April Wrap Up

Posted May 7, 2016 by Lyn Kaye in great endings, Kara, Lyn, Maryam, Pixie / 4 Comments

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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. 

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Kara:

April was a pretty busy, but basic, month for me. Lots of editing, lots of Big Brother, and lots of taking care of animals as usual. I’ve been working on getting the house ready for when I have Christina and Lyn here for ALA Annual in June. I had no idea how much stuff I had to get done until I started doing it. We just moved in here last June, so it’s almost been a year since we got this awesome little house on a lake, but we haven’t had a whole lot of money to do anything to it. You saw the new couch, the new carpet, and the painted walls, but I have yet to get any art on the walls. I need a new cat tree for the kitties, a reading chair, etc, but at least I managed to plant a few vegetables and buy a new mailbox for the street.

Other than that, I’ve just been working and reading and not trying to fall behind on ARCs. Oh, and Lily got worms again–I don’t think they ever went away completely–and they affected her REALLY severely this time. She was trembling, squealing, you couldn’t touch her belly or butt…and we had to take her into the vets for pain killers. But if it happens again, I am set up here with narcotics and dewormers.

And that was my April. 😛 I’m boring, I told you.

Lyn:

April was so crazy. I am working on some new things at work. I hope it gets me away from the environment that is currently killing me slowly, so I have a lot of energy focused on that currently.  Also, the third season of Sailor Moon Crystal started up, so TV is a thing for me right now.

I had to go back to see what I did in April. My reading was really abysmal in April. I downloaded Sailor Moon Drops and Miitomo, and that ate up a lot of time. My anxiety really kept me from reading. I want to try to catch up on my reading goal (5 books behind – yikes) and I have so many ARCs that I want to pick up.

I also celebrated my sister’s birthday, where we went to go see exotic animals, go to a casino, and spent a lot of time with my mother. It was nice to have some downtime, and I broke away from tech all last weekend. It was great, and it was refreshing to enjoy life and to live a little. Currently, I feel so disconnected from everything. I’m always away from Twitter, I hardly talk to anyone online anymore, and I can’t even really pinpoint what my issue is, other than anxiety and depression. I really hate it when my work life starts to bleed into my home life.

Loki turned 2 in April! Happy birthday, you beautiful boy! Granny-cat was so happy to spend some time with him (he’s her favorite), and she wants to move in so she can see Loki every day. He is such a special boy.

Maryam:

Phew, April is finally over! April was an exciting month for me, because I started my first year of school! And in a school with modules and courses that I actually spazzed over, such as Mathematics, Programming, Engineering and so much more. If you realized, I haven’t really been active the past two weeks or so, but I’m back now! And I intend to spam y’all with the different kinds of happenings in school HEHE. Yes, I am excited, and I know it may be tough at times, but as long as I’m doing what I love (which I so am!), I’ll be alright.

Another exciting moment for April is that I started watching Sword Art Online anime, that my friends pushed me to watch in exchange of being his friend, HAHAHA. But omg, it’s really good. It’s about gamers stuck in a virtual reality, where they can play games, fight bosses and kill monsters. However, the creator of the game decided to make the game even more interesting, by taking out the logout button, and the respawning button. Which means that, if you die in the game, you die in real life. ALSO, THERE’S A CUTE MAIN CHARACTER EEEEECK.

Pixie:

April was an insanely busy month.
First things first, my stepdad got in a pretty bad motorcycle accident a couple of weeks ago. He was in ICU for a few days with broken ribs, fluid in his lungs, bruises and a bunch of scraps, fractured ankle, etc. I’ve spent my last couple of weeks running around and practically living off of caffeine for what little energy I can muster to help my stepdad and mom as much as possible with their needs, as well as getting ready for my oldest girl’s upcoming graduation (all the senior events are happening as of now over the next month until graduation night and it’s insanity). I think I maybe am lucky enough to get 3 hours of sleep a night right now. LOL.
Otherwise, things have been decent for me. School is going good. The workload is starting to get a little lighter at least since I’m almost done with the two heaviest courses for this semester–I only have a couple more lessons to finish up with each and they are done. I’ll have some relief then I think. Haha.
On a fanatic note: when I get my downtime, Netflix has become my best friend right now to relax and de-stress. And I absolutely fell in love with Daredevil… actually The Punisher… and can’t wait for his series to start. 😉

This Month's Posts

Reviews:

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
Forgotten Fridays: Dreamwood by Heather Mackey
The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker
Burning by Danielle Rollins
Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Torn by Amanda Hocking
DNF Review: The Prelapsarians by John Gaiserich
Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman

Features and Discussions:

Story Sprites: Round Four
Imaginative Discussions: Book Blogging Blues
Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Every Shipper Should Read
Imaginative Discussion: Are Fantasy Books the IN thing for Young Adult Genres and WHY?
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh
Imaginative Discussions: Myself in 5 Characters
Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights
Tag: The Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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Kara:

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For Review:

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner
Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

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E-ARCs:

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Foxheart by Claire Legrand
Replica by Lauren Oliver
Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley
Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger
The Graces by Laura Eve
Thank you to Candlewick Press, Quirk Books, Tor, St. Martin’s Press, Random House Books for Young Readers,
HarperTeen, Touchstone, and Abrams.

Lyn:

Books

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
All These Lives by Sarah Wylie
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
The Winter Place by Alexander Yates
The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

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ARCs

Thank you, NetGalley, Tor Teen, Wise Ink Creative Publishing, Bloomsbury and NAL!

Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Edge of the Bare Garden by Roseanne Cheng

Maryam:

I am currently on a book-buying hiatus HAHAHA.

Pixie:

I didn’t buy or receive anything in April. But I’ve made a couple purchases for May already so I look forward to finally being able to share that come the next wrap-up post!

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