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Bookings: October 30, 2017

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Man, guys, I’ve read some great books lately. Books I’m excited to share with you, and books I never would have read if not for Haunting October. The older I get, the more I enjoy Halloween. I’m not sure if it’s the atmosphere or the fact that it means we’re closer to Christmas, but it’s starting to get a lot more fun.

This year, I went as a peacock. I made my costume, and it was so much fun. I loved the way it turned out! Jimmie was a turkey because I found out last week that turkeys and peacocks hate each other, and it seemed fitting. Anyone else have an awesome costume for Halloween?peacock costume

I’ve been a little behind on both my blog and my reading, so bear with me. I finally finished listening to American War. I tried listening to This is Where It Ends, but the narration was so horrific and the characters so ridiculous that I gave up after three chapters. Then I picked up The Alice Network and now all I want to do is drive places so I can listen to it. I also broke down and bought the new Stephen King, but man, I’m struggling with it. Not sure if it’s the book or my frame of mind, so I’m not ready to abandon it yet, but it’s a brick.

Other than that, I’m starting to think ahead to December and whether I want to read all sorts of cozy books for cozy weather. If you have any suggestions, send them my way!

Have a lovely week, friends!

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

I Just Finished Reading:

  thisiswhereitends

I’m Currently Reading:

  alicenetwork sleepingbeauties

I’m Traveling To:

Home for a while. Still putting together plans for a ski trip, and I’m also itching for a long weekend trip somewhere. Any suggestions?

 

 

 

Linkups

bookdatesundaypostKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

book lover on a budget

Book Lover on a Budget

As any true book lover knows, reading can be an expensive hobby. I wish I was the kind of person who could restrain herself from buying books when I have a dozen to read – or, truthfully, an entire room to read. But I’m not. I love the feel of a book in my hands, and I love having tons of great books to choose from when I’m looking for what to read next. Unfortunately, my budget doesn’t always share this love.

A few weeks ago, I read a BookRiot post titled, “How To Be a Book Lover on a Budget.” I shared it on my Facebook page, and made the comment that I was surprised at several of the options they left off the list – including BookRiot’s own daily deals email. When I posted it, I realized, hey, I could do a post too! So here we are.

BookRiot included sources like the library, thrift stores, public domain sites, and free trials, so I won’t cover those here. Instead, I’m rounding out my list with my favorite sources. Many of them are ebook sites, but I’ve also thrown in a few suggestions for those of you who love physical books (I’m right there with you!).

These should keep you drowning in books for less than the price of a pumpkin spice latte.

BookRiot’s Daily Deals Newsletter

BookRiot has a TON of great book-related content (if you’re on my Facebook page, I share a lot of it there!), but they also have a daily deals newsletter. Each day, it lists one or two featured ebook deals. At the bottom of the email, there’s also a list of past deals that are still valid. I love this feature, since I don’t always read the daily deal newsletter every day. Rather than clicking through half a dozen outdated emails, I can just delete everything except the most recent, and find out what’s still on sale. Most of the deals are in the $2-$4 range, though I’ve seen a couple as high as $10. Sign up for the BookRiot Daily Deals Newsletter here.

Goodreads Deals Newsletter

If you’re a Goodreads member, you can subscribe to ebook deals based on the books you want to read. You select your genres, then they search for books and authors on your shelves. Truthfully, this is my least favorite of the deal newsletters, because I often don’t have a clue why they’ve recommended a book to me. Prices here are also usually in the $2-$4 range, and signup is easy. If you’re not a Goodreads member, get on it – it’s free and amazing!

BookBub Daily Deals Newsletter

The powerhouse of ebook deals, and my personal favorite, BookBub offers a practically endless source of free and cheap ebooks every day. Similar to Goodreads, you pick the genres you want to see deals for. What I love though, is that BookBub has tons of free books. They also provide a short, two or three sentence description in the email, so it gives you a little more information about the book. Hands down, I get more ebooks through BookBub than anywhere else. Plus, it’s easy – even my technology-averse mom figured it out and loves it! Definitely check out BookBub!

