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.
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!
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
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!
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
Night Film –Marissa Pessl
Soundless –Richelle Mead (OMG I freaked out… SO EXCITED)
Becoming Darkness –Lindsay Brambles
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)
Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine
Until next month!