July 03, 2023

Offbeat Offline: June 2023 (Back, but Nowhere Near OK)


Welcome to Offbeat Offline, where I bring you up-to-date with what went on in my life during the month just gone, give you a sneak peek of my next shenanigans, and share my favourite posts of late!

What happened last month to yours truly? Nothing major, but the heat kicked in and I'm even more tired and achey than ever. A month-and-a-half hiatus didn't do much for me, also because I ended up reading and scheduling reviews for two ARCs, so yeah...return of the review woes LOL. But one of the books was a June release that I got approved for at the last minute, and the other was the second-to-last of my August books (I have a handful) and its sitting there unread so close to pub date was making me stabby. Anyhow, I decided to come back for a couple of months, fulfill all my review obligations, touch base with everybody (what did I miss?), and hopefully go on a REAL hiatus in September, because if I have one to look forward to, I function better...


πŸ“š A LUCKY STREAK. I read 4 books in June, 2 of them ARCs. I have to say they were all very good for once! Here's a rundown of my bookish activity for the month... 

Approvals:
This was a June release that I got wind of at the last minute, which is why I didn't include it in my "Which Books Are You Looking Forward to Reading This Summer? (June-August)" list. And I'm so happy I did hear about it at all and in time to get approved, because it was SO GOOD!
This is an October release that I got approved for EONS after I requested it - I had started to think my request would remain in limbo until the book expired...I haven't read it yet, since it will be a long time before it comes out, and I don't need to write YET ANOTHER REVIEW right now...

Reads:
One of my August ARCs - review coming next month (spoiler: I loved it!).
  • Girls of Little Hope by Sam Beckbessinger & Dale Halvorsen (see above)
Review coming in a few days.
I didn't like it as much as the previous installments, mainly because it's more regular fantasy than the rest of the series (plus there are hiccups, so to speak), but still a good one. Mini review on Goodreads for now.
I liked this one much better! It brings back the vibes of the first two books in the series, along with a handful of beloved characters (if briefly). On the other hand, it sorts of rehashes the same plot of those LOL. But in an entertaining way! Again, mini review on Goodreads for now.

Reviews:
  • The Never-Ending End of the World by Ann Christy (see above)
Scheduled for August 6th.
  • Girls of Little Hope by Sam Beckbessinger & Dale Halvorsen (see above)
Scheduled for July 9th.



Here is my review plan for the month:


With all these ARCs and relative reviews in the way, I'll be skipping the Tell Me Something Tuesday meme for the whole month...to be precise, for a couple of months almost, since I'll only be back for it on August 29th. It pains me, but I can only produce so many posts. Here is a list of the next TMST questions though, covering July and August, so that you can schedule your own posts if they strike your fancy.

  • July 4th: What is your favorite holiday and what do you do to celebrate?
  • July 11th: What are some underrated books/series you wish got more recognition? (a question I submitted)
  • July 18th: Have you found a way to cut back significantly on your TBR pile?
  • July 25th: What is your favorite thing about summer?
  • August 1st: Describe your summer perfect day/weekend.
  • August 8th: Which book world would you like to visit (real and/or fictional)?
  • August 15th: Do you DNF books? When do you decide to stop?
  • August 22nd: Have you ever picked up a book you didn't finish/didn't like and ended up enjoying it?
  • August 28th: Which books are you looking forward to reading this fall? (September-November)


πŸ₯΅HEATED UP, BURNED OUT. So the heat arrived, and of course it's only made my usual problems worse. I'm even more tired than usual; my legs ache/itch; every time I go out (on foot...you know I don't drive) I sweat a river. The house is a...ah, dumpster fire doesn't cover it, and since I'm always running around doing things for/in place of my husband (who is recovering, but at an unbearably slow pace, and didn't even qualify for physical therapy, so when the time comes for him to get up, I will have to help him out with THAT, too 😫), I don't have the time and energy to fix it...Even blogging takes effort, so I'm looking forward to YET ANOTHER HIATUS in September, but for now I have to trudge on - as I said, I've got lots of ARC reviews to post, but regardless, I want to talk with you all and read your own posts and comment on them again...I've been neglecting you for too long πŸ’š.

