Welcome to my new feature Chuckles Weekend Roundup where I will be looking at what books I've received, anything interesting I've done or bought or watched and other random stuff. I'll be taking a look back at what happened in my blogging world too, sort of like The Sunday Post that some of you do!
Please note that I'll be visiting your STS/SP as normal, but I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow DISQUS to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I am the only one who does that on my blog! Sometimes, I have problems leaving messages on blogs hosted by Wordpress-they try to block me because I deleted my account with them but I will persevere as it only happens the odd time!
Another week goes sailing by and my reading hasn't really been up to scratch. I've been too busy watching Gold Rush dvds (all caught up but Dave you can't go!!!) and now Masterchef but I hope to get back on track this week. I'm continuing with my series read of The Morganville Vampires. I'm considering abandoning my other reading plans for April and just continue binge reading the vampires to get fully caught up. I'll play it by ear. It'll be another nervous weekend in front of Twitter as I cheer on my football team who are trying to avoid relegation. My stomach is in knots already!
There has been restraint at last this week in the book buying side of things but that is mainly down to being messed around by Amazon. I cancelled a whole order and a half after a massive delay that had the stuff waiting to be dispatched seven days after placing the order. Shoddy service to try and force you onto Prime no doubt but I'm not paying a yearly fee. When I had a free trial of Prime, the items in my first order arrived late so I decided then that there was no point to joining it and paying for stuff to be late! If I get messed about with the free delivery on orders I'll just cancel the orders instead and see how they like that. Not greatly happy with them right now but it's the only place that sells the Indie books I read. If I could get them at other bookshops I'd do it. Gah!
A big thank you to Velvet over at http://vvb32reads.blogspot.co.uk/ for these awesome Game of Thrones goodies! The first is a pillowcase with the Dany and Drogo love declarations on it, the second is a Dany and dragons scroll! Awesome!
Chuckles Blogging World:
Everything went quite smoothly on the blogging front this week and I was able to get all the comments answered in good time plus some blog visits. Pretty happy with that. I started a new post called Chuckles Tunes where I look at favourite songs from my mp3 player or what cds I'm listening to. Not sure if it'll be a permanent feature yet. Click on the link provided to go to each item if you missed it during the week and feel free to leave a comment!
I completed my reviews of the Arisen series this week, which I read in February and have started series reviews for David Nelson's Blaine Family Chronicles which I read in January. My Mini Reviews Catch Up features books I read in February, and my Retro Reviews continued with fantasy, urban fantasy and Tudor selections. I'd like to fit in more reviews each week as I need to get caught up on the reviews of books I read earlier in the year!
Michael Stephen Fuchs-Nemesis (Arisen #8.5)
Michael Stephen Fuchs-Cataclysm (Arisen #9)
Michael Stephen Fuchs-The Flood (Arisen #10)
Michael Stephen Fuchs-Deathmatch (Arisen #11)
David Nelson-The Journey (Blaine Family Chronicles #1)
David Nelson-Coming Together (Blaine Family Chronicles #2)
Jennifer Estep-Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin #1)
Philippa Gregory-The Other Boleyn Girl
Dave Ferraro-Dark Genesis
Chuckles Mini Reviews Catch Up
Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Unlikely Heroes/Heroines
Chuckles Cover Love-Jason Kristopher
Chuckles Chat-Audio Books
Game of Thrones Gossip-The Night's Watch part 1
Book Challenge Updates:
I've enjoyed the start of my Morganville Vampires series catch up, having read five books and a lot of short stories. I might just plough into this for the month and try to get as much of it read as I can. It does mean maybe sacrificing my other planned reads which I'm not sure I want to do. Decisions! Maybe I'll just stick with the plan as there are some exciting books on my list for April...
My Goodreads Challenge total currently stands at 94/250 which is good but I didn't really make inroads this week the way I wanted to.
TBR total of books I own but haven't read yet stands at 810.Not doing much to help myself get below 800. Stop downloading ebooks!!!
That's all for this week! Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to visit my blog and leave comments. You guys are great!