Waiting on Wednesday (30): Born of Deception

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Born of Deception Teri Brown

Born of Deception (Born of Illusion #2)
by Teri Brown
Publication Date: June 10, 2014

Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.

I really super liked Born of Illusion, so I can’t wait until this book is published. I know it’s on Edelweiss right now, but I want to read a finished copy. Oh, the wait sucks! But there’s going to be a novella in May! Yay!

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Life of a Blogger (2): Handwriting

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted at Novel Heartbeat. It lets me be conceited without seeming conceited. (Kidding! Kinda.)

This week’s topic: Handwriting

I’ve been pretty excited to do this topic. I love it when I can write things with a pen and paper. This writing sample is a little misleading. My writing varies so much. It depends on what pen I’m using, what paper, how I’m feeling, how much space I have… everything. One day it might look completely different from the day before. Also, I was trying to be as normal with my writing as I could, but I was still aware that it was for the internet to read, so… yeah.

loab handwriting

Oh, I forgot. So apparently I write weird. I have a hard time NOT dragging my hand while I write, so my words are usually a bit smeared/copied across the page because the side of my hand is always touching. I can’t help it. Also, a friend of mine once told me I kind of hover and circle my pen over the page right before I write. It’s not something I usually notice, but I definitely have caught myself doing it before. I don’t know! Haha.

Waiting on Wednesday (29): Breakfast Served Anytime

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

breakfast served anytime sarah combs

Breakfast Served Anytime
by Sarah Combs
Publication Date: April 8, 2014

A coming-of-age debut evokes the bittersweet joys and pangs of finding independence in one unforgettable summer away at “geek camp.”

When Gloria sets out to spend the summer before her senior year at a camp for gifted and talented students, she doesn’t know quite what to expect. Fresh from the heartache of losing her grandmother and missing her best friend, Gloria resolves to make the best of her new circumstances. But some things are proving to be more challenging than she expected. Like the series of mysterious clues left by a certain Professor X before he even shows up to teach his class, Secrets of the Written Word. Or the very sweet, but very conservative, roommate whose coal-industry family champions mountaintop removal. Not to mention the obnoxious Mason, who dresses like the Mad Hatter and immediately gets on Gloria’s nerves — but somehow won’t escape her thoughts. Beautifully told by debut author Sarah Combs, this honest and touching story of growing up is imbued with the serene atmosphere of Kentucky’s natural landscape.

I don’t even know what to write here because honestly, I’m not sure what draws me to this book so much. It just sounds RIGHT down my alley and I’m super excited. And I also really like the cover.

Life of a Blogger (1): Camping AKA The Very First Post!

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted at Novel Heartbeat. It lets me be conceited without seeming conceited. (Kidding! Kinda.)

Hi guys! So I’ve been doing Top Ten Tuesday posts waaay less lately and I wasn’t going to replace that meme with another, but then I realized this babe of a meme existed. And then? Well… I’m writing this post so I bet you could guess what happened. I’ve been looking for a meme that’s more personal for such a long time. SO LONG. So this is kind of perfect for me. Yay! Let’s get to know each other 😀

This week’s topic: Camping

Man, I haven’t been camping in a long time. I think it’s probably been something like four years at least since the last time. I like nature, but I’ve only really been camping like four or five times, give or take. Not because I don’t want to, but because it’s sort of a big production. My family and the people I know aren’t really get-up-and-go-ers for a variety of reasons.

The last time I went camping was with my high school BFF and her family. I went a couple times with them and it was totally fun. The camp site they favor is right next to a beach (just over the sand dunes), which was new for me. I had never been camping near the ocean before. Lakes, rivers, and streams? Sure. Never the ocean. It was pretty fun, even if I froze my poor, unprepared booty off during the night. I do recall sitting around the fire one night after most of us had gone to sleep and listening to Bohemian Rhapsody on the radio. My friend’s uncle was singing along quietly and the rest of the camp site was silence. I really like that memory.

There is another time coming to mind from when I was a teenager and pissed off that Mother and Co. was making me miss a concert I really wanted to attend to go camping. I took a blank notebook with me and drew pictures and wrote notes to my BFF the whole time. By the end of it I admitted that I didn’t actually have a bad time. This was also the same time I lost my camera memory card in a river and diligently when on a search for it all to save one photo that I was very proud of. (Photo to the right.) Obviously I got the card back.

Whew! I kind of talked  a lot there, didn’t I? Sorry! But yes, that is me + camping.

What about you?

Waiting on Wednesday (28): Great

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

great sara banincasa

Great
by Sara Benincasa
Publication Date: April 8, 2014

In Sara Benincasa’s contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, a teenage girl becomes entangled in the drama of a Hamptons social circle, only to be implicated in a tragedy that shakes the summer community.

