My Week in Review 2017 #12

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 was looking forward to participating in Bloggiesta for Spring because I had fun with it last year, but my schedule was too full this week to fit it in. It was review week at work and my boss came down to deliver my review and to sit in while I delivered my assistants’ reviews. This meant all of my extra time during the first half of the week was spent finalizing reviews and getting ready for the visit. {Which went great, by the way!}

I also managed to injure myself {again}, so spent the first part of the week in pain. I pinched a nerve in my lower back which then triggered some sciatica issues. Sitting was the worst, so my commutes were pretty awful. Thankfully it’s better now and I feel like myself again. I really need to start taking better care of myself so I stop having all of these weird issues and injuries.

My first Book Outlet order arrived, so many beautiful books {as you will see below}. I am still waiting for another Book Outlet order and a Book Depository order. These will probably be my last big hauls since my new strict budget goes into effect on the first.

The best news of the week, however, is that I am visiting Cheshire this weekend {so while my post is scheduled to go live on time, I will actually be linking up late in the day on Sunday}! I hate that so much time goes by between visits right now with my schedule.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #11
Top Ten Tuesday~ Quick Reads
March Giveaway~ Holding Up the Universe
Cat Thursday #12
The Friday 56~ The 5th Wave
Review: March Buzz Books Monthly

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ Dream Dates
March Challenge Update
Cat Thursday #13
The Friday 56~ Spaceman
March Mini Reviews

Around the Blog World:

Up Close and {un}Conventional- Religion in Books from {un}Conventional Book Views
Ramblings from the Stacks- Series Reading and Genre Fatigue from I Wish I Lived in a Library
Discussion Posts: What Makes You Comment? from My Thoughts…Literally!

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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 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) The Good Luck of Right Now City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3) Riley Unlikely: How One Young Woman's Heart for Africa Is Changing the World Oz: The Complete Collection

Dangerous//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows//The Good Luck of Right Now//City of Fallen Angels//The Eternity Code//Riley Unlikely//The Complete Oz Collection

Recently Completed:

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake  Stuart Little  City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)  The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake//Stuart Little//City of Glass//The Last Olympian

Up Next on TBR:

Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island, #2) Faking It (Losing It, #2) The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl, #4) The Promise Kitchen Imperfectly Criminal (Imperfect, #2) City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)  French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure

Heaven and Earth//Faking It//The Opal Deception//The Promise Kitchen//Imperfectly Criminal//City of Lost Souls//French Women Don’t Get Fat

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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:

This week’s audio books from the library:

French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure   When Breath Becomes Air

French Women Don’t Get Fat//When Breath Becomes Air

Plus an eARC from Net Galley:

The Idea of You

The Idea of You

My first Book Outlet order {all physical books– don’t judge me, I said it was a huge order!}:

All the Bright Places Are We There Yet? The Bane Chronicles Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #1) Everything, Everything Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1) How to Keep Rolling After a Fall I'll Give You the Sun Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) The Lifeboat Clique Love & Gelato The Museum of Heartbreak Our Chemical Hearts Pippi Longstocking Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here The Square Root of Summer The Start of Me and You To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) The Unexpected Everything Second Chance Summer

All the Bright Places//Are We There Yet?//The Bane Chronicles//Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend//Everything, Everything//Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock//Geek Girl//How to Keep Rolling After a Fall//I’ll Give You the Sun//Illuminae//Jackaby//The Lifeboat Clique//Love and Gelato//The Museum of Heartbreak//Our Chemical Hearts//Pippi Longstocking//Scarlet Epstein Hates it Here//The Square Root of Summer//The Start of Me and You//To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before//The Unexpected Everything//Second Chance Summer

And I bought a Kindle ebook:

Take This Regret (Take This Regret, #1)

Take This Regret

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

Review: March Buzz Books Monthly

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Fiction
Publishers Lunch
February 2, 2017
eARC
Net Galley

For more than five years now, passionate readers have relied on our twice-a-year Buzz Books to sample and discover new books from big authors and breakout talents through exclusive and substantial pre-publication excerpts.

