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Week in Review: April 14–Monday Memories is back!

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What a roller coaster this week has been! Work was very busy but I’m almost ready for my big training coming up and maybe have the hang of this whole supervising interns thing.

A while ago I decided to do a blog linkup feature called Monday Memories. It never gained much traction as a blog feature but I decided it would be fun to do on Instagram with a hashtag instead of a linkup. I’m using #bookishMondayMemories and am going to try to stick with it every week. If you are on instagram and want to join me, feel free to use the hashtag!

Here’s the first one:

Today I’m resurrecting an old blog feature called Monday Memories with the hashtag #bookishMondayMemories. 📚 I’ll be highlighting some books from my collection that hold a special place in my heart. If you want to join in, be sure to use the hashtag and let me know! 📚 I had a lot of fun photographing these books so I’ll talk more about the actual series tomorrow. Today I want to talk about why it’s so special to me. 📚 This series has a lot of firsts for me as a blogger. One of the first arcs I got for review, the first time a publicist contacted me directly, one of the first times I went to a book signing expressly because I had to meet the author, and one of my first author interviews on the blog. 📚 Meeting Gabrielle and the interview are especially sweet moments. I always love meeting authors for the first time after emailing with them because it gives context to the moment. In this case Gabrielle was also one of the nicest authors to talk to. That interview (the fantastic one!) also took on a life of its own appearing in a paperback edition of books one and two. You never know what you’ll find in bonus material. 📚 I loved following this series from start to finish even if it never gained the attention and acclaim I still think it sorely deserves. I like to think that my reviews and interviews for these books remain some of my best work as a blogger. Perhaps more importantly I always felt like Anya and her world was there for me when I needed them during a particularly bad year. That’s a rare thing. 📚 If you haven’t seen this series yet be sure to grab the first book All These Things I’ve Done from your library and check out the rest of Gabrielle Zevin’s backlist. You won’t regret it! 📚 #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 #gabriellezevin #chocolate #bildungsroman

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

How far would you got for a miracle? 📚 Here is a thing that draws everyone to Bicho Raro: The promise of a miracle. 📚 Here is a thing everyone fears after their first miracle: What they'll need to do to complete their second miracle. 📚 The strange magic of miracles has been a part of the Soria family for generations–long before the family left Mexico for the desert of Bicho Raro, Colorado. 📚 Now, in 1962, three cousins are at a turning point where magic and action intersect. 📚 Joaquin wants many things. He wants his family to understand him, he wants to spend time with his cousins, most of all he wants someone to hear him DJing as Diablo Diablo on the pirate radio station he is running with Beatriz from inside a box truck. 📚 Daniel is the current Saint of Bicho Raro. He performs the miracles and he sets the pilgrims on their paths to help themselves. Despite his saintliness he is incapable of performing the miracle he needs for himself. 📚 Her family calls Beatriz the girl without feelings, objectively she can't argue the point. But when unexpected misfortune befalls Bicho Raro, Beatriz will have to reconcile her feelings (or lack thereof) with the logical fact of what she has to do next. 📚 Everyone wants a miracle but when miracles go horribly wrong the residents of Bicho Raro might have to settle for forgiveness instead. 📚 Owls are a big part of this story so of course I had to photograph my copy with some of my owl collection. (I found a bunch of owls I had forgotten after I took the photo, of course.) 📚 #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 #reyesfilter #maggiestiefvater #owls

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Do you ever buy books because they’re on sale? 📚 I am not made of stone and I admit I often fall for the siren song of a good deal. Then there are the deals that are so good it would be criminal to miss them. 📚 Such was the case with Circe by Madeline Miller which through a series of pricing mishaps wound up being available for preorder on amazon for three dollars. Of course I ordered a copy! 📚 Circe is Miller’s newest novel inspired by Greek mythology (her previous novels are The Song of Achilles and Galatea). 📚 I haven’t read her other books and don’t know what to expect but I have resolved to read more adult fiction this year so hope to get to this in the next month or two. (It might be time to admit to myself that my simultaneous goal of reading more nonfiction might be a lost cause.) 📚 On a superficial level I also love how shiny the cover is and, of course, had to show it off with my shiny manicure. Swipe over for more shots because I just couldn’t pick one. 📚 Is this one on your to read list? Have you read Miller’s other books? 📚 #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 #circe #madelinemiller #mythology #greekmythology

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If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my April Reading Tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?

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Week in Review: April 7: Where is Spring?

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I’m trying to tough it out but this continued cold weather is getting me down. I’m still wearing my heaviest winter coat! In April! It’s very upsetting. Not to mention the constant snowstorms. I know the world is ending and we’re all going to die from the consequences of climate change but still. Have you gotten any spring weather in your neck of the woods?

