Sunday Post, November 10, 2019

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I’ve had a literal wickedly crazy week. I was so busy and I can’t believe that the weekend is almost over. Unbelievable! That’s okay, because today is cold and it means time to get some extra rest.

I was at YALLFEST yesterday! And that was a blast! I met six authors, got signings from five of them, and so much loot. And swag. My kitchen table is ABSOLUTELY swimming in it right now. My mom went with me, and she won the Fierce Reads Giveaway. She got EIGHT new books. But let me pick them. She’s the best! It was ridiculously fun and I want to do it again next year. And be better prepared. That would be nice. I’ll probably be posting about it through the next few weeks when I manage to sort everything out.

Not a huge week in blogging, but I did get three posts up. Hurrah!


When Printers Go to Die (or at least try) — Library Shenanigans

Date: November 8th 2019
Gideon the Ninth
Date: November 6th 2019
The Babysitter’s Coven
Date: November 4th 2019

I can’t post my YALLFEST yet since it isn’t sorted.

I ordered one book, Like New off Amazon Marketplace, and it came to me torn, written on and yellowed. I am not amused at all. I’ve got to return it.

I did get Gemina off e-bay (it’s perfect!) and here is the other bought haul.

I also had a decent library haul as well.

I’ve still got two ARCS to read. And I am planning on getting to them this week. (at some point.)

Mom and I are still working on pouches for family members. Then I plan to make a booksleeve or two for me. Not much going on other than that. But I do still have to write my monthly wrap up, another thing hopefully out today or tomorrow!

I hope Sunday treats you well! I’ve got a busy day ahead of me, and I am actually looking forward to it!

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November 3rd, 2019

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I had a really quiet week, both in terms on the blog and my personal life. I was busy reading books and getting some things together. So hence the lack of posts. I also wasn’t feeling the Top Ten Tuesday again. This week was a struggle in blog posts.

However, yesterday I was so busy because I went to a Scottish Highland Games and Gathering. It was so amazing — I spent some time figuring out what clan I belonged to. I found that on my dads side I belong to both the Donald (or MacDonald) Clan and the Davidson. I may or may not have bought a tartan sash and a couple of pins.

Anyways, I know this week is going to be another crazy one! I’m going to the Charleston YALL fest on Saturday, so if you’re going to be there, let me know! It’s my first one and I am super excited.

Nothing. At all. I’m so sorry. I’d feel guilty, but I got a lot of non-blogging things done.

I had no bought books arrive this week (hah!) but I did get two library books and a few arcs!

The Screaming Staircase is going to be a reread (love that series so much!) And I finally have Pumpkinheads and I am so excited to start it!

As far as my ARC haul, I was approved for both Ruthless Gods and Only Mostly Devastated.

My mom and I are making little pouches for everyone for Christmas, so I’m going to be wrapped up in that for some time. It’s going to be a lot of work, and then after that I’m going to go back to making book sleeves…and anything else I can think of!

I hope you all had an excellent weekend! I know I have! And I am so excited for next weekend…!

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SP #8

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Nothing too much in my personal life this week! Other than I’ve got a minor flare up of my Crohn’s Disease. My whole body is aching and painful. Pretty typical honestly. I’ve also probably eaten my weight in candy. I’m stress eating again, because it’ll be 6-8 weeks before I get any decision on my grad school application.

Other than that I’m going to look at bookshelves tomorrow and hope that I find ones I like.

I was also approved for multiple arcs! HOLY CRAP. It was so exciting!

I had a pretty good week in blogging. I was uninspired for the Top Ten Tuesday and so I skipped this week. On the other hand I posted quite a few book reviews!

WAYWARD SON OCTOBER 26, 2019
THE NIGHT COUNTRY OCTOBER 24, 2019
THE BEAUTIFUL OCTOBER 23, 2019

I had an okay physical library book haul this week. Mostly nonfiction this week, and a surprise book, because I wasn’t expecting it to come in! (Babysitter’s Coven, it had just been added to the system!)

