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2014 came with a lot more challenges than I’m used to. Several of those were health-related, but most were a lesson in time management. 2014 was the first year I was the prime person in my role at work (and what a role!) — with a more than full-time job, it was a struggle to tack on grad school with up to 2 classes at a time. Once the boyfriend and the health issues and the other interests (blogging, orchestra, etc) were thrown into the mix, I was hitting unprecedented levels of stress.
The theme of 2015 is going to be time and stress management. Here are my goals:
- Less overtime at work
- Only 1 class per semester (and I’m taking the summer off!)
- Read 50 books (that’s less than 1 per week; should be totally doable, and it’s half of what I read in 2013)
- At least one post per week
- Get my new blog location up and running
- Organize the apartment (I seriously feel like we haven’t finished moving in yet, and we’ve been here almost a year already)
- Make serious headway on saving for a down payment on a house
I kicked it all off with a road trip with the boyfriend. We drove from Washington to North Carolina by way of California and Texas (ie, the LONG route, but the one without snow). In total, we put about 8,900 miles on the car — you remember that nice new one I bought a couple months back? This is why I decided to get something new. I met the other half of the boyfriend’s family (his mom’s side lives locally, so I’d already met all of them), and I got to spend a couple of days with my grandparents down in Texas.
And the best surprise from the trip was that I got to listen to audiobooks the entire way. Normally the boyfriend isn’t thrilled with audiobooks in general, and he certainly doesn’t care for most of the ones he’s heard me listening to. But with a few compromises on genre, we found some great books we both thoroughly enjoyed, and reviews for them will be going up shortly. Since I didn’t get a chance to write my reviews while we were driving and visiting with family, these will be shorter than normal; after all, it’s been two weeks since I finished the first one.
That said, as I ease back into work and school over the next week or two, I’m going to ease back into blogging. Goodbye hiatus!
Happy New Years! I’m on travel and not able to spend the time to make a pretty post or anything, but I did want to share some 2014 stats with y’all (yes, I’m in the South). WordPress was kind enough to put together a summary, so I’ve just made it public for everyone to see. Take a look if you’re interested. What I think is most fascinating is that a post from July of 2013 was my number 1 viewed post in 2014 — crazy!
A quick reflection: I basically took off the first half of the year or so, during which time I wasn’t even really reading. I basically took off the last quarter or so of this year — work and school have been insane, so I’m pretty proud of how much I DID get posted around here. I’m only taking 1 class at a time in 2015, and I’ll even have the summer off, so hopefully my activity will be more consistent coming up.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.
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Surrounded by magical creatures, dangerous sorcery, and insidious political intrigue, Chandrea desperately wants to return to Earth and the only life she’s ever known. But, the longer she stays, the more she realizes that she may be the only one with the power – both magical and political – to save the people of Lyrunia. Will she find the courage to remain and fight for her home world?
The assassination changed everything.
On the day Crown Princess Chandrea Averill was born, the entire Kingdom of Averill celebrated. The streets of Cellia, her capital city, were overflowing with people honoring the birth of the new heir. Food and drink were plentiful and the mood of those gathered was joyous. Songs and laughter echoed gaily off the walls of the great stone buildings.
Those in the know speculated on what powers the crown princess would eventually develop, as no female born of the queen’s lineage ever had the same powers as those who came before her. The form and strength of the magic varied from female to female, but – without fail – magic was present in some form.
The merrymaking went on for hours into the night, and all at the Llireva Palace celebrated. Wrinkled old men sat in the corners, smoking their pipes and spinning grand and fanciful tales of the Averill family. Small children gathered at their feet, listening raptly to tales of magic and bravery. Gaily dressed dancers spun and swirled as the eager audience clapped to the rhythm. Jewels glittered and gleamed in the warm candlelight as they moved, dazzling the eye.
As the night eased into the early morning hours, those who should’ve retired long ago still remained. Sleepy-eyed and =yawning, they nevertheless continued with the celebration even as the moon set on the horizon and dawn approached. Drinks were handed out generously, and drunken, happy people roamed the palace. Staggering about, their laughter filled the hallways of the grand palace. Guards became lackadaisical about their duties, laughing and drinking with their friends as they came wandering by.
This made the attack on the Llireva Palace and those inside exceedingly simple.
