Saturday, December 9, 2017

My Book Haul 12/9/2017

Create Your Life Book by Tamara Laporte, I'll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos, The Good Samaritan by John Marrs, The Last Coven by Rick Gualtieri, Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank, Witch Slapped by Dakota Cassidy, and Only the Rain by Randall Silvis
In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. Haven't done a haul in awhile, so this is several weeks worth of books.

NetGalley/Edelweiss:


This was on my wishlist, so was excited to see it offered as a review copy on NetGalley! I've been playing around with an art journal and always looking for inspiration!

Create Your Life Book by Tamara Laporte
Create Your Life Book by Tamara Laporte

Based on much-loved mixed-media artist Tamara Laporte’s popular, multi-year series of online classes, Create Your Life Book offers mixed-media drawing and painting projects that can raise your awareness of and help you work through personal challenges and other obstacles to creating art and achieving self-fulfillment.

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This was an email review offer. Read a sample and was intrigued enough to download a copy!

I'll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos
I'll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos

On the weekend of her wedding, Clare Hobbes meets an elderly woman named Edith Herron. During the course of a single conversation, Edith gives Clare the courage to do what she should have done months earlier: break off her engagement to her charming, yet overly possessive, fiancé.

Free eBooks:


This was my Kindle First pick for November. I don't always download a book, but this one sounded really intriguing!

The Good Samaritan by John Marrs
The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.

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Another benefit of being an Amazon Prime member is that we get to borrow one title a month. This was my pick for November.

The Last Coven by Rick Gualtieri
The Last Coven by Rick Gualtieri

The Last Coven is the grand finale of the bestselling Tome of Bill saga, an urban fantasy series with a nasty overbite. If you like gory fight scenes, dorky humor, and Bigfoot-sized action, then you'll love Rick Gualtieri's latest installment in this kick-butt vampire series for the 21st century adult.

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Not sure where I saw this, but it looked too intriguing to pass up!

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank
Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank

For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

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Love Dakota Cassidy, but haven't read this series yet. 

Witch Slapped by Dakota Cassidy
Witch Slapped by Dakota Cassidy

"Oh, good. Not a problem. I'll invoke the Gods of Pilates. I'm sure they'd be happy to help. Hang on just one sec while I dial them up. Oh, wait. I can't. Know why I can't? Because my hands are tied behind my back with zip ties, Win!"

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My Kindle First pick for December. Not my usual genre, but sounded like an interesting read!

Only the Rain by Randall Silvis
Only the Rain by Randall Silvis

When family man and war veteran Russell loses his job as a quarry worker, his life suddenly seems more like a waking nightmare than a chance to finally live the American dream. Facing bills, a new baby, and a bone-dry bank account, he’s got nothing left to lose. Russell comes to the rescue of a naked stranger dancing in the rain, and what was supposed to be a straightforward good deed turns into a spiral of danger.



What did you receive this week?


Monday, November 27, 2017

Bookmark: A Book is a Dream

Since I collect bookmarks, thought it would be fun to showcase some of my collection!
(Inspired by Guiltless Reader's Bookmark Monday series)

Bookmark: A Book is a Dream
Took part in a handmade bookmark swap on Facebook. Love the bookmark that Sarah made for me!

 Bookmark: A Book is a Dream, Close-up
Close-up of the quote 

Bookmark: A Book is a Dream, my name
She even put my name on the back! How cute is that?


Monday, November 13, 2017

Bookmark: Autumn Leaves

Since I collect bookmarks, thought it would be fun to showcase some of my collection!
(Inspired by Guiltless Reader's Bookmark Monday series)

Took part in a bookmark swap recently and this was the gorgeous bookmark I received! Tawnee also included a cute card and some confetti.

Bookmark:  Autumn Leaves
Love that she used words for the background!

Bookmark:  Autumn Leaves close-up
Here's a close-up of the picture she used.
Such a pretty Fall theme!

Bookmark:  Autumn Leaves
Here's the back of the bookmark

Bookmark:  Autumn Leaves, the back
Close-up of the back
Reminds me of the London Bridge rhyme!

