August Books in my Mailbox!

August Books

  • Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings, Book 3) by Jackson Pearce
  • Time Untime (Dark Hunter, Book 17) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I wasn’t expecting any books in August because even though one was released this month, it wasn’t slated to ship until all of my September pre-orders shipped so I was surprised to see it shipped separately. But I was even more surprised that one of the books to be released on Sept. 4th was shipped two weeks early! I know this doesn’t help the author’s first week sales, and for that I feel bad because that’s part of the reason I pre-order books from authors I like a lot, but I can’t complain about getting a book I wanted early because that’s just awesome!



Books in my Mailbox

March: The Walking Dead (Comic Book 1), Spell Bound (Hex Hall, Book 3) by Rachel Hawkins, and Infamous (Chronicles of Nick, Book 3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

April (this week): The Walking Dead (Comic Book 2), Wander Dust (Seraphina Parrish Trilogy, Book 1) by Michelle Warren, Purity by Jackson Pearce, Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross, and The Fault in our Stars by John Green



March: In Review

So March was full of unexpected stresses that I handled oddly well, but it bit into my typical goals a great deal and in that manner I didn’t handle it well. I know that life sneaks up on you at times and you have to just accept it for what it is, but this month it made me sad that I wasn’t able to juggle it all.


I started several books this month, but my desire to read died as my stress level increased. Any time I tried to pick up and finish any of the books I’d started, I’d quickly put them back down feeling meh about them as a whole. I’m not sure if it just says they’re not good books or whether my mood just made them feel that way. Hopefully my urge to finish them will return in April and they won’t still have that boring feel to them.

Anyway, since it’d look too lonely being photographed alone, I’ll just link to the review for the only book I did manage to complete this month: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce.


Considering how successful I was writing last month, this is the most disappointing thing to report this month. I’d like to say that I tried hard and failed, but in most cases when I should have been trying, my brain was too fried with stress to even open my books documents. As a result my official word count for March is only 1669, and I’m pretty positive that almost 1000 of those words are total crap, likely to be deleted. I really, really hope I can come out of April with something more worthy of reporting because this month’s number is making me feel pretty pathetic right now.

Music: On Repeat

Since everything else hasn’t really been worth mentioning, I will let music get a little more shine because it certainly didn’t let me down this month!

The Black Keys – “Hell of a Season”

I kept forgetting to buy this album and finally caved at the start of March. Overall, it is a fantastic record. Every bit of it is easy to listen to; it’s music that feels like summer. I highly suggest giving it a shot.

Alex Clare – “Too Close”

I’m still not sure how I feel about dubstep. Sometimes I think I like it because it makes me want to dance and you must know how much I love to dance, but overall I can’t really see myself just listening to it to listen to it. This song isn’t completely dubstep though so I was able to just listen to it without feeling the urge to pop wherever I was. I blame Internet Explorer’s recent commercial for this song being purchased and played so many times this month. 

White Rabbits – “Danny Come Inside”

The much anticipated “Milk Famous” came out at the beginning of the month and previous posts should have made you guess I’d be snatching that up right away. The album definitely has a different feel than its predecessors, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. My favorite track so far is one I’d heard them perform back in December at the show I attended. I’m still feeling the album out for other favorites.

Chantal Claret – “Bite Your Tongue”

While I’m sad to discover that Chantal’s previous band Morningwood is officially dead, I’m excited that she’s making music on her own now, music that’s being released on an EP in April and a full album in June! As a way to lure listeners in, two songs from the upcoming album have been released, one of which, “Bite Your Tongue,” was released for free download. Because I can’t find an actual video to show you, “Bite Your Tongue,” I’m going to share the video for the other released track, which is equally as awesome anyway (I just have no way of recording how many times I've watched it – ha!).

“Pop Pop Bang Bang” *Warning: Video is a little morbid.

Alice Anna – “Standing in the Rain”

This is a local Baltimore band I stumbled upon this month and part of me wanted to love them solely for being from my home town, but even if they hadn't been I couldn’t deny their amazing talent. I bought every bit of music they’ve released and have been telling anyone I can to check them out. It’s a piano based rock band, with a lead singer with such a smooth voice. What’s not to love?

