I wanna start by letting my fellow bloggers know that I’ve not been avoiding you all! I’ve just not been doing a good job of bloghopping lately because I’m still having dental problems (here’s the latest update about that—basically I’ve already been to 9 appointments and still have at least 10 or 11 more at the very minimum, including at least one minor surgery, but it’ll probably turn out to be more than that). So I’m rundown, my tennis elbow has been really bad, there’s hardly any food I can eat due to food sensitivities flaring up, I’m having trouble focusing—basically I’m just falling apart :-/ So for the time being, I’m pretty much just returning visits and comments to those who leave a comment here. That’s the best I can do.
Other than that, I don’t really have real life news. I hope everyone else has been doing well though!
Lots of stuff to share today!
Somehow—seriously, guys, I don’t know how little ol’ me got chosen—I have become a Fan Ambassador for S.A. Chakraborty’s Daevabad series! So I have a shiny new ARC (literally shiny, I might add) of The Kingdom of Copper! Plus I’ve got some copies of City of Brass to give to people! Some of them I’ll probably just give out locally, but I would like to have a US giveaway for one or two. So I’ll make an announcement about that soon!
More good news, I won a $5 Amazon gift card from Daniela @ Bookiverse for correctly (or close enough to correctly) guessing where her WIP is set! Thanks, Daniela :-) Her WIP sounds like it’s gonna be a great book!
Also, quick reminder, if you live in the US and are doing any online shopping for Christmas, I’m an affiliate for Amazon and a few other non-bookish sites! So if you would like to support my blog (at no additional cost to you), you can do so by using my links, all of which can be found here! (And I have Amazon links all over, including in this post.)
This is completely random, but I posted a headcanon about Hans from Frozen here on Tumblr. Thought I’d share just in case anyone wants to read it.
Last but not least, my 2019 blog schedule template spreadsheet is now available for download here.
Books I Received for Review:
11/11/18: Spell Caster is from the author. Binding Blood is from NetGalley. Songs for the Dead Vol. 1 is from Edelweiss. Trust is from the author.
11/18/18: Showers, Flowers, & Fangs is from the publisher.
11/25/18: The Ex-Princess is from the author.
Books I Finished:
As I said, trouble focusing. Didn’t get a lot of reading done in the past month. It’s especially bad when you realize one of these is an audiobook, and one is a graphic novel.
11/11/18: Spell Caster was great!
11/18/18: The Nine started off slow, but I eventually warmed up to it and enjoyed it. Songs for the Dead Vol. 1 was cute. Cupcakes etc. is one that I’ve already read, and I enjoyed it originally, but the whole series was going to be a little too expensive for my budget. Hoopla has a lot of the audiobooks though, so I figured I’d give them a try.
11/25/18: I didn’t enjoy The Fall quite as much as The Nine, but it was a personal taste kinda thing.
12/2/18: Beckoning Blood was a reread in preparation for the final book of the series, and it’s really a fantastic book!
What I’m Loving:
This month, what I’m loving is…
YouTube Videos of People Playing Dream Daddy
I don’t have the game myself, but watching others play allowed me to see it and saved me arm pain since my tennis elbow has been super bad.
Robert is the most fun route in the game and has some great realism and complexity, but Damien is so adorable that I just want to protect him at all costs. #NiceGuysFTW
— Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight (@whykristenburns) November 9, 2018
I gotta say, I also really liked Joseph’s playful and vulnerable sides, but, even if the cult ending is not canon, he seemed possibly kinda shady.
West of Loathing
This game is so ridiculously fun!!! I’ll do a whole review soon, so for now I’ll just say I killed my arms just to keep playing because it is the one thing that has truly given me a distraction from my problems lately. I recommend it 100%!
In Case You Missed It:
My arms hurt too much to type everything, so here are some highlights:
– I reviewed Spell Caster by Clara Coulson, another great book in a great, fast-paced, diverse UF series.
– I gave recommendations for 5 sci-fi/fantasy book with no romance.
– I shared book covers featuring POC characters.
– I found an awesome-looking LGBT+ fantasy graphic novel on Kickstarter, and the creators shared some fun facts.
– I did a character interview to celebrate the release of Waypoint by Deborah Adams & Kimberley Perkins.
– I reviewed Beckoning Blood by Daniel de Lorne, an amazing, dark beautifully written m/m vampire book.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)