Weekly News #9: 2/12-2/25

Posted February 26, 2017 by MC / 0 Comments

Categories: Weekly News

Comings and Goings

Hi everyone! Today’s update has to be short and sweet, because I am currently home with a concussion. I’m not supposed to be using the computer or reading, but I’ve been allowing myself a few minutes of screen time here and there because it’s too hard to stay away! I haven’t been reading anything lately because it makes my head hurt, unfortunately. We started getting some beautiful warm weather here, but it’s supposed to get cold again next week. At least we are getting a taste of spring! It’s almost here!

Also, the Spring Bloggiesta is coming up soon! If you are interested in helping us in any way, fill out this form and make sure to follow @Bloggiesta on Twitter for updates!

On the Blog

Waiting on The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Waiting on The Beast is an Animal

New Books

Read This Week

Currently Reading

I will be linking up to The Sunday Post!

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When it’s time to report the weekly news…..

…..blame it on the books.

Waiting on Wednesday #2: The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

Posted February 22, 2017 by MC / 0 Comments

Categories: Waiting on Wednesday

This week’s pick is The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale. This book sounds absolutely amazing. It sounds creepy and eerie and poetic. It seems like it is going to be an amazingly atmospheric read that will really make an impact. And that cover! Everything about this book just seems absolutely beautiful. Luckily, it releases on February 28th, so we don’t have to wait too much longer to get our hands on it!

Waiting on Wednesday #2: The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van ArsdaleThe Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on February 28th 2017
Goodreads

A girl with a secret talent must save her village from the encroaching darkness in this haunting and deeply satisfying tale.
Alys was seven when the soul eaters came to her village.
These soul eaters, twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly morphed into something not quite human, devour human souls. Alys, and all the other children, were spared—and they were sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where good and evil are as fundamental as the nursery rhymes children sing. Fear of the soul eaters—and of the Beast they believe guides them—rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think it is. And neither is Alys.
Inside, Alys feels connected to the soul eaters, and maybe even to the Beast itself. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she longs for the freedom of the forest. And she has a gift she can tell no one, for fear they will call her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys finds herself on a journey to heal herself and her world. A journey that will take her through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside—and from within her own heart and soul.

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When you’re Waiting on Wednesday…..

…..blame it on the books.

Waiting on Wednesday #1: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Posted February 15, 2017 by MC / 2 Comments

Categories: Waiting on Wednesday

I’m trying out this Waiting on Wednesday thing, and I’m starting with a book that I have been practically salivating over for months now. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a book that is incredibly special to me. It is something that I think absolutely everyone could benefit from reading. I have been waiting and waiting and WAITING for another book from Benjamin Alire Saenz, and it is finally almost here! If you haven’t read Aristotle and Dante yet, what are you waiting for??? Pick it up immediately, and then grab The Inexplicable Logic of My Life on March 7!

Waiting on Wednesday #1: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire SaenzThe Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Published by Clarion Books on March 7th 2017
Goodreads

From the multi-award-winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe comes a gorgeous new story about love, identity, and families lost and found.
Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?
This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.

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When you’re Waiting on Wednesday…..

…..blame it on the books.

Weekly News #8: 1/29-2/11

Posted February 12, 2017 by MC / 0 Comments

Categories: Book Reviews

Comings and Goings

Hello! I know, I know…I keep coming back and saying I have reviews for you, and then I never post them. But this time I’m not lying! I actually have some written finally! And, I’ve been putting my blogging time to good use (I think). In case you still haven’t noticed, my blog got a new look! I hope you like it, because I really love it.

Things have been a little stressful in my real life. Work has been rough lately. And we just had a giant storm here in New England. We ended up with well over a foot of snow! It’s also supposed to snow all weekend, so it seems like we are never going to get a break. It better stop for a bit though, because I have dinner plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day! I’ve never actually had a date for Valentine’s Day before, so I’m really looking forward to it. I hope things are warmer where you are! Have a great weekend!

On the Blog

January Wrap Up
January Cornerfolds Wrap Up

New Books

Read This Week

 

Currently Reading

I will be linking up to The Sunday Post!

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When it’s time to report the weekly news…..

…..blame it on the books.

Wrap Up: January 2017

Posted January 31, 2017 by MC / 0 Comments

Categories: Wrap Ups

Weekly News

Book Reviews

  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden ★★★★
  • The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig ★★★
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer ★★★★
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer ★★★★

Other Books I Read

  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman DNF
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz ★★★★★
  • Magic and Mayhem by S. Usher Evans [eARC] ★★★★
  • Frostblood by Elly Blake ★★★½
  • The 100 by Kass Morgan ★★★
  • Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World by Bill Nye [ARC] ★★★½

Other Posts

It was Bloggiesta this month!

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When you wrap up the month…..

…..blame it on the books.

Cornerfolds Wrap Up January 2017

Posted January 30, 2017 by MC / 0 Comments

Categories: Cornerfolds, Wrap Ups

Cornerfolds Wrap Up January 2017The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Published by Del Rey on January 10th 2017
Goodreads

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

full review on Cornerfolds!