And I had two very exciting purchases this week…I finally own them both!

I’ve got absolutely no DIY projects in progress right now. I plan on taking some photos/working on my site more tomorrow, but that is about it!

I hope you all have a fabulous Sunday and an awesome week! Let me know about your bookish acquires in the comments!

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#7

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Not too much going on personal wise: I did get my old medication for next week, but I still have to write an appeal.

My application for grad school is in! I’m very nervous but also very excited about it!

I went to a cookout/halloween party Friday night and it was a lot of fun. I got to dress up as Aphrodite and carry around a book of Homeric Hymns with me. Pretty cool night all in all.

I didn’t have a great week in blogging, I got sidetracked and forgot to post as much as I wanted to! So for this week we have:

Book Reviews:

Illuminae
Resurrection Girls
The Wicked Deep
The Guinevere Deception (E-arc)

Top Ten Tuesday – Extraordinary Book Titles

My book haul teeters on ridiculous this week. I got four books for $4 at a book fair. They were Speak, Avalon High, East, Snow in Summer.

I went to BAM and found a bargain bin of books. And well. I had some motherly encouragement…the end.

Then I bought The Beautiful. So. Big book week!

And now my library haul…in which I have zero regrets about.

I got the chance to review an arc, so I’m working on a review for that plus some other books. It’s a bit slow going because I’m actually taking notes…but hopefully I’ll keep up. I’m posting some older reviews (like a year old) sporadically now.

What are your plans for this week? I don’t have any! Which is kind of nice. I just need a new bookshelf…because my books no longer fit on the one I have.

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Sunday Post #6

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Happy Sunday all! I hope your weeks were splendid (or at least bearable!). Mine was pretty good, nothing much happened other than life as usual. This is a good thing, as I have a crazy life sometimes. I’m going to try going to a book sale today, so wish me luck!

I didn’t have a huge week in blogging, but I did get some new reviews up! Mostly book reviews, but I did Top Ten Tuesday as well! Also I got the site up! So hurrah!

In a rather disappointing book week for me, the only book I checked out was Darkdawn.

I didn’t buy anything this week for once!

I’m still doing some tweaks on the site, so let me know if you see anything really odd! I’m also working on some more reviews to post as well as bookstagram stuff. I’m on bookstagram everyday, so feel free to drop by!

Last things…I got my new Carry On dust jacket and I am so thrilled. I love it to death!

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Sunday Post #5

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In which the saga of my medication continues…anyways, apparently I am getting it no time soon. On the other hand, my insurance is switching to a new pharmacy this coming year (it’s one I used before on my old insurance) so that’s good news! Otherwise, nothing too interesting going on in my personal life.

I had a really bad week in blogging…I just was so tired and fed up with the insane medical situation, I didn’t get nearly as much done as I wanted to. Boo.

    I did have a few e-books I checked out this week:

    • Our Dark Duet
    • Frostblood
    • If We Were Villains
    • Carmilla
    • Now I Rise

    As for library books, I got a few this week…

    I’ve got The Siren on audiobook to listen to as well.

    Quite a few of the books I ordered came in this week as well, so very exciting!

    I can finally complete the rest of my Raven Cycle series! Hurrah! And my Folk & Air series as well!

    Trying to get my site up and working is going to kill me. I wanted it done Friday, but then I slept all of Friday and that didn’t happen, so I’m going to try for today.

    Side note: the site is now up and running!

    I hope you all have a great Sunday and an awesome week! Let me know if you’ve read/want to read any of the books in this post in the comments!



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    Sunday Post #4 (for me at least!)

