In Which I Bid You A Fond Farewell

Hello everyone!  After much deliberation off and on over the past year, I have finally come to the decision to end my book blogging career.  I have had a great 3.5 years talking about books and making new friends in the bookish and blogging community but the past year just hasn’t felt the same.  Blogging has become more of a dreaded chore for me with each passing day.  Between trying to come up with new posts and review copy deadlines, I’ve been stressing out on something that used to bring me joy.  I’ve tried to take a more laid back approach but that just hasn’t been working either.  One of my goals for myself this year was to let go of any unnecessary stress and unfortunately I have realized that blogging falls under that category for me.  I will also no longer be posting on my bookstagram account, @thewornbookmark for the same reasons.

However, I am not going away completely! You can still find me on Goodreads and my personal Instagram @pennma05!  I would love to stay in communication with you all so feel free to follow and chat me up over at those two places.  I will also still be updating my reading around the world map so you can still keep up with all the different places I’m reading about if you’re interested.

In closing, I would like to thank all of the people who have been following my blog over the last 3.5 years! You guys have been amazing. When I started this blog I never even thought I would have 100 followers let alone over 900!  I would like to offer some book blogger suggestions that I have really enjoyed following and talking to over the years.

Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

Tricia @ Bookworm Coalition

Brandie @ Running on Words and Wine

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

Haley @ I Lay Reading

Yvo @ It’s All About Books

Kelsey @ Darcy’s Book Blog

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle


Farewell everyone! Happy reading! And remember to look me up on Goodreads and my personal Instagram if you haven’t already 🙂

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DNF Review: The Sky Is Yours

35483928The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

Published January 23rd 2018 by Hogarth

464 Pages

Goodreads Summary: In the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat from a pair of dragons that circle the skies. When violence strikes, reality star Duncan Humphrey Ripple V, the spoiled scion of the metropolis’ last dynasty; Baroness Swan Lenore Dahlberg, his tempestuous, death-obsessed betrothed; and Abby, a feral beauty he discovered tossed out with the trash; are forced to flee everything they’ve ever known. As they wander toward the scalded heart of the city, they face fire, conspiracy, mayhem, unholy drugs, dragon-worshippers, and the monsters lurking inside themselves. In this bombshell of a novel, Chandler Klang Smith has imagined an unimaginable world: scathingly clever and gorgeously strange, The Sky Is Yours is at once faraway and disturbingly familiar, its singular chaos grounded in the universal realities of love, family, and the deeply human desire to survive at all costs.

Review: I give up. I was really intrigued by the synopsis and cover of this book but from almost the moment I began reading this book, I was at a loss. I don’t think I have ever disliked a book so much so early on while reading. I hate the characters, the world doesn’t make any sense nor anything in it. I set it to the side for a few days hoping to come back to it a few days later just in case but every time I thought about picking it up again, I felt nothing but dread. DNF for me on this one.

I received a review copy through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

Happenings

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Most of my weekend was cleaning house and getting ready for this winter storm that started this morning.  We’re supposed to get 12+ inches where I live.  Not looking forward to it. But anyways…  One of the things I did this weekend when I was cleaning was to tidy and dust my bookshelves.  And I had just enough light to take some photos.

20180120_12304420180120_123109These are only three of my bookshelves but they are the only ones that fit in our office space right now. Eventually when my parents move out, the whole room will be mine so I will be getting my full wall of shelves that I’ve always wanted.  I also took a few closeup shots of some of my favorite shelves.

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My Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings shelf!  I have so many GoT Funkos that I ran out of room and had to move some to the shelf below it.  Same with LOTR.  The Balrog is also sitting on my desktop PC because it’s so big!

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My lovely Laini Taylor shelf!  Definitely going to need more space for some Strange the Dreamer paperbacks and room for the sequel and any other book she writes in the future! And I am still so in love with my custom Karou funko from Cait @ A Page With A View (link to her Etsy shop here)!  She does great work on all her custom Funkos! I NEED to get the Alina and The Darkling Funkos that she has for my Leigh Bardugo shelf!

