Hiatus – July 2018

Posted 8th July 2018 by Wattle in Whimsical Nature / 0 Comments

Oops. I’m taking a bit of a break, probably for all of July while I work on some things. I probably should have mentioned it earlier but it slipped my mind.

See you all in August ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sunday Post #18

Posted 17th June 2018 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 16 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 feel like I say this a lot; I didn’t mean to disappear for a couple of weeks ๐Ÿ˜† I saw a plastic surgeon shortly after my last post, and then a week later had my skin cancer removed (right after I’d done up a list of posts I want to make). It was much more involved than I was expecting, and I still have a bandage on my face (it will hopefully be gone in 48 hours). I’ve not felt like sitting at my computer, because wearing my glasses isn’t exactly comfortable at the moment ๐Ÿ™

The World Cup has started. I’ve only watched one game: France vs Australia. I don’t support Australia (I’m not patriotic) so was going for France, pretty pleased with the result. My team (Germany!) is playing tonight, I’m looking forward to it – although my expectations are low this time round (which seems the opposite of everyone else haha).

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

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG
Nothing ๐Ÿ™

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG
Not sure yet, but I do intend to take part in an upcoming Blog Ahead!

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:
I got the paperback copy before Amazon USA (and all global stores) stop shipping to Australia (they’ve decided our tax regime is too hard to deal with, so will default to the crappy AU store that’s only good for ebooks imo!) ๐Ÿ™„

And some new lovelies for the Kindle – I already had the first book in the box set, but it was cheaper to buy it again with the next two ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay for sales!

Borrowed:
None!

For Review:
None!

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Sunday Post #17

Posted 3rd June 2018 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 guess it’s officially winter now. We’ve had the heater on two nights in a row! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ It doesn’t help that our house is all tiles and wood floors, the temperature difference when you enter the house at the end of the day is noticeable; it’s like an ice box (which is fine for summer, not so much winter). Meh.

On Tuesday I’m going to see a plastic surgeon. It feels so weird to say that ๐Ÿ˜† it’s for a skin cancer that’s in an awkward place (on the side of my nose, I don’t want a dent in it!) If you didn’t know it was there, you wouldn’t be able to tell; it’s very small, I’m just really good at spotting them these days.

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

I’ve actually been reading both of these for ages (my Goodreads challenge is looking so sad). It’s not that they’re bad books (the opposite, I enjoy them while I’m reading) I’m just struggling with sitting down and actually reading them.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Life Happens #5

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

I have no idea, but I’m hoping to do a review of some sort at least!

NEW ON MY SHELVES

I’m trying to get better at looking after myself. I do yoga really sporadically so am trying to make it more of a habit, and I have discovered Yin is my favourite type at the moment. It’s gentle enough I can do it without fearing I’m going to injure myself.

Bought:

Borrowed:
None!

For Review:
None!

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Life Happens #5

Posted 27th May 2018 by Wattle in Whimsical Nature / 28 Comments

I’m baaaack! For real this time! There have been…a number of developments, over the past month or so.

The main one is that I dropped out of uni. Yes, really. I realised that I don’t think the career I was working toward was going to make me happy. And as it stands, I don’t think any career is going to make me truly happy. What’s wrong with just being satisfied with where you are in life? I work to live, not the other way around; and my current job is just fine…most of the time.

I actually started this post over a week ago, and can’t even remember what I was going to write. Oops! My reading mojo still hasn’t kicked back in, but I’m reading sporadically. I’ve even managed to finish a couple of books, woo! ๐Ÿ˜†

One thing I’ve been following within the community is the whole cockygate thing. What a mess! If you’ve not heard about it, here is a post by Tymber Dalton that is a general summary (with links to further information), and the vibe of it reflects my reaction. Just. WTF?! One good thing to come out of it is that I’ve discovered more authors to support (and a few to avoid).

I managed to hurt my back a couple of months ago (I’m turning into an old lady!) I was bending over to pick up a t-shirt to hang on the clothesline and when I straightened up my back was all ‘lol HI LET ME GIVE YOU PAIN FOR NO REASON!’ My physio said my muscles were stuck ‘on’ and it’s not quite 100% better but I’m almost there. Between this and the time I pulled a quad muscle when going to kneel on the floor, I do wonder if my body is just falling apart!

