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Damn the person that spread this sickness to me! Ain’t nobody got time for that.

I currently have the head cold of the century (or at least it feels that way) and it’s seriously cramping my style. I have had so much do this past week and the bare minimum has been done. I did happen to knock out some comics though thanks to having zero initiative to read anything that requires more focus.

Tomorrow we’re throwing a 30th birthday party for my husband’s best friend and there is still so much to do. I love hosting parties though since we bought our house. (It’s already been almost a year since we closed, crazy!) I’ve probably pinned half a million party ideas on Pinterest and look forward to implementing so many of them. But, the next 36 hours is going to require so much more energy than I have. Time to drown myself in caffeine and PCP. (I kid.)

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Bookstagram – Week 19

A wee bit unrelated but I spent the other day doing something to the blog that I should have done years ago. Creating tabs at the top of the pages to easily navigate different subjects on the blog. It looks so much better. Procrastination, I am Queen of it. (It also made me realize that there are several subjects I have been neglecting. I’ll work on fixing that…..eventually.)

I’ve only been averaging about a book a week but I’m okay with that considering just how busy life has been lately. You can follow me on Instagram here.

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“I’ve been reading a lot of ebooks lately. It feels really good to hold a physical book once again.”
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“I can get through any day at work with coffee and books.”
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“This beaut was waiting on my doorsteps when I got home.”

Birthday Week

That’s right. I don’t just get a day, I get a week. Seriously. My birthday is Wednesday. My husband gave me my big birthday present this past Friday because he couldn’t wait. Today I get presents from my coworkers. Tomorrow from my uncle. Saturday, Ignited Moth’s sweet little behind will be at my house to finish off the birthday festivities.

My other big present is that my dad and uncle are coming to town to finish the unfinished room next to the master bedroom into a large walk-in closet for us. So with housework, work and company, I may be scarce this next week. I’ll pop in when I can with short posts and try to play catch up on everyone else’s blog next week.

30 was a breeze. 31 will be an adventure.

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Celebrate the Ladies – Finale

Happy Easter one and all! Saturday officially ended Women’s History Month but I decided to wait a day for people to get in last minute submissions. I failed myself, to work in one last book review. My brain decided to have a serious case of ADD last night so I’m still working on the last 100 pages of Conspiracy of Ravens.

Here they are:

Man of Tin featured Suffragettes! I love it.

Imperial Rebel Ork threw another curve ball at me and featured my beloved Tank Girl!

Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P. collected her entire contributions into one helpful post. Be sure to check out each one as I learned about some awesome ladies I had never heard of before.

GamersUnitedGG featured a lovely little list of some female fronted video games. Samus Aran will always have a special place in my heart. Not because I’ve ever played a Metroid game, but because my husband who loves the games named our youngest dog after her. 😉

My personal contributions for the last week include; Saga, Volume 4 – Comic ReviewThe Prey of Gods – Book Review & Favorite Female Authors – Part 2.

Below I am going to link every blog that contributed to this Women’s History Month celebration. You guys are some bad ass mother fuckers for helping a girl with  her first blog event. Oooodles of thanks!

Field Notes From Over the Hill

Imperial Rebel Ork

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Man of Tin

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Ignited Moth

Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P.

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I hope everyone had as much fun with this as I did. It inspires me to participate in other people’s blog events. This is definitely a fun little community I’ve wandered blindly into. ^_^

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C&M’s Book Blogging Confessions

I am unapologetically stealing Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek’s idea to confess his blogging sins. That boy is quite the sinner and we’re both unashamed assholes, so who better to inspire listing all the reasons why I’m kind of a prick?

  1. I swear a lot. Although now that I’m thinking about it, I think I might not swear enough on the blog. IRL I could challenge sailors to a profanity duel.

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2. Also like Drew, I don’t blog every day because….

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3. I trash books I hate and I don’t feel bad about that. Not one shred of guilt here.

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4. I think some of the publishing companies that give away ARCs on Netgalley have stupid rules. But I may not even match that rule, I’m just paranoid that I do and it’s holding me back from a book I really wanted.