Now we are offering the same robust publication in easier-to-digest monthly packages. You'll find exclusive excerpts of six notable books due for publication during the month of March—but first check out our extensive preview of well over 100 new books of interest coming to market in the month ahead. At the end of most excerpts, you will find a link to the full galley on NetGalley!

Then read a haunting World War II tale by Jessica Shattuck, author of New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding. Also included in the sampler is romance author Kristy Cambron’s latest and a “bonus” debut thriller excerpt. Young adult fiction is represented by three debut titles from authors Kayla Cagan, Elizabeth Briggs, and Ashley Poston.

It’s time for another monthly Buzz Books review. As with my February review, I’ll be looking at the excerpts themselves, rather than attempting to review the collection. I found 2 that sound awesome, 2 that are interesting but not quite me, and 2 that just don’t appeal this time around.

Can’t Wait to Read:
Piper Perish  by Kayla Cagan
Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Might or Might Not Read:
Future Threat: by Elizabeth Briggs
A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

I’ll Pass, Thanks:
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
The Illusionist’s Apprentice  by Kristy Cambron

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

The Friday 56~ The 5th Wave

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 The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

“We ate and slept in the big building. Between five and six hundred people bled out in there, but the floor and walls had been bleached and the cots they died on had been burned. It still smelled faintly of the Pestilence (a little like soured milk), and the bleach hadn’t removed all the bloodstains. There were patterns of tiny spots covering the walls and long, sickle-shaped stains on the floor. It was like living in a 3-D abstract painting.”

March Giveaway~ Holding Up the Universe

Yay, it’s giveaway time again!! I discovered in all of my book buying frenzy in February and early March that I purchased both a hardcover and a paperback version of Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. As I am not the type of bookworm that needs multiple copies of books in different formats or editions, I decided to give one of them away. {I do have an exception to this policy in that I can have a book in both physical and digital format, but only one physical copy of each book}.

Holding Up the Universe

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Top Ten Tuesday~ Quick Reads

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is books you’ve read {or can read} in one sitting. I used to be able to sit down and finish a 200-300 page paperback in a sitting, but have found I just can’t do that anymore. So today I am sharing 10 novellas that are currently sitting in my TBR. These are all under 200 pages {most under 100} and easily finished in one sitting.

Keeping Her (Losing It, #1.5)

Keeping Her

Seeking Her (Losing It, #3.5)

Seeking Her

Beautiful Boss (Beautiful Bastard #4.5)

Beautiful Boss

Zoey's Post-It Notes

Zoey’s Post-It Notes

The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Cassandra Jones: Walker Wildcats Year 1: Episode 1: The New Girl

The New Girl: The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Cassandra Jones

Sugar and Sawdust

Sugar & Sawdust

JELLYBEAN KISSES: Book One

Jelly Bean Kisses

Summer Spark

Summer Spark

Stranded with a Scotsman

Stranded with a Scotsman

Those Were the Days: A TATM Short Story (The Moments Series, #1)

Those Were the Days

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

My Week in Review 2017 #11

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:

After starting last week with snow, we started this week with a warm sunny day. I’m hoping this weather is here to stay. I can see lots of wild daffodils along the side of the road now as I drive to and from work. It makes me happy.

Of course I could have done without the other start to the week… namely the time change. I am not a fan. I have never been good at dealing with Daylight Savings Time and personally think it should be abolished, but that’s just me. I am always so groggy after the change and it takes a few days before my body gets with the program. Those days are incredibly unproductive as I walk around in a haze.

All of my book orders from last week have started arriving, so my book haul is pretty big this week. I still have an order from Book Depository that I haven’t received, as well as a rather large order from Book Outlet that should be here next week. I’ve put myself on a strict budget after this, so I will only have a few new books each month starting in April {in addition to audio books I check out and any eARCs I receive}.

