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Happy Lunar New Year!

 

I’m linking this post to Sunday Post, Stacking the Shelves, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

This weekend we celebrated the Lunar New Year. We live in a predominately Asian neighborhood, and every year they put on a huge festival near our house. On Friday we walked down for the opening night festivities, and had a blast. We got to watch the lion dances, dance team competition, and stayed for The Ha Brothers (DJ) afterwards. I’ll be honest though, I’ve never felt so old before. There were so many young teens there, dancing and having a blast, and I felt like I was out past my bedtime.

Speaking of the Tết Festival, if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my story on Friday night that had a short clip of one of the lion dances. While I’m still learning the ins and outs of this smartphone thing, case in point I accidentally did a 2 second live video on Facebook when I was just trying to take a normal video, I am loving the fact that I can share a more personal side to your guys of what I’m up to, without it bogging down my feed with a ton of posts.

 

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So many cacti, so little time.

I’m linking this post to Sunday Post, Stacking the Shelves, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

 

Last Sunday I had an early Galentine’s brunch with a group of girls. I had a ton of fun. Since I’m new to the whole smartphone thing, a couple of friends went over Snapchat (which I don’t plan to get), different apps, and even showed me how to boomerang. Which is why there’s a random story on my Instagram account of the three of us. It’s probably the only time you’ll see me without my wig or my face obscured. I guess I’m not so anonymous anymore.

Yesterday was the cactus & succulent event. The cactus & succulent society puts together this event where local nurseries bring in their plants to both sell and put in for a judging competition. Last year we came home with quite a bit of plants. However, this year I reigned myself in and didn’t buy anything. Although, I took a ton of photos of the plants and plan to maybe check out the various nurseries in the area to see what else they have. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my story showing some of the plants at the event.

Speaking of which, I’m thinking I will use the Instagram stories as a way to show updates on my personal life. I posted photos from the succulent event as well as a birthday party I attended last night for a friend’s thirtieth birthday. I’m not sure if I want my feed to be just books, or if I want to mix in personal photos. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing over there. Ha!

 

 

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Never mess with a gladiatrix

I’ve been so bad about doing weekly wrap-ups. It mainly has to do with the fact that I’ve slowed way down on purchasing books and accepting review requests. I just have way too many books already on my shelves waiting to be read. However, even though I’m not getting a lot of new books in every week, I am still doing a lot of reading. I also started an Instagram account last year that I don’t really talk about all that much on the blog and I would like to be able to show that on the blog. Plus, there seems to be a lot going on in my real life that has contributed in me going quiet from time to time. So, I wanted to do a weekly post where I showcase some of the books I’ve been reading, the books I may have acquired that week, and what I’ve been up to on a more personal level. I’m linking this post up to Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves.

 

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Demigods, Viking Lumberjacks, and Sirens… Oh my!


I’ve been so bad about doing weekly wrap-ups. It mainly has to do with the fact that I’ve slowed way down on purchasing books and accepting review requests. I just have way too many books already on my shelves waiting to be read. However, even though I’m not getting a lot of new books in every week, I am still doing a lot of reading. I also started an Instagram account last year that I don’t really talk about all that much on the blog and I would like to be able to show that on the blog. Plus, there seems to be a lot going on in my real life that has contributed in me going quiet from time to time. So, I wanted to do a weekly post where I showcase some of the books I’ve been reading, the books I may have acquired that week, and what I’ve been up to on a more personal level. I’m linking this post up to Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves.

 

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Clean Sweep Reading Challenge

It’s time to pull out all of my unread ARC’s and review books and start reading. I’m usually really good about keeping up with review copies but I will admit that some of the gifted copies from publishers don’t always make it onto my reading list. It’s just so hard with so many books coming out to keep up with all the books I get. Which is why I was excited when Kimberly over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer announced that she’d be hosting an event to help push you into reading your review books. I’ll be going a lot lighter on the goal list than I had initially planned and that’s because the month of May is going to be hectic. If I end up reading more than my goal, I’ll be sure to add the books to the list below. 🙂

 

 

My goals for this month are…

 

 

The finish line…

I’d like to thank Kim for hosting this event. It was a great way for me to not only get a head start on some ARC’s that will be releasing soon, but it gave me an excuse to dust off my older books as well. Which, let’s be honest, really needed to be done. While I only made it through about half of my goal, with all things considered, I’m proud that I got even that much read. I had my parents visiting for two weeks, dental appointments, and I lost one of my furbabies this month. There’s was little to no reading going on until about the last week. It also didn’t help that a lot of the books didn’t work for me. Which was probably why I still hadn’t read them yet. Below are the books I was able to read (or attempted to read but gave up on)…

The Next Flame by Penelope Douglas
Dangerously Bad by Eden Bradley (DNF)
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
Highland Hellion by Mary Wine
The Virgin’s Daughter by Laura Andersen (DNF)
Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell
Deja Who by Mary Janice Davidson (DNF)

 

 

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Sunday Wrap-Up #50

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, and Stacking the Shelves.

 

Last week on BSA:
The Reaping by Shirley Anne Edwards [Excerpt & Giveaway]
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne [Review]
Silencing the Seam by Kathleen Groger [Excerpt & Giveaway]

 

Next week on BSA:
Songs of Seraphina by [Excerpt & Giveaway]
Soulfinder by Jacinta Maree [Excerpt & Giveaway]
Ruled by Elle Kennedy [Review]

 

So, I found out that one of my all-time favorite Star Wars characters was made into a Funko Pop! So, I called around and was able to locate one. Which, was my first Pop! figure ever. Then I went back in and grabbed the Storm because, well, she’s my favorite Marvel character and I just had to have her. Now I see why no one ever seems to have just one Pop! figure. I also attended a book signing for Ahsoka the other week. It was awesome! Last night the Mr. and I had a mini Harry Potter marathon where I made a bunch of snacks and tried my hand at making homemade butterbeer. I have never had butterbeer before and decided to give it a try. Oh my goodness, it’s amazing! I went with a recipe that was less like the one that is at the amusement park since they seem to use cream soda as the base and instead went with a less sweet version (which is the description of butterbeer) and used club soda as the base. It was amazing. I may have downed my who glass in about 5 minutes. It was THAT good.

