Beyond the Veil (The Veil Series #1) by Pippa DaCosta

Beyond the Veil (The Veil Series #1) by Pippa DaCostaBeyond the Veil (The Veil, #1) by Pippa DaCosta
Published by Crazy Ace Publishing on February 15th 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 244
Format: Audiobook
Goodreads
three-stars

an alternate cover edition can be found here
If your ex is the Prince of Greed, you’d better be ready to raise Hell.
Charlie Henderson is living a lie. Her real name is Muse, she's half demon, and her attempt at a normal life is about to go up in smoke.
When an assassin walks into her life, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake, Muse must return to the one man she hoped never to see again and ask for help. The Prince of Greed isn’t known for his charity. The price is high, and the cost could tear her apart.
Trapped between the malevolent intentions of a Prince of Hell and an assassin with ulterior motives, Muse must embrace the lure of chaos at her core—the demon inside her—in order to survive.

My Thoughts:

I love me some urban fantasy. It’s probably one of my favorite types of fiction to read and it is right up there with my love of horror and high fantasy. What can I say? This book nerd likes to escape reality and dive into other worlds, sometimes I like them to freak me out. So when The Veil series by Pippa DaCosta was recommended to me I logged into my audible account and downloaded it. Demons, assassins, and a kick ass half-demon female lead? Sign me up! I’m totally down for that. The first book, Beyond the Veil, follows Charlie Henderson aka Muse as she is attempting to hide from the demons in the mortal world among the humans. Then one day an assassin walks into her shop and pretty much all hell breaks loose. Muse is now being hunted and has to turn to her ex-boyfriend Akil, who also turns out to be the Prince of Greed, for protection. Things happen that I can’t really go into without…well spoilers so I won’t, and Muse is left trying to figure who she can trust. This first installment to the series is packed with action, danger, and some pretty complex characters.

Now the ratings for this book are pretty much all over the place and I get it. There are parts of this plot that are totally cringe worthy like the dreaded love triangle and yes the main character is not always likable. So I completely understand how some people would DNF or give this book a low rating. These things are a bit of a turn off, however I stuck through it. I’m glad that I did. Muse is a very complex character. One moment she’s strong and ready to kick ass. Then the next she shows her vulnerable side. She is clearly motivated by her need to survive. She does not want to get dragged back to the other world where she will be either killed or a slave to some higher level demon. She wants freedom and a chance to live a normal life. She wants to be happy and to be loved because she didn’t have that before. The ways that she acts and the decisions that she makes are true to her nature. I may not agree with some of them but they are authentic to her as a character given her backstory. That’s why I find her so fascinating.

As for the plot, I could do without the love triangle. It didn’t really add anything to the story and distracted from the rest of the story. The pacing of the story was pretty even throughout the book. This is definitely an action driven plot so it made for a very quick read. There were plenty of plot twists to keep me guessing right along with Muse as to who was trustworthy and who was out to get her. The tone or atmosphere is very dark which gives a consistent feel of danger and a heightened sense of suspense to the story. The tension just keeps building and leads the reader to an explosive climax of an ending.

All in all, this was a highly entertaining read. I think it is a solid start to the series and I look forward to diving back into DaCosta’s world in the future. I just have to get my hands on the rest of the series. The action is gripping, there’s so much suspense, and the plot is very dark and twisty.  If you like urban fantasy then you’ll want to try this series.

three-stars

WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW87

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

  1. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
  2. “Forgive us, my lord, for you have us at a disadvantage. My sister is frankly deplorable at conducting courtly conversation. The only thing worse than her ability to make appropriate small talk with royalty is her attempt to let a man lead her on the dance floor. Your timely interruption has saved me from the chore of attending dance lessons with her. My feet thank you.”
  3. No, I don’t want to live in a world that is ruled by this evil queen. She is EVIL I say. I’m loving the book though, so if you haven’t read it you should add it to your TBR list.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments <3

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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Loose Cannon (The Woodbury Boys, #1) by Sidney Bell

