Sunday, December 2, 2012

Week in Review - 12/2/12

What went on in my life:
This week's picture features my cat keeping my oldest son company while he rests and plays video games while staying home.  Sickness!  My oldest and I have been hit with a sore throat and sinus infection. Mine started Monday morning, his Monday afternoon. He missed Tuesday-Thursday of school and I missed a week of work due to it coinciding with a flare-up of my other symptoms as well.  We did see the doctor together on Thursday, he was able to go to school on Friday due to an antibiotic shot and a negative strep test but we've kept it low-key this weekend.  So that meant lots of rest and reading for me.

How was your week?

What I read (links take you to my reviews or to Goodreads page):
Crossed by Ally Condie (on my Kindle Fire) - It was good, not as gripping to me as Matched, but it was completely different. I liked it though and it's why I was very excited to get Reached from the library on Thursday for reading this week!
Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent (my audio book) - Good urban fantasy/paranormal romance. Enjoyed the setup and world building and can't wait to read the second in the series.  The narrator was great too in this one because she changed her voice enough that I was never confused about who was speaking, I purchased this through Audible.
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (library) - Great third installment in this series.  Can I just say if you are like me you won't even know you are speeding through these pages.  I realize I wasn't working or doing much of anything, but this book just flew by.  I have immediately requested the next book in the series from the library as well.
The Emperor's Conspiracy by Michelle Diener (review) - review coming tomorrow, but this was another fast read and I'm always concerned going into historicals if I will get bogged down.  Not this one for sure.

What I received (links take you to Goodreads page):
Fallen Crest High by Ti Jan - I was looking through my suggestions on the Pure and Sinful by Killian McRae page on Amazon which I bought last week, and this looked like it would hit the spot, I loved Beautiful Disaster, yet this sounds different enough and interesting enough that I had to get it.  Besides it's just $0.99 with 30 5-star reviews and while I don't base my purchases solely on that, it did help swing my decision. I'm going to try and read this one during this week.
Headed for Trouble by Suzanne Brockman - received through Edelweiss and I can't wait to read, releases April 30, 2013, I plan on reviewing April 29.
Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane - received as a Happy Holidays package from Forever Romance and Forever Yours along with Last Chance Christmas. It released September 25, but will be a great read for this time of year.  Stay tuned for giveaway of this book and the next three.
Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsey - as mentioned received as part of the Happy Holidays package, can't wait to dive in and let you know what I think.  Released September 25.  
Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis - This was mentioned in the materials I received in the package and I will take all the Jill Shalvis I can get so I promptly went to NetGalley and requested.  Can't wait to read this novella which will release on December 3.
A Highlander for Christmas by Paula Quinn - another author I had to read, and who doesn't need a Highlander for Christmas?  Sounds like a good novella for a early December night and it will go great with the hot cocoa Forever sent in the package.  This e-novella released October 2.
Betrayed by Shadows by Nancy Gideon - through Edelweiss and an invitation from the publicist at Simon and Schuster, sounds like a great one.  On Sale December 17, 2012, my review around then.
Chance of a Lifetime by Jodi Thomas - from Berkley for a blog tour, my date is January 2, 2013. I love Jodi's Harmony, Texas series so I cannot wait to read this one! Release date is 12/31/12.
Running a Marathon for Dummies by Jason R. Karp, PhD - received through the Amazon Vine program. Why do I receive a book like this when I'm down and out with a horrible sinus infection?  But next week I'll start reading it, I have a goal to run a half-marathon by the time I'm 40 so I have a little over a year left so I need to get busy.

What I'm Reading Now:
Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens (review) - excellent so far, I am having a hard time putting it down.  The emotions have really drawn me in. 
All-Together Dead by Charlaine Harris, Sookie Stackhouse #7 (audiobook) - not too far into this yet but I love these on audio, love the voice.
Reached by Ally Condie (library) - Just starting, can't wait to see how this trilogy turns out.

What are you reading?


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