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site maintenance & its effect on Diversity on the Shelf link ups

I have switched my hosting, which means that (a) my site looks different and (b) a bunch of other stuff is wonky, so please bear with me as I try to facilitate the changes.

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This especially affects the Diversity on the Shelf challenge posts. The current link up and the sign up page have been fixed, but I have to go back and do the other five months (January-May) some day when things are a little less hectic. All links are still in the link ups. I just have to fix them so that they actually show up when you go to the link up pages.

Also, is it just me or is the WordPress.com new “simpler” visual editor super confusing? It is less intuitive than it pretends to be and over-complicates things that are simple in the admin area. UGH. STOP THAT.

So, yes, I apologize for any broken links and exposed spoiler text. Some of that stuff I will be able to fix straight away–others, I may never discover until/unless someone points it out. So that’s that.

On the plus side, all of my stuff transferred over with minimal problems, so yay.

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? (2/21/16)

This past week, I finished:

Remembrance (The Mediator, #7)Remembrance by Meg Cabot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have never been a huge Mediator fan, but I love Meg Cabot and needed something fun to read, so here we are.

This was a fun read, and I liked Jesse way more than I probably ever have. It probably helps that he’s not dead.

My only real issue is that I was annoyed (view spoiler)

There was not enough CeeCee or Gina in this book, that’s for sure.

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Stars AboveStars Above by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this overall. It’s hard to rate a collection of short stories because each story is, you know, it’s own thing. Most of the ones in this collection provide backstory for the characters.

1. The Keeper (about Scarlet’s grandmother and how she came to house baby Cinder and become Scarlet’s guardian): This is an excellent start to the collection. Scarlet and her grandmother are both fantastic. (4 stars)

2. Glitches (how Cinder came to live with the Linh family) — this was fine, good backstory on Cinder (3 stars)

3. The Queen’s Army (how Ze’ev became Wolf, pack alpha) — Levana is the worst. Also, of course she finds kids from poor families for this. Of course. (3 stars)

4. Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky (teen Thorne, the charmer) — this was fine, good backstory on Thorne (3 stars)

5. After Sunshine Passes By (how Cress came to live in the satellite) — Cress is a badass. This was heartbreaking but also shows how deeply excellent Cress is. (3 stars)

6. The Princess and the Guard (Winter’s decision to stop using her gift) — This is probably my favorite of the whole book. This gives all the backstory of Winter and Jacin and how they got to be the characters we see in the books. They are both pretty amazing, basically. (5 stars)

7. The Little Android (another android with a personality chip defect) — I thought this was going to be about Iko at first, but it’s not. This was pretty heartbreaking as well. I liked it. The characters aren’t connected to the ones from the series, but this offers a slice of life look at what it’s like for characters who aren’t living in the scope of the rebellion to live in that world. (4 stars)

8. The Mechanic (Cinder and Kai’s first meeting from Kai’s POV) — Aw, Kai. This was adorable. (3 stars)

9. Something Old, Something New (epilogue, a wedding) — This is probably my second favorite because all of the main characters are together again for a wedding. This is a trope I dig. Also, I love Iko with my whole heart and fully support any story in which she gets a lot of page time. (4 stars)

So, no duds here, though some stories were clearly superior to others. It was nice to spend more time with these characters and get to know more about them and their world.
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As of today, I’m reading:

The Light Between Oceans

Yes, still. I’m not really a fan. The book is s l o w. Not only that but I am NOT buying one of the key character’s motivations. Book club is this Sunday, so I should be finished by then. We’ll see how it goes.

I haven’t decided on a second book for the week yet. I have a stack of library books to choose from.

Original now hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. Children's lit version hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts &  Kellee Moye @ Unleashing Readers.

Original now hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. Children’s lit version hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts & Kellee Moye @ Unleashing Readers.

 

I’m going back to Indiana…

…metaphorically speaking, of course.

So, I have tried and tried and tried and TRIED to make this blog interesting and a place I want to post. I have tried so hard, and it is just not working for me. At all.

I just can’t relax into it. So I’m going back to my roots. From now on, I’m going to be posting back at my old blog, which I’ve had for over 13 years. I don’t want to lose touch with anyone who is reading/following me here, so please follow me at my (new) old space:

http://keenai.livejournal.com/

I was going to explain in more detail why I’ve decided to move back, but it took me a million years to write this short snippet, so you can see part of the issue right there.

I’ve moved!

August 2015 in Review

Apparently, I was wrong about July being my slow month. August was the slowest. I only read three books in August. Three. Three! And I only reviewed two. (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is from July.)

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The other book I read was Screenplay by Syd Field, which was a reread. Coming off the reading deprivation and then moving into course prep for the fall didn’t leave me with a real interest in reading, alas.

September is not looking any better so far, to be honest. I haven’t really found a book that I can get into yet. I’m sure that once I do, I’ll pick up the pace and explode my reading goal. (Goodreads says I have met it, but I know that’s inaccurate since you have to shelve a book in order to mark it as unfinished, which is just dumb, but whatever.)

So here’s hoping I get a reading block busting book soon.

July 2015 in Review

So this has been sitting in my drafts for weeks. I have no idea why I never posted it.

I read eight books in July!

  • Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (YA)
  • The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (adult)
  • Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher, illustrated by Karl Kerschl (YA graphic novel)
  • The Friendship Riddle by Megan Frazer Blakemore (middle grade)
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (YA)
  • The Living by Matt de la Peña (YA)
  • The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (middle grade)
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (middle grade)

And I even reviewed some of them on the blog!

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I also reviewed Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, but didn’t post it until August, so it’s not showing up in my nifty pre-populated list.

With eight books read, I am 95% to my Goodreads goal, which means I will probably have to bump it up next year. Awesome.

 

I also made a bunch of changes around the blog (it’s pretty!) and am making an effort to include content that goes beyond book reviews and Top Ten Tuesday posts. For example:[wrap-up-posts date=”July 2015″ notin=”Book Reviews” listtype=”ul”]

I still have some changes to make to the blog–namely updating the reviews by authors (which is why there are two lists for it in the drop down list). But that’s a Bloggiesta project, I think.

June 2015 in Review + Looking Ahead

Well, this post is late. Between wrapping up the end of the summer semester and traveling at the beginning of my summer break, I have not had time to really sit down and get started on any kind of post. But I’m happy to be back now.

In June I read nine books:

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May in Review

I have sucked so hard at blogging. School got out and then there was all the prepping for summer, and now it’s summer, and I am deep in the throes of my summer class (only two weeks left! It went so fast!).  So, yes, my blogging has suffered, but my reading has not.

I read 9 books in May. (I started 12, though.)

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This is a Meg Cabot appreciation post!

Meg Cabot is the bomb. There’s just no way around it. I don’t like to pick favorite authors, but if I had to pick one, she’d definitely be at the top of my list. Why? Well, here are five reasons* I totally dig Meg Cabot.

*Technically, there are more than five reasons.

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Reading Roundup: April 2015

I read seven books this month:

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (YA)
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, illustrated by Jen Wang (YA graphic novel)
Get Over Yourself (Princeless, Vol. 2) by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Emily Martin (graphic novel)
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (YA)
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King (YA)
Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskovitz (YA)
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (adult)

Three of the seven are for book club, and the number of book club books I read is going to increase a lot because the summer children’s lit book club I belong to meets once a week over the summer. Yeah, it’s pretty intense.

Of note:

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