Bleh

I honestly couldn’t even think up a good title for this post.

Anyway, I haven’t posted since March and I feel awful about it but, unfortunately, that’s just how I am sometimes. This post will be a kind of update/ramble-y post about stuff that’s been going on.

Work and school. That was the main reason my posts slowed down back in March. About a week after my last post I got a second job once again and they were giving me a lot more hours than I thought they would originally. So, between both jobs I was working 55 hours a week plus going to school. I had very little free time during that period.

I got into a car accident. It wasn’t a huge one or anything, both myself and the other lady were fine for the most part, but it was bad enough that both vehicles had to be towed and I didn’t get mine back for two weeks. I was also mildly injured and had to start visiting a chiropractor twice a week. It was the first accident I’ve ever been in and I hope to never be in one again – it was scary. I will also put out there that it was not my fault – just saying xD

I moved out. I believe I had mentioned in previous posts that I was moving out, but yes, it happened. I moved out of my parents house and am now living in an apartment with two of my good friends. We’ve all been doing well together over these past months (no fights yet!) so I hope we keep at it.

My dog passed away. My older dog’s health had been steadily declining for awhile and then he got so bad we had to make that tough  decision. So, sadly, about two months before he would have turned 14 years old, we made the call. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do in my life. He was our first dog – we got him back when I was in 7th grade. I am in my mid-twenties now, so I basically grew up with him. However, he was at the point of being in extreme pain and he was lacking quality of life that it was for the best. I am not a person to fall into depression easily, but the week following his passing was one of my toughest, emotionally. Let’s just say I’m glad my other dog is no where near that point yet because I was a complete mess.

A few weeks after that I actually went on vacation with my grandmother to attend my twin cousins high school graduation as well as visit some other family. It was exactly what I needed. With everything that had happened I needed a break and felt so much better once I came home. When I came back I was down to one job, my other one was for a school and so it was done for the summer, so I had some more free time than before. I also took a summer class but it was fairly easy.

However, I also hit a reading slump. It started around the time I went on vacation, so about the end of May, and continued until just recently. I only read one book in June and two in July, although those two were graphic novels. I don’t know what happened. I just suddenly wasn’t in the mood to read. I was really into catching up on TV shows at the time and that’s mainly what kept my busy during free time. I slowly started breaking out of my slump by catching up on my comics then finally read a book that I finished last week. So, I’m hoping I’ll stay out of my slump and will start to try posting somewhat regularly again. Let’s see if that actually happens.

And yeah, life. It sucks sometimes. But you just gotta power through!

Thanks for reading my ramblings and I also hope to catch up on your posts as well!

Happy reading! :)

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WWW Wednesdays #66 – March 7th

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly bookish meme formally hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Sam of Taking on a World of Words. This meme consists of answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

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33555224Currently I am reading the first book in The Rowan Harbor Cycle by Sam Burns, Blackbird in the Reeds – another M/M series I picked up.  I’m liking it so far and it’s a pretty quick read – less than 200 pages. I’m also about to start Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, the second book in the Arc of a Scythe series. Can’t wait to see how this series continues to play out! :D I’m still plugging away at the third book in The Remnant Chronicles series, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. We were getting back to it but it’s slowed down once again. But we’ll get there!


What did I recently finish reading?

26695561It’s been a bit since my last WWW post and in that time I’ve actually read quite a few books. I finished the first book in the Unbreakable Bonds series, Shiver by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott, as well as the other three books in the series and all four novellas. I really came to like these books and it quickly became one of my favorite M/M series. They’re working on a companion series that touches on characters introduced in this series, so I’m 22664303excited to read that one as well. I also picked up another M/M series, the Marshals books by Mary Calmes. I’ve read the first two in the series, All Kinds of Tied Down and Fit to be Tied. These are actually rereads for me – I wanted to reread them because the fourth book is coming out this month. This is another series I really enjoy. I finished reading  Scythe by Neal Shusterman, the first book in the Arc of a Scythe series. This was February’s read for my book club and it 28954189definitely lived up to all the hype! I really enjoyed it. The only slight issue, not even an issue really, I had was the way it was written left me slightly…detached, I guess? Normally when reading I’m right there in the story with the characters, but this one it was almost like looking through a two-way mirror – I was watching the story unfold but I wasn’t really a part of it. Does that make any sense? xD It didn’t deter from the reading experience though, it was just interesting to me. I also ended up reading the third and final book in the Bounty series  by Christine d’Abo, No Master. I read the first two in the series back in October. I was meaning to read this one soon after but, as usual, got distracted by other things. And 23437156finally, I finished Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I started this one back in January and read a decent chunk, but ended up pausing for awhile. Not because it was bad or anything, far from it, I just think I was in M/M mood for awhile. But it turns out Six of Crows is now this months read for the book club and I actually ended up finishing it that very weekend after our meeting. It was sooooo good!!! I adored all of the characters and the plot kept you ensnared the entire time. Once I got back into it I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed the Grisha trilogy, but I have to say I enjoyed this one more and can’t wait to read the second.


