Saturday, July 23, 2016

So, since my end-of-the-week post isn't just about what I got in my mailbox or on my Kindle each week -- though that is a big part of it, I won't lie -- I decided to change up the title and intro a bit.  I might tweak the format a bit over time, but for the most part, it'll contain the same stuff: stuff I got, stuff I did, and stuff that's coming up on the blog.  Plus, I get to use the awesome GIF you see here and blow kisses to all the people who sent me lovely books and bookish things.  Oh, and I've started linking up to Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer since I'm not using a specific meme title anymore.

So, this is supposed to be the hottest weekend of the year yet, and I believe it. We've been in the 100s or right at 100 for the last few weeks here and I. Am. Dying. I was born in the North -- but my parents call me a Damn Yankee because they moved me here and I never went back -- and I think my internal thermostat is not made to withstand the withering Texas heat. I used to get heat rashes when I was a kid. Now, I'm just smart enough to stay inside in the A/C. :P

But the kid is a little obsessed with Pokemon Go -- and honestly, so are we -- so I know we'll be venturing out to hatch some eggs and catch some Pokemon. The variety near my office is much better than the few Rattata and Pidgeys we have out in the boonies where we live, so we'll probably head there. Tons more Pokestops, too. I get that this game is supposed to get kids (and adults!) outside and exercising a bit more, but did it have to release in the freaking dead of summer?!?

Okay, okay. On to the books. Here's what I scored this week...

From Publishers/For Review:


I was offered a review copy of The Architect of Song and being a hard-core fan of A.G. Howard's Splintered series, I couldn't say yes fast enough. This is her first new adult novel and it's historical fiction with ghosts and baronets and an orphaned protagonist and it's very reminiscent of Crimson Peak, which I just literally watched this week, and I'm kind of in love with it already. You should definitely look into pre-ordering it. =)


Thanks to Michelle for this awesome trade! I am soooooo excited to read this. It sounds freaking awesome. And if you can believe it, it'll be my first Neal Shusterman novel. *hangs head in shame*

I just posted a new #booksfortrade | Have You Seen This? post this week! I'm still looking for a few high profile ARCs, like Throne of Glass, On the Fence, and Scarlet (Gaughen), plus some other 2016 releases, including Nevernight, Blood Rose Rebellion, Wintersong, and others.


I was a good girl this week. Or, rather, I had no pre-orders that released this week, lol.


Tell Me Three ThingsKingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing, #2)

I love re-reading via audio and I'd been waiting for my library hold to come through on Tell Me Three Things for ages. And I had an ARC of Kingdom of Ashes, but I never go to it, so I borrowed the audio from the library. It was a surpisingly good sequel.

So, that's my haul. =) What fabulous bookmail did you get this week?

The Week in Review:


We didn't review anything here on the blog, but I posted a few mini-reviews on Goodreads recently...

Blood For Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2)Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)How to Hang a WitchTell Me Three ThingsKingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing, #2)

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Currently Reading:

I may end up DNFing Boys of Summer. I've only read the first chapter from each boys' perspective and none of them really grabbed me. I thought that was what I was in the mood for, but this particular book may just be too predictable for me. :(

The Architect of Song (Haunted Hearts Legacy, #1)I wish I hadn't just watched Crimson Peak, that I'd known I was going to get this book this week, because I keep seeing parallels. At the same time, that's not a bad thing because I really enjoyed the movie. And I'm really loving this book. So, I guess it doesn't really make a difference, lol.

Currently Listening:

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)I'm re-listening to this because I never reviewed it and I have plans to do so along with a few others, hopefully next week. Also, Rhys. I don't know that I could ever get enough of him.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer is officially here, so you know what that means! SYNC recently announced the list of audiobook pairings up for grabs this summer, and today kicks off week twelve of the program for 2016. Here's what you can grab through Wednesday of next week...for free!

The first title this week is Mandela: An Audio History by Nelson Mandela, performed by Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Joe Richman for HighBridge Audio.

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Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast (NPR, BBC, CBC, SABC), Mandela: An Audio History tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings. The series weaves together more than 50 first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of archival sound: a rare recording of the 1964 trial that resulted in Mandela’s life sentence; a visit between Mandela and his family secretly taped by a prison guard; marching songs of guerilla soldiers; government propaganda films; and pirate radio broadcasts from the African National Congress (ANC).

Once thought lost forever, Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman unearthed a treasure trove of these historic recordings in the basement archive of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Ultimately, over 50 hours of archival recordings and many more hours of contemporary interviews with the living witnesses to South Africa’s turbulent history have gone into the creation of one of the most moving audio documentaries ever produced.

This week's complimentary title is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, performed by Peter Francis James for Recorded Books.