I will more than likely be pretty quiet on social media this coming week/weekend. My friend and her boyfriend are coming out from NY to visit. I will have posts scheduled to go live throughout the duration of their stay but I might not be around to chat or comment on all my favorite blogs. So, if you don’t hear from me that will be why. 😉

 

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The Latest Additions to My TBR List…

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Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read and is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers.

 

 

This week we have to show everyone our TBR list. Let’s be honest here, I would be here all day uploading pictures of all the books I have waiting for me to read. Let’s just put it this way, I have about 200 books that I own and haven’t read yet. That doesn’t even include all the books I want to read or that I have on hold at the library. So instead of showing you guys my long list of books, I will show you the latest books I got. 😉 Since my birthday was the other week I got some pretty awesome books that I’ve been dying to get my hands on. Plus, I won the Harry Potter book from that summer reading challenge I did this year! Woohoo!

 

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The Raider by Monica McCarty
“After consolidating his gains against the enemy English, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland sends his best soldiers to fortify the lawless borders. These legendary warriors of the Highland Guard let nothing come before king and country—except the calling of their heart.”

V-Day by DT Dyllin
“Since the fateful day that has come to be known as M-Day, Vivienne’s been frantically searching for her brothers. Only she knows the truth and will be able to save her family–if she can find them before the countdown hits zero.”

Confess by Colleen Hoover
“The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin… ”

Betrayal Foretold by Jen Crane
“Betrayal Foretold is a fast-paced, emotional ride through the mesmerizing world of Thayer. This third book in the Descended of Dragons series, a new adult fantasy romance, is a can’t-put-it-down story of loss and self-invention, of survival, and of the selfless pursuit to secure the happiness of friends. ”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling
“While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

 

What are some of the books on your TBR list?

 

 

Sunday Wrap Up #49

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, and Stacking the Shelves.

 

Last week on BSA:
My Wild Irish Dragon by Ashlyn Chase (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Guardian’s Mate by Jennifer Ashley (Review)
Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein (Review)

Next week on BSA:
The One Real Thing by Samantha Young (Review & Giveaway)
Fly With Me by Chanel Cleeton (Review)
November 9 by Colleen Hoover (Review)

 

 

What I’ve been up to…

🎉 So, today is my birthday! I’ve been dreading this day for years. I’m sad to see my 20’s go. I wouldn’t say I’m anti-birthday, because trust me, I love presents and cake, but I am anti-getting-older. Plus, hitting that “dirty thirty” mark makes me sad. Booo. I mean, seriously, why did they have to name it “dirty thirty”, why not “purty thirty” or something else that rhymes and is flattering. Meh.

 

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Sunday Wrap-Up #48

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, and Stacking the Shelves.

 

Last week on BSA:
Blocked by Jennifer Lane (Review)
Sinner’s Revenge by Kim Jones (Review)
Burying Water by K.A. Tucker (Review)

This week on BSA:
Lick by Kylie Scott (Review)
Mr. Corporate by J.A. Huss (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Vial Things by Leah Clifford (Excerpt)

 

 

The move from hell is finally over!

 

Oh, man. I should have known this move was going to be anything but smooth when right out the door we were having problems just getting in to view places. It seemed like the Realtor’s showing the rentals just did not care whether or not they rented out a house. Add onto that a Uhaul truck that didn’t fit all our stuff, one of our larger pieces of furniture getting left behind because it was in a room that I’d closed the door to, and moving into a house that had been closed up for a month and trying to cool it down/air it out during a heat wave… yeah, it was not fun. There’s a lot more to the move but I won’t bore you with my rant. It was just exhausting and after two weeks, we are finally settled into the new place and I’m able to catch up on reading and blogging. I tried to keep things running smoothly while I was gone so that there wasn’t any down time but as many of you noticed, I wasn’t really online chatting with everyone. But, I’m back and ready to get back into the swing of things. First up, the books I got while we moved between houses.

 
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Sunday Wrap-Up #47

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, and Stacking the Shelves.

 

Last week on BSA:
Origins Exposed by Jen Crane (Review)
Hitched: Vol. 2 by Kendall Ryan (Excerpt)
Afterimage by J. Kowallis (Excerpt & Giveaway)

 

This week on BSA:
Somniare by DT Dyllin (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Dare to Stay by Jen McLaughlin (Review)
The Matchmaker’s Replacement by Rachel Van Dyken (Excerpt & Giveaway)

 

Well, we wound up finding a place to rent at the new location and the Mr. and I have been slowly packing away and getting everything sorted out. There’s only one more week left here at this house before I get the moving truck on Sunday and we head out for the new place. We rented one of those 26′ Uhaul trucks and I really hope I don’t pop a curb and flip the stupid thing over between here and there. I’ve never driven anything larger than our Jeep. So, to say I’m a bit nervous is an understatement. I think the packing/unpacking is the easy part, I’m concerned about the driving. So, cross your fingers for me. I’m hoping to be back online by the second week of August. I will have posts scheduled for the time that I will be gone but I won’t be around to really comment or anything. Which, you’ve probably noticed I haven’t really been on chatting much lately anyways. I promise to stop by and chat with everyone once I am unpacked and back online again.

 

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