Weekend Wrap-up #309 – Spring Break Staycation

Posted 11 April, 2020 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Memes, Wrap-up Posts / 40 Comments

Weekend Wrap-up is where I share my new books, as well as what happened here at (un)Conventional Bookworms and elsewhere in the blogoshpere. I’m linking up with the usual suspects, AKA Team Tynga’s Reviews and Caffeinated Reviewer.

STS #309

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality is all about the latest additions to my library – virtual or actual, with books that are  bought, borrowed, won or ARCs  I will (probably) be reading soon. Without further ado, here’s what I added to my bloated shelves this past week:

Sister Dear cover - Weekend wrap-up - (un)Conventional BookwormsThe Perfect Couple cover - (un)Conventional Bookworms - Weekend Wrap-upClose Up cover - (un)Conventional Bookworms - Weekend Wrap-upThe Midnight Library cover - (un)Conventional Bookworms - Weekend Wrap-upGlow cover - (un)Conventional Bookworms - Weekend Wrap-up

The Priest audiocover - (un)Conventional Bookworms - Weekend Wrap-upFighting for Rain audiocover - (un)Conventional Bookwroms - Weekend Wrap-up

After the Climb cover - (un)Conventional Bookworms - Weekend Wrap-upCandy Houses cover - (un)Conventional Bookworms - Weekend Wrap-upInfinity Son cover - (un)Conventional Bookworms - Weekend wrap-up

After the Climb was a freebie included in Kristen Ashley’s newsletter, and of course, I jumped on that. I bought Candy Houses after interacting shortly with Shiloh Walker on Twitter – she had a negative balance on her March royalty statement, and that sucks! Infinity Son came on my radar when Adam Silvera tweeted about the possible titles for his upcoming novel in the series.

The Sunday Post #249 – Weekend Wrap-up

Kim @ The Caffeinated Reviewer, is our hostess with the mostest for the weekly Sunday Post where I’m wrapping things up. It is the perfect opportunity to share what happened here on my own blog, as well as some of the happenings elsewhere in the Blogosphere.

This week was short when it comes to work and Uni… last class on Wednesday afternoon, and now, we’re off for ten days. School was supposed to re-open on April 20th, but the government has now stated that it won’t be until the 27th (at the earliest). Online teaching has become pretty good though, but I still miss seeing my students in person.

We’re still in confinement, but we’re allowed to go outside with the dogs, or to do our grocery shopping, or just to go for a walk, if we’re less than five people together, and observe the social distancing of 2 metres.

This Week’s Puppies in Action:

Puppies in the yard - (un)Conventional Bookworms - Weekend Wrap-up
Freddy and Hercules in the yard.


Did you get some good books last week? What have you been up to this past week? Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’re enjoying your weekend, and that next week will be filled with awesome!



Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

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Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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40 responses to “Weekend Wrap-up #309 – Spring Break Staycation

  1. We are on school holidays for two weeks, but the government has said it’s unlikely school will resume until June, even if we seem to have flattened the curve. I hope you get to enjoy your break,

    Wishing you a great reading week, good health and chocolate.

  2. Sophia Rose

    I got Close Up, too. So kind of you to purchase and help out Shiloh Walker. I love her books so I should see what I’m missing of hers.
    Neat that your on-line teaching and classes is going well. It varies from state to state here in the US, but here in Michigan, they canceled school until the fall. We’re on stay at home until at least the end of the month, too. Interesting spring for sure.
    Enjoy your walks with the dogs. 🙂

    • I love Shiloh Walker, and I just feel so bad for her – it was an accounting mistake, but nobody told her until she got her royalty statement. Which really sucks.
      We’re supposed to go back to actual school at the end of the month, but that could change. I guess it depends on how good people are at staying home during their vacation now. I really hope there won’t be too many new cases of COVID-19, as I miss my students tremendously.
      Thanks for stopping by, Sophia 🙂 Stay safe and healthy.

