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 social media! 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 has ended here at The Book Cave and it was not very productive! I have got very little reading done-a few samples for my post tomorrow, DNFed two books and started a third one. Not great! I spent the mornings blogging, the afternoons watching Game of Thrones season three with my dad (he's in shock about the Red Wedding right now!!!) and being too tired after dinner each night to do anything but watch S8 of Masterchef Australia from last year! It hasn't really been a booky week! I need to come up with some sort of plan or I'll be falling behind in my reading soon. Not sure what to do yet.
Blogging has been a bit mixed-still three weeks ahead in things like TTT, CWW, GoT Gossip, Chuckles Chat, Chuckles Cover Love which is good but not getting time to do reviews in advance (which I need to tackle today) and I'm not getting to as many blogs as I'd like as often as I'd like. It's a bit frustrating to feel like I'm chasing my tail a bit these last few weeks! I need a plan for this too! I showed restraint again and bought no paperbacks, just downloaded some samples, so this week I'm showing you a few downloads I found in previous weeks but hadn't added to my shelves yet.
EARLY BIRTHDAY PRESENTS:
I had some gift vouchers from trading books online so I bought myself a few Game of Thrones Banners! Once I get my books sorted and find somewhere to hang these things I'll maybe get some photos on the blog. I have others on order, a few paid for by my dad as early presents, some others as a treat for myself! Hopefully they will arrive next week. Exciting! My house is going to look like the Hand of the King tourney from season one!!!
Chuckles Blogging World:
As I mentioned earlier I feel a bit like I'm chasing my tail and always trying to catch up on things before each weekend. I need to cut off a few blogs that never interact with me and use my time better. But I have found some good posts to enjoy this week and I'll always give priority to my best blogging pals! As always, a link is provided for each blog post from last week to take you straight to anything you missed. Comments are moderated so it might take a day or two to see it on the blog! Don't forget to check out my Next Week section to see what excitement is coming...
This week was not great again for getting book reviews posted and I really need to get my review notes and get them into reviews ready to post when I need them instead of scrambling to get one written and posted on the same day. It's frustrating that I can't seem to get myself organised with this! Today I need to get motivated and do a few as I'm still looking at notes on books I read back in May! What I think I'll do to mix it up a bit is stop concentrating on getting all the reviews written for May read books and just write any from May, June and July that I feel like writing. Maybe that will help me get things done quicker!
Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Extinction Horizon (EH #1)
Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Extinction Edge (EH #2)
Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Extinction Age (EH #3)
I'm three weeks ahead in most of my Regular Features which I'm happy with. It's going to be a big help in allowing me time to go lurking on your blogs and watching some Masterchef Australia which I LOVE! This week on Cover Love I featured Sarah J Maas, I brought you the best of the bloggyverse in Around The Blogs With Chuckles, Top Ten Tuesday continued my look at the Best Urban Fantasy Series, Can't Wait Wednesday was all about the apocalypse which looks great, Feed my TBR looked at sea monsters! I also have a new feature where I share a few thoughts on book samples I've downloaded, called Chuckles Goes Sampling.
Chuckles Cover Love-Sarah J Maas
Around The Blogs With Chuckles
Top Ten Tuesday-Best Urban Fantasy Series pt 3
Can't Wait Wednesday-Brothers
Feed My TBR-Sea Monsters
Chuckles Goes Sampling
Chuckles Chat this week looks at what I don't get about Selfies, while my Game of Thrones Gossip looks at Dany in Qarth!
Game of Thrones Gossip-Qarth
none this week
A-Z Bookish Survey Book Tag
Book Challenge Updates:
New-To-Me July Challenge Update
My Goodreads Challenge total currently stands at 150/250.I didn't finish a single book, DNFing two, starting a third and reading a few samples.
TBR total of books I own but haven't read yet stands at 809. *grimaces* I hope the sampling for the second half of the year instead of impulse buying helps.
Currently Reading/Next Up:
Out of the three books I highlighed as my next reads on last Saturday's post, I DNFed The Immortals and Six of Crows but I have started The Shadowkiller and it has been good so far so fingers crossed. I really need to get that finished tonight and get back on track. With time running out on this month's reading time, I'm switching to a few shorter books by new-to-me authors. Next up, I hope to get these books read.
Next Week On The Blog?
Chuckles Cover Love features Kasey MacKenzie, Top Ten Tuesday features part 4 of my Urban Fantasy list, Can't Wait Wednesday features a very long awaited book, Game of Thrones Gossip features Joffrey Baratheon, Chuckles Chat looks at ARCs. There will also be a Game of Thrones special post on S7 Ep 2 to enjoy and reviews of samples from my ereader! There will also be a chance to give your feedback on the features on this blog and a newly created book tag if I get it done in time!
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!