The assault was ruthlessly calculated and seamless. Having been there for hours, posing as drunken guests, the invaders easily overtook and dispatched the inebriated guards. Thousands of the enemy swarmed over the palace, slaughtering all in sight, whether guest or staff. Swords and knives flashed in the candlelight, and terror-filled screams filled the warm night air.
Taken completely by surprise, the guests and staff were easily overcome. Some tried to fight back, but were ruthlessly cut down where they stood. Stepping carelessly over the bloodied bodies of the dead, hard-faced officers ordered their men to look for the king, queen, and the newly-born crown princess. The enemy soldiers scattered, each keen to be the one to find the royal family and draw first blood.
One loyal servant – Adelaide – was tasked with caring for the new crown princess while the queen recovered. Like the queen, Adelaide was a powerful sorceress, and served in the capacity of royal advisor and friend to the queen.
After giving birth, the queen had been exhausted and was resting peacefully in her chambers, while the king attended to her. Princess Chandrea was in the nursery, being cared for by Adelaide. So, when the assassination of the king and queen occurred, the princess was nowhere to be found. Enemy soldiers then spread out in search of the newborn.
Unknown to the intruders, in the days prior to her birth, protective spell webs had been cast by Adelaide and the queen in the hallways of the family wing. These spells prevented unauthorized access to the nursery by causing an agonizing death. The magic also alerted the creator of the spells of anyone entering the space. Unfortunately, the queen had been too wearied and depleted from giving birth to act upon the warnings that had been sent by her spells, and thus, she and the king soon perished. But Adelaide was not at such a disadvantage. As the assailants crossed her protective spells, she was alerted immediately by their piercing screams as the magic seared the flesh from their bones.
Adelaide quickly picked up the baby, and with an urgently muttered spell, opened a hidden passageway known only by the royal family and their most trusted advisors. Slipping out of the nursery, she turned and sealed the door with a wave of her hand, eliminating any chance that any marauders lucky enough to have a sorceress strong enough to penetrate the defensive spells could follow.
Rushing down the stairs, holding the princess close to her bosom, she finally reached the bottom. There she entered the back of a large cave. Moving quickly forward to the front, she found herself looking out at the dark expanse of the Averill Bay, named after the royal family who ruled the bordering land. She turned and gently laid the baby in a small depression in the rock, sat beside her, and allowed herself to momentarily succumb to her grief and fear. Adelaide knew that for the invading soldiers to have gotten as far as her protective shields, they would have had to defeat the queen first— and she would have been in no condition to fight them off.
Sitting quietly for a few moments to collect herself and her thoughts, she was able to form a plan of action, and to gather the resolve for what she knew would be required from her.
Taking a deep breath, she stood and faced the now-orphaned crown princess lying on the rocks. Adelaide knew without a doubt that if this tiny child were killed, all hope for Averill, and the surrounding kingdoms and cities that made up Lyrunia, would be lost. The freedom and peace they’d known under the reign of the Averill family and the Triad would make way for a dark and violent time. Above all else, Princess Chandrea must survive not only this night, but also grow safely to adulthood so that she could take her rightful place on the throne.
Raising her hands into the air, Adelaide urgently weaved them back and forth as she cast her spells. Many hours passed as she chanted through the night, knowing that in the palace above her, an intense search for the princess was being conducted, and that she and the baby could be discovered at any time. Her voice grew hoarse and her arms weary, but still she labored on, until, finally, only one more spell needed to be cast.
Sweat-soaked and exhausted, she reached down and picked up Princess Chandrea. Expecting that this would be the last time she held this dear, tiny child, Adelaide cuddled her close for a few moments. Then, looking at the precious little wrinkled face, she gazed directly into the princess’s eyes, and cast her last spell.
Bright, white light blazed forth from the infant, transforming the cave into a dazzling, glittering chamber. Princess Chandrea slowly rose from Adelaide’s hands until she hung suspended in the air. The soft blanket covering her fell unnoticed to the floor. Adelaide’s hands moved in harmony with her voice as she chanted the final spell that would transport the crown princess from Itova—the world into which she’d been born—to another one. The only place that she would truly be safe until she reached adulthood and her powers had fully manifested.
Air swirled madly about the infant and the light grew brighter and stronger. Then, with the sound of a massive thunderclap and a final burst of brilliance, the crown princess vanished.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Rebel lovers Naya and Ric have survived one year in hiding, raising Naya’s twins from infants to toddlers in the shadow of the brutal Auberge dictatorship. They’re alive, and they’re together, but the city is crumbling around them and the haunting memory of Naya’s dark days on The Line have never fully left them. Living in isolation won’t be an option forever.
