The Reading Machine [12] – January 18, 2015

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For my Stacking the Shelves/Sunday Post, which I’m calling The Reading Machine, I list the books I’ve bought recently, books I might hope to read in the upcoming week, a short life/blog update, and anything else of note.

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and you can find out all about it here. Sunday Post is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, and you can find out all about it here.

The Reading Machine: the reading machineMy Boxing Day Sale order finally arrived from BookOutlet. I’m not happy with how long shipping took. I’m also not happy because in the time between placing my order and its shipment, BookOutlet ran out of one of the books I ordered. They didn’t even bother to tell me — I noticed the book wasn’t in the box, despite being mentioned on the shipping list and packing invoice. The packing invoice didn’t even have the packer’s name on it. So I had to email them and they said, “Oh, we’re sorry, it’s out of stock now. Here’s a refund for that book.”

Here’s what I did get:
BLACK HEART by Holly Black
RED GLOVE by Holly Black
THE DESCENT by Alma Katsu
THE HOUSE OF DJINN by Suzanne Fisher Staples
THIRST NO. 5 by Christopher Pike
NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis
THE TRAP by Andrew Fukuda reading machineFor review, I received this beauty: THE PRICE OF BLOOD by Patricia Bracewell. SHADOW ON THE CROWN was one of favorite books of 2013, so I cannot wait to start the second book in the trilogy. I’ve been waiting so long for this book! It’s so pretty. *pets* I was going to start it this weekend, but I’m in the middle of a few other review books/writing reviews, so I’ll finish those up first so I can fully enjoy THE PRICE OF BLOOD.

Right now, I’m reading THE DIABOLICAL MISS HYDE by Viola Carr. I featured it in a Waiting on Wednesday post in November — it’s good to actually be something I was waiting on! I’m also reading DAUGHTER OF THE GODS by Stephanie Thornton for enjoyment … lately I’ve been reading every historical fiction book based in Ancient Egypt that I can get my hands on. This is the last one I have though, so that phase will be over soon :( . Last week I read A COLD LEGACY by Megan Shepherd, HALF THE WORLD by Joe Abercrombie, and DEAREST by Alethea Kontis. I still need to write the reviews … so much for being caught up.

On the Blog:

I haven’t been as active as I’d like lately, but last week it was really cold and getting out from under the covers wasn’t an appealing prospect.

I did post one review, for a new middle-grade series that I think is fantastic.

Book Review: The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford

What Up, Life?

I was going to try and do this post weekly, but last Saturday/Sunday, I had nothing to blog about! Temperatures were around -15 with windchill, so I stayed in bed most of the time to stay warm. I also got the first serious snow fall of the year, a good 6 or 7 inches. Yay. Is it May yet?

This week has been about as boring. I think the cold has reawakened an old foot injury, so I’ve been stuck sitting around and keeping my foot up. Let me tell you, you never notice how much you use the ball of your foot until it hurts. Fun times.

Aaaand that’s it. I’m thinking of adding an email subscription option at last for my blog. I didn’t do it when I started because I doubted anyone would want the option… but since I’ve subbed to a few blogs myself, I can see the convenience. What do you guys think? Do you like email subscriptions, don’t, or don’t care either way?

Also, does anyone know of a Throwback Thursday book meme? I’d like to feature older books sometimes. Thanks!

– leeanna

10 thoughts on “The Reading Machine [12] – January 18, 2015

  1. I’m really looking forward to reading The Diabolical Miss Hyde myself so I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on that one!! It has a really great cover too, doesn’t it? We had really cold temps the week before last but it is finally starting to warm up a little bit. Makes me think of spring even though we are still in January o.O I hope that you have a great week filled with good books!

  2. I’ve had the Thirst series on my TBR list for FOREVER, but I’ve just never gotten around to reading any of them. Do you really enjoy them? Or are they just okay? I highly recommend adding the email subscription option. That’s how I follow the blogs that I LOVE, but I also think why not? You know? I mean it’s not like you have to do anything with it. It’s just another way for people to follow you, and I personally love the idea of giving people the option to follow you the way that they want to. Hope you have a great week!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  3. You grabbed some great books even though there was that one missing – bummer about that. I totally know what you mean about not being online a lot. I’ve got lots to catch up with and to do so I don’t get behind. :) I like email subscriptions sometimes. I only subscribe to blogs I want to get updates for on a regular basis, but I think it’s a good thing. I hadn’t looked at mine for a while. Last time they were at maybe 200 and I was checking my feed last week and noticed they’ve jumped to 800. 0.0 Totally crazy, but very awesome! :)

  4. You’re right, the cover of The Price of Blood is wonderful! And what fun to get your book order in, though I’m sorry you didn’t get one of the books you ordered.

    I’ve got Dearest in my queue to read. I loved Enchanted, but I want to read Hero before I go on to Dearest. I just borrowed Hero from the library.

    Have a wonderful week, stay warm, and enjoy all your new books!

  5. I also just bought Not A Drop To Drink, been hearing such great things about it I had to pick it up. I also really want to start Holly Black’s White Cat series, I loved the Coldest Girl in Coldtown. We also some really bad weather here, lots of snow but thankfully it didn’t last too long.

    My Sunday Post

  6. Sometimes there just isn’t much to blog about. I’m worried how well I’ll keep up on my blog when the baby is born in March. I’m already bugging my sister asking if she’ll help me get some posts done lol. BOXING DAY – I went so nuts on that

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