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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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Feb 10

January Reading Wrap Up!

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Yes, it’s 10 days into February and I’m just now getting this up. I really wanted to at least do a January post though, because I had a fabulous reading month! This was partly due to having much more time than usual to read, as I didn’t go back to classes until January 15th, but also I just read some awesome books that I thoroughly enjoyed.

FIRST, an apology – I have been absolutely HORRIBLE at replying to comments in the past month. Please be sure I read every single one of them but replying to them on my phone is kind of a pain and sometimes I forget by the time I get to my laptop, which is old and starting to be a complete pain in the ass to load WordPress on. Why, who knows, but…I will try to do better! Please keep commenting! It seriously brightens my days.

The above picture is of books that found their way to my shelves this month, but unfortunately I haven’t actually gotten around to reading those yet, hehe (except The Winter of the Witch and The Au Pair). So here we go!

Basic Reading Stats

  • 15 books finished (check out my GoodReads shelf to see what they were!)
  • 3,786 pages read
  • 3 hours 51 minutes of audiobooks
  • 8 Beat the Backlist books
  • 6 New Release books
  • 5 Diverse Reads books

Incoming Book Haul

You can see these from the picture, obviously, but of note:

  • the OwlCrate special edition of The Gilded Wolves! I’m in love with the silver and blue accents. Also the character cards came as a pre-order gift from the publisher and are they not just the most awesome thing. 😀

  • Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse Read-a-long is still going on, so PLEASE check it out! I am woefully behind, but still have hopes of catching up (hence the Curtsies and Conspiracies purchase). Also, I might have, um, FINALLY obtained the illustrated edition of Soulless…signed by the author, no less!! EEEEEEP.

What was your favorite book from January? Either that you read or bought? *wink wink*

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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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Aug 13

Review of The Royal Runaway

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Review of The Royal RunawayThe Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory
Published by Gallery Books on October 9, 2018
Genres: Modern, Romance
Pages: 304
Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide
Goodreads three-stars
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For fans of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We comes a fun and daring novel about a modern-day princess who teams up with a spy to find out what happened to the fiancé who left her at the altar—and who just might get her own fairytale in the process.

Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is so over this princess thing.

After her fiancé jilted her on their wedding day, she’s finally back home after spending four months in exile—aka it’s back to press conferences, public appearances, and putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea’s sick of duty. After all, that’s what got her into this mess in the first place.

So when she sneaks out of the palace and meets a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she relishes the chance to be a normal woman for a change. But just as she thinks she’s found her Prince Charming for the night, he reveals his intentions are less than honorable: he’s the brother of her former fiancé, a British spy, and he’s not above blackmail. As Thea reluctantly joins forces with Nick to find out what happened the day her fiancé disappeared, together they discover a secret that could destroy a centuries-old monarchy and change life as they know it.

Funny, fast-paced, and full of more twists and turns than the castle Thea lives in, The Royal Runaway is a fresh romantic comedy that will leave you cheering for the modern-day royal who chucks the rulebook aside to create her own happily-ever-after.

Fluffy. A little bit funny, a lot ridiculous. Requires much more suspension of disbelief than my usual picks, but even still it was entertaining enough to finish. The title feels a bit misleading, as Thea never really seems to run away…she just sort of flounces off and disappears for a few days but doesn’t really go far. But anyway…

The plot is a bit…farfetched. Hence the required suspension of disbelief. The locale is obviously based on England, but the author has invented another country (I suppose so no one can say she’s dissing the actual British royal family?) and culture. Said country and culture is pretty much England…except England is also mentioned. Color me confused, for the first few chapters until I gave up trying to understand and just rolled with it. Then there is the issue of Princess Thea’s fiance’ abandoning her at the altar, and all the other super-secret-squirrel-stuff…and then there’s the other guy, who, yes, sounds hot, but in a very generic sense. Oh well, it was still cute.