I received this book for free from Carina Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Loose Cannon (The Woodbury Boys, #1) by Sidney BellLoose Cannon (The Woodbury Boys, #1) by Sidney Bell
Published by Carina Press on April 3rd 2017
Genres: M M Romance, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 327
Format: eBook
Source: Carina Press
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
three-stars

Don't miss this brand-new male/male romance series from Sidney Bell, author of
Bad Judgment

Released after five years in the system for assault, streetwise Edgar-Allen Church is ready to leave the past behind and finally look to his future. In need of a place to crash, he's leaning on Miller Quinn. A patient, solidly masculine pillar of strength and support, Miller has always been there for him—except in the one way Church has wanted the most.
With his staunchly conservative upbringing, Miller has been playing it straight his whole life. Now with Church so close again, it's getting harder to keep his denial intact. As they fumble their way back to friendship after so many years apart, Miller struggles to find the courage to accept who he really is. What he has with Church could be more than desire—it could be love. But it could also mean trouble.
Church's criminal connections are closing in on the both of them, and more than their hearts are at risk. This time, their very lives are on the line.

My Thoughts:

Church is released from a correctional facility after serving time for an assault he committed as a teenager. In order to be able to re-join society Church needs to live with a responsible friend without a criminal history. He has no one to turn to and ends up calling his old friend Miller for help. Church and Miller have a history together. Miller attempted to help Church during his trouble teens but things became strained between them around the time Church got himself arrested. The two guys are re-united and attempt to rekindle their estranged friendship. However, Church has always needed more than friendship from Miller and attempts to accept that Miller does not share the same feelings. Miller secretly is at odds with his strict religious upbringing and his growing feelings where Church is concerned. Tensions rise as the chemistry and emotions slowly burn between the two. Church and Miller fight to find a balance in their relationship when Church’s criminal past threatens their fragile bubble of happiness.

I thought Bell’s characters were interesting and complex. Church and Miller are complete opposites yet balance each other out so well. Church is hot-headed where Miller tends to think things out rationally and logically. Church’s back story is dark where Miller grew up in a fairly stable household. Church is open about his sexuality where Miller is so solidly in the closet, thanks to his conservative upbringing, that he can’t even admit his true feelings to himself most of the book. Church is driven by his determination to not turn out like his father. Miller’s strict and conservative father influenced his way of thinking so much Miller feels obligated to honor his father by denying the truth of who he is. Both of the men are stubborn, and loyal to a fault to people they consider family. The combination of these differences and similiarities is what makes their friendship so strong.

Now let’s talk chemistry. I know you saw me call this a friendship and it probably threw you. You might be thinking “Andie, I thought this was a romance.” You’re right this is a contemporary romance. However, the chemistry between Church and Miller felt more physical than emotional through most of the book. They share a very strong friendship with underlying currents of some pretty hot sexual tension. I won’t dispute that. Church is pretty damn clear from the very beginning that he wants more than what Miller is willing to give him relationship-wise. The emotional connection feels very one-sided though throughout the book up until the ending. When it finally happens it feels anti-climatic, almost like it was thrown in as an afterthought. Which was a bit of a letdown considering that this is a romance and not erotica. Don’t get me wrong here. I’m down for the sexy times. I have no problem with explicit sexual scenes in my romances, but I also expect the romances to have an equal amount of swoonworthy emotion to them. That said the sexual tension in this book is off the charts. It’s so damn angsty too, so if that is your thing you’ll like it.

As I stated above, I had some issues with the development of the romantic relationship with Church and Miller, so we won’t get into that part of the plot. Let’s talk about the rest of the storyline. Don’t worry I’ll stay as spoiler-free as possible. Bell did a wonderful job of setting up the back story to both the plot and characters. There isn’t a whole lot of world building in this, so the atmosphere and overall tone of the story has to come from the characters and their history. So, although the plot of the story was extremely predictable, the way Bell’s characters reacted to the situations they are placed in felt genuine and true to their life story.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I think it had the potential to be pretty fantastic if the romance was a bit more fleshed out. I loved the complexity of Bell’s characters and the sexual tension was pretty intense. If you are looking for a romance that is more on the sexy side then the romantic side then you will like this one.

three-stars

WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW86

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

  1. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
  2. “Lydia supposed his headstone had been ordered. Something large and garish made of the finest marble and phallic shaped because being dead didn’t stop you from being a dick.”
  3. I just started it but from what I can tell it is set in present day, so I’m already living in it.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments <3

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Book Review

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Book ReviewPretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Published by William Morrow on September 29th 2015
Pages: 688
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-stars

#1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.
Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.
Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.

