Nest n’ News: January Wrap Up

Posted January 31, 2015 by Kara in Kara, Lyn, Nest n' News, Pixie, Stacking the Shelves / 14 Comments

nnnNest n’ News is a new feature here at Great Imaginations. Instead of doing weekly Stacking the Shelves posts, we’re going to be doing a monthly wrap-up on the last Saturday of every month. This will open up the weekends for more posts from us, and is also another way to bring the three of us together in one post – which is one of our favorite parts of co-blogging! Nest n’ News will include our book hauls, past posts, challenge updates, and more.

We added another co-blogger this month! Pixie, formerly of Addiction to Books! Now there are four of us! 


Bekka: January was pretty uneventful around here. Now that the holidays are officially over, normalcy has descended upon us and it’s been nice. One of my new year’s resolutions was to take advantage of all the awesome YA signings that happen at a local Asheville indie, Malaprops, and I’m proud to say I started off the new year right. Mike and I went to see Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner for their release of This Shattered World. I loved hearing what they had to say, especially about the writing process and about feminism. Plus, they had This Shattered World totes.


Kara: Well. What happened in January? Not a whole lot, other than we got a car! You have no idea how excited I am to be able to roll the windows down again and have turn signals that work. It’s like freaking magic or something.

Here she is:

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And it’s a hatchback too, which is great for cheap roadtrips! I plan on taking one this summer, I just don’t know where yet. We are trying to find a place to go beach camping.

Other than that, it’s been a pretty quiet month. I’ve been falling behind with work, trying to get caught up, and sleeping like shit again. I had a migraine at the beginning of the month that literally lasted almost two weeks. It was BRUTAL. Hence the reason I am not sleeping well right now because my sleeping pattern was all messed up.

My dad’s birthday was January 18th. Happy birthday, Dad! He’s 64 this year. I can’t wait to see my parents again. They are looking into moving south where it’s warm, hopefully Florida or Georgia so they will be much closer. I miss my family.

This month I edited THREE full manuscripts. It was BANANAS. I am finishing up the last one now, and then I have a bit of time off. I also got contacted to do several novellas during January and I just couldn’t do them. I hate to turn down money but ugh. It was a GREAT month for editing but not so much for reading or blogging. I should be around more in February.

Lyn: January is always just a quiet month.  My kitties both caught a virus, so this month, I have been tending to kitty colds. I feel like I am such a boring person! I’m very busy at work, and I am hitting the gym hard again. I went to paint class. Not my best, but not my worst.

I’m passing the days by picking up some TV time. I started Parks & Recreations, and so far, I really like it. I am also binging on Friends – Hooray for Netflix! On the movie front, I watched the final Hobbit movie. This might get me some smacking, but I LOVED it. Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom and Richard Armitage…mmmmmmmm.

So that is my low-key ho-hum life. I am so excited about February!

Pixie:  I don’t usually have a lot exciting going on my world so I don’t know what to really say. January certainly has been fun though as I’ve been learning my way around Great Imaginations and relaxing a lot, reading a ton. 😀 😀 I’ve started out strong for the year and hope it keeps up (especially after I had such a terrible reading year in 2014). My most recent exciting adventure: cleaning and organizing the bookshelves. I do this about once every three months. I had to box up another forty-fifty books or so for donation. Another box with about twenty to go into my storage outside (those are for keeps). I STILL don’t have enough space. Oh well. I wish I’d thought to get a pic of all that chaos…

Until next time! (and thank you everyone for being so welcoming and supportive!)



Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood Smith
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Croak by Gina Damico
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Golden by Jessi Kirby
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Shutter by Courtney Alameda
The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Discussions & Features

Bekka’s 2014 Reading Stats
Kara concluded her Harrry Potter reread/rewatch
Fan Casting the Lunar Chronicles
Lyn’s 2015 Reading Data
What made Pixie the reader she is today
Who’s Line is it Anyway: HP Edition




So far, I’ve covered 5 squares

Start a series: Croak by Gina Damico
Magical Realism: The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
Fairytale Retelling: Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Mystery or Thriller: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gold Lettering: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas


I’m not really doing any challenges this year, but I am unofficially doing my own middle grade challenge, so I may as well keep track of that here. So far I have read 2 middle grade books. I have some more planned for February that I am super excited about.


