Weekly Recap 35 (July 13) – The Birthday Book Haul (Part TWO!)

Well hello Sunday my old friend. I can’t believe another week has passed again! Yet another busy week at work, but at least it makes the time pass quickly! But I get Friday through Tuesday off, so I spent all Friday being a general waste of society and marathoning Netflix shows. But hey – I’ve got a bunch of posts scheduled for next week and I read some really great books, so really what is the downside here?

Stacking the Shelves

And the book ban breaking continues! Some of the books I preordered, or ones that didn’t show up till this week, finally came in, and I think I may be excited more than last week??



Aren’t they pretty??? After I fell in love with Nina LaCour’s writing in Everything Leads to You, I had to get her other two books, Hold Still and The Disenchantments. And after Jo’s rave review, I had to get There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos. BRING ON THE FEELS. And to satiate the sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal side of me, I preordered three books that were released on the 8th: Four (Veronica Roth), Midnight Thief (Livia Blackburne), and Where Silence Gathers (Kelsey Sutton). I NEED MORE TIME IN MY WEEK TO READ ALL THESE BOOKS. IT’S A SERIOUS PROBLEM.

In other news…

  • It’s still blazing hot in California. Though it was nice (nice meaning like 90F with a breeze) on Friday – at like 8 in the morning. I didn’t go outside after that. I think I need to start carrying around a cup of ice with me wherever I go.
  • Last Sunday, in my never-ending attempts to manage the thyroid issue my doctor won’t quite call hypothyroidism because it’s “on the border”, I’ve started the Paleo diet. Lots of veggies and fruit over here! I had already gone gluten-free, so it wasn’t horribly painful, but OH MY GOD I MISS DAIRY. SPECIFICALLY MILK. But other than that, I actually don’t miss sweets all that much. Sometimes I want a chocolate chip or two, but it’s easy to ignore that. And I have a lot more energy, and I’m sleeping better. So – week one is a success! Oh, and I lost four pounds since I went gluten free, so now adding the Paleo thing I’m pretty sure I’ll finally start seeing some progress.

In case you missed it, last week I…

What’s coming up this week?

  • Monday – Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
  • Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Movies and TV Shows
  • Wednesday – Saturated Reads: Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
  • Thursday – Discussion: I’m a Forgiving Reader
  • Friday – Review: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Hope you all have a good week!


Weekly Update 13 (February 9)

Yoooo!!! I just want to say this before I start into talking about myself: you all are the greatest blogging buddies I could ask for. I was so worried that after my break no one would read my blog again, but you guys came back in full force! *huge hugs for all* And maybe I’ll make cookies too 😀

If you couldn’t tell, I was ridiculously excited for all the book releases last week – the 4th to be exact. I told you all that I had preordered Alienated, Ignite Me, and Unite Me, but was skipping Cress until March. Well… I lied.

photo 1THE BEAUTY. LOOK AT ALL OF THEM. When the package with IM, UM, and Alienated showed up, I had a cup of milk in my hand, and apparently I got so excited (which also included me making wookie-like sounds) that I left the cup out for a few hours only to find it later all… warm milk-y. BUT I HAD MY BOOKS AND THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS.

photo 2I already read both. And. I. Can’t. CANNOT. *dies* Ignite Me was just flawless. FLAWLESS. It was everything I wanted, and more. The PERFECT ending to an amazing series.

photo 3I read Alienated already too, and while it didn’t floor me like I was expecting, it was still a solid four star read. The first half was lots of exposition – if it had been more quickly paced I think it would have been a five star. I’ll have my review up soon! Oh, and Cress. *pets lovingly* I didn’t mean to. I really didn’t. But I was driving home and there was bad traffic and I needed a restroom so OF COURSE I stopped at BN. And it was there… and it was calling me… and I had extra cash in my wallet… and all of a sudden I was in line. I don’t know how it happened. I say we blame Lunar magic. That works, yeah?

And then… I had such a beautiful week on NetGalley. LOOOOOOOKKKK!!!!!

I’ve been pining after BOTH these books, and was approved for BOTH! I got the emails while at a particularly rough day of work – it was the perfect boost to get me through the day!

If you missed it, this week I posted:

I really liked this “post 3-4 times a week” thing, rather than feeling stressed to churn out 6-7 posts in a week. I’m really enjoying being back! The only thing I’ve noticed is that I review fewer books – and I’ve read 15 this year already, plus there’s at least 6 from last year that I never reviewed! I want to share them all with you, so picking which ones is probably the only thing that’s stressing me right now.