My Thoughts:

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter is a thrilling ride filled with twists and turns. This psychological thriller is packed with suspense and highly disturbing content. I don’t say this to discourage anyone from reading it by any means. I’m just letting you know this is not for the faint of heart. The violence in this book is extremely graphic, but I think it was pivotal to pack the punch that the plot was delivering. This story follows two sisters that have grown apart after a tragedy occurs within the family. It is told from multiple points-of-view in both a 2nd person and 3rd person POV. That sounds confusing I know but Slaughter pulls it off brilliantly.

I loved how this story was told. We have the alternating POVs in the 3rd person perspective between the two sisters – Lydia and Claire. Then we have the journal entries from their father written in 2nd person perspective to his daughter, Julia, who went missing. In the midst of all the messed up sibling drama, missing girls, and criminal investigation Slaughter inserts these random journal entries as a vehicle to connect the reader to the emotional turmoil within the story. Which in my opinion elevates the strength of the gut punch that is delivered by the extremely violent plot. It humanizes the victims to the reader which makes this an uncomfortable read, but you can’t stop reading it. It’s kind of like watching a really thrilling episode of Criminal Minds or sitting through Hannibal. You know it is going to freak you out, but you watch it anyway. Then proceed to triple check the locks on the doors. This is the type of reading experience you can expect with Pretty Girls.

I really don’t want to say much more about the plot. It has so many twists and turns that I don’t want to accidentally spoil it for you. So let’s touch a bit on the characters instead. The characters in this book are not likable at all. Claire is a rich, selfish and spoiled brat. She is used to living a very pampered type of life and letting other people take care of everything. She is probably my least favorite out of the whole cast of characters and often times I found myself just wanting to shake her. Her sister Lydia is also pretty frustrating, but in other ways. Lydia doesn’t communicate well, she has self-esteem issues, and is a recovering drug addict. She reacts to situations that upset her or cause stress by stuffing herself with food or lashing out with anger or sarcasm. Also, I would have liked to see more development of the side characters like Rick, Dee and Helen. I think if there was more of the family dynamic between Lydia, her boyfriend Rick, and her daughter Dee it would have helped to round out Lydia’s character a bit more.

In the end, I wasn’t sure how to rate this one. The story was well written and kept me interested throughout the entire book. Which is what I would expect from a suspense thriller. The detailed and graphic violence made this a very uncomfortable read because it was so disturbing. However, I ended up rating this at 4 stars. I thought the characters could have used a bit more work. However, the plot was well thought out and the pacing was excellent. I couldn’t put it down because of all the plot twists! I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys psychological thrillers.

four-stars

My Week In A Nutshell 2/12/17

My week in a nutshell is a weekly post I put up on Sundays to share what happened on and off the blog during the week. The Sunday Post is a meme sponsored by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received.


 

Holy hell I survived the week! I didn’t think I was going to make it to be honest. It was like Monday just kept going all the way to Friday. Ever have that kind of week?

Anyway, I didn’t really get a chance to complete many books this week. Which of course means I failed on the TBR Takedown 5.0 read-a-thon. Oh well, I won’t beat myself up too much about it. I finished my non-fiction book for Jan/Feb so there is that. I’m almost done with my Feb. audio book pick so I think I can finish it before the end of today. I will just listen to it while I re-arrange my bookshelves to make room for the 47 books I got at the VNSA book sale this weekend. Yep I said 47. 47! I went a little bit crazy. I can’t help it. The books were a dollar each and the money goes to charity. A win-win if you ask me. Since I just added 47 books to it in one day, my TBR is now in the “there’s no hope in sight” category. Haha! It’s okay, I’m not worried about it. I know I will get to them eventually. If you’d like more info on the VNSA sale just click here. It was an awesome experience and if you are in the area I recommend you check it out. Just be prepared to stand in line to get into the sale.

