It’s December 31st! One year is ending, and a new one is beginning. Call me what you will (some would go with pessimist, I say realist), but I’m not feeling very positive about it, not when all my problems from this year are just carrying over into the new one. But I know no one wants to end their year by listening to me complain, so luckily I do have some good things to share about the past four weeks!
Congrats to my two City of Brass giveaway winners, Sabrina and Nicole! If either of you are reading this and wondering where your prize is, I haven’t had the chance to mail them yet, but I’ll get to it this week!
I myself also won a giveaway, for an ebook copy of Alizarin Crimson by Erica Millard (that book about manipulating the color red that I shared in my Nov/Dec releases post)!
And I got bookmail! Thank you to Penguin Books for The Municipalists! Thank you to Brain Mill Press for The Devil’s Pact!
Funny story about how I got a copy of The Municipalists. When I requested it on Edelweiss, I tweeted about it because I was excited/nervous about requesting it. A few days later, I got denied. I then tweeted about that because I was sad. A few minutes after that tweet, my first tweet got replied to by someone at Penguin asking if I got a copy and offering to send me one if I didn’t! That kind of thing never happens to me! So anyway, I was very excited, my sadness was short-lived, and now I have an ARC :-)
Also, my stuff from the Bang! Bang! BOOM! Kickstarter I backed arrived! It’s all so pretty!
My Bang! Bang! BOOM! Kickstarter stuff has arrived, and I'm so excited! I don't have the energy rn to take photos of everything or to take good photos, but it's all so pretty! @BBBoomComic pic.twitter.com/iPoOjI6SV5
— Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight (@whykristenburns) December 19, 2018
Last but not least, here’s one more reminder that I have a 2019 blog schedule template spreadsheet that you can download if you’re trying to make your blogging more organized!
Books I Received for Review:
Shriek is from the author. The Municipalists, The Devil’s Pact, and Captain are from the publishers.
Books I Finished:
Binding Blood was a great ending to the Bonds of Blood series. The Kingdom of Copper was a phenomenal sequel! Trinkets, etc. was another good audio book in the Dowswer series. Outcast was better than the previous book in the Hunter/Thieves series even though I still had some issues. I just realized I read a lot of series books in the past month lol. Hiddensee started just ok for me, but I enjoyed it more as it went on. I finally got to reread B!B!B! in print, all the way through in one go, and it was amazing! Anna and the Apocalypse was a great idea, but not a great execution, at least not for my tastes.
What I’m Loving:
This month, what I’m loving is…
I don’t how I found this YouTube channel, but I love it! It’s a group of cartoon illustrators drawing weird things and being hilarious the whole time. It’s somehow simultaneously completely inappropriate and lovably wholesome. It’s like they’re never inappropriate in the way you expect them to be inappropriate. It’s just great. You should watch some of their videos. Here (or above) is the first one I stumbled upon that got me hooked.
I didn’t used to watch Let’s Plays on YouTube, but I’ve found they can be a fun way to enjoy a game that I wouldn’t normally play myself. What’s so wonderful about this series is that the game is absolutely beautiful, and Cry’s voice is so nice and calming, and he just kinda rambles about whatever, and altogether these are the most relaxing, stress-relieving videos. They’re just so pleasant to watch.
In Case You Missed It:
My arms hurt too much to type everything, so here are some highlights:
– I shared more Nov/Dec sci-fi fantasy book releases.
– I shared my favorite book covers from 2018 and my runners up!
– I shared my favorite characters from 2018!
– I shared my favorite books (and games and movie and show) from 2018!
– I shared an update on my 2018 bookish goals.