Amazon Prime Reading

Ok, I’ll admit – this one is only applicable if you’re an Amazon Prime member. Prime Reading is a library of sorts. You can check out books, audiobooks, magazines, comics, and more. You can have up to 10 titles “checked out” at a time, and as far as I can tell, there’s no time limit. So, slightly better than a library, if you’re a Prime member. It may not have the newest releases, but there are still plenty of great reading options. Explore Prime Reading here.

Amazon Kindle First

This one also only applies if you’re a Prime member, but if you have a Kindle or Kindle App, you get a monthly free book as part of Amazon’s Kindle First program. Each month, Amazon editors pick a handful of upcoming books. Prime members have a few days to select one of the books. It’s sent right to your Kindle (or app), and is yours to keep. Typically, the books are from different genres – usually you can count on a thriller, a literary fiction novel, and a nonfiction/memoir, but I’ve also seen a bit of romance, historical fiction, and sci-fi on the list. I’ve yet to actually read any of my Kindle First books, but I appreciate the service!

Scribd

I wrote about my love affair with Scribd last year. My feelings haven’t changed – I still love Scribd, even though I also now have an Audible subscription (I know, I know). For $9 a month you get one audiobook credit and three ebook credits, and you can roll over up to 3 months’ worth of credits. Scribd also has a vast library of free ebooks and audiobooks, as well as a rotating selection of “Scribd Selects” every month that don’t require using your credits. The two downsides here are that you don’t get to keep the books – it’s essentially a library or rental service – and new ebooks take a while to get added to the library. New releases are almost always available as audiobooks though, so if there’s something I desperately want to read, I’ll pick it up that way. Use my link to get two free months of Scribd without having to use a credit card.

Also, I know – technically Scridb probably costs more than a pumpkin spice latte, but work with me here!

Book Swaps

Our book club does a book swap twice a year, once at Christmas, and again at Valentine’s Day. It’s a lot of fun, and a great way to broaden our reading horizons! What often happens too is that everyone really wants a couple of the books, so they come back again and again. As one person reads the book, they pass it on to the next person. I also frequently swap books with other readers in my life, like my mom and coworkers. Chances are, you have at least one book junkie near you – see if they’d like to start swapping with you!

Library Sales

I haven’t managed to make my library’s book sale in years, but last time I did, I came home with an entire bag of books for $5. Old books, new books, popular books, obscure books…you name it. Libraries often replenish their shelves, and typically sell off the old stuff to raise funds. Follow your local library on social media and get to the sale!!

On the Road

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a shelf full of books in a hotel, AirBnB, resort, cruise ship, or airport for the next lonely reader. Sometimes you have to hunt a little for them, but just ask around and chances are, you’ll find a stack of books just waiting to be perused. And if you’re a traveler, what better way to free up room in your suitcase for souvenirs!

If you do this one, though, don’t forget to pay it forward and donate a book of your own!

 

So, book lovers, what other free or almost free book sources did I miss? Tell me in the comments below!

Bookings

Bookings: October 16, 2017

Whoops. I missed a few Bookings posts because I got distracted and forgot to create them. That’s the problem with having Bookings on Monday – it’s a great way to start the week, but it also doesn’t leave much room for laziness!

We hit up a beer festival last weekend, had a great time as usual. We’ve also been working around the house, cleaning out junk and ripping out walls. Fun times. I’m not really convinced we need to put the walls back on, but Jimmie feels otherwise. We’ll see who wins this argument.

I’ve been in a book slump, though – just haven’t felt much like reading. (Even though I killed it this weekend!) It’s killing my Haunting October plans. I didn’t even read the Book Club book this month. It was supposed to be Never Let Me Go (timely, since Kazuo Ishiguro just won the Nobel Prize. Nothing really against the book, I just couldn’t get into it. Since I didn’t read it, our book club consisted of the two who did read it telling me the plot, and needless to say, we didn’t have much discussion. So, no book club post this month, but next month we’re reading short stories from Stephen King’s Everything’s Eventual, so that should be fun.

