My Week In A Nutshell 10/19/18

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TGIF friends! This was a busy week in the office. We had visitors in our office for most of the week and the noise levels were pretty bad. Not an ideal environment for this introvert at all. It’s been exhausting, to say the least. Since I could barely hear myself think, I didn’t even try to listen to an audiobook at work this week. Instead, I listened to music. It was mostly Disney songs because I was missing my vacation FEELS and the songs were giving me life in the middle of all that adulting.

I did manage to finish some books this week and catch up on episodes of my shows so I actually have something to share with you this week. Yay! Let’s jump in, shall we?


Books Read:  3

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A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising is set in the future where vampires slowly take over the world and how society reacts to the existence of a creature that is supposed to be fictional. That is a very high-level generalization of it. There are quite a bit of things going on that I don’t want to go into because of spoilers. I really enjoyed how this story is told in an alternative format instead of a linear/traditional story. This horrific tale is slowly unveiled through a collection of news articles, personal accounts, interviews, etc. The downside is that there isn’t enough character development. I rated it 4 stars.

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American Street is a YA contemporary that follows Fabiola Toussaint, a teenage girl that leaves Haiti with her mother to live in the United States. Things go wrong when her mother is detained by U.S. immigration and Fabiola finds herself on her own. Without the guidance of her mother Fabiola tries to find her place with her aunt and outspoken cousins while adjusting to a new school. This book slapped me upside down with all the EMOTIONS! This is my first experience with Zoboi’s work and I can’t wait to pick up Pride off my TBR shelf. I rated it 4 stars.

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Pieces of Her is a suspense thriller that follows Andrea whose world is turned upside down after surviving a horrible incident. This is told in dual timelines and dual perspectives. I don’t really want to go too much into this one since I will be putting up a full-length review. I rated it 3 stars. It wasn’t my favorite Karin Slaughter but it was terrible either. It was just somewhere in between.

Books Currently Reading: I’m currently in the middle of these 6 books.

 


This week on the blog:

It’s been a bit slow on the blog this week compared to last week. Work pretty much kicked my ass so I wasn’t feeling up to blogging after work. I did manage a few so here are the posts I’ve managed to get up on the blog this week.

STACKING THE SHELVES | SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2018

#BLOGAHEAD2018 MIDPOINT CHECK-IN

WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW 115

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH | #LATINXBOOKBINGO WRAP-UP

 


This week I watched:

I finally caught up on The Voice. It is one of the few reality competition shows I watch faithfully. I’m really loving the talent on the show this year and struggling to find a favorite. I’ll narrow down my picks after the knockouts and share with you who I’ll be voting for at that time.

I also caught up on Grey’s Anatomy, and The Good Doctor. I’m not sure if I like where the season is going for both shows yet. I’ll give it a couple of more episodes before I decide. I have not started any of the other shows from this fall season yet. I’m thinking I might want to re-watch Charmed on Netflix instead. Listening to the promos for the reboot just make me miss the original show. Why watch the remake when I can re-watch the original?


This weekend is Dewey’s 24hr readathon. I want to participate but I’m not sure how much reading I’ll be able to do. This weekend is my dad’s birthday so I’m thinking I’ll have plans on Saturday. I’m still waiting for my sister to respond to my text message to finalize our plans.

I might just lowkey participate and try to get at least one of these read before the end of the weekend. The top three are books I borrowed from my library via my Hoopla app. The bottom three are books I own that are part of my SpookAthon TBR.

That’s it for this week’s My Week In A Nutshell. Will you be participating in the readathon this weekend? Have you read any of the books I featured in today’s post? Let’s chat down below in the comments.

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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Hispanic Heritage Month | #LatinxBookBingo Wrap Up

Hi friends! LatinxBookBingo has ended and I figured I should probably do a wrap-up. I had some pretty big plans for this reading challenge. Unfortunately, I did not get to accomplish all the things I wanted to do. What can I say? Life happened. Let’s get into the wrap-up and we’ll get a bit more into the whys.

First, I failed at keeping you all updated on a weekly basis. My plan was to hopefully complete at least two books a week so I could post a reading update for you here on the blog on Fridays. My thought was to let you know what I read that week and how many challenges were completed. Then let you in on what I was currently working on or what I would pick up next. That went sideways when my reading took longer than expected. I was enjoying the books I was reading but I didn’t have as much time to dedicate to reading as I would have liked. Thus, no weekly update.

