Saturday, December 16, 2017

2018 New Release Challenge

The other day I was thinking to myself how awesome it would be if every single book that I read next year could qualify towards a challenge, but it can be so hard to get some books to fit into specific categories and such (especially where approximately 1/3 of the books I read are proofreads and I don't get to decide what they're about etc.) But then I found the 2018 New Release Challenge, hosted by (un)Conventional Book Views. This challenge, right here, makes every single proofread I read next year (except for the ones that won't be published until 2019 but there's just no way I can make those books count for challenges period) qualify towards a challenge. And since I'm also taking part in the Beat the Backlist challenge again, basically every book I read will qualify towards one of these two challenges. 

Like the Beat the Backlist challenge, I expect this to be an easy challenge to accomplish my goals with. I'm keeping my expectations low and merely shooting for the New Release Pro level, which requires that I read between 31-60 new releases next year. I anticipate proofreading around 30-40 books again next year, so even if I read no other new releases, I'll hit this goal. With any luck, I'll manage to eke my way into the New Release Veteran level, but I'm not going to hold my breath on that one. 

I'm not even going to pretend to try to list some of the books I plan to read for this challenge since I am counting on most of these books being proofreads and I don't learn those titles sometimes until I have the books in my hand (I literally just put the author name down in my calendar when scheduling books for proofread). But this is me declaring my intent to participate in this challenge. If nothing else, I hope it encourages me to write my reviews in a timely fashion in the new year. - Katie 

*Stacking the Shelves* 16 December 2017

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Stacking The Shelves is a feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Week six of my thrift store detox, and this was the last week I could have gone to the thrift store if I had wanted to. The movers come next week to pack up my entire life and put it on a ship. Thank goodness for laptops and iPads though. I at least won't be completely disconnected from the world while all my precious beauties are in transit. This has me a wee bit stressed at the moment though, because I have to make sure I have everything we need to keep with us packed up and separated from everything else, but I'm also still trying to sort through our stuff to get rid of things we just don't need (and I'm really not good at that). But that means that my one-click finger has been somewhat busy this week (probably) because buying books makes me happy and when I feel happy, I'm a bit less stressed. 

On that note, here are the books I picked up this week.