(Hi, young David πŸ™‚)

πŸ˜‘FAIRLY QUIET. Other than that - as I said - nothing major. The pipe damage hasn't been repaired yet - we're still using the patch - but we were told how much was expected from every co-owner and we paid (at least I hope everyone did LOL), and it shouldn't be long now until the job gets done (anyhow, in the meantime, we do have running water, which is what counts). My left eye retina is recovering (though my vision remains funky because of the vitreous), and the doctor said to go back for a check-up in six months (unless a new hole ensues) and see if a cataract surgery is advisable...not that I can have it until my husband doesn't start to leave the bed, if only to walk from room to room, since you're supposed to rest for a while after that kind of intervention - not to wheel an adult around and help him reach the toilet πŸ™„.


Since I was on hiatus, I haven't blog-hopped at all this month, so I've got nothing πŸ™. But as I said above, I'm going to reprise my normal routine, at least for a couple of months (some of you who have put out new posts in this couple of days will have noticed that I've already started visiting your blogs again), so this section will be operative in my next monthly recap!

That's it for now. My next post will be up on July 9th, and it will be the review for Girls of Little Hope by Sam Beckbessinger & Dale Halvorsen I mentioned above.

So, what were your highs/lows in the past month?

28 comments:

  1. Okay Girls of Little Hope sounds fabulous. You always seem to find at least one book that I need to have! Love that cover also.

    Hot weather can be the worst because it just saps your energy. I hope you get a cooldown or some relief. Yeah right, right? Glad to have you back in July!

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    1. "You always seem to find at least one book that I need to have!"
      LOL, that's a nice superpower to have! πŸ˜‰ The cover is perfect.

      Thank you!

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  2. Welcome back! I'm very curious now about Girls of Little Hope, and I've had The Wonder State on my list for a while, but I don't have time to read it so I'm looking forward to your review😁

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    1. Thanks! I think GOLH would be your cup of tea, and bummer about TWS - it's really brilliant! I hope my review will make you change your mind πŸ˜‰.

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  3. Summer can be so cruel! I am not a fan of the heat myself. Sounds like it's been tough, but at least you read some good books. That made me happy for you. Sending good and healing vibes. I hope you can find some rest and relief.

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    1. And now you have me sing in my head "It's a cruel, cruel summer..." πŸ˜‚.

      Yep, the books helped! And thank you...I can really use the vibes πŸ’š .

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  4. You already know how much I hate summer but dang at least I have an air conditioner. I can't even imagine going through the summer without one. I'm glad you're back at least for a little while.

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    1. Haha, I know...and here you live in the middle of the the desert!

      Thank you, I'm glad to be back too...

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  5. Sending cooling vibes and healthy energy your way. Thanks for checking in and letting us know how you are doing. June was very busy for me with high school gradation events for family (not my kids) and Girl Scout camp. I'm looking forward to a slow down in July. The weather here as been unusually wet and unseasonably cool - not very summer like. Boo!

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    1. Thank you..."cooling vibes" are particularly appreciated LOL (can we trade places? that way we'll probably both have the summer that we desire! πŸ˜‰). I hope July will let you rest!

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  6. It's hot as hades here as well. I also went on an unexpected hiatus when vacation got in the way. Oh well!

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  7. I'm glad the books you read were good ones! Those two pink and blue covers look so nice next to each other. Ugh that heat does sound awful. I forget, does your house even have AC? I did notice your comment <3 But don't stress yourself out just to visit me, I understand if you're dealing with too much other stuff!

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    1. "Those two pink and blue covers look so nice next to each other."
      The artist's eye πŸ˜‰.

      Yep, no AC...only fans in every room (at least I can say I have fans LOL).

