Category: Blog Hops & Memes

Sunday Post #12

Posted 17th December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 17 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. Itโ€™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.

This week has been a struggle. I went to a funeral yesterday (Saturday); it wasn’t for someone I knew personally, but the husband of a colleague. And it was rough. Fuck cancer, is all I have to say.

The one good thing that did happen (for me) was my favourite show came back. It’s the little things, and The Librarians really does take me to a happy place.

Aside from that, the weather cannot make up its mind and it’s giving me a headache. I wish it’d pick one setting and stick to it! We’re going from normal summer days to storms and rain and winter temperatures, it’s weird. I had a nap this afternoon (uh, Saturday, I wrote this in the evening oops) just to get away from my headache ๐Ÿ™

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

YES! I finished the Case Histories audiobook!!! Finally!

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #11
The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

No idea at this stage, though I do need to post my COYER stuff. I’ll probably be pretty quiet, have a busy week ahead at work; and then there’s Christmas ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:

Borrowed:

For Review:

None!

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Sunday Post #11

Posted 10th December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 46 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. Itโ€™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.

I was so distracted this week, but not by anything in particular (except for Friday night, because Psych: The Movie and The Grand Tour had to be watched ๐Ÿ˜† ) My Kobo arrived on Monday, I like it, but the screen resolution isn’t the best (not a shock I suppose, since I got the cheapest one). The screen does feel more responsive than my Kindle Paperwhite; but I imagine that’s due to age. This week I also got new glasses (which brought a major headache for a couple of days, I forgot how awful new prescriptions are).

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

Still listening to the audio…except not really, because I’ve not actually put it on to listen to for a few weeks now. Since I only listen to it at work, it’s a bit of an issue (I don’t have that much to go until it’s done!)

And I borrowed my first library book, Ink and Bone (I’ve already grabbed the second one as I should finish it today) ๐Ÿ™‚

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #10
Top 5 Wednesday #1

I’m so bad at blogging lately, I keep hoping the bug to write reviews will bite me ๐Ÿ™

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

I have intentions to do The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag next week ๐Ÿ™‚

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:
Some books I ordered arrived. I also grabbed a couple of advent calendar deals and one pre-order was released!

Borrowed:

For Review:

None!

I hope you all had a wonderful week ๐Ÿ™‚ I am now going to finish returning comments from last week, finally!

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Top 5 Wednesday #1

Posted 6th December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 23 Comments

I try not to do a lot of memes (with the exception of The Sunday Post, which is just a nice wrap up of the week). But I thought I’d give Top 5 Wednesday a go. Sometimes I don’t have enough for Top Ten Tuesday (and don’t always like the topics); so I’ll probably do one here and there of whichever take my fancy.

This week the topic is: Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About

1. Bad photoshop covers.
I’m not going to call anything out in particular. But just because someone has just learned to blend layers in photoshop doesn’t mean they should do this ALL THE TIME. Nor should they be ‘blending’ images that don’t match at all. HQ person with a LQ something next to them/behind them? Stop.

2. Use of too many fonts.
This doesn’t seem to happen a lot, but if you’re using more than two fonts you need to have your formatting licence taken away (I’d argue keeping it at ONE font, but I can understand why some like to have different fonts for chapter titles). Also don’t use Comic Sans. Ever. Or Papyrus.

3. Instalove.
Unless Cupid and his arrows are involved. No. (Spells and potions are an exception, I suppose).

4. Covers that don’t match the content.
We’ve all seen it. A cover with a gorgeous person on the front, who you’d just assume is meant to look like the main character. Only to discover the tan brunette with brown eyes on the outside doesn’t look anything like the blonde, pale, blue eyed MC inside.

5. Different sized books in a series.
When a series first starts and the books are those large, beautiful paperbacks that are 21cm tall or whatever it is. And when it ends they’ve lost a few centimetres. YES. I have taken a ruler and measured books before ordering sequels online. YES I will go searching for a larger cover if there’s multiple versions available (but only one available in an actual store that doesn’t match, WHY?!) I’m sometimes not fussed if covers don’t match (depends on how much I love the series) but damned if you’ll mess up my shelf space!

Not that I currently have any space. But, details.

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Sunday Post #10

Posted 3rd December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 51 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. Itโ€™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.

