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Monthly Book Round-up: July 2014

July saw an increase in books read, thanks to a week at the beach!  It was nice to get so much reading done, though I’m definitely way behind in reviews now!  I finished listening to only one book this month, mainly because I’ve re-started A Game of Thrones, this time via audio.  Expect this trend to continue over the months as I work my way through the books – I’ve definitely been enjoying the story more, and the narrator is awesome.  I knocked out another series this month, reading the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.  My goal is to read the Caster Chronicles series next, though that may or may not get started in August.

I also changed a few things up with some fellow bloggers this month, which was a lot of fun!  If you’re ever interested in collaborating on something with me, send me an email at

And the biggest news yet:  I took the leap to getting my own domain name and becoming self-hosted!  I’ll give you more details about what route I chose when everything gets switched over, but for now please be aware there may be some in-between lag time.  I am set to migrate things this weekend, so if you have issues getting to my blog, please hang in there!  You will soon be able to find the blog at, so start bookmarking it now!



Books I ReadJuly Read

Note that Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was a DNF.



Books I Listened ToLast Lecture



Books I BoughtJuly Bought



Books I WonBlack Ice

Thanks go out to Shelly over at Read.Sleep.Repeat. for hosting the giveaway!



Books I ReviewedJuly Reviewed

Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg

Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom

Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Fires of Man by Dan Levinson

Fixed On You by Laurelin Paige

Until The End by Tracey Ward (Guest Post over at Reviews in a Pinch)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Co-Post over at Down The Book Hole)



Other Posts

Top Ten Tuesday {15}: Classics I Actually Want To Read

2014 Progress Thus Far

Top Ten Tuesday {16}: Blogging Confessions!

Quotable Friday {11}: Be Shameless

The Book of Life (AHHHH!) and A Few Life Lessons

Guest Book Review: Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff


Top Ten Tuesday {17}: Authors I Own The Most Books From

Let’s Talk: Blog Hosting



Looking Forward into August

I am going to be doing a second co-post with Ashley @ Down The Book Hole talking about Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s #2) by Ransom Riggs!  We really enjoyed doing the first book together, and I’m sure the second one is going to be fun too.  I will be finishing up the audio of A Game of Thrones and moving on to A Clash of Kings!  This is a big deal for me because I decided I needed to get through at least the first two books before I start watching the show, and I’m anxious to start watching.  I would really like to participate in Bout of Books 11, but it will depend on what my work schedule is like, as I might be traveling a lot.  I promised the fiance I would focus on my outrageous amount of unread books here at home (I have SO BLOWN my one shelf rule), so I’m hoping not to buy any new books for the month.  The look of the blog is going to be changing, and once I get everything the way I like it, I’m going to be ordering business cards to start handing out!  Finally, I’ll be reviewing the fifty million books I read while at the beach 🙂


Let’s Talk: Blog Hosting

I’ve been trying to come up with a neat little theme for my so-called “random” or “miscellaneous” posts, mainly so I can categorize them in some way. Today I’m trying on the “Let’s Talk” meme for size.  What do you think?


Today I want to discuss blog hosting, and I apologize in advance to my readers that do not blog.

Right now my blog is still “free,” meaning that it has the added to the end of my web address.  I decided last month that I had committed 6 months to this blog and I was ready to take the next step and actually pay for it.  There are things I want to do that I just can’t with the free blog.

Originally I had intended to just Upgrade with WordPress.  I figured by doing that I could knock several things off my list, like get my own domain name, customized design, etc etc.


However, I feel like this is NOT the route most bloggers take.  Is that true?  If so, who do you host from?  How do you go about designing your blog?  How does it tie in with using WordPress?  Do you have to manually transfer all your posts to the other host?  Can you use affiliate links/advertise/book blog tour host if you are using WordPress but self-hosting? (By the way, I recently found out that if you are doing book blog tours without original content, you are violating WP’s terms of service.  Look it up, it specifically says “book blog tours”.)  And a million other questions I’m probably not even asking.


To put it simply, I have spent all of July, which is when I intended to go the pay-for-my-blog route, discovering that it isn’t necessarily that easy.  I feel a bit overwhelmed with it all at the moment, and find it difficult to find the information I’m seeking.  I could be TOTALLY off-base with how this even works, for all I know.


So here’s what I want to know:

If you have your own domain, who are you hosting from?

How do you do your blog designing?

How does hosting from other sites play well with WordPress?

Do you have any good sources of information that you could send my way?

Do you have any answers to questions I haven’t asked?


Hey everyone!  I am headed to the beach for a week, so the blog will be going on hiatus until I get back next weekend.  Looking forward to soaking up some rays and doing lots of reading!


There will probably be some status updates on twitter while I’m gone, like which books I’m reading, etc, so start following me if you want to stay in the loop!  @bookjunkiekrys

Books Are My Thing will be resuming on Monday, July 28th.  See you then!

