Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Weekend Update - 5.23.15

Saturday, May 23, 2015 with 8 comments
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 the next few weeks, 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 since I'm not using a specific meme title anymore.  April's also doing her own Stacking the Shelves posts on Sundays.  Stop by and say hi!  =)
Ugh. What a shite week. I don't think I've ever wished adults got summer vacation, too, as much as I'm wishing it right now. Work is the absolute worst right now, and it makes it hard to get motivated to do anything else when the thing that takes up more than 50 hours of your week is just dragging you downdowndown. I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer but I just feel I should warn you that I'm dealing with that and April's dealing with her own busy work schedule, so if we suddenly aren't posting as much, that's why. *cries*

BUT, whenever I'm feeling blue like this, the bookish community always reminds me I'm not alone, that there are freaking awesome people out there who really do care.

Anyway, here's what I scored this week:

For Review:

I think I might take some time off from review books, requesting them, reading them, etc. Clearing off my shelves and reorganizing them, and then seeing my physical TBR, was daunting but it helped me realize just how many awesome books I already own that I haven't read. It's sad.


Thanks to @Bridget_DFT, Ashley @TheQuietConcert, @HauntedOrchid, Fallon @BookInNeverland & @skrandolph76 for the #booksfortrade!!!

And super mega thanks to Silvia @tundrabooks for the Australian ARC of Shadows and the ARC of Every Breath. I am *this* close to completing my collections! My Aussie shelf is SO happy! But now I'll have to order myself the Aussie editions of the Paula Weston series, too, methinks. :D

And check out the amazing Doctor Who/Van Gough laptop skin my sister got me for my bday! I'm only just now showing this off because she ordered the wrong size, and I had to contact Society 6 for an exchange but they were SOOO awesome about it, and even told me to keep the wrong size and gift it to someone else or whatever I wanted to do with it. I will be giving them way too much of my business now for sure. :D :D :D


Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)A Cold Legacy (The Madman's Daughter, #3)

All audio because that's what I do best. =) Everything but A Cold Legacy is a re-listen/read.


Never Never: Part Two (Never Never, #2)

Never Never Part Two - pre-ordered this one as soon as it was available. I know some people think this is one of CoHo's lesser works, but I freaking love it. I only wish I'd re-read Part One first. o_O

So, that's my haul. :) How about you? What did you get this week?

The Week in Review:


Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family, #1)
Current Giveaways:

4th Blogoversary Giveaway

You can win the Summer series by Jenny Han, some awesome ARCs and bookish goodies, and for our international readers, we have a giveaway from The Book Depository. But hurry, this contest ends SOON!

Promotional/Discussion Posts:  
  • Last call for #booksfortrade, though trading has picked up again, at least for me, so maybe not?
  • #WoW - this week, we're waiting on What You Left Behind & Blood Passage
  • SYNC Week #3 featuring X: A Novel and Here in Harlem
  • The Magical World of Disney, in which April gives us a photo tour of her vacation at DisneyWorld

Jen's Currently Just Finished Reading/Listening To:

I just finished these last night and haven't decided on my next read/listen...

This Song Will Save Your LifeNever Never: Part Two (Never Never, #2)I probably shouldn't have read this until the third installment is released because of how cliffhanger-riffic this series has already shown itself to be, but I can't help myself.

Dude. Why am I just now reading this? Seriously, Elise is my girl. I loved this audio so much that I need a copy for my shelf. Also 'cause that cover is awesome. I added it to my wishlist for #booksfortrade in case anyone cares. ;0)

Upcoming Reviews:

It's been a rough week...but I will get these reviewed soon(ish)...

Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy, #1)The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1)Black Iris

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  1. I don't even know where to begin with your haul, Jen. Lol. Enjoy everything? :)

  2. Great haul this week! All Fall Down is a really good read. I've been meaning to buy a copy of Lola for the longest time. Have a good week! :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  3. ooh a Cold Legacy :D great haul, happy reading XD

    Maura @

  4. I still need to read The Winner's Curse. I guess I can binge read them when book 3 releases. I also wish I'd re-read Never Never Part 1 again first. I mean as short as it was that is totally doable. Hope you have a better week at work!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  5. oooh, now I want to see what the AUS covers look like :-) I have the US ARCs of Shadows but now I'd love to have the others. But I must resist trying to find them. I have so many books and so little space. Oh book collecting. Sigh. It's an obsession and addiction!

  6. You've got a great haul this week! You got a lot of brilliant books on the #booksfortrade, I am hoping to do some through the #booksfortradeuk one. I hope you enjoy all of your books :) Here's my haul if you want to check it out!

  7. I loved The Winner's Curse, The Winner's Crime, Incarnate, and A Cold Legacy! Some of my favorites!

    Lizzie @

  8. I totally feel you about work. My last few weeks have felt like that too. When you works a couple 12 hour days it makes it hard to get home and want to do anything except go to sleep and grump about. haha And to make it worse, I see all these people going to BEA and I am too busy to take off work to go.

    I hope this week is better for you.

    Here's my Weekly Wrap Up

    Michelle @ Book Briefs


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