Week in Review: November 2

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This week on the blog you can check out:

Though I had my doubts in the beginning, this has turned into a good week. At work I helped Ingrid with a Toddler Halloween Dance Party. It was super hot in the space where we had the dance and kind of tiring. But also fun. If you want to see more about how that worked you can read Ingrid’s blog post. (You can also see me in a tiny witch hat if you really want.)

Tuesday was a big day because it was the launch party for In the Afterlight. I’ve been waiting a long time for this book and I’m reading it now and it’s wonderful. It also reminded me of how much I love Alexandra Bracken’s books which is why I have a sappy post all about them (also: I wanted to talk about her hugging me and us having a moment when I told her I used to work at a certain bookstore). So I’m really excited and that, of course, is a book I bought this week.

Back up to Monday, I also got a lot of books at work from Random House. After their Spring 2015 preview, Random House tweeted that they had extra preview bags and said the first ten people to email would get one. And I was one of them! I got several great arcs from them including some delightful picture books. However, all of that paled in comparison to one shiny blue arc I found quickly within the bag. (Yes, I screamed in my office–in front of coworkers–when I saw it.) The arc was none other than Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman. It is definitely my next read even though it means I’ll be reading two 500ish page books back to back.

I also received a copy of Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan in the mail from Bloomsbury which I am pretty excited about.

And I almost forgot! My epic Darkest Minds giveaway arrived in all of its glory. I’m using the totebag as we speak.

Other exciting work things happened and I’m pretty well in control of both my committee and review reading (I still have to write two picture book reviews but I have until the 20th so I am not worrying yet).

And, of course, now that it’s November it is also time to start planning and decorating for Christmas. Last year’s holiday season sucked for obvious reasons so I am pumped about doing this one in style.

How was your week? Are you joining me for Monday Memories this week?