Would you believe I have no news this week? My life has just been same old, same old.
The laptop has been shipped off for repair for the third time. The weather has been nicely hot, though a bit stormy, which sucks for grocery shopping. I’m all caught up on my shows. Oh, I am dealing with Best Buy and a rather large refund I never received, and I’m starting to get worried, but someone is working on it for me. So yep, that’s all I got this week!
You know how reading leads to insomnia? Well, in my case, apparently insomnia also leads to reading. So that’s why I’ve been getting more reading done than usual. It’s not true insomnia, but I’ve been trying to go to sleep earlier, so I get into the bed, but then my body is all, “No! I’m nocturnal! I’m a vampire! I refuse to sleep until the sun comes up!” and so then I just end up lying in bed reading for hours until I finally fall asleep. It’s good for my ARC pile, but bad for my body when I end up with no sleep -_-
And speaking of that ARC pile, I feel like I’m doing really well keeping up with review copies. At this point, all the unread ones I have are either backlisted, which means no stressing over a specific date, or not due to be published until the end of June or later.
Also, it feels AWESOME being so ahead on posts! I’ve probably just jinxed myself, but I used to struggle to get them up with less than an hour to spare half the time. Now I’ve got discussions scheduled and ready to go through June 22nd plus eight book reviews also scheduled and ready :-D (Seriously, it’s amazing how much easier it is to stay on top of reviews when you just make the posts ASAP after finishing!)
And speaking of that, one of the posts I have is about negative reviews, so I find the timing oddly perfect that I encountered two authors over the week who actually made me happy as a reviewer. One wrote a post basically reminding authors that reviews are not for them, they’re for the readers. The other contacted me because she saw one of my negative reviews and was offering me a review copy of her latest book because she actually wanted criticism so that she could improve her writing. I turned down the offer because her books just aren’t my genre, but it made me happy to know there are authors out there who do appreciate constructive negative reviews.
Lastly, I’m still looking for sci-fi and fantasy books about characters with disabilities, chronic illness, etc. But a real disability/illness, not something that turns out to be a paranormal thing. I know many of you gave me fantastic recommendations already, but I’m posting my request again for anyone who didn’t see it last week.
Books I Received for Review:
It was a perfect coincidence that I happened to stumble upon an offer for review copies of No One Dies in the Garden of Syn (here’s the sign-up form in case anyone else is interested) since it’s actually a fantasy book about an MC with cystic fibrosis.
Books I Finished:
So the other week it was zombies, and this (last?) week it turned out to be the week of gay paranormal (3 out of the 4 books). Apparently my weeks have themes now lol. Magic Fell was a quick, light, enjoyable read. Triad Blood was my dream come true for reasons I’ll explain in my review. Tainted Heart was also great with so much vampire-y goodness! And The Garden of Syn was great too, so it was a good reading week with one 3.5 star and three 4 stars. (For anyone who doesn’t read M/M romance, don’t worry, I only post one M/M review each week, so there will still be reviews for everyone!)
Song of the Week:
Didn’t have a chance to find a song this week.
In Case You Missed It:
– I shared book covers with silhouettes on them.
– I reviewed Deadgirl: Ghostlight by B.C. Johnson, the second book in a unique YA paranormal series.
– I discussed why I like realistic characters and asked how realistic you like characters to be.
– I reviewed Withered + Sere by TJ Klune, a 5 STAR book with INCREDIBLE writing and amazingly broken characters. (I even shared a snippet of my sailor-worthy personal notes.)
– I shared Part 1 of “All’s Fair in Love, Ice Cream, and Power Outages,” a cute (well, hopefully) short story about a drunk couple.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)