weekly rewind // 9-18-20

weekly happenings

This week was honestly an emotional rollercoaster. I had something SUPER GOOD happen that I don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about, but it is publishing career related and I have never felt more validated in my pursuit of a career in that industry.

However, I was also really stressed for most of the week and have been feeling that way since the library where I work announced we’re considering reopening again. I did manage to get more information about what our procedures will be, which made me feel somewhat better.

on the blog

what i’ve read & currently reading

This week I mostly read picture books. I’m also still in the middle of ONE TO WATCH, but I’m not going to share thoughts just yet because I’m a little over halfway through and EVERY TIME I say I’m enjoying a book in a post I then immediately stop liking it so we are beating that trend.

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weekly wrap-up // 4-21-19

It’s time for a weekly wrap-up! I don’t know if I’m going to keep doing these especially if I post less frequently, but we’ll see.

what i posted

I posted this week. yay!

  • I posted my Easter Readathon TBR, which I am decidedly not sticking to
  • I did a tarot reading for ON THE COME UP
  • I wrote a WWW Wednesday meme post to update y’all on my reading habits
  • I discussed what I actually did while I was on hiatus

 

what i read

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I decided to abandon FINALE for now so I could take a break and also do the Easter Readathon that I am definitely failing at since I’ll probably only read one book for it. I am currently reading SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW by Maurene Goo, and it’s so cute and I am HERE FOR IT!!! It’s about Lucky, a K-pop star on the brink of international stardom, and the whirlwind weekend she spends with Jack, an aspiring photographer who doesn’t know what to do with his life. It’s super cute but also surprisingly deep, with lots of meaningful conversations about following your passion, anxiety, and other stuff. I also LOVE the Hong Kong setting, since it’s a place I don’t know pretty much anything about, and it’s so vivid. This book is utterly delightful so far and as I’m writing this post I’m super excited to hopefully finish it by the time this goes up.

 

 

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weekly wrap-up // 3-24-17

weekly happenings

A lot of meetings happened this week. That is mostly what happened. Also stress. And eating out a lot despite trying to be eating healthy, because stress and TIRED. Also undercaffeinated. I am severly undercaffeinated because I’ve been giving up diet coke, which is technically good for me for a lot of reasons and overall I actually feel better, but also tired.

This section is turning out to be very rambling and not making sense, so MOVING ON…

 

what i read

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I am still in the midst of reading SCYTHE. I’m making some progress but it’s been a bit slow going because I’ve been a bit stressed this week. But I’m still really liking it, though it is getting darker and darker by the minute. There has already been a mass plane killing and also a fourth grader who really just wants to eat pizza (can relate) was killed (or gleaned, I should say).

what i posted

  • a www wednesday meme post
  • a list of harpercollins books that i need
  • a review of wicked saints

I don’t know what is wrong with me but I have not much been wanting to blog lately. I’ve been forcing myself to do it because I worry too much about views and stats, but honestly, I’m kind of debating taking a hiatus. I do love wrap-up posts and goals posts, and those are coming up next week, but I’m really feeling drained blogging wise and have no motivation or inspiration and don’t feel like continuing to pound out posts just to pound out posts. Maybe I should take a hiatus for the next two weeks or something. I don’t know. I just don’t want to blog much at the moment. I have one post scheduled for next week, but after that, other than wrap-up and goals posts, I have no ideas, and kind of don’t want to think of any right now. Maybe I do need a hiatus. We’ll see.

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weekly wrap-up // 3-17-19

weekly happenings

Um…what happened this week again??? OH right, I met the library’s resident sociopath, who frequents the library in disguises and has called my boss pretending to be a woman and pretending to be a police officer. THAT was fun. Dealing with that man is the time that I have come closest to actually losing my temper and forgoing any pretense of customer service, but I DID NOT and I survived and he actually came up and THANKED me for my help and respect. Now if anyone asks me my proudest moment in an interview, I will definitely be telling the story of my first encounter with that man and how I killed him with kindness.

Then there was the guy who went off on me about making two million dollars on April 2 for something or other because I told him he couldn’t watch a movie in the teen area and needed to put in headphones to do so. He appears to have taken a liking or something to me because he came up to me a second time to go on and on about how he’s going to save the city and something about God and something about Elvis and…I don’t even know. Apparently I am a magnet for the library weird people this week.

Other than that things were okay at work though. I feel like I’m finally getting used to it after a little over a year. I still haven’t had my annual evaluation and I’m really nervous about it because I know I made a terrible impression for the first few months because I was so anxious and depressed, but on the bright side at least I know what they’re going to say?? So we’ll see how that goes.

