2017 | Week 2 | January 8 – January 14

I’m really enjoying 2017 so far. It’s been kind of stress-free for me. I’m not really pushing  myself to read or watch something and then getting upset if I don’t do that. Like hey, if I was able to read 10 pages today that was great. If I was able to read 100 pages that’s also great. I’m taking this year in stride.

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Despite taking things slow I do feel like I read a lot this week. Which was honestly probably just because I didn’t work a lot.

I started the Lord John Grey series by Diana Gabaldon. It was published kind of weirdly so I went from reading about 40 pages of Lord John and the Hand of the Devils to starting LJ and the Private Matter. And after that I’ll go back to Hand of the Devils. It’s a lot of bouncing around. But I really love John Grey so so much. I’m really excited to see more of him in season 3 of Outlander. By the way ‘Bones Bad Bones’ by Asbjorn is a perfect song to represent John’s feelings for Jamie alright.

I also read Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino. Not really my favorite from her. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars though. It was different from what she usually writes and yet it was so similar?

And I started listening to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I’m really glad I’m listening to the audiobook because I just noticed that the copy I have that came in a boxed set is really messed up. Like there’s entire pages just covered in ink. It’s just that one book that’s like that. I got the set years ago so there’s really nothing I can do about it now. Other than that I’m really loving listening to it. HBP is one of my favorites out of the movies and I think the book is just bringing so much more to the story.

I don’t think I really watched a lot of tv this week though. I did watch the first episode of the new show ‘Taboo’ and I’m not sure how I feel about it. It has Tom Hardy though so I’ll keep watching for now.

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Oh! I don’t think I discussed this in my last post but in 2017 I’m going to try and watch most of the dvds I own. I always end up buying them and never watching them. I was going in alphanumeric order but that got a little messed up. So far I’ve watched: 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, 17 Again, and Drive. I’d forgotten how much I loved each of these. Especially 17 Again. I didn’t remember it being that funny but it was.

Lastly, I just ordered season 9 of Heartland on dvd even though it’s 50 freaking dollars. I think when I bought seasons 1 through 7 it was around $120 total so I feel like $50 for one season is just insane. But I’ve been checking every single day for the price to drop and it. Just. Won’t. I got tired of waiting. Hopefully I can get around to rewatching the entire series very soon.

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This week I’m going to be working more which.. yay! bigger paycheck to buy more books but also… less time to read those books. Oh well, it’ll be over before I know it!

Release Day Launch – Lucian Divine

 

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luciandivine_03-1-1-1“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

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Renee-121Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com

Promo Tour – Lucian Divine

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Hi guys! Today I’m going to share a few teasers from Renee Carlino’s newest novel, Lucian Divine. I’m so excited to read this book and hopefully something in this post catches your attention too!

About The Book

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Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

Teasers

“You are everything to me. You’re the dream, the air, the reason, the cause for my whole existence.” -Lucian

“I’m on the other side of life, Evey, existing where death belongs and yearning to be with you. Yearning in brief moments to bring you here, into the darkness. When my thoughts are so painfully selfish, I cannot breathe you in at all. I cannot love you when I hate myself. Don’t say my name. Don’t think about me. Don’t imagine how we can be together.” -Lucian

“Evey, next time, in the next life we’ll be together—that’s how this will be corrected. This will be righted. This can’t be our forever fate. Next time we’ll live together, we’ll die together. We’ll experience every war together, inside ourselves and outside in the world. We won’t be out of reach, unavailable, unattainable, just love longing to be. Let’s keep moving fast in opposite directions. Keep praying we meet on the other side. I’ll see you there; I know I will. I have to believe that. Watch for me. I’ll be barreling toward you, arms wide open, and then we’ll crash into each other with the force of two spent lives yearning to be one.” -Lucian

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About The Author

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Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com
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2017 – Week 1

Wow my blog has been.. dead. I got an email for some posts I signed up for months ago and I was like, oh yeah, I have a blog still. The end of 2016 was just kind of weird and I really let this blog sit dormant for too long. So to hopefully get me posting more and on a regular basis in 2017, I’m going to make weekly posts just talking about what I did that week. Mostly re: reading, but I may talk about shows I’ve been watching too. You may remember my WWW Wednesday posts and this is something similar but with less structure? Hopefully that’ll make it less repetitive.

January 1 – January 7

The very first book I read this year was the New Moon graphic novel. Volume 1 of course because we’re still waiting on any news about volume 2. I was reading the Twilight graphic novels on NYE to help me reach my reading goal, which it did! So then at midnight I was ready for the New Moon GN and I flew through it.

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Later that day after I got some much needed sleep, I started on Too Late by Colleen Hoover. My gosh… this was a very powerful book. It was tough to get through though. Some of the events started to make me physically sick to be honest but Colleen’s writing is incredible. Shoutout to all of the people who read it when it was posted on wattpad because that would have stressed me out so bad.

Right now I’m reading Thirteen Reasons Why. I love this book so much so when I heard there was going to be a 10th anniversary edition I got sooo excited. I’ve found lately that when I re-read books, I like to listen to the audiobook instead. I wish I’d listened to 13RW the first time I read it because this audiobook is fantastic.

As for shows, I started rewatching Sherlock before I start the new season. It’s so weird knowing there’s going to be more than one episode in one year. How long has it even been since season 3 ended? Like 2 years? Anyways that’s where I’m currently at. I still have the last episode of season 3 and then the special episode and I can start watching season 4 finally!

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And last but not least… I am officially SKAM Trash. Around the beginning of December I saw a video on youtube about Isak and it looked good so I looked it up and for some reason I was under the impression that each season had a completely different cast? So I just wanted to watch the season Isak was on. I wish I’d known otherwise and started with season 1 but it doesn’t really change anything expect for the fact that, within one month, I’ve seen season 3 three times, and I’m currently watching season 1 for the third time. I’m not saying I’m obsessed but I’m obsessed.

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Overall the first week of 2017 has been pretty great. Already a huge improvement on last year. Hopefully all of you are enjoying the new year!