I did a video on my book haul for Jan/Feb but I’ll give you a sneak peek at my VNSA haul below.

 

I FINISHED READING:

MOST PLAYED SONG:

WATCHING ON NETFLIX:

WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE BLOG

That’s my week in a Nutshell! Have you read any of the books featured here in my post? How was your week? Let me know in the comments!

Stay book nerdy my friends! Happy reading 🙂

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STACKING THE SHELVES 2/10/17

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Normally I’d do my hauls on IG or on my BookTube channel. However, I got some galleys via NetGalley this week that I wanted to share with you because I’m so freaking excited to read them. So I decided to do a Stacking The Shelves post. I know it’s been a while since I’ve participated in this meme. I miss it!

I have quite a few books to share so let’s get on with it 🙂

NetGalley/Edelweiss:

Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi is the companion novel to The Star Touched Queen. I absolutely loved the first book. If you want to know my thoughts on the first book you can check out my book review. I practically busted out into a happy dance at work when I got the email asking me if I’d like to read it for review. Uh…hell yes I do! It is one of my most anticipated reads for this year. So thank you very much to the publisher for sending me the invite to read for review via NetGalley. You are AWESOME 😀

I admit the other two NetGalley books were pure cover picks. I have no idea what they are about and I’m totally cool with that. If you want to know more about them I will link the titles to the Goodreads page for that book and you can check them out.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Stranger Things Have Happened by Jeff Strand

Bought:

I purchased these through Amazon, BookOutlet and some were from the thrift shop at my local library. I know I have so many unread books on my shelves, but I can’t resist a good deal. I’m not sure which one I’ll read first…maybe Vassa in the Night. What do you think?

That’s my haul for this week. Have you read any of the books featured here in my haul? Did you add any books to your shelves this week? Let me know in the comments! If you posted an StS post please leave your links in the comments so I can come and visit.

Happy Reading!

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW85

 

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

  1. We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
  2. “The best books, they don’t talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you’d always thought about, but that you didn’t think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you’re a little less alone in the world.”
  3. I’m not sure since I just started it.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments <3

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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Mini Blog Ahead Sign-Up – I Got This!

Blog Ahead is a blogging challenge hosted by Anna @herding cats and burning soup. The Mini Blog Ahead challenge is a great way to get ahead of your blogging by increasing your amount of scheduled posts by 15. You can find out more about the challenge by clicking on the link to Anna’s blog. This year there will be two mini challenges in March and June, along with the month long challenge in October. I like that the challenge will be held multiple times through the year this time.

I have a very busy schedule that has been even more hectic since I started my YouTube channel in addition to my blog. Scheduling my posts ahead of time has eased some of the stress of managing my new routine. Since there will be 3 challenges throughout this year I think it will help me to maintain my pace in scheduling my posts ahead. I’m hoping to eventually be able to blog ahead by more than one week.

The goal is to have 15 scheduled posts by the end of the challenge, which will run from March 1st – March 15th. I think I can do it. I get a boost of motivation from participating in the challenge both from the other bloggers participating and wanting to meet my goal.

Let’s chat! Are you going to participate in Blog Ahead? If you are on the fence about it, I can’t recommend enough that you give it a try. Let me know down in the comments if you are, and we can motivate each other to the finish line!

Happy Reading Book Nerds,

{Update} #COYER BLACKOUT WINTER STORM

COYER is back! What is COYER? COYER is a reading challenge hosted by three wonderful bloggers: Berls at Fantasy is More Fun Michelle at Because Reading and Stormi at Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! COYER Blackout Winter Storm will run from 12/19/16 – 3/3/17, for information on how to join click on the COYER linky above.

As usual I’m doing great on the reading part of #COYER and falling behind on my reviews.  The plan was to catch up on my review posts after my last update. As you can see that did not happen. Here is my progress so far:

Goal: Read and review 10 books.

