April 06, 2014

The Sunday Post - Monthly Edition (#2)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer

It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on our blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

See rules here.

Note: Since it's rare for me to post more than once a week, I opted for my own Monthly Edition of this meme. Be sure of stopping by every first Sunday of the month for my blog recap, blog teaser and bookish news. Thanks!

So, where were we?

Well...it's been two weeks since my latest post. A calculated hiatus, more or less. I guess I needed a little space and ease. Nothing much happened in the meantime...unless you count annoying car problems. Expensive car problems. Oh, never mind. Now I'm ready for an exciting new month! And I'm already looking forward to the next Armchair Bea (in May). This year I'll be a first-timer :). BTW - any of you participating? In the meantime...here is what I've been up to last month, and what I'm planning for this one...

On the Blog

Mar. 8: Book Review: "Soul Storm" by Kate Harrison
Third installment in her Soul Beach series. Cute but extremely lacking.
Mar. 11: Announcing LGBT Month by Cayce and Laura!
An interesting, not demanding event. You can participate without stressing yourself too much :). Are you inclined to? Read about it in my post above.
Mar. 18: Offbeat YA's Secrets Revealed!
Guinevere and Libertad @ Twinja Book Reviews interviewed me about my blog.
Mar. 20: Book Review: "All Our Yesterdays" by Cristin Terrill
One of my rare mainstream books ;). I tried to say something new about it...hard task, but I hope I succeeded!

I planned to review Christopher Pike's Die Softly as well this month, but what with the LGBT Month involvement, the interview and the Feedburner impromptu (so to speak), I lacked the time to do that. The review has been put on hold till May - hopefully...

Around the Web

I have read many interesting articles this month, but I forgot to list them...bad, bad blogger *sighs*. I will do my homework next time - I promise! The only one I bookmarked is...
Mar.20: Let that Post Breath!
Cayce @ Fighting Dreamer has the guts to shout it out loud: you don't need to post every single day - sometimes less is more...

Latest Additions to TBR List

"Burnout" by Adrienne Maria Vrettos (published Sep. 2011)

On the day after Halloween, Nan wakes up in a subway car. She is not dreaming. She doesn’t know where she's been or what she’s done. She’s missing a whole day from her life. And she’s wearing skeleton makeup and a too-small Halloween costume that she doesn’t remember putting on. Nan is not supposed to wake up in places like this anymore. She’s different now, so far from that dangerously drunk girl who hit bottom in the Nanapocalypse. She needs to find out what happened to her, and fast. As she tries to put together the pieces of the last twenty-four hours, she flashes back to memories of her previous life. But she would never go back to her old friends and her old ways. Would she? The deeper Nan digs, the more disturbing things get. This time, she may have gone one step too far. This time, she may be a walking ghost.

"On a Clear Day" by Walter Dean Myers (out Sep. 23)
[Note...this one is on my Not-Sure List for now. I'm waiting for an excerpt]

It is 2035. Teens, armed only with their ideals, must wage war on the power elite. Dahlia is a Low Gater: a sheep in a storm, struggling to survive completely on her own. The Gaters live in closed safe communities, protected from the Sturmers, mercenary thugs. And the C-8, a consortium of giant companies, control global access to finance, media, food, water, and energy resources - and they are only getting bigger and even more cutthroat. Dahlia, a computer whiz, joins forces with an ex-rocker, an ex-con, a chess prodigy, an ex-athlete, and a soldier wannabe. Their goal: to sabotage the C-8. But how will Sayeed, warlord and terrorist, fit into the equation?

What's Next...

April is LGBT Month on Laura and Cayce's blogs (see above). I will be busy with participating, which will leave me with no time left for branching out. So, stop by Offbeat YA this month for...

LGBT Month Think-Piece -> What Does the Genre Need?
Classic post. What I'd like to see more or less in the LGBT book universe.
LGBT Month -> Book Review: "An Unstill Life" by Kate Larkindale
I requested this book @ Fiction and Film, Kate Larkindale's blog.
LGBT Month -> Book Review: "Trying Hard to Hear You" by Sandra Scoppettone
My favourite book in the genre so far. Yes, it's an oldie. Don't let this put you off.

Also, I guess I'll take part in discussions and the like, since Cayce and Laura have lots of things planned for this event...

OK, that was it...what have you been/are you up to instead?


  1. I'm glad you liked All Our Yesterdays, I really loved it when I read it last summer. :) Happy reading and have a great Sunday!

    1. You too - and thanks for reaching out!

  2. Burn Out looks quite good and I will be looking for you each first Sunday! Have a wonderful week :)

    1. I hope to be able to read (and review) it soon. The excerpt I read was good.
      Have a great week yourself!

  3. Just found your blog and now following :)

    1. Thank you for following back - it's really appreciated :).

  4. I like All Our Yesterdays. Burnout looks interesting and I hope you enjoy your week,

  5. Thank you for the shout out(s)!! :) Glad you got An Unstill Life. I'll be looking forward to read your thoughts on it.

    1. My pleasure! :) And I hope to post my review of An Unstill Life in ten days or so. I've being slow O_O.

  6. Didn't know there was an armchair BEA! :) Will definitely check it out, since I'm still not certain I'll make it to NYC this May.

    1. We'll probably meet each other on the giant virtual armchair then ;). It'll be fun!

  7. Great Sunday post! The latest additions to your TBR have me intrigued. Thanks so much for sharing and for stopping by my post and interview. Have a wonderful week :)

    1. Thank you and it was my pleasure :). Have a great week yourself!

  8. I think you and me both, have been pained this month by GFC :( and I really appreciated your help at my frustration . I'll definitely pop over for the LGBT event ( I like reading this genre) but have unfort so many review books with deadlines to read at the moment .Have a great week and Happy Reading.
    My Sunday Post is here

    1. Many bloggers have given up on it long ago, but I tend to like good old GFC. So easy to use. Let's hope it won't cease to exist...
      The LGBT event is already up and running on Laura and Cayce's blogs, so you can find lots of interesting stuff on there already! I'll add my first small contribution in a few days :).
      Have a great week yourself!

  9. I absolutely love "Burnout" :) I feel kind of weird too, because while everyone is talking about the latest books, I'm like "Oh my God, I re-read for the 459853040'th time 'Dracula', and Bram Stoker is still my fave writer." Oh and by the way Roberta, thanks for ruining my life and introducing me to Christopher Pike. I have read "The Last Vampire " volume 1, and .... abjdfjoewijprhgtoreijtiatrfj... Thank you, that's what I needed, another obsession. I am fine with Stephen King, Bram Stoker, and 100 more writers. Now I have to buy all his books. If I continue reading your blog, I am going to be broke in 2 months. Anyways thanks for showing us such unique books, and elongating my book wishlist =) Hugs!!!

    1. LOL. I don't know if I should feel guilty or elated ;). But really, you made me happy, because I accomplished my mission, if only by bringing one single person and one single writer together (for now, that is!).
      And you don't have to feel weird...I hear you, of course, but there's nothing wrong with having an old fave and rereading it for the 459853040th time ;). I absolutely endorse rereading. Where's the fun in only reading a book once? Where's the love?


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