Oh. I got a new tattoo! My first in over 10 years (and my 7th overall). I’m too lazy to resize and embed a photo, but here’s an instagram link, just after it was done so it looks a bit swollen. It’s all healed now, and as it turns out – it’s hard to take photos of your own upper arm.

As for blog related stuff. I’ve changed hosts to Flywheel. It took me a while, but I realised I like managed wordpress a lot more than doing it all myself; but I also like having the freedom to add my own plugins and stuff. It’s much easier to manage my site (and harder for me to break things haha). They made it really easy for me to transfer to https too, I did have a couple of hiccoughs; but I could figure them out this time. Sorry, I sound like an advertisement. I’m not, I just like them a lot!

Also, for those of you signed up to receive my blog posts via email: I have ceased using the provider I was and am now using Jetpack (WordPress). I did not transfer any details over, so you’ll have to sign up again (widget in the sidebar). I’ve also updated my Privacy Policy (which took days thanks to the GDPR stuff, phew! Look at all those words!)

And that’s me done. I’m going to go catch up on some blogs!

Edit: Crap. The previous provider of my blog post emails sent this one out. I’m so sorry guys. That contact list is being deleted right now! I thought I’d disabled it, apparently not ๐Ÿ™ ugh.

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Life Happens #4

Posted 8th April 2018 by Wattle in Life Happens / 28 Comments

I didn’t mean to disappear for almost 3 months. It just kind of happened.

I also didn’t mean to blog today, but I’m sitting on my bed with lecture notes spread out all over it, text book and notebook by my side; naturally it seemed like a good idea to do so ๐Ÿ˜†

Here’s a short list of what my past few months have looked like:

  • I have not read a book since I finished Bite Club in late January. I did try to read the next novel in the series but got annoyed at everyone and everything in it. And honestly haven’t even glanced at a book since.
  • Somehow I became addicted to watching Ink Master during two weeks I took off work (just because I could, staycation ftw!) And then I worked out I had soooo many seasons to catch up on, so have been working my way through seasons 1 to 10 (up to season 5 at the moment). Everyone is so bitchy, I love it!
  • And then there’s the weird Property Brothers thing (they have so many shows). I want to renovate a house when I have money and time to do so. Maybe when I’m 60?
  • Uni started. I dropped my statistics unit pretty quick (second time I have done this), then realised it’s an elective from a list with about 10 options I can choose from; so it’s off my list! I can’t remember if I mentioned it, but I changed my degree from Environmental Science and Marine Science to Genetics & Molecular Biology and Biological Sciences. There’s way more contact time than I was expecting ๐Ÿ˜ฎ but I get to wear my lab coat a lot more, so win?
  • I do sometimes question my sanity about being a ‘mature age student’. I’m pretty sure I’m older than my lab demonstrators haha. The plus side: student discounts.

I hope everyone is well. I have been reading blogs here and there, but not commenting (sorry). I will try to catch up with everyone over the next few days.

I’m not sure where my blog is going to go from here. Books, life, other stuff? There’s not much motivation in me right now; but from past experience I know I’ll pick up a read at some point in the future which will light the spark again. It’s just a matter of time.

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Sunday Post #16

Posted 21st January 2018 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 18 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.

Well this week was…a ride. It was one of those that felt really long, but also felt really short. Weird.

Dad had a fall on Friday, on his way to meet me for lunch (cue guilty feelings). He called me to pick him up and take him home, I thought he was sick until I saw the state of his hands (he’d also hit his head, but wouldn’t let me take him to the hospital). He was in shock, seems okay now though. I don’t dig this reality check, I’m not a fan of my parents getting older ๐Ÿ™

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

I have so many feelings about this series (not all of them are positive ๐Ÿ˜† ) I’ve just requested the last 5 books from one of my local libraries (the person who is just ahead of me with the ebooks is a slow reader, and I’m impatient, so physical books it is!) My super local library is closed from the end of next week until March, so I’ve asked to pick them up at another one not too far away. I’ve driven past it many, many times; but have no idea how to get in there. So that’ll be fun haha

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #15
Top 5 Wednesday #3

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

*shrugs*

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:
None! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Borrowed:

For Review:
None!

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Top 5 Wednesday #3

Posted 17th January 2018 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 16 Comments

Haven’t quite got around to writing any reviews this week, oops! So Top 5 Wednesday to the rescue!

This week the topic is: Forgettable Books

Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don’t really remember…

1. Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafรฉ by Rebecca Raisin
I read this, rated it 2 stars. And remember nothing at all about it at all.