The Godfather by Joe Mantegna - This was the audible daily deal a week ago, and I snagged it for $5.95. Call me weird, but I've NEVER seen or read The Godfather, so now I have the chance to remedy that. 
How to Instant Pot by Daniel Shumski - So I don't have an instant pot, but I did buy a Crock-pot brand multi-cooker during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales, and I'm pretty sure it does the same thing as an instant pot...If not, at some point I'll just have to get an instant pot. And since the book was on sale for $1.99 (no longer on sale), I figured it was the best time to buy it. 
The Pressure Cooker Cookbook by Kate Rowinski - I have a little bit more faith that this book I purchased on sale for $1.99 (no longer on sale) will help me out with the Crock-pot multi-cooker because it's not brand specific. 
The Gender Game by Bella Forrest - I got this dystopian novel on sale for just 99 cents (still on sale, or that's just the price of the first book in the series). I'm a big fan of dystopian books, and this one sounds really interesting. 
The Gender Secret by Bella Forrest - This was also on sale for just 99 cents (no longer on sale). It's the second book in the series, so a good time to snag it. 
The Gender Lie by Bella Forrest - The third book in the series was also on sale for just 99 cents. That will get me almost halfway through the series for less than $3. 
Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson - I snagged this book for just 99 cents (still 99 cents) because it's a holiday novel and we all know that I love those, right?
Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander - I snagged this book on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). Theoretically, I don't need any more Christmas novels for a while, but it's just so hard to pass them up when they're on sale. 
The Beachside Christmas by Karen Clarke - I got this on sale for 99 cents (no longer on sale) because Christmas. 
Odysseus Awakening by Evan Currie - I snagged this book as a freebie (no longer free) because I like science fiction...and I didn't notice that it was the 6th book in a series. Oh well. 
Christmas Presence by Lisa Hobman - I snagged this holiday novel because it's only 99 cents.
Christmas at the Castle by Melissa McClone - I snagged this as a freebie (no longer free). I think one of the Celebrity Readers shared it on Facebook. I highly recommend following them because they're super good about sharing sales and freebies on good books. 
Kisses for Christmas by Skye Warren - I got this as a freebie (still free). Not sure where I saw it posted, but it was probably somewhere on Facebook. 
One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis - Snagged this holiday themed book for just 99 cents (still 99 cents). There seems to be a theme to this weeks books.
Tales From Cushman Row by Suanne Laqueur - I buy everything Ms. Laqueur writes because even though it always pains me to read it, I love it so hard.
The Play of Death by Oliver Potzsch - I got this sixth book of The Hangman's Daughter series on sale for just $1.99 (still on sale). I'm super behind on the series, but loved the first book so much that I never miss a chance to get one of the books on sale when I see it.
Princess of Draga by Emma Dean - I try to buy the ebook for every book I proofread (I figure it's the least I can do), and I'd somehow missed this one when it released.
The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan - I got this on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). I've heard such great things about Riordan's writing that I try to buy the books when I find them used or on sale.
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter - This book has been on my radar for quite a while, so when I saw it on sale for $4.99, I bought it. At the time, I still hesitated a little because that's a bit high for a book on sale typically, but the normal price is $21.99, so still a great bargain.
Outlier: Reign of Madness by Daryl Banner - This is the third book in a series that I plan on trying to finish reading next year, and I only just realized I didn't own it yet yesterday, so I bought it.
The Complete Circuit Trilogy by Rhett C. Bruno - This is another series that I plan on finishing, and since I could get the entire series in one book for just $2.99, it seemed worth it to me (especially since I really enjoyed the first book and would have paid $2.99 for it alone).
Once Upon a Royal Christmas by Robin Bielman - I snagged this freebie (still free) because it was recommended by Lenoreo from Celebrity Readers. Also, Christmas themed and I need all the Christmas themed books.
Gather Round the Sound by Various Authors - This was an audible freebie (maybe just for audible subscribers, I'm not sure). I pretty much never say no to a free audiobook though.

So that's all the books I picked up this past week. I'm definitely expanding my holiday themed romance library by leaps and bounds, so I'll be well-prepared for the 12 Books of Christmas Challenge again next year.

What books have you added to your shelves this week? - Katie

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Friday, December 15, 2017

*2018 Finishing The Series Challenge*

You may not know this about me, but I am notoriously bad at finishing book series I have started, especially since I started blogging. I honestly couldn't tell you how many series I have read one or two books from and no more off the top of my head (I'll be using my Goodreads read shelf for most of this post). But I want to try to be better about catching up/keeping up with the series that I have started in the future, so I am joining Celebrity Readers for the 2018 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge (just click the title for more information on the rules and to sign up). 

While I probably have at least a dozen series that I need to finish right now, I'm setting my sights low for this challenge, because I want to keep my expectations realistic. And my life is going to be in some major upheaval next year with pretty much everything changing, so I don't even know what to expect for myself for the year. So rather than setting my sights high and then failing to even come close to achieving my goal, I'm only going to aim for the C-List. 

So what series do I intend to finish? Honestly, I can't plan that far ahead either, so I'm just going to list several options for series that I need to finish, and we'll work from there. 

The Hangman's Daughter series by Oliver Pötzsch - I read the first book in this series for book club several years ago. I super loved it and have bought all the subsequent books in the series, but I haven't cracked a single one of them. There are six books published now, with a seventh coming in 2018, so I'll have to read six books to finish this series. 

The Dollanganger series by V.C. Andrews - I've read Flowers in the Attic, and I think I got partway through Petals on the Wind when I was in high school. I would definitely do this series starting with a re-read of Flowers in the Attic though, since it's been so long since I originally read it. That would mean I'd have five books to read to complete this series. 

