The Whimsical Mama

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Hello February, Goodbye January! February 2, 2014

I hope you’ve had a great start to 2014! I basically took the month off in January and it was nice. After the craziness of the holidays and trying to cram blogging and family obligations all together, it was nice to focus mainly on my family. I love reading and blogging, but my family comes first. Taking a step back really helped me and I think it’ll help me focus and balance things better from now on. I started getting good at working in advance and scheduling, but I’ve got to get even better. I’ve got to get better at taking a step away from the computer, phone, kindle, books, etc when the kiddos want/need me. Books will always be there to be read. My babies won’t always be babies.

Books I read in January (in order of completion)

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Brooke by Veronica Rossi (novella)

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi (eARC)

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale by Cassandra Clare (novella)

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd (ARC)

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott (ARC)

These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman & Megan Spooner (ARC & audiobook)

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Defiance by CJ Redwine

 

Books with the kiddos:

We read a good amount of books, but not as much as I would’ve liked. We’ll work on that in February! The weather in January has been awful, either frigid or snowing so we haven’t gotten to the library nearly as often as we should’ve. Hopefully February will be a bit more forgiving in the weather department!

Events attended:

  • Jodi Meadows web chat for the #Incarnate read-a-thon
  •  Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows, CJ Redwine, & Myra McEntire signing in Nashville, TN

Coming up in February

  • 4 year wedding anniversary ❤
  • Family time
  • Dark Days tour
  • These Broken Stars tour

Goals for February

  • Balance mama & wifey things with blogging life.
  • Work on commenting and visiting other blogs
  • Stay ahead of schedule
  • Read more with the kiddos

February releases I’m excited for:

  • Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
  •  Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer (the lovely Mary is getting this signed for hubby as an anniversary present to me! Aren’t they the best?!)
  •  Alienated by Melissa Landers
  • Tremor by Patrick Carman

February TBR:

  • The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard
  • Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
  • Mind Games by Kiersten White
  • Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
  •  Cress by Marissa Meyer

Challenge Update:

I’m involved with three challenges officially; I still need to sign up for a fourth.

Edelweiss & Netgalley challenge: 2/25 (Into the Still Blue and Her Dark Curiosity)

TBR Pile challenge: 6/11-20 {I can and most likely WILL be increasing my level on this. I’m also not including ARCs in this unless I complete them after the book is released} (TTEN, Brooke, Vampires Scones & Edmund Herondale, These Broken Stars, Evertrue, and Deception)

Series challenge: 3/4-6 {I can and most likely will increase my level on this as well} (TTEN, Brooke, ITSB, Her Dark Curiosity, Evertrue)

“Real” Book challenge: 5/21-30 {I have to sign up for this one once I get this post up!} (TTEN, Fire & Flood, These Broken Stars, Evertrue, Deception)

How was your January? What’s up for February? I’m excited about things that are coming up this year. 2014 is definitely looking up to be a great year!

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Please Be Kind, Rewind: 26 January – 2 February 2014

So last week didn’t go exactly as planned on getting back on track. I did get posts up so that’s great! (: I am now ready to take on February. I meant to get a bit more done this weekend, but I had a great overnight getaway to Nashville with the hubby for our four year wedding anniversary that’s tomorrow. (: He took me to the Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows, CJ Redwine, and Myra McEntire signing. These ladies are SO much fun! If you ever have the chance to go see any of them, GO! Keep an eye out for some giveaways coming soon. I got some signed goodies for you! I’ll have an event recap up soon. (: How has your week been? Read anything good recently?

Completed:

Defiance by CJ Redwine. 4 stars.

Currently Reading:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin (with the kiddos)

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Read to the Kiddos:

We read bits and pieces of different things. I was bad again and didn’t keep track!

New to my shelf:

The Ring & the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz (ARC from the lovely Jen at Jenuine Cupcakes)

From the library:

The Midnight Heir by Cassandra Clare (audiobook)

 Purchased: 

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (for giveaway)

Asunder by Jodi Meadows (for Alex!)

Infinite by Jodi Meadows

Everneath by Brodi Ashton (personal & giveaway copies)

Defy the Dark edited by Saundra Mitchell

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz (for giveaway)

Mind Games by Kiersten White

Parallel by Lauren Miller

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (signed)

 

Please Be Kind, Rewind: 12-25 January 2014 January 25, 2014

After a crazy month (holidays, sickness, life, etc) I am getting back on track! Yay! I’m fulling planning on relaunching everything starting today. I have several signing events coming up in the next few months so keep an eye out for potential giveaways! (: I am ready to get back in the swing of things. I’ve gotten quite a bit accomplished this week during naptime. My dad kept Punk for two nights, so only having one kiddo helped a lot too.

Completed:

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd. (eARC) 5 stars

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott. (ARC) 4 stars 

These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman & Megan Spooner. (ARC & audiobook) 4 stars.

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton. 5 stars.

Currently Reading:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin (with the kiddos)

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (audiobook)

Defiance by CJ Redwine

 

Read to the Kiddos:

Little Sisters Are by Beth Norling

Touch and Feel ABC & 123 by DK Publishing

Spot Goes to the Library by Eric Hill (Bug’s Imagination Library)

Baby Sounds by Joy Allen (Bug’s Imagination Library)

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

New to my shelf:

From the library:

Origin by Jessica Khoury 

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick 

Prodigy by Marie Lu (audiobook) 

Champion by Marie Lu (audiobook) 

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi  (audiobook)

 Purchased: 

Defiance by CJ Redwine 

Everbound by Brodi Ashton 

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Unremembered Ch 1-5 sampler by Jessica Brody (ebook)

Annie and Fia: A Mind Games Short Story by Kiersten White (ebook)

HarperCollins: (Thanks so much!)

Frozen by Erin Bowman (ARC)

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (ARC)

Won:

A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris (ebook)

Unhinged (Splintered #2) by AG Howard (ebook)

 

 
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