Didn't she do an awesome job?
Love it!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

October 2017 Wrap Up

My month in review. Let's see how I did!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read 5 books this month and am 3 behind schedule. Oops! Here are my books this month:

  1. Buzz Books 2017 YA Fall/Winter
  2. Accidental Mermaid by Dakota Cassidy
  3. Strange Weather by Joe Hill
  4. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  5. Wicked Dead by Rick Gualtieri

October Reviews


Overall


Another mediocre month. Took part in the Blog Ahead Challenge hosted by Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup, but only managed a few posts. But like Scarlett O'Hara used to say...Tomorrow is another day!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

My Book Haul 10/28/2017

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant, Accidental Mermaid by Dakota Cassidy, Breach of Containment by Elizabeth Bonesteel, Demon Freaks by JRRR Hardison, and Wicked Dead by Rick Gualtieri
In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:


Read an excerpt of this one and enjoyed it, so requested a copy when I saw it offered via the Amazon Vine review program. Reminds me a little of an old Big Bang Theory episode!

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant
36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant

Inspired by the real psychology study popularized by the New York Times and its "Modern Love" column, this contemporary YA is perfect for fans of Eleanor and Park.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Book Review: Buzz Books 2017 YA Fall/Winter

Book Review: Buzz Books 2017 YA Fall/Winter
Title:  Buzz Books 2017 YA Fall/Winter
Release Date:  May 16, 2017
Publisher:  Publishers Lunch
Source:  netGalley

Our seventh edition of Buzz Books: Young Adult gives readers the special excitement of being at BookExpo.

Buzz Books are just like a box of chocolates, you open it and you can smell the wonderful aroma and they all look so good that you don't know which one to pick. My advice: pick them all. All the excerpts in this volume will appeal to many types of readers. There's fantasy, love, hatred, fights, and even comics. (Goodreads)

My Review:

The Buzz Book samplers are one of my favorite ways to discover new books and authors! Here are some of the samples that caught my eye from this collection:

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust


Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairytale as you've never heard it before, tracing the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start: the beautiful princess and stepmother queen.


Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay


Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?

Monday, October 2, 2017

September 2017 Wrap Up

September 2017 Wrap Up

My month in review. Let's see how I did!

Books read


In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read only 4 books this month. Not great, but I'm still on track to meet my yearly goal.

  1. Miracle of Morning Pages by Julia Cameron
  2. Half a Prayer by Rick Gualtieri
  3. Secrets in Death by JD Robb
  4. Journal Sparks by Emily Neuburger

September Reviews



Monday, September 25, 2017

Book Review: Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull

A good sequel, but not thrilled with the ending.
Title:  Hawkweed Legacy
Author:  Irena Brignull
Release Date:  August 15, 2017
Publisher:  Weinstein Books
Source:  review copy provided by Wunderkind PR

Poppy is discovering a purpose for her powers in Africa, but she is haunted by a vision of her own death. Taken in by a boy and his great-grandmother, a healer, they vow to keep her safe-even if that ultimately means holding her captive. But Poppy never stops longing for Leo and, when she feels his magic begin to spark, she will do anything to be reunited with him.

Desperate to regain Poppy's trust and bring her home, Charlock embarks on a plan to reunite Leo with his mother. What Charlock doesn't foresee are the string of consequences that she sets into motion that leave Ember all alone and prey to manipulation, the clan open to attack from other witches, Sorrel vulnerable to Raven's ghost, Betony determined to protect her son from his father's fate, and which leave both Leo and Poppy in terrible danger. (Goodreads)


My Review:


The Hawkweed Legacy picks up where the first book left off, with Poppy running away from home in the form of a sparrow. She winds up flying to Africa, where she is taken in by an old medicine woman and her great-grandson.

Poppy's biological mother, Charlock, tries to cover for her daughter and claims that Poppy just needs time to recover from battle and learn how to become both a witch and a Queen. But you can only stall for so long, so Charlock comes up with a new plan.

