AWRW January Reading Roundup: Reading Is Snow Cool + Guest Bedroom Revamp!

Happy Groundhog day everybody! Turns out Mr. Phil Punxsutawney did indeed see his shadow, so we are in store for 6 more weeks of winter… and being snowed in with books! I think I can handle that. 😉

January was full of book reviews, book blasts, me blasting on some bad romance covers, and other bookish posts. In case you missed it, here is my January recap!

Book Reviews:

Between Worlds, by Jacqueline E. Smith.  (5 Star Review) Between Worlds is an excellent, new-adult paranormal romance, with lovable ghost-hunting characters. I love this series, and I look forward to the next installment!

Findo’s Mousetrap, by Graham Paskett. (3 Star Review) I liked this story, it had a nice flow and I was able to wrap myself up in it.

The Blue Amaryllis (A Love Story), by Sonia De Leon. (5 Star Review) It didn’t take me long to get wrapped up in the world of The Blue Amaryllis. For starters, the world building was INCREDIBLE, and the setting of an Amazon Rainforest for a romance was a wise pick. I learned a lot about the indigenous tribes, and their way of life. This story sheds a lot of light on a way of life that is no longer lived in many parts of the world.

Lore: Tales of Myths & Legends Retold, An Anthology by by Brinda Berry, Karen Y. Bynum, Laura Diamond , Jayne A. Knolls,Theresa DaLayne , & Cate Dean. (4 Star Review) A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

Her Favorite Hot Doc (A Windy City Romance), by Barbara Lohr. (4 Star Review) Her Favorite Hot Doc was an enjoyable read with a delightful happily-ever-after that will tug at your heartstrings. With this novel, you get all of the excitement of a fast paced medical setting, including patients who have their own stories, and a slow-burning romance between a nurse practitioner/certified midwife, and a sexy obstetrician who Chicago Magazine has named one of the city’s ‘hot docs’.

Finding Southside Johnny, by Anne Kelleher and Don Goodman. (4 Star Review) I loved the idea of a ‘celebrity supernatural’ story. This husband and wife team of authors crafted an original!

AWRW Way Back Wednesday Book Reviews:

Nickel & Dimed: On (NOT) Getting By In America, by Barbara Ehrenreich.

Rigor Amortis: An Anthology -Zombie erotica at it’s finest!

AWRW Book Blast:

Billionaire Untamed: The Billionaire’s Obsession, by Author J.S. Scott

AWRW Bookish Posts:

AWRW Directory of Sunday Book Blog Memes

Ten Problems That Only Book Nerd Girls Can Relate To #BookNerdGirlProblems

Caught In A Bad Romance: When Book Covers Go Bad

Beautiful Blogger Award: Featuring Seven Of My Favorite Beautiful Blogs

Mailbox Monday

Fictitious Fridays

And on the home-front, in between shoveling snow and reading books, I tackled our guest bedroom. This bedroom was all sorts of UGLY. The wallpaper was painted, yes painted, dark green, making the room dark and gloomy. Underneath the wallpaper, a whole ton of scribbling and writing with black crayon, dating back to 1979.

The walk-in closet was almost unusable, as it had a bar down the center, so you couldn’t walk into it. That had annoyed me since we bought the house!

So I sprayed the walls down with steamy hot water, stripped the wallpaper off the plaster walls with the Mother-in-law, then proceeded to paint extra primer over the graffiti so it wouldn’t show through the light color paint I chose. Next, I painted the ceiling and trim. Finally, I applied two coats of paint to the walls.

Here is our finished guest bedroom and walk-in closet/dressing room:


We are now accepting reservations…. 😉 But check with our cat first, since she spends most of her time in here.

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The Father-in-law customized this closet for me. Thanks, Dad! And my Mother-in-law’s clothes already found their way in…

So that was my month! How was yours? 🙂


6 thoughts on “AWRW January Reading Roundup: Reading Is Snow Cool + Guest Bedroom Revamp!

  1. I love the renovations! Especially the color scheme and curtains in the bedroom – too cute! The closet looks like it would make a nice little reading nook with the bench and the window and everything… Just saying. 🙂

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