Tarot, My Other Blog, and Library Book Sales

It’s taking me a while to figure out how much of my life I want to put on my blog. For starters, I don’t know how much I should share about my spiritual journey; nor do I think it has any relevance for this blog. But it’s a part of me and I want to do what I’m best at: BROADCAST IT ALL OVER THE INTERNET. Like that, see? See how easy that was? But I’m going to show a big of restraint because I’m a big girl and all that jazz.

So, what I’m going to do is write my happy little ass off on both my book blog and the blog I have where I review and practice Tarot and explore other parts of my spiritual life. You’ll find in the blog roll to your right my “Tarot blog” of sorts so you
can pop on over there and take a look at some of my readings.

the lovers TarotOn a note related to this blog, I share with you the boring news that although I’ve read a TON of new books lately, I haven’t been posting reviews of them. If you follow me on Goodreads then you’ll know that most of what I’ve been reading this year has been non-fiction, and said non-fiction reading has been all over the place.

For instance, I recently read The Queen of Distraction, a book on women with ADHD and how to cope with it. I also read the two books in the “Wicca” series, Wicca Candle Spells and Wicca Crystal Spells. For the latter two, I don’t know where I’m going to post the review. I’ve posted reviews of Tarot books on this blog (and a deck of cards) before, but now that I have the new blog I’m not sure where they should go. I’m leaning toward keeping them on this site because they are, first and foremost, books (duh) so they belong here. I just don’t know if they also belong in the new blog where I explore my spirituality.

Non-fiction being addressed and then set aside, I’ve read a number of fiction books (YA, of course), the latest being CHERUB: The Recruits. Goddess give me the strength not to run over to Barnes and Noble and buy the next book on the series. Also, a library book sale happened…

…oops, bag sale. I don’t think I can ever type up the titles of all the books I got from the library bag sale (5 bags!) but I may attempt to do another BookTube video where I toss them all at you (‘cept you don’t get to keep them ’cause they’re MINE).

I have a Kindle Unlimited account and am loving it. I’m spending less on Kindle Unlimited than I would spend on library fines for not turning in books on time. Don’t get me wrong, I love the library, I’m just not very good at getting things turned in before/on the due date. Kindle Unlimited offers me a host of books that I couldn’t get from the library; books I really want to read but that I don’t want to buy for $2.99. I’ve found that the books I want to read on Kindle Unlimited usually go for about $2.99 so in order to get my monies worth, I need to read at least 3 or 4 books. Oh bummer, more reading 😉 I’ll give it two months and then reevaluate my decision to subscribe.

 

June 2016 TBR

June TBR: The First TBR List I’ve Made

I’ve created a very organized  list in order to better my reading situation. I have a bunch of ARCs that haven’t seen the light of day yet and a lot of them I’ve had for more than 6 months, some I’ve even had a year or more. I request these books with good intentions but I just keep finding other books to read or, as is quite likely the case, I get overwhelmed by the amount of books I have to review so I keep choosing other books in order to avoid reading the books I’ve committed to. Weird mentality but I’m sure most of you can sympathize with me.

I’ve attempted to include as many ARCs/review books for each of these catagories in order to get shit done more efficiently. I’m excited to find out if I actually end up sticking to this list. Here’s what I’ve decided to read in the month of June:

A Series: The Muirwood trilogy

I’ve already reviewed the first book, The Banished of Muirwoodfor the publisher via Netgalley and they were kind enough to send me the physical copy of the book, the format I prefer (both for the reading experience and the possibility of taking pics of it on le Instagram).

I was actually quite surprised to find that I enjoyed the first book immensely. It’s a hit or miss with publishers I don’t know well, in this case it was 47 North, and the book was def a HIT.

I’m going to finish a series to the most recent book: A Court of Mist and Fury

I’ve a court of mist and furychosen A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF) because I was looking forward to it for ages, after having read the first–A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR)–and loving it. Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series interested and impressed me less and less as the books went on and by the time The Queen of Shadows came out I was fed up with it. I purchased The Queen of Shadows for the sake of owning the whole series, and I desparetly hoped that The Throne of Glass series would not only improve, but make me love the series.