    • It’s just grocery shopping – all other shops are closed here, as well they should be. And frankly, if I could order food and get it delivered, I’d rather do that. It scares me to go to the store.
      I’m very happy we’re able to go out for walks with the dogs, though, it’s nice to see another place than our house and yard 😀
      Thanks for stopping by, Laurel-Rain. Stay safe and healthy.

  3. I hope you enjoy your holidays, even if you can’t go anywhere. Are you resuming in person classes on the 27th or just online? There has been no talk of re-opening schools around here, and several states have already declared the schools will stay closed for the remainder of this school year. They waived state testing requirements and everything. Hope you and your family are doing well, staying healthy!

    • Thanks Sam. I definitely will enjoy having a slower pace for a week – it’s been rather hectic with online classes. We’re back to online classes on the 20th, but the government has given us a tentative date of the 27th for in person classes. We’ll see how it goes.

  4. Maureen Bakker

    The world is a strange place at the moment for sure. I hope you guys are enjoying your free time as much as possible.
    Stay safe and happy reading.

    • It really is strange. I’m just thinking about how lucky we are! We’re all safe and healthy, and we have space both in the house and in the garden to not be on top of each other all the time.
      Thanks for stopping by, Maureen.

  5. We’re officially not going back into the building. I’ve been teaching online for the last couple of weeks. It’s going pretty good, but I also miss seeing my students. The Perfect Couple looks good. Stay safe and happy reading!

    • Oh wow – that must be hard in many ways, Nat. I’m glad the online teaching is going well for you. I am satisfied with my online teaching, too, but it takes a lot more energy out of me. I love being in class with my students, there’s not only an exchange of knowledge, there’s also an exchange of energy 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by! Stay safe and healthy.

  6. agreatreviewer

    I think most of our schools have already made the decision that they’ll be finishing online this year. I feel so bad for all the seniors who would’ve graduated though and all their dances and other milestone events that have to be canceled because of this disaster. I can’t wait for this to be all over and we can all start getting on the path to normalcy!

    Nice new reads! Lots of new to me ones! I hope you enjoy all the new additions!

    My StS will be up tomorrow, so stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

  7. Same here with lockdown. I’m honestly okay with it although I know a lot of people are going nuts with the enforced isolation. What can we do though? It definitely seems to be working- I shudder to think what would happen otherwise! Anyway hope you guys stay safe and well!

    My senior is pretty bummed about missing all her end of senior year stuff but she’s making the best of it. 🙂

    • It does seem to be working – which in a way actually makes it easier to continue. I’m so sorry about your senior – it must be frustrating to not be able to do any of the usual senior things this year. At least she’ll get her diploma, though, right?
      Thanks for stopping by, Greg. Stay safe and healthy 🙂

      • Thanks Linda! Yes they rescheduled their graduation to later in June (hoping it happens but honestly- i don’t know) but they are trying to make up for all the cancel;ed stuff as best they can. It’s tough on the seniors everywhere I’m sure. Such uncertain times! I hope you and your family stay healthy and well!!!

  8. I’m glad you are able to manage online learning, I’d say it helps keep life someway normal. But enjoy your break for now Lexxie. And I’m LOVING the look of all your arcs, especially Lisa Hall and Amada Quick’s books, they look so good. Happy Easter and happy reading 🙂

  9. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    I think we will all settle to the new normal before we are let out freely. And then we might not wanna go out? Ok I think it is just me then.

    Stay home and stay safe.

    • Heh! I didn’t go out all that much anyway – but now that I can’t I kind of feel like it. Contradictions at their best 😀 I mostly miss being in the classroom with my students, though. There’s so much exchange during class, and it’s just not the same online.
      Stay home and safe, too, Gayathri 🙂

  10. The Praying For Rain series has been on my TBR for a while but I still haven’t gotten to reading it… I hope you enjoy the audio!

    I need to take advantage more often of my one outdoor activity (aka a walk or run) a day but I’m falling into a complete funk with the lockdown. It’s strange as I thought I’d be just fine with it…

    • I’ve read the first in the Praying for Rain series already, and I have the next two on my kindle… somehow, I’ve just not felt up for apocalypse in my books lately.
      I hope the funk will get better, Nicci. It does me a world of good just to go for a little walk – that way, I can still feel free.

