Sorry, guys, this is one of those update posts where I’m not gonna be all that positive :-/
Things have been tough for me lately. My health and my living situation are kind of a constant struggle, and lately I’ve also been having a lot of dental work done, which has been exhausting and miserable. And it’s only like half done—if everything goes right, which it already seems like it’s not since I have more pain now than I did before. To top it all off, my tennis elbow has been worse than ever because of how rundown my body is.
So I didn’t do one of these posts two weeks ago and almost didn’t today because I know that many of you lovely people will want to comment, and then I’ll want to visit your blogs in return, but I just can’t keep up with that much commenting and bloghopping right now, and then I’ll feel guilty. That’s why I’ve only been doing two posts (reviews) a week; it’s a manageable amount. But I don’t want to stop doing other posts entirely because I have things to say and books to promote! So I’m not sure what to do in this situation.
Other than reading, I’ve been watching a lot of movies and shows in order to rest my arms. The Emoji Movie was surprisingly good! I loved the creativity of how the phone world was portrayed, and the movie was cute. Sing (the animated one with animals) was also cute. Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil was really funny (thanks @jasonicprotosh for the rec!). Alex Strangelove was kinda cute. Those People was full of angsty emotion, and I thought it was really good. If you have Netflix recs, let me know!
I had a couple good bookish things happen at least. I decided to try joining in the #bookishwish thing on Twitter, and one lovely person is sending me a copy of The Golem and the Jinni that they have, so I’m excited about that! Here is my list in case anyone else would like to be my bookish fairy godperson :-) I’ve been thinking of putting together a print book wishlist and an ebook wishlist on Amazon.
I also got my first unsolicited ARC (Nebula Awards Showcase 2018) in the mail from a publisher, which feels like some sort of milestone :-P
Last but not least, I was interviewed at JennReneeRead, so go check that out if you wanna learn a bit more about me and my blog :-)
Books I Received for Review:
7/22/18: I got Black Bird of the Gallows from YA Bound Book Tours. Hero Forged is from the author.
7/29/18: What Man Defies is from the author. Escaping Exile is from NetGalley.
8/5/18: Elemental Thief if from the author. The Nebula Awards Showcase 2018 is from Pyr.
8/12/18: Beautiful Beast is from NetGalley.
Books I Finished:
7/22/18: Temper was a little confusing but also interesting. The Djinn Falls in Love was a complete disappointment. I won’t be reviewing it, so I’ll just share my thoughts here. I know that short stories are not for me, but this one lured me in because djinn! But I didn’t even “get” most of the stories. Some of them weren’t even about djinn, not really. Even the few I did like, well, like I said, I just don’t connect well with short stories. But my favorite was by Kirsty Logan. My second favorite was by Neil Gaiman (taken from American Gods). And the other two I enjoyed the most were by Helene Wecker (which bodes well since she wrote The Golem and the Jinni) and Saad Z. Hossain (which doesn’t surprise me since he wrote Djinn City). Black Bird of the Gallows didn’t blow me away, but it was enjoyable, and I liked the supernatural aspects a lot.
7/29/18: Keeper of the Bees also had neat supernatural aspects that I liked. What Man Defies was another good, action-packed book in the Frost Arcana series. Teeth was a gritty, bleak merman portrayal, and I really liked it.
8/5/18: Amendments was a fairly dark and thought-provoking time travel dystopian. A couple issues, but I enjoyed it. Dead Boys was one of those just not for me books.
8/12/18: Elemental Thief was good, but I think the series just isn’t quite for me. Underneath was great! More merfolk, but with a unique premise. I really want to continue the series. Sea Change was rather strange, but I got the HC for less than $2, so I can’t complain.
What I’m Loving:
This week, what I’m loving is…
I watched the first season of this show when it was on Disney Channel, then it stopped, and I didn’t know what happened. Turns out it switched to a different channel, and I didn’t even know. But it’s on Netflix! So I binged the first two seasons. The writing is not always so great, but I can’t help but get caught up in the drama. And since it’s about an art school, there are so many music and dance performances in the show, and they’re beautiful!
Sims 3 Building
I shouldn’t be playing because it hurts my arms, but I swear building in The Sims is the most therapeutic thing.
In Case You Missed It:
– I reviewed Sleepless Vol. 1 by Sarah Vaughn & Leila del Duca, a diverse high fantasy graphic novel.
– I shared more June/July/August sci-fi/fantasy releases to get excited about.
– I reviewed Kings Rising by C. S. Pacat, a fantastic end to a fantastic M/M high fantasy series.
– I shared book covers featuring hearts, and not just the cutesy kind ;-)
– I reviewed Detox in Letters by Cheryl Low, an AMAZING paranormal/high fantasy with a super unique world and interesting characters—my first 5-star of the year!
– I reviewed The Gorgon Bride by Gordon Surlak-Ramsey, an urban fantasy about the Greek gods.
– I reviewed Temper by Nicky Drayden, a unique African-based fantasy involving twins.
– I did mini reviews for three paranormal/urban fantasy books.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)