Ember, the mortal who was raised a witch, is still struggling to fit into her new non-magical life. She's the one who seems to have changed the most since the first book, and not for the better (in my opinion). I thought Ember was made of sterner stuff, but maybe the mortal world is harder to adjust to than expected?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

My Book Haul 9/16/2017

Secrets In Death by JD Robb, What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Journal Sparks by Emily K Neuburger, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, Darkwerks by Brom, Thr3e by Ted Dekker
Quite a haul since my last post!

Library:


Seems like all of my library holds come in at the same time! Thankfully, the due dates are spread out so I have a little wriggle room.

Secrets In Death by JD Robb
Secrets In Death by JD Robb

A new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series: Lt. Eve Dallas must separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people’s secrets is silenced. (Goodreads)

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What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. 

Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet. (Goodreads)

***

Thursday, September 7, 2017

October 2017 Blog Ahead Challenge

A cushion is a terrible thing to waste, so build that cushion of scheduled posts!
It's time once again for the annual Blog Ahead Challenge, hosted by Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup!

The Details:


Blog Ahead aims at helping you cut the stress by blogging ahead and creating a stockpile of scheduled posts that are ready to go when life gets a little crazy.

Any completed and scheduled post counts. The catch? The posts must be dated November 1st or later. They cannot go live in October and count towards the event.

Example:
On Oct 1- you have 1 scheduled post
On Oct 31- you have 31 scheduled posts 

Sound good? If so, head on over to Herding Cats & Burning Soup to sign up!

They say that hope springs eternal, and I'm hoping to schedule enough posts to get me to the end of the year! I know my track record with challenges like this, but what can I say? Guess I'm an optimist at heart (or delusional. I could totally be delusional...).


Monday, September 4, 2017

Book Review: They Both Die At The End

Title:  They Both Die At The End
Author:  Adam Silvera
Release Date:  September 5, 2017
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Source:  Edelweiss

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. 

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. 

The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day. (Goodreads)

My Review:


This isn't the first story I've read where someone is officially notified that they will die that day, but it's the first time a story like this caused tears. Many tears. More than once. Stupid allergies....

The two main characters are Mateo and Rufus, two teenage boys who are notified shortly after midnight that they will die sometime within the next twenty-four hours.

The two boys couldn't be more different and probably never would have met if it weren't for the Last Friend app. Designed for people looking for company during their final hours, it's sort of like Tinder for the dying.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

August 2017 Wrap Up

August 2017 Wrap Up
My month in review. Let's see how I did!

Books read


In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read 12 books this month!

  1. Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
  2. Dead on Arrival by Matt Richtel
  3. Waste of Space by Gina Damico
  4. Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
  5. Gemina by Amie Kaufman
  6. Holier Than Thou by Rick Gualtieri
  7. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  8. Goddamned Freaky Monsters by Rick Gualtieri
  9. Rift Uprising by Amy S Foster
  10. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
  11. Northern Lights by Debra Dunbar
  12. Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull

August Reviews


Saturday, August 19, 2017

My Book Haul 8/19/2017

Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull, Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land, Call of Fire by Beth Cato, Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, Buzz Books 2017 YA Fall/Winter sampler, Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom by Brian Olsen, and An American Werewolf in Hoboken by Dakota Cassidy
In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:


This was an email offer from Wunderkind PR. Since I had read and enjoyed the first book in the series, I was happy to accept this review offer. Looking forward to seeing how this witch-switched-at-birth story plays out!

Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull
Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull

The Hawkweed Legacy begins after two girls, Poppy Hooper and Ember Hawkweed, discover they were switched at birth because of a centuries old-prophecy that destined one of them to be Queen of the witches. 