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Eventually Leigh will need enough space for her own shelf completely but for now she shares with a couple of my other favorites – Susan Dennard and Mary E. Pearson!  Completely random placement for Meiko and Pocahontas, I know, but don’t really have anywhere else to put them at the moment haha.

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I can’t wait to get the new shelves I want because I’m running out of room for my favorite authors! My Jay Kristoff shelf is going to be overflowing this year with LIFEL1K3, Obsidio, and hopefully Nevernight #3 coming out! Plus, I need the Godsgrave paperbacks when those release haha.

Coming up this weekend, Ethan and I are both taking Friday off work for our 6th wedding anniversary and heading up north!  I’m so excited to go back up and the weather is going to be great for this time of year.  I’m really looking forward to some time out in the fresh clean air and just relaxing for the weekend.

In book news, I’m currently reading The Cruel Prince and even though I didn’t get any reading done this weekend I am loving it! Target had it for 15% off on Cartwheel so I ended up picking up a copy on Friday after work.  I’m hoping to get up to a Barnes & Noble sometime soon to try and find a copy of their exclusive black cover edition.

I have a few ARCs in my pipeline as well.  I was recently invited to review three upcoming titles for Ballantine Books, Simon & Schuster, and St. Martin’s Press.


32912154PAPER GHOSTS by Julia Heaberlin (4/17/18) Ballantine Books

An obsessive young woman has been waiting half her life—since she was twelve years old—for this moment. She has planned. Researched. Trained. Imagined every scenario. Now she is almost certain the man who kidnapped and murdered her sister sits in the passenger seat beside her.

Carl Louis Feldman is a documentary photographer. The young woman claims to be his long-lost daughter. He doesn’t believe her. He claims no memory of murdering girls across Texas, in a string of places where he shot eerie pictures. She doesn’t believe him.

Determined to find the truth, she lures him out of a halfway house and proposes a dangerous idea: a ten-day road trip, just the two of them, to examine cold cases linked to his haunting photographs.

Is he a liar or a broken old man? Is he a pathological con artist? Or is she? Julia Heaberlin once again swerves the serial killer genre in a new direction. With taut, captivating prose, Heaberlin deftly explores the ghosts that live in our minds—and the ones that stare back from photographs. You won’t see the final, terrifying twist spinning your way until the very last mile.


36347830SONG OF BLOOD & STONE by L. Penelope (5/1/18) St. Martin’s Press

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it’s people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.


35297405SCHOOL FOR PSYCHICS by K. C. Archer (4/3/18) Simon & Schuster

An entrancing new series starring a funny, impulsive, and sometimes self-congratulatory young woman who discovers she has psychic abilities—and then must decide whether she will use her skills for good or…not.

Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic.

When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police, a mysterious stranger intervenes. He invites her to apply to the School for Psychics, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students are trained like Delta Force operatives: it’s competitive, cutthroat, and highly secretive. They’ll learn telepathy, telekinesis, investigative skills, and SWAT tactics. And if students survive their training, they go on to serve at the highest levels of government, using their skills to protect America, and the world.

In class, Teddy befriends Lucas, a rebel without a cause who can start and manipulate fire; Jillian, a hipster who can mediate communication between animals and humans; and Molly, a hacker who can apprehend the emotional state of another individual. But just as Teddy feels like she’s found where she might belong, strange things begin to happen: break-ins, missing students, and more. It leads Teddy to accept a dangerous mission that will ultimately cause her to question everything—her teachers, her friends, her family, and even herself.

Set in a world very much like our own, School for Psychics is the first book in a stay-up-all night series.


Have any exciting reads that you’re planning or other exciting things in general?

Hello!

Hey everyone! Last week was a busy busy week for me so I didn’t have any extra time to read or post.

