New Branding/Theme

New Theme

I know, I know, I keep switching what my theme looks like — but I can’t help it. I’m trying to find the perfect fit, and I think I finally can.

Last year I commissioned a piece from Minnoux. All I knew is I loved their art, and I desperately wanted something from them! Anyways, I had a very vivid picture of what I wanted — a cat and a girl who was not totally human and a bit like a goddess of the hunt.

At the time I wasn’t running a book blog, but I’ve always loved lore, and yesterday I realized that I had the perfect branding for my header image — the one I had commissioned.

It fits with me, and my theme so perfectly.

New Branding

To go along with this theme, this will be my branding going forth! I’m just going to use it here on my site — personally. I’m very happy with this — and the decision.

If you see any problems or errors that crop up, please give me a heads up!

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10/13/19

This isn’t a blog meme, but it is a quick update!

I’ve switched commenting systems & added a follow button. I’m keeping my fingers crossed they’re all working now. Let me know if you find something isn’t working, please! I’d appreciate it!

I’m hoping to start planning out blog posts for a couple times a week, I’m usually pretty good at getting reviews up. Speaking of that, I’m switching my reviews on Sundays to a different day. I feel like it takes away from my Sunday Post.

Hope you all had a great weekend and have a fabulous Monday!

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Monday Thoughts

Good morning, lovelies! It’s bright (and still hot) here and I’m about to head back to work after a week off due to Labor Day + Hurricane Dorian. There’s a lot running through my mind this morning, of things I need to do (catch up on writing reviews for one, finish asking for grad school recommendation letters for another) and what my plans are for tonight.

I am still chugging through A Gathering of Shadows in my spare time. I’m not really in the mood for it, so I keep putting it off.

Plans for this week are to find a couple new books to read, (if you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments) and start working on my website.

That’s the other thing that I wanted to mention. I’ve bought a domain and I am getting a website together, so don’t be surprised if things start to look a little funky. I’m going to be eventually migrating all these posts over to that new website. It’ll still be called Lore of the Books.

Anyways, I hope you all have a lovely Monday!

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September Excitement!

It may still be 96 degrees outside, but I am determined to pretend it is fall. Fall is my favorite season of all. There is just something about it that makes me so happy. Perhaps it is because it contains many things that I love. Hot chocolate, Halloween, spooky things, cooler weather, leaves (well, we don’t get changing leaves here, but still.) and sweaters. Honestly, I love all those things, especially when paired with an amazing book.

I wasn’t going to order the September Owlcrate because I was worried about money. I have a really tight budget as my library doesn’t pay a whole lot of money, so I was going to skip it. But the concept of it is right up my alley. What I ended up doing was cancelling netflix and reallocating some money (I also had some gift money I forgot about) to purchase the box. When I redo my budget I need to see if I can do Owlcrate on a consistent basis. I would like to.

Also — what comes out this month?! Lots of exciting books that’s what!! Wayward Son…September 24th! Super fun and super ready for that book!

I’m really trying to make a bigger effort to be more active on here and respond to other peoples blogs. It’s taking some time, however.

I’m so excited for this season, and I hope to have a whole lot of other awesome things for you guys to look at!

What are some things you guys would like me to talk about? I might do a video, or perhaps a behind-the-scenes kind of thing! What would you like to see?

Don’t forget, I’m active on instagram and on twitter as well. I love to chat!

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September TBR

Autumn is on the horizon! These are the books I know I’m going to be reading this month. I’m sure I’ll read way more than these though!

  1. Eliza and Her Monsters
  2. Hark! A Vagrant
  3. All the Ever Afters
  4. House of Salt and Sorrows

Pretty small beginning list. We’ll see what else I find to read!

August Reads

This month felt like it flew by, but I am so ready for September and fall weather! (Also, I’m writing this as hurricane Dorian bears down on the east coast. Anyways, I hope you all had an amazing reading month, I know I did. As always, don’t compare yourself to other people! I always have to remind myself of this, as I always am embarrassed at how much I am able to read a month.

I have the luxury of a stable hours job (even though I work almost every other Saturday) it allows me to plan my reading time. I spend a lot of my free time reading, but I also am able to read fairly quickly and digest the books.

This month, I started a DNF shelf on goodreads for the sole book I just couldn’t bear to finish. Without further ado, here is a list of the books I read this month. (I read a total of 49 books this month.)

I divided them up by non-fiction and fiction.

Fiction

  1. Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkings
  2. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkings
  3. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  4. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  5. The Couple Next Door by Shari LaPena
  6. Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick
  7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  8. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  9. Days of Blood & Starlights by Laini Taylor
  10. The Elite by Kiera Cass
  11. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  12. The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
  13. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
  14. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  15. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
  16. Ziggy, Stardust and Me by James Brandon
  17. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  18. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  19. The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
  20. The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco
  21. Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
  22. The Missing Season by Gillian French
  23. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  24. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
  25. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
  26. Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian
  27. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
  28. Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty
  29. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  30. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
  31. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  32. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  33. Finale by Stephanie Garber
  34. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  35. Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
  36. The Night Visitors by Carol Goodman
  37. Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen
  38. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  39. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  40. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  41. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  42. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  43. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  44. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  45. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  46. The Wicked King by Holly Black

Non-Fiction

  1. Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story by Ron Franscell
  2. The Fact of a Body: A Murder and and Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  3. A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming by Kerri Rawson

And that’s all!!

