June/July Wrap-Up Post

Posted July 31, 2016 by Kara in great endings, Kara, Lyn, Maryam, Pixie / 2 Comments


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.


Kara: So we skipped doing a wrap-up post last month, but it’s not anything we did intentionally. I honestly forgot. With ALA and having friends come to visit, it was a really big month for me. I can’t believe Lyn, Christina, and I didn’t get a picture together, but we didn’t! And I took practically zero pictures at ALA because I just wanted to relax and enjoy everything. But I swear, I went! 

A little bit about ALA as a conference in general. It’s much more relaxing than BEA. The first day I hardly rested at all and I just circled from publisher to publisher, basically going in circles because new books were dropping ALL. THE. TIME. I got in a few signing lines, but it wasn’t anything like BEA. There were multiple copies of every book out, and if there was something I didn’t see that I wanted, I would ask the publisher, and 8 times out of 10 they would just dig in a cupboard and get me a copy. 

I got so many books the first day, that the second day I decided to take a more low-key approach. Also my feet reallllly hurt still from the first day, so that was my second reason for doing what I did. Dan and I found a place to sit in the corner, and we all parked our books and bags there and took turns sitting with our stuff while we got up and walked the booths again or got in signing lines we wanted to get in. I would walk around a couple circles, come back with an armful of books, pack them away, sit and rest for twenty minutes, then get up and go again. It was SUCH a smart way to do things and it gave me time to chill out and stay calm. And I STILLLL left with so many books.

I don’t want to state how many books I got at ALA annual, but it was farrrr, far more that I got at either of the BEA conferences I went to. And I know ALA is a librarian conference and it shouldn’t be about how many books you take home, and to that I say, I was lucky enough to be one of three bloggers invited to a specific publisher dinner, and it was there that I was seated at a table with 6 of the kindest, most awesome librarians ever that taught me so much about what they do for the libraries they work for, for ALA in general, and the committees they work on that help determine which books win ALA awards like the Printz.

I know everyone loves BEA to pieces, but I loved how relaxing ALA was and how much I learned about librarianship. I got to talk with publicists more than at BEA, and it was fun bringing Dan into my world. The other thing I like about ALA is  how it moves to different cities. I love New York City more than most, but I also love the chance to experience different cities and airports because I love all aspects of travel. NYC is so EXPENSIVE, y’all. (Never forget Ghost piiiigggggggggg – Lyn)

July was…July. Pokemon Go came out and I’ve been spending a lot of time doing that and reading my ALA books and trying not to fall behind. So far, so good!

Lyn: June was my birthday month, so I was very busy during that time going out, seeing friends, going to the zoo – it was a crazy month, but it was well worth it!

The end of the month was spent in Florida with Kara, going to ALA. And what I found was ALA>BEA. BEA and NY was really fun, and I loved the time I had when I was there in 2014, but ALA was a quieter, organized BEA, and now I am making plans to go to more of the librarian conferences. I also got to pet new kitties and visit the Animal Kingdom and see the Tampa aquarium. As long as animals are involved, I am sold! Kara treated me to my favorite restaurant, the Cheesecake Factory, and she gifted me her Crooked Kingdom socks. It was a good time. <3 I even colored my hair pink for the trip, something I have always wanted to do! The downside is that I want my hair pink permanently.

July filled with Pokemon a resumes. I’m doing everything I can to break away from my current job situation. Let’s just say that trying to correct the situation by going through the proper channels at work made the situation even worse in the end. So I have pushed to either be moved out of my role into the one I am currently performing (without merit) or I will completely leave the company. I already have some resumes sent off for some very good roles.

I hate to be doom and gloom. When I visited my migraine doctor, he said that since he saw me back in January, I’ve lost over 20 pounds, and if I am to be honest, I am actually really proud of my accomplishment in that department. I even lost some weight when I came back from Florida! So that is one really positive accomplishment for the halfway mark for the year!

So if I seem quiet on social media, I’m working hard on finding a new occupation and catching up on my huge ARC stack. Or out walking around, catching Pokemon.

Maryam: June and July were the worst months for me. Things got really hectic for awhile there and I was trying to get everything together. And then there’s school, and all the different kinds of project which I have been trying to finish up as soon as possible. And my exams are coming up OH MY GOD. Reading-wise, I’ve managed to squeeze in time here and there to read, which makes me seriously happy, but my reading challenge makes me unhappy HAHA I have never been so behind on reading challenges before. BUT oh well. I cannot wait for August because I am finally starting a part-time job at Kinokuniya, hooray!

Pixie: I’m trying to play a lot of catch-up. Through the last month I’m wrapping up my last course of the semester in a rush (which I fell insanely behind on even then with that as well and had to have an extension) before my next semester starts mid-September after finals. *facepalm* I have hardly touched my reading shelf in the last month and a half and I’m starting to feel it. At first it was a huge reading slump, now it’s more like trying to find the time to pick up a book and which book do I dive into first because I have a ton of unread just sitting here collecting dust. Lol. I haven’t even logged into Goodreads in a few months to update anything there because I know the reading challenge is just going to taunt me. Blegh. But the good news here is that I’m definitely wanting to reach for the books and read all I can. Hopefully over the next few weeks of my catch-up I can get a couple reads in. Hmm.. Maybe ACOMAF… which has also been sitting on my shelf for a couple of months. Lol. I know! I’m so bad for not having read it yet!

Okay, other than swamped with school, that’s really about it. I’m not that exciting. Sorry. 🙂

This Month's Posts


A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Tumbling by Caela Carter
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C Bennett
Escaping Perfect by Emma Harrison
Learning to Swear In America by Katie Kennedy
Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Whatever. by S.J. Goslee
Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy

Features and Discussions:

Top Ten Reasons We Love Cats
Most Anticipated Releases for The Second Half of 2016
Favorite 2016 Releases So Far
Books That Made Us Ugly Cry
Story Sprites Round Five Sign-Up
Top Literally Underrated Books on Goodreads
Top Ten Facts About Us




From Publishers:

The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn
The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

I DNFed The Smaller Evil. This book was just simply too weird for me. I didn’t like where it was going, and when I took a peek at the early reviews, it didn’t seem like it was going to get any better.

Thank you to Penguin and HarperCollins!


Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
The Mark of Cain by Lindsay Barraclough


Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Axeman by Ray Celestin
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider


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Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Garcia-Moreno
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
The Beast Is An Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale



Gifted from Kara:

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
(Thank you!!)

Valkyrie by Kate O’Hearn
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Little Peach by Peggy Kern
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw


Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Foxheart by Claire Legrand


LIBRAAAARY HAULS <3 (sorry for the horrible camera quality)



Sent by publisher:

Life in a Fishbowl – Len Vlahos (I’m really excited for this one!)


11/22/63 – Stephen King

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