Book Challenges

Time to Join ARC August!!

I’ve never participated in an ARC month challenge before, but it’s never too late to start!  And considerinig my TBR, I think it might be necessary…

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Read.Sleep.Repeat is hosting their 5th Annual #ARCAugust, in which you, the participant, set a goal to read a certain number of ARCs you have yet to read, whether they be backlist or not yet released!  So here is my TBR:

Let’s see how many I get through in August, because I doubt I will get through them all!

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Book Review

Book Review: The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

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The Gallery of Unfinished Girlsby Lauren Karcz

Published by: HarperTeen

On Sale Date: July 25, 2017

**I received this as an e-galley from HarperTeen through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)

Synopsis:

Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn’t been able to paint anything worthwhile since her award-winning piece Food Poisoning #1 last year.

Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is lying comatose in faraway Puerto Rico after suffering a stroke. Or the fact that Mercedes is in love with her best friend, Victoria, but is too afraid to admit her true feelings.

Despite Mercedes’s creative block, art starts to show up in unexpected ways. A piano appears on her front lawn one morning, and a mysterious new neighbor invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate.

At the Estate, Mercedes can create in ways she never has before. She can share her deepest secrets and feel safe. But Mercedes can’t take anything out of the Estate, including her new-found clarity. As her life continues to crumble around her, the Estate offers more solace than she could hope for. But Mercedes can’t live both lives forever, and ultimately she must choose between this perfect world of art and truth and a much messier reality. 

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Book Box

An unboxing (ShelfLoveCrate)

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I am going to post an unboxing here for the ShelfLoveCrate for July 2017.  ShelfLoveCrate is a subscription box company whose themes usually focus on YA fantasy and sci-fi.  I’ve been subscribed to them since their first box (which I almost missed out on but luckily got when they had extras go on sale), and so far not a single one has been disappointing!!  The packaging it beautiful, with the inside lid saying “Your magical journey starts now…” and they tie everything up under tissue paper and string and it’s so, well, magical!!

So, this month’s theme was “Shakespeare’s Mystery Town.”  I kind of knew what the book was going to be because I had an egalley of it (and actually read it last month), so I was definitely excited for this box!  I’ve actually been on a Shakespeare kick lately – I recently read Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night – so I knew I was going to be pleasantly surprised.

Alright, spoilers ahead so stop reading now if you don’t want any.

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6 Days of Work in a Row Equals a Need for an Excellent Day Off

So these past six days I’ve had to work every day due to my coworker being on sabbatical leave.  Okay, fine, I need money, but oh my god was I tired by the end of it.  Also a little stressed because so many projects had to be done by yesterday.  So today, my friend and I went and saw both Wonder Woman and Spiderman Homecoming and it was great.  Both were great.  We spent six hours straight in the movie theater but it was worth it.

Then I got home and found my ShelfLoveCrate had arrived!!  Yes I am a subscription box junkie and I should stop but I don’t want to.

 

So that was a nice end to the day :).  I won’t post spoilers for it here, but if you are curious you can check out my instagram stories for today where I did a full unboxing.  This month’s theme was Shakespeare’s Mystery Town.  It was a book I actually already read via an egalley from Edelweiss and something that I really enjoyed!

Anyway I hope the rest of you are having as nice a day.  I just wanted to share mine with you.  Nothing big happened, but it was just nice to have some fun, see some great movies, and relax.

Personal

The first of hopefully many…

I have finally done it!  Made an actual blog!

This was kind of on a whim, so let’s call the look of this blog still “under construction.”  Unfortunately, I decided to do this at a time when I am actually extremely tired, so my about page is kind of meh at the moment.

If you don’t know who I am, take a look at one of my social sites such as my tumblr, my instagram, or my twitter to see what I’ve previously done.  I know some people move everything to their blogs but I don’t think I’m going to do that.  That’s too much time that I’m too lazy to find.

I enjoy taking pictures of books but don’t do it often enough, but I do keep up to date on my reviews!  I am currently reading three books (because I do that), which include Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #1), by Jodi Taylor which I am rereading because I want to get a move on with the rest of this awesomely hilarious and fun series, A Conjuring of Light (Shades of London #3), by V. E. Schwab, and The Gallery of Unfinished Girls, by Lauren Karcz (egalley, due out July 25).

Anyway, I’m looking forward to working on this, making it into something worthwhile, and getting to know other people in the book blogging community.

Thanks for reading!

Jen