Self Control & Books

In other words, I have absolutely zero. I just bought another book today. It’s not like I don’t have a lot — I do. Not of my own, but tons of library books. My shelves are filled with library books.

I work in a library, and my branch happens to get shipments twice a week. That gives me far too many chances to find new books to place on hold and have sent to me. FAR too many. So I perpetually have a shelf filled with books I have every intention of reading right away, yet somehow, always manage to get myself stuck rereading things I’ve already read. Thankfully, my library has an automatic renewal system, and as long as no one else has the book on hold it’ll automatically renew twice. So essentially you can get it for 6 weeks. I have had books out for six weeks with every thought to read them. Sometimes I don’t, and I return them only to check them out again two weeks later.

What can you do, right? Nothing really. I have to be in the right mood to read particular books, and sometimes when I think I’m going to want to read a book, I don’t really. It happens. It’s all good. I’m a very fast reader, so reading one to two books a day when I’m off is no problem. So when I’m in the mood to read I can get quite a bit done.

I have no self control at all in terms of books — I’m one extreme to the other!

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August TBRs

I’m very excited for August, I’ll be getting my first owlcrate box and there are a whole bunch of books I’m excited to read.

This is the current list of books I am definitely planning on reading at the moment. I will probably add more as I find out what books I can afford to buy.

  1. Sorcery of Thorns
  2. Willa of the Wood
  3. Sea Witch
  4. A Court of Frost & Starlight
  5. Demonglass
  6. Spell Bound
  7. Wicked Saints (reread)
  8. The Elite
  9. Siege and Storm

July Reads

Holy crow! July is over and boy, was that a fast month! I can’t believe summer reading for my library is now over! Well, that means we’re going into August, and therefore ramping into back to school things. Mostly the kids who forgot to do their summer reading.

For me, its not a problem! In fact this coming month we’ve planned less programs as we ease into the school year, which hopefully means work will be less crazy. Not that I mind crazy, but sometimes a nice, consistent day is good.

I read a total of 50 books in July (I probably read more, but I can’t remember if I updated them in the right month.) which is excessive even for me. It isn’t that I have more time than other people, I’m just a fast reader and always have been. I tried slowing down some of my reading habits, but I couldn’t.

Some of the books are middle grade, graphic novels, or light young adults. None of which take too much time to read. Given five or six hours I can read one young adult book, so some days when I’m off, I read two. I enjoy reading — and I made a goal to watch less TV and read more. I’m going to make the same goal for August. Read more, watch TV less. And maybe try to take more time?

So here are this months reads:

  1. Daisy Jones & The Six
  2. An Enchantment of Ravens
  3. Rushing Waters
  4. Sufficiently Advanced Magic
  5. UnSouled
  6. Saints and Misfits
  7. My Lovely Wfe
  8. The Complete Persepolis
  9. The Princess and the Fangirl
  10. Girls Like Us
  11. The Radleys
  12. Stormbird
  13. All the Lovely Bad Ones
  14. The Guest Room
  15. Deep and Dark and Dangerous
  16. Grave Mercy
  17. Dark Triumph
  18. Mortal Heart
  19. Her Royal Highness
  20. Women of the Dunes (Audiobook)
  21. Four Dead Queens
  22. The Binding
  23. The Iron King
  24. The Iron Daughter
  25. The Iron Queen
  26. The Iron Knight
  27. The Iron Traitor
  28. The Lost Prince
  29. The Iron Warrior
  30. Inferno
  31. The Wife
  32. The Haunting of Hill House
  33. Wintergirls
  34. The Cellar
  35. The Stanger Beside Me
  36. Red Queen
  37. Glass Sword
  38. To Defy a King
  39. Kingโ€™s Cage
  40. War Storm
  41. Anna of Kleve
  42. On the Shoulders of Titans
  43. The Candle and the Flame
  44. Shadow and Bone
  45. The Selection
  46. The Evil Queen
  47. A Court of Thorns and Roses
  48. A Court of Mist and Fury
  49. A Court of Wings and Ruin
  50. Hex Hall

Schedule Update

Happy Sunday all!! Hope you’ve had an excellent weekend (if you get weekends off) and if not, I hope work wasn’t too terrible!

After much thinking, I decided that I would update book reviews on Sundays, (I’m updating my old book reviews) since that is the day I know I always have off. That said, if it’s a holiday or a situation that prevents me (like…a hurricane, no power etc) I won’t update, but will update ASAP.

I will probably add extra reviews for books I’m currently reading interspersed when I finish them. So sometimes you might see one review a week or more than one depending if I’ve finished a brand new book. Otherwise they’ll simply be updated as usual.

I’ve also decided to stop duplicating my bookstagram posts here, and instead just leave them in the side widget for you to see.

Another updating thing, my TBR list will be at will. Simply because I have a harder time keeping up with that.

If you ever have questions, feel free to send them to me! I’m always willing to answer any and all. I also love book suggestions as well! Check my goodreads account to find out what I’ve read!

Have a great start to your week all!

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