Looking Forward

In the few years that this website has been hosting book reviews, I’ve learned several things about book releases. They usually happen on Tuesdays and February is one of the hottest months for book releases in the year. I swear every year in February I pull my hair out wondering how I’m going to read all the amazing February releases. I also have learned the importance of pre-ordering. Pre-ordering a book can increase the likelihood that a supplier (Amazon, your local indie bookstore, Barnes and Noble) will see that demand and order even more, supporting the book and the author.

It has been a difficult couple of weeks. Years really, but the past couple weeks have been particularly asshole-esque. Then this weekend I got a few emails that significantly brightened my day.

The first reminded me that I had preordered the paperback of Tower of Dawn, book 7 in the Throne of Glass series, to add to my current collection. In addition to this I also preordered the hardcover of Kingdom of Ash, the final book in the same series. I don’t usually preorder new releases like this – I prefer to read them via the library first to see if they are books I want to own – but in this case I want the set on my shelf. Much like how I ordered her other trilogy finale A Court of Wings and Ruin to finish out the set despite the fact that it was horribly written smut that gave no satisfying ending to what the first two books set up. I didn’t even touch the novella A Court of Frost and Starlight, and I’m glad I didn’t. Apparently it was even smuttier than ACOWAR and less coherent, and it has no place on my shelves. Kingdom of Ash does though, and I can’t wait to see how it ends.

The other email was from a friend, someone I have never met but feel a real kinship with. It helps that she loves Pizza Hut so much. Paige sent me an email with an Amazon gift card as a get well soon message. ❤ The kindness of friends that I have found out in the wide world of web always surprises me and warms my heart. I took a day or so to decide what I would want to read, and I decided on the second book of the Nevernight trilogy. The first book, Nevernight, was an absolute vengeful delight. Initially I decided to wait to get the next one, Godsgrave, at the library, but I have been waiting forever (the holds list claims it’s been ordered but it’s been that way for a LONG time) and it’s finally time for me to get on book 2 because book 3 comes out next year and I gotta get it. Thank you Paige for your gift, your support and friendship, and your love of reading too. We’re probably going to have to finally meet in real life in March when I’m in Portland for the AWP Writer Conference.

I have all these books to look forward to, arriving on Tuesday of this week, and in November I’ll be off to the Miami Book Fair for more literary goodness. I’m healing well; thank you for all your well wishes!

Read. Be brave. Stay angry.

I Made These For You

At theawkwardyeti.com there are some pretty cute comics illuminating how the body works. As you read this I am at home recovering from gall bladder removal surgery, which was performed on Thursday. The husband took today off too, as I’m supposed to have a responsible adult watch me for 24 hours after the procedure. I got home okay yesterday, and today I’m just taking it as easy as I can.

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Credit: theawkwardyeti.com

I wont have much to do over the weekend other than read, sleep, play video games, and watch tv/movies, so I’m hoping to have some reviews up and ready for you next week. But if I don’t, you’ll have them as soon as I can write them.

Have a good weekend! Thanks for being here!

A Mile In My Shoes

Since returning to the gym over the summer and to my new school for work, I have been discovering some unsettling symptoms in my legs and body. My feet swell up, my hips give out or hurt so badly that I limp, and my back hurts all over, especially in my upper back around my shoulder blades. My feet ache all the time, especially my heels.

We just got paid for the second time this school year, so we had enough breathing room to not only pay bills but also get some things that we’ve been putting off for financial reasons. This morning the husband and I set out into the wilds of Wesley Chapel, Florida to hunt for resources. After a lovely Cracker Barrel breakfast, the husband got a new pair of glasses with lenses updated for his new prescription and a new pair of sneakers at Target to use at his daily gym visits in place of the 5 year old sneakers he had worn out.

After Target we ventured to Happy Feet Plus, a local shoe store where there is personalized service. They measure your feet with those old timey machines and they have one of those insert measurement stations where you stand in them and they show you how your weight is distributed with angry red colors. The salesman even got down on the floor to put my shoes on and lace them up for me.

When I tell you I almost cried in that store. Standing up and walking around in these shoes with the orthopedic inserts made my whole body feel completely different. Everything felt…I don’t know, aligned? Like my body was firmly mounted on a pedestal that was holding me up in the best way. I could stand up without hoisting myself with my arms/my body’s momentum. My knees and hips felt like they had goosebumps, like they were finally able to relax after being stressed for too long. It was a tingly feeling. It was unreal. I couldn’t believe the relief. They even came in my favorite color.

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I can’t wait to see how this changes how I feel on a day to day basis. I’m hoping it makes it easier for me to go to the gym. I stopped going when the school year started because I was too tired and sore to walk any more than I already was. I hope that my hips feel better soon; right now it’s hard to turn over at night without pain, and they still make it hard to walk some days.

In case you were wondering, tear-inducing relief costs $220. The shoes were $150ish and the inserts were $60ish. The salesman said that at my weight and how I plan to use them (both at work and walking on the treadmill at the gym) they should last about a year, year and a half before the inserts need to be replaced.

This is something I had to have. This is WAY MORE money than I would have ever spent on shoes. I’m a Crocs-on-sale girl and once I buy them I wear them OUT before another pair comes inside the house. But my body was telling me something had to be done or I was headed for injury. $200 now might save me significantly more later.

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I’ll be breaking in my new shoes this weekend as I take my older pupper to the vet and clean up around the house. I wish for you the best weekend and as always, thank you for being here.