I started this week feeling a little overwhelmed but am happy to report that returning to my tried and true monotasking and taking things one step at a time has helped me knock a few items off my to do list and get back on track. What do you do to conquer an overly long to do list?

I’m also happy to report that after a rocky go last year order has been restored and I have been approved for Press Registration for BookExpo. I’m not sure if I’ll go but I am on the selection committee for the the YA Editors’ Buzz panel and I do hope to see the editors talking about the books I helped pick. Have you ever gone to a book event or convention?

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

How many secrets are too many? 📚 Jordan Sun is a scholarship student at a prestigious boarding school for the arts. She has a coveted single room and she is slowly getting over a painful breakup. She has also never been cast in a school production. 📚 Reeling from yet another rejection for the school’s new musical, Jordan realizes that her height and her deep voice are holding her back. Jordan doesn’t fit the mold of most female roles and it’s holding her back. 📚 Desperate to prove to her parents and herself that she can land a lead, Jordan decides to audition for an opening at the school’s prestigious a cappella group, The Sharpshooters. There’s just one catch: The Sharpshooters are an all-male group. 📚 Disguised as a boy named Julian, Jordan lands the spot. Her voice fits right in with the Sharps and, surprisingly, Jordan realizes she fits in with the small group of friends too. But Jordan can’t be sure they’ll feel the same way if they find out that her name is Jordan, not Julian. 📚 Jordan meant to keep the Sharps at a distance until she gets the prestige and recognition she wants. But as friendships (and rivalries) grow and the lies mount, Jordan starts to realize that sometimes you have to get close. Even if it means you might get hurt. 📚 What a day! I’ve been so bogged down with work emails and book ordering that I barely remembered to take lunch (late late) and get this post ready. I finished this book last night and it’s a total charmed. A really fun exploration or privilege, gender, and sexuality all wrapped up in a laugh out loud story set at the intersection of high school and a cappella. 📚 #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 #accapella #ireadya #rileyredgate #noteworthy

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What’s in your bag right now? ▪️ I just got this bag emblazoned with my initials from @danbury_mint. It’s kind of ridiculous but also amazing and I’m loving it. ▪️ I’m also happy to report that the bag can easily fit my planner and a book along with all of my other incidentals (keys, wallet, phone, tissues, etc.). ▪️ I’m starting Defy the Worlds today and I’m so excited to read more about Noemi (a soldier from Genesis, a planet that eschews all advanced technology) and Abel (the most advanced AI in the universe, created by a scientist from Earth—Genesis’s enemy in a long-running war). In Defy the Stars Noemi and Abel hatched a plan to end the war and save both their worlds—but will anyone listen to them? And does it matter if they can never be together? ▪️ Have you read this duology yet? If you haven’t and you’re a sci-fi fan I highly recommend it! ▪️ #instabooks #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booknerd #yalit #yabooks #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booklove #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #currentlyreading #bookandbag #plannerlife #defythestars #defytheworlds #claudiagray

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If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my April Reading Tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?

Week in Review: March 31: In which I am maybe back to 80%

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I’m late getting this up. I had a three day weekend for Easter and spent most of it quite tired. I’m still not feeling fully recovered from the flu. Maybe 80% but it’s really been a slog and this lingering cold weather is no help at all.

I started selling hardcover books I don’t want on ebay and have made a couple bucks. I’m not sure how I feel about Ko-Fi. I think if I’m going to be shilling I might just do it through the Paypal.Me I use for ARC adoption instead.

One good thing is that I am feeling back on track with instagram at least and I even have some photos queued up for the rest of this week.

I finished The Bone Witch and I am totally obsessed. I’m trying to knock out some lingering TBR books this month but also NEED to make time for The Heart Forger.

What if you’re the villain in your story, not the hero? 📚 Tea never meant to raise her brother from the dead or expected to become a dark asha—a bone witch to those who revile them—but that is exactly what happens and sets Tea’s life on a dramatically different course when she is thirteen and first receives her heartsglass. 📚 Asha training is rigorous and perilous but Tea acclimates well to her new life. But that doesn’t explain what happened four years later to leave Tea banished to the Sea of Skulls and telling her story to an exiled bard. Tea claims she is searching for a way to save dark asha lives. But in doing so she may also have to remake the world as she knows it. 📚 I am almost done reading The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco and I am loving everything about from the intricate world building to the contrasts between Tea’s past as she discovers her powers and her present as an exile plotting revenge. There’s nothing like the shock of realizing you might be rooting for the villain of the story. 📚 Who are some of your favorite villains? 📚 #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 #thebonewitch #rinchupeco #villain #fantasy