When a mysterious revolutionary seeks their help to infiltrate Auberge’s electronic heart and shut it down, it’s an opportunity—it’s risky, yes, but if it works they’ll get out of the city and taste freedom for the first time. Naya needs this. They need this.
Beyond the broken walls of Auberge, Naya and Ric find the paradise they’ve always longed for. But with anarchy reigning and Naya’s children lost amidst the chaos, they’ll need to forfeit their post-apocalyptic Eden…or commit an unspeakable act.
Book two of two.
He turned to me and his eyes flared. “I wish you hadn’t told her.”
I waited just a fraction of a moment to choose my words. He meant Anj. “As I said, she has the right to know.”
“She’s in danger now.”
“She was in danger before she knew the truth. Now, at least she knows why.”
“And that’s better?” he challenged me.
This stopped me. In my mind, the truth was always the preference. I couldn’t imagine ignorance was better. Having lived much of my life with an unawareness pressed upon me, I believed the whole truth was tantamount to living. I couldn’t fathom not telling Anj all that I knew. Or why Sonya and Ric thought it best to keep her in the dark.
I’d been in the dark before. The light was always best.
Even if it was blinding.
“I’m sorry,” I said in an attempt to defuse his temper.
He saw through that ruse. “No, you’re not.”
“Okay, maybe I’m not,” I admitted. “But you’ll never convince me otherwise.”
Ric turned his head in disgust and stalked toward the door of the building. “You can’t make decisions like that for all of us.” He paused to take the handle. “This isn’t just about you.”
I almost laughed at that, even though it wasn’t funny. “Really? You and Sonya waged war against Auberge to try and erase the identities of freed girls from the Line. This whole thing started with survivors like me. It kept going because of girls like me. If this isn’t about me, then what is it about?”
He didn’t have an answer to this, but I saw his jaw relax and he tossed his hands in the air as if admitting defeat.
“Knowing is best,” I said, unable to let it go.
He shook his head and licked his lips. “Let’s agree to disagree on that one, okay?” He yanked on the factory door. It was locked. We heard the bolt snap. The door slid open from the inside. From the opening, the barrel of a gun appeared and pointed at Ric’s face. He walked backward slowly, raising his palms into the air.
“What’s the password?” a gruff voice asked from inside the dark factory.
Ric took another step back until he stood in front of me. All we could see was the tip of a revolver, gleaming in the flickering light from the overhead lamp above the door. I waited, ready to run.
“We’re here to see Sonya,” I said.
“What’s the password?” the voice repeated. A man took a step forward. He was wide and muscular, dark-skinned. The handgun looked puny in his enormous hands.
“Tell Sonya that Doc and Naya are here,” I said.
“That’s not the password.” He cocked the hammer of the gun with his thumb. “Move along.”
Ric flushed. “We didn’t drive all this way for the scenery. Sonya asked us to come!”
“And she didn’t mention any password,” I added.
“Move. Along,” the man repeated, and he took another step toward us.
I took a shot in the dark. “Bunny slippers!”
The man shook his head quickly as if he wasn’t sure if he’d heard me correctly. “What’d you say?”
“No? That’s not the password? How about pickpocket?”
The barrel of the gun dipped slightly as he eyed me with suspicion. “Are you nuts? I said move along.”
He lowered the gun to his side and pursed his lips. “What’s the matter with you? I point a gun at your boyfriend’s face, and you guess nose ring?”
“How about belts?”
The man shook his head and turned to go back inside. “Wait here.” He disappeared through the door.
Ric let out the breath he’d been holding. “Either belts is the password, or he’s coming back out shooting. What made you guess that?”
“The first time I met Sonya, she loaned me one of her belts,” I explained.
“It’s a little odd she asked us to come and didn’t tell us the password,” I said.
“Well, we did tell her to get out.”
The factory door opened again. The big man came first, his gun tucked into the front of his jeans, and behind him was Sonya.
She took one look at us and grinned. “I’ll be damned.”
About the Author
Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.
Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.
Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.
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So first off: Happy Halloween! I hope you’re all out having fun tonight; I know I certainly am!
Did you know that Month9Books is celebrating their birthday today? I’ve read and reviewed several great books published through them, and I’ve been overall pretty pleased with the content they produce. I highly encourage visiting their website and taking a look at what books they have to offer.
