Whew! It has been over a month since I have done a Weekly Update, and I have so much stuff to share all in one post now that it’s a little overwhelming. I’m still not sure I’ll be doing these every week though. I might switch to every other week or monthly. I’ll figure something out eventually. Anyway…
I moved, finally. Honestly, it’s not the best situation, and there are already problems that might not even have solutions, so I’ve been extra exhausted with a lot of brain fog and not feeling at my best (‘best’ already being a very relative term to begin with because chronic illness). I’m also not feeling my worst though, so at least there’s that!
Also, some good news, remember I was debating what size bed to get? I went with queen, and I definitely made the right choice! I love that I can just roll and flop all around in any direction and not worry about falling off. I think I also made the right choice of mattress. I had never had a bed with a foam mattress, so I was worried about that, but I went with the Nolah Sleep mattress, and it’s SO COMFORTABLE. It turns out I like the squishiness. It doesn’t hurt my hips or shoulders when I sleep on my side, it doesn’t hurt my heels when I sleep on my back, it doesn’t hurt my back when I lay on my stomach and elbows to read… I don’t know how well these mattresses hold up long-term, but so far I love it. On the off chance you’re looking to buy a new mattress and want to check this one out, here’s my referral link (you even get $75 off if you use it!) :-)
I also had some funny dreams in the past few weeks:
Just woke up from a dream in which I had a magical baby deer named Beef.
— Kristen Burns (@whykristenburns) August 14, 2017
balcony below me, and said emphatically, “Remember this as the day we let you live!” Sometimes I’m really cliche in my dreams lol.
— Kristen Burns (@whykristenburns) August 29, 2017
Dream me is so smooth. Was exchanging notes w/ hot guy:
Him: My heart is dead.
Me: Maybe you just need some CPR to resuscitate it.
— Kristen Burns (@whykristenburns) August 15, 2017
Get it? CPR so I could kiss him? I’m not even that smooth in real life lol.
Anyway, enough about “real life,” let’s move on to the bookish stuff :-)
Some weird stuff has been happening! Normally I like intense, dark books, but for a while I was actually in the mood for cute and fluffy??!?! Also normally I prefer series, but I was also in the mood for standalones for a while, or at least those series that have different MCs in each book. I guess with all the stress and moving, fluffy, self-contained stories were just easier to focus on and enjoy.
And I am normally not a DNFer, but I think I’m starting to learn the ways of DNFing as I DNFed I think my third book this year.
AND I needed some retail therapy and ended up buying some physical books, including whole series that I haven’t even started, which is another thing I don’t usually do. I’m all out of sorts lately. Actually, it was that damn “get free shipping if you spend X amount!” crap. It works, man. I had to spend enough to get the free shipping. On multiple sites. I haven’t gotten the latest order in the mail yet, but I did finally get around to snapping some pictures of books I ordered weeks ago:
Unfortunately, I really haven’t gotten that much reading done since the move, which is another weird thing. I blame the brain fog.
Last but not least, in case anyone cares or might get confused, I’ve started posting on Monday, Wednesday, Friday now. But it’s still two reviews and one other type of post. And I guess sometimes updates on Sunday.
Books I Received for Review:
July 30th: I know this looks crazy. I went so many weeks getting no or hardly any review copies, and of course I’d end up with A WHOLE BUNCH during the few weeks I took a weekly update break. Anyway, I tried one book in each Megan Derr series I had copies from, and then I wanted to read all the rest, so that’s where the Tales of the High Court and Dance with the Devil books came from.
August 6th: Taproot and The Little Red Wolf are graphic novels from NetGalley. Welcome to Crash is from Dreamspinner. Shadow Rise is from NG, a sequel to a series I started last year.
August 13th: A Bargain in Silver is from the author via Lovers of Paranormal.
August 20th: I finally got a bit of control back and didn’t request any books this week lol.
August 27th: 27 Hours is from NetGalley. Wasn’t sure I’d get accepted for that one, so I’m happy I did since it has disability :-) Three Heart Echo is from the author’s review group.
September 3rd: I Heart Robot is from Skolion.
Books I Finished:
July 30th: Love Song for a Vampire was great, aside from the head hopping. The High King’s Golden Tongue was also great, funny with lovable characters.
August 6th: I couldn’t help but immediately continue with the Tales of the High Court series, and the sequels were just as sweet and cute and fun to read. Taproot was sweet too, though short. The Little Red Wolf turned out to be more of a picture book than a GN, but it was dark with art some people might really enjoy. Shield of the Dragon was also sweet.
August 13th: I had some issues with the writing in Welcome to Crash, but the premise and relationships were intriguing and complex. I feel like I didn’t really “get” Long Walk to Valhalla. I thought The Watcher’s Son was even better than the other books in the Dale Bruyer series though and really enjoyed it.
August 20th: The Given and the Taken was alright, but I didn’t really feel the emotion or feel the connections in the romances.
August 27th: Black City Saint is one I’ve wanted to read for a while, and I realized my library had the ebook! I liked it and want to continue the series, but unfortunately the library doesn’t have the next book :-(
September 3rd: 27 Hours was good with LOTS of diversity of all kinds, but it never really gripped me for some reason. Three Heart Echo didn’t grip me either. Dawn in Damnation had some issues but was an entertaining read that was just right for my SFF western craving.
In Case You Missed It:
– I reviewed Sword of the King by Megan Derr, a M/M urban fantasy with a unique take on dragon shifters.
– I shared book covers featuring impeccably dressed characters.
– I reviewed Seti’s Heart by Kiernan Kelly, a fun M/M paranormal with a reanimated mummy.
– I posted mini reviews for three urban fantasy books—Pyresnakes, Scarecrow, and Charm City.
– I did the OMG This Song Book Tag, in which I talked about both books and music!
– I reviewed The High King’s Golden Tongue by Megan Derr, a sweet, funny M/M high fantasy romance.
– I reviewed Vanity in Dust by Cheryl Low, a decadent, soap opera-esque fantasy.
– I asked what kinds of bookish risks you take.
– I reviewed The Storm Lords by Ravon Silvius, a light, calm M/M high fantasy.
– I reviewed Steal the Light by Lexi Blake, an urban fantasy/paranormal romance with more heart-wrenching emotion & humor than anything else I’ve ever read!
– I did the Book Title Book Tag, in which I answered questions using… wait for it… book titles!
– I reviewed The Pirate of Fathom’s Deep by Megan Derr, a sweet high fantasy M/M romance.
– I reviewed Daughter of the Night by Laekan Zea Kemp, a somewhat disappointing series ender.
– I shared another update about my Supernatural Sims House, plus a scene I wrote about #Jacovine4LYF ;-P
– I reviewed The Glamour Thieves by Don Allmon, a gritty, sexually charged M/M UF with orcs and elves!
– I reviewed Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak, a unique combination of urban fantasy, fae, dragons, Catholicism, and the Prohibition Era.
– I discussed how sometimes reading makes me feel like a privacy-invader.
– I reviewed The Heart of the Lost Star by Megan Derr, an adorable M/M high fantasy w/ a trans MC.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)