The Reading Machine [15] – May 10, 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:

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I was excited to get approved for SILVER IN THE BLOOD by Jessica Day George and UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Adler this week. Reading wise, I’m hoping to finish UPROOTED by Naomi Novik, THE SHADOW REVOLUTION by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith, and HIDDEN HUNTRESS by Danielle L. Jensen. It’s supposed to rain a lot this week, so maybe I’ll be able to do a lot of catch up reading.

If you liked Danielle’s debut, STOLEN SONGBIRD, be sure to check back here at the end of May, because I’m going to have a special guest post to celebrate the release of HIDDEN HUNTRESS!

On the Blog:

I’ve had a bunch of reviews in the past 2 weeks, listed below:

Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Gray
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
River Road by Suzanne Johnson

I’ve been showing my black sheepish self with not loving AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT, and A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES as much as everyone else. But I’m okay with that. I mean, that’s why reviews are important — because not everyone is going to love every book.

In the next couple of weeks I’m hoping to add some discussion and other fun posts to the mix. I keep saying I’m going to do this, but then I get behind. I spend a lot of time outside in the summer, so I’m way too worn out at night to think, lol. As I said above, we’re supposed to have a week of thunderstorms, so maybe I’ll get some more posts ready and scheduled since I won’t be busting my butt outside every day.

What Up, Life?

the reading machine camp nano winner

Yeah, that’s about all I need to say for this :D I’m so happy that I finally won a NaNoWriMo. My Camp April goal wasn’t too high — only 10k — but I learned one important thing. I’m really good at talking myself out of doing things I want to do. I plan on doing the next session of Camp NaNo too — anyone participating, or won April?

the reading machine star wars day

May 4th was Star Wars day. May the Fourth be with you! The Star Wars section of my library is part of the inspiration I had for my one book photo a day project I mentioned in my last Reading Machine post. There are some great stories there, and some great authors who got their start or got better known writing Star Wars books. Some of my favorite characters are also in those books, such as Tenel Ka and Mara Jade. I don’t want to see them forgotten with the new “Canon” Star Wars, so… yeah. That project will probably be a go in June.

the reading machine arrows

Lastly, I finally had some fun this week. I bought a recurve bow last year, but I’m usually way too busy to enjoy it much, even though I can target shoot in my backyard. It’s a lot of fun… especially when I shoot off parts of the chair I’m using to hold my target :D

– leeanna

6 thoughts on “The Reading Machine [15] – May 10, 2015

  1. I’m so glad you reached your goal for NaNo. I’ve been considering participating in NaNo in November… but I’ve been saying that every year since the last time I won in 2011. Lol. I really should try this year. I just always seem to be in the middle of something else. :P

  2. Congratulations on reaching your Camp NaNo goal – that’s awesome! I tried NaNoWriMo last fall, and failed it utterly. Oh, well, maybe this summer or next year.

    I got Silver in the Blood, too! And Uprooted – I’m in the middle of reading it now, and so far it’s excellent, which is only what I expect from Naomi Novik. Very different from the Temeraire books in writing style as well as setting and plot, but it certainly keeps me reading!

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