I ended up putting down The Queen of Shadows and when I picked up ACOMAF the week it came out, I put it down again. This book will not slip through my fingers like TQOS did. I am determined to love this book. The problem was, it takes place pretty much right after the first and I’m expected to remember the first book, everything that went on, with no recap; something I was failing miserably at. I think it’s time to Wiki that series and keep trudging through it.

An ARC of a continuing series I loved: The Inquisition

And the winner is The Inquisition by Taran Matharu who, by the way, became a NYT Bestsellingthe inquisition author (woot!). I bought the first book of The Summoner series, The Novice, on a whim during the Black Friday sale that Barnes and Noble was having and fell in love. It was the cover that made me buy it, and the fact that it reminded me of a fave childhood series, Bartimaeus Sequence. I originally received this as a Netgalley ARC but was also sent a physical copy (thank you, Feiwel and Friends!) and I just LOVE the cover.

A Netgalley ARC: The Passenger...

Tthe passengerhe Passenger by Alexandra Bracken wins the nomination here, hands down. I was super-duper thrilled to get this as a Netgalley ARC and, although I never heard back about getting the physical copy, I keep seeing in the stores and I CANNOT NOT READ THIS LIKE NOW. Though I have lost hope on getting the physical copy for review, this isn’t going to stop me from reading this book and reviewing it. This is def a book that will be read this month, hands down, no questions asked.

A non-fiction (self-help) book: The Queen of Distraction…

I’ve chosen The Queen of Distraction. When I was a teen I was diagnosed with ADHD, a diagnosis thaQueenofDistractionCF.inddt is still true today, and it’s affecting all areas of my life, including reading. I’ve been editing and re-editing a post where I tell you guys what it’s like to read with ADHD but I haven’t posted it yet because it’s such a big deal, a big part of my life, that I want to do it right. While I work on the post I’m going to read a book or two on how to manage my life without medication (I’m not at all against medication, it’s just something I’m striving to do without the aid of meds).

I have four books on the subject, none of which I’ve finished, so I’ve chosen this one to read this month because it’s the shortest of the bunch. The other books I have on managing my symptoms of ADHD are: Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD; You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! and Delivered from Distraction. It was a toss up among these for because I got them based on their reviews so I trust that they’ll give me what I need. They are also very different from each other, but give me what I need to know to manage my life.

So, The Queen of Distraction by Terry Matlen wins for this months’ TBR.

A comic: Batman’s Arkham Manor…

I’ll be reading Arkham Manor, a DC Batman comic book that is going to be a very quick read. In fact, I may just read the whole thing today. It was given to me as a Netgalley book but I was also sent the hard copy, my first and only hard copy of a comic book. It was a random happenstance that I received this book in physical form as well (thank you so much, DC!).

I’ve only really read Marvel comics so I’m so incredibly excited to try something new.

A book on spirituality: The Second Book of Crystal Spells

I’ve chosen to read The Second Book of Crystal Spells published by Llewellyn Worldwide, a publishing company I’m familiar with, having read m any of their books and used a Tarot set of theirs. I have three reasons for reading The Second Book of Crystal Spells. One of the reasons would be to better my understanding of all the uses of healing crystals; the other being my hope that if I keep reviewing their ebooks, they’ll eventually send me physical books to review; and, finally, it’s a Netgalley read, which would knock another Netgalley book down.

There you go, here’s my June TBR!

The first TBR pile I’ve ever fully committed to reading. Keep checking back to see how this goes 😀 Happy reading!

Be sure to follow me on some form of social media to keep up with the books I’m reading (like reading my picture journal on Instagram). Or, you could Tumbl(r) into my other blog (get it, GET IT I’M SO FUNNY GET IT). I’m also on Twitter if none of these be your thang as well as Facebook and YouTube (but I’m not actively updating it). Oh, also, Pinterest, the Destroyer of My Lunch Breaks.

 

The Sunday Post 5/15/16

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A lot has happened in my life that left my blog unattended. I’ve resigned from my position as a merch manager at my bookstore, I’ve turned in my reward points for a Barnes and Noble gift card.

As far as my book blog goes: I’ve received a bunch of ARCs from publishers through both my bookstore job and my life as a book blogger. I’ve loaded my online cart with books I really want to own but just haven’t yet and I’ve officially given up on cleaning my apartment (non sequitur much?).the crown's gamethe outliers

I also got back on Instagram though I haven’t posted much. On Twitter I’ve been a busy bee, by both defending feminists from the online any swarms of woman-hating wasps (oh, interwebs, you so funny) and retweeting contests that offer books I’m DYING to read.