Everyone loves a good scandal.

Naomi Rye usually dreads spending the summer with her socialite mother in East Hampton. This year is no different. She sticks out like a sore thumb among the teenagers who have been summering (a verb only the very rich use) together for years. But Naomi finds herself captivated by her mysterious next-door neighbor, Jacinta. Jacinta has her own reason for drawing close to Naomi-to meet the beautiful and untouchable Delilah Fairweather. But Jacinta’s carefully constructed world is hiding something huge, a secret that could undo everything. And Naomi must decide how far she is willing to be pulled into this web of lies and deception before she is unable to escape.

Based on a beloved classic and steeped in Sara Benincasa’s darkly comic voice, Great has all the drama, glitz, and romance with a terrific modern (and scandalous) twist to enthrall readers

I love The Great Gatsby and I’m preeetty sure you all know that, so it should come as no surprise that I’m super excited for this book. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to love it as much as I do TGG–because nothing can replace that book–but I’m definitely looking forward to Benincasa’s take on the novel. Eee!

Waiting on Wednesday (27): The Museum of Intangible Things

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

the museum of intangible things wendy wunder

The Museum of Intangible Things
by Wendy Wunder
Publication Date: April 10, 2014

Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).

Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.

As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity, insouciance, karma, and even happiness.

An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of Miracles, The Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.

Roadtrip and friendship… two things I love. I’ve been really wanting to read more books about friendship lately, so this one definitely piques my interest. I love the idea that one of the girls says she needs to get away and the other is just like “Okay,”. (I mean, I haven’t read it but that’s how I imagine it happening. Haha.) But yeah, I’ve been needing a good friendship book, so hopefully this one delivers.

Also, I really love that cover. <33

Top Ten Tuesday (20): Goals for 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to facilitate list sharing. My lists, as usual, are in no real order. This week’s topic:

Top 10 Goals for 2014:

This is a slapdash list so I hope it makes as much sense as it did when I was typing everything up. Also, there’s obviously more than ten goals. *shrugs*

Bookish:

Read at least 88 books
I’ve been in a massive reading/everything slump since I read The Fault in Our Stars (like I haven’t told you that before) so my usual goal of 100 books was lowered, but I still fully intend to read at least 88 books this year. Why 88, you ask? Eight is my favorite number. That’s all.

Do more discussion-ish posts
This sort of has to do with being lazy, but I post reviews and memes but I don’t usually come up with a lot of original content. It’s not a lack of inspiration, I know that, so I want to follow through with my thoughts and ideas when I have them.

Read a large chunk of the books I already own
I own so many books and most of them are unread. I’ve already made a list of the books I want to read. Now I just need to read them.

Read the entire Harry Potter series
Self explanatory. Don’t know if it’s actually going to happen.

Actually let myself take a break when I need it
I’m not workaholic by any means, but I sort of resist going on blogging breaks or hiatus. A part of me is afraid I won’t come back (even though I love my blog). Mostly the reason I’ve never taken an “official” break is because the moment I say I’m going on hiatus I just HAVE to write a review or post something. It’s like resolving to stop gives me the steam to keep going. That’s fine and dandy, but I don’t want to risk burnout anymore.

Get better at reading and commenting on other blogs
This is another one of those goals I desperately want to work out but never does. I like talking to people, it’s the whole reason I started this blog, but I’m the worst at keeping up with people’s blogs. I’m even worse at commenting. I’m hoping I can turn that around in 2014.

Finish and catch up on series I’ve started
I suck at following through with series. I can count on one hand the series I’ve read completely. Seriously. And believe me, I’ve started A TON of series. (I actually have a post about that going up some time in the near future.)

Schedule posts ahead of time
I actually wasn’t going to add this to the list, but I looked at the clock and realized I probably should. I mean, if I had scheduled this post I wouldn’t typing up this sentence an hour after I aimed to have the post already on the blog. (Sidenote: A big reason I don’t schedule is because I’ve had WordPress just not post my things too many times. Ugh!)

Personal:

Be less antisocial
I’m sure a lot of people use some form of this in their resolutions every year, but I really need it. I have something of an avoidant personality and it’s horrible. Also, I’m really bad at keeping up with people and it’s not doing very many good things for my life. Oops.

Complete my 365 photo project
I’ve tried a 365 project before but I stopped a little after a month in. I really want to stick with this one. flickr / tumblr

Make healthier choices
Another cliche one! But honestly, I want to and need to make healthier choices. I mean, I doubt I’m going to start going to a gym or working out religiously. It’s just not how I am… but I need to stop eating potatoes so often. Hahaha. (But really.)

Start writing again
I just really want to write again. Motivation as of late* = non-existent. *”As of late” is actually referring to literal years. I wish I were kidding.