Books Read: 10

Books Reviewed: 2

I’m terrible! Ugh so not how I want to start my year. I need to get myself back on schedule and catch up.

Let’s chat! Are you participating in COYER? Please tell me I’m not the only one behind on reviews. Let me know down below in the comments.

Happy reading book nerds!

My Week In A Nutshell 2/5/17

My week in a nutshell is a weekly post I put up on Sundays to share what happened on and off the blog during the week. The Sunday Post is a meme sponsored by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received.


The week is finally over! I had a rough one, and I’m not expecting things to improve over night. I hope you all are taking time to practice self-care. Life is pretty hectic and it is easy to get bogged down with all the crap. I know because it happened to me this week and last week. We all just need to remember to BREATHE. Also, be kind to each other. It’s sad how much people forget to just be kind. It’s such a small thing to do and yet so many people don’t bother. The world would be a better place if we all remembered to practice some kindness.

I’ve had a slow start to my reading this month. I’m not in a slump by any means. I’m just taking my time with the books I have been reading. I want to make sure I’m not just flying through them and missing out on retaining lessons the books contain. It is one of the down sides to being a fast reader. It’s not easy to slow down, so I’m annotating or note taking as I read. I find that works best when I want to ease up on my reading pace.

Nothing else really happened this week, just trying to manage stress and my anxiety. There are some challenges coming up that I’m looking forward to for both reading and my blog. I will let you know more when it comes time to do my sign-up posts. Also a huge used book sale is happening in my area next weekend so that’s exciting! I might do a combo of a haul and blog about the experience. I’ll try to remember to take pictures. Let’s go ahead with the wrap – up for now.

MOST PLAYED SONG THIS WEEK

Since I listened to two audio books I didn’t really listen to very much music at work this week. I’m up for adding something to my Spotify playlist though so if you have any suggestions let me know down in the comments. 🙂

BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK

I’m participating in #FeministLitFeb this month, so I have quite a bit of non-fiction I want to read. I just finished We Should All Be Feminists  by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and loved it. It is a beautifully written essay about gender, the negative connotations around the word feminist, and why feminism is still important today. It is in my opinion an extremely important read, and I wish everyone would read it.

I also finished an audio book I borrowed from my library via my OverDrive app called The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. I can’t believe I have waited this long to experience Diaz’s work. I freaking love it. I’m going to write a review of it soon so I won’t go too much into it now. I’ll just say this is an amazing debut novel that follows a Dominican-American teenager called Oscar and his pursuit of love. That is really simplifying a complex whirlwind of a novel, but I’ll go more into it later. I promise!

I finished my second audio book of the month, also borrowed from my library via my OverDrive app (like seriously if you live on a budget like me this app + your library card will open worlds for you my friend), called Yes Please! by Amy Poehler. Amy Poehler is an actress/comedian. I’m pretty sure you all know who she is if you have ever watched SNL or Parks and Recreation. I have only seen some of her movies and her work on  SNL. She’s hilarious and her tongue-in-cheek humor really comes through on the audio book. She narrates it herself along with some guests. I think that is part of why I liked it so much. It just felt like she was having a one-on-one conversation with me. I really loved it and now I feel the need to binge watch Parks and Recreation on Netflix.

Those are the three books I’ve finished this week. If you want more of my thoughts and ratings on each one you can check out my weekly reading vlog on my YouTube channel. I know I want to do a full review on the Junot Diaz book, but I’m not sure if I’ll write a review for the other two. I just feel so weird writing a review for a non-fiction book. I should probably get over that.

CURRENTLY READING

BOOKS I HAULED:

WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE BLOG

BOOKTUBE CHANNELS YOU SHOULD WATCH

 

That’s my week in a Nutshell! Have you read any of the books featured here in my post? How was your week? Let me know in the comments!

