Hiatus

This group with be on hiatus until further notice. Most members have lost interest in writing reviews. CK and I have been busy with various things.

I lost a family member whom was in the hospital for two months before passing away. I was also struggling with the semester (one of the heaviest I have ever had). I am still dealing with emotional stuff and finishing up my course work.

I have not lost the yearning to read constantly. However, since my last review in the end of January (which coincides when my family member was admitted to the hospital) I have only read two books.

We may pick back up in the future, but for now we are taking an official break.

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Book Haul #8 (the biggest so far!)

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I do not think I have ever go this many books within a week!

I received the following as gifts for Christmas from my parents:

  • Wolf Children by Mamoru Hosoda & Yuu (Art)
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Paper Towns by John Green

I bought the following from Books-A-Million:

  • The Rift Part 3
  • This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther, Lori, & Wayne Earl
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
  • Hogwarts Library by J.K. Rowling

Books I bought from Bookoutlet (and only spent $33 total!)

  • Lux Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  • Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Starters by Lissa Price
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

Resource: Book Mooch

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I may be slow with things that are awesome, but I got an account with Book Mooch at the beginning of the month. I weeded out my book shelf — the ones I truly did not want or wanted a different version of. If you do not know about it here is what I know so far.

You put your books up and offer them to people. If someone wants it, they will send you a request which you can accept or reject. If you accept, you will see the person’s address and you will send the book to them at your expense (not expensive!). On the flip side, you can mooch books off of people at no cost to you!

So, basically just pay for the postage of the books you giveaway.

You earn a points when you register, add books that no one else is offering (0.1 a point, but those add up) , and when someone mooches off of you.

Tips & Stuff:

– It took me forever to realize that you can view book descriptions (which you add when you add a book) when you click the “mooch this book” button. Once you hit that button you can pick when person you want to mooch from, and the book description will be there.

– After researching it, the cheapest way to send books out is to buy envelopes from the store and send the book media mail.  Depending on the weight, most of the books I have sent were not over $4 a piece.

 

 

Book Haul #6

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Last weekend, CK and I travel to a city an hour and half away to closest Books-a-Million and other local book stores. We are hoping we will be able to do this bi-monthly.

I am not sure what I am going to do about the Julie Kagawa books … the last book is not available in paperback …. and the first book has an ugly and non-matching cover.

Update with New Year’s Resolutions

I set some goals for our blog at the beginning of the year (post here). Since it is the middle of the year now, I think it would be good to see how things are going. I am happy to say that we are close to finishing all of our goals.

First, I would have liked our blog to have 100 subscribers. We had 54 at the beginning of the year. Now we are at 94.

Second, I wanted us to review 150 books all together. We started off with 97 at the beginning, and I see now that this goal was set too low. We currently have 152 reviews up.

Third on the list was to have a giveaway. We just finished our first. It did not turn out as well as we had hoped, with only a super low turn out.

Lastly, we wanted to reach out and connect with other blogs. We really have not done this. However, we have been doing weekly memes that are hosted by other book blogs.

 

So, I would say we are doing well with it only being half way over.