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    Normally, I’m pretty chill. 90% of the time I can deal with everything that comes my way, but I had an utter mental breakdown at work yesterday. I had been told my medication (for my autoimmune disease) had been approved and was ready to ship. On Tuesday I got a denial. The pharmacy said they didn’t have an authorization on file. Which was…not true. That was not what they had told me previously. Of course I called both my insurance and then my doctors to let them know the situation. Fast forward to yesterday the insurance lady who I had been working with starts saying “you never said you had an appeal…we don’t have an appeal on file” which was again, not true. Because the insurance and the doctors office told me there was an appeal on file. She would not listen to me and I hung up on her. I called my doctors absolutely hysterical and let them know.

    TL;DR: both insurance and pharmacy screwed up big time. Insurance had an appeal, the representative I worked with just didn’t know what to do apparently. Pharmacy had my authorization since September 10th, but lied to me about processing it. They were sitting on it.

    Suffice to say, I am NOT a happy camper right now.

    I had an okay blogging week! I posted a few reviews, yay! It’s been a good week for that at least!

      I had an absolutely enormous book haul this week, both physical and E-books. I was doing my own mini-readathon because so many of those e-books were expiring…I let them linger a little too long. (So technically not this week…but I forgot about them for so long.) I’m just going to list them briefly,

      • Stalking Jack the Ripper
      • A Great and Terrible Beauty Series (all three)
      • A Spark of White Fire
      • The Graces/The Curses
      • Here There Are Monsters

      The “new” e-books I checked out. (The ones I really did check out this week, but have not read.)

      • The Edge of Everything
      • This Savage Song
      • Gemina
      • And I Darken

      My physical library book haul is about 100% even more ridiculous.

      Uh-huh. Like I said, I went on a spree this week. I’m starting Sisi next, then probably going to move onto Diviners or Nevernight. Not sure which yet!

      I am excited for most of these, the only one I’m not sure about is Sisi, I normally love historical fiction, but this is a time period/area I’m really not familiar with.

      As far as bought books…just one measly little book that almost didn’t make it here on time due to B&N shipping…it was so annoying. But I’m happy to have it in my clutches.

      I don’t want to start it because I don’t want to finish it…but…I will.

      The site is taking longer than I thought. I had a couple issues with it, but I think I’ve gotten those worked out. There are still a few formatting issues I need to deal with, but hopefully in the next month or so I’ll get it up.

      I will be taking part in the Hocus Pocus Read-A-Thon (super exciting!) in October. I’ve already got some books picked out to read! Yes! Yay! I hope y’all have a fabulous week, and feel free to hit me up if you want to chat about books!

      Sunday Post #3


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      Welcome to my third Sunday post!

      This week was insane. I wanted to get some more posts up, but I wasn’t able to. We were running on a staff of two all week, and two of the days I was sent someone from another branch to help out. They’re good workers, but sometimes it is hard if it isn’t your own branch. Our public copier, and our printer both broke on the same day, so I spent about five hours dealing with that. It wasn’t fun. I already need a break again.

      I have exactly two posts: my new review and my Top Ten Tuesday. But, I’ll still stick my most recent posts here.

        I had a rather enormous book haul this week. So much so I had to switch up how I took photos. First off, my library haul! I’ve read three of these so far. Little Darlings (meh), Sheets (cute) and These Rebel Waves (my feelings are all over the place with this one.)

        And my bought book haul is just as big this week…partly because I stopped at the used bookstore I love going to. And they had THREE books I was interested in reading. All $4 and under. I couldn’t resist. They were The Scorpio Races (I love the paperback version more than the hardback!), Illuminae (suggested to me over on bookstagram) and Of Fire and Stars. That one is interesting. I opened it in the car and a reader letter fell out. From Owlcrate!! I was so surprised. But when I think back, (and I wish I had gotten them) I think they had special cover editions of other books there. I really missed the boat on that one. So disappointed.

