May 2, 2013

April: On My Shelves + Recap

Sarah Hearts
Oh, April. For some reason, I just didn't really feel like blogging (or even reading) much this month. I'm finally coming to the realization that I can blog as little or as much as I want. I know it sounds like a given, but it's really easy for me to get caught up in the "I must post every day" frenzy. Yes, sometimes I will have a post for every week day... but not all the time. And sometimes, I may just post once a week. I've decided to fully embrace a more relaxed attitude around here.

One thing I definitely did not take a break from this month? Buying books! I don't know what got into me. Maybe the spring weather got me a little too excited about spending afternoons in the sun with a book in my hand. Either way, I'm so excited to share what was added to my shelves in April!

On My Shelves


Bought on Sale for Kindle: Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, The Works of L.M. Montgomery by L.M. Montgomery, Clockwork AngelClockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

 

From First Library Visit: A Brief History of MontmarayThe FitzOsbornes In Exile and The FitzOsbornes At War by Michelle Cooper, Gilt by Katherine Longshore, Bloom by Kelle Hampton


From Second Library Visit: The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma, On Rereading by Patricia Meyer Spacks, One for the Books by Joe Queenan, The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon


"Brand New & Can't Wait to Read" Purchases: Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer, The Last Summer by Judith Kinghorn, Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers, L.M. Montgomery: The Gift of Wings by Mary Henley Rubio

"Already Read But Had to Own" Purchases: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham







Books I Read

43. Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare
44. Secrets Over Sweet Tea - Denise Hildreth Jones
45. A Noble Groom - Jody Hedlund
46. Bloom - Kelle Hampton
47. The Turncoat - Donna Thorland
48. Anne of Windy Poplars - L.M. Montgomery
49. Anne's House of Dreams - L.M. Montgomery

On The Blog

I reviewed: Bloodlines, The Golden Lily and The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead, Jennifer by Dee Henderson, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund, Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham


I confessed: Payday Presents

24 comments:

  1. Awesome book haul this month! And taking a break is totally OK -- I think we all write better stuff when we don't feel like we *have* to. Enjoy those sunny reading days :)

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    1. Thanks Christine! That really means a lot :) Totally agree that we write better when it's not out of obligation!

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  2. Wow, what a load of books in April! I myself couldn't blog much because of my ongoing thesis deadline but I have been trying to post at a relaxed pace. I can never be a post every day kinda blogger anyway so why try. Also I just love the font on Gilt's cover. Classy.

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    1. Haha I definitely bought too many books in April! Oops! Agree about the post every day kinda blogger - I totally admire it but I don't think I can keep up that kind of pace.

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  3. I can't wait to get Baby Whimsy the entire ND collection. : )

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  4. You are making me want to go on a nostalgia book buying binge, for real! There are SO MANY great books in your post, and I'm totally itching to buy all the Nancy Drew ones now ;)

    But the one I'm MOST excited about is Scarlet! I love that series so, so much. I'm a total book pusher when it comes to The Lunar Chronicles so I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Haha glad I'm inspiring someone else to do a nostalgic book binge but I'm sure you'll be more restrained than me :)

      I hope I love Scarlet, too!

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  5. Oh my word, The Infernal Devices. I hope you love love love them! Will Herondale...drool, swoon, faint, get up, repeat. Scarlet is AMAZING as well! AND Gilt is one of my favs!! Tarnish is equally amazing and comes out in June and follows Anne Boleyn! Eep! Enjoy all your pretties!

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    1. Oooohhhh you love Gilt? Definitely need to read that one ASAP (I had to renew my library checkout recently!).

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  6. YAAAAAAAAY Scarlet! You HAVE to tweet me when you read it and let me know what you think!

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  7. Love all the nostalgia buys! :) Those would look very pretty on a bookshelf!

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    1. I know! They're all such pretty books - I'm actually kinda glad I had to "re-buy" them because I think the covers got prettier for them.

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  8. I so want to read A Brief History of Montmaray, I hope it's fantastic.

    And I love the stack of Nancy Drews - it's been years since I read any!

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    1. I ended up returning it because it just wasn't the right time for me to read it. It reminded me a lot of I Capture the Castle, which is a book I love but it felt a little too similar for me since I read the other recently.

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  9. Heck yeah Infernal Devices!! You gotta be loving William Herondale. :) You better be!!

    Also..... i seriously, seriously love your love for classics! I grew up reading/watching little house and anne of green gables. I don't revisit them like I should, but I can always count on you to remind me! <3

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    1. Woohoo! Hope I can convince you to revisit some of those classics - especially now that you've got two Baby Bettys! You better introduce them to these books one day :)

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  10. One other thing you reminded me of..... I don't take advantage of the library enough. Granted, Jamie is like a library for me. hahaha but still... I think I purchase too often, when I could just borrow and then purchase if I reaaally reallly love it. Mr. Betty would be happier--- or at least his wallet would be. ;)

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    1. Lady, I love the library! Seriously, start going more. I won't check a book out if it looks too used (or smells weird), but mine is pretty good at keeping those off the shelves. I'm trying to be better about not just purchasing everything. And yes, the Mr. (and his wallet) is happier for it haha!

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  11. Ah!! LOVE the nostalgic book buying, I'm really kind of jealous and now want to sit down and read some Laura Ingalls Wilder and or L.M. Montgomery immediately. I'm hoping to listen to the Montmary series soon, and I've heard such stunningly lovely things about Nowhere But Here, I'd love to see your reaction.

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    1. Yayyy for loving the nostalgia reads! I just reread the Anne series, and I think I'll be on to Little House next. I've heard great things about Nowhere But Here, too, so I can't wait to read it!

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  12. I'm SO EXCITED that you bought Scarlet! I loved Cinder, but Scarlet is just as great - if not better (have you read it already?!). And I really, really want to read Someday Someday Maybe, and not JUST because it's by Lauren Graham. Okay, maybe a little. ;)

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    1. 1. Haven't read Scarlet yes, but I'm definitely hoping I love it more than I did Cinder!
      2. YESSSS! Read Someday, Someday, Maybe. Right now.

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