 

what i read

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^^^^^YES YOU ARE SEEING THAT^^^^^^^^^ I finally finished my Grisha books 1 & 2 reread and finished RUIN & RISING!!!! I liked it overall but I did predict what merozst would do do Alina and my ship didn’t sail (no, I did not ship Alina with the Darkling, ugh, he’s a MASS MURDERER and TORTURED my favorite character aka Genya). I think Oncat was the best thing to happen to this trilogy, and I was very relieved that the kitty character survived. If Leigh Bardugo had killed a kitty we would no longer be on speaking terms. Also Nikolai is the BEST and I need to read the SIX OF CROWS books so I can read KING OF SCARS and get more Nikolai and apparently Zoya. My list of favorite characters in that series is probably as follows: 1. Genya, 2. Nikolai, 3. Zoya (even though she and Mal had a thing, which…no. We do not discuss it). I am so glad I finally read this trilogy and can’t wait for my two kids who are reading it to finish it so we can gush and discuss!!

 

what i posted

  • A list of books I want to reread
  • A WWW Wednesday meme post
  • A review of Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel, FIELD NOTES ON LOVE
  • …that’s it

Also, I REACHED 400 FOLLOWERS! Technically now it’s at 401. But my goal this year is to get to at least 500 followers, and at this rate I think I’ll definitely be able to make that 🙂 So to new followers, I say HELLO HOW ARE YOU HAPPY YOU’RE HERE and to those who have been following me a little longer I say THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

 

 

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weekly wrap-up // 3-10-19

I didn’t do a weekly wrap up last week because I haven’t been reading as much, but I read a bunch this week and felt like doing one this week so hello hi here’s my slightly late in the day weekly wrap-up.

weekly happenings

It was a relatively quiet week at work. All my teens seem to be suddenly going through their bratty phases at once, but I guess that’s typical when you’re 12-14. Working with the teens is still my favorite part of the job of course, and I feel like we are making connections with more and more teens, but DAMN they can be a lot sometimes. We also had a new security guard in training this week and usually I don’t like the security guards who train with us because they don’t get our library’s culture, but this guy really gets it and is just so sweet and the kids love him too and it’s adorable. I really wish he could stay and not be transferred to another branch so we could become friends.

On the note of friends, DAMN I need more friends in real life. I talk to my online friends more than my real life ones, other than my coworker who I see every day. I’m starting to realize some things about my friendship with my college friends and about them in general that make me sad and uncomfortable and somewhat rage-y, and honestly I’m not sure what to do about it. I don’t want to lose some of my best friends I’ve ever had, but at the same time, I feel like it’s just not working for me anymore and I don’t know what to do because talking to them about my feelings never helps.

 

what i read

This week I actually finished two books! I finished my reread of SIEGE & STORM after about a month. I’m not sure why it took me so long, though I don’t remember feeling like it was SO SLOW the first time I read it. So much traveling and so many war meetings. But I still enjoyed it and can’t wait to finally read RUIN & RISING, and then move on to SIX OF CROWS.

I also read Jennifer E. Smith’s new book, FIELD NOTES ON LOVE. I’ve read a few of her other books and enjoyed them, though generally they’re a little too fluffy for me even though I do enjoy a good fluffy book. My problem with her books is that there’s just not enough substance. This one was a little better on that front and had better character development than the others I’ve read, but the pacing felt really slow even though the book was short. But I guess I’ll elaborate on that more if I end up doing a full review.

I’m currently reading IF YOU’RE OUT THERE, which was one of my most anticipated March books. It’s okay so far, but the writing is a little bland and I’m not as into it as I hoped. I’ll probably read the whole thing though because I do want to know what happened to Priya, and honestly I could use a good friendship book right now where friends will go the distance.

 

what i posted

I haven’t been that in the mood to blog lately and I don’t know why. I still want to blog, but I would rather just focus on reading and other things for a bit?? Idk. I did post a few times this week though:

  • I posted my March TBR list
  • I wrote a list of adult romances I want to read
  • A WWW Wednesday meme post
  • And also wrote about my writing goals

 

 

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weekly wrap up // 2-24-19

weekly happenings

This was a relatively quiet week for me, since I only worked 3/5 days because of President’s Day and we also HAD A SNOW DAY!!!!! I am hoping for at least one more snow day this winter, preferably on one of the days I would’ve had to work late. In other news, I may have an interview this week for a job that sounds really cool with a totally awesome arts organization. Something you probably don’t know about me is that I was actually a musician for most of my life. It’s taken kind of a hiatus since college because I can’t afford lessons/have time for lessons and have nothing to prep for, but I’d still really like to do something in the arts because that’s where I’ve always felt most at home. So I’m really hoping this works out.

