Sunday Post #5

The last time I did a Sunday Post was almost 3 months ago, and yes, I do feel bad about that. It’s not because I don’t want to post or have nothing to post about — because it’s actually the exact opposite. There’s so much to say and so, so many books that come my way that I want to share with you guys. SO. Let’s start this up again by covering the last two weeks, because I actually got a lot of reading, reviewing, and posting done despite my hectic offline commitments. I’ve come up with a couple of new features in the last week that I want to add to the blog in order to keep it interesting. When I decided to start blogging again, I never intended for it to be just straight book reviews. I want to do more: product reviews, lifestyle posts, other book-related things like scouring the net for deals, advice for other reviewers, bloggers, how to organize your books, etc. I have plans on plans on plans. But while I let those ideas marinate around in my brain…

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news — A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

Last (2) Week(s)

  • Blog Tour Review: In Place of Never by Julie Anne Lindsey. There’s also a giveaway with this blog tour. It ends in about a week, so get your entries in for a chance to win a copy of the book and some other goodies.
  • ARC Review: In Real Life by Jessica Love, which comes out on Tuesday, March 1.
  • NEW FEATURE – Product Review: Personalized Monogram Ex Libris Rubber Stamp that I use on every book I add to my personal collection.
  • Travel Diaries: Recapped the first part of my trip to New York.
  • ARC Review: The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman, which comes out on March 8.
  • Cover Reveal: Elastic Hearts by Claire Contreras, the final book in the Hearts trilogy that comes out this March.

This Week

  • ARC Review: Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson
  • Review: Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras
  • Travel Diaries: Part 2 of my trip to New York
  • ARC Review: Lucky Me by Saba Kapur

Book Haul

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I was having the worst day at work and came home to find that Raincoast Books graciously sent me an ARC for The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander. Huge thanks to them and HMH Books for Young Readers. Can’t wait to start reading this one. The official release date for the book is on April 26th, so look out for it.

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This also showed up in my mailbox, courtesy of LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program. Thanks to Candlewick Press for sending over a copy of Golden Boys by Sonya Harnett. From my understanding, this title has been out in Australia for a while now, but it’s being released in North America on April 12th, so again, be on the look-out for this one. Side note: I’m so in love with this cover.

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I ordered paperback copies of Kaleidoscope Hearts and Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras from Amazon, and I’m so happy they’re now in my possession. I’m such a huge fan of this series and while I own the e-books, I think most of us agree that it’s different when you have a physical copy. Plus I plan on buying the final installment, Elastic Hearts, when it comes out in March and need my collection to be complete. I was so ecstatic to be a part of the cover reveal for the last book, and I’ll be posting a review of Paper Hearts really soon, just to get myself even more hyped up for the conclusion of this amazing series. If you’re not on Claire’s mailing list or in her Facebook group, I highly suggest it (be sure to check out my post for links). She’s so lovely.

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ARCs, ARCs, and more ARCs! What a time to be alive. I just hope I don’t fall behind schedule in reviewing all of these, but that shouldn’t be a problem since I’m really looking forward to digging into all of these titles. There are a lot of great books coming out this year; these in particular are a good variety to pick from depending on your mood — I urge you all to put these ones on your TBR. Thanks to Sourcebooks for the copies of Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood (May 3rd) and My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul (April 5th); to Raincoast Books and Macmillan for The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood (May 3rd) and Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins (May 17th); ABRAMS Kids for Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black (May 17th); and finally Atria/Emily Bestler Books for The Regulars by Georgia Clark (August 2nd).

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Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet is my latest purchase from the bookstore. I had heard about this book a while ago and was always meaning to read it, but being that I’m not particularly huge on poetry, it was never really high up on my reading priorities list. But that cover! Love. Nevertheless, I’m pretty stoked to get through this one. I’ve heard fairly good things about it. It’s not my usual type of read (format and subject-wise), but I promised myself to step out of my comfort zone this year when it comes to the books I read.


