First things first, mark your calendars, because Olivia from Olivia’s Catastrophe and I will be hosting an I Like Big Books (and I cannot lie) read-a-thon in mid-August, more specifically Aug 12th to Aug 21st! We’re still looking for co-hosts, so here’s a quick overview to give you an idea of what’s gonna happen:
The idea started because I decided I finally have to read the A Song of Ice and Fire series after watching the Game of Thrones season finale (how epic was that by the way? I’m still not over it). I thought I’d do a read-a-long, but we decided we’ll just make it about long books in general to give people that extra boost of motivation to tackle them. ASoIaF will be the featured series, and there will be some posts focused on it, but you can read everything you like and set your own goals (heck, you can even start watching the series if that’s what you’d like to do). There will be more announcements about this in the next few weeks, but if you’re interested in co-hosting, please comment below and/or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org :)
Now to the what’s happening in my life part that apparently substitutes my non-existent diary. Times are a-changing, my friends. I feel like I should be blasting ‘It’s the fiiiiinal countdown’ all day long, because most things I do now are related to moving soon. In eight weeks, I will have moved out of my current home, and in ten weeks I’ll be in England. I booked my flight this week, got the signed contract for my room back, bought an obnoxiously yellow suitcase and only had a minor breakdown once, because my finances still aren’t taken care of (basically I get a student loan from the government, but they want all sorts of documents I don’t have). Time is moving incredibly slow and way too fast at the same time. I took this week off work to make some progress on my BA thesis (I’ve been on twitter a lot, so you know it’s going well), and I can’t wait until I’m finished with that and get to enjoy the last few weeks here.
I’m already grieving all the books I have to leave here when I move, so I figured what better way to solve this dilemma by buying even more books? I put these on my desk, so I can look at them longingly as motivation while working on my thesis.
I also got some eARCs from Netgalley:
I know And I Darken has a different cover now (or maybe that’s just for the hardcover?), but THIS ONE IS SO MUCH COOLER OMG. Why would you change it to some non-descript flowers and a dagger when you can have this cover?? She looks so fierce and the whole getup kind of reminds me of the grounders in The 100 (which is a good thing). Small Admissions sounds like a fun, light read and On the Run isn’t my usual style, but something about it appealed to me, so we’ll see how that goes!
On the Blog
+ I reviewed Gena/Finn and it turned into a bit of a rant
+ I also reviewed This Savage Song which went a little better
+ The fantasy favorites read-a-thon is happening soon, so there’s an introduction post here
+ If you’re looking for a summer read, I can definitely recommend It’s Not Me, It’s You, which I really liked reading
Tune of the Week
I’m sure I’ve listened to better songs this week, but c’mon – it’s called Cake by the Ocean, I couldn’t not choose it. Unsurprisingly, as every other popular song about food, this song isn’t actually about food, but to be honest, I think it would be a better song if it were. Who wouldn’t want to have cake by the ocean?