Happy October, everyone! Not that I really have a special affinity for the month, but it seemed a fitting way to start the post.
I thought I was finally going to have a rant-free Weekly Update, but alas, it just wasn’t meant to be. Something always has to go wrong, Murphy’s Law and whatnot. But you know what’s great about having a blog and having people who actually read it, other than the obvious? When a company is good, I can promote them. For example, 1800Contacts. You need contacts? I totally recommend them. But even more importantly, when a company is bad, I can warn everyone about them.
I’ve already warned you all about Toshiba, and now it’s HostGator. Almost every time I’ve ever contacted support, they’ve been unable to help or answer my questions, they’ve given me wrong information, they’ve known less about how websites work than I do, or they’ve done all of the above. I wasted a bunch of time talking to someone on Thursday who told me it wasn’t possible to do what I needed to do and still keep my blog.kristenburns.com subdomain intact, yet here I am! I had to figure out how to do it myself, but it actually wasn’t that difficult, and it worked exactly how I thought it would, despite the person’s statement that it wouldn’t. The only reason my site went down was because of the servers needing to be reset. Just call me Miracle Worker Kristen! That’s sarcasm, in case you couldn’t tell, because I shouldn’t know more about how the service works and how websites work than the hosting tech support person. I’m seriously not a website expert.
And now for the funny thing that I was originally planning on sharing with you… I had an exceptionally weird dream the other week that I keep forgetting to tell you all about. I dreamt that I was a leg. Not that I had a leg, that I was a leg. Just a leg as my body, with a face and arms. I don’t even know if anything happened in the dream, I just remember that lol.
Then, just last week, I ended up coming across this (you can click to open it on Pinterest to see it full-sized):
That was my dream, guys! Hahaha, but with arms too. Except seeing this now, I know I’ve seen it before, so maybe my subconscious just remembered it?
But anyway, that was it for my week!
It looks like all those vampire posts I had planned probably won’t be happening this month. I have two recommendation posts I want to make, but so far I only have 7 books/series for one and 8 for the other, but I want 10 for each. And I’d rather wait and make the posts as good as possible with books I truly recommend than half-ass them just so they’ll get more attention in October.
I will be doing a vampire Cover Characteristics post though! I’ve also got two more Halloween-ish cover posts and a post with quotes about blood, so be on the lookout for those this month. I’m really getting into this whole blogging/reading with the seasons thing! Ok, well, only for fall and winter, I guess, since I didn’t do anything relating to spring or summer.
Oh! A couple more things. I finally made a button for my blog since everyone else has one, and I felt obligated. I still can’t get the textbox with the code to work right though, so anyone who wants to use it for now will just have to figure out their own code. You can find it on the “about” page, but here’s what it looks like:
Not particularly exciting since I don’t have any graphics in my header or anything, but I think it looks rather clean and elegant, if I do say so myself. I also added the number of pages to my book reviews, figured it could be useful to some people.
Books I Received for Review:
No new review copies this week :-O
Books I Finished:
It was a slow reading week. The Man in the Long Black Coat was a fun and entertaining urban fantasy, but A City Dreaming… didn’t have a plot? Great humor, but I need more than just humor from a book :-/ That review will be up this week.
Song of the Week:
“Slow Life” by Grizzly Bear – You all seemed to like the instrumental music last week, but I’m back to my usual melancholy (with lyrics) type of music this week.
In Case You Missed It:
– I reviewed Chasing Rabbits by Erin Bedford, a book set in a fae version of Wonderland with a sexy Cheshire Cat.
– I asked whether you use accents in your head while reading and discussed which ones I’m best and worst at.
– I reviewed The Beast Without by Christian Baines, a darkish M/M paranormal about a vampire and werewolf.
– I reviewed Unbound by Chani Lynn Feener, the third in a YA series about a girl whose life was changed when she made a deal with Hades to save her boyfriend.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)