Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week.
Mindful musings recap
In natalie's world
May 17th is the last day of school for me, and boy, am I counting the days. I don't think I've ever had a semester with this much work, and I know with my graduate assistantship next semester, things are only going to get even more chaotic! Still, I'm super excited for the fall semester, but I will definitely be appreciating the summer break in between! If it seems like my posting is more irregular than usual and I'm behind on commenting...well...it's probably because I am. Still, I managed to get three posts up this week, and considering I'm in that end-of-the-semester crunch, I'm surprised I got anything up at all.
Since I know a lot of my blogging friends are in (or have been in) literature-related academic fields, I figured I'd share with you guys the two projects that are doing the best job of keeping me hopping and away from the book blogosphere. The first is a paper for my Modern Rhetorical Theory class, which I'm doing on visual rhetoric and the "whitewashing" of young adult and children's book covers. The second is a paper on Charlotte Bronte's book Shirley, which has to do with women and religion. I love both of my topics, but I can't count how many hours I've spent on them already. I'm definitely ready to be finished.
To all of you out there who are facing end-of-the semester stress as well, good luck!
Around the Book Blogging community
+ Amanda at On a Book Bender published a discussion post on joint reviews and also wrote an "awww" -inducing open letter to the book blogging community to celebrate her blogoversary.
+ Emily at Emily's Reading Room featured me along with a bunch of other awesome bloggers on her feature, Blogger Confidential. This week's topic was quitting blogging.
+ Donna at Bites had a fantastic guest post on historical women from Y.S. Ling, author of the Agency series.
+ Karen from For What it's Worth posted a reminder about the feature she and Tiger from All-Consuming Media host, Book Blogger Confessions. If you want to participate this coming Monday, stop by one of their blogs and link up (the linky will be available on Monday). This week's topic is comments!
+ Felicia from The Geeky Blogger's Book Blog posted a breakdown of her book-buying limits and how she's held up to her budget so far this year. For any of you looking into setting a budget for yourself, this post is definitely one you should look out. In fact, I should probably start one myself...
+ Anna at Literary Exploration published a discussion post on the classics. As a student of literature, this was especially of interest to me!
+ Author Sarah Ockler wrote a fantastic post on Race and YA literature. I highly recommend that you read it! It's a topic that I think we all need to think of more regularly.
Current eBook Deals
Since I personally have a Nook, the below deals are from Barnes and Noble. However, many times the pricing is the same at Amazon, for those of you who are Kindle users.
bOOKS, i READ THEM
It probably seems like I've been reading Lightbringer forever, but while I've managed to maintain a semblance of activeness in the book blogosphere, my "fun" reading time is virtually non-existent because of all the homework, tests, and final projects I'm working on. Also, I have a pile of review books with release dates in May that I'm waaaaay behind on. Silence is one of those books, so I decided to pick it up and try to get a start on it so I could put a review up within at least a couple of weeks of its release date.
I'm also listening to Hounded by Kevin Hearne on audiobook, based on the high recommendations of Felicia, Missie, Amanda, and Danny. I was also told that I HAD to have the audiobook, so I downloaded it with the Audible gift membership I won from Bewitched Bookworms a little while ago. It was SO worth it, because this is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to (okay, so I've listened to like five, but that IS changing)! I'm just under two hours away from finishing it, and I will definitely be giving it a positive review!
New on my shelf
Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill and The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski, both eBooks for review!