Nest 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 four 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.
Bekka: March was a wild, up and down roller coaster for me and I have to say, I’m glad it’s over. The month started out with trips to the doctor and the dentist, then huge bouts of anxiety and depression. I’m finally cycling out of all that right now and I’m getting back into the swing of things. Also, I’m starting up a second blog (more like bringing back an old blog) and I can’t wait to get to that! Starting in April, Pretty Deadly Reviews will be back up and running, focusing on books, tv, movies, and video games – and eventually writing. I’m excited! Finally, I booked my hotel and train tickets for BEA! I’m sad that my co-bloggers (and Jessie!) won’t be able to be there with me, but I also can’t wait to see a few of my other friends and discover some amazing books!
Kara: Ugh. This month has been just one big UGH. Stillllll waiting to hear if the bank has accepted our offer on the house we want to buy. Our microwave broke and so we had to buy a new one right after making an offer on a house that comes with a brand new gorgeous one. I expect we will hear back from the agent tomorrow probably because that is how these things go. I have had horrid insomnia all month and I am sleeping at all hours of the day, and it blows. Plus, work has been insane and more than I can handle this month, and it hasn’t been helping me sleep any.
But I read some great books, so there’s that! Hopefully next month will be better and I won’t have to be such a Debby Downer.
Lyn: After claiming that February was a quiet, ho-hum month, the universe decided to make things interesting. At the end of February, Leonard Nimoy passed away. It shook me up, since I considered him one of my biggest idols, a true hero and inspiration. My post can be found here, detailing what he meant to me. I didn’t take his pass very lightly.
A week later, my father contacts me to go out and see papa before he takes a turn for the worse. A little bit of background info: I had a falling out with my dad over my horrible stepmother and he said I was no longer welcome out at his house until I apologized to her (our dad lives on Papa’s property). I stubbornly refused, since the woman was emotionally and physiologically abusive and I was not going to apologize for the words that I said to her, 20 years overdue.
Sis and I went to see Papa (I adore my Papa!) and it turns out that my easy going grandfather ripped into Step-Monster and told her that it is a shame when a man took care of your kids, and helped you raise them, only to turn around and chase off his own kids. The Step-Monster wasn’t around when we went out, and it was actually a very pleasant visit. It seemed that everyone was in better spirits without her around, and it was nice to be able to talk to my own father again without her lurking around, demanding his attention when we were around. We talked about our aunt, who passed away of cancer last year (no one told us she had died and we never went to the funeral, thanks to step-monster keeping that information from us) and it was heartbreaking to hear about her last days. Even though it was a good visit and a relief to know that other people told that vile woman the truth, it was taxing on me, and it brought up a lot of positive and negative feelings and memories.
A week after this happened, Maxwell, our 4 year old Maine coon, fell ill with a liver infection. He was hospitalized for a few days, but by the weekend, it was confirmed that he wasn’t going to make it. We had to put him to sleep.
It was the final straw to an already bruised state of mind, and I took a week off of from most online activities. I had to mentally recovery and bounce back.
Loki took Maxwell’s death pretty hard, since they were buddy cats. I found him carrying food to Maxwell’s carpet in the kitchen, trying to bring him out. It was heartbreaking. The Saturday after Maxwell’s passing, I went to Petsmart and adopted a young flame point Siamese cat, which Sis wanted to name Kili (the hot dwarf in The Hobbit). Loki is warming up to him fairly fast, and the two of them are making adjustments to life.
I do have one more piece of wonderful news. Due to my workout routine and nutritional intake monitoring, I was able to bring down some scary numbers in my blood sugar level. My body has down insulin resistant, which means that my blood sugar level rises as I cannot use the insulin properly. YAH health!
I am hoping that April is a bit calmer. Never again will I mildly complain about a slow month.
Pixie: On a personal level, this is a horrible year so far. March only got worse. So much stress. I can’t/don’t want to go into details publicly at this moment, but I’m glad for good friends and close family to keep me somewhat grounded during difficult times. Also, cheer season has begun for my girls so that has kept me pretty busy on the homefront–and a lot broke.
This weekend my oldest brother is getting married, so I get to crawl out of my hobbit hole and go mingle.
Other than that, I don’t really have much to add for this month that I want to discuss anyway.
Anywhere But Paradise by Anne Bustard
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
Girl in Reverse by Barbara Stuber
The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
Duplicity by NK Traver
Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle
Black Iris by Leah Raeder
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Features and Discussions
Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler
The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Those Girls by Lauren Saft
Duplicity by NK Traver
(Big thanks to Dahlia Adler, Simon & Schuster, Bloomsbury, Little Brown, and St Martin’s Press!)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Solicited)
Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle (Solicited)
Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center (Unsolicited)
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (Unsolicited)
The Lost Boys Symphony by Marc Andrew Ferguson (Unsolicited)
Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu (Unsolicited)
The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford (Unsolicited)
If any of my readers wants To Rise Again at a Decent Hour or The Cavendon Women, please let me know as I will not be reading either. I tried to read the first and it was just not for me, and the second book is not in a genre I generally read. Comment on this post and I will ship it out to you this week.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Black Iris by Leah Raeder
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano
Awake by Natasha Preston
While We Run by Karen Healey
Myths of the Norsemen by Roger Lancelyn Green
The Price That Fell From the Sky by John Claude Bemis
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
Live Through This By Mindi Scott
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub
The Girl with the Mermaid Hair by Delia Ephron
The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman
Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Darkbeast and Darkbeast Rebellion by Morgan Keyes
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale
As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka
Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
Sia by Josh Grayson
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salibury
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Damselfly by Jennie Bates Bozic
Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
The Falconer by Elizabeth May
The Fixer – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Doublecross – Jackson Pearce
Red – Alyxandra Harvey
Awakening – Shannon Duffy
Juliet – Anne Fortier
Scarlet & Cress – Marissa Meyer
I actually had more purchased, but they’ll have to go on April’s N&N. They’re due in mail a day or two after this post goes live. Lol.
(Thank you Bloomsbury and EntangledTeen!)