Scenes from the Week:
A beautiful beach we went to in Acadia National Park in Maine! I couldn’t get over how pretty it was. It was definitely a little cold in the water, but I still went in!
One of the MANY lobster rolls I had while in Maine. This one was probably the best!
GOATS! On the last full day we were in Maine, we went to visit a local goat farm that sold cheese, soap, and brick-oven pizza at their farmstand! The goats were so cute, especially the babies. And we bought a shit ton of cheese!
This blueberry pie from one of the restaurants in Bar Harbor was amazing. It was made with local wild blueberries and, after having it once, we had to go back and having it again before leaving — it was that good!
When I got back, I got to pick the first two tomatoes from our garden this year! They were delicious.
Ellie “helping” me read.
Ellie curled up in a ball sleeping.
Part 1 of my book haul this week. Bottom two books from the library, top five from my local used bookstore!
When I got back from Maine, there was a huge package waiting for me with all of these awesome books that I scored for SUPER CHEAP on BetterWorldBooks.com, one of my new favorite book-buying sites 🙂
Books I Finished This Week:
- Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
- Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Awesome Posts from Other Bloggers:
Books & Authors:
- Rinn Reads recommends books for people who liked the movie Memoirs of a Geisha
- I Heart YA Fiction has some ideas for books that should be published
- Read Me Away discusses Kindle freebies
- Books Speak Volumes wants more literary fiction about 20-somethings
- Shae Has Left the Room shares her process for giving out book recommendations
- Books Speak Volumes has some recommended reading for twenty-somethings
- Shae Has Left the Room lists which books she would save from a fire
Reading & Characters:
- Chapteriosity questions: does the protagonist have to end up with a love interest?
- Read Me Away rants about info-dumping
Blogging & Reviewing:
- Word Revel tells us the ways in which blogging has impacted her reading
- The Reading Shelf discusses her fear of getting personal on her blog
- Finley Jayne is addicted to changing her blog’s theme
- Laura Plus Books wants to know why people don’t ever comment on other people’s comments
- It Starts at Midnight is curious about using pen names vs. real names on a blog
- These Paper Hearts has a free “add to Goodreads” graphic button!
- Readers in Wonderland wants to know how you answer the question: “So, do you have any hobbies?”
- Rinn Reads wants us all to play the Lego Harry Potter video game
- Pages Unbound has a creative quiz to find out which library resource are you?
- Gypsy Reviews shares her thoughts on the NLB book ban
- Boricuan Bookworms spreads the word about a new Peter Pan retelling miniseries
- The Perpetual Page Turner — Gilt, Tarnish, and Brazen by Katherine Longshore (US only) (ends July 17th)
- Two Chicks on Books — Any YA novel of your choice (US/CA only) (ends July 31st)
- Jenna Does Books — ARC of I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (US only) (ends August 1st)
- Happy Indulgence — $15 book of choice from TBD (INT) (ends July 24th)
- @MyThoughtsLit — Choice of 2 July/August ARCs (US only) (ends July 18th)
- Jenna Does Books — The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (US only) (ends July 26th)
- Laura Plus Books — July new release ebook (INT) (ends July 31st)
- It Starts at Midnight — $15 July new release (INT) (ends July 31st)
- Bo-ok Nerd — $19 July new release (INT) (ends July 31st)
- Bumbles and Fairytales — July new release (INT) (ends July 31st)
- Literary Meanderings — 1 of 5 July new releases (INT) (ends July 31st)
- Writing My Own Fairytale — 1 of 6 July new releases (INT) (ends July 31st)
- My Friends are Fiction — The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (US/CA) (ends July 24th)
- My Novel Opinion — The Fever by Megan Abbott (US/CA only) (ends July 30th)
- Queen Ella Bee Reads — Stack of BEA books (US only) (ends July 30th)
Reposted from Previous Week(s):
- The Midnight Garden — ARCs of The Young Elites, This Shattered World, The Iron Trial, The Young World & Ashes to Ashes (US only) (ends July 31st)
- The Midnight Garden — Heir of Fire tote & swag (Non-US only) (ends July 31st)
- Effortlessly Reading — Signed & personalized copy of any Sarah J. Maas book, including Heir of Fire (INT) (ends August 31st)
- Jenna Does Books — Kindle Fire HD 7″ tablet (INT) (ends July 24th)
- Books of Amber — The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (INT) (ends July 31st)
- On Starships and Dragon Wings — ARCs of The Kiss of Deception, Dearest, Lies in the Dust, and The Mime Order sampler (US only) (ends July 18th)
- I Heart YA Fiction — Love Letters to the Dead (US only) (ends July 20th)
- Readers Live a Thousand Lives — Lux: Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout (US only) (ends July 20th)
- Pretty Little Pages — $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card (INT) (ends July 20th)
- Live to Read, Love to Read — Signed ARC of Heir of Fire (INT) (ends July 20th)
- These Paper Hearts — Signed Ruin and Rising & Fierce Reads swag (US only) (ends July 20th)
- These Paper Hearts — Custom blog design for Blogger or Tweak Me WordPress theme users (INT) (ends July 20th)
- The Thousand Lives — $20 Book Depository (INT) (ends July 31st)
- Me and Reading — Kindle Fire (INT) (ends July 31st)
- Moonlight Library — $20 book of choice (INT) (ends July 31st)
- Ventureadlaxre — Pantomime & Shadowplay by Laura Lam (INT) (ends July 19th)
- Little Book Star — 3 books from the pile (INT) (RT & follow by July 20th)