That said, I’m going to call it a success since I read more than one Latinx book and for the most part, I really loved the books I read during this challenge.

Here are the challenges I completed:

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During the LatinxBookBingo there was a week-long readathon called LatinxAthon. There were five challenges. I completed the Voices and Pride challenges.

Here are the books that I read during these challenges:

American Street by Ibi Zoboi – This completed the Voices challenge for the LatinxAthon. It also completed the Refugee/Immigrant Story, On Cover Representation, and the Afro Latinx MC challenges for LatinxBookBingo. I rated it 4 stars.

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo – This completed the Magical Realism and SF/F challenges for the LatinxBookBingo. I rated it 4 stars.

Final Draft by Riley Redgate – This completed the Pride challenge for the LatinxAthon. It also completed the Bisexual MC and F/F Relationship challenges for the LatinxBookBingo. I rated it 4 stars.

A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal – This completed the Free Space on the LatinxBookBingo card. I rated it 4 stars.

That’s it for the wrap-up! Did you participate in any of the Latinx reading challenges during Hispanic Heritage month? Have you read any of the books featured in this post? Let me know down below in the comments.

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW 115

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

 

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  1. The Land at the End of the World by António Lobo Antunes
  2. “If, for example, you and I were anteaters, rather than two people sitting in the corner of a bar, I might feel more comfortable with your silence, with your motionless hands holding your glass, with your glazed fish eyes fixing now on my balding head and now on my navel, we might be able to understand each other better in a meeting of restless snouts sniffing halfheartedly at the concrete for nonexistent insects, we might come together, under cover of darkness, in acts of sexual coitus as sad as Lisbon nights, when the Neptunes in the lakes slough off the mud and slime and scan the deserted squares with blank, eager, rust-colored eyes. Perhaps you would finally tell me about yourself. Perhaps behind your Cranach brow there lies sleeping a secret fondness for rhinoceroses. Perhaps, if you felt my body, you would discover that I had been suddenly transformed into a unicorn, and I would embrace you, and you would flap startled arms, like a butterfly transfixed by a pin, your voice grown husky with desire. We would buy tickets for the train that travels around the zoo, from creature to creature, with its clockwork engine, an escapee from some provincial haunted castle, and we would wave, as we passed, at the grotto-cum-crib of those recycled carpets—the polar bears. We would observe with an ophthalmological eye the baboons’ anal conjunctivitis, like eyelids inflamed with combustible hemorrhoids. We would kiss outside the lions’ den, where the lions—moth-eaten old overcoats—would curl their lips to reveal toothless gums. I would stroke your breasts in the oblique shade cast by the foxes, you would buy me an ice cream on a stick from the clowns’ enclosure, where they, eyebrows permanently arched, exchanged blows to the tragic accompaniment of a saxophone. And that way we would have recovered a little of the childhood that belongs to neither of us and that insists on whizzing down the children’s slide with a laugh that reaches us now as an occasional faint, almost angry echo.”
  3. I’m not sure I’d want to visit the time that this book takes place in. I’ve never been to Lisbon though and would love to visit it.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments ❤

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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#BlogAhead2018 Midpoint Check-In

 

Hey friends! We are halfway through this round of Blog Ahead. I can’t believe how fast October is flying by. I think the month feels so short because I spent the first week of October on vacation at Disneyland. Which, of course, means I started this challenge a week late compared to everyone else. I’m not going to let that hold me back though and will keep blogging away up to the last minute.

Since we are at the midpoint of the challenge I thought I’d check in and let you know how I’m doing this round. I’m not going to share what the posts are about but I’ll let you know where I am with my stats.


Stats:

Posts drafted – 12 (all Blogmas)

Posts scheduled – 10 (a mix of posts for November and Blogmas)


I was very worried when I started the challenge because I didn’t really have any ideas of what I wanted to work on. I just knew I need to set up posts for November and December because the end of the year is usually very busy for me between work, my birthday, and the holidays. Ideas just poured out of me though once I started blogging so I did a couple of brain dump sessions and I think I might have enough ideas to have posts done for the rest of the year. That’s not even counting the book reviews I need to finish.

Are you participating in Blog Ahead? How are you doing with the challenge? The hardest part for me is getting motivated to sit down and do my book reviews. Reviews are not necessarily difficult for me but more work goes into writing them over other posts. Let me know down in the comments if you agree or not.