Blouse – “Time Travel”

A track that somehow slipped in at the very end of the month, suggested by a friend from tumblr. I’m not sure how much I’ll love the entire album, but there’s this great 80’s feel to this track that’s impossible not to bob your head to and step back into time with.


As always, Gideon is a nearly perfect subject for our photo shoots. I think I've trained him pretty well. There were lots of great shots this month, but I think this one is the sweetest because it captured both his dimple and bottom teeth! He is such a happy baby.

Hopefully life is finished toying with me and April will be a little more rewarding. It is my birthday month after all. That means the universe must play nice with me, right? *fingers crossed*

How successful (or not) was your March?



2011 In Review: Books

Like so many of my goals this year, I even failed at meeting my reading goal. The only true thing I accomplished this year in regards to books was reducing the amount I acquired. Reading requires time and sadly time is something I had very little of this year. Also, I’m not a fan of reading a book that takes me a month of more to complete. If I can’t start and finish it in a week’s time (which is still pushing it honestly) then there’s no point in starting it at all for me.

However, despite not meeting my goal for the year, I did read quite a few awesome books. The list below reflects the order in which I’d rate them, the first being the best and the last being the worst (although none of them were actually horrible reads – picking a favorite was actually hard). At some point in the middle of the year I started writing mini reviews for all the books I was reading via GoodReads so if there is a review available for the book, I’ve made the title a link to my GoodReads page. Check them out, you might find a book worth reading. Feel free to ask me about any of the books that don’t have reviews. I’d be more than happy to share why I did or didn’t love it!

Books Read in 2011

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

Rampant (Killer Unicorns, Book 1) by Diana Peterfreund

Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, Book 2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel

The Mortal Instruments Series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, & City of Fallen Angels) by Cassandra Clare

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Daughters of the Moon Vol. 1 & 2 (Goddess of the Night, Into the Cold Fire, Night Shade, The Secret Scroll, The Sacrifice, & The Lost One) by Lynne Ewing

Forever (Wolves at Mercy Falls, Book 3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Demonglass (Hex Hall, Book 2) by Rachel Hawkins

Trapped by Michael Northrop

Fins Series (Forgive my Fins, Fins are Forever) by Tera Lynn Childs

Other Series (Other, Bloodborn) by Karen Kincy

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Beastly by Alex Finn

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Retribution (Dark-Hunter, Book 20) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Passion (Fallen Series, Book 3) by Lauren Kate

Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph

Miscellaneous Other

For the Love of Gods by H.R. Holden (Unpublished)

Dark-Hunter Vol. 4 by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Manga)

School Bites Vol. 1 & 2 by Holly G! (Manga)

Archie’s Christmas Stocking (Comic book)

Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter, Book 3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Re-read)

Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, Book 1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Re-read)

What did your reading list look like in 2011?



Last Book Purchases of 2011

I think back and still can’t believe the level of restraint I’ve shown in 2011 when it came to buying books in comparison to my complete inability to not splurge monthly in 2010. This year was all about pre-orders of the absolute necessities (books in series I’ve already read and books by my favorite authors). Surprisingly, I managed to keep that number relatively low.

The books pictured (and listed below) are the books I had to have between August and December. 10 books is the lowest amount in a 4 month span all year (see previous book posts #1 and #2). Sadly, because of a dry reading spell and NanoWrimo, I have only read 2 of these 10 books so far: Bloodborn and After Obsession. But I do hope to knock out at least one more before the years end. I’m leaning towards Sweetly or Vanish, as I’ve been really looking forward to both and they seem relatively shorter in comparison to the others, something that would feel easier to blow through quickly (as time is so limited these days).

The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, Book 2) by Pittacus Lore
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
Vanish (Firelight, Book 2) by Sophie Jordan
After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven Wedel
Bloodborn (Other, Book 2) by Karen Kincy
Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles, Book 3) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Guardian (Dream-Hunter, Book 5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices, Book 2) by Cassandra Clare

What books have you fallen weak to buying lately?