        So…very excited to read These Witches Don’t Burn and Sky in the Deep, neither of which I’ve read before. Now. Wicked Saints. I was informed on twitter that something occurred with the author (and it wasn’t good). I debated on whether or not to keep the book, even though I liked it. I spent all week agonizing over my decision. I ended up keeping it, but it reminded me as a consumer, I probably do need to be more aware of what is going on.

        On that note, are there any authors you like to follow on twitter?

        Exciting news! My self-hosted website is being constructed now. I’m still trying to decide on a header image and colors. I keep changing my mind. I want a crisp, clean, simple look. But I love purple and green, and I’m trying to decide if I want to use those colors, or do something warmer. I have no idea!

        Not much in terms of last things today, but I’ll be very happy when we actually get fall. I am so ready for it! Happy Sunday all!

        Sunday Post #2

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        A little late today, sorry! I’ve had a lot of stuff going on.

        Today has been really busy, but also a really successful week as well. My doctors bombarded my insurance with proof of why I needed an upped dose of medication, and the approval went through! Hurrah! So that was super good news for the week!

        I also spent all of today rearranging my room (it is awesome, by the way!) and painted my black bookshelf a lovely grey color. Also, I’m doing some more halloween-y things. Yay!

        As far as blogging goes, I didn’t do too much this week. Still learning about blog hopping and trying to network with new people and make friends! It’s been a blast so far!

        Here are the most recent posts:

          Book haul! I had a really good week at the library (haven’t read any of them yet, though) and an okay week in terms of bought books.

          These two had been delayed by the hurricane, but now they’re here!

          This is the shelf before and after! Circe, my lovely little demon child loves to sit in it when my books aren’t on it.

          Well, I hope you all have a fabulous week! I’m very excited for things to come, and I’m really looking forward to making some new friends!

          Sunday Post

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          I will admit, I am almost brand new to the book blogging community, and I’m trying to find some more interaction, and this Sunday Post seems like a fabulous idea! I’m very glad to partake in it.

          Not too much on the personal front. We were trapped inside for a few days because of Hurricane Dorian. Didn’t get out almost at all that week. It’s all good though, had a nice long mini-vacation that was really needed. I go back to work tomorrow, and that should be fun. I do love my job after all. (If you don’t know, I work in a rural library, and I spend a lot of time helping patrons with technology help and helping to plan programs to help engage the community.)

          My insurance is still denying my new dosage of medication, which is a big pile of stinky! The doctors want to up the dosage to prevent me from having to have surgery again. So far, the insurance won’t give in.

          I’m slowly trying to plan out a blogging schedule, but I did have a few blog posts this past week. Yay!

          These are the blogs posts:

          ZIGGY, STARDUST & ME — BOOK REVIEW
          SEPTEMBER EXCITEMENT!
          SORCERY OF THORNS — BOOK REVIEW

          I’m thinking about participating in another couple memes. Any others that you would recommend?

          I didn’t have a major book haul this week because a) wasn’t at work to get ANY OF MY BOOKS. and b) I was trying to conserve some money.

          Yet, here are the two books that I purchased. One I got from thriftbooks (Daughter of the Pirate King) and I didn’t know it was an old library book, so it’s really stamped up. At least the outside is in relatively good condition.

          And the second I got from one of my local used bookstores. I still don’t have the first, but it is on my list to buy!

          I have a few things in progress, but my newest ventures include making book sleeves and zipper pouches. I’ve gotten a lot of tutorials/help/advice from my mother, who has been more than willing to help me on this new hobby of mine. I’m super grateful to her! Thanks, Mom!

          I’ve made the image large so you can see what these are. From L-R: green black cat book sleeve with button closure, gingham book sleeve with inside snap closure, chevron book sleeve with button closure, pumpkin book sleeve with cloth closure and finally pumpkin zipper pouch.

          A few last things — you can find me on twitter & instagram by using the links on the side of my blog. I’m also always more than happy for a chat, and I do use discord so feel free to e-mail me for the username!

          Thanks for keeping with me on this very long post!

          Have a happy Sunday!