The Timely Death Trilogy by Shannon A. Thompson - I read the first two books in this series, and then the original publisher went out of business so the third book was not published, for like over a year, until Ms. Thompson signed with a new publisher. I was so ready for the final book after finishing the second, and then I couldn't get it forever, and my enthusiasm maybe this will be the year that I finally read it. 

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica A. Roth - I read Divergent and then nothing else (because I started blogging and for quite some time felt like I couldn't pick my books anymore and had to only read books that were sent to me for review). It's a series that I really need to finish, so I can finish watching the movies. 

The Riven Wyrde Saga by Graham Austin-King - This is a trilogy and I've read the first two books from it. I'm not sure what happened and why I haven't read the third, but I need to. So it goes on the list of potential series to be finished this year. 

The Summer Lake series by S.J. McCoy - There are 13 books in this series and I've read one of them (book #4). I really enjoyed it, and it's definitely the type of series I'd seek out if I wanted to read contemporary romance, I just don't often get the urge to read contemporary romance. But this is a series that I want/need to finish reading, so maybe this will give me the impetus to do so. 

The Sensations Collection by L.B. Dunbar - There are 5 books in this series, and I have read two of them (#2 and #4). That means I'll need to read three more books to finish off this series this year. 

The Osteria Chronicles by Tammie Painter - There are currently three books in this series, and I've read only one of them completely, although I have been "currently reading" the second book in the series for about two years now. So I'll have to read 1.5 books to get current with this series this year. 

The Circuit Trilogy by Rhett C. Bruno - I've read the first book in this trilogy, so I'll only have to read two more to finish it. It's definitely a serious contender for the year. 

The Outlier series by Daryl Banner - There are currently three books in this series and I've only read the first. That means I only have two other books to read to get current, but they are kind of massive books, so finishing this series this year is a bit iffy. 

The Fish Tales by Suanne Laqueur - This is a four book series and I'm about ready to finish reading the second book. The author is super mean to her characters though, so reading her books is emotionally taxing, which makes it slow going. I have this series in audio though, so I will definitely be able to finish it in the new year. 

The Legendary Rock Star series by L.B. Dunbar - This is a 5 books series and I've currently read two of them, which means that I need to read three books to get current with this series. I own all of them, I just need to read them. 

Finding Nate series by Ginna Moran - I've read the third and final book of this series...but not the first two, so I should read those at some point. 

The Maze Runner series by James Dashner - I've read the first book in this five book series, which means I have four more to read to get current. My husband is getting more and more insistent that I get caught up so that we can watch the movies, because I refuse to watch the movies without reading the books first, and I'll get super upset if my husband watches the movies without me, so he's basically just SOL right now. 

The Sirens series by T.L. Zalecki - This is just a two book series at the moment, and I've read the first book, so I only have to read one more book to be current on it. This one is definitely doable, if I just remember I need to do it. And it has the added bonus of getting me another Kindle Scout nomination review written. 

Knitting in the City series by Penny Reid - I've completely read one of the books in this 7 book series, and I'm part way through a second (which is also part of another series that will be listed here shortly). I've kind of got my work cut out for me on this series, but maybe this will be my year to get 'er done. 

The Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid - I have been "currently reading" Beauty and the Mustache, which is technically part of this series (and also part of the Knitting in the City series) for a few months even though I haven't finished an entire book from this going to be 6 book series yet, I DID start the series before 2018, so it totes counts. 

The Devil's Night series by Penelope Douglas - I'm pretty sure this series will have three books by the end of 2018, and I've currently read one of them, so that will leave me with two to get caught up (but maybe just one if the third book isn't ready yet before 2018 is over). I'm super ashamed of myself for not being current with this series. 

