I’m back! & Filling the Shelf

Posted by on November 20, 2017 2:58 am in Book talk | 16 comments

Hmm, is this thing on?


Well, hello then! Hello and welcome back!

(feel free to skip to the Mailbox below  for the books! 🙂 )

It’s been two months since I last posted here but honestly, it felt like a year. So much has happened…

We moved. It was a move we had long wished for, from our tiny condo in the city to a house out of town. I still love the city but I love having trees and quiet even more! This being said, that move was SO exhausting. I can’t remember ever feeling this tired, discouraged, just, feeling like I wanted it to be over with a.s.a.p. By the time we moved it I just felt empty. Even though I love the new place, so much energy had been spent I just needed time to pick myself up.

Meanwhile, I neglected the blog and it sort of disappeared from online. Oops! Obviously it’s back now, I only need to pull a few posts from the archives and add them back.

As we reached November I started to feel better. Slightly optimistic. Energized. I made plans to fix the blog, to participate in Nanowrimo… and then my mom had a cardiac event (infarctus). She’s home and okay now, but that was the scariest thing I’ve faced so far in my life. I’m still trying to figure how to handle this. She’s okay, but she’s not; her heart is weaker and it’s still early (not 3 weeks yet). There are risks of it happening again, and that’s scary. We won’t know much before her followup in February. My mom is my rock, my everything, and though I’m an adult, I’m not ready to be without her yet. So, I don’t know. My brain has been shuffling between anxiety and hope for the past few weeks and to be honest, I’m a bit of a mess.

So, that’s where I’m at right now. Fingers crossed and trying to stay positive! If you’ve got any comfy, heartwarming reading recommandations, send them my way!

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Through all this I’ve missed reading and talking about books and blogging – so I’m back. I’m hoping bringing back a bit or normalcy to my life might help. Here are some of the books I’ve recently added to my shelves. Looking forward to all of these (though Oathbringer was more of a birthday gift for the Man, as I still have to catch up with this series!)

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli – The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand (audio) – Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson – Artemis by Andy Weir

City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker (audio) – Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (audio) – Scythe by Neal Shusterman (audio)

The Man Who Couldn’t Stop by David Adam – Hunger by Roxane Gay

What books did you recently add to your shelves?



  1. Oathbringer!!!!!! (Yes, I’m way too excited about this book.) But having had my little yell-fit, now on to the really important things: I’m really sorry to hear about your mom and I’m sending so many positive thoughts your way for things to continue to improve with no other events. *hugs* Also, having moved four times in the last three years, I can sympathize so much about the lack of energy. You’ll get there. *more hugs*

    • Thank you Amanda, that’s really appreciated (even though my answer is coming kind of late!) Moving 4 times in 3 years is insane, I can only imagine all the energy and stress that went into it!
      And I really need to catch up with the series so that I can read Oathbringer too! I love Sanderson so I have no doubt I’ll enjoy this one too. I’m wondering if, by now, you’ve finished Oathbringer and whether you loved it?

  2. I’m hoping that your mom will get better and better over the next weeks.
    It’s nice to see a new post from you, moving your entire life into a new home sounds very stressful, hope that your new home will be a place filled with love and laughter.

    • Thank you very much Sabrina!

      It was stressful indeed, but we love our new place and have no doubt this will be a happy place for us. Love and laughter, couldn’t wish for more 🙂

  3. There’s no way you could blog during a move and getting back after two months is great. Sorry to hear about your mom – I hope she continues to improve. Enjoy your new books!

    • Thank you Kathy! My mom has had her ups and downs but so far she’s doing okay. I’m glad to be back to blogging though, even if getting back has been a slow process!

  4. Sending positive thoughts for your mom…and for you, as you settle into your new normal. Moving is exhausting under any circumstances, but blogging doesn’t fit into the scenario of Moving Days and settling in. I didn’t even start blogging until a year after my last big move.

    Enjoy those new books…and thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Thank you so much Laurel, that is appreciated. I’m definitely looking forward to a new normal after everything that happened!

  5. Welcome Back…moving is exhausting.

    Good thoughts on your mom.

    ENJOY your books and week….hope it is a good one.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

    • Thank you Elizabeth! Moving is indeed exhausting, especially this once. Hopefully we don’t have to move again before long!

  6. Hi Kay! So great to see your post today. I will pray your mom continues to feel well and stronger each day.
    Congrats on the move. I know that exhausted feeling! Have a good week.

    • Hi Mary, and thank you so much! There’s been ups and down but my mom is doing okay for now. Getting stronger slowly 🙂

  7. Welcome back. Moving is a tough business. I hope that your mom continues to get better. Happy reading this week.

    • Thank you Serena! It was though indeed, and I’m so glad it’s over! Happy reading to you too 🙂

  8. Glad to see you back. I hope your mom will continue to get better (praying too). You have some wonderful new books listed. Several I have been eyeing. Hope your move is settling in and that this is a good week for you. Happy Reading.

    • Thank you so much Martha! My mom had been doing okay and I’ve managed to do some reading, though I’m still not sure where to start with this one haha! Happy reading!


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