a great year! I have also not been able to resist the lure of NetGalley. I'm going to have to look for the Blaedel book! Good luck with fitting in your fitness into your daily schedule. It is tough to do. I'll be looking forward to your review of the Ann Morgan book. I like the cover and I'm intrigued!

  4. I have a copy of Snow Angels on my Kindle. And have I read it yet? No..of course not. Happily, (for me and my read my own books quest) I do not have either of the other ones. I am interested in The Bitter Season and The Killing Forest, but there are books prior to both of these in their series, so I'll be good. Yay for your exercise diligence. You are doing good!

  5. Oh how I want to watch football today, and oh how little time I actually have for watching football in. And soon all the football will be over, and I will be bereft. :(

  6. You've a great start with your 2016 reading, Sam! I'm very intrigued with Beside Myself so I'll be watching for your review. :-)


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