What do I think I’ll read next?

22299763Next up I will be starting Crooked Kingdom, the second (and presumably last) book in the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo. I can’t wait to see how the series wraps up, although I’ll be sad that I won’t get to spend any more time with the characters! D; Hopefully Bardugo will keep writing though, since I thoroughly enjoy her books.

 

 


What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the books above? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

Teaser Tuesdays #66 – March 6th

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily RhythmTo play along just follow the rules below!

Rules:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page (I usually do a bit more than two…)
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I will be starting Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, the second book in the Arc of a Scythe series. I loved the first one and can’t wait to see what happens to Citra and Rowan next!

My teaser:

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Peach velvet with embroidered baby-blue trim. Honorable Scythe Brahms loved his robe. True, the velvet became uncomfortably hot in the summer months, but it was something he had grown accustomed to in his sixty-three years as a scythe.

– Chapter 1, page 5
(hardcover)

My Bookish Identity Book Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Arachnid Weaver @ TheWebWeavers for this tag! I’ve been on the quiet side this past month and I’m hoping this fun tag will get me a little more active! xD


What Dystopian/Fantastical World Would You Want to Live In?

Image result for hogwartsThis is always a difficult question – there are so many worlds out there that I would love to live in, if not visit! I’m sure I’m right there with a bunch of people when I say I would want to live in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Cause, how could you not?

Who Would Your Partner Be?

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This is another tough one, at least for me. I like a bunch of characters, but I don’t really have a main one I would really want to partner up with. Well, at least not one that’s straight (that’s what I get for reading so much M/M… heh ^^;). But, if I really had to pick, I’d say Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. He’s an amazingly bad-ass wizard with a sarcastic attitude that could handle my own.

Who Would Be Your Godly Mother/Father [Percy Jackson]? (Quiz)

I guess Arachnid and I are sisters! xD I also got Hades! Unfortunately I have yet to read the Percy Jackson books, but I do plan on doing so one day!

Would You Be a Downworlder or Nephilim [Shadowhunter World]? (Quiz)

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I got Shadowhunter! I would have been fine with either, but I’m glad this means I can pal around with Jace! ;D

Which Hogwarts House Would You Be In [Harry Potter]?

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Gryffindor! Hells yeah! xD

Which Faction Would You Be In [Divergent]? (Quiz)

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I got Dauntless! I haven’t read this series either and am not sure if I’ll ever get around to it…

What Would Be Your Daemon [Northern Lights]? (Quiz)

You got: Cat

You can seem aloof to certain people, but anyone who takes the trouble to get to know the real you will be rewarded. You’re proud of your accomplishments and not afraid to let your abilities shine.

 

I had some trouble copying the picture, so this will have to do. I would prefer a wolf, but cats are pretty cool too.


 And that’s the tag! I’m lazy and will not be tagging anyone, but if anyone is interested in participating go ahead and consider yourself tagged! And let me know if you decide to do it so I can see your results! :)

Teaser Tuesdays #65 – January 30th

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily RhythmTo play along just follow the rules below!

Rules:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page (I usually do a bit more than two…)
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’m about to start the next book for my book club, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, the first book in the Arc of a Scythe series. I’ve a heard a lot of good things about this book so I’m excited! Let’s hope it’s a good one!

My teaser:

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The scythe arrived late on a cold November afternoon. Citra was at the dining room table, slaving over a particularly difficult algebra problem, shuffling variables, unable to solve for X or Y when this new and far more pernicious variable entered her life’s equation.