2. The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
I love the Veronica Mars tv series, and pledged to the kickstarter for the movie as soon as they opened it to international folk. So when books were announced I was intrigued! Upon reading this I apparently liked it (4 stars), I even reviewed it! But again…the content escapes me. Oh well, will just have to re-read it before I read the second one ๐Ÿ™‚

3. Hope In Every Raindrop by Wesley Banks
This one I’m pretty sure I did as part of a blog tour. Unlike the last two, I remember bits and pieces; but not enough to get any real idea of what it was about.

4. Pawn by Aimee Carter
Read it, 5 stars! Remember…absolutely nothing lol I was going to continue the series, and then I decided not to (I get the feeling my initial reaction was an overreaction) *shrugs*

5. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
The 11th of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Probably a good thing I remember nothing, I gave it 1 star ๐Ÿ˜†

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Sunday Post #15

Posted 14th January 2018 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 39 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 hasn’t been very exciting. I’ve gone to work, come home, read books. We did find a restaurant at lunchtime on Friday that has 7 types of chicken parmigiana, that was a bit of a thrill ๐Ÿ˜†

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

I’ve removed Origin and A Caribbean Mystery from my current reads, just because I know I won’t even look at them until I get through The Morganville Vampires series…or get sick of it, whatever comes first! I’ve read a couple of them this week, and just keep going; I’m blaming the cliffhangers at the end of each book – which are driving me crazy. Someone at the library (I found the rest of the books!) is a few books ahead of me, I’m hoping I don’t catch up before they’re done!

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #14
Book Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

Who knows? I do plan to draft some reviews this week though.

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:

Borrowed:

For Review:

I had a goal to not request any books for review this year, but I’ve already failed ๐Ÿ˜† I just couldn’t resist this m/m romance (I’ve not read the rest in the series, hopefully that doesn’t matter).

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Book Review #18: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Posted 11th January 2018 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 10 Comments

Book Review #18: Slave to Sensation by Nalini SinghSlave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #1
Published by Gollancz on March 10th 2010 (first published September 1st 2006)
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 356
Format: E-Book
Source: Owned
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
Heat Level: 3 Flames

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of 'rehabilitation' - the complete psychic erasure of her personality . . .

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy co-existence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murder of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion - and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities - or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation . . .

Yes. It took me forever to start this series. Let us ignore the fact that I’m yet to continue it (I’m going to!)

Not gonna lie. I enjoy reading about alpha males for the most part. Unf. Lucas. A couple of things happened where I thought ‘that could be problematic if taken out of context…or if I read too far between the lines’. But fiction is good for figuring out what makes one uncomfortable (does this make sense?) I was fine with Lucas’s dominant attitude on the page, but wouldn’t dig it in real life.

So. Lucas is our alpha shifter. Sascha is a Psy with a secret. She’s broken, and has to fight to keep it together so as not to reveal herself – it would have dire consequences which would cost her life. I loved these two together. Sascha exploring new things and what it was like to feel; I really connected with her. Lucas was charming, so sure of himself; though he also has secrets.

The secondary characters were great as well. I guess I’ll be able to learn more about them as I continue reading!

I was quite fascinated with the Psy and changeling worlds to be honest. There’s a familiarity of course (there’s also humans in this world), but it had some really interesting elements, like PsyNet and the links between people.

Slave to Sensation had an interesting premise that intrigued me. I’m not a huge fan of romance, but I think paranormal romance might be my thing (or is this Urban Fantasy? Teach me the difference lol). Nalini Singh has a way with words that sucks you right in to the story, I’m so glad I finally came to the party and read this!

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Overall: 4.1

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Sunday Post #14

Posted 7th January 2018 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 29 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 am becoming a bit obsessed with The Morganville Vampires Series. I’m only on book 3, and my library only has the first 4 books (why do they do that?) so soon I’ll have to start buying them I suppose. There’ll be a bit of a break from it coming up though, I have a review book I need to read. Never mind, it’s not due until March. Score!

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

I must admit, I’ve not actually picked up Origin or A Caribbean Mystery at all over the past week, oops!

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #13
2018 Bookish & Not So Bookish Resolutions
Book Review: Fright Court by Mindy Klasky

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

I haven’t decided yet, but I really do need to write more reviews; don’t I?

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:

Borrowed:

For Review:
None!

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