I am 100% convinced my old laptop is sentient. The robot uprising is starting, guys. No, but really, here’s the deal. When I first got my grandma’s old computer hooked up and turned it on to give it a try, my laptop went nuts and started making the worst noises it’s ever made, as if it got jealous I was using another computer and threw a tantrum. My grandma’s computer didn’t really work out, so I went back to using the laptop, and it went back to making its normal level of annoying noises. But then recently I started trying to use my grandma’s computer for Photoshop, and then all the sudden, when I tried Photoshop on the laptop one night because I didn’t feel like hooking the other computer up for something so small, Photoshop actually worked on the laptop despite barely even functioning and freezing every 30 seconds all the other times I had tried it. Again, it’s as if it got jealous and decided to step up its game in order to keep me using it. And I swear it actually listens to me sometimes when I yell at for getting too noisy, though that could just be coincidence. Or it could be because I also pound on it when that happens. It’s a very toxic relationship that we have. I beat my laptop, it manipulates me in order to keep me around… Who needs a relationship when you have a sentient, manipulative laptop instead?
In other news, I ran into an old friend I haven’t seen in years at the grocery store last Sunday, so that was a pleasant surprise! Now you’re probably thinking, well why didn’t you ever just call each other and meet up if you live in the same area? And the answer to that is, she doesn’t actually live here but was in town staying with her parents for a short period of time, and every time she’s been in town we just haven’t been able to get together. But a few minutes of chatting at the store is better than nothing :-)
But also in other news, I just started feeling worse and worse as the week went on because I’ve been stressing out and running myself down too much, so on Wednesday I just took a me day to rest and read. I forbade myself from doing anything stressful. I even let myself read a non-review book! It helped. I think I need to do that more often. (The me day thing, not the non-review thing.) Though of course this week when I really need the sleep is when the building is being painted and they’re making loud noise outside (like hosing down and spraying air or something on the walls and windows) every day starting at 8 in the morning -_-
I’ve got a giveaway going on! Be sure to check that out and enter if you like urban fantasy and/or awesome friendships in books :-)
Books I Received for Review:
Well, I was making some real progress on my review copies… and then of course I requested more. But All Darling Children is actually a dark portrayal of Peter Pan that seems more like the original than the Disney version, so I couldn’t resist because there are so few of those, and I can’t stand the Disney version. And Arrival just sounded good. (By the way the author was offering review copies on GR, so if you’re interested you can probably contact him and get one too!)
Books I Finished:
Darkchylde was not bad, but I think not quite for me. I didn’t plan to read Snowed until December since I wanted to save some holiday books for when it actually feels like Christmas, but I’m a mood reader. These things just happen. Unfortunately I had a lot of issues with it. Starflight, however, was great! Better than I was expecting, to be honest, since it’s not a book I’d have read if it weren’t for one particular review I saw. (I borrowed it from Hoopla, in case anyone else is interested, although I’m not sure how Hoopla works and if it offers the same books for everyone? I feel like it does, it seems different than when I borrow from the other library site.) I haven’t quite finished Shadows of Humanity while I’m typing this, but I will finish before I go to bed Saturday night, and so far I’m really enjoying it!
Song of the Week:
No song this week.
In Case You Missed It:
– I interviewed author Connor Drexler about his urban fantasy Mad God Walking, and there’s a giveaway to win a signed paperback!
– I reviewed Damned If I Don’t by Erin Hayes, a somewhat dark and unpredictable urban fantasy about vampires.
– I discussed reviewing books in ongoing series vs. finished series and whether we should review them differently.
– I reviewed The Man in the Long Black Coat by J.L. Aarne, a fun and entertaining M/M urban fantasy.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)