My Week in Review 2017 #7

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

I think the biggest thing that happened this week was getting a book from a stranger… a gift from Booksgiving. It was fun and exciting to come home to find a package that I didn’t order. Of course I also placed a new Amazon order and a Book Depository order… and I’m took a trip to Barnes & Noble {a very big trip}. I’m in a book buying mood of late.

Other than books, there was work. Valentine’s Day brought some treats from my assistants. In addition to the massive book haul, I also picked up a few magazines and a Cinderella Funko. And I lost one of my gold hoops, so I picked up a new pair of those too. I should probably stop shopping now.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #6
Top Ten Tuesday~ It’s A Romance Thing
Exploring Bookish Communities #2
Cat Thursday #7
The Friday 56~ Finding It
Review: Book Buzz Monthly January

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ I Loved You More…
February 2017 Giveaway
Cat Thursday #8
The Friday 56~ Scrappy Little Nobody
February Mini Reviews

Around the Blog World:

Jo Talks Books: Where Are All the Single Characters in YA from Book Lovers Blog
Discussion Post: Is Hype a Good Thing or a Bad Thing? from My Thoughts… Literally!
Bookworm Problems: Emotionally UNSTABLE from Of Wonderland

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It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

Dangerous: Risky Business / Storm Warning / The Welcoming  The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City  Under the Wide and Starry Sky Kisses On A Paper Airplane  Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect, #1)  City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)  The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)

Dangerous//The Sweet Life in Paris//Under the Wide and Starry Sky//Kisses on a Paper Airplane//Imperfect Chemistry//City of Ashes//The Battle of the Labyrinth

Recently Completed:

January Buzz Books Monthly   Rising Strong   Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1)

Buzz Books Monthly January//Rising Strong//Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Up Next on TBR:

Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island, #2)  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)  Every Day (Every Day, #1)  Liar's Key (Sharpe & Donovan, #6)  Tempting Autumn (The Four Seasons #2)  City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)  The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

Heaven and Earth//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows//Every Day//Liar’s Key//Tempting Autumn//City of Glass//The Last Olympian

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I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

New to the Shelves:

I received a Booksgiving gift:

Flawed (Flawed, #1)

Flawed

I borrowed some an audiobook:

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

And I bought a whole bunch of physical books:

Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)  Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  The Temptation of Lila and Ethan (The Secret, #3)  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)  A Dog's Purpose (A Dog's Purpose, #1)  Why Not Me?

Confessions of a Shopaholic//Red Rising//Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe//The Temptation of Lila and Ethan//Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children//A Dog’s Purpose//Why Not Me?

Holding Up the Universe  Everything I Never Told You  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet  The BFG  One True Loves  The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend  The Handmaid's Tale

Holding Up the Universe//Everything I Never Told You//Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet//The BFG//One True Loves//The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend//The Handmaid’s Tale

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Review: Buzz Books Monthly~ January

January Buzz Books Monthly Book Cover January Buzz Books Monthly
Fiction
Publishers Lunch
December 9, 2016
eARC
Net Galley

As with the other Buzz Books collections, this book features excerpts of books that are releasing soon, in this case, books that released in January 2017.

The monthly collections do not feature new works, and instead feature books that were already featured in earlier editions of Buzz Books. I did not realize this before requesting the first three monthly editions, so I had already read part of the January edition.

That being said, I did find some additional books to add to my list. And the duplicate entries were ones I am interested in, so I didn’t mind reading their excerpts again. I still think the Buzz Books collections are a great way to check out upcoming releases.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC through Net Galley and the publisher {Publishers Lunch} in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Friday 56~ Finding It

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature Finding It by Cora Carmack.

Finding It (Losing It, #3)

“I blinked once, wondering if I was hallucinating him because of the heat, but he was still there. His head started turning toward me, and I panicked.”

Exploring Bookish Communities #2

As I mentioned last month, I have started exploring some bookish communities in the hopes of finding some like-minded people to interact with, both virtually and IRL.

Right now, most of my bookish interactions are still virtual. The town I live in has a tiny library and no book clubs, and the town I work in is an hour away, so I don’t spend a lot of time there when I’m not working.

Due to my own personal issues with Twitter and the amount of negativity and political opinions that are posted by book bloggers, authors, etc, I don’t use Twitter as a community source. When I log in to social media, I want to see discussions about books and cats, so I’ve pretty much stepped away from Twitter altogether.

I also don’t use Facebook as a community source. I have attempted to join Facebook groups for other things (fitness, blogging, etc.) and have found that I am just not participating in the groups. Because of this, I haven’t joined any book or book blogging groups. If you know of any that are really good (and ONLY focus on books), please let me know.

My true connections and community happens within each blog. I follow quite a few blogs, and have several bloggers I comment with regularly both on their blogs and my own. These are the people that I have made the biggest connection with so far. I really enjoy interacting with my fellow bloggers on topics we actually agree about… that we really love books!

Top Ten Tuesday~ It’s A Romance Thing

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is Romance. Since I am a total romance freak and prefer all of my books to have some form of romance in them, I had a lot of ideas for this week. I toyed with several ideas before deciding to just go with the obvious… my favorite OTPs… whether they end up together or not!

