Sunday Lineup (01.17.2021)

How come the weekends go by so quickly when the work week takes so long each time? At least I have tomorrow off also, though I’ll be spending most of the day away from home to take our current foster to the vet and then to see an old foster that I miss a lot. I have two books to share with you today. I’m not very far into either of them though so I don’t have very much to share about them. I seem to be in a bit of a reading slump because I just hardly feel any desire to pick up a book this week. I’m doing ok with the audio but even that I’m struggling with. I seem to be better at staring at a wall this week than anything else. Hah.



Charlie Wheelan and his family do what others dream of — they take a year off to travel the world. This is their story.

What would happen if you quit your life for a year? In a pre-COVID-19 world, the Wheelan family decided to find out; leaving behind work, school, and even the family dogs to travel the world on a modest budget. Equal parts “how-to” and “how-not-to”—and with an eye toward a world emerging from a pandemic—We Came, We Saw, We Left is the insightful and often hilarious account of one family’s gap-year experiment.

Wheelan paints a picture of adventure and connectivity, juggling themes of local politics, global economics, and family dynamics while exploring answers to questions like: How do you sneak out of a Peruvian town that has been barricaded by the local army? And where can you get treatment for a flesh-eating bacteria your daughter picked up two continents ago? From Colombia to Cambodia, We Came, We Saw, We Left chronicles nine months across six continents with three teenagers. What could go wrong?

Why did I choose this:

I’m a big fan of memoirs and I also love to travel. I’ve always wanted to do a big tour like this so I’m excited to see how it went for them.

Current Thoughts:

I’m not very far into this yet but it’s entertaining so far. I’m sure the mishaps weren’t as entertaining for them to live through but they make for good stories now, eh? I’m looking forward to reading more of this book.



This is your past, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither . . .

Arenza Lenskaya is a liar and a thief, a pattern-reader and a daughter of no clan. Raised in the slums of Nadezra, she fled that world to save her sister. 

This is your present, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither . . .

Renata Viraudax is a con artist recently arrived in Nadezra. She has one goal: to trick her way into a noble house and secure her fortune. 

This is your future, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither . . .

As corrupt nightmare magic begins to weave its way through the city of dreams, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled—with Ren at their heart. And if she cannot sort the truth from the lies, it will mean the destruction of all her worlds.

Why did I choose this:

It sounded really intriguing and I have a hard time saying no to Orbit titles since I’ve had so much fun with all of their books so far!

Current Thoughts:

I’m having somewhat mixed feelings so far. I know someone that’s DNFed this title and I’ve seen people rave about it. There are definitely things I am enjoying about it, such as the narrator and multiple POVs (we all know I’m a sucker for those!), but I struggle to stick with it. I’m glad I received the audiobook because I can sneak it in regularly while doing other things. Maybe I just read so much in the first few days of the year (1000+ pages in four or five days!) that my brain needs some recovery time. I’m trying not to force things this week (though I hate having to miss pub days because of that) because I don’t want to drag this reading slump out more than necessary. I’m supposed to listen to my body when it comes to working out. Maybe I need to do the same with my brain in regards to how I entertain myself. Hopefully it won’t affect my enjoyment and reviewing of this book too much. I want to make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

MAX! I’m so excited to visit him tomorrow!

On Monday, I did what I’ve been wanting to do for a while: I ordered the bike+ from Peloton! Sadly the delivery times and customer service for them suck majorly so who knows when it will actually get here. Since I do get access to their app for free until it does get here, I decided to find a cheaper spin bike to hold me over until then (hopefully I’ll be able to sell that one and get most of my money back). I’ve been taking yoga, medication, strength, and cardio classes since Tuesday but today I picked up an Echelon Bladez GS from someone nearby so I got to try out my first live class at home! I tried two pre-recorded classes at the gym this week but I much prefer being alone at home because I’m super self-conscious about working out.

My friend came over today to do some classes with me, which was both fun and awkward at the same time! lol I’m hoping we can make this a more regular thing though to keep each other motivated. My sister and I both have an Apple Watch and sharing our info and bragging to each other has helped us move a little more this week. I also like the challenges for both the Peloton and the Apple Watch so that helps a little also.

Nymeria didn’t think very much of our jumping around, “dancing,” cardio, and yoga. She made herself comfortable on the couch and threw us regular dirty looks for interrupting her naps.

Since just working out isn’t the only homework I got from my doctor, I also started trying to modify my diet a little over the past few weeks. It isn’t nearly where it needs to be but my meals are more regular with less ramen noodles (I learned that the sodium in those gives me major headaches!) and more eggs and fruit. I also found The Ultimate Juice Book at our local secondhand shop for less than a dollar and am excited to try some of those out, especially combined with working out. I tried a raspberry and pineapple shake yesterday but substituted the plain yoghurt with greek yoghurt since I keep reading that it’s better for people trying to get pregnant (though we are taking the doctor’s advice and waiting about three months before we try that again). That gave it a tiny bit of weird consistency but overall it was delicious. I’m excited to try more. I also want to learn to cook more healthy meals but that will probably take a while. I do not enjoy cooking!

Well, I think that’s it for now. I hope everyone else is having better luck with their reading this week. It’s felt weird to not find myself stuck with my nose in a book every available moment. At least I had some other things to distract me this week. I’m excited to be working out again. Hopefully I can stick with it longer this time around.

What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it? Or do you like working out? Maybe you even have a Peloton yourself or are an app user. If so, find me! My leaderboard name is TheReadingRider!

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