If you’re a book blogger or a bookseller, you probably know all about eARCs. It’s a fantastic opportunity for book reviewers/booksellers/book-pushers to get their hands on an advanced copy of the book especially since physical ARCs are extremely difficult to get. I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to obtain eARCs. They’ve made the book recommending process on the blog, on the job, and in life so much easier. There’s just one TINY THING I wish publishers did to make sorting through eARCs easier. I wish they would put the expected PUBLICATION DATE somewhere in the beginning of the eARC. Seriously, having that one little thing would make eARC reading so much easier. Serious props to the publishers I’ve seen do this, like Random House Kids and Simon & Schuster.
I’m an avid e-book reader. This stems from being an out-of-state college student with very little shelf space, the fantastic deals you can find on e-books, and the fact that I read approximately a book-a-day during my summers as a college student. (Oh, those were the good days.) Because of that, my e-book library is MASSIVE. This makes sorting through books extremely difficult. I also occasionally forget what I have… (Whoops. Thank goodness e-book stores tend to remind you if you’ve already purchased an e-book.)
Reading slumps are the bane of every book lover’s existence. It’s when for some crazy reason, no book seems to capture the interest of the reader. Generally, reading slumps just suck. Truth be told, however, I guess there are some pluses to a reading slump.
1. You actually can get some sleep. Every book lover also knows that “just one more chapter” is a big fat lie. It’s more like “until I finish the book,” in my opinion. So with a reading slump, you can get more sleep.
2016 was the year for the career or at least it was for me. I’ve been applying for jobs in my chosen career since I graduated in 2015. After the agonizing job hunt (seriously, job hunting SUCKS), January 2016 applications opened for the job I always thought would be the perfect starter job in my career. I interviewed in April, started in July, and am now nearing the end of my probation period. Quite frankly, this job is near perfect. I’m LOVING IT.
Overall, I’d say 2016 was a FANTASTIC year, but it wasn’t all rosy. There was a point in time where I was working two jobs, and it was absolutely horrible. Talk about hitting a new level of exhaustion. I also had a scary situation where one of my family members was hospitalized. Thankfully, the family member is out of the hospital, and I have since then quit my second job. So things are starting to stabilize and going fairly well.
Can you believe it’s already 2017?!? I’m excitied yet skeptical of what’s to come. Between a new president and a bit of chaos going on at work, I have no idea what 2017 will look like. What I’m not worried about, however, is BOOKS! Everyone knows a new year means a whole lot of new books! Haha! :) I’m very excited. Here are some of my most anticipated releases for January.
1. Under the Rose-Tainted Skies
by Louise Gornall (1/3) – The synopsis is what captured my interest. I’m interested to see where Gornall takes the story and how situations are treated considering that the main character has agoraphobia and OCD.