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4. Sometimes I pad posts with memes and/or gifs because me brain no worky right first thing the start of day.

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5. This is my most guilty confession: if you mostly review romance novels, I do not follow you back. There is no way I’m ever going to read that review or have a single thing to say about it, so why pretend?

 

I can’t say that I feel cleansed now. I think I’m snuggling with all my sins because I’m completely okay with them. 

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Advice, I need it.

A goodreads friend that I hardly know asked me to read their book. I agreed because I actually thought it was a non-fiction adult book but turns out it’s a children’s book. I use that description loosely. I read it yesterday and it’s the most awful thing. Part of me wonders if I’m being trolled and the other wonders if this person legitimately thinks they did a good job.

My question to you is; Should I review honestly or one-star it and walk away?

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C&M 2018 Evolution

I’ve been considering a few things about the blog for a couple of months now and I will be putting them into action in 2018.

First – I will be changing my book review format for a more professional approach. That’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time and just never got around to it.

Second – I joined Netgalley. I’m hoping to get approved for some pretty awesome books but since I currently am at zero reviews and feedback on the site, I may have to start with some not so awesome or at least requested less ARCs. It will be an adventure nonetheless.

Third – I joined Instagram with the intent of it being a Bookstagram at least 90% of the time. I can’t promise that the animals won’t make an appearance here and there as they are freaking adorable. I’m still not entirely sure what I’m doing on that website yet but you can follow me (and I’ll follow you in return) anyway: C&M Bookstagram

I’m really excited for these new ventures in blogging and social media and hope to really grow this blog in 2018. (Quickly approaching 350 followers as it is. You guys are amazing!)

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The Christmas Tag!

I freaking LOVE Christmas. I LOVE giving people presents. Ignited Moth posted this tag and I’m totally doing it too.

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1.) What is your favorite Christmas film?

Home Alone, Home Alone 2, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

2.) Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Real. We were going to buy a new fake one but turns out, decent ones are pretty expensive. So this year it will be real and next year we’ll invest in a new fake one.

3.) What is your favorite Christmas song?

Ooooo. I’m not actually a huge fan of Christmas songs. If I did have to pick though it would probably be Jingle Bell Rock.

4.) Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

Like a child, I still go to bed early and get up at like 6 am. My husband hates it but I run through the house with the dogs Christmas morning, banging on doors, waking people up to open presents. >:D

5.) Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

YES. One small present each.

6.) What tops your Christmas tree?

A lit up star.

8.) What is the best thing about Christmas for you?

Giving people presents and hopefully seeing an expression of joy on their faces when they open them.

9.) What is your favorite festive food or treat?

Hmmm. I really enjoy all the chocolate peppermint things that come out this time of year.

10.) What is top of your Christmas wish list this year?

Ignited Moth’s wish is also mine lmao.

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Everyone: Feel free to participate if you like! Free will and joy to the world and all that jazz!

You Are Not So Smart – Book Review

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, And 46 Other Ways You Are Deluding Yourself

3.5 out of 5 stars

Sometimes it’s fun learning that your brain is not so different from everyone else’s brains. You’re not the only one imagining themselves responding heroically in a crisis. You are unaware how much your conditioning and preconceived notions determine your own behavior when interacting with other people. You think you’re correct in your morals because you read articles saying that you’re right because those are the articles you seek out; ones that validate your current opinion.

I generally consider myself a master procrastinator so, it was fantastic learning why I operate that way. (Hint: It comes down to, which is greater? The reward for doing it now, or the reward for doing it later?) The next time I’m in the mood to procrastinate, I think I will think over my reasoning as thoroughly as possible. I want to see if this is true. I’m going to experiment on my own brain.

I’ve always found psychology fun, so this was a bright, easy read. It’s a good way to look at the why and how your brain works the way it does. Anecdotes mixed with scientific studies and real life scenarios illustrate theories of psychology that make a lot of sense.

Take some time and learn some ways to pick apart your own brain. Once you understand certain aspects, it may even make you a better person.