The Wolfegang series by Jillian Ashe - I've read three of the five full-length novels that are part of this series, and all of the shorts, which puts me two books behind. I believe there is going to be at least one new novel in the series next year for sure, but as Ms. Ashe is one of my proofreading clients, I know for sure I will be reading anything new in the series...I just gotta' go back and get books 2 & 3 read to be fully current. 

The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey - I've read the first of three books in this trilogy, that means I have two to go. They're kind of expensive and I'm kind of a cheapskate though, so that's a large part of my reason for not reading more from the series yet. 

The Everything series by Kerry Lonsdale - There will be three books in this series by the end of 2018, and I've currently read one of them. I have a copy of the second book, and the third is not yet released so I don't have it yet, but will have time to get it before 2018 is over. 

The Draga Court series by Emma Dean - I'm more current on this series than anyone else can be as Emma Dean is one of my proofreading clients. I'm pretty sure she has more books in mind for the series for next year though, so I'll have something to catch up on. 

So I have 22 for sure series that I could finish next year. If I could just commit and only read the series that I already have started, I could be an absolute rock star on this challenge. But I have commitment issues, so I'm sticking with my plan of being a C-lister (which should be super easy to accomplish as I have a few series from clients on this list, and there may be a couple other series from clients that I'm just not aware will be continuing at the moment). 

So do you have what it takes to commit to finishing any series that you've currently started reading and stalled on? - Katie 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

*Book Blogger Hop* 15 December 2017

We are on to a new week for the Book Blogger Hop hosted by the lovely folks over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This weeks questions is:
Which book(s) would you like Santa to bring you this year? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)
I don't usually rely on Santa to bring me books that I want because it is far easier for me to pick them up myself when I find a good deal on them, and even if Santa were bringing me books, I'd be absolutely okay with him picking them up used (although he's never done that before). With that being said, there are a few books that I really want but I just can't really justify buying for myself (because I have not found them used at my thrift store).

So what books am I hoping that Santa will leave under my tree this year? I desperately want the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter series (the first three books are out now), but I just cannot justify buying a fourth set of Harry Potter books for myself (the third set was a quite a stretch). I'm also like three years behind on Stephen King releases at this point because I don't buy Stephen King books until I know whether my parents bought them for me for Christmas (and with proofreading and blogging I haven't had as much time for "fun" reading as I used to, so I've been neglecting poor Mr. King. I'm sure he's real torn-up over it too.)

And I think that's really pretty much it. I buy so many books on my own, and while I typically wait for used copies or ebook sales, I have so many books currently in my possession that I desperately want to read that I don't feel the need to ask Santa for newer books that I can't justify paying full price for, because I can be patient and wait for a sale.

What about you? What books are you hoping to find underneath your tree this year? - Katie

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2018 Platypire Diversity Challenge

Because I'm a glutton for punishment and still desperately trying to read more diversely, I am once again joining the Platypire's (and my arch-nemesis) in the Platypire Diversity Challenge. Now this challenge kind of sucks for me because it requires that I read certain types of diverse books in specific months, and I suck at that. You can find out more information about what is being featured and sign up to join the challenge here. 

Since I did a horrible job of reading and reviewing the correct diverse books in the right months this past year, I'm setting my sights a little bit lower with my goal this year. Add to that the fact that I don't know how long I'm going to be "homeless" (living with my parents without my stuff) in 2018, and trying to commit to too much is just a bad idea. So I'm personally aiming for Beginner Status, so I just have to hit the diversity reading category once every other month to succeed, and that should be fairly easily doable, I think. 

This is the part of my post where I'm supposed to talk about what books I plan on reading to meet my challenge goals, but if you've read like any of my previous list posts, you should know by now that I do not do well at sticking to lists, so the following books are just books I'm considering reading because they meet the criteria for certain months, but my actual list is absolutely subject to change on a whim. 

January: Biracial Awareness - I honestly have nothing I can think of that would fit this criteria that I haven't already read. I would recommend Sorry Not Sorry by Naya Rivera though if you're looking for something to read in January.

