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Oct 01

October 2019 New Releases

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Welcome to the October 2019 new releases list, per moi, and the books I’m most excited about. The top part of this list 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! I did include a secondary list this month because I didn’t pre-order as many books as I wanted to for October…I’m trying to be good to my wallet. There are just SO MANY good ones coming out this month! And I know I’m missing quite a few…if you want to see the top 200 for October according to GoodReads adds click here.

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All covers link to GoodReads!

Pre-Orders
Not Pre-Ordered But Fingers Crossed My Library Gets Them Quickly

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Some other October Release lists you might enjoy:

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Sep 29

Sunday Post #19 – Hello, October!

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Hey everyone! Back with another Sunday Post update, via Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I’m patterning mine off of Kimberly’s, at least for now. Maybe one day I’ll get creative and make my own graphics!

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Life Update

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This week I have felt more normal, yay! Still low energy and coughing but not quite as much like I’m at death’s door, so that’s been awesome. I also got some reading done, and some blog posts, and a friend and I took Saturday and went to the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival, which was awesome and also WAY too hot for the end of September (yes, in another side of my life, I’m a fiber/yarn/fabric geek).

It WOULD be really great if we could get some fall-like weather here in Virginia. It’s been miserably hot, and dry, and this coming week is supposed to be in the 90s for at least 3 days. WAAAAH!!! I’m planning to pull out my fall decorations tomorrow, maybe that will convince the weather gods to send some cool breezes our way…

Weekly Dose of Adorableness

My two babies, hanging out together. A rare sighting, since usually they’re wrestling.

Last Week on Blog

Covers link to GoodReads, descriptions to my reviews!

Next Week on the Blog

Some backlist titles this week!

  • Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) – urban fantasy
  • Naughty in Nice (Her Royal Spyness #5) – cozy historical mystery
  • October 2019 New Releases – this month is a DOOZY for publishing! At least of books that appeal to me.
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday

Around the Blogosphere

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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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Jun 02

Sunday Post #11 – I Demand a Recount

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Hey everyone! Back with another Sunday Post update, via Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s been a LONG time since I did a Sunday Post, but I’d like to get back into it regularly as a way to wrap up. I’m totally patterning mine off of Kimberly’s, at least for now.

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I’m demanding a recount…of the days allotted to May. I was promised 31 days and I’m pretty sure I only received about 10. I start my summer class – organic chemistry (EEEEEK!!!) – tomorrow. Someone please explain how that happened. My brain is not sufficiently recovered from the past semesters. On the bright side, I’ve discovered that I actually know two people who will be in class with me, which makes me extremely happy.

Since all the complaining I can do will NOT roll back the calendar on May, I did a quick count and I managed to finish quite a few books for May!

  • 12 physical copy books
  • 5 e-books
  • 1 audiobook

TOTAL: 18 books

That has to be some kind of record for me. Pretty happy about that. I’m at 70 books for the year, which is FABULOUS for me. I have no idea how the rest of the year will go but I am very happy with the books I’ve read so far.

I’ve been a lot more active on Instagram lately (not just for the Read a Series in a month challenge, which I failed because…I can only handle so much angst at a time…*side-eye at the Twilight Saga*), so if you have an account be sure to look me up!

Weekly Dose of Adorableness

My golden boy is almost one year old! He looks so GROWN.

Last Week on Blog

Next Week on the Blog

  • Stepsister – YA fantasy review
  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek – historical fiction review
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday #7

If you want to see what other books are coming up for review, be sure to check out the widget in the right sidebar!

Around the Blogosphere

I was absolutely HORRIBLE about blog hopping this week! If you saw something really awesome in the book world, leave me a link in the comments! <3

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May 12

Sunday Post #8 – Trying to Get Ahead

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

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This week I’ve mostly been focusing on getting my life organized! This includes the blog, since I know June and July will be CRAZY for me (taking an entire year of organic chemistry in those two months). I’m trying to get as many posts scheduled and lined up as possible – which also means I’ve been reading like crazy. This upcoming week is a little quiet, but I have a lot of new release reviews and tours coming up in the last half of the month and I’m super excited about them all!

