Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Fabled ARC!

Y'all know I'm resistant to ARCs because they feel like homework. Well, here lately I've broken my own rules and pursued some specific books that I just can't resist. Some are read and some are upcoming, but you can bet if I beat the homework monster, I'll review 'em!

First Second is my favorite publisher of graphic novels...things like Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol, Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang, and Relish by Lucy Knisley, among others. The quality of the writing, illustrations and the physical quality of the books are always stellar. I've been requesting their review copies like crazy, including Scott McCloud's upcoming work, The Sculptor as well as Ariel Cohn's The Zoo Box. And I can't forget Andi Watson's quirky Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula!

The Boy Who Drew Monsters, by Keith Donoghue was one of those books I snapped up IMMEDIATELY when I heard about it because I loved his novel, The Stolen Child, years ago. 

The Girl With All the Gifts, by M.R. Carey, just sounded too dang good to ignore, and the same with The Supernatural Enhancements, by Edgar Cantero. 

Finally, The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters, by Rose George, falls right into my "niche non-fiction" interest. This one sounds vaguely Mary Roach'ish, so we'll see how it shakes out. 

What are you excited to review? 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Don't Give a Damn About Anything!

Wow, y'all! I have a wicked case of the summer "whatevers." I don't really care about anything except getting home from work as quickly as possible each day, spending time with my family, wading in the pool, and mayyyyybe reading. My blogging mojo seems to have taken a  nose dive. More than anything I wish I was here...

I think I'm going to put myself on a bit of a social media diet this week and just focus on me and whatever I want to do. Greyson will be visiting his dad's house most of the week, so what better opportunity to slice the reigns of responsibility, drink margaritas in the evenings, run around barefoot, give myself manicures and PRETEND I'm at the beach. Right? 

I have some posts pre-scheduled, but other than that, I'm out! 

I'll see you on the flip side! 

Monday Funday!

Wellll, I'd be lying if I said the BookTubeaThon this past week and the Mini Bloggiesta were anything other than a complete bust. Am I too broken up about it??? Absolutely not! My weekends with my son are rare since he's often at his dad's house, so we had lots of things to do this weekend. That seems to be the theme of the summer so far, and I'm eating it up!

We visited the Northeast Texas Children's Museum. As you can see above, we spent some time canoeing, driving a tractor, and playing inside giant bubbles. Among other things. It's the neatest place, and Greyson loved it every bit. 

Sunday we spent the afternoon at the pool and closed out the day with a wonderfully delectable dinner of fried pork chops, gravy, garlic mashed potatoes and roasted zucchini. Oh, and I might've made a small batch of dark chocolate cupcakes with chocolate peanut butter frosting. Ahem! 

I did read some this weekend...

I got to the first #EstellaProject checkpoint for the East of Eden readalong. Now I just need to write my post! 

I'm also a little further along in Cinnamon and Gunpowder, by Eli Brown, and absolutely loving it. 

What about you? Are you reading or too busy soaking up what's left of the summer? 

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