Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sunday Post #51 and Stacking the Shelves March 13th, 2016

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.  
Last week on the blog:
Wow, I got four reviews done this week!  Now, to be fair, one of them, Blackheath, I think I finished a week ago, but had to wait to post the review as I was part of a blog tour.  But, as you can tell by this past week, I didn't have a ton of extra posts scheduled, which was really nice.  I've kept up with my Instagram challenge, although I don't have yesterday's done yet, need to get that done, and then the one for today has to do with multiple copies, and I don't know that I have much for that, because I don't really keep more than one copy of a book.  I try to keep my house a little neater because of that.  But I'll have to go wander around my bookshelves later today to see for sure.  I did reach my exercise goal this past week, so that was a good thing!  I'll talk more about that down below.

This week on the blog:
  • Cover Characteristic:  Doorknobs
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Reviews:  Firstlife by Gena Showalter
  • Possible Reviews:  Harmony House by Nic Sheff, The Inn Between by Marina Cohen, You Were Here by Cori McCarthy, Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash, Broken Trust by Michelle Sodaro
  • Possible post about meeting Cassandra Clare
This is my spring break week.  My goal is to read a book a day, at least for the 5 week days if not for all 9 of the days, which I'm probably already out of since I didn't finish a book yesterday because I had to work all day at the bookstore.  My audiobook reviews are way down as I continue to listen to the After series because I can't help myself.  Speaking of that series, let's talk about my plan for this Friday due to reaching my walking goal last week.  My reward was to get my next tattoo.  Well, originally I wanted a dachshund tattoo around my ankle.  However I have now decided I'm going to get the little infinity symbol that is on the After covers on my wrist.  I've already made the appointment, and can't wait to do it!  I'm a little nervous, as my other tattoo is a place that no one can see unless I show them, on my back, so there are people in my life that don't know I have it.  On my wrist however, it will be out there and they will know about that one at least.  With my walking goal, I've set a new level, although I haven't decided on the reward for this one.  But I'm going to start making sure to get to the gym or walk at least twice a week up until summer break from school.  Maybe I'll set a reward for something during my annual family trip to Branson on Memorial Day weekend. We'll see.  

I've also got to get my OTSP Secret Sister gift sent out.  I had one sent through a website, but now I need to send something more personal.  Now, before you move on, I've got a couple other giveaways going on that you should check out:

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is a way for us to share the new books we have collected.  Hmm, didn't do quite as well with not buying books this week, but it is partly because my tax refund came this week. 

Physical books:

I noticed that the last little coloring book I'd bought was more winter/Christmas, and then I saw this Easter one at the bookstore and thought it was a good one, especially in case I don't get to actually color Easter eggs this year, something I love to do.  Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins was a wonderful gift from the publisher, Penguin Teen.  Tell the Wind and Fire was a booksfortrade that came just in time since I heard that the author, Sarah Rees Brennan, was supposed to be in Kansas City this week with Cassandra Clare, more about that later.  The next three books were finds from The Book OutletEmbers and Echoes and  Afterglow by Karsten Knight,  the final books in a series that I really enjoyed the first book, Wildefire, but never got ahold of these two.  The last one from this same purchase is one that I've been waffling on whether to read due to different reviews, but when a counselor from the last school where I taught told me that she really liked it, I had to go ahead and buy The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel with the great deal.  Next is another book I've been curious about, so had to use my tax refund to buy at work yesterday, Calendar Girl Vol. 1 by Audrey Carlan.  The author is a writing partner for our manager's sister, so I thought I'd give her a try!  And the last book in that pile is one I've been waiting for since I first read the final book in the Mortal Instruments series and have needed to know what happens next, Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.  I had to purchase it from Rainy Day Books, not the bookstore where I work, because that was the only way to get an autograph and get to meet the author when she comes to my town on Tuesday of this week.  


I got the top two books from Edelweiss.  Now, I'm unsure about reading the egalley of Lady Renegades, just because I listened to the first two as audiobooks, and wonder if I should wait and listen to the 3rd one. But I probably won't be able to wait for the library to get it, so will go ahead and read it.  The next one, Losing It, well it just sounds so good that I emailed the publishers and almost begged for an ARC, and I think they're sending it!  It just sounds like such a fun read that I can't wait to get to it.  The bottom two books are from Netgalley.  I was so excited to get the approval email for Blood of the Hydra, as I am a big fan of the author and am looking forward to see where the series goes after the first book.  And the final one, True Born, just sounds really good! Even though there are a ton of other books that are coming out that week that I can still get egalleys of.  

Free e-books:

  The first one, Destined to Fail,  I got free from a blog.  The 2nd one, Genius of Jinn, I found and got from Barnes and Noble when I was looking at the 2nd book in the series, and thought a free novella would be a good bet!  The third one, The Scionless House, I found on another blog last week for their Stacking the Shelves, and I picked it up for free from Amazon.

So those are the things I added to my shelves this past week, as well as a list of what is coming up on my blog this week.  What is new on your shelves?  Will you be stopping by my blog for anything this coming week?