So, without further ado …
Welcome to Month9Books Birthday Bash! We’re so excited you’re all stopping by!
This is going to be an awesome event with many tour stops featuring our authors! The full schedule is below and make sure to stick around for the EPIC Giveaway taking place!
Here’s a quick note from Georgia McBride, owner of Month9Books:
Month9Books is turning 2 this year and I could not be happier. We are living proof that if you have a dream to write, create and inspire, you should follow that dream and let nothing keep you from realizing it. Thank you to all the readers, writers, agents, partners and friends who have made this possible. We write for you.
–Georgia McBride, Publisher and Owner of Month9Books
While all of the posts are from our authors that have books out already we also want to look forward to some of the 2015 titles we can’t wait to share with you:
I am pleased to have Pab Sungenis with me today as a guest poster. Pab, take it away …
An English professor once told me that every single word of a manuscript, and every single letter of every single word, should be dedicated to moving your plot forward.
But where’s the fun in that?
My favorite scenes to write are humorous side-steps, where I take my characters out of the main action and throw them into something different and unexpected, the results of which will have little or no impact on how the story ends, but are fun for the reader and lighten the mood when things are getting a little too serious.
Like a cracker or small plate of sherbet served between courses at restaurants I will never be able to afford looking at, let alone eating in, these little side-steps cleanse my readers’ palates of what has gone before and get them in a good mood for what comes up next. This is really helpful if I need to build toward a big emotional moment; if you make an audience laugh before you punch it in the proverbial gut, the shock will have more impact.
These scenes are one of the reasons I especially love writing the Sidekick series, since the nature of the stories I tell lend themselves to these side-steps. When I think things have gotten too serious, or will need to get too serious in a few pages, I can just throw in another battle against a super-villain. Take a few pages away from moving the plotlines forward and just have a little fun.
Creating the villains for these scenes is also part of what makes them so much fun to write. I get a chance to come up with a villain that sounds absolutely ridiculous, but could end up being a real threat if handled correctly. A villain who acts like he’s in one of those old cupcake ads they used to put in comic books back in the 1970’s? Actual threat if his sweet treats explode. Giant squid-like creature bent on destroying civilization? Give him a completely inappropriate name and let the laughs ensue. Have a villain who forms hard-sound holograms that can cause mass destruction? Call him “Doc Bollywood” and make him use those holograms through elaborate vocals and choreography. It becomes a challenge to keep upping the stakes with weirder, funnier, and deadlier villains, and the action in those scenes gives me a chance to keep the readers engaged while they are (hopefully) laughing.
Best of all, while these side-steps may avoid moving the plot forward, they give me a chance to explore my characters a little by having them handle these ridiculous scenarios. I get a chance to take my characters out of their comfort zone (sometimes literally, if the scene involves them being bashed over the head by a stuffed and mounted fish or something like that) and see how they respond to the ludicrosity. Their dialogue and interior monologues in these scenes can let me tell the reader more about them than any expository scene I could drop in as part of the main plot, and the humor of the situation can entertain the reader while keeping me from getting bored and frustrated during the writing process.
So if you’re writing a story and feel you’re getting bogged down, try throwing a monkey wrench at your characters and take them off on a little side-step that has nothing to do with your plot. You’ll enjoy it, and you’ll bring out more of your characters’ true natures. And if you’re reading a book and the characters are wandering off down a side road that doesn’t seem connected to the rest of the story, buckle in and enjoy the ride.
About Sidekick: The Misadventures of the New Scarlet Knight:
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Bobby Baines is in high school, which is bad enough. When his hero, Scarlet Knight, dies, Bobby is forced to take up his mantel. Only Scarlet Knight never had to deal with eking out a passing grade in math, keeping his fellow sidekicks in check, or stopping a giant squid from bearing down on his school and crushing everyone inside. After all, Bobby Baines is no super hero, he’s a Sidekick!
About Pab Sungenis:
Born in the swamps of Southern New Jersey, Pab Sungenis developed a childhood fascination with cartooning and drew a daily strip for his own amusement for two years before realizing he couldn’t draw. He wound up in broadcasting, worked for numerous stations including WSBU, WOND, WMGM, WSKR, WBNJ, WWBZ, and WKTU. He describes his drawing ability as like that of “a mentally challenged rhinoceros on a Ny-Quil bender”, but thanks to the wonders of photo-manipulation and computer image editing, on February 8, 2006 he found himself creating The New Adventures of Queen Victoria, which has appeared ever since, first on Comicssherpa.com., and now in online syndication with gocomics.com. Pab Sungenis is available for quotes, signings, video or podcast appearances, and all opportunities relative to SIDEKICK: THE MISADVENTURES OF THE NEW SCARLET KNIGHT.