All the Bright Places

Violet & Finch

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

Clary & Jace

Ready Player One

Parzival & Art3mis//Wade & Samantha

Nora & Kettle (Paper Stars, #1)

Nora & Kettle

Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard, #2)

Max & Sara

Breaking Point (Troubleshooters, #9)

Jules & Robin//Sam & Alyssa

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Tris & Tobias

Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet, #2)

Emma & Jack

Valley of Silence (Circle Trilogy, #3)

Cian & Moira

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Grace& Augustus

** All covers link to Goodreads; titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

My Week in Review 2017 #6

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

I feel like this week went by really fast and I’m not sure why. Maybe because I just seem to be perpetually behind on everything right now. Work is quite busy with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, but we continue to have fun.

I didn’t really do much this week, aside from sending out some giveaway prizes, paying bills, grocery shopping, work and buying people books for Booksgiving (see below).

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #5
Top Ten Tuesday~ Wishing for More…
More Than Books #2
Cat Thursday #6
The Friday 56~ Beautiful Secret
Review: Faultlines

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ It’s A Romance Thing
Exploring Bookish Communities #2
Cat Thursday #7
The Friday 56~ Finding It
Review: Kisses on a Paper Airplane

Around the Blog World:

10 Reasons Books are Like Human Children from Paper Fury
Second Annual Booksgiving from The Bloggess
Does Time Dilute the Impact of a Book from The Book Haven

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It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

Dangerous: Risky Business / Storm Warning / The Welcoming  The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City Rising Strong Kisses On A Paper Airplane  Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect, #1)  The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

Dangerous//The Sweet Life in Paris//Rising Strong//Kisses on a Paper Airplane//Imperfect Chemistry//The Battle of the Labyrinth//City of Ashes

Recently Completed:

Going Home (3-in-1)    Faultlines    Ready Player One

Going Home//Faultlines//Ready Player One

Up Next on TBR:

Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island, #2)  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)  Liar's Key (Sharpe & Donovan, #6)  Tempting Autumn (The Four Seasons #2)  The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5) City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1)

Heaven and Earth//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows//Liar’s Key//Tempting Autumn//The Last Olympian//City of Glass//Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

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I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

New to the Shelves:

I picked up a few more free Kindle books  {I have a one-click problem with free titles}:

Lost & Found (Lost & Found, #1)   The Little Book of Buddhist Mindfulness & Concentration (The Little Books on Buddhism 5)   The Little Book of Buddhist Meditation: Establishing a Daily Meditation Practice (The Little Books of Buddhism)   An Introduction to the Way of the Buddha: Buddhism for Beginners   Buddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly and Being Buddha  Bewitching Winter (The Four Seasons #3)

Lost & Found//Little Book of Buddhist Mindfulness & Concentration//Little Book of Buddhist Meditation//An Introduction to the Way of the Buddha//Buddha in Blue Jeans//Bewitching Winter

I also purchased some physical books:

Stars of Fortune (The Guardians Trilogy, #1)   The One (The Selection, #3)   Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)   The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1)

Stars of Fortune//The One//Isla and the Happily Ever After//The Invisible Library

And I checked out my next two audiobooks:

Rising Strong     Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1)

Rising Strong//Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Review: Faultlines

Faultlines Book Cover Faultlines
Barbara Taylor Sissel
Fiction
Lake Union Publishing
September 6, 2016
eARC
Net Galley

I have some mixed feelings about this book. There were parts that I loved and parts that I didn’t. And there was one character I had a really, really hard time with. I’m going to try to write this without spoilers.

What I loved:

Selected characters: namely Sandy, Libby and Jordan- all were well written, flawed, but understandable characters I could relate to.
The plot twist surrounding Huck and Jordan. Huck isn’t likeable, but at least he’s believable.
The relationships between Sandy & Jordan, Sandy & Libby, and Jordan & Libby.

What I didn’t love:

How did Emmett not know? You were gone for months and back for 7 days, and you didn’t figure it out on your own? Really?
What happened with Beck… was it really necessary? I’m not sure how this benefited the book at all.
The town’s reaction to Sandy and Jordan.
Officer Carter’s silence for most of the book. WTH?

And the character I had a real problem with:

Jenna! I had no sympathy for this character at all. She turned on Sandy and Jordan immediately and without concern for Jordan AT ALL. Yes, her situation sucked, but her reactions were out of line regardless of who was responsible. I could not relate to her in any way. Her character was supposed to be tragic, but I felt she was almost evil.

Overall this was a good read, it just had some parts that didn’t work for me.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Net Galley and the publisher {Lake Union Publishing} in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Friday 56~ Beautiful Secret

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren.

Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard, #4)

“My brother was my best friend, his friends were my friends, and this is what I was good at. Banter. The give-and-take of joking with the guys. I could do this and not be an idiot. And not think about how I wanted to bang him. Maybe. Except he was wearing the charcoal suit- my favorite- and a dark shirt with no tie. I’d never seen him without a tie and it required superhuman strength to keep my eyes on his face, and not the tiny stretch of skin exposed at the top of his open collar.”