February: Black History Month - Framing the Black Panthers by Jane Rhodes
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Kahn-Cullors & asha bandele (I won this book on Goodreads and I think it's being shipped to my parents house)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

March: Women's History Month - This is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe (Could also be read in February)
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Courage to Soar by Simone Biles (Could also be read in February)
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (Could also be read in February)

April: Arab Heritage Month - Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Edited by Larry Siems)

May: Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month - When the Future Comes Too Soon by Selina Siak Chin Yoke
Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz

June and July: LGBT Pride Summer - I feel like I tend to stumble upon LGBT+ books and cannot think of any I have to read off the top of my head, but for sure hit me up with some suggestions in the comments. 

August: Mental Health Awareness Month - In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker

September: Hispanic History Month - Oops-a-Daisy by Melody Delgado
Molé Mama: A Memoir of Love, Cooking and Loss by Diana Silva

October: Physical Disability Awareness Month - The Amputee's Guide to Sex by Jillian Weise

November: Native American History Month - Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie

December: Religious Minorities - No Land's Man by Aasif Mandvi

So as you can see, I clearly have enough potential books to read to surpass Beginner's Status in the Platypire Diversity Reading Challenge, but having to actually stick to this list and get the books reviewed in a timely fashion (that's going to be the real challenge I think) makes me hesitant to set my sights any higher. 

I'm also open to suggestions for any of these categories, so hit me up with those in the comments. - Katie 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

*Top Ten Tuesday* Favorite Books of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Joood - Hooligan of Platypire reviews bossed me into doing this, so I guess this is a thing I do now. 

This weeks theme is favorite books of 2017. Ugh. I hate lists like this because it's just so hard to narrow down my choices. On top of that, I always feel like if I use too many books that were proofreads, people will think my lists are just biased trying to drum up business or something, so then I err in the other direction and try to just not include any of them, but that's dishonest too. And it's just so annoying. But I'm going to give it a shot anyway. Here are some of my most favorite books I read in 2017 in no particular order.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I listened to the audiobook version of this book just last week while doing my Christmas cookie baking for my husbands work party. I made soooo many cookies because I had a lot of cookie ingredients in my cupboards that I needed to get used up before we move here soon, and that means I had a lot of time to listen to audiobooks. Even though I just finished listening to this book, I want to listen to it again already and that's quite abnormal for me.

The Holiday Gift by RaeAnne Thayne - This is one of the books that I read for my 12 Books of Christmas Challenge, and it provided everything I look for in a cheesy Christmas story. It had all the warm fuzzy feelings you want from a Christmas romance, and I would highly recommend it.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - This was a book club pick recently and I found myself just absolutely devouring it, which is somewhat rare for me lately, especially for book club book picks. And it's not that I don't enjoy the books, it's just that I often get sidetracked for deadline books like proofreads, and they just fall by the wayside to languish on my currently reading shelf for months until I finally find some time to finish them. While I didn't have this book finished in time for the original meeting, it was finished within a week of the meeting. If you enjoy reality tv, you'll probably enjoy this book.

A Very Mer-Merry Holiday by Ginna Moran - It is very possible that my feelings about this book are biased. Not only was I hired to proofread it, but I also helped brainstorm some ideas for the basic plot with Ms. Moran. That being said, I absolutely love what she did with those ideas, and much like The Holiday Gift, this was ultimately a very warm, fuzzy, feel-good holiday tale. It has the added benefit of being set in Australia, which just doesn't get enough Christmastime recognition with it's warm sandy beaches in December.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - If you've followed my blog at all, you are probably aware that I really like WWII era historical fiction (at least you should be because I kind of talk about it a lot), so it's no surprise that The Book Thief would make my list of top books read this past year. It has the added benefit of starring a main character who also loves to read. And there are so many feels, so just be sure to have some tissues handy while reading it yourself.

