Sunday, December 30, 2012

Books Received and the Week to Come

On Friday, I woke up to about 7 spam comments that made it through blogger's spam filter and were actually posted. I promptly deleted them and changed my settings so that anonymous comments are no longer allowed. I hope this is not a problem for you; if you ever experience problems commenting, please email or tweet me (@bookworm1858). I don't want to have to moderate and I HATE Captcha so I hope this will be effective.

Books Received (this includes last week):

From Jen Ryland/YA Romantics-thanks Jen!
 Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed-supposed to be very much like Downton Abbey so I expect to love this.
A Dash of Magic by Kathryn Littlewood-sequel to Bliss, an enchanting MG novel.

From Amazon Vine:
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd-Gothic thriller that is an update of a classic story? Sign me up!
Mind Games by Kiersten White: So excited about this one! I enjoyed White's Paranormalcy trilogy and am thrilled to have gotten an early copy of her newest.

I will also be receiving The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan and The Namesake by Steven Parlato through Amazon Vine.

Christmas presents:
Pearls Freaks the #*%# Out by Stephan Pastis-I love the Pearls Before Swine treasuries as Pastis includes special comments just for them. Plus these strips are a few years old so I don't really remember reading them initially.
Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin-the amazing second book in the Birthright trilogy
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy-I have big plans for Tolstoy in 2013; check back tomorrow to find out more.

Plus I received some Barnes and Noble gift cards. Currently I am eying a gorgeous annotated Emma but haven't made my decision yet.

Week to Come:
-Later today I'm posting about my favorite books from 2012 (with the caveat that I'm still planning to read a few more books; if any of those make the favorite list, I'll mention it.)
-Tomorrow I'll be posting 2013 plans and goals
-Tuesday will be the wrap-up of 2013 with stats

Then we return to reviews for the rest of the week:

Wednesday, January 2, The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen: Adult Historical Christian Romance

Thursday, January 3, The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne: Adult Christian Non-Fiction, a birthday present from one of my best friends

Friday, January 4, Delusion by Laura L. Sullivan: YA Historical Fantastical

Saturday, January 5, Just One Day by Gayle Forman: YA Contemporary

What are you up to this week? Are you ready for 2013?


  1. Awesome books. Love the cover of Cinders and Sapphires. A Dash of Magic looks good too. Happy reading and happy new years.

    Katie ~ My Mailbox

  2. A dash of magic; what a pretty cover!
    The madman's daughter & Mind games sound really good :)

    Happy reading :D

  3. Aw, thanks for swapping with me!!
    I have drafted the review for one of the books you sent me and I thank you there. I am terrible about remembering to include books I swapped in my weekly round-up.

    I just got Tragedy Paper -- it wasn't even on my radar but it looks interesting!

    I had to disable anonymous comments too. I'd had it with all those weird spammy comments. It worked great -- I haven't had one since then!

  4. First I didn't want to read THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER, then I reread the synopsis and I thought to myself, WHY. WHY DID I DO THAT TO MYSELF? Now, I won't be able to read it for a while *sobs*

    Pat yourself on the back for making much smarter choices.

  5. Mind games sounds pretty good! Also loving the cover of cinders and sapphires. Looks very romantic. Glad you decided against the CAPTCHA! I hate the things so much that I had to download CAPTCHA bypass software called RUMOLA to get past them! Swear they have got harder?! Disabling anonymous always does the trick anyhow!

  6. Oh wow, you have a fantastic group of books! I'm so happy for you, and happy for me because I can't wait to read your reviews for these books. Bliss has been on my radar for a while, but I haven't been able to read it yet. The sequel makes me want to kick myself for waiting so long now. I'm so incredibly curious to see what you think of C&S. I have a copy to read too and my hopes are really high. Also, Mind Games and The Madman's Daughter! Very much looking forward to your thoughts on both of those.


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