Friday, January 11, 2019

*Book Blogger Hop* 11 January 2019

We are on to a new week for the Book Blogger Hop hosted by the lovely folks over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This weeks questions is:
What is your first book of the year? - (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)
The first book that I finished in 2019 was a book that I was proofreading. Vesuvian Books will be releasing it later this year. It was a fun novel featuring spirits seeking redemption.  The first book that I started reading in 2019 was A Night of Redemption by Kristen Banet (another proofread). It is the final book in The Redemption Saga and releases February 15th. This is an interesting paranormal, reverse harem series featuring druids and magi. And while I started working on the series partway through (so I haven't read the first two books), I would definitely recommend it (I have every intention of eventually carving out some time to read the first two books on my own, but also really enjoyed books 3 & 4 even though I started mid-series).

What was your first book of the year? - Katie

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

*Stacking the Shelves* 5 January 2019

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Stacking The Shelves is a feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Now, I already have a monthly post I do featuring the books I get in the mail (and it's a lot because I have a serious Goodreads First Reads giveaway addiction), and I'm posting my monthly Read-A-Thon posts again too, which covers the books I receive through Netgalley. So my STS post will feature all the books I've been one-clicking on Amazon. 

On that note, here are the books I picked up this week. All Goodreads First Reads ebook wins unless otherwise specified.

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe - I snagged this book on sale for just $2.99 (no longer on sale) while it was a Kindle Daily Deal. If you've followed my blog at all, you should know by now that I'm a bit obsessed with all things WWII, so getting this book was an obvious for me. 
Legendary by Stephanie Garber - I grabbed this book on sale for just $2.99 (no longer on sale). This book and Caraval are all over the blogosphere as being amazing books, so I know I probably need to read them. Getting this on sale is just a bonus. 
Rebel Preview by various authors - I grabbed this for free (still free). I'm not sure exactly where on Facebook I saw it because I'm FB friends with two of the contributing authors, and I know they are both tight with the Celebrity Readers and ladies at Platypire Reviews, so there's at least four different places I may have seen this shared. 
The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester - I got this book on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). It's another book set during WWII, so when I saw it, I knew I needed to buy it. 
How Long 'Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin - I grabbed this book on sale for $4.99 (no longer on sale). I'd recently seen a comment somewhere about this author comparing her to Octavia Butler for some reason (I don't even remember what now, but it was very shortly before I saw this book on sale). And while I haven't read any of the Octavia Butler books that I've one-clicked yet, those recommendations came from a trusted source so I figured I'd give this author a try as well, and the premise of the book intrigued me. 
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul - I grabbed this book on sale for $2.99 (no longer on sale). I'd gotten this book through Netgalley as a "read now" and haven't had the time to read it yet, so when I saw it was on sale, I decided to buy it. 
Stray Magic by Kelly Meding
Jeffrey Gitomer's Sales Manifesto by Jeffrey Gitomer
Mouth Care Comes Clean by Ellie Phillips DDS
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie - I grabbed this audiobook on sale for just $1.95 as an Audible Daily Deal. It looks like it might be a good audiobook to listen to on car rides with the kids. 
Zero G by Dan Wells - I grabbed this audiobook as one of my free Audible Originals for being an Audible member. It definitely looks like a good audiobook to listen to with the kids in the car. 
New Family Values by Andrew Solomon - This was my second free Audible Originals pick for last month. I choose it simply because it was one of the longer audiobooks available in the selection and it appealed to me more than the Alien book. 
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown - I got this book on sale for just $2.99 (still on sale). It actually ended up being free for me because I also had Great on Kindle credit available and it's a Great on Kindle book. As I'm 35 now, and still don't feel like an adult, I figure maybe it's time to figure this whole adulting thing out. 
Urgent Justice by John Etzil 
The New Race: The Old Versus the New by Dermot O'Hanlon
Too Much Soul: The Journey of an Asian Southern Belle by Cindy Wilson 
Alex Was Here by Christopher Francis
The British Frontline by Thomas J Eyre
The Snow Gypsy by Lyndsay Jayne Ashford - I grabbed this as one of my two free Kindle First Reads books for January (and yes, I've already made my selections for the month. You should be shocked by that). 
Smoke and Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg - This was my second free Kindle First Reads selection for January. Literally none of the other books available really appealed to me at all. 
Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross - I grabbed this book on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). Guys, I found another Christmas book on sale after Christmas! Do you have any idea how excited I was by this?
Outer Red: Part 2: The Three Little Peggs by Jeff Walker
A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang - I grabbed this book on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). I'm pretty sure I've seen this book around the blogosphere a fair amount (or maybe I'm just confusing the cover with another one, I don't know for sure). 
The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs - I grabbed this audiobook on sale for just $1.95 as an Audible Daily Deal. I know this would be a good audiobook to listen to while the kids are around. 