As always stay book nerdy & happy reading my friends 🙂

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Stacking the Shelves | September & October 2018

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I’ve hauled any books here on the blog or on my channel. It’s because I really have not been buying very many books lately. When I do pick up a book I usually just share it on my Instagram. I have received some books for review since my last haul here on the blog so I thought I would share them with you.

Let’s get started! I will link to the Goodreads page for each book below as well in case you want to check them out.


Kindle Book Sales: 

None. I’m trying to stick to not purchasing any Kindle or Audible books until I read the ones I already own. My audible membership is on hold at the moment and I’m deleting any Kindle deals emails automatically without opening them.


Physical Books:

The only physical books I have hauled are from my BOTM subscriptions and I actually put a hold on that as well in September. I need to read the books I have from those subscription boxes before I restart my membership. I really love BOTM but my unread book pile from that box was getting out of hand.

If you are interested in BOTM I do have a referral link you can use if you like. You get a free book and so do I.


NetGalley/Edelweiss Review Galleys:

Rule by Ellen Goodlett – I received this via NetGalley in exchange for a review from the publisher. This is the first book in a YA fantasy series. A dying king, a murdered heir to the throne, and rebellion ensues. Sounds like complete chaos right? However, the kingdom of Kolonya has one last chance for civilized society before it completely descends into mayhem. Make that three options. Three girls with deadly secrets, but only one can inherit the throne. I’m expecting lots of political intrigues, some magic, and action in this one. I hope it lives up to my expectations. I’ll be sure to let you know!

Stuck in Manistique by Dennis Cuesta -I received this via NetGalley in exchange for a review from the publisher. This is a standalone adult contemporary fiction that a man named Mark who inherits a bed and breakfast in Manistique, Michigan. As he is touring the house for the first time, the doorbell rings and he finds himself playing along as a host to a woman that finds herself stranded in the area after her car collides with a deer. That’s all I know about the book so far. I’ll let you know more along with my thoughts once I read it.

In the Rough by Sara Brookes – I received this via NetGalley in exchange for a review from the publisher. This is the third book in a m/m erotic romance series. I honestly don’t know much about it other than that. I’ll be sure to let you know more about the book and my thoughts when I post my review.

Shift’s End by A.R. Barley – I received this via NetGalley in exchange for a review from the publisher. This is the third book in a m/m romance series. I honestly don’t know much about it other than that. I’ll be sure to let you know more about the book and my thoughts when I post my review.

Claiming His Lioness by Kerry Adrienne – I received this via NetGalley in exchange for a review from the publisher. This is the fourth book in a paranormal romance series. It’s been a while since I have picked up a paranormal romance. Again another book that is part of a series, however, I’m going to guess each book features a different couple. If this is the case I should be able to pick up the series out of order pretty easily.

Counterpoint by Anna Zabo – I received this via NetGalley in exchange for a review from the publisher. This is the second book in a m/m romance series written by a non-binary author. I didn’t know it was the second book until I had accepted the review request. I’m hoping it won’t be too difficult to pick up the series out of order. This will be my first book written by Mx. Zabo. Hopefully, it will be the first of many.

The Wolf at Bay by Charlie Adhara – I received this via NetGalley in exchange for a review from the publisher. This is also the second book in a m/m romance series. I really wish NetGalley would list this information in the description of the books. I am hoping I can also easily pick up this series out of order.

Dagger’s Edge by Lora Leigh – I received this via NetGalley in exchange for a review from the publisher. I know I’ve said it before but I really love Lora Leigh’s books. Her characters are fantastic and the chemistry between her couples are off the charts. If you are looking for a good entertaining and smutty romance you need to pick up one of Leigh’s romance series.

For Better or Worse by Margot Hunt – I received this via NetGalley in exchange for a review from the publisher. I do love me a good thriller. Domestic thrillers can be a hit or a miss for me so fingers crossed that I enjoy this one.

Cowboy Cross My Heart by Donna Grant – I received this via NetGalley in exchange for a review from the publisher. I haven’t read a good cowboy romance in a while so I thought why not give this one a try. I’ve only read Grant’s Dark King series. I really enjoyed it so I’m interested to see how Grant’s contemporary series will go.


That my friends is it for my September and October 2018 book haul. The majority of the books added to my TBR were review books. That isn’t that bad right? Of course, this does not include any borrowed books. I will do a separate post for the books I checked out from my library, as well as my Libby and Hoopla apps.
Let’s chat down below in the comments! What books have you added to your TBR recently?

