Sunday Update!

This is the first Sunday of the new year! I cannot believe it is 2014, I have big hopes for this year. I have a lot of goals and resolutions for the blog. I want to change a few things. Nothing too big. The biggest change might be the way I do my Sunday update. Because I am scheduling my posts more in advance, I will be able to give you a heads up on what is coming out each week. I might also move the book haul to a separate post as well. Breaking up the Sunday posts into two would give me the opportunity to just do two reviews a week, which seems a bit more manageable. Top Ten Tuesdays and Thoughtful Thursdays will remain unchanged.
 
Book Haul  
From Giveaways


I received three books this week from two different giveaways. First, I received Memory's Wake from the Clean Out Your E-Reader Challenge (hosted by Fantasy Is More Fun and Because Reading Is Better than Real Life). This was a really fun challenge, and there is another one coming up in a few months! Second, I received Taste by Kate Evangelista and a signed copy of This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith from the Dreamy December Days Read-a-Thon (hosted by Books Keep Me Sane and Always Lost in Books.

Currently Reading

A Study in Ashes by Emma Jane Holloway: I am still enjoying this book; I just had to prioritize another book over it recently.

A Dance with Dragons by GRR Martin: I am having trouble fitting in audio time. I am considering switching to the physical book.


The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R Delany: This is the January read for the Sword & Laser book club. It is poetic and makes interesting statements about being different. I am about one-third of the way through the book (it is super short) and am looking forward to seeing how the story plays out. 
 

Read This Week

The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston


Giveaway

I want to thank Book Loving Hippo for an Amazon gift certificate. I won the #ReadingCram Song Challenge. 

45 comments:

Sofia Li said...
January 5, 2014 at 2:38 AM

I wish I had had the time to schedule my posts far enough ahead as u have

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...
January 5, 2014 at 2:51 AM

Congrats on the wins! Taste looks really good. I hope you find the time to listen to your audio!

Michaela Williams said...
January 5, 2014 at 3:46 AM

Nice wins!! I just got This is What Happy Looks Like as well! :)

Chene Sterckx said...
January 5, 2014 at 6:43 AM

Awesome wins!! All of them have great covers :) You are still the luckiest person I know!!! Once you started using scheduled posts.. its a blessing...

Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

Nathan (@reviewbarn) said...
January 5, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Oh wow you are listening to Dance with Dragons? Just how long is that in audio anyway? I am a fast reader and it took forever, listening to it at another s pace may just kill me.

kimbacaffeinate said...
January 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Nice haul, and I so need to read the Study in Ash series. Enjoy your week!

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...
January 5, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Congrats on the wins! I need to get back to Study in Silks, which I set aside and neglected to pick back up. I'm not sure why, because I was definitely enjoying it... just got sidetracked by some scheduled tours, I guess.

Lauren said...
January 5, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Congratulations on the wins! I read This is What Happy Looks Like back in the spring, and it's adorable! Such a fun, cute, feel good type of book :) Good Luck with Dance of the Dragons! Seriously, I commend anyone that can read that series. While I want to try it out really badly, it's just sooo soo daunting!! Happy New year Pamela!! All the best in the coming year <3

Tressa S said...
January 5, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Fabulous books to win! I really enjoyed This Is What Happy Is Like! It's not necessarily realistic, but I loved it anyway. ;)

Greg said...
January 5, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Good luck with your goals for the year! I should try to schedule ahead more, I just kinda wing it so I don't always know what is coming up, maybe this year I'll get more organized. :) Have a great reading week!

Ula (Blog of Erised) said...
January 5, 2014 at 5:11 PM

ADWD! I loved that book sooooo much! But yeah I think it's best reading a physical book when it comes to Martin. So much happens and all you have to reread a few things more than once. Plus maps up front and names at the back. ;)
Happy reading!

Crini said...
January 5, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Did you like The Creature Department? I got it at our bookfair in October but haven't read it yet. But I love that it glows in the dark :D

My anxious life said...
January 5, 2014 at 8:42 PM

A Dance with Dragons huh? I myself.. refuse to read anymore George RR Martin till that series is finished. I doubt that guy soo much. I mean... I read an article once where he just didn't care if he finished the series or not. He has "things to do". ERRRR

Erin @ Paperback Stash said...
January 5, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Looks like you got a lot of good books. I haven't started the Games series yet but plan to this year.

Pamela D said...
January 5, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Trust me. It is definitely a challenge to schedule the posts out early. At the same time, it is lowering my stress and giving me more time to read! :)

Pamela D said...
January 5, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Taste sounds really cool. I am excited to give it a go. I made it a priority to start listening to A Dance with Dragons again, and it started with a crazy event. Apparently, I had stopped listening right before something exciting happened. I am definitely getting more inspired to listen to it.

Pamela D said...
January 5, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Yea! We are practically the same person at this point! :) I read the first few pages, and it looks adorable. I love books with letters/emails. :)

Pamela D said...
January 5, 2014 at 11:49 PM

I just scheduled this week out, and I feel less stressed already. :) I want to ultimately get at least a month ahead. I will still need to do a weekly update the same day, but the blogging will be much more manageable.