–Chapter 1, page 5
(hardcover)

WWW Wednesdays #65 – January 24th

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly bookish meme formally hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Sam of Taking on a World of Words. This meme consists of answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

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26695561I’m still steadily reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, the first book in the Six of Crows duology. The last two of the six outcasts were introduced and I can’t wait until the groups adventure really begins! I also picked up another M/M book (surprise, surprise), the first book in the Unbreakable Bonds series, Shiver by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott. I’m really liking the characters in this book so I can’t wait to see what happens throughout the rest of the series, since the other books all focus on a different character.  I’m still plugging away at the third book in The Remnant Chronicles series, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. There was a slight pause on this book while my friend caught up, but we’re getting back to it! I’m excited to see how the conclusion plays out. I’m also still reading the thirteenth and final book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, The Witch With No Name. It’s still on the back-burner – and probably will be until I finish the Six of Crows duology.


What did I recently finish reading?

29622131I finished reading The Glass Spare, the first book in The Glass Spare series by Lauren DeStefano. This was the first book I read for the book club I recently joined. The first meeting I attended was last weekend and it was great! It was held at the apartment of the two girls that started the club. There were snacks, everyone was so nice and welcoming, we talked a ton about books (of course!). It was really a great time and I’m so glad my co-worker invited me to be a part of it. Really, the whole thing is so well-organized and awesome. I can’t wait for the next meeting! But, back to the book, The Glass Spare was a quick, easy read. The characters were interesting enough but I didn’t really love any of them. You can definitely tell this book’s main purpose is to set up the next. There were a few things that I felt like should have been touched on before this one ended, but they weren’t. I did think the world-building was neat. It was kind of a mix between medieval and the beginnings of technology. I’ll most likely pick up the second book but that one will determine if I continue the series or not. I also finished reading  Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, the first book in the Offbeat Crimes series by Angel Martinez. Like I mentioned in my last WWW post, it was a fun, quirky read and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.


What do I think I’ll read next?

28954189Next up I will be starting Scythe by Neal Shusterman, the first book in the Arc of a Scythe series. This is this month’s pick for the book club. We got to vote out of three books and everyone selected this one. It was already on my TBR list, so I was excited! Once again, I’m so excited to be a part of this club. It’s nice having another outlet for books besides the blogosphere. I’ve mentioned before, not many of my friends read and one of the one’s who does is so busy she barely has any time to, no matter how many books I peer pressure her to start… xD


What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the books above? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

WWW Wednesdays #64 – January 11th

Shhhh, yes yes I know – it’s Thursday. But I was busy yesterday, so how about we let it slide, yeh? xD


WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly bookish meme formally hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Sam of Taking on a World of Words. This meme consists of answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

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29622131Right now I am currently reading five books. FIVE! I started Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, the first book in the Six of Crows duology. I’m only a few chapters in but so far I’m enjoying it! I’m super excited to learn more about Kaz – he seems like such a neat character! I also began The Glass Spare, the first book in The Glass Spare series by Lauren DeStefano. I’m mostly focusing on this one at the moment because my first meeting for the book club I joined is next Wednesday so I’d like to finish it before then if I’m able. It’s another one I’m really enjoying! I’m still plugging away at the third book in The Remnant Chronicles series, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. One of my friends is a bit behind in our buddy read so hopefully we keep at it once she catches up! I started reading a M/M book, Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, the first book in the Offbeat Crimes series by Angel Martinez. It’s a fun quirky read so far! I’m also still reading the thirteenth and final book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, The Witch With No Name. It’s kind of on the back-burner for now as the others are holding my interest a bit more at the moment.


What did I recently finish reading?

14061957I finished up the third and final book in the Grisha trilogy, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. It was so good! My emotions went on a roller coaster throughout this book but I have to say I was overall pretty satisfied with how things wrapped up in the end. After reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more books by this author! I also read the third book in the Signs of Love series by Anyta Sunday, Gemini Keeps Capricorn. This series is so cute and funny! I hope there’s at least a few more. I’ve come to really like this author as well.


What do I think I’ll read next?

Honestly, my mind is too busy with wanting to just finish the books I’m currently reading that I don’t even want to think of what I’m going to read afterwards. Especially now that I’m back to work and school starts up again soon! I’ll most likely have something for this spot in my next WWW post though!


What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the books above? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)