Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. More information here.

For me, I always think of Mar, Apr, and May being the spring months even though by mid-May, it's full blown summer in Tennessee. So these are the books I hope to read in the next three months. The asterisks note if the book was on a previous seasonal TBR.

  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor - technically three books, but I'm doing the DoSaB readalong and will finally, FINALLY get around to the third book. I will!
  2. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett - I want to read my newer Netgalley books that will be released somewhere in the spring. This one comes out in April.
  3. There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon - Another Netgalley book and it's also the conclusion to a trilogy, so that's a huge plus!
  4. Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee - This is my most recent Netgalley book and one that sounds really interesting.
  5. Nevernight* by Jay Kristoff - At this point, this book has probably been on more TBRs than not. I started it last February and set it down, much like I did The Cruel Prince. I read The Cruel Prince this month and loved it so much (even though I wasn't sucked in back when I started it). So I have high hopes that now that I'm not in a slump, I will fly through Nevernight. It's also the next book in the long list of ones I started but put down.
  6. Furthermore* by Tahereh Mafi - I was almost halfway through this book when I set it down, so I would like to finish it.
  7. Shadow of the Fox* by Julie Kagawa - I'm waiting on the audiobook for this one from my library because I am struggling through it. It's not that it's bad or anything but it is very dense. I have a hardcover edition of it and an ebook through Netgalley.
  8. The Hazel Wood* by Melissa Albert - This is my oldest Owlcrate book, so it's kind of the next on my list to finish.
  9. Sky in the Deep* by Adrienne Young - I was so excited for this book when I found out about it. I read an excerpt and got even more hyped. I have a gorgeous ARC and a signed Owlcrate hardcover edition, but still haven't picked it up.
  10. Ace of Shades* by Amanda Foody - After The Hazel Wood, this will be my next oldest Owlcrate book. I believe it's also next on my list after Nevernight for books I started and then put down.

What books are on your spring TBR?

Monday, March 11, 2019

February Book Haul

Book Haul | Check out the books I hauled this month #bookhaul




PHYSICAL BOOKS
  1. Saga, Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples - gifted paperback from my sister-in-law
  2. Saga, Volume 8 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples - gifted paperback from my sister-in-law  
  3. Saga, Volume 9 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples - gifted paperback from my sister-in-law
  4. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pao Preto - received Hardcover in February Owlcrate subscription
KINDLE BOOKS
  1. The Fever King by Victoria Lee - received from Kindle First
  2. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett - gifted from Netgalley 
  3. There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon - gifted from Netgalley
  4. The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle - purchased from Amazon for $2.99
  5. The 52nd by Dela - purchased from Amazon for $0.99
LIBRARY BOOKS
  1. One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus - borrowed ebook
  2. Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips - borrowed ebook

What did you buy, borrow, or receive in February?
Have you read any of my books?

Monday, March 4, 2019

Books I Read in February


I read 7 books in February.


  • #MURDERTRENDING by Gretchen McNeil (Kindle, 352 pages, 2018, YA Thriller, Netgalley) - 1.5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, Netgalley challenge, and Popsugar challenge
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (Audio, 21 hr 36 min, 2015, YA Fantasy, Library) - 5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal and Popsugar challenge
  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus (Kindle, 361 pages, 2017, YA Thriller, Library) - 4 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal and Popsugar challenge
  • Saga, Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Paperback, 152 pages, 2017, Adult Fantasy/Sci Fi, Gifted) - 5 stars | My Review  - Counted towards Goodreads goal and Popsugar challenge
  • Saga, Volume 8 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Paperback, 146 pages, 2017, Adult Fantasy/Sci Fi, Gifted) - 4 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal and Popsugar challenge
  • Saga, Volume 9 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Paperback, 152 pages, 2018.., Adult Fantasy/Sci Fi, Gifted) - 5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal and Popsugar challenge
  • Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips (Kindle, 288 pages, 2017, Adult Thriller, Library) - 2 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal and Popsugar challenge

Pages read: 1451 + 21 hr 36 min
Pages DNF: 0
Average pages read per day: 51
Total pages: 1451 + 21 hr 36 min




Friday, March 1, 2019

March Monthly TBR & Challenge Updates

Monthly TBR and Challenge Update | The post where I share what I plan to read and how badly I'm doing on my yearly reading challenges :)

February was a little sketch, but I ended up boosting my numbers with a few graphic novels. I would have been fine without the three graphic novels because I read 7 total. So I mean, I guess it wasn't really sketch. But it was going to be half of what January was and I wanted to boost my numbers. I didn't read an Owlcrate book last month, so I may try and fit in two in March. I only read 2 books off my February TBR (that was 5 books long), so March is back to a small TBR. I am joining in on the Daughter of Smoke and Bone readalong hosted by some lovely booktubers. Their Twitter account is DOSABreadalong, so visit that for more info. I will also try to read an Owlcrate and a Netgalley book.

My Tentative TBR for March:
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black [Owlcrate]
  • You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook [Netgalley]
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Thursday, February 28, 2019

My SVT Story [1 Year Post-Ablation]

For previous posts, click the label "SVT" at the end of this post or at the bottom of my blog. 

I thought I had a post prepped and ready to start writing up my one year post-ablation tale, but then I guess I meant to and got side tracked. But that is a-okay. Yesterday was the big day. I officially have hit 1 year. My last update was around the 7 month anniversary in August. Since then there have been a few changes. Nothing too significant.

I went back to the hematologist in October and had a repeat CT scan. I was given an all clear on the pulmonary embolism and taken off blood thinners. I now just take allergy medication and a vitamin. It's so weird and crazy. The pulmonary embolism is what really solidified in my mind that three kids was all I was going to have. When you're pregnant, you are more prone to blood clots and the thought of putting myself more at risk is terrifying. So my husband is going in for a permanent solution soon. I don't think the PE had any lasting damage on my lungs because we were able to catch it so quickly. I am happy that, for once, my paranoia led to me going to the doctor and getting a swift diagnosis for something I didn't even have symptoms of yet.


I have continued to do yoga. Although the end of January into February threw me off majorly and I'm just now starting to get back on track after having holidays, birthdays, and then a cold knock me off schedule. I am still doing Yoga with Adriene. I just really like her personality and she has so many great videos and I love that she does a monthly schedule. I haven't ventured to anything more vigorous than that. I just haven't really felt ready. I'm not as scared to be active though like I was before. I just am not hitting the gym and doing any HIIT or Crossfit or anything ;)

My anxiety has been worse lately, but it pretty much has been around December to February each year. Our life gets crazy busy through the holidays and I get mega anxious over it all. It starts to get a little better in March, so I think that coupled with officially hitting my 1 year post-ablation anniversary will definitely help me with my anxiety levels. From August until December, I was pretty stable, I would say. I didn't really check my heartrate a lot. I felt really good and normal. I definitely need to figure out a way for the holidays and the very end and beginning of the year to not stress me out so badly. I am really happy during those times, but also just super stressed. Definitely need to find a good balance there to help me out.

I'm really glad that I made the decision to get the ablation. I was really scared but I knew it was the best decision for me. I'm more optimistic now that I really am cured, but I don't think the fear of SVT will ever go away completely.