my ears have been mostly happy lately | audiobook reviews

Time for a new blog feature! Woot.

I’ve listened to a handful of audiobooks over the last few months, and I thought I’d do a roundup of little reviews! Most of these have already been mentioned in my monthly wrap-ups, BUT today I’ll be including an addition to the review: comments on the audiobook recording itself. Sometimes you never know if you should read a book or if listening to the audiobook would be a better experience. I’ll give you all you need to know for 5 audiobooks I’ve listened to in the mini reviews below.

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top 5 wednesday | october 11

I’m baaaaack. Mwaaaahahahaha.

^ My attempts at being creepy. Obvi.

It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday! Top 5 Wednesday is run by Sam at thoughtsontomes. Check out the Goodreads group if you’re interested in learning more or joining in on the fun!

Today’s prompt: Creepy Settings

You know, when I first started brainstorming for this post, I was having a hard time. Eventually I realized why: when I’m reading, I don’t tend to get too scared. Even if I’m totally loving a book and super engaged in it, some small part of my brain always knows that I’m safe at home, cuddled up in bed (usually), with no danger in sight. So, when characters get into creepy situations, I never get all that scared.

But, once I started thinking about it, I realized I’ve read TONS of books with settings that are creepy, scary, and all-over totally unpleasant. NOT places I’d ever willingly go. So in the end, this list wasn’t terribly difficult.

Read on for my Top 5 Creepy Settings!

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someone thinks I’m a sunshiney blogger!

Thanks so much to Ella @ A Book Without End for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! And for leaving such awesome questions. This was a fun one!

the rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people (or however many you want) and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award.

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    such a cute lil award!

Read on for the questions and answers!

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attempting to be bookish in the Real World — aka my weekend #fail

This past weekend, I went to my first ever real life bookish event!

It ended up being a bit of a fail. But it was also really really great.

So I went to see Leigh Bardugo at her “Midnight Tales” Tour in my city. My city! Cool authors never come here to homey ol’ Michigan. I was excited, and I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t go. So I did go–alone, mind you. I don’t have really any bookish friends in Real Life, and I also don’t mind going to things alone.

However, since this was my first bookish event, I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into. Hence…the eventual fails.

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pirates, serpents, and ships — oh, my! | series review

the liveship traders trilogy by robin hobb

Series Rating: ★★★★★

Within the series: Ship of Magic (#1), Mad Ship (#2), Ship of Destiny (#3)

‘ware pirates, sea serpents, and sentient ships in this trilogy! Told through multiple POVs and story lines, this tale is full of drama, adventure, romance, and politics–not to mention magic.

Recommended if you like:

  • pirates and sea voyages
  • multiple POVs and intersecting plotlines
  • a bit of everything–adventure, romance, politics, and more
  • complex characters and relationships

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september wrap-up

It’s that time of the month…

September just flew by! I’ve been keeping busy with my multitude of personal projects–they seem to be getting out of hand lately! Writing, crochet, blogging, keeping up with my TPT store, reading, working out…it’s been A Lot.

But it’s been a good month, and I finally feel truly ready for fall. (If only it’d stop being so abnormally hot around here…) I’ve been productive and busy and overall pretty positive about life. Which is great!

Read on for my monthly wrap-up.

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i’m so giddy thinking about these books | anticipated releases for the last third of 2017

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

This post is basically just what the title says: 10 books that are coming out in these remaining few months of 2017 that I’m SUPER pumped about! I know people tend to do these types of posts quarterly…or perhaps just twice a year…but I’m going to be original and cut the year into thirds. Yes, I know I’m weird awesome.

ANYWAY, here we go, 10 upcoming releases and why I’m excited about them!

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