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 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.
Kara: This month has been completely slow and boring until TODAY (4-28). Our home approval from the bank finally came in, and now everything will be bananas until the end of next month when we are supposed to be closing. But if all goes well, that means we got the house! At least I should know in less than 30 days. Home buying is so confusing and stressful!
Since we took out the challenge portion of this post since no one is actually doing any this year, I decided to put my unofficial middle grade challenge progress in this section. At last count I had read 4 middle grade books this year. I only read one this month, so that puts my total at 5 so far. Not where I would like to be, but I have a bunch more coming up for review and hopefully I will get to a good portion of them in May.
Lyn: Things have somewhat quieted down. It was a rough month at work, and the weather has been crazy here (I count at least three nights of flooding!). The car demanded a lot of attention, and my sis’s birthday was at the end of this month, so, all in all, just day-to-day living.
Loki and Kili are getting along wonderfully, and Kili has become the alpha cat in the household.
I’m throwing a lot of time into fashion games on the iPad. I have a personal weakness for dress-up games. I have done a large circuit of fashion/dress up games and websites, such as Stardoll, Dollz, and general online character generator. At the moment, I am deep into Covet and Campus Life. Hooray addiction!!!
Oh top of that, I have read a lot of books this month (8 – a wonderful amount for myself) and I have sunk myself right back in to watching the animated Teen Titans series (original and Go!). I think my greatest ship ever is Robin/Starfire.
TL:DR – I have been a lazy asshat this month.
Pixie: I don’t really have anything to update on for IRL. I’ve been spending the last month reading, ordering graduation invites, sleeping, and now I’m filling out all those graduation invites.. yaayy. But anyway, yeah, it’s been a slow month.
This Month’s Posts
Last of the Sandwalkers
The Winner’s Crime
Ghosts of Heaven
The Water and the Wild
The Secrets We Keep
Prisoner of Night and Fog
Group Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Forgotten Fridays: Eyes Like Stars
She Is Not Invisible
Group Review: All the Rage
Features and Discussions
Kara: It was a fairly slow month this year for review books. I still somehow ended up with a lot though. Some pre-orders came in, and then I got a bunch of middle grade ARCs from Steph at Cuddlebuggery which she picked up on a recent trip to New York.
These are all from Random House Children’s via Steph at Cuddlebuggery. Thanks, Steph!
The Water and the Wild by K.E. Ormsbee (bought)
Nightborn by Lou Anders (Solicited–Thanks, RH Kids!)
Infandous by Elana K. Arnold (Solicited–Thanks, Lerner!)
Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard (bought)
I Pity the Poor Immigrant by Zachary Lazar (Unsolicited)
The Architect of Aeons by John C. Wright (Unsolicited)
I probably won’t read the last two–The first is not really my thing, and the second is the 4th book in a series I haven’t read. So if anyone wants these, please comment and let me know!
Lyn: Yeah….I bought a ton of books this month. I don’t even have an excuse.
Red Heart Tattoo by Lurlene McDaniel
Soulless by Christopher Golden
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
This Book is Gay by James Dawson
Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill
Darkbeast Rebellion (which I believe was featured last week…my mistake)
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Sekret (Autographed Copy) by Lindsay Smith
The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs (Autographed Copy) by Jack Gantos
Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
Gilt by Katherine Longshore
Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica
Thank you to Bloomsbury for the advanced copies!
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
I Knead My Mommy by Francesco Marciuliano
Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien
Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
The Thing About Scorpions by Tiffany Nicole Smith
That you to Netgalley, Bloomsbury, Random House, Chronicle Books, Running Press Books and Macmillan for the advanced copies.
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
Black Iris by Leah Raeder
Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond
A History of Blood and Glitter by Hannah Moskowitz
Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood
Pixie: Okay. I went overboard on my books this month and now I’m on a book ban. Whoopsie? (That’s okay, I still sneak-buy one or two here and there the next couple of months.) Also Bella obviously could not be bothered to move out of her spot. 😛
An Ember in the Ashes (thanks, Bekka)
Sent by Pub:
The Phantom of Menace – Ian Doescher (Quirk Books)
Gargoyle Hall – Angie Sage (Bloomsbury)
Shadows of Sherwood – Kekla Magoon (Bloomsbury)
How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me From Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel – Jennifer Brown (Bloomsbury)
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Darker Shade of Magic
The Raven Boys
The Mermaid’s Sister
The Perilous Sea