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

Happy #MapMonday! Song of the Current is a rollicking sea adventure and I love having this oversized map from when it was an #uppercasebox selection. ▪️ Caroline Oresteia's family has guided wherries across the Riverlands for generations–all of them called by the river god. Caro knows that her home is on the river, but she has never heard the river god call her in the language of small things. Now seventeen, she's starting to wonder if he ever will. ▪️ After her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate, Caro volunteers to deliver the cargo for her father's release. Being no stranger to the Riverlands, it's an easy assignment save for the pirates who want the same cargo. But traveling with the mysterious cargo soon draws Caro into a dangerous web of political intrigue and secrets forcing her to choose between the life she always dreamed of and a much grander future–if she's brave enough to claim it. ▪️ I was tagged by @deadtossedwaves to do the #favouritecharacters from my #favouriteseries tag. I tagged some friends but feel free to join the fun and let me know who you choose! 💙The Queen’s Thief: Eugenides 💙A Darker Shade of Magic: Kell/Lila 💙Caraval: Scarlett 💙Leviathan: Wildcount Volger/Dr. Barlow 💙Abhorsen: Lirael/Nicholas Sayre 💙Giant Days: Everyone! ▪️ #instabooks #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #songofthecurrent #sarahtolcser

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If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my April Reading Tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?

Week in Review: March 24: What a Difference a Week Makes

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Yesterday I posted a big post highlighting everything I have to offer here on the blog in terms of posts and author interviews (and more!) along with links to all of my social media and indexed post pages.

I also wanted to say here that I made a ko-fi page for anyone who might want to support the blog in a monetary way. Obviously there is no obligation and I’d be just as happy with a comment or some social media follows BUT if you appreciate what you do and would like to show that by buying me a figurative coffee, you can now do that through a button on my blog sidebar and right here:

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

I feel so much better, guys! So happy to see the other side of that flu. It was hard getting back to work this week because any stamina I had for my commute/work was effectively gone. BUT we had a snow day on Wednesday which was a big help for me. Phew.

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

What happens when the worst thing you ever said is the only thing people know about you? ▪️ Winter Halperin has always been good with words—something that served her well as a National Spelling Bee champion a few years ago. ▪️ Now, after sharing one thoughtless and insensitive comment online, words (and the entirety of the internet) have turned against Winter. As Winter grapples with the aftermath of the Incident she is forced to confront hard truths about her own bigotry and its role in what happened as well as the nature of public shaming in the internet age. ▪️ #ifyoudonthaveanythingnicetosay is a timely, sometimes brutal contemporary. Add it to your to read list and watch for it this May. ▪️ #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 #leilasales #contemporary

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If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my March Reading Tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?

Week in Review: March 17: Emma vs. the No Good Very Bad Flu

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Keeping it short and sweet: I have had the flu since last Thursday and I’m still recovering. What a week.

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

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a caregiver this week. ▪️ In college my narrative nonfiction professor told me I should write my final piece about the ways my life had been impacted by taking care of my mother. I wrote about something else and probably got a lower grade as a result. I didn’t care. ▪️ I hate identifying myself as a caregiver because it always seems to imply some kind of burden or reluctance when, for me, I can’t imagine making any other choice. It wasn’t until this week when I have been completely laid out by the flu that I realized how much I’ve internalized that caregiver role for better or worse. ▪️ My mom lives with me and for my entire adult life I have been taking caring of her and supporting her in increasingly large ways. I pay the bills, cook, maintain the house, manage my mom’s prescriptions and medical care, and take her to her appointments. Even after consciously building a support system for myself it still often comes down to me alone in hospital waiting rooms. It’s not necessarily what I would have chosen for either of us but it’s the way things have shaken out. ▪️ So it’s been strange to be incapable of doing any of that this week and being forced into a position where I need all the help. At first I thought it was because I’m a Type A personality and micro-manage everything but no. It’s just a foreign concept. ▪️ I’m on four different medications right now and am too dizzy to stand so I’m probably not making any great points here. If, like me, you are usually a giver remember to take care of yourself too. Give yourself permission to accept help and buy the fancy slippers. ▪️ #goodygoodyshoes #silk #flowers #slippers #sickday #rest #portraitmode #nofilter #convalescence #caregiver #payyourselffirst #thoughtsfrommyconvalescence

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If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my March Reading Tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?

Week in Review: March 10: Remembering to Stay in my Own Lane

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Before I say anything else: I was quoted in this cool profile on debut author Tomi Adeyemi so definitely check it out over at Refinery29.