I’ve got tons of ideas brewing about for posts that don’t involve reviewing books so that’s a nice break for all of us. And, I’m having a blast with She’s All Booked on Facebook so if you’re not following there, get on it! Lots of fun stuff and good conversations.

Have a lovely week, friends!

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: Wires and Nerve (Vol 1) by Marissa Meyer

Travel: An Evening in Charleston, West Virginia

I Just Finished Reading:

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I’m Currently Reading:

  

I’m Traveling To:

Sadly, I think I’m done traveling for the year, other than the random trips back and forth to Atlanta for work. But, I’m planning a ski trip to North Carolina sometime in the first part of 2018!

 

 

 

Linkups

bookdatesundaypostKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Haunting October: 9 Spooky Books On My List This Year

HauntingOctober Spooky Books

Last year, I decided to read only “Halloweeny” books for the entire month of October. I called it Haunting October. It took me way outside my comfort zone, helped me finally cross some books off my “to-read” list, and was also a whole lot of fun. Naturally, I decided to do it again this year!

I’ve been putting my list together, and while I doubt I’ll manage all of these, I’m super excited about all of them. For me, anything even remotely Halloween-related counts. That means the book can be horror, or not. I read a couple last year that were definitely not horror, but had witches, and that worked for me. That said, the whole point was to read things I wouldn’t typically read (and get in a spooky mood!), so you’ll see a few more horror on my list this year!

9 Spooky Books on my List This Year 

It wouldn’t be a Halloween-themed month without a Bradbury book, would it? (Eventually I’m going to run out of Bradbury books, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.) The October Country is a collection of spooky short stories, perfect for reading before bed.

 

 

 

 

Next up, Joe Hill’s The Fireman. I debated between this one and Horns (which is probably more Halloweeny), but if I’m honest, The Fireman is more appealing. I think we have both the audiobook and the physical copy, so this one may be my listen for the month.

 

 

 

 

I first read Shirley Jackson last year, when our book club picked I Have Always Lived in the Castle as one of our reads. I’d heard of her, of course, and The Haunting of Hill House is supposed to be one of her finest works, as well as one of the ultimate examples of horror writing. If it’s anything like Castle, it’ll be super creepy and unnerving. I can’t wait.

 

 

 

 

Because, duh. Seriously, A Monster Calls is supposed to be THE book. I’ve read several reviews saying the physical copy is worth it for the illustrations alone, so I’ll have to check my used bookstore for it. If not, maybe the library.

 

 

 

 

I’m also eventually going to run out of Gaiman books (write faster, Neil!!). Another that’s been on my list for a while, I love the description and am eagerly looking forward to reading it. I didn’t realize Neverwhere was his first novel, either, so that’ll be fun. And you guys know how much I love Neil Gaiman…or if you don’t, just take a look at my reviews of American Gods, Norse Mythology, or The Graveyard Book.

 

 

 

Bird Box is supposed to be super creepy – so creepy even Jimmie doesn’t want to read it. We’ll see if I’m brave enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m pretty sure I’ve had a copy of The Forest of Hands and Teeth on my bookshelf since it came out in 2009. It’s one (of many) I’ve just never made time for. The description reminds me a little of that M. Night Shyamalan movie, The Village. This one makes me a little nervous since the Goodreads rating is a little low (3.59), but we’ll see.

 

 

 

 

And finally….yes. I’m one of the only readers in the world who STILL hasn’t read The Passage. Unless Jimmie traded it in, we have this one too. It’s enormous, and that terrifies me.

 

Just kidding, one more. Those are some dark and spooky covers. I should probably throw in a silly cozy mystery. Allison Brook’s Death Overdue will do nicely! It’s the first in a new series, and I’m all about a haunted library. Can’t wait to read this one. It releases on October 10th.

 

 

 

 

Anyone else reading Halloweeny books next month? What are your favorite spooky, witchy, creepy stories?

