Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge (15)

From Amanda’s blog:
Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and I shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week.

On Reading In Winter:

Cover Love: The Selection series, by Keira Cass

Blog Tour: Two and Twenty Dark Tales – Q&A with Michelle Zink & Giveaway

Book review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1), by Laini Taylor

Book Hoarder’s Selection: Someone Else’s Life, by Katie Dale

A Personal Post

Cover Reveal: And With Madness Comes the Light (Experiment in Terror, #6.5), by Karina Halle

Book Review: The Hallowed Ones, by Laura Bickle

Discussion: The Book Snob (Are You One?)

Book Hoarder’s Selection: My Life Next Door, by Huntley Fitzpatrick

On A Winter Writer:

Getting Better: To Do

(If you’re wondering where the After Dark update is, I’m actually NOT updating that blog anymore — I have some scheduled posts until the end of the year, but it’s just too stressful and I really don’t want this blog to slide! I loved the idea of that blog, but with everything that’s going on, I just can’t make it be what I want it to be. Thank you, to everyone who’s been reading it — and to all of my contributors!)

What did I do this week?

  • It’s been TWO WEEKS since my last Clock Rewinders post and I feel slightly less stressed, but then I think of all the things I’m behind on and start to stress again. *sigh*
  • BUT, hubs has commented that I don’t complain at all with the new job — because I’m loving it. 🙂
  • I had my first Christmas party last night! It was fun and I had some wine and great conversation AND some turkey. Yum! And now today it’s snowing and I plan to make hot chocolate soon — it’s the perfect winter weekend!
  • Even though I’m crazy behind on blogging things, I managed to get quite a bit of reading done when I finally had a few days to myself — AND I’m staying on top of my TV shows. One day I’ll find balance. I also got an iPad and am so happy with it! I can get library books SO EASY on it and I’m kind of in love with the Jurassic Park app.
  • Oh, AND I had major puppy pangs this week because there were TWO occasions I got to cuddle a super cute and cuddly black lab pup. She was sooo cute! 

NaNoWriMo update: 

  • I’d love to say that I’m right on track with my NaNo project, but I’m not. I just haven’t had the time and haven’t quite found the balance I’d like to have in my life. My story is still in my head and I do want to write it and finish it, but until I can figure out some time management, it’s not going to happen right now. I will figure it out!

Unbreaking the Shelves progress: 

  • I’ve been reading a ton of books this week, but they were ALL library books! I have a stack of 27 books in my kitchen, so I’m working through them. Though, I did do some more weeding on my shelves which felt good. I was hoping to donate some books to my library and to my mom. My problem is that I suffer from major anxiety when it comes to reading books. The number of books that I own and need to read makes me extremely anxious and I know I’ll never catch up. I feel like I need to just purge as much as I can. I find that when I do this, I feel better. And I don’t even think of the books again.
  • BUT, while I still am feeling anxiety, I haven’t bought a book in the last two weeks! I also haven’t had the urge to buy any books. Yay! I think being at the library helps because I usually come home from a shift with at least one book, so it feels like I’m buying them when I’m not. It’s actually pretty awesome.

Awesome things happening around the blogosphere!

It’s been two weeks, so I’m sure I missed something!

*** my listing style for this section is totally stolen from the oh-so-organized Amanda, who got it from Tara. My hope is that some of their organization will rub off on me. Is it possible? Not likely. 

Read-in-2012 (241) 

  • How to Save a Life, by Sara Zarr
  • Love Anthony, by Lisa Genova
  • Into the Hollow (EIT, #6), by Karina Halle
  • Zoo, by James Patterson (audiobook)
  • What Happened to Goodbye?, by Sarah Dessen
  • Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story, by Adam Rex
  • The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams
  • Flip This Zombie (Living With the Dead, #2), by Jesse Petersen (audiobook)
  • @WriMo: A 30-Day Survival Guide for Writers, by Kevin S. Kaiser

Currently-Reading (1)

  • Lock and Key, by Sarah Dessen

Own-Must-Read (287)

Racks-Won-Gifts (45)

  • The Infects, by Sean Beaudoin

how to be like rory gilmore
— Well, first you need to read, and then you need to be awesome.

it really bugs me when real life friends only respond through facebook
— Yes. That bugs me, too. Pick up a phone, people!

do you need to read mary shelley’s frankenstein to understand this dark endeavor
— No, you do not! I haven’t read the original and found Kenneth Oppel’s version to be amazing.

How was your week? Have you read anything good lately?

© 2012, Reading In Winter. All rights reserved.

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14 thoughts on “Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge (15)

  1. Yay so happy you have had some downtime. You seemed pretty stressed a few weeks ago so it’s great that you took the initiative and got yourself back to a comfortable place. I see you’ve read Fat Vampire! That one has been on my radar ever since you pointed it out when we went to Wallflower. Can’t wait for your review!

    • I still feel slightly stressed, but it feels nice to have caught up on things. 🙂

      My Fat Vampire review is up on Goodreads! There were a few crazy laugh out loud moments for me. Totally stupid things to laugh at, but once I started, I couldn’t stop!

  2. So glad to hear you are loving your job! Although I can only imagine how hard it is for you to show restraint and not take home ALL THE BOOKS with you! 😉

    Super exciting about the iPad! What will you primarily use it for? Is the computer you write on also a mac?

    • Brie, the sad thing is that sometimes I DO take home ALL THE BOOKS. I actually have something like 30 items out right now AND I think I put a few other ones on hold yesterday. I can’t help it! But it does help with the not-buying books thing.

      We love Apple in our house. 🙂 I use my laptop for blogging and reading blogs, as well as vlogging, writing, iTunes-ing, responding to emails, and many other things. I like my iPad for playing games, Pinterest-ing, Tweeting, Facebooking, YouTubeing, and being a sloth in the morning while I try to wake up. Oh, and books! It’s great to read on the iPad and I can take out library books on it. AND if someone sends me an ePub book, I can just open it up right there on the iPad and start reading, rather than having to plug it into the computer and transfer. It’s great! And I have my computer upstairs which I use mostly for recording music and design things. It’s a BIG screen, so it’s great for both of those. The keyboard is big and clunky, though, so I prefer any large amounts of typing to be done on the laptop.

      • OMG THIRTY BOOKS!! I don’t think I’ve even taken out 30 books total IN MY ADULT LIFE from the library LOL.
        I was just curious about the laptap and ipad…I’m trying to decide if I would prefer to get a tablet and then get the keyboard addition so I could actually blog and things on it…so many options!

      • I checked the other day and I think I’ve had 400 checkouts at the library in the past few years — not 400 books, but 400 checkouts. I’m pretty sure I go home with something new every day I work!

        I’m sure a tablet with a keyboard would work … I thought about getting a keyboard so it’s like a tiny laptop, but I still love to use my laptop, so I decided not to. Hopefully you can make up your mind!

  3. Aw, I definitely get anxiety over the same type of thing and it sucks. I’m constantly stressing over how much I have to read and how I can never read fast enough and it really affects my enjoyment in reading, so I always working at calming myself down. Purging books helps. Having a great job does, too. Glad everything is going so well at the library!

    • I try not to think about all the books I have, but it’s hard sometimes. And now, especially with all the new books coming in at work! BUT, the great thing is that I haven’t been buying any books, so my pile isn’t getting bigger!

My home is where my books are. - Ellen Thompson

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