I’ve been stalking all the posts about assholes selling ARCs that they got from BEA (dudes, just be happy you got to go there. This girl can’t afford to yet…) and feeling sad for the authors and astounded that any book-lover would do something like that.

I decided that I’m going to try something new since my lazy ass won’t review books as regularly as necessarily; something that I’m quite excited about (#grammarfail) because it’ll keep me posting interesting thingy-ma-bob-ers: reviews of book series that I’ve read rather than planning on reviewing individual books that I never get around to. The problem is that I read faster than I can blog so my blog has been put on the back burner, even though it’s one of the things I love most.

I’ve hit another reading slump, where my time has been devoted to Hulu, where I fry my brain cells with way too much TV. It’s to the point where I’m worried my brain won’t be able to handle reading. Which me luck, peeps, that I’ll be once again become my true self and have my head in a book and this blog.

I haven’t been following up with my reading challenges, which I believe may be part of the reason why I haven’t been reading. I was so excited to participate but then work got in the way and I totes forgot that’s what I was doing.

As for this coming week, I’m hoping to review one or two books I’ve received from publishers, starting with The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Quirk Books, one of my favorite publishers of all things awkward and awesome.

I also have to get my ass in gear and keep up with all my other social media for this blog (Tumblr, Twitter, this freaking blog, Instagram, Facebook, Google + and all that jazz) because I absolutely LOVE social media and I’ve been sad that I’ve been away for this long. (To the right and the bottom of this post  you’ll find the buttons to follow my lovely self so check them and in case they’re more your thing than this.)

Keep checking back for more memes, Sunday Posts’, book hauls, and reviews! Follow me on any of the social media thingies that you are glued to, much like I am. I’m considering doing another Booktube post on my new channel (links to follow if I do act on that) so I shall keep you posted on those developments. While I love recording my reading via video, the editing process is beyond me and incredibly frustrating so I’ll probs be sticking with my written blog for the most part.

Whelp, be sure to follow me on some form of social media to keep up with the books I’m reading (like reading my picture journal on Instagram). Or, you could Tumbl(r) into my other blog (get it, GET IT I’M SO FUNNY GET IT). I’m also on Twitter if none of these be your thang as well as Facebook and YouTube (but I’m not actively updating it). Oh, also, Pinterest, the Destroyer of My Lunch Breaks. 

Peace, homies, and super-duper happy reading to you!

Reviews of Book Series

Let’s do some reviews of book series, shall we?

(‘Cause Angie is too lazy to stop and review everything soooo reviews of book series instead!)

Hey y’all. I’ve been thinking (and reading, of course) that I’m going to attempt to do reviews of book series (like these!) instead of individual book reviews. I’ve been marathoning quite a few series and in the process I’m not flippin’ stopping to write individual reviews of the books I’m reading. On top of that, I fly through books so quickly that it just ain’t possible to catch them all. This is not to say that I won’t review a single book; I’m just too lazy when I marathon books to stop and do anything other than a review of books’ series.

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Also, it was such a pleasure coming home to this smiling face after a long day at work. NOM NOM NOM DOG FOOD (Also, I have his support for my reviews of book series thingy.)

So, I shall reviews of book series that I read so I don’t have to stop! I know that it could be awful spoiler-y so I’m going to figure out a way to do that without ruining the series for you, maybe by adding

“OH SNAP, A SPOILER”

when I get too carried away. What do you think? Would you enjoy reading reviews of book series? I could always put my English degree to use and analyze all sorts of fancy stuffies that happens in the series. For instance: The Infernal Devices can be summed up like this: “Hmmmmm dreamy” and then I’ll actually say something worthwhile like, Why, I do say that was a fine book and you know why? BECAUSE THERE WAS HOT ASS IN IT. Like that; all scholarly and stuff like that.

I want to avoid instances like this where I felt like if I didn’t review I couldn’t keep reading

 

I actually splurged a few months ago and got three little reading journals, because, as awesome as Goodreads is, I just really like writing. I’m going to record the books I read and how quickly it takes me to finish a series and see where life goes from there. I shall mark my adventures on le blog but that shall keep me focused. I think. It’s the thought that counts.