 Stunned by their findings, Poppy finds comfort with a boy and his great-grandmother in Africa while Ember settles into a new non-coven life with Leo, the boy that is bound to both of them in ways neither of them can yet understand. When both the young women, Leo and the throne are threatened, they must choose between love and destiny as everything they know and cherish may be destroyed.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Review: Dead on Arrival by Matt Richtel

This was not the book I was expecting.
Title:  Dead on Arrival
Author:  Matt Richtel
Release Date:  August 1, 2017
Publisher:  William Morrow
Source:  Edelweiss

A mysterious disorder threatens to destroy the world in this high-concept thriller from Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Matt Richtel, which combines medical science, cutting-edge technology, and breathtaking suspense in the vein of Michael Crichton. (Goodreads)

My Review:

While not my usual type of read, the excerpt pulled me in and left me wanting more!

A plane lands in the small town of Steamboat, Colorado to everyone at the airport seems to be dead. Is it a virus? Biological warfare? A gas leak? Good thing that one of the plane passengers is a infectious disease specialist! Coincidence? Or the unfolding of an evil plot?

Things are just getting good with the doctor examining the nearest body when we shift to the past. Could have done without this look back at Dr Martin's trip to Africa to investigate a mysterious outbreak, but maybe that was just my impatience to get back to the good stuff.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Guest Post: How to Enjoy eBooks without Causing Harm to Your Eyes by Anitya Brown

Hi everyone! Today I'm featuring a guest post from Anitya Brown. Anitya did an awesome post about reading more effectively over on Bookworm Brandee's blog and today she's going to talk about how to enjoy ebooks without hurting your eyes. Enjoy!

How to Enjoy eBooks without Causing Harm to Your Eyes


One of the major arguments against reading ebooks is that you need to read them on an electronic screen, and staring at a screen for long hours every day over the long term could cause damage to your eyes.

The concern is reasonable, and Computer Vision Syndrome is a real thing. The symptoms include headaches, eye dryness, blurred vision, eye irritation, excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, among others.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t have to be a desktop screen to cause the ailment. In fact, many frequent phone and tablet readers can totally relate to the eye irritations and headaches.

How to Enjoy eBooks without Causing Harms to Your Eyes
Photo Source: Giphy

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My Book Haul 8/5/2017

Strange Weather, Silent Corner, and The Between

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:


This was offered in a recent email from William Morrow. I'm a sucker for short stories and loved the last book by Joe Hill, so happily agreed to a review and downloaded the ebook that afternoon!

Strange Weather by Joe Hill
Strange Weather by Joe Hill

A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill.

Monday, July 31, 2017

July 2017 Wrap Up

July 2017 Wrap Up

My month in review. Let's see how I did!

Books read


In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've only read 3 books this month and my cushion is quickly disappearing:

  1. MatchUp edited by Lee Child
  2. Goodbye Survival Mode by Crystal Paine
  3. Epiphany Machine by David Burr Gerrald

July Reviews




Saturday, July 22, 2017

My Book Haul 7/22/2017

Rift Uprising, They Both Die At The End, Best Day Ever, and Animal Dreams
In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:


This was an email offer from the publisher. Read an excerpt and was intrigued. Hope it lives up to the sample!

Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster
Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster

An alternate reality that feels all-too-real, The Rift Uprising is the explosive start to a new trilogy that combines the fast paced action of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, the lyrical tone of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and the emotional stakes of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising from acclaimed lyricist and storyteller Amy S. Foster.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

My Journals: Going Down In Flames


So many journals, so little time
Blank journals are another weakness of mine. Even though I have an entire cabinet full of journals, I can't seem to stop collecting them! Not sure what I'm going to do with them all, but I can't seem to make it out of a bookstore with at least one.

Wouldn't this make an awesome tattoo?
Found this beauty on a bookstore bargain rack and had forgotten I had it. Not my usual type of design, but I liked the background color and it reminded me a little of a tattoo. When I was younger, I loved the idea of getting a panther tattoo. Nothing this extreme but hey, a girl can dream!

tried and true
Your basic, lined journal.



Monday, July 10, 2017

Mini Review: Say Goodbye To Survival Mode

Very disappointing.