LJ Hiatus?

So I’ll try to make this short and sweet because there’s not much to it and no need to draw it out longer than necessary.

I haven’t been here.

Duh, that’s obvious since my last post and overall activity was January 3rd. It’s the 15th now. Yeah, I’ve disappeared. That much is obvious.

I’d like to say there’s been a major, major reason for my absence, but I think the truth is that I was so active in December (and basically only one of my friends acknowledged it) that I just burnt myself out. My devotion to LJ kind of died for the time being (I think).

But in case there’s anyone out there wondering what I’ve been up to so far this month it’s this:

Writing – Lots of it! Cleaphytes is rolling along nicely whether it be edits or whole new chapters. It’s been a long time since my characters have been so constant in my mind, but I am NOT complaining!

… And I’m also not reading a lot because I don’t want to risk losing my characters when they’re so loud in my mind, but I have read some….

Reading – I’ve read a couple books despite my avoidance of the bookshelf (because I’ve been desperately wanting to pick up a Sherrilyn Kenyon book). Those books were:

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – I loved this book. It took place from Christmas to New Years in NYC and centered on a book of “dares” left in a popular bookstore’s shelves, created by Lily and continued by Dash. They are complete strangers, both left alone by their families at Christmas (for different reasons). Through the book they get along smashingly, but when they try to meet in person things don’t go as well as they’d hoped. By the time New Years comes around they’re still both alone, and their outlook is not so good, but fate just might grant them with a night of bliss together. Maybe?

Rachel Cohn & David Levithan are the writers of the now popular book-made-into-movie “Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist” and if the success of that story is anything to go off of, Dash & Lily’s story is sure to also be made into a movie as well and will definitely be a must see!

Beastly by Alex Flinn – I really loved this book (like couldn’t put it down until it was finished). As a child, I was always a fan of Beauty & the Beast and all renditions of the story so I assumed I would enjoy this modern day twist as long as the writing was good. And the writing was not only good, but fantastic. Told from the Beast (Kyle Kingsbury/Adrian King)’s perspective, the voice changes drastically with the physical changes that occur in his life as a result of the witch’s spell. And his growing love for Lindy is just simply beautiful. Honestly, I’d consider it a must read.

This book is making it’s way to the big screen in March 2011 and even though from the trailer alone I can already tell the movie will differ greatly from the book (as most do), I’m still extremely eager to see it (and for more reasons than just my obsession with Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens). Check out the trailer:

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (currently reading) – This is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and already (30+ pages into it) I can tell I will enjoy it. The intro has been filled with nothing but action and badassness from the female lead(s) and an already budding romance with the male figure fighting with the “Sisters Red.”

I think that I’m very much into these modern day twists on old tales so maybe I will read more than just Sisters Red and Beastly this year. Any personal favorites that you think I should read?

Weight Loss – It’s not happening. Just flat out. In fact, if I’m honest, I’ve gained weight which is just sad (at least for me). Still, I feel determined. Sometimes it takes reaching maximums you never thought yourself capable of before action takes place and I believe I’ve officially reached them for myself. You know, those maximums that make you cringe. Yeah, that’s where I am right now. So, action has started this week. It hasn’t amounted to much yet, but the fact that I’m sticking to the simpleness of it means something and I hope that by the years end it equates to my goal reached and/or surpassed!

And so that’s it. With the exception of chatting online with my critique partners, I haven’t even really been online. Work has sucked like never before and just being near a PC has turned me off so… aside from these three focal points and chatting with my BFF’s (edgyauthor and poseiwriting) nothing major is going on these days for me except the normal daily grind (which is totally no fun).

Boy what I wouldn’t give to go back to being a kid….

Until Next Time,

P.S. I’m getting my hair cut/colored this weekend and finally being brave enough to try a cherry red strip or two amongst my chocolate and caramel’s. If it’s to my liking, I will try and post pictures!