4 Stars

Cornerfolds Wrap Up January 2017The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1) by Heidi Heilig
Published by Greenwillow Books on February 16th 2016
Goodreads

Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.
As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
But the end to it all looms closer every day.
Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.
For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.
She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.
Or she could disappear.

full review on Cornerfolds!

3 Stars

Cornerfolds Wrap Up January 2017Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer, Rebecca Soler
Published by Macmillan Young Listeners on January 3rd 2012
Goodreads

The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!
A wicked mash-up of fairy tale and Terminator—set in a Star Wars kind of world—Marissa Meyer's Cinder is a fresh and fiercely ingenious futuristic retelling of Cinderella
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.

full review on Cornerfolds!

4 Stars

Cornerfolds Wrap Up January 2017Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer, Rebecca Soler
Published by Macmillan Audio on February 5th 2013
Goodreads

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.
As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
An unabridged recording on 9 CDs (11 hours, 19 minutes).

full review on Cornerfolds!

4 Stars

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When you review on Cornerfolds…..

…..blame it on the books.

Weekly News #7: 1/15-1/28

Posted January 29, 2017 by MC / 0 Comments

Categories: Weekly News

Comings and Goings

Why hello there everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve been here on the blog, but I’m working on a couple posts now, so lots will be coming your way soon! Life has been a little crazy the past two weeks. I was incredibly busy at work, and then I was off to ALA in Atlanta for a weekend! ALA was absolutely amazing. I was able to see my best blogging friend, Emily from Emily Reads Everything, and meet Tracy of Cornerfolds (where I also blog) for the first time! It was so much fun, but I got sick on the last day and ended up missing a bunch of work when I got back. I’m on the mend now, and ready to dive into all the books I picked up at ALA!

On the Blog

Audiobook review of Cinder on Cornerfolds
Audiobook review of Scarlet on Cornerfolds

New Books

There’s no way I’m cataloguing all the books I got this weekend….sorry 🙂

Read This Week

Currently Reading

I will be linking up to The Sunday Post!

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When it’s time to report the weekly news…..

…..blame it on the books.

Weekly News #6: 1/1-1/14

Posted January 15, 2017 by MC / 2 Comments

Categories: Weekly News

Comings and Goings

Hello, hello! I’ve been a bit absent from the blog and Twitter the past few weeks, and that’s honestly just because I’ve been swamped with work and stuff to do in my real life. It’s unfortunate, because I have barely been able to read and I’m starting to feel the pressure of all the reviews I really need to get to. I probably won’t get much done this week either, because I’m going to ALAMW! I’m really excited to go, but at the moment I’m just stressed out. As it gets closer, I’m sure I won’t be able to contain my excitement. I still have a lot of planning to do, but I’m really looking forward to seeing my blogger friends and making some new ones!

On the Blog

It was Bloggiesta this weekend!

New Books

Read This Week

Currently Reading

I will be linking up to The Sunday Post!

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When it’s time to report the weekly news…..

…..blame it on the books.

Winter 2017 Mini Bloggiesta To-Do List

Posted January 13, 2017 by MC / 4 Comments

Categories: Book Reviews

It’s Bloggiesta time again!!!! If you didn’t know, I run Bloggiesta with the amazing Emily of Emily Reads Everything. I get to see her at ALAMW next weekend and I seriously cannot wait!!! I love her to death and I can’t wait to be reunited.

Bloggiesta is all about devoting a little extra time to your blog. Finally tackling all of those things on your to-do list that you keep putting off. This Bloggiesta is a mini one – just this Saturday and Sunday, January 14-15. If you are one of the lucky few that have Monday off, go ahead and keep that productivity going! Unfortunately, I will be back at work.

Here is my mini to-do list:

  • tackle my inbox (it’s seriously embarrassing, guys….)
  • work on a secret project (you will see the results soon!)

I know this is a short list, but it’s a short Bloggiesta. Let’s use this weekend to get a jump start on our 2017 blogging goals! We can do it!

Make sure you join us for a Bloggiesta Twitter chat at noon EST on Saturday January 14!

Join us and post your Bloggiesta To-Do List here! Then send some encouragement to everyone else!

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When you are ready for a blogging fiesta…..

…..blame it on the books.

Weekly News #5: 12/18-12/31

Posted January 1, 2017 by MC / 2 Comments

Categories: Weekly News

Comings and Goings

Hi everyone! I took last week off from the updates because it was Christmas and I wanted to do nothing but relax and be with family and friends. In fact, I have been taking a big break from social media for about two weeks now, and it has been absolutely wonderful. I’ve gotten so much accomplished and I’ve been having so much fun.

The most exciting thing that happened this past week was that I got a new bookcase! It is GIGANTIC. It was the best Christmas present ever! It took me forever to get everything organized, but it looks so good now! Take a look!

I’m sure there will be a whole ton of pictures of my new shelf over on my Instagram (@blamethebooks) over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for bookshelf tours!

I’m off celebrating the New Year in New York, so Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a wonderful 2017!

On the Blog

Heartless Review
Furthermore Review
Cornerfolds Wrap Up

New Books

 

Read This Week

Currently Reading

I will be linking up to The Sunday Post!

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When it’s time to report the weekly news…..

…..blame it on the books.