What I’m Reading

  1. Golden Son by Pierce Brown (Red Rising, Book 2)
  2. Only by Helenkay Dimon (Holton Woods, Book 2)

Bookstagram

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Life & Such

I’m only taking one library course right now because it’s all I have time for between work and other stuff, but it’s seriously kicking my ass. Like all the way to the eastern hemisphere. By far the hardest course I’ve taken in my program. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not able to put in as much time into studying as I want to because of work and the never-ending urge to read books instead, lol. It’s likely because this is the only online course in the entire program that uses set timelines; assignments are due on a certain date, exams need to be taken on specific dates. It’s not “at your own pace” like all of my other classes, so that’s definitely been making things a little difficult. But either way, I need to get it together for my midterms at the end of this week. Wish me luck!

Hope everyone has a fantastic week, and a great start to the month of March.

Sunday Post #4

This past week was rough. I spent most of it sick with a cold and had to take a day off work earlier in the week because I couldn’t get out of bed. Then the following few days consisted of me playing catch-up on work stuff and sleeping as soon as I got home, which barely gave me any free time to do anything book-related. Still, here’s a short recap:

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news — A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

Last Week

This Week

  • Review: He Found Me by Whitney Barbetti
  • Review: Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras

New Arrivals

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I confined myself indoors for most of the week to avoid worsening my already bad cold, so I didn’t get to browse for new books, sadly. Thank goodness for online shopping. Truly. I got Burying Water by K.A. Tucker, Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras, and Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park. The last two are sequels that I’ve been looking forward to getting, so I started reading as soon as I bought them.

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I downloaded this new app and it’s pretty damn awesome. Crave Romance is a new book-reading app that connects you to the latest romance novels in a new and innovative way. The app allows you to read the novel while giving you exclusive and interactive extras to enhance your reading experience. Right now, November 9 by Colleen Hoover is available. Yes, ladies. You get to not only read about Ben and Fallon’s story, but watch Ben talk about it. So cool. In addition to video footage, the books will also feature stuff like photos and quizzes. It’s a subscription-based app, sitting at $3.99 per month on iTunes (it’ll be available on the Android platform soon)– right now, you can get the first week free and start reading November 9. Upcoming titles are The Best Goodbye by Abbi Glines and He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker. Check out their website for more details.

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I love book merch. I spend more money on mugs and pillow cases than I really should, but I can’t help it. That said, how adorable is my new throw pillow?! Got this from Bookwormboutique‘s Society6 shop. Check out their website for more links to amazing stuff and maybe pick up some Christmas gifts for your fellow bookworms.


Life & Such

I went through more Kleenex boxes than did books this week. But I did take a lot of pictures of books… so that’s kind of the same, right? I know it’s not. At all. But here’s a gallery to make up for my severe lack of content this week. Follow me on Instagram (@arydwn) to see more photos. 🙂

Hope you all had a better week than I did (take your vitamins!), and happy reading!

Sunday Post #3

So I completely didn’t stick to my reviewing schedule at all. I rarely ever do. It tends to happen when I’m reading books simultaneously and I finish one that I can’t not write about the second it’s done. This was one of those weeks. Regardless, I did find time to reflect on a lot; here’s what happened on the blog this past week:

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news — A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

Last Week

This Week

  • Review: Ink by Amanda Sun
  • Review: He Found Me by Whitney Barbetti

New Arrivals

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I picked up Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, because I own the first book which is on my TBR list. And as I mentioned before, I tend to spend money on books I’m missing from series. I’ve always thought ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ had such an interesting premise, and was pleasantly surprised to see that Riggs was continuing on with a series. I have some catching up to do!

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I’d never heard of any of these titles before, but an hour and a half of perusing, bargain hunting, and achy arms resulted in a haul of some worthwhile finds at the bookstore. I snagged China Dolls by Lisa See, Spare Brides by Adele Park, Heroes of Olympus by Philip Freeman/Laurie Calkhoven, Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir, Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie Hemphill, and Cain by the late and brilliant José Saramago.

