Saturday, April 22, 2017

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | April 22

If you didn't see my mini-update earlier in the week, we have completed the demolition of our old house. I was going to try to give a much better update today, but that was really the biggest hurdle.

I hate that I had to take a hiatus leading into summer because I have such a hard time reading in summer. I want to be outside doing all the things. I feel like I'm alone in this, though. I always hear phrases like "summer read" or "beach read", and it just sounds like an oxymoron to me. Maybe I should try to set up a reading spot outside.

Posted Last Week

Planting the Seeds of the Garden of Fiends | Guest Post by Mark Matthews - Garden of Fiends is an addiction themed anthology. Mark Matthews wrote a great post sharing his background with addiction and the origin of Garden of Fiends.

Currently Reading

I finished reading The Return by Joseph Helmreich last week. I will post my review for that this week. (I enjoyed it!)

Review Copies

Snared (Elemental Assassin #16) by Jennifer Estep - I know this series is very popular. Have you read any of it? I'm obviously not going to jump in at #16. (This year's theme seems to be "unsolicited sequels".) I'm curious about the series, though. I don't read very much urban fantasy, but I know there are a lot of fun books in the genre.

Current Distractions

We've been watching Orphan Black lately. I'm in season 2 right now, and I'm really liking it. The actress that plays most of the characters is really great at what she does. She looks like a girl I grew up with so it's freaking me out a little, but it's a really fun show.

So what about you? Let me know what you're reading (or watching) 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?, Tynga's Reviews' Stacking the Shelves, and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.


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  1. Orphan Black is a great series. I love the first two seasons. Have a weekend.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  2. You definitely need an outside reading spot. It's why I like summer reading. I get to be outside in the shade and enjoying summer and the outdoors but still reading.

  3. Oh my gosh I can't WAIT for Orphan Black, I need it like now. Have you ever watched The Returned (the French version)? Netflix has it. Creepy!!! But not in a gory way, it's very psychological.

    The Return looks trippy, love the cover.

  4. I can't wait to read your review for The Return! I really enjoyed it too, and thought the story was wild and a bit the good way though :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  5. Orphan Black is one of the best. I'm sad this upcoming season is the lsst. I love Helena and Allison. You've got so many good episodes to come. I'm looking forward to you review of tHe Returned.

  6. I haven't read the Jennifer Estep series, but I've heard good things about it. Enjoy the book and have a great week!

  7. I am SO behind on Orphan Black. We started s3 and then never continued, it fell flat for some reason

  8. I enjoyed Orphan Black but lost track of it after season 2. I should get back to it. Have a great week!

  9. I wish I could say my reading increases during the summer, but it rarely does--so I'm right there with you. I haven't read anything by Estep, but I have heard good things about her books. I really like Orphan Black too. I have seen the first two seasons and need to dive into the third.

    I hope you have a great week, Jennifer!

  10. I will have to give Orphan Black a shot - it looks really good!

    I don't read as much either in the summer - we only get a few nice weather months here in Michigan and I want to use them while we have them! :)

  11. The Return looks really good. I'll have to check it out. And my daughter keeps telling me how good Orphan Black is. I keep meaning to start watching it. Hope you have a great week, Jennifer.

  12. WHOA... I'd been meaning to give Estep's series a try one of these days but it's already on installment 16?! I'm not so sure now. lol That's a lot of catching up..

  13. I look forward to your review of the Return - I can also join Greg in recommending The Returned (the French version). It's very good.
    Lynn :D

  14. Orphan Black is one of my favorite shows. I'm so sad it's ending soon. I read a little more in the summer, only because we cook more outside and I plop myself down in the sun with a book while the food cooks :)


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