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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My Week In A Nutshell 10/12/18

TGIF friends! Why is it that the week coming back to work from time off is always so hectic? I’m so happy the work week is over and I can just relax. I’d love to say I managed to find time to read during the week, but well that didn’t happen. I plan on getting some reading in this weekend during the #readyourfaceoff 24hr readathon. I’ll let you know down below what books I’m planning on getting read but first, let’s chat about what went on this week on the blog and channel. I also want to share some posts I’ve enjoyed by other creators this week. Let’s jump in, shall we?


Books Read:  A big fat 0

Books Currently Reading: I’m currently in the middle of 8 books. I’m very close to finishing at least 3 of them. Fingers crossed I can manage that this weekend.


 

This week on the blog:

I’ve been slowly getting back into my blogging routine. Participating in the Blog Ahead challenge is helping me get back on schedule. I have scheduled 10 posts for November and December so far. I’m a bit behind on the challenge since I was on vacation the first week of the challenge so I’m hoping I can catch up this weekend. Along with the Blog Ahead posts, I’ve also been working on getting into my regular posting schedule here on the blog and on my channel. Here are some of the posts I’ve managed to get up on the blog this week.

LONGEST BOOKS I’VE EVER READ | #TOPTENTUESDAY

#BORROWATHON ROUND 5 ANNOUNCEMENT

WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW 114

WATCH MY SUMMER TBR REVISIT

WATCH #READYOURFACEOFF OCTOBER READATHON & BUDDY READ

WATCH SPOOKATHON 2018 TBR

Some of these were due to cross-posting between my channel and my blog. I know some of you are not subscribed to my YouTube channel and only follow me here so I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on any of my content.


Normally this is the section where I would share what I watched this week. However, that was also a big fat zero so let’s chat about some posts from other creators that I enjoyed.

Amber from The Literary Phoenix posted a blog post this week called “Hello, I Read Books” that I found myself just nodding along to because I related to it. In this post, Amber discusses how awkward it is to discuss our love of reading outside of the online bookish community. I absolutely loved it and would recommend you check it out if you haven’t had a chance to yet.

Have you met Jolien at The Fictional Reader yet? I found her blog through her Booktube Channel. She is the sweetest. I love her content both on her blog and channel. Her reviews are so damn articulate and well thought out. I have serious envy because she makes it look so easy. This week the content I’d like to share from Jolien would be her blog post called “My bookish habits” where she shares all the habits she has picked up over her reading journey. This was also a post that I could relate to because I share some of them. Also like Jolien, I was completely unaware of these habits until my friends and family pointed them out to me. I bet there are some on her list that you do as well. You should go check it out.

Here are some of the videos I enjoyed this week on Booktube.

I met Alyssa through #borrowathon. She is the sweetest. Please go check out her channel. In this video, she talks about the lowest rated books on her TBR. I love these types of videos and I can’t wait to see what Alyssa’s thoughts will be in her update.

Have you checked out Common Spence yet? If you haven’t then you need to because his content is amazing! I love Spencer. He is so funny and his videos always make me smile. In this video, Spencer shares his thoughts on the Charmed reboot that is coming out on the CW this Sunday. I am a huge fan of the original Charmed series and this video made me want to binge watch it again. I need to find it on Netflix or Hulu so I can relive all the witchy FEELS!


In case you missed the announcement, this weekend is the #readyourfaceoff October 24hr readathon. It starts on Saturday at 9 am and ends on Sunday at 9 am in your time zone. This is a very laid back readathon. There are no challenges and you don’t have to belong to the group on Goodreads to participate. Just share your TBRs and updates using #readyourfaceoff on Twitter or Instagram so we can find your posts.

Here are the books I’ll be reading from during the readathon.

These are all books I’m currently reading and I’d like to finish at least two of them this weekend. I would love to finish all four but I doubt that will happen since two of them are tomes.

That’s it for this week’s My Week In A Nutshell. Will you be participating in the readathon this weekend? Have you read any of the books I featured in today’s post? Let’s chat down below in the comments.

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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Watch SpookAthon 2018 TBR

Hi friends! I decided to join in on this year’s round of #spookathon. The challenges look like they would be fun to try and I managed to create my tbr using books I already planned on reading in October. If you’d like to see what books I picked and more info on the readathon then check out the video below.