  11. Glad to hear the online teaching is working, but I can imagine it’s still quite different from in person teaching. The rules here are similar and you can go outside as long as you do the correct distancing. I do see a lot more people outside nowadays, although the beautiful weather probably also contributed to that. Have a great week and enjoy your new books!

    • It is so very different. I think the reason I love teaching so much is because I love spending time with teens. And it’s not the same to just see them online.
      We see quite a few people outside, too. I’m thinking it also has to do with people working from home, so they don’t have to spend any time commuting. And usually, office workers have one to two hours off for lunch in the middle of the day here. If they take shorter breaks, that also makes their day shorter, plus, they’re already at home to go for a work whenever they want to during the day.
      Thanks for stopping by, Lola 🙂

  12. Our schools won’t reopen this school year. I am reading and enjoying Quick’s book at the moment. You have me curious about the Midnight Library. I haven’t looked on NetGalley or Edelweiss in over a month but love these types of stories! Be safe, enjoy your holiday.

  13. Literary Feline

    Your new books all look good. Adam Silvera’s book is one I’ve been wondering about, I and I hope you love it. You can’t go wrong with Amanda Quick!

    I am glad the online teaching is going well for you. My daughter starts distance learning tomorrow. Thank you so much for your offer to help if I need it. This is all so new to us. I think for her teacher too.

    We haven’t been out much, other than me to work and the occasional grocery store trip. My poor daughter only gets out to the backyard or maybe the mailbox. It’s been raining a lot here. When the weather turns nice, I’ll drag her out for more walks. Although now that I think about it, a walk in the rain isn’t such a bad idea . . .

    I hope you have a good week. Stay safe and well.

  14. Rachel @Waves of Fiction

    I got a copy of Close Up and After the Climb as well. Hope we both love them. I haven’t read more than one or two books by Shiloh Walker, but I’ll go and see if anything strikes my fancy.

    Looks like your dogs are happy there in that patch of sunlight. Looks like flowers in the lawn. Pretty! Happy reading, Linda! 🙂

  15. Yay for some time off! So super of you to support Shiloh Walker. The days are all kind of running together for me. My daughter has her online classes both for this session which ends May 15, and summer session will also be online only. They are registering for fall later this week like it will be on campus but say it may stay online also.

    Have a healthy, safe week! Happy Easter!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  16. We are experiencing the same social distancing. Although I don’t think our schools are going back anytime soon… I have also got a copy of Glow – and I will keep an eye out for the Matt Haig book as I thoroughly enjoy his writing:). I hope you have a peaceful, healthy week, Linda.

  17. I was just looking at CLOSE UP and GLOW this week, so it’s kind of fun to see that you got them. I’m curious to see what you end up thinking about them. Distance learning is definitely not the same, but at least it’s workable for now. Hopefully things will calm down and things can start to return to normal soon. I hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

  18. Lorna

    I’m not familiar with any of the books you’ve received but some of them look good! I’ve been reading a lot of mysteries and books by Sarina Bowen and R.S.Grey. Just to mention a couple. They rarely disappoint. Hope you had a good holiday if you celebrate. Really quiet here although an Easter bunny drove a truck past this morning while beeping his horn. That’s more excitement than we’ve had in a month even if I only heard the horn! lol Stay safe!

  19. I can only imagine how hard this on the teachers! I am glad we are still able to talk walks and go outside. However, I miss the beach so much.

    I will have to check out some of the books you got! 🙂 Have a great week, and stay safe.

  20. It almost doesn’t seem like we have a lockdown here. So many people are still out and about. I still go in to work and am amazed to see so many people. The lads look like they posed for their picture. LOL

  21. I am working from home for now, but the boys are doing school from home. My husband and I have come to be even more convinced about? Teachers do not get paid enough for the job they do. Wow, homeschooling has been quite an experience.

  22. Molly's Book Nook

    Our government is saying MAY now. I’m going a little stir crazy haha. Looks like you got some good books though! I like that cover for Glow so I’ll be checking that out. Enjoy your week!

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