The Book of Life (AHHHH!) and a few life lessons

Ha ha.  Get the pun?  I know, it’s terrible.


So in case you are living under a rock, The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness came out today, concluding the awesomely amazing All Souls Trilogy.

I am still in the process of reading Dreams of Gods & Monsters, so it’s likely I won’t get to The Book of Life for a few days, but I definitely picked up my copy today!!!  And if you follow me on Twitter (@bookjunkiekrys), then you already know the sweet news I’m about to discuss!


Let me start from the beginning.  A few weeks ago I ordered the 2nd and 3rd book of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy from Books A Million (BAM).  When my books arrived, I had also received two other books I hadn’t bought.  After debating it for about 5-10 minutes, I morally couldn’t keep them and contacted the company to return the books.  My thoughts?  “Well what if some poor soul didn’t get the books they ordered because I got them!?!”  So I returned the books.


Two weeks ago I noticed that BAM was selling pre-orders of autographed copies of The Book of Life.  The problem was that they weren’t shipping until today, and I was worried I wouldn’t get it before I leave for the beach this weekend.  Then last week I logged on again to see that the signed copies were all gone from the pre-orders.

The other week I listened to a quick audiobook called The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (review coming in the future).  One of the things he talked about was “Always ask”.  So there I am, wondering to myself if my local BAM store might have signed copies, and wondering how I might obtain one, when, out of no where, this audiobook pops in my head.  So I call the store.


I first talk to a sales associate who obviously wouldn’t know, and I get passed to the manager.  The manager says to me, “You’ll have to hold for a few minutes, they are under lock and key because we can’t give any out before the 15th.”  So I patiently hold.  He comes back and tells me they have ONE signed copy.  Immediately my hopes are dashed, because there is NO WAY I can get to the store before someone picks up that book.

In the next breath he says “Would you like me to reserve it for you?”  I almost SQUEALED over the phone.  I was all “I didn’t know you could do that, yes, please, YES!”


So at lunch time today (because I wouldn’t DARE waiting until the end of my work day to pick it up), I drove over and picked this pretty baby up from the store! 🙂


Don’t get me wrong, I would much rather meet Harkness herself to get a signed copy, but seeing as that won’t be happening, this is the next best thing.  I am SO excited to have this gorgeous thing gracing my shelves, and I CAN’T WAIT to start reading it!


Lesson(s) of the day?

Karma pays, so always do the right thing.

ALWAYS ASK, you never know what it will get you.


I want to know, who else has picked up this book already?!?!

June Book Round-up (and July Preview)

This month saw a steady stream of books, in physical, ebook, and audio formats.  I have honestly been struggling a bit with blogging the last two weeks, and I’m hoping I can shake out of it sometime soon.  I no longer have the nice one week “cushion” of written posts that I usually have, which frustrates me given my busy July schedule.  I once again bought a TON of books, gosh, I really need to rein it in a little bit until I read some of the ones I have!!  Some of them were books I’ve already read and just wanted to own, but many of them are part of series that I fully intend to binge read in the future 🙂

Also, check out my new Ratings Scale and Review Policy page.  I figured it was high time I made one!


Books I ReadJune Read



Books I Listened ToJune Audio



Books I BoughtJune Bought



Books I Won/Was GiftedJune Won&Gifted

Thanks go out to Ashley over at Falling Down The Book Hole for the Hexed giveaway, and the fiance for Mr. Mercedes!


Books I ReviewedJune Reviewed

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Guest Post over at No Money 4 Books)

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore



Other Posts

Lost or Forgotten Books {4}: June

Top Ten Tuesday {12}: Book That Will Be in my Beach Bag

Top Ten Tuesday {13}: Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

Amazon Rules the Bookish World, Part 2

Guest Post: Firestarter by Stephen King

Top Ten Tuesday {14}: Books on my Summer 2014 TBR List

Quotable Friday {10}: Life Lessons from Paterno



Looking Forward into July

Guys, I have A LOT of exciting things coming in July!  I will be doing my second round robin post with No Money 4 Books and Reviews in a Pinch, where we are reviewing books we chose for each other.  I will be hosting my first book blog tour (it’s an adult sci-fi book!).  My book club is hosting an author this month, and his book coming out sounds very cool.  I will be doing a Read-Along of the first two books in the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy with Ashley from Down The Book Hole.  I have a personal vacation at the beach coming up, which I am very much looking forward to, though it does mean a week’s break on the blog.  I am totally prepped to do some serious binge reading of SEVERAL series.  I just got the audiobooks from a friend for the first four books of A Song of Ice and Fire!  And finally, I have some pretty cool blog things in the works that I am super excited about and you will hopefully hear about at some point in July!  So, July is shaping up to be a great month and I can’t wait!  🙂

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