As you all may have noticed, I finally settled on a new layout for the blog. After writing a review for the second book of The Witcher series, I felt inspired to seek out art for one of my favorite literary characters, Yennefer. I’m also very pleased that I’ve really picked up reading again so far this year after a serious slump last year. When I initially started book blogging, I threw myself head first into review requests from authors and publishers and quickly burned myself out. I got overwhelmed by the number of underwhelming books, that along with finishing my degree as well as some personal struggles set me up for a slow year.
Even with all of that though, I find that whenever I get down – reading a good story really helps to pick me back up. I’m hoping that this upward swing will last and that most of the books I read this year will be good.
What I’ve Read
• A Parent’s Guide to Video Games by Rachel Kowert ★★★★★
• If The Duke Demands by Anna Harrington ★★★☆☆
• Little Lies by Heather Gudenkauf ★☆☆☆☆
• Scandal at Dawn by Elizabeth Cole ★★☆☆☆
• Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen ★★★★☆
• What To Do With A Duke by Sally MacKenzie ★☆☆☆☆
I was intending on keeping this month’s acquisitions rather light, with just one purchase and my usual two freebies form Kindle First and Samsung for Kindle – however there were so many awesome additions to Amazon’s Prime Reading Library and NetGalley for next month I couldn’t resist!
Around The Web
• 17 Books We’re Excited to Read in 2017 (Read it Forward)
• Pre-Release Thoughts: The Bear and the Nightingale (Read At Midnight)
• SFWA Announces 2016 Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury Award Nominees! (Nebula Awards)
• YA Novel Readers Clash With Publishing Establishment (The Guardian)
The last article on the list is old, but I find it to still be very relevant to this day in regards to the conflict between writers and readers that write reviews.