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Sep 04

Sunday Post #17 – One Week Down

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Hey everyone! Back with another Sunday Wednesday Post update (I’m behind on life, okay?), via Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I’m totally patterning mine off of Kimberly’s, at least for now.

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First week of school is in the books! I hesitate to pass judgment on how difficult these classes will be because we only had two days of lecture and one of those was pretty much just covering the syllabus. But of my three classes I am confident I will thoroughly enjoy at least two of them. Which makes me very happy. 🙂

I didn’t read much during the week but smashed through two entire books on Sunday! I’m trying very hard to get caught up on the Royal Spyness series, since I have an eARC of the newest one but was several books behind. Now I’m just waiting on my requests to come through at the library.

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Weekly Dose of Adorableness

Throwback to Noah’s first attempt to play with Tristan (cat). Tristan was used to our older, bigger puppy by this point but little Noah was rougher and faster! Tristan was NOT impressed, as you can see.

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Aug 28

Can’t Wait Wednesday #19 – The Bromance Book Club

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I’m joining in the fun with a Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually the books are ones yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday #19 – The Bromance Book ClubThe Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Published by Berkley on November 5, 2019
Pages: 320
Goodreads

The first rule of this book club:
You don't talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

This sounds absolutely hilarious with the potential to be hot as hell. Dear lord please let it be as good as it sounds!

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Aug 26

Sunday Post #16 – It’s Here and I’m Not Ready

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Hey everyone! Back with another Sunday Post update, via Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I’m totally patterning mine off of Kimberly’s, at least for now.

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School starts back this week.

Totally my face.

I am so not ready. The ankle really put a wrench in all my productive plans for August. My house is just barely passably clean. The flowerbed still needs weeded. The dogs HAVE been getting daily exercise and training – that’s about the only thing (besides reading) that wasn’t severely neglected. And classes start on Wednesday morning, 8:30 a.m. *sigh*

That “I feel slightly ill” look? Nailed it.

It’s been a lovely month for reading (being partially immobile will do that), but I haven’t actually written many reviews! Here are the books I read in August (so far…I still have two more days before all bets are off!). Hopefully I will get cracking on the reviews and you’ll see a lot of these very soon. All covers link to GoodReads, so check them out!

 

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Next Week on the Blog

  • Can’t Wait Wednesday #19
  • Hopefully some book reviews!

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Aug 23

Book Blogger Problems

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Welcome to Book Blogger Issues Problems

How I feel about my book REVIEWS right now.

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You Might be a Book Blogger If….

WORDS. They’re exhausting. Too many feels.

  • You read an AMAZING book that you want to tell everyone about but trying to describe it completely freezes your brain. Hence your blog sits silent even though you’re plowing through books at an alarming rate. This is me, currently. The book in question was The Wolf in the Whale, which I was supposed to have a review published for weeks ago. I even had it scheduled for a week ago, and after sitting staring at a blank blog post for half an hour I closed it and haven’t written a review since.

Pretty much.

  • You feel like you need a stiff drink when you actually decide to check your stats for once and find your number of subscribers has decreased substantially. I try not to focus on blog stats, because I write about books because I love them, not because I want attention. But I DO thoroughly enjoy discoursing with other bookworms about them!

I plead the 5th…

  • You spend hours on GoodReads/other book blogs reading about books…and never open your current read. I love talking with people about books, and reading other reviews and book blogs feels something like that!

Read what you love. Stop worrying about what other people think of your book choices!

  • You have massive amounts of book guilt. Like from the ARCs that are months overdue. Or feeling like you should read this book or that book. Instead of what you really want to read. Word of advice: read what you love. Read what you like. Otherwise your love of reading will fizzle. Not necessarily die, but definitely fizzle. Take it from the recovering English major/literature snob.

ALL the notes.

  • You take obsessive notes about your reading. You might even have a reading planner. Or many, many lists of books (or shelves on GoodReads). You might have lists of your lists of books. I find it difficult to read without my phone beside me because when I find good quotes I want to update my GR status RIGHT NOW!

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Are any of these you? What are some other funny/weird things about being a book blogger?

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Aug 21

Can’t Wait Wednesday #18 – The Alchemist and an Amaretto (Guild Codex #5)

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I’m joining in the fun with a Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually the books are ones yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday #18 – The Alchemist and an Amaretto (Guild Codex #5)The Alchemist and an Amaretto (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #5) by Annette Marie
on October 11, 2019
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As a guild bartender, I can handle pretty much anything—mages, sorcerers, witches, the occasional demon. But show me anything family-related and I'd rather run for the hills. It doesn't even have to be my family.

So I have no idea why I thought spending the holidays with Aaron's mom and pop was a good idea.

Meeting his famous parents is already terrifying enough, but I've got a bigger problem. Students of his family's renowned mage academy are being attacked on the grounds—and somehow no one has seen a single assailant? Unexplained tracks litter the nearby woods, rumors of forbidden alchemy are circulating the campus…and Ezra has been acting strangely since we arrived.

