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text 2015-11-04 02:33
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Next Novel
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir
Scarlett Undercover - Jennifer Latham
The Martian - Andy Weir
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh
Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain
Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
The Golem and the Djinni - Helene Wecker
Queen of Hearts: The Crown (Queen of Hearts Saga #1) - Colleen Oakes

This topic is brought to you, every Tuesday, by The Broke and the Bookish - I'm just answering these things because they're fun and it's awesome to hear what other people have to say on the topics each week.


This week has me answering the prompt: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Next/Sophomore Novel.  Dude, this is hard, because so many authors I've read have had multiple books out, but that doesn't mean I can't include debut authors whose books I haven't read, but I'm looking forward to the sequel.


No particular order here, just going off the top of my head.


An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir 


1. Sabaa Tahir:  I had some issues with "An Ember in the Ashes", but I also liked the story and found myself invested in the characters well enough to see where the series would go. I'm hoping that as the series goes on, it builds in strength (and leans less on some of the problematic turns of the story - or at least treats them a little better than the first book did).


The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh 


2. Renee Adieh: I'm already too excited over the release of the follow-up book to "The Wrath and the Dawn", but I've still yet to write a review for the first book.  Argh.  Both of the covers for this book are beautiful, and I love stories set with this theme so, so much.


Scarlett Undercover - Jennifer Latham 


3. Jennifer Latham: I really liked 'Scarlett Undercover," and I'd like to see where her next project takes her.  I think the biggest appeal of Scarlett was her character voice, which is something Latham did very well in shaping the character.


The Martian - Andy Weir 


4. Andy Weir - I think I've determined that I'll read anything that Andy Weir writes from here on out, because "The Martian" is one of my all-time favorite books. Really looking forward to what his next major book project will be.


Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh 


5. Allie Brosh:  Because I loved "Hyperbole and a Half" - no shame.  I'd love to read another humor book in the style of the aforementioned.


Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain 


6. Susan Cain: Because she's so articulate about the experiences of introverts/introversion.  I really enjoyed "Quiet" and I've heard she's releasing another book next year along the same lines.  I can't wait to read it.


Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley 


7. Robin Talley: Because I thought "LIes We Tell Ourselves" was absolutely fantastic. Can't wait to see what she writes next (and I have a galley of her next novel, so even better!)


Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon 


8. Nicola Yoon: I haven't read "Everything, Everything" in its entirety, but what I've read so far makes me want to read more from her in the future.


The Golem and the Djinni - Helene Wecker 


9. Helene Wecker: Because while I haven't read "The Golem and the Jinni" in its entirety, I'd just really like to read more from her based on her style and the theme of this book.


and lastly:


The Crown - Colleen Oakes 


10. Colleen Oakes: Yeah, technically her sophomore novel is already out, but I haven't had the chance to read it, so it's new to me.  But I love her style of writing and I'd like to read more books from her in the near future.

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text 2015-07-07 02:30
NetGalley Haul: Recent Approvals 7-6-2015
Hexomancy (Ree Reyes) - Michael R. Underwood
Another Day - David Levithan
Young Widows Club - Alexandra Coutts
Love Lies Beneath: A Novel - Ellen Hopkins
These Shallow Graves - Jennifer Donnelly
Has to Be Love - Jolene Perry
Rome in Love: A Novel - Anita Hughes
The Guest Room: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman
Rescuing the Bad Boy - Jessica Lemmon

I haven't done a post like this in a while, and notably because I haven't kept up with as much of my ARC stack as carefully as I'd like, but I'm hoping to change that in the coming months as I get back to bases.  


So I'll give you this for now, some of my more recent approvals from NG, but I have a long way to go to get to 100% feedback.  I'm working on weeding down my stack, but the reason why I haven't tackled it as much is because: 


1. I've been reading more books from my library as a "break" from ARC reading.


2. Reading books that I've bought in more recent notations. (Even books that I've ended up regretting "taking one for the team" on).


3. Doing a few re-reads for the sake of keeping my reading mojo in check  (and they were fun, though some of them I haven't reviewed yet, so it was just as well that I re-read them).


4. Time, man.  Not enough time in the day and I wish I could spend it all day reading (and writing, really).


I'm excited for these though.  Most of them don't release for a while, so it'll be on my progressive to do list.

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text 2015-07-07 02:12
Story of My Life, Pretty Much
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids - Sarah Ockler
Take Me On - Katie McGarry
The Girl in the Steel Corset - Kady Cross
Firefight - Brandon Sanderson
All the Rage - Courtney Summers
Six Feet Over It - Jennifer Longo
The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen

Ye Gods, I've got to stop making these trips to the library. My TBR list is getting bigger and bigger (though I should think that's a good thing). Got a decent book haul, though I checked out more books than I had to return. Story of my life.


So you can see my book haul above, and all of them are YA reads.  I'm progressively getting back to being active on here, but it's between my actual reading time, day job time, and writing/editing time.


I'll be posting a NetGalley haul in a bit too.  I'm keeping my reading mojo, it's more that I'm having trouble with my reviewing mojo.  Meh. =/

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text 2015-07-04 19:01
Anyone else know about this? Hulu costs $15/month for only 26 days

So some of you guys know I have Hulu Plus (well, now it's known just as Hulu) - and I just noticed that they upped the price to the subscription to $15/month, for only 26 days without saying anything for their respective terms (on the website, it still says $7.99 a month).  What the heck, man?  I'm guessing either they wanted to wait until after the July 4th holiday to announce it or something, but my wallet just got a rude awakening when I went to re-subscribe.


Might consider not using the service anymore, because not even saying anything about it is making me vexed to no end. I had no idea of the price change, and it wasn't noted anywhere that I could see.


UPDATE: As per my notes in comments:


Okay, looks like it was an error in wording and credit from what I've been able to understand.

Turns out that the $15 gift option gets you 1 month AND 26 days of credit on the site, but they updated my credit to be available until September 1st, which is basically almost 2 months from now.

Ughhhh, that's the weirdest way of being able to bill it that I've seen, but I guess they updated the way they did their gift card options and didn't make that clearer. Oy vey.

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text 2015-07-01 04:04
Because everyone else is doing it

You know how people are doing random glamour shots by googling their first name and the term glamour shot.


Well, I actually used my real first name and got this picture:



Which I'm totally okay with because I *heart* Olivia Wilde.


I tried the same thing with "Rose" and the one I liked the best was this one (cause all the other ones were just plain creepy.)




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