I also put together some photo shoots for Bookstagram and am planning to feature some new photos there. I should get enough shots from these sessions and more this week to see me through a couple of months.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #10
Top Ten Tuesday~ Spring Reading
Exploring Bookish Communities #3
Mini Blog Challenge Wrap Up
Cat Thursday #11
The Friday 56~ Ink and Bone
Review: Liar’s Key

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ Quick Reads
March Giveaway
Cat Thursday #12
The Friday 56~ The 5th Wave
Review: March Buzz Books Monthly

Around the Blog World:

Is There Such a Thing as a “Quick Post”? Let’s Discuss! from Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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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 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5) The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3) Riley Unlikely: How One Young Woman's Heart for Africa Is Changing the World Oz: The Complete Collection

Dangerous//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows//The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake//City of Glass//The Last Olympian//The Eternity Code//Riley Unlikely//The Complete Oz Collection

Recently Completed:

The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #2)  Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office

The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 2//Bitter is the New Black

Up Next on TBR:

Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island, #2) Faking It (Losing It, #2) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl, #4) The Promise Kitchen Imperfectly Criminal (Imperfect, #2) Stuart Little

Heaven and Earth//Faking It//City of Fallen Angels//The Opal Deception//The Promise Kitchen//Imperfectly Criminal//Stuart Little

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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:

Audio books borrowed:

Stuart Little  The Good Luck of Right Now

Stuart Little//The Good Luck of Right Now

Physical books purchased {Target}:

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1)  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing  A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)

Carve the Mark//The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up//A Study in Charlotte

Physical books received from Amazon order:

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps  The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret, #1)   Wicked Sexy Liar (Wild Seasons, #4)   Wanderlost   The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3)

Adulting//The Secret of Ella and Micha//Wicked Sexy Liar//Wanderlost//The Midnight Star

And from Book Depository:

A Monster Calls  To Kill a Mockingbird   The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)   A Man Called Ove

A Monster Calls//To Kill a Mockingbird//The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet//A Man Called Ove

And a few from Barnes & Noble:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda  The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)  The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)  The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)  P.S. I Like You

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda//The Winner’s Curse//The Winner’s Crime//The Winner’s Kiss//P.S. I Like You

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

Review: Liar’s Key

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Sharpe & Donovan
Carla Neggers
Fiction; Romance
Harlequin; MIRA
August 30, 2016
eARC
Net Galley

Emma Sharpe is suspicious when retired Special Agent Gordon Wheelock, a legend in FBI art crimes, drops by her Boston office for a visit. Gordy says he's heard rumors about stolen ancient mosaics. Emma, an art crimes specialist herself, won't discuss the rumors. Especially since they involve Oliver York, an unrepentant English art thief. Gordy and Emma's grandfather, a renowned private art detective, chased Oliver for a decade. Gordy knows Wendell Sharpe didn't give him everything he had on the thief. Even now, Oliver will never be prosecuted.

When a shocking death occurs, Emma is drawn into the investigation. The evidence points to a deadly conspiracy between Wendell and Oliver, and Emma's fiancé, deep cover agent Colin Donovan, knows he can't stay out of this one. He also knows there will be questions about Emma's role and where her loyalties lie.

From Boston to Maine to Ireland, Emma and Colin track a dangerous killer as the lives of their family and friends are at stake. With the help of their friend, Irish priest Finian Bracken, and Emma's brother, Lucas, the Sharpes and Donovans must band together to stop a killer.

This book is actually part of a series, and one that I think you really need to read the preceding books to truly appreciate. Unfortunately, I have not read the previous books in the series, so I was left without much of a background into the characters that were central to the story.

Because I joined the characters mid-series, there wasn’t as much character development provided. All of the relationships were already established, and while there was some background given, I still felt like I was missing key pieces. This is especially true about Emma and Colin and their relationship.

I was approximately half-way through the book when I realized there was not going to be a lot of action. With a book about two FBI agents, I expected it to be fast paced and full of action, but it was more meditative. There wasn’t really even a case until the last 20%, just a lot of questions about a retired FBI agent’s questions and motives.

All that being said, I did enjoy the story, though I usually tend to prefer something a little more fast paced. I think if I had read the books in the series leading up to this one, I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

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

The Friday 56~ Ink and Bone

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 Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine.

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)

“Wolfe stared at her for a long few seconds, then nodded sharply. ‘Correct. Step back, Postulant Seif. On the highest possible level, the Library exists because each nation of the world benefits from it, and because the Library favors none, relies in none. It took time to free ourselves from the tyranny of politics, kings, and priests; it took time to assemble the wealth and the force to defend what we have. But most of all, it took a miracle. And what was that miracle?'”