Something deadly is brewing in the shadow of Sinclair Academy, and the longer we take to uncover it, the more dangerous it becomes. But no matter the risk, we'll protect the students.

And Aaron's parents too, I suppose. If we have to.

--THE GUILD CODEX

Spellbound Series:Three Mages and a Margarita (#1)Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (#2)Two Witches and a Whiskey (#3)Demon Magic and a Martini (#4)The Alchemist and an Amaretto (#5)Druid Vices and a Vodka (#6)

Demonized Series:Taming Demons for Beginners (#1)Slaying Monsters for the Feeble (#2)

I’m obsessed with this series and this author. <3 Love Tori so much! You can read my reviews of the first two books in the Guild Codex series here and here.

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Aug 14

Can’t Wait Wednesday #17 – Monstress, Volume 4

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I’m joining in the fun with a Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually the books are ones yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday #17 – Monstress, Volume 4Monstress, Vol. 4: The Chosen by Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda
Published by Image Comics on October 1, 2019
Pages: 176
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Maika and Corvin make their way through a warped and lethal land in search of Kippa, who is faced with her own terrible monsters. But when Maika comes face-to-face with a stranger from her deep past, startling truths are uncovered, and at the center of it all lurks a dangerous conspiracy that threatens the Known World. Maika is finally close to getting all the answers she ever wanted, but at what price? With war on the horizon-a war no one wants to stop-whose side will Maika choose? Collects MONSTRESS #19-24.

EEEEEEK!!!! *ahem* I am over the moon and can’t wait to read this! (Yes, I know, I could read the individual issues…but I started with the collections and feel obligated to continue.) I loved the first three collections of Monstress and have no doubt Marjorie Liu will continue to deliver with this installment.

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Aug 13

Sunday Post #15 – Vacation is Too Much

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Hey everyone! Back with another Sunday Post update, via Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  I’m totally patterning mine off of Kimberly’s, at least for now.

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This last week was a doozy (as evidenced by this post going up on a TUESDAY instead of the appropriate Sunday)! It ended with a badly sprained ankle for me, after falling down some stairs. I did get quite a bit of reading done though, which was nice. Reviews will be forthcoming but you can keep up with my progress on Goodreads – I raised my reading goal to 100 last week!

Weekly Dose of Adorableness

Noah looking concerned.

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This Week on the Blog

  • Remember Me – YA horror/paranormal review
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday #17
  • The Wolf in the Whale – historical/fantasy review

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Aug 07

Can’t Wait Wednesday #16 – Blood Heir

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I’m joining in the fun with a Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually the books are ones yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday #16 – Blood HeirBlood Heir (Blood Heir, #1) by Amélie Wen Zhao
Published by Delacorte Press on November 19, 2019
Pages: 496
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This hot debut is the first book in an epic new series about a princess hiding a dark secret and the con man she must trust to clear her name for her father's murder.

In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.

When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

I am SO excited for Blood Heir! I was excited when I first heard about it, and now after all the immense drama surrounding the book Twitter controversy and subsequent pulling of the book…it’s back. BOOK TWITTER AIN’T ALWAYS RIGHT, peeps. I haven’t read this book yet, but will at the first opportunity and many bloggers/reviewers I truly respect have already given it great reviews.

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Aug 04

Sunday Post #14 – Summer Classes Are Over

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Hey everyone! Back with another Sunday Post update, via Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I’m totally patterning mine off of Kimberly’s, at least for now.

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Summer classes are officially over! I (as I’ve mentioned about a million times, I know), I was taking organic chemistry in June and July. It royally sucked. Unfortunately, I was unhappy enough with my grade in the “second semester” class that I’ll be taking it again in the spring. I passed, but it doesn’t look good on my GPA and grad schools tend to have expectations. Imagine that. Meh. But, I’m trying to put all that behind me and enjoy my August off (mostly) from school. I read ONE book in July, but I feel like August is going to be a good one!

Weekly Dose of Adorableness

We got Samson a life jacket because he loves to swim but is a tiny bit unsure in deeper water. He LOVES it and gets so excited every time we get it out!

Also, sidenote on another project of mine…I put up a video of my last school year in my planner – a Plum Paper Planner student version. Check it out if you enjoy planners as well as books! 😀 There’s a little bit in there about book blogging, too. 😉

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Aug 02

August 2019 New Releases

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Somehow, I only have ONE book pre-ordered for August! I did receive some ARCs of others that I’m sharing as well because I think they sound amazing (even if I haven’t *cough cough* got to read them yet).   This is just, as always, the books I have pre-ordered, it is by no means an exhaustive list of all the books being published this month…just the ones I absolutely couldn’t live without! This month seems a little light on the publishing front, but I guess that’s to be expected for summer. I’ve already been eyeing a TON of September and October books though…my bank account is going to be begging for mercy.

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All covers link to GoodReads!

I’ll be reviewing most if not all these in the coming few weeks, so keep your eyes open! Any of them on your list? Any others I should add?

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