This week I'm linking my recap post to two memes. The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer, and It's a chance to share news, recap what has happened on the blog, what is upcoming and anything everything in between. Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.
My Weekly Recap
I don’t get involved in drama as a general rule, but something happened recently that made me sit up and take notice. I think we all have read THAT article that was published last weekend. I might read some crazy and twisted things in the books I read, but at the end of the day, its fiction. The book is not going to stalk me or hit me over the head with a glass bottle. But when fiction actually turns into reality… that’s when I draw a line. With everything else that’s come to light since then, I’m finding it so hard to push it aside and continue on as I usually do.
It feels like the wind has been taken out of my little blogging sails this week, and I’m struggling to find the motivation to write up all the reviews I need to. It’s not very surprising that I’ve been questioning whether all of this is really worth it. I love visiting all of your blogs and finding out about new books and other bookish things, so ultimately that means I’m here for quite a while yet! If anything, it’s started to make me more determined to do what I enjoy doing – and that’s talk about books.
NaNoWriMo for bloggers - Blog Ahead 2014
Essentially, Blog Ahead is the bloggers version of NaNoWriMo. The aim is to get as many extra posts written up as we can within the month of November, so we can have a healthy bank of posts at our disposal for future months. The goal is 30 extra posts, but in honesty, I’ll be thinking this was a huge success if I manage to get 10 or 15 extra posts ready to go! I know it will be a huge challenge, as I don’t have any posts written up for November yet, but I’ll do the best I can and see how things progress over the month. The button above is linked to the main sign up page if anyone is interested in taking part!
Books I Bought This Week
The majority of the books I ordered showed up this week, with the exception of a few stragglers - hopefully they’ll show up this coming week. Links under each picture is to the books Goodreads page.
I have Boundless!! Finally, I’ll be able to finish this trilogy – NO SPOILERS please!! I’ve managed to come this far without having a clue about what happens, and I’d really like to keep it that way ;). And Anna and the French Kiss! I wasn’t expecting this cover actually – I had ordered a second hand pink one, but a first edition hard cover shows up instead. Go figure… (Not that I'm complaining, mind you!)
I read The Ghost and the Goth over the summer – which I loved! – and I’ve been looking for similar sounding books ever since. Give up the Ghost sounds adorable, plus, I love ghostly stories, so it should be really good. And yep, I’m finally catching up and I got a copy of Dangerous Girls. I’ve heard it’s amazing, so hopefully I’ll love it! This cover was another surprise. I did a double take when I took this one out of the envelope - I didn't realise the paperback had a different cover to the hardback!
I love the original cover for Unspoken – the pink one with the gates. This one doesn’t really stand out from the crowd, but that’s only minor. I’m so excited to read this book! If I Should Die is the conclusion to the Revenants series… come to think of it, I’ve been getting into a series completion kind of mood lately. I had a shaky start with the first book, but I really enjoyed the second, and hopefully I’ll love how the series ends.
On the Blog Recently
Review: Darkness, Be My Friend by John Marsden
Review: The Wilds, by Jules Hedger
Blog Ahead 2014 - Sign Up
Face Your Fears - The Bookish Edition
Review: The Academy: Introductions by C.L. Stone
A - Z Bookish Survey
Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Teaser Tuesday: Unhinged by A.G. Howard
Review: Reborn by C.C. Hunter
Gif and Seven Deadly Sins Tags
Posts I loved
Parajunkee talks about Book Blogging 101: Justify Reviewing a DNF – Why Should I? I love this post - it sums up both sides extremely well. I generally don't DNF books... but I think this is going to have to change soon. I don't have as much time anymore to plug away and keep going with a book I'm not invested in.
Cait @ Notebook Sisters gives us lots of tips on How to Write 10,000 words in one day. I bow down to her awesomeness! If I can manage a thousand, I'm deliriously happy!
Cait also talks about The Ten Types of Book Bloggers. I’d aspire to be some sort of Master Jedi-blogger, and be all over #5, but in reality I think I'm #7!
Soundtrack for the Week
Have a great weekend, Happy Reading!