"To find out what a story's really about,' the Librarian said,

'you don't ask the writer. You ask the reader."

- SNOW & ROSE by Emily Winfield Martin

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Bumbles and Fairy-Tales Updates and Book Haul #57

HELLO my booknerd friends!!!
I hope you have all been doing well - and definitely a lot better than what has been going on around here, lol!... February is too much of a short month to have so many things go wrong! I started it out with a really bad case of the flu :p I ended up having to go to the ER to be rehydrated and stuff. Definitely not fun. It took me about 8 days overall to get through it and start feeling better - it's so hard to read and do anything when you feel so crummy. And then of course, the germs were passed around all the family members for the last 3 weeks. Not fun at all!
I have fallen behind again on blogging and reading. But I have decided that I can no longer put the pressure that I put on myself. This is a hobby. My most favorite thing to do for myself. I need to get back to it being fun again :) Which means that I need to do what I can do and go back to posting 3 or 4 times per week rather than the 6 or more that I was trying to accomplish; and lower my reading expectations back to reading one book per week rather than forcing myself to losing sleep in order to read the 2 to 3 books I did last month.
I feel like a huge weight was just lifted off my brain :) 

Here's what's been happening around here... lots of cover reveals and bookish stuff ;) 

What happened on the blog for the last 2 weeks...
- Cover Reveal: ANOMALY (Schrodinger's Consortium #1) by Tonya Kuper (YA)
- Cover Reveal: THE SHADOW PRINCE (Mortal Enchantment #0.5) by Stacey O'Neal
- Cover Reveal, Excerpt and Giveaway: AFTER THE STORM by Marie Landry (YA)
- Waiting On Wednesday #70: ROOMS by Lauren Oliver (A)
- Book Blitz and Giveaway: DITCHED by Amity Hope (YA)
- GIVEAWAY: February 2014 Release Hop!
- Waiting On Wednesday #71: THE WINNER'S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski (YA)
- Review: THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS by Michelle Madow (YA)
- Cover Reveal: THE FIRES OF CALDERON (The Balance Keepers #1) by Lindsay Cummings (MG)

My book haul for the last 2 weeks...
I'm also participating in Stacking the Shelves!!!

What I received for review...
- THE POODLE TALES Book 9: THE MODELING POO (HB) by Toni Tuso Faber (Children) from Kelly & Hall
- HEXED, The Witch Hunter #1 (eGalley) by Michelle Krys (YA) from Random House Kids for blog tour
- THE CHAPEL WARS (eGalley) by Lindsey Leavitt (YA) from Bloomsbury

What I won from Book Sparks...
- THE GOOD WIFE (PB) by Jane Porter (A)
- THE WINTERS IN BLOOM (HB) by Lisa Tucker (A)
- J'ADORE NEW YORK (PB) by Isabelle La Fleche (A)

From Netgalley...
- THE BREAK-UP ARTIST by Philip Siegel (YA)
- THE RING AND THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz (YA)
- HALF-BAD (Half Life #1) by Sally Green (YA)
- FIRE & FLOOD by Victoria Scott (YA)

Physical books that I purchased...
- TEARDROP (signed HB) by Lauren Kate (YA)
- KISSING SHAKESPEARE (HB) by Pamela Mingle (YA)
- BUNHEADS (PB) by Sophie Flack (YA)
- STORYBOUND (PB) by Marissa Burt (MG)
- THE TITAN'S CURSE (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan (MG)

eBooks that I purchased...
- WAITING FOR THE STORM by Marie Landry (YA)
- SUCH SWEET SORROW by Jenny Trout (YA)
- BRING ME BACK by Karen Booth (A)
- BACK FOREVER by Karen Booth (A)

What I'm currently reading...
- BACK FOREVER by Karen Booth (A)
- SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi (YA)
- GRIM by Various YA Authors

What's currently distracting me so much...

My three loves :) 

It's been a very busy life!!!

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to lately!
Please leave your comments and links below, thank you!!!


  1. Wow glad that you are feeling ... And taking some of the pressure off of yourself. Lots of great books you have there.. Enjoy them and have a great week.

  2. Great haul! I really want to read Teardrop, the synopsis sounds really interesting. Hope you enjoy your books. :)
    My StS: http://bribookishconfessions.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/stacking-the-shelves-12-half-off-edition/

    Happy Reading!
    -Brianna @ Brianna's Bookish Confessions

  3. Great haul! Glad you're feeling better.
    My StS

  4. I have Such Sweet Sorrow on my reading list! Seems like an interesting story. Hope you'll enjoy reading your books! Happy reading!

  5. It sucks that you were sick, but it's nice that it gave you some perspective on things. I've had posts scheduled since last year for this year and have only been scheduling a couple a week, if that, after baby came. As for reading, I plan on reading a bunch of graphic novels next week and watching Downton Abbey while crocheting and drinking tea, and of course, playing with my little guy. I'm already reading a close-to-600 page book right now, so if I finish that before the week's end, that will be an accomplishment! I think one book a week is totally doable, and if you don't get that, well then that's okay, too! Honestly, I wonder how some moms get so many books read with a little one (or more!) to take care of ... I find it hard to read with just one!

    Glad you're feeling better! Oh, and I love that you bought Bunheads! I read that one last year and really enjoyed it! Hope you like it, too!


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