Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Weekly-Wrap Up (19): Merry Holidays!

Am I the only one who is so absolutely behind this season? My Christmas tree isn't even up yet. I know, I know! I have to get on that quickly too, because the annual White Elephant Christmas Party with all our friends is at my house! As stressful as it all is, I still love this time of year :)
Work has been the usual holiday madness, and I'm fairly certain someone out there is lying to me about there being 24 hours in a day. Because I think I'm missing some!
Also: I sent a book to Canada for the first time and was SO surprised at how cheap it was! I mean, no DC# or anything (it'll tell me if it made across the border, at least!), but to get a book to a different country for less than $6? That's pretty awesome. Is it always that cheap?? Because I might have to open up giveaways direct from me to US/CA if so!

In case you missed it...
Top Ten Tuesday: Dear Santa...
The books I want to find under my tree!
(And thanks to Michelle at FabbityFab Reviews, The Princesses of Iowa shall soon be mine!)

Waiting on Wednesday...which was more of a YAY!! post
My friend's book will be published by St. Martin's Press! Pitched as Divergent meets Ender's Game.

Review: Double Vision by FT Bradley (MG)
Spies! Paris! Van Gogh! Evil hypnosis! It's fantastic. 4.5 Stars

Author Interview: FT Bradley, author of Double Vision
She is every bit as awesome as her book.

Waiting on Wednesday: Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy
Seems dark but fascinating.

Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
So much more awesome than I thought it would be! 4 stars.

Come back next week because I'll be participating in the Mid-Winter's Eve Giveaway Hop! And a fabulous signed prize is up for's a peek:

Coming up...
Reviews of Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes and The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab - both fantastic! I'll hopefully get my Year in Review Survey up, though who knew it was so impossibly hard to answer Jamie's questions?! (Why are books so brilliant? My goodness!) And that giveaway hop goes live...don't miss it!

Onto the book haul!
In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews
The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Won & Borrowed
Decked With Holly ARC by Marni Bates
Alexa offered to let me borrow her ARC when she found out how much I wanted to read it. (Isn't she awesome?!) Of course I said yes. Around the same time, I found out I won Ems' ARC from her giveaway! Alexa sent hers the day before I found out I won, and of course, both popped up in my mailbox on the same day. Life is funny like that. The one pictured is the copy I won from Ems (thank you!); Alexa's is already on it's way back home, along with a surprise ;) Thanks Alexa!

via ARCycling Secret Santa
Pushing the Limits ARC by Katie McGarry - thank you Morgan!
I read this earlier via NetGalley (read my review here!) and really liked it, but always wanted to re-read - glad I'll be able to hold an actual copy in my hands now!

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand - thank you Rachael!
So excited for this! I had the opportunity to sit and chat with Cynthia a few months ago for almost a half hour, and I really like her. I was so sad I hadn't read her books yet, but after talking with her -- and then the high praises Kiersten White gave it at the same event! -- it's high on my list. Yay!

via the YA Book Exchange
Touched ARC by Corrine Jackson
Entwined by Heather Dixon
via NetGalley
Dualed by Elsie Chapman - thanks Random House!
15 Days Without A Head by Dave Cousins - thanks Flux Books!

What books came into your possession this week?
Leave your link and I'll hop by!


  1. Kimberly @ Caffeinated ReviewerDecember 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Ok i am so curious about 15 Days..LOL Awesome haul and eep..get your tree up today cupcake. I bet the white elephant party is fun! The Sunday Post

  2. UnknownDecember 16, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    I'm sure it will all come together soon...try not to sweat the small stuff!
    Merry Christmas!
    Beth ;D

  3. PatriciaDecember 16, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    I'm really not sure if I hit the "Publish" button before my PC crashed, so if I did, I'm really sorry for the double comment! I absolutely adored Pushing the Limits and hope to get a paperback/hardcover copy, too, one day, for the exact same reasons as you did! :)

    Patricia // My Week

  4. Vicky @ A Backpack Full of AdventuresDecember 16, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    Yay for Pushing the Limits! I haven't read it yet but I won a copy earlier this year and I can't wait to finally pick it up. Looks like you had an amazing week! :) Happy reading!

  5. MorganDecember 16, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    I stopped by your blog today without realizing you were who I sent Pushing the Limits too!! :) I'm glad you got it! You have a lot of awesome books here. Happy Reading!

  6. UlaDecember 16, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    Great haul, I'd love to get Dualed myself. :)
    Happy reading!

    My Haul.

  7. Kathy MartinDecember 16, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    What a nice assortment of books! I really liked Pushing the Limits. I read the ARC too and then bought a copy for my school media center. I have Dualed on my Review stack too. My new book posts are at Ms. Martin Teaches Media and Inside of a Dog. Stop by and see what I got if you get a chance. Happy reading.

  8. UnknownDecember 16, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Great books. Pushing The Limits is awesome and is Unearthly. Enjoy.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's The Sunday Post

  9. DBookWhoreDecember 16, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    You got a GREAT Haul!! I hope you enjoy all those books!


  10. Grace FonsecaDecember 16, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Oh you got some great books. I think Arccyling is a really good program and helps to promote books. Pushing the Limits is one of my favorite books this year.


  11. fakestephDecember 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Seriously! Where does the time go? I need about another 10 hours per day... to start with. :)

  12. AnonymousDecember 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Tempestuous looks good and I am looking forward to your review. Pushing the Limits is a book that I have put off for too long. Enjoy!

  13. WinterHavenDecember 16, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Touched and Dualed look so good! I hope you enjoy all your books this week =)

  14. Alexa S.December 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Aww! That is a GREAT coincidence! Thanks for sending back the ARC, although I wouldn't have been too bothered if you'd passed it along to someone else. I'm curious to see what your surprise is ;)

  15. UnknownDecember 17, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    I got Pushing the Limits this week too! It sounds like a great book and I cannot wait to start reading it! I'm putting off reading Dualed until the new year to count towards a challenge, but I want to read that so badly! It sound so, so, so exciting.


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