So, I thought I had figured out the cause for headaches I’ve been mentioning to you guys for at least a month now, but then they came back despite my avoidance of that food, so I’m still trying to figure that out.
Let’s see, other than that… I watched one episode of Peaky Blinders. I drew in my sketchbook after months of not feeling well enough to draw, but my sketches were awful. I played the orc dating sim (I mentioned it a while back) a bit more and finally managed to romance some orcs :-P I did more research on supernatural creatures, mostly djinn, and learned some interesting stuff (also started coming up with ideas for my own version of djinn for all those stories I’m never gonna write). Visited with my grandparents a bit while they were in town. That’s about it! I’m so exciting, right?
I’ll talk about this a bit further down the post :-)
Books I Received for Review:
(Yes, I do own lots of different colored tanktops, why do you ask? Also I’m sorry for the extremely bright photos, I forgot I was editing them with the brightness turned way down on my computer.)
4/1/18: Funny story about This Monstrous Thing. I recently reread Frankenstein and decided I wanted all the retellings, so I added this one to my TBR, and then a few days later I just so happened to come across a tweet from an agent offering review copies with a photo showing the books she has, and she just so happened to have This Monstrous Thing! The book stars were aligned for me that day. So that one’s from Rebecca Podos. Regen is from the author. Temper is from Edelweiss. (My first actual EW approval! Either my perseverance has finally paid off or someone’s finger slipped, but either way, I’m excited for the book!) Bound for the Forest and The Gorgon Bride are from NetGalley.
4/8/18: Pack is from Talos Press.
Books I Finished:
4/1/18: Kelpie Blue was perfect for my mood, and I really enjoyed it! School for Psychics was pretty good, and I loved how realistically flawed the characters were.
4/8/18: The Ghost on My Couch was sweet, but it had a few sexist/ableist sentences/words scattered throughout. The Raging Ones had great characters and relationship dynamics, and I’m already looking forward to the sequel even though *this* book doesn’t even come out until August lol.
What I’m Loving:
This week, what I’m loving is…
Bookmail & My Twitter Followers
I know, choosing bookish/bloggy stuff kind of defeats the purpose of this section since this is supposed to be a chance for me to talk about something non-bookish. But I’ve been struggling some, and these are the things that have kept my spirits up. I’m still feeling so happy/excited/grateful for all the bookmail I’ve gotten lately, and I feel like I’ve been getting more interaction on Twitter which makes me happy too since I love connecting with other book lovers over there. If you’re not following me on Twitter yet, you totally should ;-) #ShamelessSelfPromotion I follow back book bloggers! And I tweet about books and supernatural creatures and TBRs and disappearing spider bodies (ok, the disappearing spider body was a one time thing… hopefully).
*has six May/June/July/Aug ARCs*
*has backlist review copies*
*has a "books to read in 2018" tbr list
*is currently on Hoopla deciding between a book about a garden gnome love interest or a ghost love interest*
— Kristen Burns (Metaphors and Moonlight) (@whykristenburns) March 31, 2018
Everyone should try setting their @goodreads challenge to one book. It's really motivating when GR congratulates you for having reached 3800% of your goal in April.
— Kristen Burns (Metaphors and Moonlight) (@whykristenburns) April 5, 2018
You know you're an #urbanfantasy reader when you see a full moon and the first thought you have is, "The werewolves are out tonight." ?
— Kristen Burns (Metaphors and Moonlight) (@whykristenburns) April 1, 2018
In Case You Missed It:
– I reviewed The Devil’s Standoff by V.S. McGrath, a unique blend of magic and western.
– I talked about why I love graphic novels and comics.
– I reviewed The Blood Curse by Annette Marie, a gripping urban fantasy that was a great finale to the trilogy.
– I shared some April/May 2018 sci-fi/fantasy releases to get excited about.
– I reviewed School for Psychics by K.C. Archer, an NA urban fantasy with realistically flawed characters.
– I asked what your definition of mood reading is.
– I shared mini reviews for three LGBT+ paranormal/urban fantasy books (Caroline’s Heart, Kelpie Blue, and Stake Sauce).
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)