Noah in one of his favorite spots! Mine too, though he seems to spend more time in that chair than I do…hmmm.

Last Week on Blog

Next Week on the Blog

  • A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell #2) – historical mystery review
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell #3) – historical mystery review

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Jan 02

January 2019 New Book Releases

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Happy New Year, everyone!! I hope you all had whatever kind of New Year’s celebration you prefer, be that at home on the couch curled up with a book or out at a party, and everything in between!

It’s the start of a new month, which means all kinds of awesome new books are coming out. I wanted to highlight the ones I chose to pre-order for January – but this is by no means an exhaustive list! For a more extensive look, try the Top 200 of January 2019 list on GoodReads.

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  • If you follow my blog already, you will not be surprised at all to see Winter of the Witch – the conclusion to the amazing Winternight trilogy – on this list! I did get an ARC but I ordered a finished copy of both the US version and the UK version (because both covers are fabulous and I couldn’t possibly choose).
  • Okay, I admit, I got this one mostly for the cover…also I’ve really enjoyed the other A.G. Howard books that I’ve read. Stain is a retelling of the Princess and the Pea fairy tale…I have no idea how you could possibly write a full-length novel based on that, but I guess I’ll find out!
  • If you haven’t heard about Roshani Chokshi’s forthcoming The Gilded Wolves, seriously what rock have you been living under? This sounds like the ultimate tale of friendship and survival and I am so excited for it!
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a Beauty and the Beast retelling (do you sense a theme here?), described as being “perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.” Um, yes? I am so here for that.
  • I’m kind of terrified that The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali is going to completely break my heart, but it sounds like a very important story and I can’t wait! It’s author Sabina Khan’s debut novel.

That’s it for me! I put a cap on my pre-orders at five…even that sounds like a lot to me but I just couldn’t narrow it down this month. Are any of these on your TBR? Anything not on my list that you’re super stoked about for January?

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Aug 14

Stacking the Shelves [2]

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I’ve decided to join in with the Stacking the Shelves meme from Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality! Probably not every week, as I often go weeks without buying books at present, but it’s fun to see what deals I’ve managed to find and what stuff I get to splurge on.

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We are all book lovers and the need to share our enthusiasm is sometimes overwhelming. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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Again with the ebooks this week! No new NetGalleys, but I did snag quite a few freebies! A lot of the free ones are outside my usual tastes, but I like to get them so I have choices for every possible reading mood that might strike. Hehe!

     

The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress (free) – a bluestocking is something like a scholar, so I’m intrigued. When I feel the need for a romance I might pick this up.

Conjure (The Hoodoo Apprentice #1) (free) – hmmmm. Pirates, soul eating, demon dogs?

The Replacement Crush (free) – IT’S ABOUT A BOOK BLOGGER. Therefore I must read it regardless of content. I don’t think I’ve heard of any other books about book bloggers specifically!

Royally Screwed (Royally #1) – I’ve wanted to read this ever since it first came out. But I’m too embarrassed to carry around books with shirtless men on their covers…so I finally bought the ebook.

Mountains Beyond Mountains – I was turned onto this book in my anthropology class last semester. A medical doctor who travels the world learning and caring for other cultures? Sounds like a role model to me.

A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #1) – because it was on sale for $1.99, and I occasionally get a burning need for cozy mysteries.

Flight of a Witch (Felse Investigations #3) – see above reason. Also,  did NOT realize this was #3 of this particular series when I bought it. Whoops.

 

And that’s it for this week! Yes, I’m a couple of days late posting…oops. Oh well. What sort of deals and steals have you found for your shelf lately?

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Jul 24

Changing Things Up

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Yes, the blog is coming back to life! You can look for more regular reviews and profiles starting in August, but for now here are two big changes:

An Actual Email Newsletter

I’m super excited about this! I’ve had this as an idea kicking around for QUITE some time, but just hadn’t had the time to put into setting it up. NO MORE! There will be a weekly or less newsletter (so less e-mails than if you subscribed via WordPress), also with exclusive content that won’t appear on the blog. You can, of course, still subscribe to the blog feed through WordPress, or Bloglovin (links in the sidebar over there>>>), but this way will have all the barebones info about reviews, profiles, and giveaways in one place – and you can always click through to the blog for more details. So make sure you subscribe. 😉 Look for the first newsletter around August 1st!