Lost Boy by Christina Henry - I have been absolutely loving classic story retellings lately, and this Peter Pan prequel absolutely blew me away. If you've ever wondered how Captain Hook came to be in Neverland in the first place, and just why he hates Peter so much, this is definitely the book for you.

Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan - This book is like an ode to all the hot-mess moms out there, and I personally think it's particularly relevant for anyone on social media (which is just about everyone). It is so easy to feel like a horrible mother when you're bombarded with images of other moms being perfect (because that's all you see of their lives on social media), but this provides a bit of a reminder that most moms just aren't telling you everything, and that you're probably doing a pretty damn good job at mom-ing yourself.

Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison - As a viewer of The Girls Next Door, I was interested to get a more in-depth look at what went on at the Playboy Mansion, and I actually got more than I bargained for from this book. I'm smart enough to know that reality tv is not exactly realistic, but I felt like this book really filled in some of the gaps. I'm also smart enough to know that not all the things written in this book are entirely accurate either, but I found it entertaining nonetheless.

So that's only eight books, and there are several others that I would add to the list, but I have less to say about why I liked them so much which would screw with the formatting of this post, so I'm just going to leave you with eight.

What are some of your favorite books you read in 2017? - Katie

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Friday, December 8, 2017

*Stacking the Shelves* 9 December 2017

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Stacking The Shelves is a feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

It's week five of my thrift store detox, and I went to my thrift store twice this week (to drop off donations, I didn't actually set foot inside the store, which takes way more willpower than just not going to base in the first place!) I even managed my one-clicking a little bit better this week. There were a few good sales I couldn't pass up, but just a few. 

On that note, here are the books I picked up this week.

The Twelve Lays of Christmas: Part 1 by Veronica Vixen - I'd already pre-ordered part II so I figured I should go ahead and buy part I. And I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm probably going to need these short reads to achieve Santa Status in the 12 Books of Christmas reading challenge. 
180 Seconds by Jessica Park - I got this audiobook on sale for $2.95 (it was the audible daily deal a few days ago). I know a few of the Platypires really like Jessica Park, so I figured I could give one of her audiobooks a shot for that price. 
Claiming Bailey by Susan Stoker - I snagged this as a freebie (no longer free). I'm not sure where I saw it posted, but I decided I needed it. 
Guardians of Time by Sarah Woodbury - I snagged this book for 99 cents (still 99 cents) because it's set during Christmas time, at least it better be with that Christmas tree on the cover. It's the 11th book in the series, and you're apparently not supposed to read them out of order, but I'm going to anyway because that's how I roll. 
Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase - I snagged this holiday themed read on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). In case you think there's a pattern here, there is. 
The 12 Slays of Christmas by Various Authors - This is a set of 12 holiday themed novels or novellas WITH recipes for just 99 cents. I couldn't pass that up when I found it. 
Eve of the Pharaoh by R.M. Shultz - I got this book as a freebie (no longer free). I don't remember why. 
Earthseed: The Complete Series by Octavia E. Butler - I got this on sale for $1.99 (no longer on sale). There is an author that often shares Ms. Butler's books when they're on sale and I usually one-click based on her recommendations (this one I actually found by checking the Kindle Daily Deals though). 
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller - I snagged this book on sale for $1.99 (no longer on sale). I actually read an ARC copy of this book and just need to get my review posted, but I've been having trouble putting my feelings for it into words. I liked it enough to go ahead and buy the book on sale though. 
Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett - This was the Audible Daily Deal on Thursday and I was able to snag the audiobook for $1.95, which was great because it got me another holiday read in while I was baking cookies this week. Now I've just gotta' get the review written. 

And that is all of the books that I picked up this week. It's a super short list for me because I was exercising restraint, a feat I accomplished by simply not having much time to spend on the computer this week as I spent most of it baking. 

So what new books have you added to your shelves this past week? - Katie 

*If you're stopping by from the linkup, please be sure to drop a link to your post. It may take me a few days to get around to checking out your list because my weekend is booked solid, but I want to see all your new pretties too.*

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