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




Blog Goals


Focused on fixing the Photobucket fiasco this month. Slowly working my way through old posts and updating the missing pictures. Once that's done, going to take a look at my old template to see if it can be salvaged. If not, will look into finally buying a custom template. Maybe. Hoping I can salvage the old one as I've had it so long that I'm kinda attached.

Around the Blogosphere


Have noticed quite a few book bloggers mentioning their bullet journals recently. This makes me unbelievably excited for some reason, as I started my bullet journal back in February. It's mainly lists and trackers, but I've started branching out and trying to get more creative. Anyone else have a bullet journal? Do you follow the "official guidelines" or have you made it your own the way I have? Let's compare BuJos!

Read a fun post over at Avalinah's Books about how we sometimes never seem to get around to actually reading the book we've been desperately craving. I'm totally guilty of neglecting my Must Have books, so glad to find out I'm not alone!

Marie over at The Boston Bibliophile is celebrating her upcoming 10 year blogiversary with a Bookish Bucket List. Love this idea!

Speaking of blogiversarys, Ryan at Wordsmithonia is celebrating his 9 year blogiversary! Love his Favorite Fictional Character posts!

Commenting


Started off strong, then life happened. Hoping to do better in August.

Challenges


*sigh* You know what they say about good intentions, right? I still haven't started the Blogger Shame Challenge, which is kind of ironic in a way. Oh, the shame! ha! On the other hand, I'm totally rocking the eBook Challenge!

Blogger Shame Challenge:  0/16

eBook Reading Challenge:  42/25

Goodreads Challenge:  57/100

Overall


Had a strong start and was just getting back into the blogging groove when I had to leave town for a family emergency. Then got surprise visitors once I was home and recovering from the trip.

Gave myself a good talking-to about the importance of blogging ahead so I at least have published posts when life happens, but I'm not 100% sure I was paying attention.

How was your July? Doing well with your challenges? Staying cool during this insanely hot summer? How about a gratuitous doggie picture?

Waffles is helping!
Waffles "helping" her aunt work on a new quilt


Here's to a great August!


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!!!