So that's all the new books I picked up over this past week. What new books have you added to your shelves recently? - Katie 

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Friday, January 4, 2019

*Book Blogger Hop* 4 January 2019

We are on to a new week for the Book Blogger Hop hosted by the lovely folks over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This weeks questions is:
Any books you are looking forward to for 2019? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)
I don't really get too involved with all the new releases coming out at any given time. I don't look ahead for upcoming releases from my favorite authors all that much either anymore. And I realize this sounds horrible, but I find myself so busy with proofreading (so there are certainly a few 2019 releases that I'm excited for the rest of the public to get their hands on) that I rarely have time for a whole lot of just for me reading anymore, and I can't count on having it right when a new book releases so I just don't pay attention anymore. That doesn't mean I won't one-click a new book from a favorite author when it releases, but I don't eagerly anticipate the release itself.

What 2019 releases are you looking forward to? - Katie

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Bookish Resolutions

It's the new year, which means it's time to reflect on the things I'd like to change about myself. New year, new me and all that. I'm not typically one to go in big for New Year's resolutions because I'm well aware of my commitment issues, and even though I always have the best of intentions, ultimately I know big resolutions are destined to fail for me, and I prefer to not feel like a failure by February.

That doesn't mean that I haven't been putting some thought into things that I'd like to do better in the new year, and many of them are related to this blog, at least tangentially. And because of my commitment issues, I'm trying to avoid absolutes in these resolutions (for example, instead of saying I'm going to lose 50 pounds in 2019, instead I'd say I'm going to lose some weight. Although neither of those is a specific resolution for me this year). So what am I resolving to do better this year?

First of all, I want to interact with other blogs more, and not just on my favorite weekly memes. I've been thinking about this one for a few weeks now and I really want to devote some time every day to reading reviews on other blogs and commenting. This sort of ties in with Elgee Writes' Comment 4 Comment Challenge, but expands it some in that I'm wanting to take some initiative in starting the comments and not just reacting and returning them when they are left on my blog. And this past year I have had some really bad months where reacting and returning comments are concerned, so I know I have a very sketchy foundation to repair on that score. But I'm resolving to work on that.

I would also like to find a new weekly meme to participate in. I really enjoy doing Top Ten Tuesday, the Book Blogger Hop on Friday, and Stacking the Shelves on Saturday, and those are posts that I can typically build somewhat in advance (although StS comes down to the wire) and have prepped so my blog isn't completely dead if I'm swamped with work. And I'm not sure exactly what type of meme I want to participate in, but I'm pretty much ruling out The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings because they both are on Friday and I already have the Book Blogger Hop (although I may start including those in my BBH posts like I've seen other bloggers doing, I'm not sure). I want something for an empty day though.

And while we're talking about my blog having dead times because of being swamped with work, I'd also like to do better at writing reviews shortly after I've finished a book (even when I'm swamped). In the past couple of months I've been trying to get reviews written for all of my backlist books and finding that I had forgotten too much about my feelings about the books and needed to read them again (this mostly happened with audiobooks so at least I can listen to them while I'm doing housework, but it's still a problem). And while I want to avoid posting more than one review per day, and also prefer to not post reviews until a book's release day, I can still get the reviews ready to go in advance, which will also help prevent dead times on my blog, or at least reduce their duration.

Finally, I want to do a better job of keeping up with the few monthly memes that I partake in (Platypire Read-A-Thon, which I'm not even sure any of the Platypires do anymore so I may highjack their graphics and make it my own because that's what a good arch-nemesis would do; Mail Call; and State of the ARC). This is a horrible resolution for me to be making right now, because it means I need to get these posts built like right now, and I am currently swamped with work that I got behind on while my kids have been on winter break from school. But because simply doing better doesn't mean I have to do better immediately, this is still ultimately achievable, so it's making the list too.

So those are the things that I would like to do better this year. Have you made any bookish resolutions, either related to blogging or just reading in general? - Katie

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