Sunday, May 12, 2019

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | May 12

Happy Mother's Day 🌸 The last few weeks have been so busy! Some of it good, some of it not so good. I have so much to catch up on today and this week because my blogging and involvement in the community just haven't been happening lately. My kids have two weeks left of school, and then we can say bye to the huge amounts of homework and projects for a few months!

I've decided to close for review requests through the summer, too. I'm considering a much more extended closure again. I love being able to review all of the amazing new books being released, but I have so many personal reads I just want to lose myself in. It's such a hard balance. You all know what I mean!

An exciting thing happened last week! Rue Morgue magazine did a small write up of Ladies of Horror Fiction. It was such a cool surprise and a huge honor!

StokerCon was this weekend so the Bram Stoker Awards were announced last night. The horror ladies killed it this year. I will be sure to get a post up featuring all of the nominees and winners.

Posted Last Week(s)

Book Review | The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz ⭐⭐⭐⭐★

Book Review | Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine ⭐⭐⭐⭐★

Finished Reading

2,000 to 10,000 by Rachel Aaron ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - This was fascinating! If you enjoy reading about writing, I recommend it.

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon [dnf @ 90 pages] - Sorry guys. I know several of you wanted to hear more about this one, but it wasn't for me.

Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - This was another great writing book I really enjoyed.

Shift (Silo #2) by Hugh Howey ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - I loved Wool years ago, and I had trouble getting into Shift the first time I tried to read it. Thank you to Tracy for buddy reading this with me! Once I got into it, I loved it. I can't wait to read Dust. This was also a pick from my 2019 TBR jar.

Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake #3) by Rachel Caine ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - You can read my review here.

The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - I loved this! I'm so glad I finally read it. This was another pick from my 2019 TBR jar

Look at all of those stars!

Lucy has a question for you! Is anyone interested in hearing more details about the writing books I enjoy?

Currently Reading

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire - I am loving this so much!

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon - So far this one is really creepy!

Recent Acquisitions

Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal - Many thanks to Tor Teen for sending me a copy of Five Midnights. I cannot wait to read this!!

Maria The Wanted and the Legacy of The Keepers (The Keepers Series #1) by V. Castro - This is on sale today for $0.99 so it's a great time to scoop it up!

Skyward (Skyward #1) by Brandon Sanderson - I couldn't resist grabbing the audio for this during the Audible deal. I have the print copy, but... I really couldn't resist.

Thank you guys so much for putting up with me being such a terrible blogger when life gets crazy. ❤️

So what about you? Let me know what you're reading this week or leave me some links!

This post is being shared as part of Book Date's It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.

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  1. I'm really curious about your thoughts on Skyward, I've seen such good things on the book. I received it in a bookbox, but haven't read it yet!

    1. I'm dying to read it! Hopefully this summer I can make the time.

  2. Aw man it sucks about The Invited. It looked good! And I can't wait to start Rachel Cane's series.
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

    1. I was really excited about The Invited, but that's how it goes sometimes.

  3. I really need to find time to read the Stillhouse Lake series. Congrats on the write up!

    Have a great reading week

    1. Thanks!! The Stillhouse Lake series reads SO FAST.

  4. I know what you mean about trying to strike a balance with reading/blogging/requests and real life. Sometimes you can't do it all.

    I'd like to get to Wolfhunter River at some point. I read the first two books. Happy reading Jennifer! :)

    1. Yeah, I would love to do it all, but things have to give, you know? If you enjoyed the first two Stillhouse books, I think you'll dig Wolfhunter River as well.

  5. I really feel you about toning down on the ARC! Sometimes the pressure gets too high whereas reading should remain a pleasure!

    1. It feels different right? Having to read a certain book by a certain date versus just organically picking up a book to read? There's pros and cons so I'm usually all over the place about it. I don't want it to always remain a pleasure.

  6. Congrats on the Rue Morgue piece! I thin closing to requests sometimes is a good thing- sometimes you just need a breather, or a chance to catch up on stuff, like you say.

    Have a great week ahead!

    Shift certainly looks interesting!

  7. Congrats on the magazine piece. I think it's good you're wanting to read some from your own shelves. As long as you're posting, I'm here no matter what. I am a tad disappointed to see that you DNF'ed The Invited because I have it as well. I really liked The Night Sister by her and would highly recommend it if you hadn't. I was able to go grab the Maria book while it was still on sale. Lucy is so adorable!

  8. Ahhh, the final stretch of the year. I hope you and your kids survive all the projects. I am trying hard to request less review books and read more of my own, but am constantly enticed by the new and shiny books.

  9. Congrats on being featured in the magazine!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays

  10. I can't seem to get any of my books I want to read done and I was supposed to stop taking more but I took two for the summer. I will have to stop at some point just because I want to read the books I have gotten myself. Have a great week and hope you had a great Mother's Day!


  11. The balance between arcs and all the backlist books on my shelves is always a struggle. I’ve taken a giant step back from arcs but there are still a few from favorite authors that make me cave. :)

  12. I'm thrilled to hear you're loving Middlegame! Its next on my list if I can ever finish the (very slow) book I'm reading now😁

  13. Aww, I love the dog in that photo. She looks so happy. Enjoy your new books. Have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  14. I know what you mean about trying to find that balance between ARCs and other older books that you just really want to read. I'm trying to focus more on my backlist this year than I usually do but the struggle is real.

  15. YES.. I am glad you are loving Middlegame. I get wanting to read your own. I am accepting less and less and when I do focusing on things I really want to read.

  16. I also reviewed Wolfhunter River. And I grabbed Skyward on an Audible sale. It's so tough to choose between the new pretties and stuff you just want to read. I tend to keep up with the new and library books but if I buy it, it's lost in the TBR pit. Well I'm doing better and I do take less new arcs during the summer and December. Happy reading!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  17. Oooh! That magazine mention is awesome!!


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