This is actually the first week in a long (long) time that I'm reading books that are both books that will be published in June. Usually I try to read widely in terms of publication date, genre, and so on, but since both books will be published in June within weeks of each other, I'm hoping to read them all now and have the reviews up early (as reviewing has been a true process for me lately- and a long one at that).
Recent Acquisitions (or the Piling of the-Piles):the-pile Additions:
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab
I ordered this from the Book Depository after getting some coupon codes for a better deal- mostly, I was curious if I would like it as much as Vicious. I don't really know what to expect, as this is a hyped book and generally I'm apathetic toward hyped books, but I hope I'll like it. I also got two coloring bookmarks instead of one, as they stuck together, so I guess that was lucky.
None... other than what I'm currently reading.
Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey
I think what this book suffers from most is being compared with the authors they said this book was in the style of. On its own, it is a pretty good book so far (I'm 60% in) but when compared with the authors it was in its blurb (Alice Hoffman, Anne Bishop), it really doesn't make sense. The characters, while interesting, fail to grab my empathy- all that intrigues me is the plot and the unusual magic system.
Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
One of my Goodreads friends (who likes a lot of the books I like) loved this one, so I decided to request it. I haven't gotten far enough for impressions yet.
Finished These Books:
Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders #3) by Robin Hobb
I expected to love this one, and in some ways I did, but there was some major conflict in me with the way a rape was portrayed. To me, it seemed to be used as a plot device to establish said character as strong, and to me it was just wrong- the character seemed to react somewhat, but then brush it aside like cobwebs. Others have really loved this one, but I have serious qualms about the way that rape was portrayed... it's almost unrate-able for me, but I think it'll still be a tentative 4 Star read.
Peasant Tales of Russia by V.I. Nemirovitch-Dantchenko
I reviewed this one, so you're better off clicking the link above if you want my full take on it- I loved one story in the collection, but some of them were overlong, and one was a tad too inspirational for my liking.
Anti-Romance (Anti-Romance #1) by Cassia Leo
I don't recommend this one, however, I couldn't help but read it. Sometimes beginnings are very telling for a book, and sometimes I should just remind myself to never, ever read contemporary romance. The link is to my mini review on Goodreads.
The Little Red Reviewer offers A Few Do’s and Don’t’s of Author Self Promotion. I'd think most of you may agree with them.
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer has some tips on Searching Images For Your Website Don’t Steal Them. Thanks to La La in the Library for retweeting this one so I actually came across it! Many of the images on Google are actually copyrighted, and no, they don't need a watermark for that. This article and the things it mentions are exactly why I watermark most of my images- I've seen too many Pinterest image thieves in my day.
Jenny @ Reading the End had me clicking the Want to Read button on Goodreads after reading the first two lines of her review of The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig.
Becca @ I'm Lost in Books reviews The Wander Society by Keri Smith- another book I may pick up if I find it.
Marlin Collingwood writes a moving post on an important topic: My Husband Died by Suicide, but Died From Depression (from the Mighty). Though the way we think about such topics is changing, I think it's important to realize the base cause of things.
In My Life:
We've officially had His George-ness for a year. Somehow, it feels like I've had him a longer and shorter amount of time simultaneously. That cat acted like he owned our house from the second he jumped out of his cardboard carrier. Long live the George!
|Our cleaned-up porch, with plant minions|