Let’s see if I actually follow through with this one… (The blog, not the turtle. I always follow through with the turtles because I need to keep them alive and stuff like that.)

Whelp, be sure to follow me on some form of social media to keep up with the books I’m reading (like reading my picture journal on Instagram).

Or, you could Tumbl(r) into my other blog (get it, GET IT I’M SO FUNNY GET IT). I’m also on Twitter if none of these be your thang as well as Facebook and YouTube (but I’m not actively updating it). Oh, also, Pinterest, the Destroyer of My Lunch Breaks. 

Happy reading!

A Long Entry About Angie’s Reading Status and Laziness/Dizziness

I’m in a reading slump again. I know why this time: because I have too many damn books to read. That, and I’m obsessed with the show “Grimm.” It’s seriously the bomb, I appreciate it even more after reading some of the Brothers’ Grimm’s messed-up story. I kid you not, I have too many books to read.

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I keep pushing reading aside to watch TV because I have too many books to review. I outdid myself. I’ve requested and accepted too many and there are so flippin’ many I want to read that are not for review. I don’t like, ever keep up with the Netgalley ebooks I get to review so I’ve taken to asking the publishers for physical copies to keep me reading; and also to give me something to feel up while I film a Booktube video on my currently non-existant Booktube account. (Though I do have several embarrassing videos up on my old Booktube channel.) Right now, instead of reading, I’m staring at all the books I have to review. I cannot for the life of me figure out what I was thinking when I requested a whole flippin’ series for review. One couldn’t be enough, could it, Angela? NOPE. You had to want ALL DA BOOKZ.

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I’ve put down quite a few of them already and moved on to something else. The latest book I put down was Black Widow: Forever Red. I bought the physical book after receiving the ebook on Netgalley for review and even since I realized I had to review the flipping thing I keep putting it down. I don’t know what it is about reviewing books that has been giving me cold feet.

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I love reading, I love reviewing; therefore, I should love reading for review, right? WRONG at least for now. I’ve found that I enjoy reading non-review books a lot better and have been happy to review some of them; whereas with the one for review I keep putting off. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m making it harder on myself by not reading those book. My stupid mind is like *HOMEWORK* *HOMEWORK* and I freeze up. Or maybe it’s because I’m worried about shooting off a bad review.

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But you know what? No longer shall I do that! I’m going to finish Black Widow: Forever Red this week and I’m going to love every second of it, as I have been when I’m actually reading it. Not everyone has the privilege of being a book reviewer and I need to use that opportunity for good.

Then there are the ebooks that I totally regret requesting. They looked so interesting that I wanted to read them, without reading what the damn thing was about. I simply saw the cover and the title, then requested it. Smart move, I know. And now in order to keep getting books from Netgalley to review I need to review the ones I have backlogged. Fortunately, many of the Netgalley books I have to review I also have in hard copy so I think a good place to start would be with them. YEAH. I’LL START WITH THEM. THAT’S THE SPIRIT.

*cheers self on*

And then there’s the matter of my not-actually-Booktubing. It’s super fun, filming it and editing it, though I’m no pro at it. I started Booktubing because I wanted to have a video record of all my reading adventures. I just can’t get myself up and put makeup one in order to film one. It just don’t work, yo. I could be doing that right now, as I write, but I’m not, am I? I’m doing that darn not-doing-anything-again things that I do.

I guess what we’ve figured out here is that I actually have to start something, even when I’m feeling lazy. I’ve been blogging all day and scheduling posts because I forgot to drink and eat and I was super dizzy and I couldn’t stand up–what better reason to blog my fine butt off? Then of course, because I was blogging, I forgot to eat and drink again so I had to crawl to the kitchen for ICE CREAM YEAH.

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Moral of the story: Eat, drink, and get your ass up, walk to the bookshelf, get a review book, sit back down and READ.

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Angie’s in a Reading Slump :(

Omg you guys, nooooooo. I’m in a reading slump. I started A Madness so Discreet but didn’t love it. So, I did exactly what I advocate against: I stopped reading. I stopped reading four days ago because I felt bad putting down … Continue reading