P.S.S. I realize I’m majorly behind on LJ comments. I will try to get to all of them this weekend. Promise!

P.S.S.S. So much for being short. Guess I had more to say than I realized. My Bad.



Nothing witty for a title today

I’m not sure why I’m even posting. Nothing truly spectacular has happened since my last report, but I feel like reporting something.

I failed miserably at “I won’t read another book until I finish those edits” and started reading “The Law of Nines” by Terry Goodkind again (since I’d only made it a couple of chapters into it the first time). I raced through “As you Wish” far faster than I expected, but it was surprisingly good and a nice quick read. Still I wanted to read more and the fact that I already had a book that needed to be read in my possession made it impossible to say no to myself.

I do not like all of this failure surrounding me though. I must reclaim myself after this book. I can’t be detached from writing for too long. Things aren’t pretty when the breaks drag on. I don’t want to back track.

I learned today that I must take my glasses with me everywhere now because my sight is rapidly taking a turn for the worse. Between staring at a PC screen 24/7 and reading almost constantly these days, adding something like trying to decipher itsy bitsy text on a sketch of a Walmart that I had to draft today threw me over the edge. My head was pounding so hard by the time I got home it felt like my eyelids would collapse without my permission.

I actually updated two of my FanNook sites yesterday for the first time in Lord only knows how long. I really want to get back into the groove of this site because it was so nice when I launched it and I want to add book reviews, but I refuse to do that if I don’t stick with it again because that would just be wasting more time. So we’ll see I suppose.

Wow… I started almost every paragraph with I expect the intro. Ridiculousness.

Peace – Sarah



Victory is Mine!

Unfortunately I’m not referring to my book. I forced myself to sit down and write last night, but due to a series of distractions out of my hands I didn’t get much accomplished. And by the time the distractions could be stopped my eyes were too heavy to stay awake.

The victory I’m referring to is that I finally got my iPod to sync! Who knows when and if I’ll be able to get it synced again, but right now I’m happy about the fact that all of these news songs I’ve acquired over the past few weeks are finally on my musical companion.

I predict I will be victorious writing this upcoming weekend though. I have a three day weekend (because of Memorial Day), and fully intend on finishing up what I’ve been avoiding like the black plague – rewriting those first five chapters into three. I will do it! Or so I hope. I feel like if I can just get past them I will be on a roll again and so I really aim to get them out of the way. I hope by the end of the day Monday I’ll be posting about their completion and word count and feeling all sorts of – yay, me – I hope. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

And I’m seriously giving thought to walking to the carnival this weekend. It’s not a huge one or anything, but it’s not even a mile away. There’s no excuse not to at least visit it, even if it’s just for cotton candy. And the weather is supposed to be nice. When I say nice, I mean tolerable – normal spring weather. Not the sticky hot nonsense we’ve been having lately. More like 70, sunny and breezy which is much better in my opinion. Who knows, maybe my pasty skin will actually get some color. Probably not since the sun seems to reject me, but it would be nice to not look so translucent since my arms and legs will be more visible now in summer like attire.

I also plan to finally finish “The Forest of Hands and Teeth.” It’s never taken me so long to finish such a short book and it’s not that the book isn’t good because it definitely is. It’s just that I’ve been having a hard time staying focused on anything these days. It’s like I have ADD or something and it’s annoying the crap out of me. I already have “As you Wish” by Jackson Pearce to read too and you know I can’t seem to go a week without ordering a new book. I don’t want to get too backed up. Also, I desperately need a bookshelf. I have groups of books scattered all over my house now, with no true place to call their home. I’m thinking about having Heath make me one for the living room. One large enough to house all of the books we already own with room to grow since my addiction doesn’t seem to be fading any time soon.

Today I started writing a short story about the squirrels outside our house because they are hilarious to me and I love speaking for animals. I hope to wrap it up tonight and capture some pictures of them in the act so you won’t think I’m completely making their actions up. I don’t typically write comedy, but this one sort of is. I hope it comes across that way at least. My brand of funny isn’t always obvious in text, so… we’ll see I suppose.

Peace – Sarah