State of the ARC: November 2017
State of the ARC / November 29, 2017

            State of the ARC is a meme hosted by Evelina at Avalinah’s Books used to track ARC progress and motivate us ARC reading slackers. My friend Evelina at Avalinah’s Books and I have a problem: We tend to let our ARCs pile up. Yup, that’s right. Our Advanced Reader Copies quickly become Current Reader Copies. And in some situations, even become Old Reader Copies. That’s right–we both have ARCs which are over a year old. SUPER guilty! Evelina decided to take matters into her own hands! Not only did she start this lovely meme, State of the ARC, for people to try to grapple with their love-hate ARC relationship, but she also started #ARCsAnonymous on Goodreads. This group is geared towards just pushing through the ARC pile and making a difference. All are encouraged to join! November Progress This month I read an ARC! I know, I know, little victories, right? Plus, I also managed to read and review the book before publication day! This has only happened one other time for me over my blogging career (not quite two years), so I am giving myself a big pat on the back for this one….

#ThanksgivingReadathon Wrap-Up
Book Review / November 27, 2017

  I can’t believe Thanksgiving has already flown by. This means the first official #ThanksgivingReadathon has sadly come to a close. It was an amazing 5 days of reading and sharing the books we were reading. #ThanksgivingReadathon was a beautiful blur of thankfulness I needed in my life. I am thankful to everyone who participated so readily! We had over 20 people take part in the readathon!! I cannot believe it. After last year where 3 of us read together, this feels amazing. I loved following along on social media with #ThanksgivingReadathon — it was amazing reading the sign-up posts and Tweets, plus all the photos! Thanksgiving meals, cozy reading corners, and beautifully framed book covers dominated my social media feeds. Check out the list of participants at the bottom of this post to see for yourselves! Jackie B’s #ThanksgivingReadathon Successes My own Thanksgiving Readathon participation was more successful than I imagined it was going to be. I didn’t have as much time to read paper or eBooks as I predicted. I spent a lot of time with my family. But, David and I listened to a book during our 16-hour round-trip car ride to my parents, and I listened to books whenever…

#ThanksgivingReadathon : Goals and TBR
Read-a-thon / November 20, 2017

I couldn’t be more excited to be hosting the #ThanksgivingReadaton this year with Ottavia @ Novels and Nonfiction. A little over a year ago, we got together and decided to make time for ourselves and our reading during a traditionally hectic time. Now– we share that with you! The #ThanksgivingReadathon is a stress-free way to get caught up with your reading and prioritize me-time during a family-packed week. If you’d like to be involved you can participate in any or all of the following: Read as many books as you can in those 5 days Use the hashtag #ThanksgivingReadathon to share your participation and progress using Twitter and other social media sites Publish a Sign-Up Post between Monday the 20th and Wednesday the 22nd with your readathon TBR and goals. Bonus: Share some of your holiday traditions or what you are excited about this Thanksgiving week! Publish a Wrap-Up post on between Monday the 27th and Wednesday the 29th sharing your readathon victories! Bonus: Share what you are thankful for this year. Comment on Ottavia’s and my own posts with your post links to link up and share the comment love This means no self-shaming over what you read or…

State of the ARC: I’m joining up!
Meme , State of the ARC / October 30, 2017

            State of the ARC is a meme hosted by Evelina at Avalinah’s Books used to track ARC progress and motivate us ARC reading slackers.   My friend Evelina at Avalinah’s Books and I have a problem: We tend to let our ARCs pile up. Yup, that’s right. Our Advanced Reader Copies quickly become Current Reader Copies. And in some situations, even become Old Reader Copies. That’s right–we both have ARCs which are over a year old. SUPER guilty! Evelina decided to take matters into her own hands! Not only did she start this lovely meme, State of the ARC, for people to try to grapple with their love-hate ARC relationship, but she also started #ARCsAnonymous on Goodreads. This group is geared towards just pushing through the ARC pile and making a difference. All are encouraged to join! See, the thing is that Evelina and I are both strong supporters of young. newer, and debut authors. We realize there are many authors out there trying to find their big break– so who are we to get in the way?! We request ARCs to help spread the good word of their art… only sadly we often…

The Best We Could Do
Book Review / August 12, 2017

Title: The Best We Could Do Author: Thi Bui Genre: Graphic Memoir Publisher: Abrams ComicArts Release Date: March 7th, 2017 Format: eBook Pages: 330 Source: NetGalley Illustrator: Thi Bui An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam from debut author Thi Bui. This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home. In what Pulitzer Prize–winning…

A Very ARCish Readathon
Read-a-thon / April 5, 2017

The amazing Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks has come up with a wonderful April challenge! As a kick off to my own personal Spring Cleaning efforts, I will be participating in her A Very ARC-ish Readathon! (Complete with super-sweet banner above. I am so impressed!) This is a low-pressure readathon during the month of April with the sole goal of getting through the ARC backlog. And what book blogger doesn’t have an ARC backlog?! My ARC backlog is daunting and overwhelming.  I have a pathetic 41% feedback ratio on NetGalley right now. Actually, in reviewing my NetGalley archives I’ve noticed that some are books I’ve read, but never posted the review for, and others are already published now! O_o (I honestly drank too much wine one night and went on a requesting RAMPAGE – I have minor regrets. The wine was delicious. The backlog is not.) In honor of this glaring stupidity, here are my goals: Read as many ARCs as I can (TBR below) Post reviews on NetGalley for all ARCs read this month, as well as the ones I’ve already read Publish at least one ARC review on my blog and link back to NetGalley Read my outstanding…

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