Week in Review: August 11

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This week has been very nose to the grindstone. I’m trying to get some financial stuff in order (which I only remember when I’m at work and don’t have the notebook with me where I’m tracking everything, of course!) and just getting through this last bit of summer.

I spent way too much money on books last month (including several that aren’t with me yet) so I’m trying to avoid buying unnecessarily this month. We’ll see how it goes. That said, my spending ended on a good note with this fun box from Alex Bracken’s virtual signing for The Darkest Legacy:

What are you grateful for today? 📚 Yesterday was a good day for blogger me. I was very humbled by the support I got while looking for an arc on twitter, I got a sweet shoutout for my bookstagram photos from my friend @deadtossedwaves, and then I came home to this fantastic package. 📚 I’ve never done a virtual signing before but when I heard that @gcreading reading was doing one for The Darkest Legacy I decided to go for it. That wound up being silly since I ended up seeing Alex at BookExpo and at her NYC launch but still fun. (And don’t worry I had books to get signed at the launch still!) 📚 Anyway, how nice is this inscription? It’s by far one of the best compliments I’ve ever gotten and I’m so grateful (again and again) that I get to call Alex a friend and that I’ve gotten to be a part of supporting this series (and this book specifically) as a blogger. 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #thedarkestlegacy #alexandrabracken #thedarkestminds

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REMEMBER: I’m hosting a reading challenge later in August. Are you in?

Here are two of my favorite posts I shared on Instagram this week:

Do you read/like books with unlikable characters? 👑 Ten years ago invaders killed Theodosia’s mother, the queen, enslaved her people, and stole her name. 👑 Over many long years, Theo learned how to play the game. Don’t anger the Kaiser and stay alive. But when Theo is forced to do the unthinkable she reaches a breaking point. 👑 Survival is no longer enough. After years of hiding, it’s time for Theo to fight and reclaim everything that has been stolen. 👑 Finished this one last night. I feel like there should be a sub-sub-genre of grimdark fantasies where every character is The Worst. Because this one was fun but I just don’t feel like rooting for any of them when it comes to book two. Because they’re The Worst. 👑 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #ashprincess #laurasebastian #grimdark

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Week in Review: August 4

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This weekend was uncharacteristically busy for me–I had three days off and was booked for all of them (which is why this post is publishing late). I actually hate being that book because I like having some down time with my mom during the weekend but it wasn’t meant to be. On Friday I did a lot of errands and also ran to my local library to pick up a bunch of Johnny Cash CDs. Interestingly, they imported to my computer fine whereas I could barely get Florence + the Machine albums to play. Draw your own conclusions. What kind of music do you listen to? Do you ever try out new music from the library before you buy?

On Saturday I tried in vain to get the research quest I need in Pokemon Go to catch a Spinda. It wasn’t meant to be but I’m going to keep trying of course. Do you still play Pokemon Go? Let me know and we can be friends! I also headed to Union Square to see Sailor Moon Super S in theaters. It was a fun event but the show itself was kind of short. (This was balanced out with a short about my forever fave Sailor Mercury though.) Also: Bonbon Babies.

Do you watch Sailor Moon? Who’s your favorite Sailor Scout?

Then on Sunday my writing group had its monthly meeting. Writing Group is me and some of my coworkers from other branches. I had been really nervous to join but one of my goals this year was to meet more people in the library system and try to make more friends at work so when two coworkers started this up, I joined. It’s been great getting to know new people and it’s been a complete game changer in my writing process. We only met and critiqued yesterday but I am already working on my next chapters (which is such a joy after feeling like I was stagnating on this project for two years while I figured out what I wanted it to be and how I wanted to write it.)

Other big things: My blog turns ELEVEN this month! I can’t even believe it! I am planning on hosting a giveaway but I’m still deciding what to do. If you have ideas for what you’d want to see in a giveaway, let me know ;)

REMEMBER: I’m hosting a reading challenge later in August. Are you in?

Here are two of my favorite posts I shared on Instagram this week:

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Week in Review: July 28

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This has been such a full moon week lol. I am feeling on a more even keel after surviving Mock Printzmas in July (my book got an honor woot!).

Also: I have news!

I’m hosting a reading challenge in August. Are you in?

