I had so much stuff to tell you all last week, and this week I have pretty much nothing. I’m perfectly ok with that though because it means at least nothing bad happened!
But oh, I did randomly get hooked on cooking shows? I’ve never liked them before, but I swear I spent one whole day just marathoning an entire season of some Halloween bake-off show, and I’m also really loving this one that’s different contestants in each episode with three rounds of challenges with certain ingredients, but it’s KIDS. Like, some of them are just nine years old! And these kids are amazing! Fucking nine-year-olds cooking steak and making sauces and elegantly plating restaurant-quality food. I can barely even roast veggies in the oven with olive oil, salt, and pepper. I cooked dinner for my roommates once in college; it tasted fine and I didn’t poison anyone, but it was literally just some pan-cooked venison with BBQ sauce, sliced carrots I cooked on the stove with brown sugar or something, and a loaf of Cuban bread lol. And you don’t even wanna know what the kitchen looked like when I finished.
Anyway, let’s move on to the bookish stuff!
You may have noticed that I’ve been trying out new color schemes for my blog. It was red and pink before, colors I love, but I feel like the dark-ish teal/blue I’ve been using suits the blog better. Now I’m just deciding what other color to match with it. I’m torn between purple and a sandy gold-ish color. I’m also considering changing up some other minor things, so don’t be confused if the blog looks different every time you visit for a while lol.
I also learned some new stuff the past two weeks! Number one, if you win a GR giveaway but haven’t received your prize, there’s a button to let them know on the book’s giveaway page, and that sends a notification to the publisher. Number two, I’ve been pondering the difference between requesting and wishing on NetGalley for, like, years lol, and I finally know now that wishes are granted randomly, like a giveaway. Publishers can decide at any time to grant any number of wishes, and random winners are chosen.
Another thing I did recently was go through all the blogs I follow, organize them, unfollow the ones I never visited or that were no longer posting, and switch from Bloglovin’ to Feedly! And WOW, I love it. So many posts were getting lost in the chaos before, and now I feel like I’m so much more caught up on blog hopping. But, since Bloglovin’ is what’s most widely used when bloggers share their stats to publishers and whatnot, every time I follow a new blog it’s now extra work to follow them on both Bloglovin’ (so they get the stats) and also Feedly. I could stop following on Bloglovin’, but I like helping out other bloggers.
Books I Received for Review:
10/8/17: Black Box Inc. is from NetGalley.
Books I Finished:
10/8/17: I haven’t felt like reading much lately. Not the fault of the books, just me having a slump or something. But anyway, I’m so glad my library got Black City Demon because I really enjoyed it! Even more than the first book, I think.
10/15/17: I also FINALLY, after 11+ years, reread Interview with the Vampire! I’m glad to say I did enjoy it again. I actually think I want to continue rereading the series, which I wasn’t expecting. The Six-Gun Tarot had some great characters, but the writing was kind of confusing.
What I’m Loving:
This week, what I’m loving is…
This is the only seasonal pumpkin spice thing I eat, but don’t worry, I eat enough of it to make up for all the lattes and whatnot that I’m skipping over ;-) I’m too ashamed to admit how much I have eaten already. It has an icing drizzle on it and everything, don’t judge me.
I feel like there’s magic in this song. Not only is it a great song, it makes me so happy every time I listen to it. I don’t even know why.
In Case You Missed It:
– I reviewed Shadow Faerie by Rachel Morgan, a twisty YA urban fantasy about faeries.
– I shared recommendations for vampire books you may not have heard of.
– I reviewed Nocturne by Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt, a M/M paranormal with a Catholic vampire and a beautiful romance.
– I reviewed Steal the Day by Lexi Blake, a fun and hilarious yet emotional urban fantasy.
– I talked about horror books I’ve read, even though I don’t read horror.
– I reviewed Berserker by Emmy Laybourne, an Old-West/Norse mythology YA mash-up, plus there’s a blog tour giveaway!
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)