I have covered 6 squares so far:

Forgotten Fridays Pick-The Midnight Dress
2015 Debut-The Imaginary
Middle Grade-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Blue Cover-Shutter
Over 400 Pages-The Mime Order
Romance-In This Life


None for Lyn!


Flights of Fantasy (personal goal- 15 by end of 2015):

Heir of Fire
A Court of Thorns and Roses
Shadow and Bone
total: 3


Mystery or Thriller (Gone Girl)
Middle Grade (The Imaginary)
Start a Series (Shadow & Bone)
Over 400 Pages (Heir of Fire)



PicMonkey CollagePurchased
The Copper Promise by Jen Williams
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara
What Goes Around by Courtney Summers
Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You by Joyce Carol Oates
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Bought with a Gift Card from Lyn
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

For Review
Velvet by Temple West
Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn
Lion Heart by AC Gaughen
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Fairest by Marissa Meyer



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Purchased – Major Kindle Deals!
Gone Girl by Gillin Flynn
Kill me Softly by Sarah Cross
Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers
Retold: Six Fairy Reimagined, Edited by Ana Grilo & Thea James

For Review
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Bonus Picture!


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I had a small haul this month, but a really good one. I’m on an unofficial book buying ban, but I did slip up with one pre-order and a book I really wanted that was 5.99 for Kindle.

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Joyride by Anna Banks
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Velvet by Temple West
The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

Thank you to Macmillan Children’s Books, St. Martin’s Press, Lyn, and me. Hahahaha.


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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill


In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
Keesha’s House by Helen Frost
Mystic City by Theo Lawrence
Bitter End by Jennifer Brown
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block
Linked by Imogen Howson
Parallel by Lauren Miller

Kindle Books

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope
Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist
Broken Skies by Theresa Kay
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Space Viking by H. Beam Piper


I had quite the haul through the month. And I’m still waiting on a few more in the mail (which I guess will be a part of next month’s haul). 😀 Some I’ve already devoured because I couldn’t wait to read them. Some will be read VERY  soon.




For Review:

Lion Heart
Hold Me Like a Breath


Siege & Storm
Silver Shadows
Saving Francesca
Way of Kings (which I also have in e-book but needed paperback)
Gone Girl (not pictured, gifted away.)

E-ARCs and E-Books For Review, Not Pictured:

When Reason Breaks
Challenger Deep
The Cage

nnnff12109772Here’s the reminder that our February book club pick is Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

14 responses to “Nest n’ News: January Wrap Up

  1. I’m so sorry you’ve had such trouble with migraines in January, Kara. I hope that was it for 2015! You’ve all been really busy, and I love that you’re sharing both RL stuff and blogging things in your monthly wrap-up post.
    I’m a little jealous of Bekka who got to meet the authors of one of my favorite Sci-Fi series, I wish I could have been there, too!
    Congrats on your new car, Kara, it looks great, and I totally get your excitement.
    I love your painting, Lyn. I wish I was more artistic, alas, I’m not at all, but I really enjoy art so luckily for me, there are other talented people out there.
    It’s nice to ‘meet’ you, Pixie 🙂 I look forward to your reviews!
    Happy reading and have a great weekend.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews recently posted…Stacking the Shelves #69 BB & B #19My Profile

  2. So many things! I don’t know what to comment on first! I’ll start with the car. Congrats! As someone who is considering buying a new car this year, I am incredibly jealous. I like the result of having a new car (even if I don’t enjoy the payments) but I LOATHE car shopping. It’s always so very stressful.

    I’m not going to comment on all your books because I’d be here all day 🙂 but you added some amazing titles this month. The biggest one that stands out to me is The Trouble with Destiny. I have my fingers crossed I’ll get a copy of that one.

    Hope February is just as awesome!

    My StS!
    Kim @ kimberlyfaye reads recently posted…Blog Tour & Review: Withering Hope by Layla HagenMy Profile

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