Wow, I actually don’t have anything “real life” to talk about this week.
Oh! The Olympics have officially started, so that’s something. I have to admit I didn’t bother watching the opening ceremonies, but I’ll definitely be watching the gymnastics :-) It’s not often I actually get to watch gymnastics on TV, so the Olympics is a very exciting time for me lol.
Other than that, as I said, nothing to report. I did have a fairly good bookish week though, so let’s just skip to that part!
Last week I won a signed paperback of No One Dies in the Garden of Syn by Michael Seidelman, and this week it arrived! Isn’t it purrrrrdy?
Sorry it’s not a prettier picture. Just my book and my sweatpants lol (because the book was on my lap). Maybe one day I’ll gather a bunch of stuff to use as props and actually take some nice photos of the books I have.
In other news, I think I’m slightly altering my blog schedule. I’m 99% certain not a single person reading this even pays attention to or cares about my blog schedule, but it helps me feel organized and keep my posts varied. I just haven’t been liking all the topics for Cover Characteristics as much lately, plus I’m afraid that I’m going to run out of stuff to post if I keep going at this pace. So for now I will post 2-3 reviews a week, depending on deadlines and how many I have, my weekly update, 1 discussion, and 1 other. Some weeks the other will be Cover Characteristics, some weeks it’ll be whatever I feel like. But as I mentioned last week, I’m running out discussion inspiration, so those might be spotty pretty soon :-/ I suppose it’s not like a mob of book bloggers is going to show up and lynch me if I have to skip posts some weeks. I’m considering seeing if anyone is interested in doing guest posts, but I feel completely intimidated by the prospect of reaching out to people like that? I’ve always been more of a solo person, and I’m not even sure how things like that work in the blogging world :-/
But speaking of posts, I’m holding steady at 17 reviews, and I managed to get one new discussion post written. Unfortunately I still don’t have a post for tomorrow. Funny how I can be so ahead yet so behind all at the same time lol.
Books I Received for Review:
The Ghost Chronicles is being being offered on YA Bound Book Tours, the other two are from Netgalley. And As Wings Unfurl is a sci-fi with an amputee main character! I’m still on the hunt for SFF with disabled characters, so I snatched that one up right away.
Books I Finished:
Machinations was a complete surprise because I thought it would be all action and robots, but it actually turned out to be mostly emotion and people. If you want my full thoughts, you can check out the full review since I just posted it on Friday. Slowly We Rot was… amazing? I don’t know what happened for a good portion of the book, but when it ended, I felt emotionally overwhelmed, in a good way. My review should be up on the 16th. Shatterproof was a semi-dark read dealing with suicide and depression. That review won’t be up until September. Apparently this was the week of thought-provoking, inner struggle, psychological reads for me.
Song of the Week:
“I Need Some Sleep” by Eels – This came on the 8tracks playlist I was listening to while reading Slowly We Rot, and it was absolutely perfect for the feel of the book at the part I was at. It’s also a nice song in general though.
In Case You Missed It:
– I shared book covers featuring ghosts.
– I reviewed Wings of Shadow by Sherri A. Wingler, a hilarious YA about reapers set in Hell—one of my favorite settings!
– I discussed how different humans would be if we were immortal like paranormal creatures.
– I reviewed The Experiment by Alicia Nordwell, a light M/M sci-fi romance with aliens.
– I reviewed Machinations by Hayley Stone, a sci-fi about an MC waking up as a clone with a surprising amount of emotion and romance.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)