The holidays took their toll this year, as I’m sure you may have noticed. Or not.
Either way, I haven’t been around much since then. We’ve been dealing with stuff. So let me share a comic (xkcd)…
So yeah. It could always be alot worse.
But on the brilliant side of things, I’ve had alot of good pop up, too!
I have been pre-approved for books from BookBuzz.net. That is an awesome step for me! I now have free access to their current catalog, and will receive any book they post on ‘Galley, just for the asking. So far, I’ve looked around and am excited to move in on their titles!
Another positive, is a suggestion that has been made to me by a few people now – though for full disclosure, these are all people close to me – that I should start doing “unboxing” videos, opening the books and other goodies I get.
And, oh boy!, do I get quite a bit. I don’t order alot online or buy alot of stuff, because I don’t have alot of funding to spend. So I get stuff to review. Books, movies, even snacks, sometimes. And who doesn’t like that feeling of opening a new box full of goodies that just came in the mail?
So I’m going to start that, too. (I have a few boxes sitting around waiting just for this that arrived this week, so I’m all set.)
So, as you can tell, I have lots of plans for the future…
But sometimes I feel all…
And I stall out. I have so much to do that I spaz, jumping from one thing to another in an attempt to do it all at once. Have you ever done that? Almost everyone does that at some point or another.
And when it all gets too much, what do I do?
Well, maybe not that bad. Lol – But it is bad. I get so wrapped up in planning, I sometimes forget that the whole point is to DO stuff realistically, and I leave myself with like 2 hours to sleep.
So then I got to admit…
And that’s when I eat some white chocolate…
And remind myself that I am awesome.
(Heck, I learned how to put gifs on my stuff without a tutorial… Can you tell?)
So while I may wind up a little slowed down thanks to that other stuff, I’m not about to quit, or play it safe. It’s time to muscle up and show that I am a winner!
Besides… It could have always been worse:
And now, back to your (ir)regularly scheduled updates!
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I am working on catching up with my reviews again, so this page is going to go through alot of transformations in the next few days. Feel free to check back often and click on the covers for their reviews. If a cover doesn’t take you to a review right away, check back in a day or two – I may not have finished it yet.
I post short reviews with the link back to the full reviews on many sites:
and introducing: NetGalley (for select titles)
Posting all of the reviews at approximately the same time takes a little time in itself. I try to make sure each is given equal love. To write and post a review takes about an hour, although depending on distractions, it can take longer. Some books it is hard to say something about, and others I can’t say enough, but each review takes a chunk of time. I try to make it worthwhile, for me and anyone who reads this.
That said, I also have a bit of literary events and interests that I post about from time to time, and since I travel for work, I may get to share locations like this:
Yes. That is a tunnel made from books. (There will be more photos later.)
I also attend some fascinating events that pertain to literature – in some cases remotely, some directly. Like this one:
And I am continuing my reading challenge – are you still reading along? I’ll be posting my selections for each category soon, and would like to know what you have read…
Finally, this is the year I have declared to be The Year of Women Authors (#yearofwomenauthors #2015YoWA). I have read books by men and women, but have tried to find books with an emphasis of women. This has expanded my usual reading choices, and encouraged me to release my own story for publication –
So continue reading along, and I’ll have more exclusives coming your way soon!
Baby Donald Makes a Snowfriend
Read: 20 September 2015
Punky Brewster (#1)
Read: 19 September 2015
Cheese & Quackers
Read: 18 September 2015
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Okay, so I have fallen tragically behind on my reviews, although I have been reading still. It’s just that time of the summer, where the kids are getting bored with summer, errands and chores that were put off at the beginning of summer need doing, and everyone wants a piece of your time – so the constantly growing list starts to look daunting. (This sounds like the good premise of a short story…)
But, I am not to be put off, even if the task is challenging – it just needs to be re-imagined and put into a different format to make it easier to read (or do).
So, without further ado, the list of books that will be pending review (please note that links to the reviews will be available as the reviews become complete):
The Diggingest Dog
Read June 22 2015
Let’s Go To The Park!
Read June 23 2015
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Splat the Cat: The Big Helper
Read June 24 2015
The Pudgy Pat-A-Cake Book
Read June 25 2015
The Guardian Herd: Starfire
Read June 26 2015
In The Blood (A GoodReads First Read)
Read June 27 2015
The Walking Dead: Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
Read June 28 2015
Read June 29 2015
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All I Need To Know I Learned From My Cat
Read June 30 2015
Read July 03 2015
Sailor Moon 3
Read July 05 2015
Biscuit Goes to School
Read July 06 2015
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Fifty Shades of Chicken
Read July 06 2015
Charlie’s Dirt Day
Read July 07 2015
Birthday in the Barrio
Read July 08 2015
Read July 13 2015
New Dad (A GoodReads First Read)
Read July 13 2015
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I am behind on getting this out due to an ongoing illness. But the addition of some new books recently, and a trip to my local Library Book Sale (look for details soon) has given me quite a bit of material to pick from!
Without further ado, I present this (past) week’s selection for Book of the Week:
Dorothy Must Die (PrePublication Excerpt)
By: Danielle Paige
Click on the book to check it out on my GoodReads page, or read the review above under Novel Novels. Trust me – it’s worthy of this week’s pick!
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A rousing romp through short stories, author Michael Wood guides us through his early works. Although the stories would stand alone as in an ordinary anthology, the commentary that Wood adds at the beginning of each installment adds not only depth and focus, but also color to his creation.
The first volume in a two part series, Wood revisits 14 unique stories in all their original glory. Some stories are obviously better than others, and are introduced sequentially, from his earliest works to his more current acts of fiction. An introduction to the second volume, Mourning Wood – Volume II: Non-fiction, is at the end of the book, tempting the reader to wonder about the next installment.
We can only hope that Mr. Wood continues to practice his craft, and release further, newer works.