Disqus Commenting

I’m giving the Disqus comment system a try. Kind of by accident…something happened when I did some updating and reformatting, and suddenly Disqus was the only comment system there. Whoops. BUT, after doing a little research, I decided to keep it! At least for a few months. I like the CommentLuv system for sharing posts with comments, but it seems finicky (I only get it to work on other blogs, for myself, about half of the time), where Disqus seems much more dependable and consistent – AND, you don’t have to have an account. It’s nice to have one, because then you can see all your comments, along with any replies to them, in one place! Let me know what you think, and what other comments systems you like.

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Jul 19

2018 Books I’m Dying to Read

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This year has not been a great one for my reading! I’ve been reading…but reading required stuff for school. I had sort of forgotten about that aspect of college classes. 😛 Very inconvenient, that. So basically, all these fabulous new books have come out and I HAVEN’T READ A SINGLE ONE. Not even the ones I pre-ordered!

I keep reminding myself that this is a temporary – albeit going to be a VERY long temporary – season and one day I will have time to read all the things I want again. I’m actually enjoying school very much and it’s going very well! I just have to prioritize my time and energy and…well. I care too much about my GPA to put anything except my family in front of it. That said, AUGUST IS COMING. And with August is coming a month-long break from classes.

I have SO earned it, people. Hopefully during that month, I will get to at least a handful of these amazing-sounding new 2018 books! All covers link to GoodReads.

 

 

THIS BOOK. Viking shield-maidens, betrayals, forbidden love? YES PLEASE. On my shelf since release, it’s coming with me on vacation. It sounds amazing and I keep seeing new great reviews for it!

 

 

 

 

Another one already on my shelf. This one seems to turn ALL the stereotypes for historical and even alternate history books on their respective heads. I can’t wait. It, also, sounds amazing! Sorry, you’ll have to bear with me repeatedly using that word because these are all just making me squeal with anticipation like a little kid.

 

 

 

 

 

Yet another one that is already on my shelf…still unread. Ahem. I had to get this one because I loved Marsh’s YA debut, Fear the Drowning Deep. Necromancy, bisexuality, and monsters…sign me up. Must. Read. Faster.

 

 

 

 

 

I have been waiting for this book since I finished When Dimple Met Rishi – which was fabulous, and I am sure this one will be just as fabulous. OMG. Why can I not have a 48 hour day? And keep my sleep needs the same, thankyouverymuch.

 

 

 

 

 

EEEEEEEEE!!! It’s finally here, it’s finally here! I snickered and guffawed my way through My Lady Jane, so I am delighted to read these awesome authors’ take on Jane Eyre. I’m convinced it will be just as amazing, lighthearted, and fun.

 

 

 

There are TONS more books that sound phenomenal out this year. If you want you can check out my entire 2018 release list on GoodReads, and please share some of your favorites – whether you’ve read them already or still waiting – in the comments!

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Jun 05

Still Here!

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Hello folks! Yes, I am still here. Mostly. 😉

However, going back to college full time has been a real adjustment. I had SO MUCH HOMEWORK last semester, I really struggled juggling home, family, and school. In my little bit of spare time, I mostly tried to be creative. I did a lot of knitting. Unfortunately, I did almost no reading that wasn’t for class. Ok, let me be completely honest.

NONE.

I miss it. So much. Missing my books is not helping my stress levels. But I came out of this first semester with a decent GPA, so it was worth it. I do really want to work my “fun” reading back into my day to day life, and I’m hoping  this summer will let me do that. I’m still taking classes this summer, but not as many (phew).

There have been so many amazing new books that have come out this year – not a SINGLE ONE of which I have managed to read, even though I had a couple on pre-order. I’m going to try to put a post in the next few days highlighting some of these, so stay tuned!

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