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!

Tarot for Life by Paul Quinn

Tarot For Life Book Cover Tarot For Life
Paul Quinn
Non-fiction, New Age
Quest Books
2009
Paperback
344
Publisher

Paul Quinn transforms the Tarot from fortune-telling into the ultimate self-help tool for intuitive guidance, empowerment, and well-being. Discover how to apply the Tarot, as a lifelong resource, to access inner wisdom and gain deeper insights and practical, inspired guidance in relationships, career, family, and personal growth. With illustrations from the Universal Waite deck, the book offers 78 engaging casebook examples (one for each card) from Quinn’s readings for clients. Drawing on Jungian psychology, the Hindu chakras, and other esoteric traditions, he explains how the Tarot can reveal unconscious patterns and offer soul-directed advice leading to positive changes and greater well-being. Quinn also provides guidelines on reading the cards for oneself and others, interpreting reversed cards, handling difficult disclosures, and psychic self-care.

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Tarot for Life by Paul Quinn

You guys, this is bad. I’ve had this book for a while now. Quest Books was kind enough to send it to me for review and have incredible patience with this reviewer, which is very much appreciated. This is a book that you should take your time on. Learning the Tarot is a lengthy process, something I’ve been working on for a few years now; however, I haven’t been studying it regularly.

The first part of Tarot for Life is informational. It introduces you to the Tarot as if you were an absolute beginner; which I consider myself to be, even though I’ve been studying Tarot on and off for a few years now. The second and third sections guide you through it; the fourth part helps you learn to read the cards. I’ve read many books on Tarot but this one stands out because of both its simplicity and how deeply it delves into the subject of introspective Tarot. One day I’d like to be able to read Tarot as a professional but right now I’m using Tarot as a tool for my spiritual journey. I use one card (almost) every day to guide me throughout the day and this is what the books’ purpose is: to provide a look inside yourself.

In the beginning of the book Quinn has a section “Tarot Beyond Fortune-Telling,” which I found quite useful. Like I said, until I have enough practice and knowledge of the Tarot I’m reading for myself, and I’m not reading with the intent of having my future told.

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Zombie Tarot; Housewives Tarot; Steampunk Tarot; Tarot for Life

Now, the book does talk about how novelty decks (like my Housewives Tarot) aren’t as powerful, something I disagree with. For instance, I have a deck called “Happy Tarot” which I absolutely love because it sets my day on a positive note. I also have Zombie Tarot and Steampunk Tarot which I use as inspiration for my writing. Each deck of mine serves a different purpose, a purpose for whatever my intent is for that day and each deck is valuable and special to me.

Some sources  feel as though reverse cards should be interpreted differently and this book let’s you decide for yourself which way works for you. For me, as a beginner, I just turn those cards over so they’re right-side up because the Goddess knows I am not skilled enough to take that to the next level. Does this affect the reading? Probably, but, like the purpose of this book, I’m doing this for me, for “Everyday Guidance and Growth.” It’s a personal decision of mine that I think deserves respect and this book gives it.

This book is for the absolute beginner. It guides you through the Tarot and how to read the cards and personalize it for yourself. Tarot for Life is a valuable addition to my shelf of New Age whatsits.

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Review: The Hunger Games–Katniss: Girl on Fire

Katniss Everdeen: Girl on Fire Title: The Hunger Games (book one) Series: The Hunger Games Author: Suzanne Collins Your Rating of the Book: Vote Above ^ Published: Sept 14th, 2008 by Scholastic Press Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain … Continue reading