Wednesday, March 20, 2013

what happens when you disappear for 9+ months

1. You don't finish your reading goal for 2012, in fact you haven't read a grown-up or YA book since October.
2. You learn to make a crapton (official measurement) of slow cooker recipes & freezer meals.
3. You take 2 months "off" work for bedrest (i.e. enforced napping & TV watching), but you keep logging into work checking email and troubleshooting library patrons' ereader & ebook issues.
4. You take another 3 months actually off work for baby raising

Wait a minute....

5. YOU HAVE A FREAKING BABY. (Guess I should have led with that one, eh?)

So now, I'm still making lists but they consist of things like:
  • all the crap required to send your child to daycare
  • all the crap your husband will forget to bring home from daycare when he picks up the aforementioned child
  • meal plans for the week that you will never have time to cook, much less eat
  • boards books read to a three month old who is obviously more entranced by the ceiling fan & the curtains than your story time voice
  • so basically ALL OF THE THINGS.
My life consists of nothing but lists and checklists.  I'm too sleep deprived at this point to not stumble around like a drunk zombie every day otherwise. 

Soooooo....expect my posts to start to take a turn for the mama-oriented.  I don't have time for book challenges & NaNoWriMo's at the moment.  Maybe at some point life will return to a new normal with more room for those things, but for now I'm doing good to put on makeup put on clothes brush my teeth every day. 

Small goals, people--small goals.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Meh May.

Why thank you, Goodreads--I so needed to know I was 6 books behind my 2012 reading challenge goal. *sticks out tongue*
Here's my May in review:

1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (May 15, 2012)
2. Baby Proof by Emily Giffin (May 23, 2012)


Sad, isn't it?  Made more sad by the fact that book #2 was a one star book that I should have stopped reading 60 pages in.  I think it's safe to say that summer reading club is inducing yet another READING SLUMP.  (insert temper tantrum of epic proportions)

So since you know exactly how much I'm not reading, let's see what I WISH I was/could/want to read instead.  Let's make these a GOAL because I like to emphasize words I deem important with ALL CAPS.  Some are books I need to finish before our upcoming author panel at work in July.  I mean, they were on my TBR list already, but now I have a clear cut deadline for those.  And netgalley won't let me read those titles forever, so add those to the list too.

Books to Read This Summer:
- A Million Suns by Beth Revis (Across the Universe worked wonders last year during my slump!)
- Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer (I KNOW, I haven't read it yet. *hangs head in shame*)
- Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
- The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (Why haven't I read this yet?  I obviously like to torture myself.)
- The Diviners by Libba Bray (borrowed - need to return!)
- City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
- Black Heart by Holly Black (on audiobook)
- Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian (netgalley)
- Beta by Rachel Cohn (netgalley)

So there we go, I HAVE HOMEWORK.  I love homework, so let's see how I do.  What slump busting books have you got for me?  Post suggestions in comments.  Seriously, I need suggestions--and help--and all kinds of things that no one is capable of giving me.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

April Showers & Bitterblue Flowers

Okay, so it's time for my monthly book challenge update.  And let me tell you, it's not going well.  NOT AT ALL.  It also doesn't help that a certain someone has already read 81 books.  EIGHTY-ONE!  (I'm looking at you, Kristin Trevino.)

But truthfully, it's not her fault that I'm not reading.  I would like to blame Bitterblue.

Kristin Cashore had the nerve to write another breathtaking, heart tugging novel that is you know, a teeny tiny 545 pages.  I wanted to savor every last word and page.  (And swoon over Saf--oh Sapphire--and my beloved, Po.)  I wanted to finish the story, but not finish the story.  I had to know how it ended, but I didn't want it to end.  And now, it's over.  SIGH.

So here's my April in review:

1. Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins (April 5, 2012)
2. Beta reader for another manuscript (April 10, 2012)
3. Firelight by Sophie Jordan (April 13, 2012
4. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (April 27, 2012) *
5. Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green (April 30, 2012)

My conclusion from this month: READ BITTERBLUE.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Some beach reading (and obligatory vacation photos)

Sorry my 2012 reading challenge update for March is late, BUT I have a good excuse.  NO--an amazing excuse! 

I had my 30th birthday (not the amazing part) this past Sunday.  I'm an unfortunate April Fool baby.  Anyways, I decided I needed to reward myself for turning the big 3-0--or possibly just escape the clutches of any would-be well wishers or birthday celebrators (it's a word, I checked). 

Where does one go when they're turning a dreaded age and they've recently lost 35 pounds?  To the beach.  More specifically, the U.S. Virgin Islands.  But really, why TELL you when I can simply SHOW you?  Insert obligatory vacation photos here.

