It’s been another month since I’ve done one of these updates, and a while since I’ve done any discussions, because I’ve still been exhausted and, quite honestly, upset. I need to vent (When did my blog become my diary? I have no idea, but apparently it has.), and hopefully you’ll forgive me for being so negative when I explain. (Or you can skip the intro if you don’t want to read about more dental problems. I promise I won’t blame you.)
When I started all this, I needed four crowns and two to four root canals, all on my bottom back teeth. So far I’ve had two root canals and two crowns (not all the same teeth). Except my dentist put my crowns too low, so now my teeth don’t touch on that side when I bite. Chances are, I need to have another root canal and have the crowns replaced. So that’s six hours in the dentist chair, days of pain, weeks of exhaustion, lots of fear and needles, and thousands of dollars all for nothing. And if replacing the crowns doesn’t work (they have a higher chance of failing now), I’ll need implants. On top of that, this complication has led to additional problems on the other side of my mouth, I have more pain than I ever had before, and I might be at risk of infection.
I’ve been so stressed trying to figure out what to do, trying to find a new dentist, and dreading more appointments. And it’ll be a while before I can even get anything done because of other stuff going on in my life. So that’s why I’ve been blogging a bit less. All of this has just been taking its toll on me.
But that’s enough about that. And I actually do have more posts scheduled for the next month or two, some of which I am super excited for, so that’s something. Anyway, let’s get on to the bookish stuff, shall we?
I do have some good bookish news at least. I got The Golem and the Jinni from MC @ Blame It on the Books through the #bookishwish tag on Twitter!
I also got my first ko-fi donation, and it came on the same day as my screwed-up dentist appointment, so that was a day that I really needed a pick-me-up. If you’re reading this, thank you to the kind person who donated!
Books I Received for Review:
8/19/18: Everyone Dies in the Garden of Syn is from the author.
8/26/18: Schmuck the Buck is from the author. Strange Grace is from Edelweiss. Time’s Children is from NetGalley.
9/2/18: What Gods Incite is from the author. Obsessions of a Djinni is from NetGalley.
9/9/18: Three Mages and a Margarita is from the author.
Books I Finished:
8/19/18: Beauty and the Beast was alright. The Root was a great urban fantasy! Beautiful Beast was pretty good as well.
8/26/18: Artifice was a short m/m sci-fi webcomic, and it was alright but didn’t blow me away. Schmuck the Buck was really funny! I have such mixed feelings about the Vampire Chronicles books. I have to slog through them sometimes because the writing is so dense, and Memnoch was frustrating for multiple reasons, but I’m invested. Well of Tears was a nice sequel, but I’m not planning to continue the series because it just feels too young for me (the younger side of YA, or possibly middle grade).
9/2/18: Strange Grace didn’t work quite as well for me as I’d hoped it would, but it wasn’t bad. What Gods Incite was another good book in the Frost Arcana series.
9/9/18: Deadly Assessments was another pleasant book to listen to the Fred series. Time’s Children was slow-paced but unique and creative. I had a couple issues with the Garden of Syn book, but I once again loved the chronic illness rep!
What I’m Loving:
This week, what I’m loving is…
I got hooked on this show! Like half the characters are kind of awful people, but I’m rooting for them anyway. (Ok, they’ve actually gotten more likeable and grown some as the show has gone on.) I love how complex the characters and relationships are. I also love all the angst and feels. Sad feels when the characters are struggling, but also happy and touching feels when things go well. And underneath all the drama and gay threesomes, it’s got some really relatable stuff about the lives and fears and uncertainties of anyone who’s still trying to figure their life out.
The Sims 3
I actually played a bit instead of just building. Thought some of you might appreciate an update on #Mathiott5Eva ;-)
I haven't talked about my supernatural sims in a long time, but in case anyone is wondering, Matthew & Elliott are alive and well and as adorable as ever. They just went on a dinner & dancing date ☺️ 👨❤️💋👨 #TS3 pic.twitter.com/ydRJ7nRhEk
— Kristen Burns (Metaphors and Moonlight) (@whykristenburns) August 26, 2018
Thought you might also enjoy this hilarious thing that happened. I couldn’t have planned this if I tried.
Just realized I can add videos on Twitter, so here ya go lol. pic.twitter.com/QrS1wntRxB
— Kristen Burns (Metaphors and Moonlight) (@whykristenburns) September 3, 2018
(Yes that zombie is Matthew, but in a separate game. I have a save in which I play Matthew and Elliott, but Jacobin and Levine just happen to live in the town, and vice versa.)
In Case You Missed It:
– I reviewed Underneath by M.N. Arzu, a great, realistic take on merfolk being discovered by the human world.
– I reviewed Dr. Frank’s Build-A-Boyfriend by Heiden, a quirky, fun visual novel/game.
– I shared September/October 2018 sci-fi/fantasy releases to get excited about.
– I reviewed What Gods Incite by Clara Coulson, a fast-paced post-apoc urban fantasy.
– I reviewed The Fires of Tartarus by Emma V. Leech, the third in a series about vampires and witches that keeps getting better.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)