Weekly Wrap Up – Jan 8 – 14

After last weeks insane bout of reading, things have calmed down to my usual pace. It doesn’t help that life got in the way quite a bit – between work, snow days, dentist appointments for the kids – I’ve been swamped!! Not to mention I’ve made it a goal to get deeper into essential oils and use them in my daily life, so I’ve spent a lot of time researching and learning about them. I know it will help my health and well being in the long run, but it’s all a little overwhelming right now. But I did finish one book and got part way through 2 more, so things are still going well in the reading department ๐Ÿ™‚



This book destroyed me! I mean completely demolished my heart and emotions! It took me the longest time to write the review because I was so overtaken by this book! It was one of my most unexpected 5 star reads ever! Review will be posted tomorrow and I hope it’s coherent! lol


Immediately following Wintersong, I picked up my ARC copy of Shadowsong. I’m not that far into it (sadly) so it’s too soon to form an opinion about it. I also picked up We Are The Ants on audiobook so I can listen to it while I work. Like I said, work has been crazy but luckily i’m not always dealing with customers and can listen to books at the same time. I splurged on wireless earbuds for my phone and they have been an absolutely godsend!! I can move around freely and listen ๐Ÿ™‚ Once I finish one of these I will continue my Saga reread and pick up Volume 2



This week was all about theย books on my 2018 bucket listย – so basically the books that I need to be held accountable to read this year OR ELSE!! Thanks so much for everyone who participated. There were so many great books on your lists and quite a few that I added to my own TBR! I hope we all have proper motivation to get to these! Next weeks topic is the top 5 series you want to start this year, which I am SO excited to talk about! If you want to see the rest of the topics for January, clickย HERE


This week I did an updated post all about myย bookish bullet journal. I started fresh in 2018 and made A LOT of changes. I’m so glad that I did because I was able to include things I didn’t realize that I needed, including a book thoughts page, year in pixels to track my mood and more.


I can’t believe it but –ย MY BLOG IS ONE YEAR OLD!ย I got a little (lot) emotional while writing that post. Starting this blog was the best decision I’ve ever made. It has changed so much about my life and how I think about myself and what I’m capable of. This first year was so amazing and I have no clue how I’ll top it. I guess I’ll just continue with what I’m doing and go from there ๐Ÿ™‚


So that was my week! Crazy in every direction! It was no ย 4 book week like it was last week, but it was still a great week! I hope yours was amazing as well!

Until next time, happy reading!


35 Comments Add yours

  1. Mischenko says:

    Loved Wintersong and cannot wait to read Shadowsong!

    โค Essential oils are so amazing. I credit them for one of the habits that saved my life– for real. They’re medicine.

    Great post and Happy Anniversary too! ๐Ÿ’–

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    1. They really are amazing medicine! Itโ€™s been a lot of work figuring out what works for what and listening to what your body needs, but itโ€™s been a great journey!

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  2. Dreamy Reads says:

    Wintersong is on my TBR. And Happy Anniversary! โค

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  3. Naty says:

    Happy anniversary!! I think I missed your post, but congratulations, that is amazingg! I need to pick up Wintersong soon!

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    1. Thanks! And I hope you love Wintersong. It seems to be one of those love it or hate it books

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  4. Hasanthi Navaratne says:

    I was hoping to read wintersong. But i was feeling doubtful, so didn’t buy it from Amazon. After seeing your rating, I changed my mind. I am going to read it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. OOOH! I am definitely going to have to read Wintersong! Glad you loved it! I had a book WRECK me this weekend and I forgot how much I love that feeling ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Itโ€™s the best feeling ever! Itโ€™s been so long since Iโ€™ve had a book do that to me. What book was it?


      1. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton! โค

        1. Oh I just read the synopsis and it sounds SO good! I added it to my wish list! Thanks for the recommendation ๐Ÿ™‚


          1. You’re welcome! I hope you love it as much as I did!! Let me know what you think!

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    1. Thanks! Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I see you’ve been a busy bee with life Shanah! I’ll be back at work in a few hours and will be scarce next week so I totally understand!

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    1. Responsibilities are no fun!! I want to be a kid or teenager again – just for a couple days ๐Ÿ˜‚


  7. Marie says:

    Okay, wow, I am eager to read your review of Wintersong, it seems like this was an incredible book for you. I can’t wait to hear all about your feels hahah ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a lovely week! xx

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    1. Thanks you as well ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. Crystal says:

    I just got done reading Wintersong also!

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    1. Did you love it? It seems to be either love it or hate it. Some people connected while others felt it was just blah

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      1. Crystal says:

        I liked it, not quite loved. I’m going to post my review either tonight or tomorrow. I can’t wait to read yours! I am excited to read Shadowsong though!

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        1. Iโ€™m glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚ I started Shadowsong and just finished part one last night. Itโ€™s ok but takes on a different direction than Wintersong. I have mixed feeling about how itโ€™s starting…. I hope it picks up!

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          1. Crystal says:

            Oh no! I hope it gets better.

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  9. i looooved “we are the ants” โค โค โค
    and i am so jealous that you can listen to audiobooks at work!

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    1. Lol itโ€™s the perks of being your own boss – no one to tell me what to do! Downfall is, sometimes I work 12-18 hours in a day….. double edged sword ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. 12-18 hours? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ holy moly!

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        1. Yup. Thatโ€™s what I said ๐Ÿ˜‚ good thing I have my audiobooks to keep me sane!

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          1. that’s a very good solution! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Lily-lane says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I am an expert at starting blogs but sticking with them is not my strong suit. I admire your stick-to-it-ive-ness!

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