On Monday we closed on our townhouse right away in the morning. Lots of good memories there but really happy to be moving on from it to a single family home.2830-Brockman-Court-Northfield-MN-55057-4863913-image1

On Tuesday I went to see Evanescence in Minneapolis.  It was an incredible concert complete with a full orchestra!  I saw them way back when I was 17.  Their newest album is a lot different than their original stuff so it was really cool to see them in a new way.IMG_20171206_065143_786.jpg

Wednesday was the only day that I didn’t have anything going on but I don’t even remember what I did after work haha!  Thursday Ethan and I went to see Nick Offerman.  He was absolutely hilarious!  Funny enough, it was at the same venue as the Evanescence concert so I hit the same venue twice in one week.

Friday was probably the biggest day of all. After many long months, we finally closed on our new house and are the proud new owners of the house I grew up in.  I couldn’t be more happy to make new memories in that house.  To celebrate Ethan and I went to Ikea to look around at stuff to get ideas and then had lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings.  In the evening I went over to my friend’s house to watch Descendants with her and my goddaughter.  It was actually really cute! We ended up watching the sequel too.  On Saturday we spent the whole day decorating and watching Christmas movies with my parents at our house.  To celebrate our first Christmas owning the house we picked out a real tree which I was so happy about.  It smells so good and fresh!IMG_20171209_114744_02120171209_164837 (2)

Now that our stressful house things are over, I’m hoping to get back in the reading groove.  I’m behind on reading and reviewing my ARCs so hopefully I can get back on track with those.  Currently I’m reading The Girl in the Tower ARC.  It just published last Tuesday.  I was hoping to have it read by the publication date and I was all on track for that because originally it was going to be published in January but they ended up bumping up the date by a month so I didn’t make it this time.  So far it’s really good even though I’ve barely scratched the surface.  I’m also doing an audiobook re-read of The Kiss of Deception.  I really loved reading this trilogy last year.  I have three books I have set off to the side for now because I’m not really feeling them right now – The History of Wolves, Shadow of Night, and IT.  I was hoping to get them all finished by the end of the year but I’m going to just take it nice and slow for now.

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How is your December going? What book(s) are you currently reading?

Where Do My Books Come From?

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I just saw this post by Destiny @ Howling Libraries that she did a few days ago and I knew I had to do it.  I love making lists like these and keeping track of where my books come from is just fun.  It was originally created by Laura @ Reading in Bed. Basically you just go through the last 30 books you’ve read (your Goodreads “reading challenge” page is great for this!) and add where you got it from (library, ARC, Amazon, BookOutlet, etc).

  1. Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller – ARC from publisher
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling – Audible
  3. Foundation: The History of England from its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd – Audible
  4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – Audible
  5. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – ARC from publisher
  6. The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan – eARC from NetGalley
  7. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman – eARC from NetGalley
  8. Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw – eARC from NetGalley
  9. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer – Audible
  10. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – Audible
  11. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon – Amazon
  12. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon – Amazon
  13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling – Audible
  14. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Amazon
  15. The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies – paperback from Blogging for Books
  16. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken – eARC from NetGalley
  17. Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor – ARC from The Novl
  18. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery – Audible
  19. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – Book Depository
  20. The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir – Audible
  21. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Book Outlet
  22. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert – ARC from The Novl
  23. Invictus by Ryan Graudin – eARC from NetGalley
  24. Sleep Like A Baby by Charlaine Harris – ARC from publisher
  25. Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher – Amazon Kindle
  26. The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech – hardcover from Library Thing
  27. The Heirs by Susan Riegler – hardcover from Blogging for Books
  28. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – Book of the Month Club
  29. Little Monsters by Kara Thomas – ARC from publisher
  30. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff – ARC from publisher

So that’s where my last 30 books came from.  I get most of my books from Book Outlet, Amazon, Half Price Books, and NetGalley.  Where do you get your books from?