Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts – #5

Bookish and Not So Bookish ThoughtsBookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a regular meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous Books.

Kia Ora everyone!

I don’t know how I missed posting last week and this is a few days late. I hope to make up for my slack posting this week. This week I finished an ARC I received last year, so a review for Dante’s Fire is coming soon.

In Bookish news,

1. I signed up to be a tour host for IndieSagePR so expect to see regular book blitz, cover releases, teasers, reviews, book blog tours right here on SharleneSays. I will do my best to stick to standalone novels or firsts in a series, unless its the next book in a series I have already featured.

2. I’m 2 books ahead of schedule for my 2015 Goodreads Challenge. I’m doing my best to keep it like this so I have to read 1-2 books every week. You can check out the list of books I’ve read here.

3. I’m halfway through reading the Bloodlines series. Next on my agenda is Silver Shadows.

In Not So Bookish news,

4. I take part in a weekly twitter chat with people worldwide about various topics concerning church and social media. If you wanna know more, follow @chsocm or check out our discussions using #chsocm.

5. During this week’s chat, I discovered Digiproud, a blog with advice on digital and social media for churches. The latest post “5 Ideas for Regular Features” is pretty generic and could be adapted for us bloggers too. Give something people will look forward to. Gosh, I hope I do that?

6. Lastly, tonight NZ says goodbye to Cyclone Pam. Towns up the eastern coast were worse off than us here in Gisborne, severe floods and evacuations. Nothing compared to the devastation in Vanuatu. I keep everyone in my prayers.

That’s a wrap for my week. What have you read lately? Tell me all about it in the comments section.

final love sharlene

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts – #4

Bookish and Not So Bookish ThoughtsBookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a regular meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous Books.

Kia Ora everyone!

How has your week been? I couldn’t believe it was February already and now half of it has gone. This year is gonna be just like last year. Gone before I know it.

In Bookish news,

1. I really am not sticking to my reading resolutions for 2015. It’s the second month of the year and I signed up to a monthly reading challenge. The Crazy for Young Adult Book Pool. There were a few books listed that were part of series that I want to read this year. At the very least it might encourage me to read these sooner.

2. Fifty Shades of Grey movie has been released and I still haven’t been to see it yet. I knew there were gonna be mixed reviews. I certainly don’t want to re-read the book before I got see it either. I will just compare everything and be sad about all the parts that were missed. Unleash your wildest fantasies and watch the trailer here:

3. There are a a couple of new releases that are on my TBR and available now. The cover for Red Queen looks amazing and comes highly recommended by the ladies of #TeamEpicReads. The Ruby Circle is part of the Bloodlines series, the spin off from Vampire Academy. I don’t need to read the blurb to know its definitely on my TBR. Finally, Fairest. The novella before the next instalment of the Lunar Chronicles. Fans of the series wanna know what the deal is with Queen Levana and this bridging book is bound to answer our questions.

  

In Not So Bookish news,

4. My readers for the Professional Writing paper I’ve enrolled in have arrived. It has assignment dates and everything but the course isn’t available online yet. I should be reading some of those before my leisure reads. They should be at the very top of my TBR, but they can go to the bottom of the pile. Hey, at least they are making it to a pile. I could wait for the course to start?

5. I’m posting regularly now. The timings are a little sporadic. I have made me a blogging diary for 2015 so by next month you might know what to expect from this site each week. I’m really looking forward to posting a Swoon Worthy Saturday meme soon. They’ll be the last Saturdays of the month, I know that much!

Well, that wraps up my thoughts for this week. University is heading back soon. Are you going back to further education? Be interested to see what your plans are, balancing the goodreads with your College reads. Maybe you have some tricks to share. Let me know. I’m gonna need all the help I can. I don’t wanna put my books down.

Ciao for now!

final love sharlene

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts – #1

Bookish and Not So Bookish ThoughtsBookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a regular meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous Books. I’ve read a few Not So Bookish posts over the past year and I thought now would be a perfect time to do my very own post.

Serves me right for not writing up this post last night. I scheduled it to post this morning but I thought I left it as a draft so it wouldn’t post! Woops!

Very quickly, here we go:

  • I am in a reading slump. I was before taking part in Dewey’s. I thought that taking part in a 24 Hour readathon would get me out of it. But all it did was ensured I had read the books from the library as they had to be returned the next day!
  • It’s been over a week and I hadn’t even touched a book so last night I started listening to Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I have had the paperback out from the library and it went back untouched but I’ve read a few good reviews so it’s time I gave this series a real shot. Science Fiction is also a genre I don’t read very often.
  • For my birthday I received The Sims 4 from the hubby. I was so happy. This slipped very easily into my spare time while I was in my reading slump. I have managed to log over 50 Hours playing time. It has been approximately 16 hours since I last signed in but I don’t want help for my addiction! I love The Sims! This is not the reason for my reading slump.
  • I have been thinking a lot this week about my holiday in California. I leave in about 50 days. Hubby leaves in a little over 2 weeks. Flights and accommodation are sorted so that’s two big expenses out of my mind but now I’m looking at all the fun stuff we can do and all the food places I wanna try. We’re there for two weeks and I really wanna make the most of my time in America. If you recommend any places to go, hit me in the comments. I especially would love to hear about all those places the tourist books miss out.
  • I know I haven’t been posting very much lately. I need to write up a review for Frostbitten, the ARC I read during the readathon, so expect that in a couple days. I will try my best to have something fresh up every week.
  • After every Swoon Worth Saturday post, my hubby always commented that if he was to write something up like that he would look like a perv and I would be complaining about it, but it’s okay that women do it? Don’t quote me on that, he said something along those lines anyway. All I think about that… at least he is reading my blog! Love ya hubby! What do you think about this?

Anyway, gotta go for now. Work is calling.

final love sharlene