(1) New Kindle with touchscreen (US only) loaded with all our Month9Books titles. US Only.
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(2) eBook Prize Packs of 5 Month9Books titles. International
Meet the Authors and amazing host Blogs!
All posts will be live on October 31st!
Jessica Arnold will be hosted by Read for your Future
Vanessa Barger will be hosted by Pretty Little Pages
Lisa M. Basso will be hosted by In Vogue with Books
Sarah Bromley will be hosted by A Book and A Latte
Steve Bryant will be hosted by Jump Into Books
Brynn Chapman will be hosted by A Backwards Story
Nicole Conway will be hosted by Two Chicks on Books
Scott Craven will be hosted by Books and Ashes
Ty Drago will be hosted by The A P Book Club
Dorothy Dreyer will be hosted by Her Book Thoughts!
Dorothy Dreyer will be hosted by Oops! I Read A Book Again
Jennifer M. Eaton will be hosted by Book Briefs
Kit Forbes will be hosted by Book Lovers Life
Janice Gable Bashman will be hosted by All Things Urban Fantasy
Amanda Gray will be hosted by Aspiring Joy
Kelly Hashway/Ashelyn Drake will be hosted by Book Geek Review
Elizabeth Holloway will be hosted by Tales of a Ravenous Reader
Missy Kalicicki and Abi Ketner will be hosted by Once Upon A Twilight
Nicola Marsh will be hosted by ReadWriteLove28
Georgia McBride will be hosted by YA Sisterhood
Jen McConnel will be hosted by A Dream Within A Dream
Jackie Morse Kessler will be hosted by Dark Faerie Tales
Beck Nicholas will be hosted by The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club
Michelle E. Reed will be hosted by Doodle’s Book Reviews
Heather Reid will be hosted by Bookish Things & More
A. Lynden Rolland will be hosted by Fiction State of Mind
Kristal Shaff will be hosted by Chicklit vs Fantasy
Pab Sungenis will be hosted by Classy Cat Books
Rachel Tafoya will be hosted by Jessabella Reads
Vicki L. Weavil will be hosted by Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
I’m taking a bit of a break for a while. I’ll still be reading and posting reviews as they come up, and I’m still planning on participating in the tours I’m already signed up for through the end of the year. But I’m not planning on keeping any certain number of posts per week or any weekly themed posts or things like that. They might still pop up here and there, but not with the frequency of last month.
But … In other more exciting news …
I just bought a car.
That’s a pre-owned 2014
Chevy Cruze. It’s got about 22.5K miles on it, but it still has that new car smell. The grinning guy in the red shirt is my boyfriend. He doesn’t know how to handle the technically advanced features — I mean I’ve got a keyless ignition and remote start on the fob, and he’s thoroughly enjoying playing with it. Pretty soon, I might actually get to drive my new toy too …
I’m participating in this reading challenge this year, and you all should too! It’s hosted over at My Shelf Confessions, and will have an open linky for sign-up up until and throughout most of the read-a-thon (click the picture!). Some of the blurbs about it are below.
The Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of October 17-27 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!
In the meanwhile, we will be hosting book-related challenges where you can win some awesome prizes and have a Twitter party at the hashtag #WWReadathon! You can posts updates on your blog, Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook or even YouTube — as long as the profile is public and we all can enjoy your reading progress! Make sure to link to the site where you’ll be sharing your posts/updates with us.
When participating, you only have to read. However, it’s always fun reading starting posts and updates on your progress throughout the event! Even settling with a wrap-up post only to show how the reading went when it’s over, is fine if you want to share with us.
The Read-A-Thon will officially start Friday 17th at 12:0oam EST and endMonday 27th at 11:59 PM EST.
Find other participants’ updates through the linky below or at #WWReadathon on Twitter!
I’ll be updating my own progress here pretty regularly, and I’m hoping to at least participate in most, if not all, of the daily challenges. Hope to see you there!
I was tagged by Felicia over at The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog. Thanks!
1. What is your most expensive book?
Oh, I have no idea. Without delving into the realm of textbooks (which definitely take the cake at $200+), and without getting into my mythology/reference books (of which I have plenty), I’d probably have to say just any of my hardcovers.
