May 26, 2013

Weekly Wrap-Up 05/26/13


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey

Reviews:

The Gods of Heavenly Punishment by Jennifer Cody Epstein

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra <~~Giveaway too! Go enter! 

Read:

In The Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve


This was a slow week of reading for me. I blame Arrested Development. I've been watching all of it's glorious hilariousness on Netflix.


Currently Reading:

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

Under the Dome by Stephen King

Upcoming:

I have so many books from the library and from Netgalley and on my to be reviewed pile that I'm not sure where to start. I've implemented a library ban on myself for the time being. I need to stop requesting books until I get my piles under control. Hey bloggers? If you could stop reviewing AWESOME BOOKS ALL THE TIME that would really help. Thanks!

Here are a few of the books competing for my time:



Bookish Business:

An Under the Dome readalong!? Doesn't that sound like a fab way to start the summer? It's not too late to sign up!





Have any of you signed up for the NetGalley Wellness Challenge



Judith is hosting another Literary Blog Hop. It's a fun event focusing on giving away books with literary merit. (My favorite kind!) You should totally sign up.

Have a fantastic week my bookish lovelies! 

58 comments:

  1. I feel totally the same about my upcoming pile. June is killing me, there is so much goodness. I'm in love with Girlchild and Golden Boy in equal parts and I'm super excited about Save Yourself. You have some tough choices!

    Thanks for linking to the blog hop, I'm going to join in!

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    1. I swore I wouldn't do this to myself this year and here I go again. I don't feeling reading pressure. Boo! So, I'm going to work on getting it under control :)

      I'm glad you're going to do that hop, it's a good one :)

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  2. I think everyone's blaming either school or Arrested Development on their lack of reading this week! :-) I've been meaning to read Girlchild for ages. I hope you like it. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. That darn show! ;)

      I keep hearing good things about Girlchild and I'm looking forward to diving in!

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  3. Oh my gosh, my library list is out of control. I just keep finding more and more books to request that I have to keep sending back. I didn't get to Lean In when I had it, so I had to request it again... ridiculous.

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    1. I've started a new shelf on Goodreads to keep track of the books I want to request. Usually I would just request stuff willy-nilly as I saw them on blogs! BAD IDEA. After I catch up I'll allow myself to request books again. IN MODERATION. I think. ;)

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    2. I do the same and have put a "to-request" ban on myself too!

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  4. Between the library books, the e-ARCs, and the stuff I've bought or been given in the last few months, I am totally overwhelmed with books. I've had to send library books back unread because I had too many ARCs to get through. I could read ALL the books if I gave up a) blogging, b) housework, c) real work (you know, for pay), and d) everything else, and spent all my time reading. Otherwise, I think I'm out of luck! (Or maybe in luck, since I'd much rather have too many books to read, than not enough.)

    I've been eying the NetGalley wellness thing. Still trying to decide.

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    1. I hear your pain and I commiserate! It's a first world problem right? But still!

      I'm looking forward to hearing more about the NetGalley thing. There wasn't a whole lot of info when I signed up. I'm waiting for emails I guess? I'm hoping it will help me shape up my profile there, etc.

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  5. Under The Dome had such an intriguing ending. I like it when Stephen King goes to the mind bending elements rather than the evil ones. I notice you're in WI, such a lovely state! You don't get near the humidity that we do in Illinois, which makes me really feel under some kind of dome! :)

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    1. I'm with you, I like the psychological stuff that he does. I'd forgotten how much I adore his style. I'm only 5% done with Dome but it feels like coming home again :)

      We'll have to compare humidity this summer, lol, it gets pretty disgusting here! When I lived next to Lake Superior it was better. That lake breeze is fantastic!

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  6. I had a slow reading week, but mine was because I was in a slump - I wanted to read but nothing felt right!

    And if you manage to stop going to the library / requesting review copies, let me know how you do it because I have found it IMPOSSIBLE!!!

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    1. Slumps are the worst! Too many choices can be detrimental, don't you think??

      Ha, wish me luck with the library ban. I've done it before with some success. It's not easy!

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  7. I want to read Under the Dome so badly, I just don't have the time for it. And I should really read it soon because the mini series is coming this summer. Gah! I can't watch the show without reading the book first because the actors portraying the book characters will get stuck in my head, know what I mean?
    I placed myself on a library book ban years ago and it did nothing to stop by TBR pile from toppling over :)
    Happy Sunday.

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    1. I absolutely know what you mean. I like to come to a book fresh as well. :) I'm going to read it along with other books so that I don't fall too behind on reviews, etc. I've never read more than one book at a time and I'm a bit nervous about it all.

      The never-ending TBR pile. Sigh ;)I know that books will still come in the mail, but at least I won't be actively adding to the pile!

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  8. Oooo I was tempted to join the Under the Dome readalong, but I only found out about it about 2 days ago and I have SO many other books I'm about to read. I hope it's fun!

    Arrested Development is so funny, but I haven't seen it in forever. I think a lot of us have been watching more tv than reading this week, after that awesome readathon last week ;-)

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    1. I hope you change your mind and hop on in Sarah! :D

      I didn't watch AD when it first aired. I heard people raving about it and then freaking out when it was cancelled. It's HILARIOUS. Oh my word.

