Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. More information here.

I was kind of stumped on what to put for my Spring TBR as March is more than halfway over and I only really have plans for April. I consider March, April, and May to be "Spring", even though May feels like more of a summer month here in Tennessee. I ended up looking back to my Top Ten Winter TBR post from November 2017. I have only read one of them. So here are my top ten books on my spring TBR:

  1. Any of the books from my Top Ten Winter TBR - I own all but a couple of these. The ones I don't own, I will probably borrow from my library.
  2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - I would love to continue (and finish) the Lunar Chronicles. It's been years since I've read Cinder, but I loved it and it's the perfect time to pick it back up.
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - I have finally dove into the world of Sarah J. Maas. It took me long enough, but here I am.
  4. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert - I received this book in my February Owlcrate box. I would like to read this sooner rather than later. I'm trying to keep up with my Owlcrate books to justify receiving them to myself :)
  5. Everless by Sara Holland - I received this book in the December (?) Fairy Loot box. It's been on my radar for forever and I probably should have read it by now.
  6. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff - Nevernight was actually on my winter TBR, so I guess that means I really need to read it. My husband read it and loved it.
  7. Unwind by Neal Shusterman - I picked this novel up at our local bookstore after my husband read Scythe and needed more from Shusterman. He's read the sequel to Unwind and Scythe already...I really need to get around to reading it.
  8. Black Chuck by Regan McDonell - this is a Netgalley book that I have that is going to be published April 3rd. I would like to read and review it prior to publication.
  9. Seeker of the Crown by Ruth Lauren - another Netgalley book that is going to be published April 3rd. It's the sequel to Prisoner of Ice and Snow, a middle grade novel I read and reviewed for Netgalley in December.
  10. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young - I won an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway and I've read an excerpt in a Buzz Books collection. I am probably the most excited to read it because it is VIKINGS. I grew up in small town Minnesota and my Norwegian heritage was really important to me. We celebrated Norwegian holidays and ate Norwegian cuisine. So Vikings and Nordic noir are really important to me too :)
What books are on your Spring TBR?
Have you read any of these books -  which should I start with?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Peep My Planner: Creating and Co {Spring in the Air}

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Peep My Planner: Scribble Prints Co {March 2017 Mystery}

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

My SVT Story [Post-Ablation Complications]

For previous posts, click the label "SVT" at the end of this post or at the bottom of my blog.

Day 7 started off with me feeling horribly and I thought it was due to asthma and not using my inhaler the night prior. I tried to suck it up and use Tylenol, hot tea, and cough drops but nothing was soothing enough, so I went to my dr office at 4 and saw a nurse practitioner. She tested me for strep, listened to my chest, etc. and sent me home with a prescription for steroids. I was going to have to call my electrophysiologist in the morning to ensure I could take them safely.

I felt some chest tightness when I went to bed and felt uncomfortable. I decided to go to the ER because I knew I wasn't going to sleep anyways. I got there about 10:45pm. They did bloodwork, urinalysis, EKG, and flu swab. I came back with a positive flu test and then the dr (who was the same one from my last SVT episode) ordered a CT scan for pulmonary embolism due to just having the ablation.

I do have a small embolism but it is not putting any strain on the right side of my heart, which is good. I got a shot of blood thinner and then got prescriptions for a blood thinner, plus Tamiflu and Zofran. I then had to get an ultrasound done on my legs to check for deep vein thrombosis. I was clear there *phew*

I am hoping since I had just started having symptoms that the Tamiflu will help make it short and not as severe. It definitely worries me with my heart already trying to heal to be hit with not just the flu but a blood clot too. I haven't had much luck hearing good things or anything hopeful post-pulmonary embolism and that definitely freaks me out. From what I understand, it's called a "provoked embolism" because of the catheter ablation. Someone was telling another person who had had surgery that the likelihood of recurrence is not high with a provoked one and I really hope that's true because I really don't want to have another thing to worry about on top of everything else. I'm sure that I'll end up seeing a hematologist just to be on the safe side.

Friday, March 9, 2018

February Book Haul

My February haul is SO much better than previous months. I only purchased 8 books total. 3 were physical books and 5 were Kindle editions. I have read 1 of the 8 already, so that's also good. Hoping that I can continue a smaller number of books each haul for the rest of the year and hopefully read MORE books that I physically have. I actually redid my Goodreads shelves and made exclusive shelves for how many Kindle books and physical books I have and those numbers are NOT small.
  1. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown - purchased Kindle edition from Amazon for $1.99
  2. The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Marta McDowell - purchased Kindle edition from Amazon for $1.99
  3. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne - purchased paperback from Amazon for $8.69
  4. Resurrecting Sunshine by Laura A. Koosis - purchased Kindle edition from Amazon for $0.99 
  5. The Last Namasara by Kristen Ciccarelli - purchased Kindle edition from Amazon for $1.99
  6. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera - purchased Kindle edition from Amazon for $1.99 
  7. Wildwood by Colin Meloy - purchased hardcover from McKays for $9.00 
  8. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Trisha Levenseller - preordered hardcover from Amazon for $12.32
Have you read any of these books?
What books did you pick up in February?
What book are you most anticipating reading?