Category: Miscellaneous

What’s Wrong with NetGalley & Edelweiss+?

Posted 11/16/2019 by Charli - 0 Comments -

NetGalley is one of my favorite ways to get books to read. You can request books that are going to be released, and in some cases that are already released, and see if the publishers will grant you access to the title. Edelweiss+ is all right, but it isn’t my favorite. Part of the problem is that while Edelweiss+ and NetGalley have a lot of “exclusive” books, they also have a lot of overlap in the books they offer. In fact, there have been a couple of times where I’ve requested the same book on both platforms. With The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden, I was actually granted the book on both platforms. Usually I’m either declined on both or I get the book on one and not the other. I recently was given access to the sequel to Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood titled The Night Country […]

November Anticipated Releases

Posted 11/02/2019 by Charli - 2 Comments -

So I’m going to create a list of November’s anticipated releases. These can be adult, YA, or middle grade. So here are my anticipated releases for November 2019. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world–a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea. Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade […]

Blogtober: Favorite Book of the Month

Posted 10/30/2019 by Charli - 0 Comments -

Well today’s prompt from Anniek & The Library Looter is favorite book of the month. I’ve read a fair number of books this month (13) , so you’d think picking a favorite would be difficult. Especially since I think I only gave two books I read this month five stars. But I’d have to say that my favorite book was Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. I just loved pretty much everything about the book and once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. I especially love that there is a sequel and I’m fairly certain that Coco will play a big role in the second book, considering the title Blood & Honey alludes to something Coco says about her magic in Serpent & Dove. So what was your favorite book of October?

Blogtober: Halloween Plans

Posted 10/29/2019 by Charli - 1 Comment -

So, for today’s Blogtober prompt, Anniek & The Library Looter are asking about Halloween Plans. I’ll be honest… I don’t have any at the moment. Other than going back to the eye doctor for the scleritis that has majorly flared up in my right eye again. My eye seems to have put its Halloween costume on several days early and refuses to take it off. I have a photo, but I don’t want to gross people out. It’s snowing again – it started Sunday evening, continued on to yesterday, and now it is snowing again. Although there isn’t any snow in the forecast for Wednesday or Thursday, it is likely that we won’t hand out candy as we haven’t bought any and it’s too cold to sit out on the porch with the candy bowl. We can’t let the kids ring the doorbell because we have a dog that goes […]

Blogtober: Local Ghost Story

Posted 10/28/2019 by Charli - 0 Comments -

Ok, this prompt from Anniek & The Library Looter made me think. Mostly because I’ve lived in Colorado Springs for about a year and a half but I don’t know of any local ghost stories. But… I have a kind of freaky ghost/paranormal story of my own to tell, so tell it I shall. I lived in Texas from June 2001 to December 2005. I’d say the following happened in late 2003. A friend of mine had come over to the house after getting off work and I was fixing dinner for her, my mom, and myself. It was about 10:00PM. I was standing in the kitchen when I heard a helicopter overhead. The problem was, it was really loud. As in, I thought it was going to land on the roof, loud. So I went to the dining room which had a large picture window overlooking the backyard. Sure […]