Pamela D said...
January 5, 2014 at 11:51 PM

The audio book is 48 hours. I have listened to all of the SOIAF books on audio, and I really do enjoy it. The reader is excellent. Also, the books just look so big. 48 hours seems much more manageable for some reason.

Pamela D said...
January 5, 2014 at 11:52 PM

It is definitely interesting. Just start at book one, not book three like me. *sigh* I need to do a better job of researching books and determining if they are the final book in a series. :)

Pamela D said...
January 5, 2014 at 11:52 PM

The same thing is happening with me with A Study in Ashes. I am really enjoying it, but others things are just getting in the way.

Pamela D said...
January 5, 2014 at 11:54 PM

I read the first few pages, and it sounds totally adorable. I think it will be the perfect read after I finish A Dance with Dragons. I am usually desperate for something happy after I finish a book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. :)

I don't think I could read the physical books, but the audio books for Song of Ice and Fire are quite good.

Pamela D said...
January 5, 2014 at 11:54 PM

This seems to be the consensus with this book. I am excited to read it when I need something adorable and happy.

Pamela D said...
January 5, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Thank you! I had to start scheduling, because I have overbooked myself with galleys in the past. I need to make sure that I can meet all the commitments that I have made. :)

Pamela D said...
January 5, 2014 at 11:57 PM

I think you are the first person I have heard who loved ADWD! I am glad to hear that you do like it. I have listened to the audio books for the first four books, and I really enjoy them. My life has changed a bit since I listened to the previous books and audio books just don't fit into my life as conveniently as before. :(

Pamela D said...
January 5, 2014 at 11:58 PM

It is pretty cute. My review goes up in a few minutes. It is definitely a middle grade book, but it is a fun middle grade book. :)

Pamela D said...
January 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The reason that I decided to push through and finish the books was because I watch the TV show. I wanted to be ahead of the show. After I finished SoS, I realized that the show may possibly get into AFFC and ADWD territory in the next season. The show people said they wouldn't, but I doubt that.

Also, the show people said that they are going to keep going whether the books come out or not. Martin might not finish the series but HBO will. :)

Pamela D said...
January 6, 2014 at 12:01 AM

They are quite good. There is a good bit of violence against women in them though, so I have had to space them out a bit. I can't read them back to back.

Lexxie Lin said...
January 6, 2014 at 3:18 AM

I have my posts scheduled pretty far in advance, too, and it really helps keep the pressure off.
Congrats on winning in two different giveaways! That's so cool :)
I hope you had a good weekend, Pamela !

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

francinepinpin said...
January 6, 2014 at 6:39 AM

I'm so glad you got your books. I hope you like them. Happy reading. :D

Sanna said...
January 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Congrats on being so organised and scheduling posts in advance, thats definitely something i need to work on! Hopefully we'll both enjoy Taste and the other books look great too :) Enjoy the haul! :)

Pamela D said...
January 6, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Thank you! I have one week scheduled in advanced. Hopefully, I can get another week or two of posts scheduled this week! :)

Pamela D said...
January 6, 2014 at 5:41 PM

I can't wait to start reading them! :)

Pamela D said...
January 6, 2014 at 5:42 PM

I am not too organized yet! I hope to be soon though! :) Good luck on getting organized yourself. It is such a challenge.

Berls said...
January 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM

I hope you enjoy Memory's Wake - it was one of my favorites of 2014 and I can't wait to read the next one (which I have waiting for me on my eReader)!

I wish I could get really ahead on posts, but every time I try I lose a few days writing posts and then lose the momentum trying to catch up on life. It's a vicious circle and I think I'll never be more than a few days ahead :(

Pabkins said...
January 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Oo oo can't wait to see how you liked The Creature Department!

Pamela D said...
January 7, 2014 at 8:19 PM

You should have found out yesterday, but you will find out tomorrow. The publish post button and I had a disagreement. :)

Pamela D said...
January 7, 2014 at 8:21 PM

We will see how well I do with posting ahead of the game. I haven't had a lot of time to read, because I have been writing lots of posts. My hope is that once I am ahead enough, I can just write reviews when I finish books and spend one day a month doing discussion posts and memes. We will see, if that works.

Vilia said...
January 8, 2014 at 4:07 AM

I liked a Study in Ashes but I thought a lot of the liveliness was sucked out of Evelina which was a shame.

Pamela D said...
January 14, 2014 at 11:54 PM

I am surprised how little she is in this book even though she is on the cover!

Pamela D said...
January 22, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Thank you so much! I am never this lucky outside of the blogosphere.

Alysia @ My Little Pocketbooks said...
January 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Buy a lotto tix just in case. You luck might change!

Pamela D said...
January 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Every time I win something online, my husband tells me I should buy a lotto ticket. :)

Chene Sterckx said...
January 29, 2014 at 3:54 AM

Ha ha my husband says the exact same thing!! You need to believe you are lucky in all competitions to win.. and of course enter them as well :)

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