Do you ever have a day where you’re just in a bad mood? That was me for a couple of days this week. Partly it’s carryover from tax prep (because of course it is) and partly I’m migrating to gmail for all of my accounts (including my blog one so be sure to update accordingly!) which is just the most annoying thing ever.

How is your tax prep going? Have you ever had to switch emails?

I’m feeling very enthusiastic about my blog and instagram stuff but I also feel like my efforts aren’t having much payoff. That isn’t entirely true. My blog traffic is higher than it’s ever been and I’m loving my photos. But I also feel like I’ve been playing the blog game for 10+ years and it’s like I still spend a lot of time talking to myself or into the void while newer, shinier blogs seem to instantly be more successful and popular. I know that’s probably only 30% of the story and I can’t see behind the scenes but it’s hard to avoid those feelings.

With Instagram it’s like the minute I figure out some of the rules, they all change. And it’s so cliquey sometimes that no one even wants to talk about it or admit that this is an issue. I also hate the new/shiny/buy everything culture surrounding bookstagram and reps and all that. I am trying to remain aware of it being a problem for me/in general while still enjoying participating in small ways.

How do you feel about #bookstagram?

So anyway I was really frustrated about all things social media this week, obviously. I’m trying to let it go and remind myself that I am in this because I love it–everything else is extra and probably not worth my attention. I just need to stay in my own lane.

What do you do when everything starts to feel frustrating?

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

What would you do if you could never go home again? ▪️ Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children is the last stop for the girls—because they are overwhelmingly girls—who managed to slip away unnoticed and pass through a magic door into another world. ▪️ They never find the same things in their worlds. Some are Nonsense while others thrive on the rules of Logic. Some are Wicked and others are high Virtue. But even with their differences the worlds all have something in common: for the children who find them they feel like home. ▪️ And for the Wayward Children the doors have closed to them—maybe forever. So now they have to learn to move on. If they can. ▪️ After her time in the Halls of the Dead, Nancy doesn’t think it’s so simple. Now that she’s surrounded by other exiles like herself the only certainty is that they are trapped together until their doors appear again. If they do. ▪️ When students at the school become victims of grisly murders Nancy seems the obvious suspect. She knows she isn’t the killer but she doesn’t know how convince anyone else of that—or to find the real culprit—anymore than she knows how to get back home. ▪️ Every Heart a Doorway is a wild ride and a thoughtful exploration or portal fantasies and magic. ▪️ Have you read this one yet? What kind of magical world would you like to find yourself in? ▪️ #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

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If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my March Reading Tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?

Week in Review: March 3: In which time flies when you’re having fun

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Feeling much better this week and hoping I don’t catch the plague that has been making the rounds in my department! I can’t believe it’s already March. We just celebrated the new year, didn’t we?!

I am so behind on reading (like actual deadline things not just my own blogger reading) but I’m hoping I can turn that around in March. I also am going to my darnedest to really get my review backlog down and write some new scenes in my current novel project (got to have something good to submit at Writing Group after all!).

What are you plans for March? What’s one thing you want to knock of your to do list?

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

How far would you go to win? 📚 Jane Sinner is tired of pity. She isn't surprised at her expulsion from high school or her lack of plans for the future. She's just surprised that anyone else is shocked. 📚 When Jane agrees to attend a high school completion program at Elbow River Community College she only has one condition: she gets to move out. Affordable housing appears in the form of a student-run reality show along the lines of Big Brother. Jane jumps at the chance to join the cast of House of Orange, live within her limited means, and compete to win a car (used, but whatever it's still a car). 📚 Stepping away from her conservative, religious parents and forgetting about what happened is exactly what Jane needs to start over. On campus she can reinvent herself as Sinner–the cynical and ultra-competitive version of herself that comes through in House of Orange edits–even if the HOOcaps (House of Orange production team) might be watching Jane's every move and real life is becoming uncomfortably hard to separate from the game. 📚 When House of Orange goes from low-rent web series to a local community tv sensation, Jane is forced to consider how far she's willing to go to win. And how much she has to prove to herself and the world (or viewers of substandard reality tv anyway). 📚 As a die-hard fan of Big Brother (I’ve seen every season!) I absolutely loved this book’s premise. Jane is a shrewd and hilarious narrator and her story had me laughing out loud and wishing I could find House of Orange spoilers online to see how it would all shake out. Do yourself a favor and add this one to your TBR today! 📚 My gloriously orange hardcover is shown here with my two prized trophies from my brief career as a competitive storyteller. 📚 #instabooks #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #yalit #yabooks #ireadya #nicetryjanesinner #lianneoelke #ludwigfilter

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If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my March Reading Tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?