Library Sale Haul πŸ€©πŸ™Œ

Can you guys believe I got all of these for a dollar each!?!?! I’m so excited!! Library book sales are amazing for finding gems such as these. They are all in nearly perfect condition, too! I can’t wait to read them!

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Book Review: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant β˜…β˜…

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β€œWhat you have to understand about the mermaid legend is that it’s universal. No matter where you go, the mermaids got there first. Even inland, if there’s a big enough lake, I guarantee you there’s a local community with a story about women in the water with beautiful voices who lure men to their deaths. Where there’s water, we find mermaids. Maybe it’s time we started asking ourselves exactly why that is.”

😐 Very disappointed in Into the Drowning Deep, unfortunately. I had heard such great things about it, and I was in the mood for something chilling and scary, so I thought it would be the perfect read right now. I really wanted to love it! However, it just didn’t work for me. At all. It was poorly constructed, repetitive, unintelligent, and very dull. It was basically Sharknado with mermaids. Spoilers ahead.

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Used Bookstore Haul

SO excited for these new beauties!! My best friend was in town over the weekend, and our favorite thing to do together is get some delish lattes and hunt for treasures in the used bookstores around us. We could only make it to one store (my favorite called Mojo Books and Records!), but I found some great stuff! Only $15 for all of this, after using some of my store credit! They are really good here about giving you a fair price on books you bring in to trade, too.

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Book Review: Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk β˜…β˜…β˜…

β€œTelling the truth wasn’t sufficient power. As consolation the remaining journalists convinced themselves that no absolute truths existed. This new untruth they propagated as the new truth. The entertainment value, the ability to titillate or provoke, came to be the litmus test of any new truth.” 

Guys. Is it bad that I love this cover? It’s a freaking pop art cover with severed ears. I loveeee itttt.

I really liked being back in Chuck’s mind and getting to explore another satirical future of his. There was everything you would expect here, including biting humor, absurd vulgarity, grand ideas, and controversy. I enjoyed the book for sure, but compared to his other novels, it wasn’t my favorite.

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Mini Book Haul

Merry Christmas Eve!!

So, I was at Goodwill the other day and decided that I needed some new books. Buying books right before Christmas is totally okay, trust me! Especially when you get them for such a great deal. Honestly, buying books at Goodwill or thrift stores is my favorite place to get them. You never know which books will be there, which edition or cover it will be, whether or not there are notes in the margins, etc. I love it! So here are just a couple that I got on my last trip.

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Monday Musings

So, I find myself in a reading slump as of late. I feel like my thoughts and my motivations are all over the place and I can’t concentrate on one thing. Should I be working on my own writing? Should I be finishing the book that I put down two weeks ago? What about working on book tags or reviews? Maybe I should update my Instagram with more pictures?

I know I need to be more organized about my creative outlets, but splitting my attention between so many different areas just makes me retreat altogether and then I get nothing done. Quite frustrating, I must say.

How do you guys stay motivated or keep your different projects on track?

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Update!

Hey guys! I apologize for being lax on my posting again, but a few unexpected life things have gotten in the way. I wanted to update, though, and let you guys know that I am participating in NaNoWriMo this month, so I will be focusing all of my free time on that. That means even more of a lull in posts/reviews. I know! D: I do have a few book reviews on the backburner, so if I need a break from writing my WIP, maybe I will get to those. We will see!

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Anyway, thanks for sticking with me! And is anyone else doing NaNo? This is my first time trying it and I am already late to the party! If so, good luck on your writing!

-Chelsi

Blog Update

Hi, everyone!

I just wanted to explain my lack of activity over the past week. I feel terrible that I have slacked off a little bit, but soon I will be back in a position to update the blog regularly.

I have had some personal family things to deal with and this past week, I have been busy preparing for Hurricane Irma. Living in Tampa, Florida, I am now facing a serious hit from Irma. My family and I have prepared as much as we can, and now we have to wait and see how everything turns out. I am hopeful that we will stay safe and strong during this storm. Scylla and Cake are right by my side and I will protect them at all costs. Keeping them safe, calm, and comfortable is my top priority.

For anyone who is in the path of this storm, please stay safe! I will update again after the storm has passed and will hopefully be able to start posting reviews again soon.

Thank you and keep on reading! I know I will (until that power goes out)!

-Chelsi

 

Birthday Book Haul

For my birthday this past weekend, I was lucky enough to get a bunch of awesome new books!

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I have heard so many great things about these books and I am really excited to read them!

  • The Court of Thorns and Roses Coloring Book: This is a gorgeous companion book to the ACOTAR series by Sarah J Maas. It features coloring pages depicting select scenes from all three novels. I can’t wait to bust out my colored pencils!
  • Strange the Dreamer: This is the first book in a new duology by Laini Taylor and it sounds epic! It is about a war between men and the gods, a lost city, heroes, warriors, a goddess and a young librarian who happens to get wrapped up in it all.
  • A Torch Against the Night: This is the sequel to Sabaa Tahir’s debut novel An Ember in the Ashes. I read the first one right after it came out and really liked it, but have not had the chance to pick up this second one yet. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what has happened to Elias, Laia, and Helene!
  • A Darker Shade of Magic: From V. E. Schwab, this is the story of Kell, one of the last, rare magicians of his kind. He can travel between the different Londons: Grey, Red, and White, but that does not mean he can always avoid trouble. This one has been on my TBR list for ages and I am so happy I finally have it in my hands!
  • The Crown’s Game: The last two Enchanters in Russia, Vika and Nikolai, must battle to the death, so that the victor can stand at the side of the Tsar in the coming war. Count me in!
  • The Star-Touched Queen: I have heard so many good things about this book, such as beautiful prose and imaginative story-telling. The protagonist, Maya, cursed with a bad fortune in her own kingdom is married off to another. There, she becomes a queen and a wife, she finds power and love. But, she also stumbles upon secrets and mysteries that could threaten her life and the lives of those she loves.

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Man, I am going to be busy for a while! Now, I just need to figure out which book I am going to start with.

Happy reading!

-Chelsi