Sunday Update!

So last Sunday, I posted my plan for what my blog was going to look like on a weekly basis, but that didn't happen exactly. I am going to keep tinkering with things until I like the look of everything. Suffice it to say, I will have lots of reviews, one update post, and then some other things. Yea, we are keeping it vague this time.

Weekly Book Haul

Giveaways & ARCs
I received one GoodReads First Reads book this week, Still Writing by Dani Shapiro. I also got an ARC of Charming by Elliott James after reading a review of it on My Shelf Confessions.


I got lots of books from the library this week. It was a two day book haul. I did my weekly trip on Monday, but then I had a not-so-great meeting with my dissertation adviser. I decided to drown my sorrows at the library, because I can get books and DVDs for free (as long as I return them in a timely manner). 


Still Life by Dani Shapiro: This is a charming little book so far. It is a collection of short personal essays on life as an author. I can see this book being used in a creating writing class.

Spook by Mary Roach: I love Mary Roach so much. She can do no wrong in book. She writes her books in such a personable way, plus she cites her sources (citing sources is a BIG deal to me). Although I am having a few issues with this book, I am still enjoying the ride.

The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis: I have heard a lot of good things about The Oxford Time Travel series (especially book two: To Say Nothing of the Dog), so I decided to sit down and start this series. I am listening to the audio book, and I am hooked. I cannot wait to find out how this story comes together!

Read this Week

I read a ton of books this week! Now I just need to write the reviews! These should be posted in the next two weeks.

Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Welcome to Dead House by RL Stine
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Fraterfest 2013

I received my swag from the Fraterfest 2013 Twitter party! Isn't everything so pretty and hot?! Seriously, the Darkness Rises swag makes me a little giddy when I look at it. The Shannon Delaney bookmark is signed too! Thanks again Kimberly!

Wickedly Wonderful Read-a-Thon II

I am doing yet another read-a-thon this week (there is still time to sign-up for it!). These read-a-thons are helping me push through all of the reading I have to do. I have several GoodReads First Reads to read, and I need to read Divergent and Insurgent ASAP, because Allegiant is coming out soon. I put a hold on the book at my library. I thought that would motivate me to read the first two books in the trilogy!


Tabitha (Pabkins) said...
October 13, 2013 at 1:11 AM

I really want to read Delia's Shadow! I'm so glad you picked up Charming! I'll be interviewing Elliott James soon and I'm so excited. I can't wait to gobble up all of his short stories in this world that are out. Now I'm so excited to see how you like it!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...
October 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Glad you liked the swag, and I love your haul this week. Hope you get things working the way you want :)

Unknown said...
October 13, 2013 at 8:46 PM

I read an interview with the author of Delia's Shadown on John Scalzi website, and I was definitely intrigued.

I didn't know that there were short stories for the Charming universe. Okay, I better start this book ASAP, before I get totally behind in this new universe.

Unknown said...
October 13, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Thanks! I am having difficulty trying to estimate how much I can read per week. Before we moved to PA, I was listening to a lot of audiobooks, so I was finishing several books per week. Now, my reading has slowed down a bit. I want to make sure that I don't overestimate the number of book reviews I can publish a week. At the same time, I don't want to underestimate and have a backlog of reviews to publish. Ah, the challenges of being a book blogger!

Berls said...
October 14, 2013 at 1:59 AM

I got my swag from Kimba too - isn't it great :-) I love that she has business cards too! and Wow you read a lot this week, you're really killing that TBR!

Enjoy your new books and I look forward to seeing what you decide to post this week. LOL - I think we all have these moments where it's best to keep it vague ;)

Shannon @ River City Reading said...
October 14, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Wow, looks like you've taken in quite the haul recently! Love all the Mary Roach, she's so much fun. Enjoy your reading :)

Unknown said...
October 14, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Thanks! I am almost finished with Spook and am about to start Gulp. Then I need to go to library to pick up Packing for Mars. I have found myself on a nonfiction binge!

Unknown said...
October 14, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Most of the books that I have been reading recently are quite short. Unfortunately, the next couple of books are 400+ pages. We will see how the reading progress goes! :)

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