 

what i read

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  • I am still rereading SIEGE & STORM so I can finally read RUIN & RISING, then move onto SIX OF CROWS duology and then KING OF SCARS. Two of my teens are also reading the Grisha trilogy and there are few things at work that I have been more excited about. I can’t wait to hear their thoughts on these books because I love them and need to gush with someone.
  • I also read THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo because it’s one of our summer reading books for our summer reading challenge at the library for the teens. I am so embarrassed that I didn’t read my eARC of it when it was coming out last year because OMG SO GOOD??????? This is definitely the best verse novel I’ve read, and I am still book hungover from it.

 

what i posted

I didn’t post much this week. I haven’t been feeling much in the mood to post, and am more fine with it than usual but also still feel like I *should* be posting. But anyway, here’s what I wrote this week:

  • A tarot reading of Sarah Everett’s new release, NO ONE HERE IS LONELY
  • The first post in my new feature, Willow Adds, ft. one of my cute cats and his fantasy book recs!

I’d really like to start posting more witchy stuff, including stuff that’s not strictly bookish, but even though my witchy posts seem to get a lot of views, they don’t get much engagement and I’m worried people think it’s too weird. I know what matters most is that I enjoy writing it, but I also really like talking to my bookish and blogging friends, so I’m not sure what to do about it.

I also want to start studying astrology because I find moon phase stuff fascinating, and I’ve recently become curious about the signs and what they mean at different times, because honestly people ARE more crazy when the moon is full or mercury is in retrograde or whatever in my experience at the library with patrons, and it just seems cool. I’d love to start rec’ing books based on astrology stuff or do different types of posts based on the phase of the moon and fully be a Cotton Candy Book Witch. But again, not sure if that’s too niche or people would enjoy it because it’s super different from most book content out there.

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weekly wrap-up // 2-17-19

weekly happenings

This was finally a relatively calm week for me. Our normal security guard was on vacation in Cancun which stressed me out a bit because I like routine and I like her and whenever she’s not there things seem to happen, but only one major thing happened (a patron cussed out another patron) and the teens were all fine. I was sad because the schools were out for two days and we didn’t even get a delay.

In more exciting news, I GOT A NINTENDO SWITCH AND I AM SO EXCITED!! I have never had my own gaming system before and I am very interested in exploring and experimenting with different games. I already bought Let’s Go, Eevee! (because Eevee is the best Pokemon), Mario Kart, and Super Mario Bros. I am very very excited to get more into gaming and was glad I got to spoil myself with part of my tax return (oh yes I am so Adult).

 

what i read

  • I DNF’ed THE EVERLASTING ROSE. Which I am very sad about because it was my most anticipated sequel of 2019. It made me remember that initially, I actually had very mixed feelings even about THE BELLES, which was the first book, because of the writing and pacing. I liked the writing better this time since I was prepared for it to be very flowery and pretty, but this book was just so sloooooow and by 25% in hardly anything had happened and I felt like it was a little too predictable. I might end up coming back to this one, especially since I pushed to invite Dhonielle Clayton to the library for an event in the summer, but for now, I think I’ll unfortunately have to put it aside.
  • I finished ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY. I read this because it was my pick for a special event my library is helping the local schools with called Battle of the Books, where kids have to answer questions about different books for a tournament-style game. This was our pick for a book for a younger age group. It was very funny and had a lot of librarian/bookish humor that tickled me, but it’s definitely intended for kids so I wouldn’t say I liked it as much as a book that I could relate to.
  • I started SIEGE & STORM. Instead of continuing to trudge through THE EVERLASTING ROSE, I started my reread of SIEGE & STORM. I’m really hoping to finish it this weekend (in between gaming!) so I can read RUIN & RISING this month finally. Am enjoying the reread so far though and <3 <3 Sturmhond <3 <3

 

what i posted

  • I wrote about what my aesthetic would be if I could bookstagram
  • I made a list of ways to be a literary witch
  • I posted for WWW Wednesday
  • I had my one year anniversary of being a librarian!
  • I shared the etymology of the word “witch”

 

other blogging things

Marie very kindly alerted me to an issue with comments that is now resolved! But…if you’ve commented for approx. the last 2.5 weeks, a mysterious plugin that has yet to be identified probably deleted it 🙁 I am so, SO sorry to all those who have commented on my posts or tried to comment on my posts. If I have not responded, this is the reason, but unfortunately I have not found a way to recover the missing comments. However, the issue is NOW FIXED so please feel free to comment as usual and thank you for your patience while I resolved the issue <3 <3

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weekly wrap up // 2-10-19

weekly happenings

This was a weirdly busy week at the library. However, the teens were back in school normally except for a weird half day on Wednesday so they were generally calmer and not as hyped up and obnoxious as the past couple weeks when they had exams. On the job front, I found a couple interesting-sounding things. Now I am kind of debating staying at the job until I can move to NY and potentially do publishing even though NYC terrifies me because I just want a job that I like and don’t feel like I’m settling for. Anyway.