Me & The Husband on St. John
a Ginger at Sunset
The Husband & Birthday Girl
Trunk Bay, St. John

Mhm, now you see.  Not a bad excuse, eh?  But now....on with the books!

Here's my March in review: 
  1. Fever by Lauren Destefano (March 1, 2012) 
  2. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (March 7, 2012) *   
  3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore - Full Cast Audio (March 16, 2012) * +  
  4. Purity by Jackson Pearce (March 21, 2012)  
  5. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (March 28, 2012) *  
  6. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (March 29, 2012) +    
  7. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella (March 31, 2012) +  
  8. Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins (on page 255 of 327) 
  9. Firelight by Sophie Jordan (on page 57 of 253) 
  10. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay (on page 25 of 307) 
  11. Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella (on page 63 of 328)
I completed 7 books this month--including one audiobook and two re-reads.  In addition to finishing those, I am almost done with another and partway thru three more.  That's progress at least.  The amazing part about March though is that I had THREE five star books!  I know that my rating system is incredibly unreliable wonky inconsistent.  But I reserve five stars for only the truly outstanding.  Okay, so one was Graceling which I had given 5 stars on my first read, but the audiobook was just as deserving

These books were outstanding--especially, especially Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan.  It was hysterically hilarious (The Husband kept giving me weird looks), deliciously heartbreaking, and engaging right up until the agonizing end.  Now I have to begin my long wait until the book actually comes out (September 11, 2012--AGH), and then another long wait until the NEXT Lynburn Legacy book comes out.  Sigh.  One of the downfalls of reading advance copies....well worth the torture though.

Oh, and even though I had better stats this month--who could resist another LOL cat?  YOU'RE WELCOME. 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Not With a Bang, but a Whimper

So this is how I imagined my 2012 reading going....

And this is the reality....

So rather than this month going off with a bang, it ended up fizzling out with a whimper.  I slid dangerously close to reading slump status, but luckily I had a LONG list of excuses.  I'm sorry, book.  It's not you, it's me.  I'm sure you're a great read and all.  Utterly unputdownable, but I just can't right now.  I have to (INSERT EXCUSE HERE).

But really, what was the reason I didn't get much read this month?  I didn't make it my priority, I guess.  I was sick for the better part of the month, but mostly I got in over my head with stress and work and more stress and health issues and blahblahblah.  Let the excuses pile up already.  So what did I actually accomplish?

Here's my February in review:
  1. A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young (February 8, 2012)
  2. I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (February 16, 2012)
  3. Beta reader for manuscript (February 24, 2012)
  4. Entwined by Heather Dixon (on page 245 of 480)
  5. Fever by Lauren Destefano (on page 311 of 341)
  6. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross (on page 36 of 314)
For those of you keeping count, I only finished TWO books, one manuscript, half of an endlessly long book (Entwined), and almost finished one more book.  Sadly, I bought more books than I read.  Let's just hope March produces better stats--and less LOL cats.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It's a challenge.

Well, well, appears that my reading slump has been stomped all over.  Since I didn't get to read at the pace I wanted last year, I have upped the ante for 2012.  My goal is to read 75 books this year.  This is 25 books more than my usual 50 book challenge.

I'll try to keep myself in check by posting a summary of which books I've read each month.  This will hopefully keep me on track--and really, I just like to organize things.  Any excuse to make a list!  I will list each book's title, author, and date finished.  The lucky few who receive 5 star ratings (using my oh-so-subjective-and-not-at-all-consistent rating system) will be bolded and starred.

Here's my January in review:
  1. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (January 1, 2012)
  2. Hourglass by Myra McEntire (January 2, 2012)
  3. The Unbecoming Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (January 3, 2012) *
  4. Wither by Lauren DeStefano (January 7, 2012)
  5. Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner (January 10, 2012)
  6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (January 14, 2012) *
  7. Notes from the Blender by Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin (January 16, 2012)
  8. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (January 19, 2012)
  9. Fracture by Megan Miranda (January 25, 2012)
  10. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (January 27, 2012) 
  11. The List by Siobhan Vivian (January 31, 2012)
What's YOUR reading challenge for the year?

Friday, December 23, 2011

A year in which NaNoWriMo breaks my brain...oh and books!

Since NaNoWriMo broke my brain, I will give you the next best thing: BOOK PORN.

Here's my year in favorite books.  Despite a crippling reading slump, these titles kept me glued to the pages.  And because I like to organize my books...
  • 2 standalone titles
  • 1 companion book
  • 4 first in a new series
  • 1 final volume in trilogy
  • 2 number two in series

Best Audiobooks:

Red Glove by Holly Black
Where She Went by Gayle Forman