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With over eight million copies in print world wide, Achebe's work is a definitive novel in African literature. Filled with powerful language and finely drawn characters, Things Fall Apart also shimmers with the sounds and sights of village life.

Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives, and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.

Things Fall Apart traces the growing friction between village leaders and Europeans determined to save the heathen souls of Africa. But its hero, a noble man who is driven by destructive forces, speaks a universal tongue.

Will you be picking up either of these titles? Remember, they're only available through Wednesday, and new titles will be put up on Thursday for download. To download this week's titles, just click here to be taken to the SYNC download page.

I hope you take advantage of this program. I've been doing it for the last several years, and I've had the opportunity to listen to a ton of great audio for free.  If you've never tried audiobooks before, it's a great opportunity to do so without the obligation of buying one that you might not enjoy.  And if you love audiobooks, well, it's a great time to stock up on some titles you may have missed or discover new ones.  Win/win.  =)

Happy listening!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's WoW selection is...

's Pick:

Title: The Secret of a Heart Note
Author: Stacey Lee
Series: stand-alone
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: December 27, 2016

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“Most people don’t know that heartache smells like blueberries.”

As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of using her extraordinary sense of smell to mix base notes, top notes, and heart notes into elixirs that help others fall in love—all while remaining incurably alone.

The rules are clear: Falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mim doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of having a normal high school existence, including a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman, Mim has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation. As she races to set the lovers straight, Mim quickly realizes that when it comes to falling in love, the choice isn’t always hers to make.

Stacey Lee is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDER A PAINTED SKY and OUTRUN THE MOON. Hopeful, funny, and romantic, THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE is a sweet and charming coming-of-age story that speaks to all of the senses.

I really loved Under a Painted Sky -- I've already listened to that audiobook a couple of times -- and I thoroughly enjoyed Outrun the Moon when I read it earlier this year, so it should come as no surprise that I'm eagerly anticipating Stacey Lee's next novel. I love the idea of aromateurs and extra sensory perception to determine what emotions smell like. I am also a huge fan of magical realism, so obviously this book's been on my radar for some time. Plus, look at that adorable cover!!! :D I can't wait to hold a finished copy in my hands!

What are you desperately waiting for this Wednesday? Let us know in the comments or share a link to your own WoW post!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

{TTT} Books to Sate Your Wanderlust

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 with 2 comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. Apparently, they are overly fond of list-making and love to share their bookish lists with the rest of us book nerds.  =) We're game.

This week's topic is our Ten Books Set Outside The US:

Jen's Picks:

I love reading about foreign places, and I love when a story takes me to more than one place along the way! Some of these novels include some jet-setting or portal-hopping, so if you have questions about where else the characters visit, lemme know! :D

What foreign settings do you prefer? Any from my list make it to yours?

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Way of the Dodo

Monday, July 18, 2016 with 5 comments
Have you ever checked out the reviews on Goodreads for an older, backlist title and ran across old blogger friends' reviews and thought, "Hmm...I haven't seen them around in ages. I wonder what they're up to or if they're even still blogging..." This actually happens to me pretty frequently now, and not only because I'm a lame, out-of-touch blogger. Though, I'm sure that's partly to blame.

You see those posts all the time about how a blogger is feeling less than motivated to keep posting, as if they're not being heard and it's all pointless. I know I've posted about those feelings from time-to-time. But then there are those who actually just give up blogging altogether, never to be heard from again...even on Goodreads.

I've contemplated only reviewing on Goodreads and just posting discussions and promotional stuff here. I honestly think they get more attention over there and are just more visible than they are here in my little corner of the blogosphere. It also seems that more people have taken to Bookstagram and Booktube, in lieu of traditional blogging, and it does tend to make me wonder, "Why bother?" Especially when you discover that some of those people are getting paid for their contributions.

I see nothing wrong with that. At all. We put a lot of time and effort and even our own money into this "hobby" and it would be nice to be fairly compensated for that, especially when we're promoting on behalf of a publisher or author. I honestly don't get those who think being paid for this would be a bad thing, that the early reader copies are compensation enough. If I could at least make a part-time job out of this, I'd definitely be more inclined to keep doing it.

But I digress. This wasn't supposed to be a post about getting paid. It's about missing the good ole days. About knowing the people you're blogging beside and remembering our fallen friends, those whose other priorities meant they had to leave the community. It's about being stressed and wondering at what point you just throw in the towel.

If I were witty and clever, I'd sing about the disappearance of bloggers to the tune of "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?", but you really don't want to hear my singing voice and the song is stuck in my head now anyways.

So. Do you think traditional book bloggers are on the edge of extinction? Have you lost any friends to the abyss? Are you considering a departure in the near future, or do you plan on hanging on till the bitter end?

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