It’s Saturday night as I write this, and I am super tired so sorry for any typos. I’m not having the best week health wise; the highlight was when one of my specialists called me on Friday night, to tell me I could quadruple the dose of one of my medications ๐Ÿ˜† Hopefully with the increase I’ll be feeling well again (or at least not feeling sick).

I have a Kobo e-reader arriving on Monday so I can borrow books from my local library (which I’ve re-joined). I hope I don’t hate it, Australian libraries do not (or cannot) support Kindles with Overdrive (unlike the USA) and I refuse to read on my phone *sigh*

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

It’s taking me an embarrassingly long time to get through this audiobook (and it’s really short!) And I’ve not felt up to reading anything else ๐Ÿ™

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #9
Movie Review: Thor: Ragnarok
Challenge sign up: COYER Winter Switch

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

With any luck, actual book reviews! And perhaps another movie review. We shall see.

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:

A freebie at the time of purchase ๐Ÿ™‚

For Review:

None!

I hope you all had a wonderful week!

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Sunday Post #9

Posted 26th November 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 35 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. Itโ€™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.

I just saw Murder on the Orient Express with my parents, at a cinema that has just been renovated so all their cinemas have reclining seats. Being short isn’t the best with these, one’s feet don’t touch the floor and the reclining aspect was too far back to be comfortable. I might have to take a pillow next time ๐Ÿ˜†

This week has been unexpectedly busy, so my Thor review didn’t get done as planned. I am aiming for this week (I did say Monday somewhere, but it might be Tuesday. It will happen though!)

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

Still listening to this (well, I’ve not touched it for over a week, but whatever), and I’ve not had time to pick anything else up ๐Ÿ™ I’m not really sure what I want to read next.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #8
Book Review: By The Currawong’s Call by Welton B. Marsland. I’m a bit bummed this book seems so niche (m/m and Australian) that not many are enthused by it, but while it has a handful of reviews they’re all good ones ๐Ÿ™‚

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

Movie Review: Thor: Ragnarok (for real this time!)

With any luck there’ll also be a book review, but it’ll be whatever takes my fancy when I get to writing it out.

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:

All the Yasmine Galenorn ones were on sale when I bought them ($1.29 AUD, $0.99 USD).

I also ordered a bunch of historicals last night, as I’ve decided that’s my next genre to try. It’s baffling that the first of many series aren’t available on kindle, so I went for paperbacks instead (which were cheaper than the rest of the series e-books anyway. Weird).

For Review:

None! I consider this a success, now if only I could stop buying books until the end of the year (pre-orders don’t count ๐Ÿ˜› )

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Sunday Post #8

Posted 19th November 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 32 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. Itโ€™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.

I didn’t do one of these last week, but I’m back this week…with an awful lot of books added to my shelves, oops! Though in my defence, it took 6 weeks for half of them to arrive, and then they all came at once ๐Ÿ˜†

And I finally got back to roller derby this week, I hadn’t been for a while due to some health issues; so it was fun to start all over again. I can slow down now (still can’t stop haha) ๐Ÿ˜€

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

Yep. Still listening to the audio! I really do need to come up with a better way to listen to my books that isn’t at work, when I’m not focused on something ๐Ÿ™ I’m not reading anything else at the moment, I just finished a book and haven’t decided what to pick up next.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Well…the last two weeks:

Sunday Post #7
2017 HoHoHo Readathon
Book Review: A Fatal Collection by Mary Ellen Hughes
Letting The Fangirl Out #1
2017 HoHoHo Readathon Round-Up

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

Movie Review: Thor: Ragnarok
Book Review: By The Currawong’s Call by Welton B. Marsland

There may be a second book review, but I haven’t quite decided yet (I really should do posts in advance!)

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:

E-books (Southern Spirits and Rescued were freebies):

Paperbacks (the last three are non-fiction). All the cozy mysteries! I’ve discovered a lot of the ones I want to read aren’t available on kindle (and if they are, I’m geoblocked ๐Ÿ™ ) so physical books it is!

For Review:

None!

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Sunday Post #7

Posted 5th November 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 32 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. Itโ€™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.

This week has been…something. Work was completely insane as it was month end, and I was all on my own. The trouble with having deadlines like this is that one week is super stressy while the rest of the month is pretty cruisy.

