Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Sunday Post/It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Emotionally, this was a tough week. My aunt was diagnosed in March with pancreatic cancer, and it has been a long journey for her, and our family. My aunt is kind of the family matriarch, and I have a very close bond with her, personally. She has weathered chemo, then radiation and chemo every single day this summer, and then finally, last Thursday, she had a procedure called Whipple surgery. Her surgeon called it the "Rolls Royce" of surgeries, and it is very intense. She came through it as strong as she does everything, and we all exhaled in relief as one.  She is a tough cookie but still has a long road ahead of her.  Now though,  we can get to the matter of healing.

To take my mind off my anxiety, I planned for Halloween, my absolute favorite time of the year. I bought tickets for the Detroit Zoo Boo, and also for the Halloween happenings at Greenfield Village. I also am planning on taking little guy to the Halloween program at the nature center at our favorite metropark. I love fall so much, is it obvious? This week I also plan on decorating for autumn, woohoo! 

Read Last Week:


How to Find Love in a Book Shop was completely adorable and lovely! It was the perfect book for the week I was having. 

Rituals also came in for me at the library! Yay! I started it over the weekend, and while I haven't had a ton of time to read, I am loving it!!!

Reading This Week:

Finishing up Rituals. Hoping to begin one of these two books, provided they come in for me at the library.


We finished up GoT, holy cow!!! What an amazing finish for the season. I can't believe I have to wait for more. We also started watching Land Girls on Netflix, since we are addicted to BBC shows. We will probably start Shetland this week as well. Even Wyatt has the BBC bug, as he loves The Furchester Hotel. (and so do I!)

Posted Last Week:

Special thoughts and prayers for everyone who is in the path of or has been affected by Harvey or the raging fires out west. 


  1. I am so sorry about your aunt and hope she continues to stay strong and get better. Cancer has touched my family as well. Cancer is terrible and I hate it.

    I am glad you are finding ways to distract yourself. I love the fall season too. :-) I'm so glad to hear you liked How to Find Love in a Book Shop. I have a copy of that and want to read it too! The Witches of New York caught my attention. I hope you enjoy it!

    I hope you have a great week, Erin! Thanks for visiting my blog. (Off to check out your link for Usborne Books now . . .)

    1. Thank you for the well wishes to her. Cancer is horrible. I am sorry to hear that it has touched your family as well.

      Fall is the best! I love everything about it. How to Find Love was so cute. It was definitely a feel good read. And the cover to Witches is very arresting visually isn't it? I am crossing my fingers it comes in!

      And thanks for visiting me back! :)

  2. My mom had a pancreatic cancer scare, had to have surgery and then when there was internal bleeding had to have surgery again, but she's doing well now. It was a long road though, and her procedure was not as complex as a Whipple. I've read a lot about those and they are very intense. Your aunt's been through a tough thing, all my best wishes and prayers that she comes out all better.

    I love fall, and Halloween too, so yay for fall lol. And good luck w/ Usborne!

    I've liked the Kelley Armstrong books I've read, I look forward to reading more. And How To Find Love in a Bookshop does look really cute. Game of Thrones had quite the finish, huh??

    1. Oh no, I am so sorry to hear that you guys had to go through all this too! I am glad to hear though, that she is doing well now. These ladies are strong and tough! Thank you for the wishes and prayers for her.

      Fall is my favorite! I just love everything about it. I am clearing off my porch today of all things summer and making it about autumn. Lol. And thanks!

      The Cainsville series is so good! I have to say though, I like the Rockton series a bit more. Just a bit. :) Love in a Bookshop was so fun and cute and just a feel good read.

      Seriously, GoT was crazy! I loved the scene with all the major players finally face to face. I love the Hound, so I was really excited (and nervous!) about him confronting his brother. And Jamie! Eek! I love him too. I was on the edge of my seat all episode.

  3. Hope your aunt continues to do well after the surgery. Good luck with your new endeavor as an Usborne consultant!

    Visiting from The Book Date to check out some reading lists - here's mine for this week:

  4. Best wishes for your aunt's recovery. I have Rituals and had it on my calendar to read. However, a review book came in that needed that calendar date. I will get to it soon though. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. Oh, sending good thoughts for your aunt's recovery.

    Enjoy your books...The Marsh King's Daughter looks tempting.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  6. Hope your aunt continues to heal after such an involved procedure... sounds like she's been through a lot this summer! I plan on decorating for fall this week, too. It's such a beautiful time of year. Hope you have a good week :)

  7. It certainly is a very anxious time when a loved one is so ill, I do hope the healing grows each day. Good to hear you liked Love in a Bookshop, I have it earmarked so happy to find someone who liked it.

  8. All positive thoughts to you and your family regarding your aunt's healing - illness in family is so tough. When times are hard and anxiety is high, I find distractions help; your Halloween plans sound fun!

    Good luck with being a Usborne sales consultant - I love their books also!

  9. Helley Armstrong — I could read her books all the time and not get bored or run out of reading material.

    Come see what I'm reading

  10. Best of luck to your aunt! I hope you all keep that fighting spirit.
    And I've heard really good things about The Witches of New York!


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