Stay book nerdy my friends! Happy reading 🙂

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2017 – January Wrap-Up / February TBR

January was an extremely stressful month for me. I know I’m not the only one that feels this way. My anxiety was very high and I had to limit my time watching the news and being on social media for self-care reasons. I would get overwhelmed by all the crap going on and feel myself just losing hope and going to dark places. People telling me not to worry or to stop letting things stress me out, didn’t help at all. Just made me feel like they didn’t think I had valid reasons for feeling the way I do. I don’t know why I have to keep saying this, but I can’t control the anxiety. I have meds that I take, but they are not a cure all. I do my best to practice self-care. It’s not like I can spend the next four years with my head in the ground. Not only is that impossible, but I wouldn’t be able to look myself in the mirror for being such a coward. I’m better than that. I just have to try and limit how long I watch the news or interact on social media.

As a direct result of how stressed I was my reading was pretty damn prolific this month. The read-a-thons I participated in helped as well. I read a total of 14 books in January. It was a mix of eBooks, audiobooks, and physical books. I did my best to stick with the TBR that I started the month with, we all know I’m a mood reader though so there were some changes. I switched out my classic pick of the month for the children’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I got my heart broken by A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys. I was creeped out by Karin Slaughter’s terrifying crime thriller Pretty Girls. Seriously, it scared the crap out of me. I haven’t been that freaked out since…well…Hannibal. You better believe my front door locks were tripled checked at night. Those are just some of the books I dove into this month. I go more into them in my January reading vlog and book reviews  if you want to check them out.

My January Obsession:

Kind Bars, because they are easy to carry with me as a quick snack when my sugar gets too low. The medicine that I take for my type 2 diabetes can make me hypoglycemic. I have to check my numbers throughout the day and carry healthy low-glycemic snacks with me. It’s a total pain in the ass, but you do what you gotta do.

Oh and Kind Bars did not sponsor this post – blah blah blah etc. I buy my own damn Kind Bars at Sam’s Club or through Amazon.

BookTube Channels I Stalked:

What happened on the blog:

Books I Read:

I did a reading vlog for January. If you’d like to see what I read and my initial thoughts you can check that out on my YouTube channel.

February TBR:

Ah so many books I want to read, but February is a short month. I will be participating in the #FeministLitFeb reading challenge. I posted a TBR on my YouTube channel if you want to see my reading plans. I’m also going to participate in the TBR Takedown 5.0 read-a-thon, which I will also be putting up a TBR for on my YouTube channel. Along with those two TBRs, I want to start Winter by Marissa Meyer and finish the books I’m currently reading.

That’s it for my monthly wrap-up. Let’s chat down below in the comments! What books did you read in January? Do you have a favorite or least favorite? Are you joining any reading challenges or read-a-thons in February? If you are please share the links to your tbr posts below, I would love to check them out.

I’m off to drink some tea and dive back into Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I’m loving it so far. I’ll be sure to share my thoughts with you all once I finish it.

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW84

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

  1. Beyond the Veil by Pippa DaCosta
  2. “I could never run from the half of me that danced in the dark.”
  3. I just started it so I can’t say for sure, but I’m thinking I’m leaning toward no.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments <3

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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2017 BOOKISH RESOLUTIONS CHALLENGE – JAN. UPDATE

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2017 Resolutions Challenge hosted by Laura @ trips down imagination road and Michelle @Because Reading.
You can sign up HERE anytime between December 1st to March 1st, the challenge starts January 1st and ends December 31st. The 2017 Bookish Resolutions Challenge is about setting New Years Resolutions for read, blogging, and writing.

Happy Monday Book Nerds! I know we still technically have one more day to go in this month, but I’m trying to stay on top of my updates and wrap-ups this year.  Fingers crossed I can manage to keep this up. So we are 1 month into 2017, this is usually where I start to slowly lose momentum on some of my goals. I either get bored or distracted and next thing I know I’m completely off track. Do you have that problem? How long do you usually stick with it?

I’m happy to say though, that I think I’ve done pretty good so far. The only time things got a bit off track was when I was sick. That’s ok though, because shit happens. Here is a quick little check up on how I’m doing with my goals.


