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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

Around the Blogosphere

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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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Oct 10

NaNoWriMo 2017

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Yessssssss my friends, it is here again!! Last year, instead of stressing myself out trying to finish a 50K word novel, my goal was to completely plot my novel (in case you’re not familiar, check out National Novel Writing Month 2017). AND I SUCCEEDED. There was SUCH a happy dance! So naturally, I’m doing it again this year! If you have already decided or are on the fence, check out the main page and then hop over and add me as a writing buddy!

I did not, however, succeed at finishing said novel this year. Currently “Rising of the Sun” sits at 18,598 words, according to my Scrivener file. Just a leeeeetle bit short of my goal of 120K. But, not to be deterred, today I sat down to figure out my goals and plans for NaNoWriMo 2017. First up was reading over my (FINISHED! I just have to keep pointing that out, I’m so proud of myself) outline.

And this was my face, because I seriously HAVE NO MEMORY of writing some of this stuff. Like where TF did this come from? Did this actually come out of my brain? I mean, it must have…right?

Well, regardless – my goal for NaNo this year is to add 50,000 words to my novel. Based on the size of my outline, I would say the finished word count goal of 120K is probably a gross UNDERestimate, haha. For this month of #Preptober my plan is:

  • Re-read outline in entirety
  • Read already written 18,000 words – DO NOT EDIT! Inner editor, now is not your time…
  • Fill in major character sketches for both MCs
  • Fill in major character sketches for 4 other characters
  • Fill in DETAILED plot outline for next 3 chapters
  • Find or put together writing playlists (Apple Music? Spotify?)

Do you have plans for NaNoWriMo 2017? Have you participated before? Do you think it helps you as a writer? What are you doing for #Preptober?

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Sep 28

How to Get Over a Reading Slump

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Granted, this title is super pretentious, because no matter how many strategies you have to get over your reading slump – they happen. We’ve all been there. I think a big part of the key is to not FREAK OUT when they happen, because there are a lot of things we can do to ride it out and get back to the books we know we love! Slumps happen for a lot of reasons. You may be completely blindsided by your sudden lack of interest in (or just inability to concentrate on) that book you’ve been anticipating for months, or you may know exactly what is bothering you. Through the years I’ve become a lot better at pinpointing the cause of my slumps, but I still find myself in the depths of book despair at times. Regardless of the reasons for your reading slump, here are some ideas to help you break out of it!

1.  Re-read your favorite books. My go-to re-reads of late have been the Harry Potter series. I’m on #4. There’s something very comforting and reassuring about re-reads. Whether you like HEA endings or something else, re-read a book that left you satisfied and proud to have on your shelf.

2.  Listen to audiobooks. There’s something about the change in format that really helps my brain. I’m actually combining these first two for my Harry Potter re-read. I love the narrator (Jim Dale), his voices for the different characters are AMAZING!

3.  Go to the library. Libraries help assuage my need to BUY ALL THE BOOKS that kicks into overdrive when I go to an actual bookstore. I can walk out with an entire armful JUST BECAUSE THEY LOOK PRETTY, with no guilt at all over whether or not I read them. I can take them home if I want to. I can read them (or not) if I want to. And then, for the love of all that’s sacred, return them.

4.  Organize (re-organize) your bookshelves. Or stacks. Obviously, if you don’t own physical books, this might not help. But I’ve found many times that going through all my books I inevitably find one that piques my interest – either by re-reading it (please tell me I’m not the only one who occasionally finds a book that I know I have read but can’t remember a thing about it upon seeing it again) or being motivated to finally read it.

5.  Give some books away! Share the love. Introduce a child to the wonderful world of books! Or, simply remove them from your virtual TBR. Sometimes we get overwhelmed by that towering TBR and just need some space. If you have stacks of physical unread books, go through them and be honest – are you actually still interested in that book, or do you just feel guilty when you look at it? If all you feel is guilt – GET RID OF IT! Donate it to a library, a thrift store, or to someone you know who might enjoy it. Go through your GoodReads TBR and kick off books that you don’t remember or that don’t interest you anymore. It’s very freeing.

These are just a few things that have helped me through reading slumps. I still sort of feel like I’m in one now, but I am still reading (albeit slowly) by using some of these ideas. What are ways you break out of your reading slump? Book hangovers?

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Sep 05

Down the TBR Hole #23

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down the tbr hole

Time to wield the axe again – I’m mercilessly culling my TBR list on GoodReads with the amazing Down the TBR Hole meme by Lia at Lost in a Story (who has, somehow, already made it completely through his own TBR)!

Most of you probably know this feeling. Your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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When I started this series of posts, I had 604 books on my TBR list. Last week I made quite a bit of progress through sheer organization, and I this week I haven’t added that many so I am at 638. Off we go again!

Title/Author: Marley & Me, by John Grogan

Date Added: June 9, 2015

Thoughts: Because of course I want to bawl my eyes out on a dog book.

Judgment: Keep.

Title/Author: Hands of Light, by Barbara Ann Brennan

Date Added: June 9, 2015

Thoughts: Still not sure what I think of this subject, but am particularly intrigued by this book because the author is a physicist by profession.

Judgment: Keep.

Title/Author: The Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine N. Aron

Date Added: June 9, 2015

Thoughts: Recommended by a good friend. Bought a copy. Unread on the shelf because I’m afraid of finding out more about myself.

Judgment: Keep.

Title/Author: Essential Reiki, by Diane Stein

Date Added: June 9, 2015

Thoughts: I actually ended up taking a class on Reiki.

Judgment: Go.

  

Title/Author: Insurgent, Allegiant, and Four (Divergent series), by Veronica Roth

Date Added: June 11, 2015

Thoughts: Despite having the end of the series MASSIVELY SPOILED for me after I read the first one, I’d still like to finish it at some point.

Judgment: Keep.

Title/Author: Inceptio, by Alison Morton

Date Added: June 11, 2015

Thoughts: I have no memory AT ALL of this, and no one I know how read it…where did this come from?

Judgment: Go.

Title/Author: Shadow Wolf (Wolves of the Beyond #2), by Kathryn Lasky

Date Added: June 13, 2015

Thoughts: Yes, at some point I want to finish reading this adorable little series…I read the first one but never picked up the rest!

Judgment: Keep.

Title/Author: The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires #1), by Jim Butcher

Date Added: June 14, 2015

Thoughts: I pre-ordered this book. HOW HAVE I NOT READ IT YET??

Judgment: Keep. Obviously.

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Well, down by 2 this week. Not great, but better than none. Now if I could just read more! Until next time…

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