Code red! Code red! People from real life are finding my blog! (If you’re one of those people and are reading this right now, hi! Please keep reading before getting offended, I’m going to explain!) Ok, so, two people have recently followed me on Instagram, which links to my blog. And honestly I’m fine with these two particular people seeing/reading my blog (so you’re totally welcome to visit and comment if you’re one of those people!), but they’re each from a completely different part of my life, probably not friends with each other, so that makes me wonder if other people are finding or going to find my blog too. And there are some people out there who I really wouldn’t want to know about it, for a variety of different reasons, which is something I’m sure you all understand.
So I took the blog link out of my IG profile for now. It’s not like I actually use IG anyway. But I’m really careful about not linking my social media to FB (since my FB is for personal stuff, but all my other social media is for my blog), so I really don’t think it’s linked? I don’t even use the same email. But maybe it’s somehow linked in some weird chain of things somehow? It’s honestly freaky to me sometimes how well the internet and social media knows us and who we’re friends with and what we like. Like, I once had Twitter recommend I follow someone I used to know even though my Twitter wasn’t linked to anything and didn’t use an email address in which I communicated with that person. When stuff like that happens, it’s weird. And I hate feeling like I’ve left so much information and parts of me out there on the internet and every little thing I’ve ever said or done is somehow all linked together for anyone to find o.0
Also, because it wasn’t bad enough that none of my computers work right, now the trackpad on my keyboard had to go and break too -_- It still works to move the cursor around, but tapping to click doesn’t work anymore. How is that even possible for one to register but not the other??? I already tried clicking and unclicking things in the mouse settings, restarting the computer, and changing the keyboard batteries, but nothing works. It’s not the end of the world since I can still push the button, but I’m so used to just tapping that I keep forgetting.
Anyway, I was also going to share a story with you all about cinnamon brooms, but I’ll save that for next week. I’ve rambled enough for one day!
Guess what, my tastes are changing! Well, more like expanding. Last week, for the first time ever, I was actually in the mood for high fantasy. I’ve read high fantasy before, but that was always because there was something else about it that appealed to me or I was in the mood for a specific emotion or type of character something. I’ve never wanted a book specifically because it was in that genre (I’ve always been more of an urban and paranormal person). But I guess I have been slowly building an appreciation for it, and now I love all the details and intricacies and the chance to escape to a completely different world. Look at me, guys. Last year (or maybe earlier this year) I discovered my love for historical fantasy, and now I’ve discovered a love for high fantasy. I’m evolving as a reader! :-P Though I do still like all my types of fantasy to be character and emotion focused.
And now I am going to shamelessly brag for a moment about the fact that I have 28 posts completely done and ready to go (15 book reviews, 7 discussions, 1 tag). But I’m stockpiling them, so some of them probably won’t be posted for months. I have this fear that one day something will come up or I will get super busy, and then I won’t have time to make a lot of posts, and this way I’ll still be able to keep the blog going. But I’ve also just gotten into the habit and making my reviews ASAP after finishing books and writing my discussions as soon as the ideas come to me rather than procrastinating, so that’s made a big difference.
Books I Received for Review:
Ok, I know this looks bad. But to be fair, I requested some of these last week, so I didn’t mean to get so many in one week. But I already finished one and haven’t been taking many review copies lately, so I’m still under 25, plus my Netgalley percentage is still 85%, so I’m totally on top of things! Plus I’m super excited for all of these! The two Megan Derr books because I loved Wriggle & Sparkle and can’t wait to try more of her writing. The Man in the Long Black Coat because it sounds exactly like my kind of darkish urban fantasy. Shadow Fall because I read one review that made it seem very out-of-the-norm in terms of the usual perfect characters. And Emerald Bound because it’s a Princess and the Pea retelling, and I’ve been wanting some uncommon retellings. So I am very happy with my ebook haul this week! (Vespers, Shadow Fall, and Emerald Bound are all on NetGalley, so go forth and click if you’re also interested.)
Books I Finished:
Chasing Rabbits was a fairly good story and some of the side characters were intriguing, but I disliked the MC. A Triad in Three Acts had incredible world-building and a great stories to match! (Review coming this week.) I was worried Vespers might have too much religion, but it turned out to be really good! So overall, a good book haul AND a good reading week!
Song of the Week:
“Freaks” by Timmy Trumpet & Savage – My song choice is a little different from my usual this week. I discovered this song recently, and it is FANTASTIC workout or just plain old energy pumping music!
In Case You Missed It:
– I shared black, white, & red book covers (only the best color combo ever).
– I reviewed Unhinged by Chani Lynn Feener, a YA first-in-series about a girl who makes a deal with Hades to get her dead ghost boyfriend back.
– I had my first guest post about whether free books are better or worse than paid ones.
– I reviewed The Scarlet Tide by Stephen Osborne, the third in a light, fun M/M paranormal series.
– I reviewed House of Ravens by Keary Taylor, a nice ending to great and unique vampire series.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)