Garden Gazette: June Wrap Up

Posted June 27, 2015 by Lyn Kaye in Garden Gazette, Kara, Lyn, Pixie / 1 Comment



The Garden Gazette 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! The Garden Gazette will include our book hauls, past posts, challenge updates, and more.

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Kara: So if you happened to miss the big news this month, I am now moved into my house! We are working on getting it to the place we want it to be, but it’s coming along. I got my lovely patio furniture for my screened-in porch, and today we sprayed the lake plants on our shoreline. Hopefully those will fall over and die soon. We’re working on pruning the trees, but there is SOOO much work to be done. We have a guy coming on Thursday to give us an estimated on how much it costs to get it professionally done. Also done? Pest control came and annihilated the ants and roaches in the yard. My new curtains came in for my room and as soon as the wrinkles are gone, I will get them up on Instagram. We power sprayed the house as well so it looks a shitton better.


Pixie: I haven’t been active much this month and here’s why: two teenage girls, beginning of summer, both cheerleaders. Every. Single. Day. Practices. Maybe three hours of sleep a night at best for me because my insomnia has been realllllyyy bad. Haha. Not only that, I was running around for cheer pictures, fundraisers, filling out what seemed like never-ending paperwork and picking up boxes… shopping for camps… ugh. Whenever I did get breaks, I didn’t feel like reading really. They both went off to camp–one girl one week, the other the week after. Now both back, and though practices are still going on, they are now only down to once or twice a week so I’m not as stressed at least. I think I can safely say July will be a much better month for me on the blog. In other news this month: I started a facebook that is more for blogger friends/interaction and business, rather than mixing all the family & personal stuff together. I still don’t log in much, but it’s there if you want to add. Hmm.. I believe that’s about it for the month. Not really anything exciting to talk about. LOL.

Lyn: So, this month, I have been a little less active on the blog and on Twitter. Why? Because this month was my BIRTHDAY!!!

I went to the coast to celebrate, and I have never been this impressed by the Texas coastline. We traveled to the tourist-y area this year, and it was quite a bit better than the other beaches. It was a tad more expensive, but well worth it!

Now I am just playing catch-up this week. Work is busy, home is busy, and the blog is busy (hint: we have something awesome coming soon!). Loki will go for his one year exam next week. Poor baby!

Short and sweet this month!

Banner This Month's Posts


Group Review: The Devil You Know
Ink and Bones by Kara
The Art of Lainey by Kara
Torn Away by Lyn
Every Last Word by Lyn
The Astrologer’s Daughter by Kara
Thrones & Bones by Kara
Devoted by Kara
Chime by Lyn
The Blue by Kara
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Pixie

Features and Discussions

Epic Recs for Pixie and Lyn
Tag: How Far Would You Go For Your Favorite Book?
Tag: The Cinderella Book Tag

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I have a smaller haul this month but it was CERTAINLY an awesome one! Thank you to Skyscape Books, Macmillan Kids,  Crown, and Penguin Young Adult!

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The Fold by Peter Clines
Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings
The Stellow Project by Shari Becker
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Map to the Stars by Jen Malone
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
First and Then by Emma Mills

Kara Sig Plant


Here’s where I feel like a total weirdo… I can’t share a picture of my haul this month, looking all awesome like these two kick-ass ladies. 🙁 I use my phone for pictures, and for the past few weeks my phone has decided to give me the big ol’ NOPE when it comes to holding anything on storage. It says my memory is “full” when in fact I know it’s not… I’ve been through this a dozen times (I only have 3 pics on it, wtf right?) and have completely cleared out internal and sd memory but it’s just a piece of shit. Whatever. So until I get a new phone–hopefully by end of next month I believe–I’m just going to list my haul. It wasn’t much this month anyway, only a few physical books and no e-books.


Coda –Emma Trevayne
Peaches –Jodi Lynn Anderson

Gifted (Thanks!):

Night Film –Marissa Pessl
Soundless –Richelle Mead (OMG I freaked out… SO EXCITED)

Contest Win:

Becoming Darkness –Lindsay Brambles

Pixie Sig Plant




The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
I am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

Look in the right hand corner….disaster is coming
Annnndddd…..Loki set his fur on fire

Rain of the Ghost by Greg Weisman
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges


When We Wake by Karen Healey (From Kara – thank you!)
Nordicana by Kajsa Kinsella (From Kara – thank you!)
D is for Dala Horse by Kathy-Jo Wargin (from a friend)
The Scandinavian Santa by Victoria Lindstrom (from a friend)
The Program by Suzanne Young (via #booksfortrade)

For Review:

Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett


Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu
Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Columbine by Dave Cullen
The Shadow Revolution: Crown & Key by Clay and Susan Griffiths

Lyn Sig Plant

Until next month!

One response to “Garden Gazette: June Wrap Up

  1. Hi,Pixie,
    Just wanted to say how pleased I am to see that you won a copy of BECOMING DARKNESS. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on my novel. It was a long journey to publication, but it has been worth every step of the way, every bump on the road just to see wonderful readers like yourself get a chance to read it.

    Happy reading!

    Lindsay Brambles
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