It’s Gonna Be June

With only 3 school days remaining in this year (and a half day for teachers only to check out) it’s time to wind down and think about what is upcoming in the summer of 2019. Getting through these last days is somehow both easy and difficult, and thinking about what there is to look forward to helps to pass the time.

This summer is a frugal summer with a trip to Paris on the horizon as well as efforts to save up a house down payment. There are no plans to go anywhere or do anything outside of visiting the in-laws and going to the beach. Activities to keep boredom away will include ZooTampa, a local Ethiopian restaurant, the Dali Museum, and probably a few sessions of bowling. The backyard pool and patio are also going to get more use this year, having been cleaned from top to bottom and decorated with lights.

The nearest branch of the county library system offers reservable study room space to library patrons. Rooms can be reserved up to six days in advance for up to two hours per session. This is where the majority of the novel will be revised and rewritten this summer, away from the distractions of home. Monday through Friday reservations should allow for significant progress on a schedule so that the end of summer can bring an end to this round of revisions and yield a more finished product.

A combination of Weight Watchers (WW) and daily gym visits will hopefully result in some weight loss and increased strength and endurance. Interval training with the intent to return to running on a regular basis is one of the goals of this process. Another is fitting in an airplane seat without discomfort and walking around Paris without being exhausted.

Books I’ll be reading this summer:

Library Reads

Digital ARCs via NetGalley

Stuff I Own

 

Monster Books

I am currently reading some very long books. The one I’m really into right now is about 800 pages and I’m only 41% of the way through it and it says there’s still 6-7 hours left even though I’ve been reading so fast because it is SO GOOD but it’s just SO LONG.

Seven Blades

Guys this book is spectacular. The world is cool, the main character is AMAZING, the magic system is really original and it has a kind of magic versus no magic vibe that I am really into, and her quest is a mystery that is being revealed slowly as I go, so each glimpse tells me (a) what she’s doing, and even more rarely (b) WHY.

I wish it came out earlier in the year so I would have the mental energy to read more, but this time of year I’m just so mentally exhausted that being able to read for about 30 minutes before bed is all I can muster. To get a review out quickly for this kind of book I need to be reading for at least an hour a day, minimum, and more on weekends. That kind of schedule just isn’t possible for me right now, but I’m doing my best and it helps that I really love the book so far.

I’m in the grind now and it’s gonna be tough all the way through about mid-May. I feel bad about slowing down the reviews but it’s just a normal part of my year.

I can’t wait to share this book with you. 🙂

Social Media

Quick post to let you know I’m going to be getting off of Twitter in the next week or so. I need to focus on reading, writing, and real life in general right now. I left Facebook in September 2018 and Twitter is next. I will still be posting reviews and updates on the website, but I need to start forming a routine where I work on my book every day, and I’m just spending too much time zoning out online. I should be reading books and writing my own, not trying to be clever in however many characters we get now. 

I am also leaving Patreon. If you are currently a Patron you should notice that I am not on your list by the end of this week. Thank you for your patronage! If you would like to continue to support my work, or if you’d like to support me when you haven’t before, you can do so at your convenience via ko-fi.com/angryangelbooks or paypal.me/angryangelbooks.

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Fangirling

 

Today is the release date for King of Scars, the next book in the Grishaverse by goddess and queen Leigh Bardugo.

She’s one of the only authors that I will ever preorder a book from as opposed to waiting for it to arrive at the library. The hardcover should be arriving today while I am at work.

This new release, on top of the Netflix news about Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows, has made my January one of my best book months yet.

If you need me I’ll be reading King of Scars.

Read. Be brave. Stay angry.

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Happy 3rd Anniversary! (2019)

Three years ago on January 27, 2016 I registered my blog on WordPress. I was working from home, and had the time to consider a non-work activity, I believe they are called ‘hobbies.’ The more I thought about it, I kept returning to reading. Being in college studies (Bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate) for so long restricted the reading I could do for pleasure. Perhaps I could use a blog to hold me accountable for reading more, for making reading for pleasure a part of my life again.

I took a trip back to find my first post. I posted only this once in February 2016, and once in March 2016. I began to make an effort to post once a week in May 2016, and by the end of the year I was posting 1-2 times a week on a regular basis and had read enough to make my first Angel Picks: Best of List.

My first review was actually a movie review!

My first book review was for The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee.

If you’d like to see some of my first posts please visit my Goodreads page and sort my Read shelf by Year Read, or you can use the calendar on the right side of the website to click back in time. Reading some of those first reviews really showed me how far I’ve come, not only with my writing style but with my goals for this site as a whole. As we head into year 4, I want to thank all of you for reading and supporting me. You are my online family and I am so grateful. Happy Anniversary!

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Goodreads Challenges

Since learning about Goodreads and beginning to use it to track my reading and post my reviews, I have participated in the Goodreads Challenge. You choose an amount of books you would like to read within the year, and then log them as you go. I set a goal of 100 books each year, just to see if I can make it.

Last year I did pretty well considering everything that happened. I made it to within 13 books of my goal and read a ton of really excellent work.

2017 Goodreads Challenge

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Angel Picks: Best of 2017 (Read my favorites list from last year!)

This year I saw a dip in my reading due to my multiple changes in jobs and how difficult the jobs I took were. Despite this I feel like I put on a good show.

2018 Goodreads Challenge

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I might read a few more before the end of the year but honestly I’m knackered and just want to sleep the rest of 2018 away. I’ll set my 2019 goal back at 100 books and see if I can reach the bar next year. 🙂

My Angel Picks: Best of 2018 will be up tomorrow! Have a great day!

Sharp and Sweet

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of the top books lists and seeing a lot of Kirkus Reviews stars, and I got to thinking that I needed a rating system of my own so you could know when a book really knocked my socks off. Two thumbs up is taken, 5 star systems are overused and not clear, and of course stars in general are used across different platforms.

This May I shared an embarrassing story involving my misunderstanding of how pineapples grow. I got to thinking that the pineapple is a perfect representation of me: spines, round in the middle, and relatively sweetish-sour on the inside, and so it might be a great symbol to use for my reviews as well.

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In the new year, I will be applying a “pineapple” to any book that is fucking spectacular. Books that made me feel something, whether it be sweet or sharp, that I devoured because they were delicious. Pineapple reviews will be filed under favorites and can be accessed anytime by clicking on that tab in the menu.

If you see any books being released in 2019 that you would like me to test out first, please feel free to email me the title at angryangelbooks [at] gmail [dot] com or connect with me on Twitter. I can’t wait to read with you into the new year!