Did you all know that Facebook has safety checks now?! There was a shooting in Orlando, and I know a few people who live there, so I went to FB to try and make sure they were all ok, and FB made that really easy. Right in my notifications, there was a “safety check.” Basically, it was a page created specifically for the shooting event, and there was a list of all my FB friends in the area who had marked themselves as being safe. Anyone can add themselves to the list and mark themselves as safe, and you can also send a request to friends to have them check themselves off. And that way, you can see that everyone you know is safe without having to contact them or check individual pages. I hardly use FB anymore, but that is a really awesome feature. I know that most of us bloggers understand the usefulness of social media, but for anyone who still thinks it’s a bad thing, that’s a pretty good argument.
Thankfully no one I knew was at the club, but for anyone who didn’t hear about it, 49 people were killed. According to the news, it was “the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history,” so it was really terrible.
I don’t mean to depress everyone reading my blog though, and I never know how to segue out of something like that because I kind of feel bad talking about such seemingly frivolous things after being reminded of something so serious, so let’s just all be thankful now for our loved ones and for the good things we have, like our whole blogging community and the fact that we’re safe and sound enough to even be able to discuss books and music and our weeks :-)
Ok guys, first things first, I need your help in titling an upcoming post. What sounds more normal, “Big vs. Small Scope in Books” or “Broad vs. Narrow Scope in Books”?
Moving on from that, I thought I was becoming less of a mood reader, but apparently it was just a phase because my mood reading has come back with a vengeance. Even with a small selection of books to choose from (review copies), I keep struggling with indecision. And then the books that my brain suddenly decides it wants to read are always the ones that don’t come out until September or don’t even have a deadline, whereas I have other books I should be reading that have to be posted a lot sooner.
And speaking of review copies, why is that some weeks go by where there’s nothing good offered, you don’t get any responses for your pending books… and then suddenly everything just piles up all at once in the same week?
I’m also doing a good job of staying ahead on posts. I have 19 posts scheduled ahead right now—12 reviews, 6 discussions, 1 cover characteristics. I’ve never gonna beat Lola, but what can you do :-P
Oh, I almost forgot, I finally reached 100 followers on Bloglovin’! I’m not exactly gonna have the publishers beating down my door, but it still feels like an accomplishment to have reached three digits :-)
Last but not least, look at this beauty that arrived this week! (Sorry for the ugly picture lol. It’s my fault, not the book’s!) Thanks again to Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight for the Discussion Challenge Giveaway :-)
Books I Received for Review:
Books I Finished:
The Ferryman Institute was really enjoyable and entertaining, but it doesn’t come out until September so it’s going to be forever until I actually get to tell you all about it. As for House of Judges, I managed to read, review, and post it all in one week. Pretty impressive if I do say so myself lol. But it helped that the book was so gripping. By the way, don’t those two books look so pretty together?! Lol.
Song of the Week:
“Hate Me” by Blue October – I hadn’t heard this song for a long time, but then it came up in a playlist I was listening to on 8tracks the other day, and I was reminded of how good it is and have been listening to it a lot this week.
In Case You Missed It:
– I shared book covers with arrows on them.
– I reviewed The Vengeful Half by Jaclyn Dolamore, a YA fantasy with a blind character.
– I discussed the benefits of negative reviews.
– I reviewed Magic Fell by Andi Van, a light YA high fantasy with a positive LGBT message.
– I reviewed House of Judges by Keary Taylor, the latest in a series full of vampires, emotion, and intrigue.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)