This week has been a bit slow on the blogging side of things. I am absolutely exhausted at the moment, so I haven't really had the energy to do too much. I did one post where I decided to do a chapter by chapter series recap of the Throne of Glass series, which took forever. That took me five straight hours to type up, left me with a ridiculously sore back and meant I had to skip dinner! But it felt totally worth it and I am rather proud of that post.
I've not done as much reading as usual this week, mostly because I have been too tired to concentrate. I'm on a medication that, whilst it is really good and helps me, it's main side effect is insomnia, which means I haven't been getting a good nights sleep. It sucks always being tired, but completely unable to get a decent nights sleep. But the medication helps with everything else, so it's a side effect you kind of just have to deal with. I'm going to try and get more posts up next week, I have one or two already drafted.
I've begun to realise just how many unread books I own. My bookshelves are more like my own personal bookshop/library. As I can go there and browse through them all looking for my next read. But it's probably not good to own hundreds of unread books. So I have been limiting my book buying! I've had one pre-order come in, but haven't bought any other books this week. I want to try and get through some of the ones I own first.
My blogoversary is coming up very soon, so I am currently planning my post!!! I wanted a few bloggers/readers of the blog to give me some quotes about why they like my blog or why they read it. I've had amazing response from the people I have asked so far, which has been my some of all time favourite bloggers/people. If any of you want to leave a quote below, please do!!!
I also got a new camera. It's technically an old camera, but new to me. It's my sisters boyfriends old camera, as he has his eye on a new camera. He takes some AMAZING photos, which you can find on his site here. He wants a new camera that will set him back a few thousand pounds, so he wanted to get rid of some of his old ones. So I immediately offered to buy one as I have been looking at cameras online and had been considering buying one for myself. I am still at the IDIOT level, so I have a long way to go before I take any half decent photos. But I already love the camera and the amazing photos it takes.
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:-find the liquor cabinet blindfolded-need a liver transplant- drive his car into a house
Alice Garret was The Girl Most Likely To:-well, not date her little brother's baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.
For Tim, it wouldn't be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the "smart" choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.
Then the unexpected consequences of Tim's wild days come back to shock him. He finds gimself in a situation that isn't all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted... but maybe should have.
And Alice is caught in the middle.
I've had this pre-ordered for a long time, as My Life Next Door is one of my favourite books. I had to start it as soon as it arrived and I enjoyed it, but I didn't love it. It wasn't a bad book by any stretch of the imagination, it just wasn't what I was expecting and I think that threw me off whilst I was reading it.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone.
I'm so excited to read this. I requested it ages ago but never received a copy, but got an email asking me what I thought of it. When I said that it hadn't arrived, they sent me a copy and I can't wait to devour it. Jennifer Niven gives her seal of approval on the cover, so now I wish to devour it!
The Girl Without a Name by Sandra Block
In what passes for an ordinary day in a psych ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is stumped when a highly unusual case arrives. A young African American girl, found wondering the streets of Buffalo in a catatonic state, is brought in by police. No one has come forward to claim her, and all leads have been exhausted, so Zoe's treatment is the last hope to discover the girl's identity.When drugs prove ineffective and medical science seems to be failing, Zoe takes matters into her own hands to track down Jane Doe's family and piece together their chequered history. As she unearths their secrets, she finds that monsters hide where they are least expected. And now she must solve the mystery before it is too late. Because someone wants to make sure this young girl never remembers.
I got an email from the US publishers asking me if I wanted to review the book, and possibly hold a giveaway and author interview for it. I love a great mystery book and loved the sound of this. I might have been convinced by the fact that Heather Gudenkauf recommended it, and I absolutely love her books.
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
I'm still reading book one... so no spoilers for book two! The first book has one of the most awesome starts ever. It just jumps straight into the action and makes it almost impossible to put down.
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
One night. A life-changing decision. And a list...Of course Clare made a list. She creates lists for everything. That's just how she is.But tonight is Clare and Aidan's last night before college and this list will decide their future, together or apart.It takes them on a roller-coaster ride through their past - from the first hello in science class to the first conversation at a pizza joint, their first kiss at the beach and their first dance in a darkened gymnasium - all the way up to tonight.A night of laughs, fresh hurts, last-minute kisses and an inevitable goodbye.But will it be goodbye forever or goodbye for now?
This was an unsolicited review copy, which I think they probably sent me because I reviewed her last book for them. I wasn't the biggest fan of her last one, but I am willing to give this one a try and hope I enjoy it more.
George by Alex Gino
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her (4th grade) teacher announces their class play is going to be "Charlotte's Web." George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part... because she's a boy.With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte - but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.
This was an unsolicited review copy from Scholastic, but I am so pleased they sent it to me. It sounds like an amazing and moving read, and I can't wait to read it. I'm sure I will definitely be posting a review for this.
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