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Bookings: September 25, 2017

BookingsAnyone else having a hard time believing it’s practically October? That’s not just me, right? I’d better finish my wrap/shawl/scarf thingie, or I’m never going to get to wear it.

First things first, who watched the DWTS premier last week??? I think it’s a pretty good cast, and it’s going to be a tough competition! Loved seeing Mark back.

We headed to Atlanta this past weekend to see Misterwives, Smallpools, and Vinyl Theater in concert. Atlanta isn’t my favorite place, but we had a good time, and the show was amazeballs. We also toured the World of Coca-Cola.

Despite the trip, I was able to get a lot of blogging done over the weekend, and great news – a Mexico post is in the pipeline! I think it’s scheduled for next week, so just a little longer to wait. Thanks for being so patient!

Don’t forget to like She’s All Booked over on Facebook for more book goodies and fun travel news!

Last Week’s Posts:

Bookings

Blog Tour: The Sweet Life by Sharon Struth

Review: Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

I Just Finished Reading:

 cafebythesea 

I’m Currently Reading:

  

I’m Traveling To:

Nelsonville, Ohio!

 

 

 

Linkups

bookdatesundaypostKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Bookings: September 18, 2017

BookingsOh my goodness, I’m ready for Fall. Bring me all the sweaters. Last week I mentioned I made my first ThredUp purchase. It arrived, and the verdict is in: I’m a fan. I ordered two sweaters, a wool skirt, and a button up, for a whopping $45. Everything fit (I only shopped brands I was aware of, and I paid attention to the measurements), and I liked 3 of the 4 items. The skirt was most definitely NOT the color listed on the website – it said it was grey, and it’s definitely tan – but I can deal with that. I’ll send the one shirt back and get store credit for something else. It’s definitely a site to search when you have an item in mind, otherwise it’s a little overwhelming. Use my link and you’ll get a $10 credit to spend!

This past week I traveled to Charleston, WV, for work. Work trips are fun because they give you a chance to scope out a place without a commitment – you have to be there anyway, so you might as well enjoy it. I’m not sure Charleston is a place I’d make a point to go back to, but I enjoyed my time there. I’ll try to get some pictures up for you soon. And while I’m at it, Mexico posts. Oops.

In other news, our septic tank backed up (again) last weekend, so we’ve been dealing with that. We’re working with contractors to repair the damage. It’s a blessing in disguise, actually – we needed to reno the basement, and now we’re sort of forced to.

Tonight is the season premier of Dancing with the Stars, and I’m beyond excited. Anyone else tuning in?

Don’t forget to like She’s All Booked over on Facebook for more book goodies and fun travel news!

Last Week’s Posts:

Bookings

Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Book Club: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

I Just Finished Reading:

 

  

I’m Currently Reading:

     

I’m Traveling To:

Atlanta this weekend for the Misterwives tour, then camping at Bandy Creek.

 

 

 

Linkups

bookdatesundaypostKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Bookings: September 11, 2017

BookingsLast week was busy! My mom had cataract surgery (it went well!), and I lost Jimmie to Destiny 2. (In all seriousness, he’s been enjoying the game and is not actually ignoring me.) We drafted our Fantasy Football team – we had 14th pick out of 14 teams, so it was a challenge. I think we’ve got a decent team, if not a breakout one. We actually watched the Green Bay/Seahawks game last night and it gave me a near heart attack.

I went to a painting class Friday night, taught by a friend of mine, and then spent the rest of the weekend dealing with septic and plumbing issues, and crafting and blogging and playing around with Adobe Spark. I’ve been working on a knit shawl for months, and I’m determined to finish it so I can wear it this Fall. It’s not difficult, I’m just a super slow knitter. Speaking of Fall, I’m so ready for it. I’m a Summer girl through and through, but it’s been a loooong summer, and I’m ready for some cooler weather.

I didn’t end up ordering a desk for my craft room/office, but I did order a bunch of clothes with all the Labor Day sales. I made my first ThredUp purchase, and I’m really excited to see how that turns out.

