Guess what! Guess what! My laptop is back and it works!
Actually, this is kinda funny, it works because it actually isn’t my laptop. Mine had some faded spots from where my wrists rubbed when I used the keyboard, and this one does not… I’m 99% sure my laptop was just beyond fixing and they sent me a refurbished one. It’s the same make and model though, so as long as it works how it’s supposed to, at this point, I’m fine with that. I’m still hesitant to believe it works, but so far so good.
Also, I’ve started a love affair with kombucha! If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically fermented tea that has probiotics and B vitamins and other things that are really good for you. I had tried it once before and couldn’t handle the beer taste (since it’s fermented), but now I’ve realized that all I have to do is mix in some lemonade Crystal Light, and it’s perfect! The ginger one even tastes like fizzy ginger lemonade. It’s amazing. But even more amazing is that it seems like it might be giving me more concentration/energy, though I’m wondering if that might be the ginger. Or maybe it was just coincidence. I’m experimenting with the different flavors to figure it out.
So yeah, laptop, kombucha, that’s all I got this week, but at least it was some good news for once!
I went on a rant on Goodreads the other night because why are so many new books not including any mention that they’re actually the first in a series??? This is frustrating to me. First of all, there are people who specifically WANT a standalone and will just be aggravated when they find out it’s a series. But then there are people like me who don’t really like standalones and actually want series. That means I sometimes don’t request books, even if they seem interesting, simply because they’re standalones. But lately I’ve read numerous books that I thought were standalones only to discover they were first-in-series. And yes, that’s great for me! But I almost didn’t even request them in the first place, and it makes me wonder if I’m missing out on a bunch of other great series I might love all because I’m accidentally turning them down. It doesn’t benefit anyone in the end to market a book as a standalone if it isn’t one.
Also, guys, guys, did you know there’s a gymnastics book coming out soon?! Tumbling by Caela Carter. But I’m already afraid from reading the reviews that it’s just gonna be a bunch of unrealistic teenage drama rather than, you know, gymnastics :-/ Plus it costs $10.99 for the ebook which is ridiculous, so I’ll have to wait for a sale.
Also, also, I’M KICKING ASS AT GETTING REVIEWS WRITTEN! I have 13 all typed and ready to go in WordPress! (You can find which reviews I have finished by checking out my upcoming reviews section.) You never know when something might come up to prevent you from blogging, so it’s nice to have a buffer. Plus I’ve got 5 discussion posts ready to to go :-)
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.
Books I Received for Review:
*hangs head in shame* What’s even worse is that I also have two more books coming once they’re formatted -_-
Books I Finished:
The Funnyman wasn’t for me, The Vengeful Half was decent but had too much politics for my taste, but I really enjoyed Welcome to Deadland even though the cliffhanger aggravated me. Guess what though…
THE MAIN CHARACTER IN WELCOME TO DEADLAND WENT TO THE SAME UNIVERSITY THAT I ATTENDED FOR TWO YEARS! Ok technically it wasn’t labeled as such, but I’m pretty sure that was just for legal reasons or something since the author also didn’t mention the word “Disney” even though they were at a famous theme park in Orlando that had a castle and was referred to as “the happiest place on earth.” There wasn’t really any significant school-related stuff that happened in the book, and it would’ve been even more fun if he had added a couple little details just so I could be all, “Oh! I’ve been there!” lol, but still, how cool is that?!
Ok I just realized there’s so much excitement in this post lol.
Song of the Week:
“Cali Swag District Teaches YOU How to Dougie!!!” – Ok so I’m posting this for the video, not the song, and maybe you’ve all already seen it since it’s not new, but it seriously never stops being funny lol.
In Case You Missed It:
– I reviewed No One Dies in the Garden of Syn by Michael Seidelman, a mysterious YA paranormal I couldn’t put down about an MC with cystic fibrosis.
– I discussed feminism and double standards in books and whether male and female characters are treated differently for being emotional.
– I reviewed Tainted Heart by Melissa Graves, a sexy M/M vampire romance with one of the most realistic yet adorable relationships I’ve ever read about.
– I posted the second and final half of my lighthearted contemporary short, All’s Fair in Love, Ice Cream, and Power Outages.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)