Garden Gazette: August Wrap Up

Posted August 29, 2015 by Lyn Kaye in Garden Gazette, Kara, Lyn, Pixie / 7 Comments



The Garden Gazette is a 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: We have a tropical storm coming! It’s my first since moving here! So if I’m not online for the first part of this week, it’s because I don’t have powerrr!

As for the last month, everything is pretty much the same. Been living, working, and staying out of the disgusting heat. Dan went back to school this past Monday and he seems to like his kids this year, so that is good. It will be a less stressful year for him.

Editing has been really slow lately, so if you know anyone that needs one (or YOU need one), feel free to reach out to me! I am booking through to the end of the year.

That’s about all I got! Looks like we might be getting a new couch this month, maybe, so I am a bit excited about that.

Pixie: Where to even begin? Wow, what a month. So effing glad it’s over. July and August put me in quite a bit of debt, stress, and a huge reading funk. I’m practically crawling toward September on my knees like PLEEEASSEEE JUST HURRY SO I CAN GET A LITTLE RELIEF. Of course the bills aren’t going to disappear in a snap, but it’s sure about to get a bit easier now that some of the largest ones have been paid off through the year. At least I can have just a little breathing room. Haha.

I have been doing a lot of research to try and find the right school for me personally since I’m going to go back soon, within the next couple of months at least–or spring at the latest–and it will be distance learning/online, I know that at least. I just haven’t decided yet. I’ve actually realized how much I love the legal curriculum. Maybe I won’t go for History major/legal minor, and instead switch that around. Other than a ton of web-surfing, I’ve been in my reading funk so I’ve basically been laying around a lot, watching Teen Titans Go, and coloring. I’m such an adult.

August ended with my husband getting into motorcycle wreck. I was glad he had been wearing his helmet. I am not happy that it’s a potential hit and run case. We can’t seem to get any real details on the matter though. No one knows anything unfortunately, and he’d been unconscious when paramedics were called–becoming semi-conscious when they’d arrived, just enough to find a way to contact me so I could get to the hospital (an hour away). No serious injuries thankfully. Concussion, sprained shoulder, a lot of scrapes and bruising/road rash, bruised hip.

Hmm… No other news to really report. GOOD-BYE AUGUST!

Lyn: So, this month has pretty much been a downer. The weather is terrible and I hate the heat. Seriously, I will complain all the way to Autumn.

This month has been pretty quiet for me. Work is terrible, to say in the least. My supervisor was out for three months on maturity leave, and the people that took her place has done a horrible job killing off our spirit in the department. Plus, my department rolled up under another organization, so things are a mess, and quite a few promises were broken and ignored during this whole thing. My management lied to us, tricked us, and used this move as an excuse to assign extra work but ignored the concerns raised. So, I hope to have some much better news soon.

Media-wise, I went to the movies after feeling a bit stir crazy and saw Inside Out. And I was amazed. Yes, I cried. Yes, I loved it. I can’t believe I doubted that this movie would turn out to be so enjoyable. The new Teen Titans Go episodes released on DVD, so I have been revisiting my favorite cartoon moments from the first series as well. Last, I discovered a new band via Pandora: Sleepthief. I love finding new music!

Loki has decided to start peeing on the bed once again this week, so I bought and changed all of the litter in the house and we have done all we can to give neurotic Loki some extra attention. As of Friday night, he went to the box on his own, and was given praise and treats. When I was playing with him one on one, I was looking him over as he was peering up to get a ribbon. I noticed he had a red spot. The boys have been playing rough, so I took a better look at his chin up close as he played. Lo and behold, he had a pea-sized zit on his chin! Poor baby! We’re buying all new bowls tomorrow and he is getting a heat pack on his chin. I was able to clean out quite a bit tonight, and his poor chin hurts so badly that his mouth hangs open and he is drooling. But there is no bed-wetting (thankfully) after this incident. This poor cat is such a hot mess.

Kili is fine and is happy as hell – nothing bothers him.

Banner This Month's Posts


Delicate Monsters by Pixie
Lucky Linus by Lyn
Of Dreams and Rust by Lyn
Deck Z by Kara
Everything, Everything by Lyn
Read Along Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Lyn and Pixie
The Mockingbirds by Lyn
Group Review: A Thousand Nights by Lyn and Jessie
Blog Tour: The 3rd Woman by Kara
The Scorpion Rules by Lyn
Uprooted by Lyn

Features and Discussions

Story Sprites Update
Discussion: Words Get in the Way by Lyn

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Kara’s Haul

It’s been a fairly slow month for books. I went to the bookstore for a late birthday present, and I went a little bananas with the Harper drop on Monday. But I’ve been pretty good this month, and this year, actually.

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The Vanishing Island by Barry Wolverton (for review from HarperCollins)
Racing the Sun by Karina Halle (bought)
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (bought)


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Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park

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Pixie’s Haul

e-ARCs for Review

The Great Hunt — Wendy Higgins

The Girl From Everywhere — Heidi Heilig

Vengeance Road — Erin Bowman

Thank you!

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Lyn’s Haul


Poison by Sarah Pinborough
Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover
Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata
A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Blythewood by Carol Goodman
Endsinger by Jay Kristoff
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
The Uninvited by Cat Winters

For Review

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis
An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (!!!!!!!!)
Life at the Speed of Us by Heather Sappenfield
I Crawl Through It by A.S. King
The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

Thank you, NetGalley and partner publishers!

Kindle Books

Broken Moon by Kim Antieau
Plenilune by Jennifer Freitag
This is Shyness by Leanne Hall
Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin
Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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See you next month in September!

7 responses to “Garden Gazette: August Wrap Up

  1. Stay safe Kara!
    Pixie, that must have been quite a shock. I’m happy your husband isn’t seriously injured and I hope September will be a better month for you.
    Lyn, haha, can we switch? I love warm weather <3 It sucks that your job has been so terrible. I hope it will get better soon. I can't wait to see Inside Out!

    I also got Shadow Queen & Reign of shadows. I have an eARC from Lair of dreams, I'm so excited. A long, long sleep is good and I LOVED The uninvited. Spinning starlight, AHHH, I need that book. I love Stitching Snow. I'm also curious about Illuminae (although I hate the cover..)

    Happy reading girls 🙂
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  2. Sounds like you all had seriously busy months! Pixie, that is so horrible about the hit and run thing! Car/motorcycle/ANY KIND OF ACCIDENT IS TERRIBLE! *hugs* Ooh, Lair Of Dreams, I still have yet to read The Diviners, apparently it was AMAZING, but it’s been what 3 years or so since the release of The Diviners? If there was a cliffhanger for the people that read it I feel sorry for them 😉
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    • No, it had a great ending. Sorta cliffy but we got answers too, if I remember correctly. I am so looking forward to Libba’s writing again!

  3. I’m sorry you’ve all had a pretty meh August – hopefully, September will be amazing!
    Loki peeing on the bed must have been stressful, I can’t imagine havining to take care of the bedding, and then also changing all the litters in one go like that. I’m glad he’s doing better, Lyn, even if he does have a zit on his chin, poor thing.
    You got some really good-looking books, and I have to admit I’m a little jealous of Illuminae! I’m really excited about it, and impatient to get my own grabby hands on it 😉
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