Sunday, January 3, 2016

Sunday Wrap-up: Jan. 3 2015 and January Book Haul

Happy New Year Everyone!

Offline Ramblings:

Well here we are, the first sunday in January. Where did 2015 go? It just flew by. I hope that you all had a wonderful New Years Eve/Day.

What did I do? Well truth be told, not a whole lot. New Years eve we opted to stay in and have a quiet night at home. It was a welcome change from such a hectic few weeks. We ordered takeout from our favourite Chinese restaurant and watched a movie. By 11:30 we were both falling asleep on the couch and decided to go to bed. So we were just dozing off as the new year was rang in. Kind of lame, I know, but thats ok. I don't mind staying in on NYE.

The next day we went out for dinner with my best friend and her husband. It was nice to finally see them. Even though we don't live too far away we have very different schedules, so we don't get to see each other as often as we'd like.

On the Blog: 

Recent Posts:

Submerged (Alaskan Courage #1) by Dani Pettrey (Book Review) Rating: 5/5
Wednesday: Christmas Morning Breakfast: Crock Pot Hash Brown and Sausage Casserole (Recipe)
Friday: Monthly Wrap-up: December 2015
Saturday:  Celebrating 1 Year Blogging

Aside from celebrating my 1 year anniversary of blogging, I also surpassed 10,000 page views! Which absolutely blows my mind. I would like to send out a huge thank you, once again to everyone who has stopped by. It really means a lot to me.

Upcoming Posts: 

This week I will be participating in the Bout-of-Books Read-a-thon, so stay tuned for daily posts.
Tuesday: Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Resolutions for 2016

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January Book Haul 

This past week I brought more books into my house than I have since my summer vacation book haul. And I don't regret a thing, HA!

After learning that the Bout of Books read-a-thon was starting on Monday, January 4 I decided to stop by my library and pick up a few books. 

(Click on the links to be redirected to the Goodreads description for each book) 

I was browsing through my library's book sale section and I came across as hard cover copy of In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume.  It was in great condition and only cost me $1. 

These next two short books, I selected for the Bout-of-Books Read-a-thon.

Then yesterday (Saturday) I decided to go check out the deals at my nearest Chapters book store. I had a few gift cards given to me for Christmas and thought this would be a good time to use them.

Here is what I bought:

Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes was on sale for $10. Great deal! 

The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood. I've loved this cover since the first time I saw it.

The last two books I had never heard of before and found in the bargain section.

The Villa by Rosanna Ley
Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore 

Have you read any of these books? If so let me know what you thought of them in the comments.

Today I am linking up with:

The Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer

It's Monday What Are You Reading? hosted by Book Date
Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

-Melissa Lee


  1. Happy new year! Pfft. Your night wasn't lame. That's pretty much what the Mister and I did. We watched movies, at finger foods, and skyped with my family on the east coast and watched their ball drop. LoL

    1. Sounds like you had a relaxing night as well.
      Happy New Year to you as well.
      PS: I LOVE your hair!

  2. Judy Blume writes wonderful books. Enjoy and have a happy new year!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. Have you read In the Unlikely Event? I'm looking forward to reading it. Although it won't be for some time before it comes to the top of my TBR pile.
      Happy New Year to you as well. :)

  3. Happy blogoversary! That's great... and your New Years sounds pretty good. Chinese and a movie... that works. :) It was a quiet one here too, and honestly I like it that way.

    Have a great week!

    1. Thank you Greg! Happy new year to you. Glad to hear you spent the night as you wanted to. :)

      Hope you have a great week as well.

  4. Looks like you have a nice variety of books available for your readathon. I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and am loving all the new books starring him. Here is what I read last week. Happy reading!

  5. I haven't read any of the newer non-Conan Doyle books. I guess I'm afraid they won't live up to the original.. Maybe one day I will give one a try though.
    Thank you for stopping by Kathy.

  6. I love your post and all of your books. Nice!!

    The Villa and The Secrets of The Lighthouse look really good. Gorgeous covers too.

    The Day The World Came to Town and The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper look quite good too.

    You enjoy....can't wait to hear what you think. You had a wonderful week.

    I haven't read or heard of any of these.

    Happy New Year!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading