Great Endings 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 four of us together in one post – which is one of our favorite parts of co-blogging! Great Endings will include our book hauls, past posts, challenge updates, and more.
Maryam: I have a confession to make: I kinda wanted February to pass by REALLY FAST. And it did! Basically, February was a whirlwind of work and school applications. It passed by really fast, and I’m just happy to say that it’s been confirmed that I’m going to school! HOORAY. I’m pretty much looking forward to March because it’s my birthday month, and the mother will be going to holiday soon, SO MUAHAHA I can buy books and mail it to myself. BUT YEAH, speaking of my mom, this month has been a bad month, and I’m thinking this as I’m reading Kara’s part about how her dad got hospitalized. Well, my mom just got hospitalized for the past few days, and it was really scary. Her nerve systems were pretty much already dying, and nobody knows WHY. And lately, when she went to the MRI scan, they discovered that her brain was slowly diminishing, and that’s affecting her balance and movement. I’m kinda scared, because even though we don’t get along that much, I don’t want anything bad to happen to her. SIGH. Please let March be okay.
Kara: Do you know how tired I am of having negative or bad news? Let’s start off with the good: I’m in a really good mood, I love my house, I love my furkids, I love Dan, I ADORE my co-bloggers…but my dad is really sick. He had two ministrokes this past month and he’s having surgery on the 29th to remove the blockage to his brain that is causing the strokes before he has a massive one. We are lucky in that we caught it before a horrible stroke happened, but the surgery is scary because he has to stay awake during in case he suffers a stroke then. Naturally, my mom is freaking out (who wouldn’t be) and it just sucks because I am stuck here in Florida and my parents are in Michigan. Normally I love being in Florida, but I feel helpless right now. And I miss them. I am sure my dad will get through it fine, but it’s just stressful and frustrating.
Fun news: we are digging out our garden this weekend. It’s going to be awesome. I have bought so many seeds and plants, and I can’t wait for them to get here!
Pixie: I was sick for nearly all of February with sinuses, upper respiratory infection, and ear infections. Felt horrid. So basically the month passed me in a blur or haze of antibiotics and cold medicine. Every time I thought I was getting better, the next morning I’d crashed again. I am finally recovering, and trying to avoid situations as much as possible of picking something up (like the flu, yikes) since immune system is weakened a bit right now. Catching up on schoolwork has been outrageous, and the most depressing thing that despite being sick and laid up in bed a majority of the month, I had no desire to pick up a single book to read until the last few days. My lazy ass kept curled up on the couch with a remote in hand instead. *sigh*
But hey, some good news: I did manage to at least get out and see Deadpool!
There’ll be more news and updates for March. I feel like February was just really dull for me… besides Deadpool.
Lyn: I am with Kara on this – I really REALLY want to list out a whole lot of good, awesome things here. I just want one month where I look back and go, “Yeah, that was an awesome month!”
We did get a new car – a Volvo, and it is in much better shape than our last new car, so that is a huge plus. I also have a new migraine onset pill, and MAN is that making everything so much better on the migraine front. It turns out that my pharmacy filled a substitute for tension headaches, not migraines, and it was making everything worse. (I have CVS pharmacies).
There is one thing. I have thrown a lot of energy this year into weight loss and my overall health to combat my insulin resistance and other health problems. I don’t talk a lot about it, because I know that I HATE it when people go on and on about their new diets and such, because, hey, it makes others feel like crap. If you are interested in my diet, I will be more than happy to share on Twitter, or in comments. In 6 weeks, I have lost 8 pounds, and it has really helped me find something to turn my attention on and obsess over. Hooray obsessive personality type!
Now for the yucky part of my week – I was passed over, again, for a spot I want, for some dismissive reasons, and this was on top of a week filled with my supervisors being overall assholes. The jobfront sucks. Kids, don’t get an office job. Please listen to your half-dead, half suicidal blogger friend here. DON’T. GET. AN. OFFICE. JOB.
One last note: Go see Deadpool. I finally have a job I can aspire to obtain.
The Key of Alanar by Maryam
Missing Pieces by Kara
Passenger by Maryam
Truthwitch by Lyn Kaye
Forgotten Friday Group Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Maryam
The Girl From Everywhere by
This is Where it Ends by Lyn Kaye
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Kara
Behold the Bones by Kara
Autofocus by Maryam
Features and Discussions:
I received no ARCs or physical books this month, so that’s a little depressing but it’s also not, because no responsibilities! YAYYY. But I bought a few for Kindle and downloaded a few eARCs.
Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
White Tiger by Kylie Chan
I absolutely ADORED Written in Red, so I immediately downloaded Murder of Crows and read it. I didn’t like it as much as the first, but I still really loved it. I plan to read the next two books reallllly soon, but I wanted to take a short hiatus to take care of some of my ARC responsibilities. Then I downloaded White Tiger because it was on sale for 99 cents, but it was just HORRIBLE. I abhorred the writing, and I really am not understanding all the positive reviews. I think the story was probably awesome, but I could not get past the clunky, stilted writing. I am quickly finding out that not all urban fantasy is the same. But I will be reading a lot more urban fantasy and paranormal romance this year. I all of a sudden love it!
With depression comes the book binge, but I was responsible and used coupons and sales and what not. Also, I bought two new Funko Pop figures (Thor and Pink Harley) and I LOVE them!
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
The Bargaining by Carly Anne West
Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
Resonance by Erica O’Rourke
School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough
They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire
Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
(not pictured) Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Written in Red by Anne Bishop
I didn’t do so great with my reading challenges this month. I didn’t mean for it to go that way, but I got into a really awesome urban fantasy series, and then I just sort of read what I wanted. So let’s see how I did.
Around the World 2016:
Not so many new places this month, but I did manage to add Iowa; London, England; Fuzhou, China; and a fictional town in Ontario, Canada.
You can see the books that go with those locations by clicking on the link to my map.
I didn’t read any books off my TBR this month. I am aiming to change that next month.
My Goodreads Challenge is to read 125 books in 2016. So far I have read 20 books and am 1 book ahead of schedule.
I have one square left to complete on the blue path. I have a little bit completed on every path. I am looking to complete some paths next month but this month I was only able to fill in two squares.
Middle Grade Challenge:
Errrr, I did not read any middle grade books this month. So far I am only at 1 for the year. But I am reading one now, and I know I am reading at least one more in March.