Category: Blog Hops & Memes

Sunday Post #18

Posted 17th June 2018 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 13 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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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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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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Sunday Post #13

Posted 31st December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 26 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 been a couple of weeks since I’ve done one of these, that is my excuse for the amount of books that appear ๐Ÿ˜† I’ve not been around much due to internet issues, I have mobile broadband for emergencies but it’s not cheap so I’m trying to keep my usage low ๐Ÿ™ meh.

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

I don’t usually read so many books at once, but Origin is a giant hardcover and I don’t like lugging them around. A Caribbean Mystery I’ve actually been reading forever but decided to finally hopefully finish it, and The Dead Girls’ Dance is on my Kobo for easy travel (um…I kind of ignored all my other books in favour of reading the first one, but that’s beside the point).

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #12
Giveaway: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Top 5 Wednesday #2

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

I shall be posting my resolutions either tomorrow or Tuesday. Not sure about anything else at this point.

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:
Most of these were holiday sales or freebies ๐Ÿ™‚

Borrowed:

For Review:

None!

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Top 5 Wednesday #2

Posted 27th December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 18 Comments

I will, one of these days, post an actual book review. But alas, Top 5 Wednesday it is!

This week the topic is: 2018 Wishlist

Looking forward into the new year, this is a list of the types of books you’d like to see more of in 2018! Try to avoid actual titles, and discuss themes, genres, or tropes you’d like to see more of in the new year!

1. Platonic relationships
I feel like I’m in a minority with this one, but I really do prefer a good platonic friendship in my novels over romance. Whether it’s between people of the same or opposite sexes, or whatever a character identifies as; I don’t care. Healthy friendships are where it’s at!

2. Cozies with a twist
Cozy mysteries are some of my favourite novels to settle down with, have a cup of coffee and something sweet, and read for entertainment value alone. But they are all just SO predictable and follow the same formula; which isn’t always a bad thing, but sometimes I just want more. More mystery, more suspense, less ‘oh it’s this dude’, more surprises, less stupid decisions by the main character *cough*, more meaning.

3. Characters with flaws
Sometimes when I want a serious read, I want characters that are more like me (I know I am super unique and all but a girl can dream ๐Ÿ˜› ) characters that are struggling (with something in particular, or mental health issues), that are existing, that push through and go great for a while and then fall back into old habits. Someone relatable that isn’t perfect all the time. Flaws, irrational fears and dislikes.

4. Textbooks that aren’t dry
Uni is starting up in a couple of months, and I’m planning to buy my textbooks a bit beforehand. But for once, I’d like a text that doesn’t send me to sleep. Is it too much to ask for? I usually have to read these things cover to cover (or if not that, a vast bulk of it) and I have such a hard time doing so because they’re just so bloody boring. And if there’s one thing I learned this year; it’s you can’t wing it!

5. Diversity
This is probably entirely my own fault, but I seem to read a lot of white books. Sure, there’s diverse background characters in some series, but it’s not really the same as having them at the centre of your attention, is it? I’m not sure if it’s just the genres I read, or what I’ve been into lately (urban fantasy, YA fantasy – oh yes, back on that bandwagon, cozies, etc), but…so white. Feel free to rec me things in the comments! I did have a list somewhere of diverse reads, but it’s mainly YA.

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Sunday Post #12

Posted 17th December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 42 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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