 

what i read

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I started my reread of the first two Grisha books and finished SHADOW & BONE. Even though I only read it for the first time back in July, it was still just as good as the first time. I am very excited to reread SIEGE & STORM and get more Sturmhound <3 <3 <3

 

what i posted

  • My February TBR
  • A WWW Wednesday meme post
  • A post about my January reads

 

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weekly wrap up // february 3, 2019

Another week, another weekly wrap-up! First news: I heard back about the library job I really wanted, and unfortunately I didn’t get it 🙁 I’m disappointed but not as devastated as I thought I’d be because I didn’t feel like I did a great job at the interview in the first place, but it is still disappointing. This week in general though was somewhat less stressful than last week because the kid who threatened me didn’t come in as much and the teens had a normal school schedule (they had been getting out early all last week because of exams) and were therefore not up in my business 24/7. I love them, but they really needed to go back to school.

 

what i read

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I didn’t finish anything this week, but I started my Grisha reread project with SHADOW & BONE. I’ve been meaning to reread the first two Grisha books so I can read RUIN & RISING finally and then move on to KING OF SCARS and the SIX OF CROWS duology, but I have dreadful series amnesia so I need to reread the first two before R&R.

 

on the blog

OMG so much happened on the blog this week, namely that I WENT SELF-HOSTED AND CHANGED MY NAME!! So, welcome again to Cotton Candy Book Witch! I absolutely love my new blog and the theme is perfect and the graphics that Kat designed are beyond amazing, and I’m just so thrilled with everything, especially now that I know that my posts still show up in the Reader and I figured out how to add the WordPress follow button again.

Here’s what I posted:

  • Another edition of Bad NetGalley Covers
  • My monthly rewind
  • I introduced two new members of the blog, my cats, Willow & Cedar!
  • My list of February goals

 

thank you

I want to say a very heartfelt thank you to everyone who has commented, viewed, and been otherwise supportive of my blog move. Everyone has been so supportive of the change even if they don’t like the new name, and I’m just so appreciative of this community for being open to my blog changes and continuing to make a place for me! I’m so lucky to have such supportive blogging friends and I appreciate you all so very very much <3 <3

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weekly wrap up // 1-27-19

Welcome to another weekly wrap up! I almost forgot to do one this week, so yay! Anyway…

 

weekly happenings

I…really need a new job. I have just been so stressed at my current one because patrons at the library are so rude, even the teens, and I just…I’m TIRED af. This week was extra tough because the teens got out of school early because of exams, so they were at the library CONSTANTLY being obnoxious, and it wasn’t even most of our regular kids, who wouldn’t be *as* obnoxious. Working with the teens is the part of the job I like the most, but sometimes it is HARD. I am very glad school will be normal next week.

 

what i read

The title of this section this week should actually be “what I attempted to read” because I didn’t finish either of these books and didn’t get to read much because work was busy (which is a good thing, but still a bit sad because less reading time at the desk). I started with RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE…I REALLY wanted to like this book because it’s queer, but unfortunately, the writing style just didn’t work for me. It was SO SLOW AND BORING it was just not…good. It was weird because it was a lot of internal stuff, which is why it was slow because there wasn’t a ton of action on the outside, but we also didn’t get to know the protagonist that much?? So it was strange.

I also attempted STAIN, aka my most anticipated read of the year. I think I may just not be in the mood right now, because objectively speaking the writing is excellent, but this book also read as very slow to me and I just wanted to get to the meat of the story. I also was not in the mood to read a 500+ page book, I think.

I am now attempting a reread of the Grisha trilogy so I can finally read RUIN & RISING sans series amnesia. These books are so good; hopefully they can keep me hooked unlike these other books.

 

what I posted

  • I made a list of my writing fears
  • I did the Get to Know Me book tag! I <3 tags!!!
  • I posted for WWW Wednesday
  • I reviewed the amazing and delightful THE KISS QUOTIENT
  • I wrote about my blogging journey and where I hope to take this blog

 

blogging updates

So I am definitely switching to self-hosted and also renaming my blog COTTON CANDY BOOK WITCH!! I am very nervous but also very excited and everyone has been so supportive even if they don’t like the new blog name so thank you all so much <3 <3 AND Kat at Novels and Waffles has been making AMAZING graphics for my new blog, including a header that I am so psyched to use; it is so me! She’s not open for business yet, but she will be officially opening a design shop soon, and trust me, you NEED to check her out. She has been so wonderful to work with and her designs are BEAUTIFUL.

 

 

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