Happy early Valentine’s Day, I guess? I can’t say I have any plans, but I do find it kind of interesting that the only people in my hall (granted there are only four apartments, or eight if you include the first floor) who have decorated for the holiday is the group of young guys. I feel like there’s this stereotype that it’s girls who like to decorate for holidays and whatnot, but these guys definitely break that stereotype. For Halloween, they had a light-up Halloween wreath on their door. For Christmas, they had a Christmas wreath and potted plants (poinsettias or some other red flower) on each side of the door, and now for Valentine’s Day they have a hanging decoration on their door and a special doormat with a heart on it.
What about you all, do you decorate for every holiday? And do you have any V Day plans? Or anti-V Day plans?
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In case you didn’t hear, Goodreads has added the ability to track rereads! When you add or edit the review for a book, you can now add multiple dates. I went back and added the books I’ve reread since I conveniently had a “reread” shelf, and it took a few days to update but is now showing correct numbers for all my challenges :-) It even includes when you read a book twice in the same year!
Also, I did a thing that I don’t think I’ve ever done before! I never buy physical books anymore without having read them first and knowing they’re worth the money. And I don’t think I’ve ever bought numerous in a series before even starting (I rarely even do that with ebooks, the exception being sales sometimes). But I bought the Six of Crows Duology! I was trying to figure out what to buy with the B&N gift cards I got for Christmas, and I’ve been wanting to read it and seeing such great reviews, and then I found out the page edges are red on one book and black on the other—RED AND BLACK! Plus it was only like $22 for the hardcover box set and I got 15% off. Considering all the other books I looked at were over $10 for a single paperback with even fewer pages, it seemed like a good deal. So I caved. It was the page edges, guys. I couldn’t resist. (By the way, I’m considering make a separate post just to show you all how pretty these books are.)
And then I decided to just spend all the gift card money in one go because I have this tendency to save all money and gift cards I get and I just wanted to actually enjoy this bit of spending money without agonizing over it. So I FINALLY bought Trailer Park Fae (because of my cover obsession), and I bought Steal the Light because it’s the first in one of my favorite series and I really want to own all the books.
Books I Received for Review:
Honestly, if I had realized When Planets Fall would be a PDF, I probably wouldn’t have requested it. I read on my phone and my kindle. I can’t figure out any way to resize the text, so to read on my phone I’d have to increase the magnification and then scroll the page back and forth just to be able to read it. I also prefer to read with black background and white text as that’s easier on my eyes, especially when I read in the dark, which is how I do most of my reading on my kindle. Does anyone actually like reading books in PDF? I’ve only ever seen people complain about that, so why do authors and publishers keep giving books this way?
But anyway, When Planets Fall has lots of disability and Stolen Ink has tattoo magic, so both should be interesting!
Books I Finished:
Slow reading week for me. I just haven’t felt much like reading period for some reason. Anyway, Bleed Through was so much more intense than I was expecting, and I really liked it. I didn’t like that the schizophrenia had some paranormal aspects to it, but the emotional/family/life impact of it seemed pretty realistic. Chaos Station didn’t make me emotional like I wanted it to, but it was exactly the kind of angsty, struggle-filled relationship read I was looking for.
Song of the Week:
No song this week.
In Case You Missed It:
– I shared book covers with tentacles.
– I reviewed Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, and I talked all about how terrified I am of Peter.
– I discussed why magically cured and paranormal disabilities are so harmful in books.
– I reviewed Dead End by Stephen Osbourne, a fun LGBT urban fantasy.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)