Saturday, May 21, 2016

{The Weekend Update} 5.21.16

Saturday, May 21, 2016 with 10 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!  =)

Yesterday was supposed to be Katie's Field Day, but there was a water main break, and we live in a small town so that affects everyone, so they had to cancel school for the whole district, effectively cancelling Field Day, too. It's rescheduled for next week, though. But since we had a free day, my friend and I took our girls to the Dallas Zoo, which turned out to be the best idea ever. Katie posed with the penguins -- or rather they posed with her -- and she got to feed the giraffes, which was really cool. And a lot more fun than running relays! :D

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

From Publishers:

From Penguin:
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar

From Disney:
Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly


New #booksfortrade | Have You Seen This? post! I'm still looking for a few high profile ARCs, like Throne of Glass, The Near Witch, and Scarlet (Gaughen), plus some other 2016 releases. Also, if anyone has an extra of Caraval, you can have whatever you want from my trade stacks. Anything. Just sayin'...


100 Sideways Miles

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith - via SYNC


I do not deserve you, Sabrina, but I love and appreciate you all the same! Thank you sooo much for surprising me with these for my library! You are the absolute best!!! =D



And here's what I procured on my first foray into their online shelves:

The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)The Forbidden OrchidBlood Passage (Dark Caravan Cycle, #2)Crimson Bound

I finally found an audio copy of Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief!!!! But my library only has the 4th book on audio after this. I recommended they get the other two, but that could be awhile, so I'm sure I'll end up grabbing the ebooks for the next two VERRUH soon. :) A Torch Against the Night is winging its way to me, so I'm going to re-read the first book via audio in preparation. I can't freaking wait, though. I had an ARC -- and a finished copy, too! -- of The Forbidden Orchid, but there was some drama and I stepped back, not wanting that to taint how I felt about the book on its own. Maybe the audio will help? I still need to re-read (via audio, but of course) Exquisite Captive, but I saw Blood Passage available and couldn't help myself. I grabbed Crimson Bound on a whim...mostly because I really want to read Bright Smoke, Cold Fire now but that would be irresponsible considering all of the other review books that come before it. (I'll still probably read it very soon because I have ZERO self control.)

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

The Week in Review:


Outrun the MoonMy Lady Jane

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Currently Reading:

Rocks Fall, Everyone DiesI'm not very far into this one yet, but it's very different. And I like different. And so far, I like this book. I can't wait to discover more about the magic and the significance of the cliff to the town and the main character's family.

Currently Listening:

Crimson BoundAs I said above, I'm dying to get to my galley of Bright Smoke, Cold Fire but I'm trying to be responsible and read some review books that release soon. But it's hard. So, I borrowed this audio from the library and hope that it tides me over for a bit. I'll probably end up DLing Cruel Beauty soon, too.

Upcoming Reviews:

Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms, #1)The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

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  1. I loved an Ember in the Ashes - can't wait for the sequel! :D

    Enjoy your new books! :)

    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    My Book Haul!

    1. I did, too! I can't wait to do my re-read/listen and then start the sequel!

  2. Looks like you had some good activity this week! And feeding giraffes is so fun - I haven't done that in forever. Happy reading!
    Bambi's StS and Recap

    1. Yeah, the girls really enjoyed that! I haven't fed giraffes in ages, either, but it brings back good memories. :)

  3. Isn't Sea Spell the last book in that series? I read the first and decided I'd hold off on the rest till the end and then decide... I've been meaning to read The Thief for AGES.

    I'm so jealous of your library's digital collection. When I was in college, the library was amazing, but mine here is terrible. It's just the best to download whatever you want from there. And that picture with the penguins is just the cutest! They wanted to be her friends. :)

    I hope you have a wonderful week!
    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

    1. I believe it is. I actually never read the first book. I had a copy but I just couldn't get into it.

      The Thief was everything I'd heard it was. I can't wait to continue the series.

      The thing about the library is, a friend paid for my non-resident card because the capital's library just reinstated the $120 fee at the end of last year. Before that, it had been free. :( But my local libraries have ZERO content and no access online, so that's pretty much my only option. But it works SO WELL for me. :)

      OMG, those penguins were my FAVORITE. I can't wait to go back...and hopefully the koalas won't be asleep this time. :(

  4. I'm so happy for you getting to go to the library again! I know how bad you were missing it. You have a great haul this week! Enjoy!
    Check out my Sunday Post

    1. Oh, thank you! I was missing it something terrible, but a very good friend gifted me the membership cost so that I could access it again. And I'm in heaven. I can't get enough!

  5. I wish I knew you wanted Caraval... I totally could have got that for you at BEA :( I definitely want to read Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies!! I'm all about the odd titles! Looks like the zoo was a blast. I want to feed giraffes! You guys are lucky ducks!

    1. Aw, you're too sweet! The pub actually just contacted me so I'm getting a copy after all. :) And if you don't have a copy of Rocks Fall, I'll totally send you mine. The zoo was so much fun...I haven't been since Katie was a baby, so it was nice to take her again now that she can remember it, lol.


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