Life is still crazy, but about to be crazier!

Week in ReviewI’m back for another Week in Review post! Two weeks in a row? Let’s keep this happening!

As you could probably guess by the title of this post, my life is continuing to be crazy. With what, I can’t quite pinpoint. School, art, errands, the normal day to day things I suppose. I had to do a reality check when I realized that I have just over 100 days until I graduate high school, and just over 150 until I move to college. The days are going by so fast!

Anyway, this past Tuesday was the Season 5 finale of Teen Wolf, and I cried, people. Any other Teen Wolf fans want to cry over the wait to Season 6 with me? The ending was just so happy, and it made my heart happy as a result. ❤

I didn’t get as much reading done as I did last week, but I did read 2 books (as of when I’m writing this post Saturday morning). I finished The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead and All the Feels by Danika Stone. I enjoyed both of them, but they weren’t anything special for me. My review for The Glittering Court will be up early next week, and my review for All the Feels will be on Andye’s blog closer to the release date in June!

I’m just starting Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse, which I’m SO excited for. This weekend I’m planning on getting lots of reading done, as I have…wait for it…NO HOMEWORK! I can’t believe I can say that, but it’s true and I’m taking advantage of it! Therefore I’m hoping to read a couple more April releases (I’ve got plenty to choose from): Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan, No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista, A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry, or Two Summers by Aimee Friedman. Let me know which one you think I should read after I’ve finished Girl in the Blue Coat! There’s a little bit of everything between those four books.

Continue reading “Life is still crazy, but about to be crazier!”

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Week in Review: In Which February Leapt to March

Week in Review

It’s been a little over a month since I’ve written one of these posts. What?! But in keeping with my 2016 resolutions, I’m not too worried about it. I said I wouldn’t fault myself for not having a schedule and only posting when I want to, and I’ve kept that so far! Yay for me! I never keep new year’s resolutions, so this is a big deal for me.

Anyway, life has been super busy, as usual. But, unlike usual, I’ve been reading more during the week. Normally I only get around to reading starting Friday afternoon and through the weekend. The past two week’s Wednesdays have been the magic day! Two weeks ago I read In Real Life by Jessica Love in one sitting, and this past week I read Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton in almost one sitting. Crazy! And in between, I managed to read Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor during the weekend. It may not seem like a lot for some, but for a high school senior, that’s a ton. P.S., if you’re looking for reviews of In Real Life and Rebel of the Sands, they’ll be posting soon! March 10th and March 7th, respectively.

IMG_6188I may have mentioned this before, but I’m taking AP Drawing this year, and it’s crunch time. Any of my free time during the day I’ve been spending in the art room. I’m a super slow worker so this is proving to be quite the challenge. To the right is a little sneak peek at what I’m currently working on!

So that’s pretty much been life lately!


I purged my bookshelves! Finally! It’s been needing to happen for quite some time now, as I just keep acquiring books faster than I can put them on my shelves. I decided to get rid of about 25 books (ARCs and finished copies), to free up some space. They’re all books that I’ve either read and not enjoyed, or books that I don’t plan on ever reading. They’ll probably end up being donated or sold to a used book store. Nothing has happened yet though…


    

I’ve accumulated quite a bunch of books courtesy of the lovely publishers, and Andye. I was approved for And I Darken by Kiersten White on NetGalley (Thanks Random House!). I’m so flipping excited for this monster of a book! I’ve read some of Kiersten White’s other books and loved, so this was a must-request. I requested Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton and The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead from Penguin through their First to Read program (Thanks!). As I already mention, I’ve already read Rebel of the Sands, and I’m now currently reading The Glittering Court. I forgot to mention in my last WiR that I got Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan from HMH (Thank you!). I was approached by Dorian Tsukioka to review another of her fairytale retelling novellas, Spell Bound. I read and enjoyed her first, and was intrigued by the synopsis of this one, so many thanks to her!
ddlqbH1yIMG_6183As physical copies go, I received Two Summers by Aimee Friedman from Scholastic, unsolicited (Thanks!). It looks like a really fun summer read, and I’m excited to get around to it! Andye sent me All the Feels by Danika Stone and A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody (Thank you bunches, as always!). Both of these contemporaries look right up my alley, so I’m very excited!


The blogosphere has been filled to the brim with incredible posts and events lately, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. Sorry if you’ve seen these already, they’re a bit on the older side now.

Here at Books & Cleverness I’ve been posting quite a bit too!


Wow, this turned out to be a pretty long post! But it’s so nice to be catching up with everyone again. Look for lots more reviews to come soon!

xo

 

Shadowhunters, Snape, and a whole lot of books!

*In all honesty I wrote this post planning to go up on Sunday, but just didn’t get around to taking pictures of the books until today, hence the extreme lateness of this post.*

Week in Review
This is my first Week in Review post of 2016! Well, actually *cough* I haven’t done a WiR post since February 2015 *cough*. But, I’ve been reading responses from my feedback survey and discovered that a lot of you LOVE WiR posts! I love reading other people’s, too. But because of that, I’m making it a point to try and stick to bringing these posts back. These are also some of my favorite posts to write! They also allow me to give you life tidbits (another resolution for 2016), so I think I’ll definitely be keeping this up! Continue reading “Shadowhunters, Snape, and a whole lot of books!”

Week in Review: 2/15/15

Week in Review


In Life

Yesterday was my first day of February break, and I am SO thankful. Life’s been pretty stressful lately with school, tests, holidays, college planning stuff… I’m in for a much needed break!

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, which (like always) I spend with my mom as my dad was working, and then celebrated after dinner and exchanged cards and gifts! I also started working on an English essay, because YES, my teacher thought it would be a great idea to have an essay due the Sunday night after break started. -.-

Anywho, I’m happy to be on break, and plan to read, read, read this week!

In Books

Haul
(Review)

  
An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund — Thanks Zondervan and NetGalley!
Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger — Thanks Scholastic! (My first ever unsolicited physical ARC!! YAY!)
The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill — Thanks Delacorte Press and NetGalley!

(Gifted)

 
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger — Thanks Mom & Dad!
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven — Thanks Mom & Dad!

My parents buy my a little something in reward for high report card grades at the end of each quarter in school, so these were the books I got/picked out. I also bought a copy of All the Bright Places for a friend whose birthday is coming up. Although I have yet to read the book, I know she’ll love it, and I trust all of your guys’ reviews! 😉

Book News

So these two things happened when I either found out about the book or saw the cover and read the synopsis for these books on Goodreads:

A Madness So DiscreetA Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK UNTIL NOW?!?!? MINDY MCGINNIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS AHH.


Six of Crows (The Dregs, #1)Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo

*hyperventilates* *faints*

Recent, Current, & Upcoming Reads

RECENT: Nothing :/
CURRENT: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma — Yup, still reading this. It’s not the book that’s slow, I’m just not really in the mood to read lately for some reason.
UPCOMING: I actually have no idea what I want to read next!

In Blogging

Here @ Books & Cleverness:

Around the Blogosphere:

With it being Valentine’s Day yesterday, tons of bloggers celebrated with Valentine’s Day-themed posts:

Other notable posts:


I hope you all had a wonderful week and Valentine’s Day! Let me know all about it in the comments! 🙂

xo