I struggled a bit to really connect with and feel for the characters. Both Thea and Nick are just kind of…flat. Not in an annoying way, there just didn’t seem to be a lot there other than Nick’s oh-so-attractive-secretiveness about his past life and Thea’s terribly, exhausting choices between family duty and her heart’s desires. Oooookay, first world problems much? That is, at least, pointed out in the book. Thea needed a backbone. Nick needed to think more with his big head instead of his little one, all James Bond style.

The end was a little rushed, but it tied up all the loose ends nicely. All in all The Royal Runaway was a light, quick and easy read but without a whole lot of substance – which sometimes is exactly what is needed.

Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Aug 04

Stacking the Shelves [1]

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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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This week everything I got was an electronic version! Which is absolutely fine, I love stockpiling my Nook and of course NetGalley copies are always fun. If a copy was free or a review ARC I’ve noted it – no guarantees the ebooks will STILL be free, but they were when I got them.

The 19th Wife – Have wanted to pick this up, at some point, for a very long time. One of these days I’ll get around to reading it.

The Crooked Path – This just sounded interesting at the time.

The Bonesetter’s Daughter – I’ve wanted to read something by Amy Tan for ages! Now I have no excuse other than there aren’t enough hours in the day.

Ella, The Slayer (free) – Errrrm…so sue me, I thought the cover was pretty. Also I can’t resist free ebooks.

More Than Friends (free) – This sounded like a cute, fluffy read, so I snagged it even though it’s the second in a series. All the reviews I read said it wasn’t necessary to read the first.

Annie on My Mind – Planning for Banned Books Week. Apparently this book just caused people to go apoplectic.

Beneath a Highland Moon (free) – You never know when you might need a good bodice-ripper.

The Royal Runaway (review) – This sounded cute and funny.

Toil and Trouble (review) – And THIS, sounded awesome! I can’t wait!

Improper Cross-Stitch (review) – I love to make ALL the things, and quirky cross-stitch is one of my favs. Super excited to read this.

Fizz, Boom, Bath! (review) – Again, making stuffs! I actually got to try one of the bath bombs these girls made for a long ago OwlCrate, and it was amazing. I really should learn to make my own.

That’s it, folks! Kind of an odd mashup, and not my usual YA fare, but interesting books nonetheless. I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve added to my shelf recently. Any of these on your TBR?

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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 08

Halloween Read-A-Thon 2017

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It’s that time of year again, everyone!!! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!  Wonderless Reviews is hosting the Halloween Read-A-Thon over on her blog again this year. If you haven’t seen it already go over, check it out, and sign up! This year she’s offering a giveaway and I’ve decided to contribute as well (if you’re in a hurry, scroll to the bottom of this post for details). My TBR this year is mostly encapsulated in this picture.

  • Girl of Nightmares, by Kendare Blake – I read Anna Dressed in Blood last year for the read-a-thon
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss – I meant to read this a couple of months ago, but it didn’t happen.
  • Hunting Price Dracula, by Kerri Maniscalco – Another sequel, look at me go! I read the first book in this series for the Halloween Read-A-Thon last year as well…I sense a trend.
  • The Diabolic, by S.J. Kincaid – This has been out for ages and now the sequel to IT is about to be released, so it’s about time!

I’m not sure what else if anything I will get to this month, so I’m going to leave it there for now. And now for…*drumroll please*

I’m giving away a Halloween book sleeve (yes, made by yours truly)! I took pre-orders for these but they are no longer available in the store, so you’ll be getting the only one I have left!

I’m totally stealing rules from Lauren here:

  • The giveaway opens NOW and closes on the 30th October. You can enter anytime between those dates. The winner will be announced on the 31st October (or as soon as I can get to it).
  • The giveaway is international – I really hate leaving folks out, so even though shipping is outrageous I’m spreading the love!
  • You don’t have to complete the challenges to be eligible for the giveaway. You DO have to have signed up on Lauren’s Halloween Read-A-Thon announcement post (yes, I *will* check).
  • 18+ or a parent/guardian’s permission. Sorry, folks.
  • I accept no responsibility for lost or damaged packages.
  • Enter the Rafflecopter below! Or click the picture above. 🙂

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Happy reading, everyone!! And a happy, spooky October to you. 😉 😀

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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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