You’re going to see a new review format starting this week, with Dark Matter on Wednesday. Let me know if you like it – I’m still torn! And lastly, don’t forget to like She’s All Booked over on Facebook for more book goodies and fun travel news!

Last Week’s Posts:

Bookings

Tour and Review: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer Armentrout

Travel: Flying Saucer in Nashville, TN

I Just Finished Reading:

little beach street bakery

I’m Currently Reading:

    

I’m Traveling To:

This week, Charleston, WV for work, Atlanta in a few weeks for the Misterwives tour, then hopefully camping at Bandy Creek. I also all of a sudden want to book a trip after we get this plumbing situation under control, but haven’t decided where yet.

 

 

 

Linkups

bookdatesundaypostKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Bookings: September 4, 2017

Book Bites is now Bookings! I had an epiphany late one night last week and realized even I was bored with the Book Bites format. It felt….repetitive and boring. And, part of me feels like we’re not really getting a chance to connect, and that’s no fun. So expect some changes in the next few weeks and months!

Speaking of connecting, if you’re over on Facebook make sure you’ve followed She’s All Booked! I’m still learning how to do social media “right,” but there’s all sorts of fun things there that won’t make it onto the blog. Book news, things I’m excited about, fun pictures of my dogs…you know, the usual!

I hope you’re all having a lovely Labor Day weekend, and hopefully are enjoying a break from the daily grind! We’ve had a quiet but relaxing few days, full of good food, quality time, and of course, lots of reading. This week is another busy one, with Book Club tomorrow night, and a painting class on Friday. Jimmie’s also super excited because Destiny 2 comes out this week, so I’ll be a video game widow for a while. Not that I’m complaining – just means more time to read, knit, sleep, and other thrilling things!

I’m also browsing around online for office/craft room furniture so I’ll finally have a dedicated blogging/painting/quilting/tyedying/escaping space. I’ve had a vision for the room for about two years, just haven’t found the time to make it happen. Hopefully soon I’ll have pictures to show you!

With that, here’s what’s happening.

Last Week’s Posts:

Book Bites

Review: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Travel: Mantra Artisan Ales

I Just Finished Reading:

 cafebythesea little beach street bakery

I’m Currently Reading:

    

I’m Traveling To:

Atlanta in a few weeks for the Misterwives tour!

 

 

 

Linkups

bookdatesundaypostKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (August 28, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

Where does the time go? I can’t believe it’s practically September already. This weekend I switched out my summer decor for fall decor. I also spotted some Sam Adams Oktoberfest in the grocery store, so it looks like fall is pretty much here. Pumpkin lovers, rejoice.

Reading has been a little slow this week, and will probably continue to lag. My travel schedule is a bit nuts through September. I’m looking forward to some downtime in October.

In other exciting news, last week’s solar eclipse was incredible. We were lucky enough to have over 2 minutes of totality. It was so beautiful that I want to go see another one.

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: American Gods

Review: Potions and Pastries (Magical Bakery Mystery #7)

I Just Finished:

you are a badass

What I’m Reading Right Now:

  little beach street bakery cafebythesea 

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

ensnared  truthwitch       

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (August 21, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

This time last week, I was in Mexico! How can the trip already be over?! We had a lovely time, with absolutely gorgeous weather. Expect a handful of vacation-related posts in the coming weeks. I’ll go ahead and spoil it though, and admit I didn’t take pictures of everything I ate and drank…so my “drinks to order” post might be a little smaller than originally planned!

Oh, and anyone else excited about today’s eclipse?

I read two books on the trip, which was pretty good considering. I also finally finished American Gods before I left – that review will be up later this week. Not sure what my next audiobook will be yet. Any suggestions?

Last Week’s Posts:

Sneak Peak: Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun (2nd Trip!)

6 Books in My Beach Bag this Summer

Review: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

I Just Finished:

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What I’m Reading Right Now:

  little beach street bakery cafebythesea

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

ensnared  truthwitch       

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.