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  9. So Jennifer...you have way too many new to me and interesting looking books in this post. I'm off to check them out...sigh. I don't think you are allowed to ask us to stop talking about books if you are going to add to our tbr lists like this! :)

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    1. Touche Lindsey! ;) Let's blame someone else...authors? Publishers? Someone!

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  10. I might b the only person NOT watching Arrested Development. On the plus side, I am going to be getting in more reading than anyone else :)

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    1. I'm not watching it either! AND there's no Game of Thrones this week, TV is not getting in my way at all. *book dance*

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    2. Well look at you two! LOL ;) Arrested Development has grabbed me and won't let go. Help!

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  11. It is so hard this time of year with all the fantastic books coming out, isn't it?!

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    1. Yes it is! The fact that I'm lacking in self-control doesn't help matters, lol.

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  12. I have one "to-be-reviewed" shelf in my room i.e. books received from publishers and another whole shelf of books of my own that are TBR. At this point I think I have more unread books than read in my immediate vicinity and I've stopped requesting until I catch up! Which will be never as long as I keep blog surfing. Maybe that's the solution - a blogs ban (gasp:))

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    1. A blogs ban! That would probably do the trick! Could I actually pull that off? Nope. Lol ;) You sound pretty organized which is great.

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  13. LOL I have the same problem with my TBR list right now. Doesn't help that I had that slew of pre-approved books on NetGalley all at once!

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    1. The same thing happened to me Monika! Sigh...will we ever learn? ;)

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  14. I'm having such a hard time keeping up with all the books I want to read, I'm sending a lot back to the library unread :(

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    1. Blech, that is the worst :( I've had to do that to a couple of books recently. I don't like that feeling!

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  15. I don't think you're the only one swamped with working through your TBR pile - book blogger problems eh. I'm particularly trying to work through my review books from Netgalley and yet I still find myself requesting more, do we ever learn eh.

    I hope you enjoy your upcoming reads, some of them look quite interesting so I'll have my eye peels for reviews!

    My Book Bubble

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    1. It's a book blogger problem for sure ;) I promised myself I wouldn't let it happen AGAIN. Ha ha, fail! ;)

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  16. After all the hype from the last weekend I feel like I should watch Arrested Development. Good luck with your TBR pile!

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    1. Arrested Development is simply the funniest and dorkiest show ever :) Thanks for the luck, I think I'll need it!

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  17. I feel the same way. My TBR stacks are overflowing! So many fantastic books and never enough time. Of course Television and the internet don't help :)

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    1. There are so many factors involved. I'm not sure who/what to blame. TV, internet, my lack of control, BLOGGERS! ;)

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  18. I understand your feeling about all the blogs with the amazing reviews, making you want to read more and more books. So it is not our fault, it is their fault!

    But I also understand the need to getting the piles under controle, good luck with that!

    Kind regards,

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    1. I want to agree with you, it's not MY fault! ;) Thanks for the good luck wishes Bettina!

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  19. Omg I love Arrested Development!! We watched two of the new episodes last night!! Buster, Lucille, G.O.B..I can't decide who I love most!

    The Under the Dome Readalong thing sounds good. I will be thinking about doing that...

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    1. I think I'm on the 30th episode or so? 30ish more to go until I can watch the new ones :) It's so damn funny I can't stand it!

      You should totally join the Dome Readalong! We've just started and there is plenty of time!

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  20. I've got a similar book problem too, and I've wondered recently how not reading a NetGalley book before it's archived affects later request success. Maybe we shouldn't request so much, but when you truly want to read and review the book, and you think you'll have time, it's hard not to.

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    1. I've wondered the very same thing Charlie! That's why I *try* to keep my requests there to a minimum. TRY ;)

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  21. I'm not joining in the Under the Dome readalong, but it definitely looks like it's going to be fun. I'm still regretting that I couldn't fit in the It readalong a while back! I've never done a blog hop before; maybe I should try the Literary Blog Hop. I'm overwhelmed with family things this month and getting way behind on reviews, though.

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    1. I wish I had done the It Readalong as well. That's why I just had to join this one :)

      The Lit Blog Hop is easy~peasy! I promise :)

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  22. Good luck with the piles - it seems to be a never-ending plight for me! I have all the best intentions but then . . .if I watched 50% less TV, I would definitely make a dent in those piles!

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    1. I get sucked into a new (to me) series on Netflix and I'm a goner! I'm hoping that if I stop requesting books for a bit I'll be able to catch up on my pile :) Hoping!

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  23. Are you reading Leave of Absence with the tour?

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  24. The previews for Under the Dome looks interesting. I'm currently reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer and Anna Karenina by Tolstoy.

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    1. It's really great so far :) I hope you're enjoying your current reads Rose!

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  25. I saw on the news way back that Arrested Development definitely made the banana stand dream come true and a lot of people in NY lined up.It made me hopefully wish I'm there XD

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    1. LOL, oh in real life?? That's awesome ;) I'd be there if I could!

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  26. I'm looking forward to Frozen in Time review. I hope you read First Rule too :)

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    1. I will be, one of these days ;) Hopefully sooner rather than later!

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  27. I need to ban myself from the library and NetGalley! LOLOLOL! I have WAY TOO many books that I want to be reading and the majority come from book reviews :) I feel your pain ;)

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    1. It's good that I'm not alone in my OVER BOOKED MISERY ;) Ok, it's not really misery, but you know what I mean!

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