8/31/16

Summer Wrap-up!

I started writing my June wrap-up, but July was almost over by the time I remembered to post it.  The same thing happened as July rolled into August, and now September is only hours away!  I'm glad that I took a little step back from blogging this summer, as life was super crazy and it gave me a chance to just read for the fun of it!  I feel a renewed sense of energy about blogging and reading, and am looking forward to the last few months of 2016.

The Books

Books Read: 23 (A Court of Mist and Fury, The Raven Boys, When We Collided, The Unexpected Everything, One True Loves, Harry Potter 1 to 3, The Moon & More, The Nest, Past Perfect, The History of Love, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Firsts, It Ends With Us, Diplomatic Immunity, Replica, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, All the Light We Cannot See, Among the Hidden, Among the Impostors, Among the Betrayed)
So many excellent contemporaries, honestly only one book that I didn't love, and I finally started my Harry Potter re-read on audio!

Books Acquired: 4 (Falling Kingdoms, One True Loves, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Exit, Pursued by a Bear)
Packing is excellent for one's book buying restraint.

The Challenges

Prequel & Sequel Challenge: +12 (A Court of Mist and Fury, Harry Potter 2/3/8, Among the Hidden and Betrayed) 
TBR Challenge: +9 (The Moon & More, Past Perfect, The History of Love, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, All the Light We Cannot See, Among the Hidden, Imposters and Betrayed)
Around the Year in 52 Books: 13 more challenges completed:
  • Reader's Choice (ACOMAF)
  • A book published in 2016 (The Unexpected Everything)
  • The first book in a new-to-you series (The Raven Boys)
  • A book with one of the five Ws or H in the title (When We Collided)
  • A book that was mentioned in another book (Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone)
  • A book that starts with the first letter of your name (The Moon & More)
  • A childhood classic (Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets)
  • A book by an author who writes under more than one name (Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban)
  • A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you (Diplomatic Immunity)
  • A dystopian (Replica)
  • An award winning book (All the Light We Cannot See)
  • A book related to a hobby or passion you have (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)
  • An identity book (The Nest)

The Blog

Not a whole lot happened on the blog this summer, so I won't do a full recap.  I will say that I loved sharing the mid-year book freak out tag!  I also tried to participate in the make-me-read-it readathon (and failed!) but it ended up being a super busy week, with very little reading time.  I succeeded at ARC August though!

The Other Stuff

House hunting is a complete roller coaster of emotion.  We put in an offer on a house at the end of June (one of the reasons why I completely forgot to finalize my wrap-up for the month) and after an evening of waiting that felt like a lifetime, we found out that we weren't the winning bid.  The house was sold for more than $60,000 over asking price.  The market in our area is completely wacked, and it was disheartening to feel like we might not find a home, especially after all our hard work selling our condo.

We jumped back into searching, and found a beautiful townhouse.  We put in an offer and, likely since it was a long weekend and many people were out of town, we were the winning bid!  It was a tumultuous week of confirming financing, booking an inspection, reviewing strata documents and ended by us finding out that the tenants in the townhouses were on a lease, rather than month-to-month as we had originally been advised.  We had to decide if we wanted to let the townhouse go and risk not finding anything to buy before the sale of our condo completed, or going through with the townhouse and finding a place to rent for the few months that we'd be in between homes.  We decided to take the leap with the townhouse!  We're officially homeowners!  Well, not quite officially, as we are still living in our condo, amidst a sea of boxes as we prepare to move to a temporary rental next week.  We will get the keys to our townhouse on December 7th, at which time we'll be doing a few renos before moving in.  Super excited for this next step in our lives!

The other exciting summer news is that I'm now an aunt!  My sister-in-law gave birth to twins in early August, a little boy and a little girl.  They were born premature and they just came home from the hospital last weekend.  The babies are so adorable and so perfect, and I am so excited about watching them grow up, especially for when they're old enough to play with Marko.

In August we also went on a family vacation to visit my husband's family in Alberta.  We spent a week in Calgary visiting his mom, and then the last few days of our vacation in Edmonton with his dad.  I felt like I'd been off work for a month by the time I returned!  It was a great holiday, and I'm already looking forward to next summer =)

How was your summer?  Let me know in the comments below, and thank you so much for stopping by =)

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8/25/16

An Inadvertent Hiatus!

Hi everyone!  This post is about three weeks late, but I inadvertently took a bit of a blogging hiatus.  August has been crazy with so many amazing things going on and I haven't had much time to crack open the laptop and do any blogging.  I have been reading a TON and thought I'd just focus on other things for a little bit.  I'll be back in September, or maybe even the end of August, as I've already got a few posts drafted.

Hope you've all been having a good summer!

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