I decided to change my degree at uni in the midst of all this. I’ve been thinking about it since I dropped the current semester. Environmental Science and Marine Science just hasn’t turned out to be what I was expecting. So I’ve requested a change to Genetics & Molecular Biology with Biological Sciences as a secondary major (yes, I can still make it about plants and the environment!) I won’t find out if it’s approved or not until mid-December, but as it’s not a restricted course it should be fine ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been quite warm this weekend, so I went clothes shopping yesterday ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I bought shorts! I usually spend summer wearing skirts; but my preference is for trousers/jeans/not skirts. I’ve hated shorts forever but I now own 4 pairs. Madness!

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

Still listening to Case Histories (I’m very slow with audio, since I tend to listen to them at work), and I started The Cosy Christmas Chocolate Shop yesterday. I was pretty peeved with it at 12% but it’s got a bit better (not very Christmassy at all though, I’m disappointed!)

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #6
Book Review: A Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna
Book Review: The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

2017 HoHoHo Readathon goal post

And I’m not sure what else yet, it shall be a surprise for everyone!

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:

I don’t buy box sets like this often, but I just couldn’t resist. It’ll give me an opportunity to try some new to me authors ๐Ÿ™‚ I also pre-ordered a couple of other box sets, but they totally don’t count this week!

For Review:

None!

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Sunday Post #6

Posted 29th October 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 34 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. Itโ€™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.

What did I do last week? *ponders* I saw Thor: Ragnarok, and it was super duper fun and great and I really liked it, but I didn’t love it. There’s a couple of things that unsettled me…I need to see it again to make sure (oh no, how awful for me) and then I think I’ll review it.

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

I’m still reading The Best Little Christmas Shop ๐Ÿ™ it’s taking me forever. Case Histories is an abridged version, which I would usually avoid; but it’s narrated by Jason Isaacs soooo…I made an exception haha

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #5
Book Review: Taken by Jennifer Dawson
A Trip Down Memory Lane: Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

Book Review: A Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna
Book Review: The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey*

*If I finish it by release date, yikes!

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:

For Review:

And that’s it this week. I hope you’re all having a great weekend!

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Sunday Post #5

Posted 22nd October 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 30 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Itโ€™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.

A whole bunch of nothing happened last week. But that’s okay. Because this week? If all goes to plan, I’m seeing Thor: Ragnarok on Thursday, woo hoo! Thor is my favourite of the Marvel movie series, I don’t really care about the others anymore (they managed to burn me out AND piss me off with the last Avengers movie so…*shrugs*)

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #4
Book Review: Debauched by Jennifer Dawson
Book Review: Christmas at the Gin Shack by Catherine Miller

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

Book Review: Taken by Jennifer Dawson

There will be another book review, but I’m not sure what yet!

NEW ON MY SHELVES

There’s a theme this week. Can you see it?

The Christmas Gift by Monica McInerney is less than 35 pages long lol but it sounded cute, and I was browsing Christmas titles for the HoHoHo Readathon! I usually read novellas during readathons, which is probably cheating a bit, but they’re so easy to get a full story and move on to the next. I have a couple of actual novels that are on my ‘maybe read’ list, if I have enough time.

Bought:

For Review:

And that’s it from me! I hope you all had a wonderful week. I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of October already ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Sunday Post #4

Posted 15th October 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 20 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Itโ€™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.

Our weather has turned and it’s starting to become warm. I am not ready for summer! It is allegedly spring (my allergies agree) but it’s almost at the point where I’m considering breaking out my fan at night. I’m not quite there yet though, there’s apparently some sporadic winter weather on its way. I’m not sure I believe it, looking at the blue sky right now!

My iron infusion went well, although it took 50 minutes instead of 15, but they knew I was a challenge beforehand ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to lay there and watch morning tv, the horror.

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

I just started this one this morning, it’s moving VERY quickly. The crime took place within the first 8%, we just dived straight in to the story (and there’s a super obvious suspect I’m assuming didn’t do it!)

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #3
Review of Here Comes The Witch by Ani Gonzalez

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

Book Review: Debauched by Jennifer Dawson
Book Review: Christmas at the Gin Shack by Catherine Miller

It turns out I have a period of time where I thought I’d reviewed books and didn’t ๐Ÿ™ so I’ll be slowly making my way through those over the next few weeks.

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Origin and The Furthest Station are both really pretty hardcover books, the latter being a novella. The rest are Kindle versions.

Bought:

Apparently I can’t resist a sale when it comes to ebooks!

For Review:

I was up until just before 2:30am this morning reading this baby. I thought it’d take me the weekend to read my way through it, but I could not put it down. It’s been a long while since a book did that to me!

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