The guys across the hall have St. Patrick’s Day decorations on their door! I didn’t even know St. Patrick’s decorations existed?! Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s, and now St. Patrick’s. These have got to be the most festive people I’ve ever seen!
Also, last week I showed you all the hand turkey I drew, and I had this whole part where I talked about how I used to be into art and was trying to get back into it before my tennis elbow and other stuff came up, but I removed that part and forgot that I had a question at the end of my post asking if you all have any artsy hobbies which made it sound like drawing hand turkeys is my artsy hobby. And I think that’s kind of funny lol.
I won a giveaway! I have wanted to read Nightfall since before it came out, but I didn’t get an ARC and it costs too much, so I have been entering this Friday ARC giveaway every week for months over at Writing My Own Fairy Tale just to try and win this damn book lol. I’ve seen a lot of meh reviews for it, but I don’t know, it’s about a really long nighttime! I love nighttime! That’s probably a really stupid reason to be interested in a book, but I don’t care! Apparently the ARC even came with this awesome page of instructions for how to prepare your house for the 14-year night.
Also, this is on my mind since it just came up for me last week, do you ever read a bunch of books in a series (like 3 or more) and then, by the time the next one comes out (or by the time you notice it’s out) you don’t even remember anything that happened and you don’t care anymore… but you still feel obligated to read it? Especially if it’s the final book? Not an obligation to the author or anything, but just this sense of “I already spent so much time/money on this that I might as well just see how it ends and be able to finally cross another series off my ginormous list of series that I’m currently hanging in the middle of”? Because I do. Otherwise it feels like I wasted all that time in the past reading the first however many books only to give up on the very last one, even if I don’t actually care anymore. You can always reread, but that takes time, and some series aren’t bad but also aren’t good enough that you want to reread. Of course, those are the times when I am really grateful to myself that I write down summaries!
Last but not least, I have tips for everyone else out there who despises reading PDF copies of books! Did you know that, if you have a kindle, Amazon can convert them for you? All you have to do is send the PDF to your kindle email with the word “Convert” in the subject line, and voila! It arrives on your kindle in mobi format. The other simplest solution is to use Calibre to convert the PDF to HTMLZ and then convert the HTMLZ to MOBI or EPUB with the heuristic processing turned on. These methods might not work for every single PDF, and neither is absolutely perfect, but they worked for the book I tried it with. There are no weird line breaks, the font can be resized, and the black background works. Overlooking some minor issues is a lot easier than straining your eyes for an entire book. You’re welcome!
Books I Received for Review:
I wasn’t sure I’d get Surrender the Dark after looking at the publisher requirements on NG, but I’m really happy I did! I finally have a vampire book to read! And the MC is blind! Idk why, but I’m oddly extra excited to read this.
Books I Finished:
It looks like I read a lot, but four of these were graphic novels, and one didn’t even have words. Destined was the last in a series, but I think my tastes have gotten pickier since I enjoyed the rest of the series when I read it over a year ago but had a lot of issues with this one. Glad to at least get some answers and an ending though. Chester 5000 XYV was a total spontaneous read after Catherine mentioned it on my NSFW Book Tag post. It was like a steampunk/porn/silent film graphic novel. Interesting combo, yes. It was cute for a bit of fluffy distraction but not quite for me. Nightingale Girl was the second in a series that I also started over a year ago. I was unsure about continuing, but I’m really glad I did!I was so distracted when I read Vol. 2 the first time that I didn’t even know what happened in the story, so I figured I might as well reread Vol. 1 too while I was going to reread Vol. 2. And then I also read Vol. 3.
Song of the Week:
No song this week.
In Case You Missed It:
– I did the NSFW Book Tag in which I basically just talked a lot about sex and cannibalism lol.
– I reviewed All Darling Children by Katrina Monroe, a dark Peter Pan retelling/sequel.
– I reviewed The Pedlar and the Bandit King by Kirby Crow, the first in a very character-focused M/M high fantasy series.
– I reviewed Black-Winged Tuesday by A.B. Rayn, an urban fantasy about guardian angels.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)