Currently, Richelle Mead. I absolutely LOVE most of the books of hers that I read, but I didn’t really care for the Vampire Academy series.
In high school I was obsessed with Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. I read and re-read the first ten or so books waiting for the series to continue. The fact that I dislike the most recent books in the series hasn’t stopped me from the occasional revisit to favorite scenes from the beginning of the series.
The Game of Thrones series. They’ve been on my TBR for what feels like forever (ok, about 3.5 years)—I even own the first four, and I just haven’t gotten around to them.
I honestly haven’t read many that would qualify, and I don’t really like to sound like an intellectual reader. To get somewhat of an answer, probably anything by Poe, Don Quixote, and/or Arabian Nights: Tales form a Thousand and One Nights.
6. What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?
Male: Intellectual, but still a bad-ass. Geeky is a plus. Alpha mentality is also a plus. Sarcastic is a must-have. Borderline evil is a plus.
Female: Strong, strong-willed, sarcastic, has a doesn’t-give-a-damn attitude, and can hold her own in witty banter.
7. What book would you most like to receive as a gift?
Gifting books to me has always been fairly difficult. Physical copies of anything that I’ve read as an ebook and loved (not willing to spend the money on, but like to have anyway). Physical copies of the first few books in many series that I didn’t start buying until halfway through. Things like that.
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I don’t really have much to say as preamble this week, so we’ll just jump right into it.
This week I posted:
- The Witch With No Name (The Hollows #13) by Kim Harrison
- Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires #9) by Chloe Neill
- None this week 😦
- Monday Morning Musings: 2014 Publisher Predictions – Part 2, where I wrote about some of the publishers’ predictions for 2014 and what we’ve seen so far
- Top Ten Tuesday: September 16, where I wrote about 10 authors I’ve only read one book of an need to read more
- I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Jen at Bibliophage
- I hosted a tour stop for The Sunken (Engine Ward #1) by Steff Green (review to come next week)
- Guest Post by Elizabeth Holloway, Author of Call Me Grim, where Elizabeth wrote a scene from Call Me Grim from the POV of Aaron, the reaper in the book (oh, and there’s a giveaway too)
In the real world:
I took a slow week at work and only worked a regular 40 hours. It was lovely. Does that mean I got more reading done? Not really. But I did watch several movies with the boyfriend, which was some much needed cuddle time.
I won another giveaway, so I’ll be reading Steel Lily (Periodic #1) by Megan Curd pretty soon. Thanks Books for a Delicate Eternity for hosting the giveaway.
I didn’t make any progress on the new blog that this will be moving to. Which means I’m now off schedule or trying to hit the end of the month. Since I have an exam next weekend, I doubt I’ll make up for the lazy week. But hey, no biggie. You’ll just have to wait a little longer to see the beauty-ousness of the new site. 😉
I also didn’t do any writing, though I’m still feeling that tickle that says I should be. I really was lazy this week. Seriously lazy. And I needed it!
I’m starting to clean out my TBR, though. I went through an made sure that all of the books I’ve recently said I was adding were on it. And I’ve added all of the books on my physical shelves that I needed to get around to were on it. I think there are a few on my kindle that I need to add, but I’m kind of afraid to go digging through the massive quantity of books on its cloud. I need to somehow prioritize all of these. With about 300 books to go through from just the last couple of years I’m a little overwhelmed and not sure where to start. And it’s mostly because I know it’s just the tip of the iceberg (as I mentioned, I didn’t even touch the Kindle cloud books)
Do you have any suggestions on how to do a TBR clean-up?
Planned reviews for next week:
- The Sunken (Engine Ward #1) by Steff Green
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Other posts planned:
- Blog Tour: Escapement (Neumarian Chronicles #1) by Ciara Knight
Posts I’ve enjoyed reading this week:
- Review: Velveteen by Daniel Marks at Lili Lost in a Book
- Lazy Saturday Review: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead at Lipsyy Lost and Found
- Blog Tour: The Vault of Dreamers by @CaraghMOBrien at Step Into Fiction
- Review: Ghost Heart by Ripley Patton at City of Books
- Audiobook Review: Blood of My Blood at The Nocturnal Library
- 28 Reasons Why Being a Bookworm Actually Sucks at Notebook Sisters (seriously, this post was hysterical and super true)
- 12 PLACES TO PUT YOUR BOOKS (WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF SHELF SPACE) by The Loony Teen Writer
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