 

Reading Goals:

  1. Read 1 Classic or Modern Classic book per month – Yes, my January classic was Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  2. Read 30 books that I already own throughout the year (about 2-3 per month) – Yep, I read 6 books that I already owned. 
  3. Read 6 Non-Fiction books during the year – I’m right on track with this one. I am halfway through my non-fiction pick for Jan/Feb.
  4. Get my Netgalley percentage up to 80% – Realistically this will take a bit to get to 80%, but I am remembering to cross post my reviews to NetGalley to help improve my percentage.
  5. Complete my Goodreads reading goal –  I’m currently 6 books ahead of schedule for my Goodreads reading goal for the year.

Blogging Goals:

  1. Write 3 book reviews per week – Not quite, but I’ve been doing pretty good about posting consistently not counting when I got sick.
  2. Participate in the Blog Ahead challenge – N/A this hasn’t started yet
  3. Set up a blogging schedule and stick with it – Yes, apart from when I got sick.
  4. Go to a bookish event (festival/book signing) and blog about it – None yet

Personal Goals:

  1. Be more active – Yes, I got a gym membership and go every other day.
  2. Keep bringing down my A1C – Along with being more active I am also watching my numbers by monitoring my blood sugar throughout the day. I’m also eating low sugar/low carb. 
  3. Be more organized – Yep, I keep a bullet journal and stay organized that way.
  4. Participate in NaNoWriMo – Not until Nov
  5. Take a class (any class) at my local community college – I have registered for the Fall semester so this is a goal I will tackle in August.

That’s it for my update. I’m pretty happy with my progress so far. I know there are things I can improve on so I will try to work on them in February. What about you? Are you participating in the challenge? How are you doing with your goals so far? Let’s chat down in the comments!

Happy Reading!

 

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My Week In A Nutshell 1/29/17

My week in a nutshell is a weekly post I put up on Sundays to share what happened on and off the blog during the week. The Sunday Post is a meme sponsored by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received.


 

Hey Book Nerds!

I hope you are all having a good weekend. I’ve been fighting off a migraine. Every time I think I have it under control I see the news or login into social media and the damn migraine is back again. I know it is stress. We are living in a very stressful world right now. Please don’t tell me not to stress it. That just makes me mad and makes my headache even worse. I can’t control my anxiety. It’s incredibly frustrating when people tell me it is mind over matter and to just turn it off. I’m sorry it doesn’t work that way. I’m doing my best to practice self-care. I stayed home all weekend and I’m trying to avoid social media. It’s hard when my notifications go off and then well I read my feed. I might have to just put my phone in “Do Not Disturb” mode until my anxiety levels go down. I know I’m not the only one out there that suffers from it so if you have any coping tips feel free to let me know down below. Just don’t tell me it’s going to be okay. That does not help at all and it makes me feel like I’m being told my feelings are invalid.

That said on to bookish shit. This was the final week of the Winter’s Respite read-a-thon and I’m happy to say I think it was fairly successful. I will be posting my wrap up for the read-a-thon soon. I still have to film it, which was the plan for this weekend but well see paragraph above.

The blog was a bit quiet this week. I apologize for that. Please be patient as I’m still trying to get back into my schedule since the whole being sick thing. I doesn’t help that I still am not 100% because my anxiety is so damn high. I will be back on track for February though, I’ve already started scheduling posts for that month both here and on my YouTube channel.

MY CURRENT ADDICTION

It’s a book actually. I normally try to find something not book related for this section but nope not this time. Susan Cain’s Quiet is just..wow. I have no words. If you could hear me while I’m reading it, it’d go something like:

“Yes!”

“Holy shit yes!”

“Oh my gawd yes!”

“Preach!”

Yeah, I’m sure my neighbors might think I’m doing something other than reading. I can’t help it though, I’ve never identified with a book so strongly before. Introverts unite! Quietly of course but UNITE!

BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK

They were all part of the Winter’s Respite read-a-thon so I won’t post them yet. Once I upload the video I will share it with you.

WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE BLOG

That’s my week in a Nutshell! Have you read any of the books featured here in my post? How was your week? Let me know in the comments!

Stay book nerdy my friends! Happy reading 🙂

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