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September Roundup

The semester is in full swing and it's been BUSY. I decided to go for a little more this fall so I'd have some flexibility with my spring schedule, but whew. This is probably the closest I've come to overload in a long while, and God dragging me out of bed is the only way I get up to face traffic some mornings. Morning traffic = not fun.

All the Thoughts: Social Media Manners

I have thoughts about Twitter (and social media in general). They are too long to fit inside a tweet, and I haven't posted here in a bit, so blog. :)

In a nutshell, Twitter has become a very depressing place.

I'm not a huge social media user. I'm not on Twitter 24/7. I just check in once in a while when I'm bored, avoiding homework or responding to a mention. Yet in the last three weeks, I haven't been able to log on once without seeing the aftermath of some book community incident.

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Ghostly Echoes Sneak Peek

Sneak peeks can be really good or really bad. Or both. I remember reading the first chapter of Six of Crows online and being SO excited for the full book (which I stood in line for forever at BEA); then the full book disappointed in a major way. I have a good feeling this one will prove a good sneak peek for an even better full story.

If you haven't read the second book yet, feel free to check out my review of Beastly Bones instead.

This 6-chapter sneak peek was provided by the publisher for review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter
Series: Jackaby #3
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Historical
Published on August 23, 2016
Published by Algonquin Young Readers
Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly landlord of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the services of her detective-agency tenants to solve a decade-old murder--her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancĂ©, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.

Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced.

Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

I'm just over a week into my Kindle Unlimited 30-day trial. I talked about different subscription reading services a year ago, but this is the first time I've tried any of them myself.

So far, I've read Seirsha of Errinton (which was a major disappointment) and Dead Spots (which wasn't bad), and I'm currently reading No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished (so HAPPY to finally get book 3 of this series).

The Good:
Kindle Unlimited has a couple of big name titles (e.g., Harry Potter and The Hunger Games), but the majority of its offerings appear to be small press (like Skyscape and 47North) or indie. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, depending on what you're looking for. For instance, if you're a voracious romance reader who goes through five novels a week, $9.99 a month here might be a good deal for you.

Blogger Meetup, DC Conference & Superhero Reads

In the weeks since I last posted (whoever said summer is relaxing and quiet and slow LIED), quite a bit has happened. I survived my first sourcing and spading assignments for the law journal. I grabbed dinner with an old high school buddy (at a place with a dress a dress...and heels--all those who deny me my jeans and flip-flops shall feel my wrath).

On a really fun note, I had the pleasure of finally meeting Alyssa from The Eater of Books in person!

We've talked online for years but never crossed paths in the real world. I'm so glad that changed! She's literally one of the nicest people you'll meet, and it was so great to sit down and chat with her.

Journal Success and Successful Book Trades

Good news: I got the results from the law journal write-on competition, and I'm in! I was invited to join one of, if not the, most prestigious journals at my school. Which is awesome! And will be a TON of work. Starting now. *sobs uncontrollably*

On the bright side, my first three Twitter #booksfortrade deals went through without a hitch!

I'm super happy with my trades! The only problem: making time to read all these books and more before school starts again. ;)

Discussion: When You Lose Interest Halfway

I've been reading The Aeronaut's Windlass, Book 1 of the new Cinder Spires series by Jim Butcher. It's a monster of a book at 630 pages, but when I started, those pages flew by. Now...

The beginning of the book grabbed me. The characters and setting intrigued me. I was excited to see what kind of trouble Gwendolyn, Grimm, Bridget and Rowl got into next. The action builds, the world expands--there's an air battle, a duel and WAR! And then...bluh. I know it can't be rising action all the time, but this valley is dragging on a little too long, and I'm kind of, well, losing interest.

I'm barely halfway through the book, so I know there have to be great things ahead, but I find myself in a bit of a dilemma--to continue or cut my losses?

To be fair, I think I'd have more patience with the slower parts of a book like this were I not busy and distracted with other things. (Like the internship and recent foray into #booksfortrade. That second one took a lot more time and energy than expected. And the first one required baking brownies.)

Still, is it worth it to drag myself through another however many pages until the action picks up (and not lose the time already invested in the book)? Or should I just DNF it, call it a day and maybe come back to it when I'm in the mood? (Although, let's face it, that almost never happens.)

What do you do when you're losing interest halfway through a book, but you're sure you'll enjoy it again if you can just make it through the next chapter or three?

Interning and #booksfortrade

The internship is going well. Which is good since it's short. There's really only enough time for it to go well or badly, one or the other. Luckily, it looks like we'll be sticking with the former. :) The only dark side is the somewhat lengthy commute, but the work day starts and ends earlier than my usual, so I still get home around the same time.

In other news, I decided to try this whole #booksfortrade and #booksforsale thing on Twitter.

I've never felt pickier in my life, and I feel so bad saying no to people who want these books. My inner librarian just wants to get books into the hands of excited readers! But I also don't want to trade for stuff I know I'll never read. Unfortunately, I bought a lot of the older books I wanted in recent years, so most of the stuff on my wishlist is newer. (I'm sorry!)