      Oh no, when I come back, I DO come back. I feel guilty enough for not visiting during my hiatuses, so when I reprise my blogging, I reprise my commenting as well!

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  8. Hello! It felt great receiving this catch up post. I truly hope your husband gets better and your eye can be seen to as soon as possible. I can definitely relate to heat making aches and Disabilities worse, I'm sorry about that. We just had a cold and rainy spell here in the U.K. in the middle of all the heat. I hope the same happened for you in your city. You deserve a proper hiatus, I hope your upcoming one will be more fulfilling.

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    1. Summer is overrated! πŸ˜‰

      Thank you! I'm really glad you reprised your blogging as well.

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  9. Welcome back, I missed reading your posts. I'm glad to see that you're posting again, I hope you have a wonderful July. :) I'm looking forward to seeing your reviews, especially The Never-Ending End of the World.
    -Quinley

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    1. Thank you! Best of luck with your July project.

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  10. I didn't much care for June but at least, I wasn't too lazy. Hot weather is here too. I think all the more reason to have a lazy season. At least you read some good books. I don't much like reading these days. I hope you have good july.

    Have a lovely day.

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    1. Alas, hot weather or not, we have to function...though personally, I barely exist during the summer. At least you have your job keeping you on your toes...it's not a bad thing, after all. Have a great July!

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  11. I wish I could say something that made everything easier...wow! But I'm thinking about you, my friend, and slowly working on a return myself. Wishing you all of the best

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    1. Thank you! Good luck on your comeback plans πŸ’š.

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  12. Girls of Little Hope DOES sound good! And the cover is so interesting! Can't wait for your review! Ditto The Never-Ending End of the World, I just found out about that one recently but it sounds like a very "me" book.

    I am glad that you have plans to take some time off- you need it! I feel you with the reviews though, it just becomes a LOT. Sorry about the heat too, it has gotten hot here too and today I was almost sick because of it so... yep, I feel you.

    I hope the eye situation goes okay. You are right about needing to rest post-cataract surgery, my mom had it a few years ago and she wasn't even allowed to bend!

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    1. I hope you get to read GOLH and TNEEOTW, because I'm curious to see if our thoughts overlap!

      Thank you...and ugh, can't we both go live somewhere where the heat isn't SO overwhelming? Though with the global warming I feel like there's no escape...

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  13. I had read and thought I commented on this post but maybe I didn't? Or it was gobbled up?
    I saw it's getting even hotter in Italy. We're getting 4 day heatwaves then a brief cooldown and it's kind of tolerable that way.
    I just had to do the treadmill at speech therapy - to see if it would trigger my cough - it did not but she got to see how bad my breathing gets so...yay??!! lol She noted it and is sending it to my Dr for a possible pulmonary referral. She said that's different from my vocal cord thing and I at least feel validated!

    falopabloop....I'm just making up well wishing words now lol

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. No comments in spam, so I guess you hadn't commented yet.

      Last year we got some respite in between heatwaves...this July it's just an interminable one that gets worse and worse...I'm dying here. Even if you're suffering less than we are, your A/C comes in handy...and to think you were unsure about rigging it LOL.

      The speech therapy lady turned out to be more competent and useful than the doctors who should have helped you with your main problem...I'm glad that she's backing you on the breathing thing. Now you only need to find a specialist that doesn't make assumptions...😬

      LOL, keep the fancy words coming! I'm so tired I can't even manage to conjure one...

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    2. I am forever thankful to my past self for getting that ac lol Heatwaves are not common here so it felt like a waste of money at the time.
      She's really helped me with suppressing my cough too, although I think I have different issues. But yea - way more helpful than my ENT. My allergist was great too but he's not specialized in the area I need. He's the one who got me into speech therapy though. And got me my lung CT.

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    3. From doctor to doctor, hopefully you'll find the answers you need...πŸ˜…...or maybe you can ask the Doctor (a.k.a. Tiny Tennant LOL).

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