Weekly links & wrap-up (May 18, 2014)

This week was TERRIBLE, weather-wise. It got up to about 105* and I just don’t do well in heat, y’all. It makes me tired and lazy and so I didn’t actually get that much reading or blogging done (bleh). I did START reading three books! I just have yet to finish them.

I’m going to be working a lot this week (yay!) so I’m hoping this is the time I will perfect my blogging-while-commuting skills. And also my listening-to-audiobooks-while-commuting skills! I would like the end the week having written at least three blog posts and having listened to at least one book (or even half of a book).

News! The Sync audiobook summer program has started up again! Each week you can download two free audiobooks: one contemporary and one classic. This week’s books are Eoin Colfer’s first WARP book, The Reluctant Assassin (read by Maxwell Caulfield), and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (read by Derek Jacobi). Woohoo!

Books read

None (though I’m working on it.)

Books reviewed

Posts posted

TBR notes

Started with 317 books on the pile (not counting audiobooks)
+16 added (The Book of Merlyn, Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi, Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants, Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils, Rhymes with Witches, Drift House, Nomad’s Hotel, Hubert’s Freaks, White Queen, Blood Rites, Dead Beat, Saga vol. 1, Alice I Have Been, Smart Girls Get What They Want (bought); Ganymede (contest win); So Totally Emily Ebers (freebie).)
0 read
-11 pruned from the shelves
322 TOTAL BOOKS TO BE READ

I was SO proud of myself because I went through my (physical) TBR shelf and got rid of a good amount of books, and then…I found a used bookstore and bought more to replace the ones I dumped. Oh well.

Purchase highlights! The first seven Dresden Files ebooks were on sale for $1.99 each; I’d gotten rid of my paper copies before moving to California specifically because I was waiting for the chance to replace them with ebooks, so I totally bought them now (I also had some store credit to use, so it wasn’t that expensive at all!). I am also apparently starting an Indiana Jones novel collection, so that’s exciting.

I keep telling myself to stick with ebooks, as they take up less room, but hunting through a used bookstore’s stock to find treasures is SO MUCH FUN and I can’t stop doing it. I’ll fill every nook and cranny in my room with books if I have to!!

Interesting links

A Darker Shade of magic ve schwab
How the Cover Was Decided for V. E. Schwab’s New Book A Darker Shade of Magic at Tor.com. It looks AMAZING and I can’t wait to read the book when it comes out next year!


Brianna of The Book Vixen is hosting a review-a-thon this weekend (May 23-24)! If you need to catch up on your reviews, this weekend would be a perfect time to do so.


Secrets of the Stacks: How libraries decide which books to keep—and which don’t stand the test of time starts off talking about how libraries decide what to keep on their shelves and then moves into a discussion about the common reader and Amazon reviews. It’s actually an excerpt from The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading by Phyllis Rose. BOOM, another book added to my wishlist.


Ashley at Nose Graze asks if you let people you know IRL read your blog. I definitely do– I even put it on my resume now!– but when I first started blogging I kept it more on the down low out of misplaced embarrassment. Nowadays blogging is so popular (and I like doing it so much) that I don’t worry about telling people and/or having them read my blog.


Author Genevieve Valentine is having a release party for The Girls at the Kingfisher Club in NYC on June 3rd! Somebody go and report back to me on how awesome it is, okay? Okay.


Tanya of Girlxoxo.com has a great list of 6 gateway books into magical realism.

7 Comments

  1. Uggghhhhh, I WISH I still lived in New York so I could go to Genevieve Valentine’s release party. I really, really liked her first novel. Grrrr.

    I don’t typically tell people IRL about my blog. If they find out on their own and go read it on their own, I’m not upset or anything — I’m not keeping it a secret — but I don’t go out of my way to tell them about it.

  2. Thanks for letting us know that the Sync summer program has started again! I look forward to it every year. Now if only I can make time to listen to my audiobooks. 🙂

    Wasn’t last week’s weather horrible?! Lord. I’m amazed at anyone who was able to go and work in that heat. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll have a real winter.

    Have a great week.

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