This is a fun meme started by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. As she says:
~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
Here’s the awesomeness that you read, ingested, missed, hated, loved, whatever last week:
- The Sunday Post 1.13.2012. I think I did pretty well this week. I did read one of the books that I have been threatening to read since last June. I got a few others done as well. I would say this week, I hit 90% of my book read. Hooray for me.
- The same day, I posted about a new challenge that I joined. Called the 2013 Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge, the number of books you read over the year (about witches and witchcraft, of course) will determine your level reached – Initiate (1-5 books); Maiden (6-10); Mother (11-15); and Crone (16-20). I may just stop at Mother so I don’t have to be called a Crone. *Shudder*
- I updated my 2013 Challenge post to include the WWRC13 (as I am calling it).
- On Monday, I posted a review of Tammara Webber’s Easy. A New Adult book, it is my first to read this year. I thought it was a very well-crafted story that totally sucked me in.
- I also posted my meme, Songs of the Week, on #MusicMonday. Take a listen to some awesome songs by a talented up-and-coming musician.
- Tuesday, as always, is Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic: Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To. There’s quite an impressive number of new books from first-time authors just waiting to be devoured.
- I read and reviewed Crashing Eden by Michael Sussman (finally – though he might think differently). Its New-Agey, religious feel, coupled with a so-so story didn’t sit well with me. Thanks to Mr. Sussman for the free copy, regardless.
- I read and reviewed my first book for #WWRC13. It was Jinx by Meg Cabot. A fun read written in Ms. Cabot’s typical style.
- Friday is Feature and Follow Friday. The question this week: who is your favorite villain from a book? I saw a lot of great answers to this question, but as you might guess, mine was the most correct.
- Friday was also the release of a new book: Exposure by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes. The second in their Twisted Lit series, it follows along the lines of that Shakespeare classic, Macbeth. Clever and enjoyable. Thanks to Merit Press for the ARC.
- Lastly (but not leastly): I finally finished The Cardturner by Louis Sachar. I really expected a lot from this book, considering it is about BRIDGE. A game that my parents played. A game that most people have relegated to the list “What People Did For Fun in the Olden Days ‘Cause They Didn’t Know Any Better.” My mom tried to teach it to me and my brother, but we couldn’t get past the word “rubber.” (A word, I noticed, that was curiously absent from this book). But I digress. I was disappointed in this book. It wasn’t the bridge that I didn’t like; I expected a much more satisfying story around it.
New Additions to My TBR Pile
I received some awesome books this week. I’ll admit it: I always get a little FanGirly when I get a tweet from an author. There’s a book that I am looking forward to reading, and it was one of my Top Ten that I wrote about this week. The author thanked me, and now I have an ARC to read and review! Cool cool cool! Thank you so much to author @ScottBlagden. His first book, Dear Life, You Suck, will be published on March 26th by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Through one of my Goodreads groups, I am participating in an ARR for Foxblood: A Brush With the Moon by Raquel Lion. Thanks for the opportunity.
Also given to me (with big thanks to the publishers and NetGalley):
- The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett, coming out March 5th from Tor Teen.
- Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason. Being published on February 12th by Gallery Books.
- Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian. This will be published on Alfred A. Knopf on February 12th.
Adding even more to my list, I purchased Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt from Barnes & Noble. Aaaand, books checked out of the library are:
- Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
- Splintered by A.G. Howard
- Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
And, in the spirit of getting ready for the movie premiere on August 23rd, @OhweewahFilmz and I are reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare together.
With all that said, here’s what I hope to accomplish this week:
- A new Songs of the Week post
- Reviews posted for Mutt by Evan Fuller; Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion; Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Geir and Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
- Top Ten Tuesday
- Feature and Follow Friday
- Decide my next INKling interview
That’s pretty decent, right? Now you go on and have a great week! And follow me while you’re at it.
And, since I’m going through True Blood withdrawals…