Sunday, 21 September 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up (11)

On the Blog

Tuesday: Julie managed to throw together a review of STAY WITH ME between finishing a paper and going to work
Wednesday: Lanna's getting mixed signals from BOUNTY


Book Haul

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang (finished copy bought at Books of Wonder)
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Walker (finished copy bought at Strand)
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski (finished copy bought at Books of Wonder)
Zodiac by Romina Russell (ARC via work)
Nameless by Lili St. Crow (paperback via work) 
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (paperback via work) 
Our Song by Jordanna Fraiburg (ARC via work) 
The Fourth Wish by Lindsay Ribar (hardcover via work) 
The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe (hardcover via work) 
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick (hardcover via work) 
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (mass market via Ksenia) 
Life Sucks by Jessica Abel (graphic novel via Ksenia)
Americus by M.K. Reed (graphic novel via Ksenia)
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol (graphic novel via Ksenia)
The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa (graphic novel via Ksenia)
The Cute Girl Network by M.K. Reed (graphic novel via Ksenia)
Solomon's Thieves by Jordan Mechner (graphic novel via Ksenia)
The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason (unsolicited hardcover sent by publisher) 
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry (egalley via Netgalley) 
Grace's Guide by Grace Helbig (egalley via Edelweiss) 
Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton (egalley via Netgalley) 
Pitch Imperfect by Elise Alden (egalley via Netgalley) 
Infinite by Jodi Meadows (hardcover bought at CBC Book Rave)
Deliverance by C.J. Redwine (hardcover bought at CBC Book Rave)
Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley (hardcover bought at CBC Book Rave)
All of You by Christina Lee (paperback bought at CBC Book Rave)

(Note: This does not include some ACTUAL work books as in books I am working on)
Things I Learned This Week: 
1.) Penguin has some pretty epic take shelves. I won't be talking about any of these while I work here, but. Penguin-o-Rama in the spring. 
2.) Ksenia is the greatest. She didn't want me to be deprived of Jamie, so she got me book 2 in the Outlander series and a whole bunch of graphic novels so I can further delve into my graphic-novel education. Also we had tea and custard together this week.
3.) I can't be trusted at book festivals. Which is why I'm at Brooklyn Book Festival today, obvs. 

Books Read
Stay with Me by J. Lynn
My True Love Gave to Me
 Upcoming Reads

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
A Shakespeare Play I Don't Remember
Wild by Sophie Jordan
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Dirty Chick by Antonia Murphy
Hijacking the Runway by Teri Agins

Two for school, two for work, and two for me. I know this seems super ambitious, but these are all things I'm currently reading and will probably be reading for at least another week. Although, I DO have two days off this week and I want to spend one of those days sleeping and reading and doing laundry. The other day will be for tackling ALL THE THINGS. Or more sleep because man I miss sleep.
Odds and Ends 

I mentioned a couple things in this post you may be interested in!

1.) Book Festivals - Yesterday was the CBC Book Rave in New Rochelle, which is a 25 minute train ride out of NYC. Normally, I'd have refused BUT C.J. Redwine, Jodi Meadows, and Joy Hensley were going to be there and they don't make this trip often. Of the three, I've only met Jodi one other time. And all three are important enough to me I decided it was worth it. I also met/got to see several authors I've known on twitter and in real life and it was a lot of fun. Today, I'm at Brooklyn Book Festival. I'm a volunteer, so I'm acting as an author escort until the afternoon, then I'll get to go browse. I withdrew money and that's my budget for the day, no exceptions. I need to pace myself with all the other book events coming up! (Huntley Fitzpatrick, Christina Lauren, Marie Lu, Heather Demetrios,'s a busy time, y'all)

2.) My lack of sleep - You're probably not interested in this but too bad. I'm currently working two jobs (internship + freelancing), taking 5 classes, 4 of which are reading intensive and 1 of which has really long homework assignments each week, as well as attending all these book events and trying to maintain some semblance of a social life. I think I've gotten more than 5 hours of sleep twice in the past week and a half. Fortunately, my campus is closed Wednesday-Friday for the Jewish holidays, so I only have one day of class and two days of work (which are WAY less exhausting than school, honestly) and two days to try and catch up on sleep and assignments and reading and relax. I'm...really not sure how it's gonna work when I keep remembering all that has to get done.

And...that's it. Should I push any of these books up my TBR? Anything else you wanna hear about? Let me know how your week was!



Book haul

These are books I've gotten over a few weeks, because I suck at doing the weekly wrap up thing on a weekly basis.

For review

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton - Amazing cover, awesome title and from what I've read so far, probably a fantastic book.


Outlander/Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon - I may have included this in a previous book haul, but the first time I ordered it I got an email saying the seller made a mistake and it was actually out of stock, so I had to re-order it.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Heir of Fire and The Assasins Blade by Sarah J Maas - Already read an e-galley of Heir of Fire and loved it, needed a physical copy.

The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi - Ever since reading and loving A Thousand Splendid Suns, I've been looking for more books set in Afghanistan that I'll love just as much...hopefully this is one of them.


After Math by Denise Grover Swank
Asher by Jo Raven
Bounty by Elise Sax
Every Little Piece by Kate Ashton

Rules of Protection by Alison Bliss
The Protector by Gennita Low
Undeclared by Jen Frederick
Family Magic by Patti Larsen

Land by Theresa Shaver
Rogues, Rakes and Jewels by Claudy Conn 

So I kind of stupidly signed up to this site that sends you emails with e-books offers (either they're free or on sale) and you can choose which genres and things you want to be emailed about...anyway, I ended up downloading a bunch.  If any sound interesting, maybe check on Amazon because they might still be free/on sale.

I may be forgetting some, but that's all I remember.

Other non-bookish stuff

It's been an odd week. On Thursday, my country (Scotland) had a referendum and we got to vote on whether or not we wanted to leave the UK and become and independent country which is a pretty huge deal (and I think there was like a 90% turnout, which is a record amount...people as young as 16 were allowed to vote too, which makes it more impressive and may even make the government consider lowering the voting age for general elections too).

The No side won with 55% of the votes. But, considering nearly half of my country voted yes to independence, it pretty much forces Westminsters hand meaning they have to deliver on the promises (more power to control our own country) that they made... So, yeah, changes should--hopefully--be happening.

...And I'll shut up about that now, it's a big deal for Scotland (and the UK) but probably not interesting to most people outside of that (poor Julie had to put up with me rambling on Skype throughout the night as the results came in). =P

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