Synopsis

Packed with straightforward solutions you'll use today and inspirational stories you'll remember for years, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is a must for any woman who's ever longed for the freedom to enjoy life, not just survive it. (Goodreads)

Quick Take

Felt a little betrayed by this book as I wasn't expecting such a large Christian message woven throughout. I don't mind religious talk in a book if I'm expecting it, but felt that this was a little misleading as nowhere on the cover or in the synopsis does this mention that the strategies would have such a large religious slant. I don't like being preached at or lectured, so couldn't get past that aspect of the book.

Also, for someone who runs a blog about saving money, I found it odd that she mentioned sending her husband's clothes to the dry cleaners and not packing him a lunch for work because she doesn't like to cook. Making a sandwich for lunch isn't exactly cooking.

I find it hard to take advice from someone who doesn't practice what they preach (simple frugality), then tries to shove their religion down my throat.

Very disappointing.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

My Book Haul 7/8/2017

American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Epiphany Machine by David Burr Gerrard, Gemina by Amie Kaufman, Only the Truth by Adam Croft, Hemingway Didn't Say That by Garson O'Toole, 30 Minute Meals by Hannie Scott, No Way Back by Rick Mofina, Magic of the Gargoyles by Rebecca Chastain, Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:

This was a welcome surprise in my mailbox! Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors so I've already read this one, but this is the author's preferred, updated text. Can't wait for a reread!

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

First published in 2001, here is the New York Times bestselling novel that became an instant classic and was hailed by USA Today as “a powerful, searing force that makes readers confront what is real and what is not…”

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Bookclub Reads: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

This seems to be one of those books that you either love or hate. I loved it!
Title:  A Man Called Ove
Author:  Fredrik Backman
Release Date:  July 15, 2014
Publisher:  Atria Books
Source:  Borrowed

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. 

He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations. (Goodreads)


My Review:

This was one of my book club reads as I don't think I would have ever picked it up on my own. But thank goodness for book club, because I really enjoyed this book!

I think that everyone has come across an Ove at some point in their lives. Personally, I've known more than a few - the old curmudgeon who is a stickler for rules, but with a heart of gold once you get to know them.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

June 2017 Wrap Up

A few books read, some challenges completed, and a panic attack at the end!

My month in review. Let's see how I did!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've only read 3 books this month:

  1. About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay
  2. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
  3. Little French Bistro by Nina George

June Reviews

Blog Goals

I've been trying to improve my NetGalley rating but haven't had much luck. I started the month at 64% because I foolishly requested more titles and dropped a couple of points. Oops! Finished the month at 63% so am going the wrong way! Need to stop requesting new books before I finish reviewing the old ones. Stop tempting me, NetGalley!!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Blog down! Initiate panic mode! Mayday! Mayday!

run away! run away!
Checked my blog yesterday to see if there were any new comments and was shocked to find it a hot mess!

My background and header images were gone, replaced with a nasty warning from Photobucket that my account was locked and I'd need to upgrade to release my pictures. Clicked on the upgrade button to see what they were charging....what the???? 

$399 a year? 

Nope! Not gonna happen!

Have to admit that I panicked. I didn't know how to fix the background, so quickly threw up one of the generic blogger templates. I hate it, but at least it's not this ugly ransom note from Photobucket:

Photobucket is blackmailing me!

Photobucket gave no warning, which I resent. They didn't even have the decency to email me until almost 10pm last night, so they struck first and then sent notifications later. Shady!

What's even stranger is that some of my pictures that I couldn't access last night are available again, so I can download them to my laptop to fix old posts.

Because I was tired of the aggressive ads every time I logged into Photobucket, I've been slowly updating my old posts. Guess I need to kick that into high gear. That's going to take time. A lot of time.

Honestly, I was ready to throw in the towel last night and just delete the whole thing. Maybe start over somewhere else? People keep raving about Wordpress, so maybe start a new blog over there? But at the same time, I'd hate to lose eight years worth of work.

Not sure what I'm going to do right now. I don't want to do anything rash that I'll later regret, so going to tinker a bit behind the scenes to see what I can salvage. If it's too much, I can always walk away.