Here are two of my favorite posts I shared on Instagram this week:

You can only choose one: Pirates or ninjas? ▪️▪️▪️ My answer is always pirates. I’m currently reading Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolcser. It’s the sequel to Song of the Current—book I discovered last year when my friend @edenn85 reviewed it for SLJ and when I got a copy in one of my first @uppercasebox subscriptions. ▪️▪️▪️ While this story isn’t as contemplative as book one (I’m 51 pages in and there have already been three assassination attempts!), I’m excited to return to the world of the Riverlands and see what’s in store for ship captain Caro and Markos as he tries to reclaim his throne. ▪️▪️▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #sarahtolcser #songofthecurrent #uppercasebox

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What’s one of your favorite book tropes? ▪️ I love books where characters start out hating each other only to become friends. It’s why Foolish Hearts is a favorite of mine and why I’m already loving The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo. ▪️ Clara Shin is used to being in trouble. It comes with the territory when you’re a practical joker. But whatever. It’s always worth the laughs, right? ▪️ At least it is until the joke Clara pulls at junior prom goes too far ending with a fight and a fire. ▪️ Now instead of coasting through the summer and hanging out with her influencer mom for two weeks in Tulum, Clara is spending the summer working on her father’s food truck with her nemesis Rose Carver. ▪️ Working on the KoBra all summer with Rose is sure to be a nightmare. But it might also be the wake up call the both Clara and Rose need. ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #thewayyoumakemefeel #maurenegoo #uppercasebox

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Week in Review: July 21

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I know I wasn’t a fan of last week but . . . this week wasn’t great either. The highlights were working a split shift to check out a publisher preview and having a three day weekend. I’m so done with July.

Here are two of my favorite posts I shared on Instagram this week:

What keeps you going on a bad day? ▪️ The only good thing about yesterday was this #bookmail. While I am the only person alive who didn’t love Uprooted I am excited to see Novik’s take on Rumpelstiltskin. I am always here for fairytale retellings and I love that the (signed!) book came with a coin and the reading experience bookmark. ▪️ Thanks to the great @uppercasebox model I also was able to add this Invictus quote bookmark from last month. Invictus is a favorite poem and I’m so happy to have it. ▪️ #instabooks #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #uppercasebox #naominovik #spinningsilver

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I’m hosting a reading challenge next month. Will you join me? ▪️ Details: #missprintbookaday will be happening from August 25 to August 31. -read a book a day for as many times as you like during that period. -share about it on social media of your choice with the hashtag. -conquer your tbr! ▪️ I’ll be posting more about this closer to the date here, on twitter, and on my blog (link in bio)! ▪️ Let me know if you’ll be joining in the comments and tell me if you can identify this naked hardcover! ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #fairyloot #mysterybook

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Week in Review: July 14

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This week was kind of dumb but I made it. Also starting to plan for a reading challenge I’ll be hosting in August. Stay tuned!

Here are two of my favorite posts I shared on Instagram this week:

What sequels are you excited about this year? ▪️ One of my most anticipated sequels this year is definitely Spill Zone: The Broken Vow. I’ve been so curious to see what will happen next with the zone and Addison and her sister. ▪️ Three years ago something happened in Poughkeepsie, New York that left the town changed. Inside the Spill Zone nothing is quite right anymore. Dead bodies stand motionless, caught where they fell; strange creatures wander the zone; no one who goes into the zone comes out the same. ▪️ Addison thought she was done with the zone when she took one last job to retrieve something from inside. Except she got close enough to touch the spill and now she's changed–just like Jae, a mysterious boy from North Korea's own spill zone. ▪️ Addison's little sister, Lexa, was changed the night of the spill herself. And now her doll, Vespertine tells them that something worse is trying to get out. ▪️ You can read my full review today on my blog (link in bio) today as part of the blog tour for The Broken Vow. ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #spillzone #scottwesterfeld #sequels

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How do you recharge? 💐 This week has been awful and ground me down to my last nerve. The last straw was my commute home last night taking an hour and half (as did the morning and the commute to work the day before!). Today I woke up with a terrible headache and am taking a quiet sick day at home to recover before my work shift tomorrow. 💐 Don’t forget to take care of yourself and give yourself permission to pause to recharge and admire the flowers. 💐 #weeklyflowers #weeklyflowerbreak #flowers #flower #leaves #blueskies #brooklyn #newyork #newyorkcity #latergram #nofilter #nofilterneeded #portraitmode #flowerbud #roses #rosebud #flowerstagram #flowersofinstagram #plants #plantsofinstagram #ny #nyc #parkphotography #brooklynbotanicgarden #brooklynbotanic #ny1pic #behindthescenes #behindtheblogger #behindtheblog #dayinthelife

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Week in Review: July 7

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Things on the blog were pretty quiet this week. I feel a bit off kilter from having had the day off in the middle for the Fourth of July but it was a nice break.

