Weekly Update #85

Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week. I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, this week.

Earlier this morning I posted my thoughts on what's trending in YA. If you missed it, check it out here.

There's somewhat of a Christmas theme this week, in case you don't notice. ;) Here's what you can expect this week:

I'll be participating in the tour for Because of Love by Shauna V. Brown. I've been looking forward to getting some sweet Christmas stories to read with my kids this year.
Because of Love

I'll be participating in the tour for Stars, Stockings & Shepherds by Shersta Chabot. The illustrations in this book are fabulous! Stop by to see my review.
Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds: Discover the Meaning of Christmas Symbols

I'll be posting for Waiting on Wednesday. Did you see last week's WOW for The Secret of Pembrooke Park? I'll also be a tour stop for Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin.
Where Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II

I'll be a tour stop for Candy Canes by Linda Hoffman Kimball. Yep. Definitely a Christmas theme this week. :)
Candy Canes and Christmastime: Enhancing the Holidays in the Real World

Friday Favorites should be up again. Did you see last week's for Can't Let You Go by Jenny B. Jones. I will also be a tour stop for H2O by Virginia Bergin.

I will be a tour stop for Painting Kisses by Melanie Jacobson. She's one of my favorite authors, so I'm looking forward to reviewing this one!
Painting Kisses

I'm also linking up to Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Here's my physical stack from this week:

Then I also grabbed these free and sale ebooks from Amazon:
Wicked Hunger (Someone Wicked This Way Comes, #1) Tremors (Stone Braide Chronicles, #.5) Red Hot Squeaky Clean Romance Collection Between the Lines

And these review books from Netgalley, Edelweiss, and Kathy over at I Am A Reader:
A Christmas to Remember Boys Don't Knit Most Likely to Succeed (Superlatives, #3) Court
A Timeless Romance Anthology: Silver Bells Collection The Match Maker (The Husband Maker, #2) Twist of Fate (A Holiday Romance Novella)

There are quite a few giveaways going on this week. There is the usual Monthly Giveaway for October for a copy of Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White (US only), which I really loved. There are a bunch of others. Click on the images below to take you to each giveaway:
 Something Wicked Strikes

Saints & Soldiers: The Void Sophia Spooktacular2013

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon just ended. You can see how I did by clicking on the button below. I'm still participating in the Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon, which runs through the 27th. Click on the button to see my goals. I'll be posting an update for it tomorrow.
Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon Dewey's Read-a-thon

Did you miss any of these posts from last week?

I'm working on getting these read and reviewed (some have been read, but not reviewed):
Wicked Path (Daath Chronicles, #2) The Caller (Shadowfell, #3) Sublime 
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3) A Christmas to Remember

I still have lots of books that I'm trying to get through and hopefully the read-a-thon is helping me do that. There are several books on my currently-reading shelf on Goodreads and books from my sequels pile from the library that I'm working through as well as a few others.

What do you have going on this week?


  1. I got Where Treetops Glisten to read soon! I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it! Happy Sunday!

  2. I agree! I love the diversity that has been creeping into YA, and I'm excited to see more of it. I also like that there isn't just one genre in the YA category. I've also thought it strange that people are judgmental of adults that read YA. Why? A good book is a good book.

    I'm interested to see some different types of books in the NA category. I haven't read much there because they are all the same. I'm hoping to get some other things from that area other than contemporary romance.

  3. Christmas! I love the selection of books you are featuring this week. You also got some fun new books to read. I'm trying to keep my TBR pile down, so I haven't gotten many new books lately. Have fun reading!

  4. So many great books this week! I started to make a list of all the ones I was especially interested in but it basically would've been all of them so I stopped. You got some fabulous holiday books and I'm now waiting for The Secret of Pembroke Park. Have a great week!

  5. Nice haul and it looks like you had some fun on Amazon. I hope the 24 hr read-a-thon went well. I am doing WW. Enjoy and happy reading :)

  6. I am really hoping we see more diversity in NA. YA is really delving into issues and I like that trend, provided they are addressed properly and not romanticized.

  7. After I wrote this up I got approved on Edelweiss for Most Likely to Succeed from Jennifer Echols and I had forgotten that its one of the few covers I've seen with two MC's from different cultures on the front. Even in the US, there is so much diversity and I do think books should show a lot more of that.

    And definitely need more in NA (and hopefully cleaner too).

  8. They do tend to be romanticized, don't they? I think sometimes it can be hard to tell a story that needs to be told without messing it up. When they're done right they can be so powerful.

  9. Reading your weekly updates make me feel tired ;). Kidding. I always think I am going to get into a "real" groove then life happens. I don't know how you do it. You are super woman Tressa :)

  10. Ha! I wish. ;) I just read at night as my de-stresser and try to schedule ahead. This week has felt a little lighter too because a couple of the books are shorter, so they haven't taken all my time and I should be able to sneak a few non-review books in. Yay! :)

  11. I just entered your scavenger hunt today. A few of those were tough, but I persevered. ;) Very fun, Kimba! I hope you get lots read too!!

  12. I am SO excited to get to read Pembooke Park. I'm hoping to get to that in my list soon. Love her!

  13. I know! I feel it's too soon for Christmas books, but I suppose it's not. They are fun and sweet. I'm supposed to be keeping my tbr down. Ha! I did good last week and I thought I was doing good this week... Little did I know.

  14. I'm in the middle of the first story now for that one. I'm still deciding what I think so far, but I'll have it finished tomorrow and then a review up on Wednesday.

  15. You hit the nail on the head with your last bold quote: "a good book is a good book regardless of what genre it's in".
    Great post!

  16. It is so true though. Glad you agree. :)


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