This stinks.  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 1

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole was created by Lisa at Lost In A Story. She's since cleaned up her TBR list (go Lisa!), but has inspired others to work on their TBR lists. I saw this meme over at Lampshade Reader and decided to take the plunge!


How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by 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 let it go?

My Goodreads TBR list is mostly books I own but haven't read yet, so I'm going to use my wishlist instead. Starting off with 113 titles on my wishlist and maybe if I get that cleaned up, I'll move on to my Amazon list next!

The Books:


The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

Date Added: June 5, 2009

One day in early spring, Dorrit Weger is checked into the Second Reserve Bank Unit for biological material. 

She is promised a nicely furnished apartment inside the Unit, where she will make new friends, enjoy the state of the art recreation facilities, and live the few remaining days of her life in comfort with people who are just like her. Here, women over the age of fifty and men over sixty-single, childless, and without jobs in progressive industries - are sequestered for their final few years; they are considered outsiders.

In the Unit they are expected to contribute themselves for drug and psychological testing, and ultimately donate their organs, little by little, until the final donation. Despite the ruthless nature of this practice, the ethos of this near-future society and the Unit is to take care of others, and Dorrit finds herself living under very pleasant conditions: well-housed, well-fed, and well-attended. She is resigned to her fate and discovers her days there to be rather consoling and peaceful.

But when she meets a man inside the Unit and falls in love, the extraordinary becomes a reality and life suddenly turns unbearable. Dorrit is faced with compliance or escape, and...well, then what?


I had totally forgotten about this one, but the synopsis sounds too intriguing to let go!

VERDICT: Keep

Saturday, June 24, 2017

My Book Haul 6/24/2017

Need to Know, Al Franken Giant of the Senate, Matchup, Little French Bistro, Feeder, Morag the Unhappy Witch, and Doggone Deal of Love

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

NetGalley:

I had requested these weeks ago but was only recently approved. Not sure what took so long, but excited to read these two!

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland
Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a dangerous secret that will test her loyalty to the agency - and to her family.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Biannual Blogathon Bash - June 2017

June 23-26
The Biannual Blogathon Bash is a chance to get to work on all those blogging tasks you need or want to get done but just haven’t found the time for, such as changing your design, writing posts, cleaning out your email, filling in your editorial calendar, write an ebook, and any number of things... (website)

Goals

  • back up blog (done)
  • complete at least 2 Blog Ahead posts
  • update Pinterest boards for 2009 & 2010 (seriously underestimated how much time this would take! About halfway done with 2009 and that's with working on it all weekend!)
  • update TBR page (done)
  • update Reviews page (done)
  • crosspost reviews on Amazon & Goodreads (done)
  • work on removing dead links

I've been working on removing dead links and updating my Pinterest boards off and on for months. Maybe if I keep reminding myself via these type of events, I'll eventually get them done! ha!

Monday, June 19, 2017

I Won a Geekerella Prize Pack!

Geekerella Prize Pack
Look what arrived on my doorstep last week! The Geekerella prize pack I won from Armchair Book Expo! I've been wanting to read this book ever since I finished the excerpt!

Since I love candles almost as much as I love books, words cannot describe how happy I was to receive this special edition candle! Created by Icey Designs, the scent reminds me of pumpkin spice. Fitting, since Elle works at a Magic Pumpkin food truck!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Blog Ahead Mini-Challenge - June 15-30, 2017

Blog Ahead Mini-Challenge - June 15-30, 2017
It's time for another Mini Blog Ahead challenge, hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup!

Details:


Dates: June 15 - 30

Goal: Schedule an additional 15 posts during the challenge.

On Day 1 of the challenge take your number of scheduled posts and add 15 to that. This is the number you need to have at the end of the challenge.

My Goals:

I'm usually bad at challenges and fail 90% of the ones I sign up for, but I do better at this one for some reason. Not always a success, but I do get some posts written and scheduled, so consider that a win. 

Since I currently have only one post already scheduled, I need to come up with an additional 15. Challenge accepted!

Wish me luck!