Here are two of my favorite posts I shared on Instagram this week:

Can a total train wreck lead to a happy ending? 🚊 Ammy doesn’t believe in true love. But she’s still riding a train from Virginia to upstate New York to attend her dad’s second wedding. She isn’t sure if her mom will ever forgive her. But she also knows it’s too late to turn back. 🚊 Noah is a total romantic. So much so that he’s taking a train back home to try and win back his first love—the girl he broke up with before he left for college. 🚊 When their train breaks down in a snow storm, Ammy and Noah are both desperate to get to their destination. Even if it means they’re stuck traveling together. 🚊 When their quick detour turns into an all-day trip it seems like Ammy and Noah might be falling for each other. But at the end of the journey an unexpected surprise changes everything and leaves both Ammy and Noah wondering if love and their train wreck relationship can be salvaged. 🚊 This was my last book in my #bookaday project last week. I can’t believe I made it. I love Leah’s books and while this one starts with one of my least favorite premises (divorce forcing MC to choose between parents) but Ammy and Noah are fun enough characters that I was willing to go with it. And the reading journey was worth it, bumps and all. 🚊 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #loveandothertrainwrecks #leahkonen

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Week in Review: June 30

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This week I was feeling really overwhelmed by books (so something new for a change) and wished I could read faster. Then I decided that I *could* read faster by reading a book a day for a week. Which I did. It was a challenge and I wouldn’t recommend doing it for books you’re looking forward to savoring or anything BUT I did get through three books and was able to give them all away once I finished them. Not bad. I will definitely be doing something similar again in the future.

Here are two of my favorite posts I shared on Instagram this week:

Do you ever participate in reading challenges? 📚 I don’t because it’s too much structure BUT I am trying something kind of crazy this week: I have picked out a stack of books from my to read bookcase (which is overflowing) that I’ve been unsure about reading. Will I like them? Do I still want to read them? That’s what I’m trying to figure out. 📚 Every day this week I’m going to try to read one book from this stack and write at least one (unrelated) review to try and catch up on things. Stay tuned for my thoughts. 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #bookaday #bookadaychallenge #bookstack

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Do you enjoy games and puzzles? ▪️ I like them in theory but my mom is not a big fan so as an only child I never got into a lot of board games or multiplayer games. But I loved (and still love) solitaire. I don’t know if I’ll ever write them but I also enjoy the odd crossword. ▪️ Down and Across was book two in my #bookaday challenge this week. It’s @arvinahmadi’s debut and it was fantastic. ▪️ Scott Ferdowski is a great quitter. For as long as he can remember he has had a trail of abandoned hobbies and projects. While his best friends are driven and certain of their future Scott just feels like he’s floundering. How can he find his passion when he can’t even commit to breakfast? ▪️ Scott’s parents want hit to succeed and get serious about a secure career path like engineering or medicine. Scott isn’t sure what he wants but he knows that isn’t it. ▪️ When he hears about a professor who specializes in grit, the psychology of success, Scott thinks she might be able to help him figure out how to change. All he has to do is quit his internship and run away to Washington, DC. It won’t even be that hard with his parents away visiting Scott’s grandfather in Iran. ▪️ Scott doesn’t expect to find an adventure when he runs away. It doesn’t feel momentous as he steps onto bus or even when he first meets Fiora and Trent. ▪️ Fiora is passionate about crossword puzzles and Trent is trying to land his dream job in politics. But, like Scott, they’ve hit their own road blocks. Can three misfits really help each other to find their passions over the course of one unexpected summer? Scott isn’t sure. But he’s about to find out. ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #arvinahmadi #downandacross

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