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I received my first book subscription box over the past week, which was such a pleasure. I love getting packages in the mail, I really do. This one is from OwlCrate, a monthly YA subscription box. The November theme was Myths & Legends, so I just knew I had to sign up. This is what I got:

  • Soundless by Richelle Mead, which came with a bookmark and temporary tattoos from Vampire Academy
  • A mermaid pocket mirror from My Clockwork Castle
  • A Camp Half-Blood (Percy Jackson series) bracelet from The Colorful Geek
  • A castle locket necklace from The Geeky Cauldron
  • Sleeping Beauty tea from Adagio Teas (Note: I’m so in love with this tea. It smells incredible and is fantastic any time of the day)

Life & Such

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It’s very rare that I read non-fiction books unless they’re for school or a biography on someone whose work I enjoy. But lately, I’ve been reading more and more, especially books related to library operations, book publishing, and literature in general. I guess I got so used to being in school for this stuff full-time over the last year, and now that I’m doing it part-time and my school readings aren’t as piled up as usual, I found myself missing it. So I took a stroll down to the library a few days ago during lunch and checked out some books to fill that void. The first is called How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read by Pierre Bayard. I mainly picked it out because I thought the title was hilarious, and I thought about many conversations I’ve had with people about books they’ve liked that I’ve never even heard of. It’s pretty hard to do that if neither of you are — pardon the horrible pun — on the same page. I still haven’t read it, ironically enough. But I’m looking forward to what Bayard has to say. The second book is This is Not the End of the Book by Umberto Eco and Jean-Claude Carrière. This one I picked up because of it’s lovely cover. Then I read the synopsis and was extremely intrigued. Eco has always been such a fascinating person to me, so to be able to read a play-by-play conversation between him and Carrière, a screenwriter, actor, and fellow bibliophile, is a treat. The book is basically a conversation between the two (it literally reads as a huge transcript split into chapters) about books, the fate of books in this generation that relies heavily on technology, collecting books, and more. It talks about how physical books will survive and surpass the digital age, and Eco alludes to that theory really early on with this quote that I thought was brilliant: “The book is like the spoon: once invented, it cannot be bettered.

Do you agree with Eco? Disagree? I mean I think we all share the same answer, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, how do you deal with conversations with people who talk about books you’ve never read?

Leave me a comment! And have a fantastic week. 🙂

Sunday Post #2

It’s been a really busy week with school, work, and family commitments, but I’m still standing, so that’s a pretty good sign. Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of time to do all the reading I wanted, though it was a good week on the blog nonetheless. Here’s another Sunday Post for you all:

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news — A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

Last Week

This Week

    • Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
    • Review: He Found Me by Whitney Barbetti

New Arrivals

New Arrivals - Illuminae

I’ve been hearing a lot about Illuminae, so I knew I had to add it to my TBR pile. I haven’t read a sci-fi or dystopian book in forever it seems, and it’s really a shame because there was a point in the last few years that all I read were those type of YA books. Hopefully this book will get me back into it. And really, the cover alone is enough to draw me to this book — it’s gorgeous!

New Arrivals - Jane Eyre

It was only when I actually sat down and started organizing my book collection earlier this year that I noticed I have several editions of certain books. When it comes to classic literature, you can never have enough — even if it’s of the same novel. I picked up another edition of Jane Eyre last week at a local bookstore. I’d never seen this 1984 Reader’s Digest edition before, so I just had to have it. There are some really interesting illustrations in it that I just might have to feature in a future blog post.

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In addition to Jane Eyre, I also picked up Matchless: A Christmas Story from the bookstore to get me into the holiday season. I’m a huge fan of both Hans Christian Andersen and Gregory Maguire and when I discovered that the latter wrote a retelling, I automatically purchased it. I’ve always known ‘The Little Match Girl’ by Andersen to be a bittersweet story, so I’m interested to read Maguire’s take on it, just as I was with his other books.


