But if I explain it all here in the intro it will just get redundant, so you'll have to keep reading to find out why :-P
Actually, screw the intro, I've too much to talk about today!
So, the not so great part of this week was, I don’t know what’s going on with my blog, guys. As you’ve probably seen, my comment reply plugin was sending emails to spam, and I contacted my hosting service, but they couldn’t help, and they never even answered whether it was specifically MY blog marked as spammy or if it’s some other website on the same server causing this. I’m going to contact them again and find out because I DO NOT SPAM, SO THIS MAKES ME UNHAPPY.
Also, my post notification emails are not sending half the time. It started after the latest update, but that’s all I know. What service do you all use for sending post notifications? (I’ve been using Jetpack.) Clearly I need to switch, but I’m afraid using a plugin will just send those to spam too! *sigh*
Physical Book Haul:
Now for good news! I ACTUALLY HAVE A LEGITIMATE BOOK HAUL FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. My giveaway entering has finally paid off! I’m sorry if this sounds braggy. It’s just I have such a sad bookshelf with so few physical books, so I am ridiculously excited to get more!
First I got Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Brambles (Switch Press). This is seriously the most overall gorgeous book I have ever owned! I’ve never had a hard cover in which the cover itself had the image on it, and I’ve never had a book with colored pages. Plus, RED AND BLACK. MY FAVORITE COLORS. I mean, you are looking at my blog right now, right? And the pages are a gorgeous, crisp white (don’t let my shitty picture-taking skills fool you), making the perfect contrast and color combination. I’m so in love. I kind of just pet it for a while before setting it on my shelf.
Then, a few days later, a package just showed up on my doorstep. I didn’t even know I had won because YABC doesn’t notify you, but lo and behold, a Griffin Teen prize pack from St. Martin’s Press! BEST SURPRISE EVER. (And no, the furry, red slippers did not come with the books, though they are, in fact, also awesome.)
The Kanin Chronicles Books 1-3 by Amanda Hocking
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Chronicles of Nick Books 5 & 6 by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt
Dreamfire by Kit Alloway
(So excited for The Weight of Feathers because circus stuff! But also The Kanin Chronicles because trolls?!)
Ok, sorry, I’m done squeeing now :-)
Books I Finished:
Another reason this was a great week was because I already found my first five star read of the year! The Heartless City is one of the absolute best books I have ever read, and I’ll be posting my review on Friday. Soul Breaker I also really liked, as you already know if you read my review, and it was my first Netgalley read. I even read a classic this week, which turned out to be better than I thought it would be and is a reading goal of mine. And the kraken actually was a legitimate character in Heart of the Kraken, so that’s yet another supernatural creature I’ve read about, which is another reading goal this year (well, I’m considering it a supernatural creature even though it might not technically be).
(Also, apparently this is the week of pretty covers. 2016’s Best Covers post, I’m ready for ya!)
Song of the Week:
“Uninvited” by Alanis Morissette – I listened to it as part of the author’s playlist while reading The Heartless City, and it’s amazingly haunting.
In Case You Missed It:
Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Mirrors
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2016 Releases I’m Looking Forward To
Discussion: A Feminist Gripe about Love Triangles (and Why We Should Stop Blaming the Girls)
Graphic Novel Review: Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Book Review: Soul Breaker (City of Crows Book 1) by Clara Coulson
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)