So this week I’ll be doing TTT again, reviewing Ignite Me (spoiler free) on Wednesday, discussing Ignite Me (with spoilers) on Thursday (because I have too many thoughts and need to be completely honest with y’all), and then Friday I’ll review Alienated.

And now I have a question for you: when you read too many books to review them all, do you just not review them? Or do you post all reviews on Goodreads, then pick your favorites to share on your blog? Please share with the blogger that apparently reads too much! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Looking forward to 2014

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten 2014 Release I’m Dying To Read. So I’m actually pretty bad at knowing when books are released… It usually goes like this: friend posts picture of their hardcover –> I say “wut” –> I google the thing –> OMG IT’S OUT –> there goes my budget. BUT! I did manage to scrape together ten books that I’m looking forward to reading next year.

1. The Treatment by Suzanne Young – April 29. I LOVED The Program, and even though I hadn’t expected a series, I’m ready to jump back into Sloane and James’ world!

2. Ignite Me + Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi – February 4. Now that I’m on board the #Chapter62 train, I’m 100% ready for Ignite Me. Plus, I’m still waiting for Adam to redeem himself. Actually, my one wish is that there will be a boxed set of all the hard covers, plus the two novellas all in one pretty set for me.

3. Cress by Marissa Meyer – February 4. Well… I haven’t even read Scarlet… But I already know I’m ready for Cress!

4. The Young World by Chris Weitz – July 29. So this one I’m still on the fence about, but I’m definitely intrigued. I’m waiting for some more reviews to filter in before I make my final decision.


[No cover yet – the day it shows up will be the day I die. I’ll be double dead.]

6. Where Silence Gathers by Kelsey Sutton – July 8. Where Silence Gathers was one of my unforeseen favorites of 2013, and I was beyond thrilled to find out it would be a series/companion novels.

7. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – May 6. Andi and Veronica turned me to the Matson team – I’ve read Second Chance Summer, am reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour soon, and already want this third book.

8. Take Me On by Katie McGarry – May 20. I’ve only read Crash Into You, but I plan on reading the first two books in the series before Take Me On is released. I especially want to read Noah and Echo’s story ❤

[No cover yet]

9. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson – Fall. Steelheart was one of THE BEST books of 2013, and when I read that last paragraph I about had a heart attack. NOT FAIR.

[No cover yet]

10. Erased by Jennifer Rush – January 7. Another book I got hooked on thanks to Andi. We met through her pushing Altered on me, and then I won her giveaway for a preorder of Erased, and the rest is history! And now she and Veronica are the reasons I’ve been converted to a believer in contemporary. Plus – I need some more Nick. Sam, Cas, and Trev can disappear as long as I have my Nick ❤

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!

PS – TODAY IS THE DAY I CUT MY HAIR. PICTURE TO COME IN A FEW HOURS!!! (I’m so excited – I know it’s just hair but this pixie cut has been five years in the making :D)

Top Ten Tuesday: Can’t Wait For Sequels

TTT BannerTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Check out their amazing blog here!

Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On. I’m not so sure if this is included, but I’m also going to list my sequels that I can’t wait to read, whether or not I already own them. ‘Cause I own some, just haven’t gotten around to reading them!

Already Own

1. Once We Were by Kat Zhang. Not many people loved this one, but I adored the first book and I really can’t wait to read the next one.

2. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t started this one yet. I loved the first book, but I’ve read mixed reviews for the second. I think I’m just scared I won’t find the same love!

3. Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I have mixed feelings about this one, technically. I started reading it, but I’m just not emotionally ready for this. But I still have this absolute need to get it over with and read the damn thing! We’ll see when I finally grow a set and read all 500 pages.

4. Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund. Okay, so I haven’t read the first book, but I only bought the first one because I really wanted to read this second one. Based off the Scarlet Pimpernel?? Count me in!

5. The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. I honestly don’t know why I keep putting it off. I’ve had this book for months. Seriously, Kayla. Get a grip. Read the book.

Don’t Own

6. World After by Susan Ee. I don’t think I can emphasize enough how much I need this book in my hands right now.

7. Where Silence Gathers by Kelsey Sutton. I loved the first book, and was so happy to find that it was going to be a series!

 8. Champion by Marie Lu. So actually it’s Champion’s birthday today! I’ve ordered my boxed set and can’t wait for them all to arrive!

9. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Anna and the French Kiss made my heart sing, and I really hope Lola does the same thing!

10. The Treatment by Suzanne Young. I loved The Program, despite a few nitpicks, and even though I hadn’t expected it to be a series (though I’m not sure why I was that naive with the YA genre being as it is), I’m glad there’s another book to continue Sloane and James’ story.

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!