Life & Such

As I mentioned earlier, it’s been a hectic week. Work in particular has been kicking my ass. There are days when things are pretty slow, so I have time to catch up and organize my stuff, but all that can change in a second. That’s mostly what I like about the job, though — I’m never bored or run out of things to do. Right now, I’m working on researching database management practices and decided to take to the public library to help me figure some things out on the topic. I haven’t checked any books out yet, but sifting through some of them gave me some ideas both for work and on how to better manage my own personal book collection at home. Right now, besides Goodreads, I have a pretty simple Excel spreadsheet that I created a while back to track both physical and electronic books, and it’s been working so far for what I want it to do. But I’ve discovered Access is a great way to maintain larger databases, which would help me especially with my growing collection. The only challenge is that Access is a whole other language and takes a lot of time to learn. I have a basic grasp of what it can do, thanks to one of my school courses, but it’ll take me a while to actually be able to fully make sense of it. I’m currently weighing the pros and cons of both Microsoft programs, so we’ll see what happens!

Do you keep track of your books somehow? What are some of the methods you use to do so?

I hope everyone has a great week. Happy reading!

Sunday Post #1

One of the things that I missed about book blogging was taking part in different weekly memes and getting to network with other bloggers. A favourite feature of mine was doing a weekly wrap-up and reflecting and letting my readers know what to expect the following week. Sundays are always a great day to do so; I find that I’m able to think and relax more on this particular day. The meme that I always, always took part in was the Sunday Post. So without further ado:

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news — A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

Last Week:
Review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

This Week:
Review: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry


New Arrivals:
New Arrivals - November 9

The much anticipated November 9 just came out last week. Colleen Hoover recently posted on her website that the book is sold out and they’re working on printing more copies. That’s how damn good this book is. Last week I rushed the hell over to my nearest bookstore, which only carried 2 copies on release day. Luckily I got the last one… even though I went there only an hour after they opened. I wish I had more time right now to finish this, because I’m in the middle of it and I hate having to take breaks when all I want to do is curl up in bed and read.

New Arrivals - The Mango Bride

I found The Mango Bride on sale a few days ago, which was perfect timing because I’ve had my Amazon cart full of fiction written by or about Filipinos and life in the Philippines. This was one of them, so this saves having to wait for it to be shipped to me. It’s rare for me to find novels like these, where people of my ethnicity are the main focus. I’m so happy to add this one to my currently small but growing collection.

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A huge thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with ARCs of these three books. This is my first batch since I relaunched the blog, but I remember I could always count on St. Martin’s Press to publish quality books (it was thanks to NetGalley that I discovered the awesome Rainbow Rowell). And on a different note: just looking at one of the books, I’ll See You in Paris gives me a heavy feeling in my chest right now. My thoughts are with all those affected by the tragic events that took place in Paris, France these last few days.


Life & Such:
As you can probably tell, I’ve been taking my time with getting content up. I’m currently busy with school since I’m close to exam-time. Thankfully my schoolwork doesn’t stray far from what I love, which is — of course — books. When I’m not reading novels, I’m studying the science behind operating one of our favourite places to acquire novels and all sorts of other information: the library. I still have about a year to go to finish up my Library Information Technology program, but even when I’m not doing my required reading, I find myself still wanting to soak in as much as I can. So this past week, I dropped by the city’s central library close to where I work and picked up these books for a little bit of preparation for finals.

Library Haul - Week of November 8-15

Interestingly enough, I checked out two books that contrast each other completely. One is an information guide about libraries having moved towards digital technology and how organizations have managed and continue to manage it. The other is a pretty hard-hitting and opinionated expose on the lack of efforts made in the past to keep printed media around. I’m reading these two books simultaneously and it’s so interesting to see differing viewpoints on the preservation of information in the library field. It just shows how vast this industry is and how it extends beyond books and reading.