In My Life
The past few weeks weren’t all too great for me. I was down with a terrible flu for nearly two weeks and even as I’ve mostly recovered, I’m still coughing on occasion. Some days I’d sleep 8 hours, awake an hour in the morning and then sleep another 7 hours. I was just so out of it, that I couldn’t do much. This explains my lack of recent posts as well. Thankfully I’m alright now and am back to blogging.
On the upside, I amassed a fair stack of new books over the past few weeks (not all are pictured above):
- Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo
- The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
- The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski
- Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor
- Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
- When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez
- Dreamfire by Kit Alloway
- Winterspell by Claire Legrand
- The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely
- Fractured (Slated #2) by Teri Terry
- Shattered (Slated #3) by Teri Terry
- Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi
- Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic #3) by Sophie Kinsella
- Shopaholic & Sister (Shopaholic #4) by Sophie Kinsella
- The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
On the Blog
What’s the point of abridged audiobooks? is a question that has consumed me for quite a while. I respect there are merits but on the whole, I’m not a fan of abridged audiobooks.
When it comes to books, we tend to focus a lot on book reviews. But what about our thoughts and expectations before reading a book? I decided I wanted to document some of my thoughts as I launch into reading new books and launched a new feature Unveiled, starting with Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Speaking of reading, Hazel and I continued with Epic Recs, so check out the books we picked for March!
On the book photography front, the latest Mise-en-scène themes were flowers and bookshelves. Why not join Georgie and me and share photos of your bookshelves? Link-ups are open till Friday.
I gathered my thoughts and reviewed Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. When I started reading, I had zero idea what to expect. In the end I devoured that book, despite some of my reservations regarding the romance I hadn’t expected.
Around the Blogosphere
While I’ve tried my best to keep up with the blogosphere and been reading blog posts, I’ve not been commenting much since I was ill and am only now catching up. In any case, here are some of the posts that caught my eye, albeit without my own commentary this week.
- Stormy @ Book. Blog. Bake. wonders if half-ratings on Goodreads should be rounded up or down.
- Megan @ Adrift on Vulcan consolidated her 20 favourite animated book covers. They are stunning!
- Asti @ Oh, the Books adores villains. If you’re not convinced, you might change your mind after reading about her fascination with them.
- Amy @ Ten Penny Dreams noted 10 ways to share your love of reading.
- Kayla @ The Thousand Lives points out the magic in contemporary fiction.
Jess @My Reading Dress says
I’ve finally gotten round to reading some posts so I’m glad you’re much better now! AND HORRAY YOUR PHONE SCREEN IS FIXED!!
I’d say read Days of Blood etc first! I’d want to you start Winner’s Curse, only so you can read Winner’s Crime. I wasn’t too much of a fan of that first one.
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Anne @ Lovely Literature says
That is a very nice looking stack of books! I just recently read Winner’s Curse and would recommend that, though you can’t go wrong with Days of Blood and Starlight.
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Leigh @ Little Book Star says
I’m glad you’re much better! I’m still a bit sick with some occasional coughing. I think it’s really the flu season. I surprisingly have not read any of the books you hauled, but I say read Siege and Storm first just because it has a lot of positive reviews.
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About Happy Books says
I love that the book spines of the books by Marie Rutkoski fit together so perfectly, these books will look amazing on a bookshelf.
I also don’t get abridged audiobooks, I always wonder why people would buy a shortened version of a book, it doesn’t make any sense.
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