Tea Tuesday #3

Brewing tea…

May is going to be a packed month for me! My trigger-happy finger requested so many books without paying attention to the May publishing dates 😓

I’ve now scheduled them accordingly and these are the 3 books I’m reading this week:

The Bearer’s Burden

by Chad Queen

Archer Coe

by Jamie S. Rich and Dan Christensen

Buying Time

by E. M. Brown

Last week, I finished Starlings by Jo Walton. It’s a short-story and poem collection, you can check out my review here.

Lately, I’ve been feeling boxed in, helpless and frustrated more often. It’s largely owing to my current situation, which I won’t divulge even though I want to because I don’t know if anyone I know in real life will stumble upon this blog. I don’t have chronic depression but sometimes you can get something close to depression because of outside factors. I also don’t want to bandy the word depression around so carelessly, so I guess I’m very down in the dumps I should say. I should take my own advice that ‘Everything will be ok’. You have to go on because no one else is going to fight for your cause as they’re all busy battling their own. And maybe, one day, I hope to bring good news 😃

Add some milk…

This Tuesday I want to talk about ARCs and TBR lists. I joined NetGalley in late-March(I think), filled out my profile and requested a bunch of books I was interested in. I’ve seen advices online that you should avoid reviewing or requesting books you’re not interested in, which made me wonder, why would anyone do that? Request books they don’t like the sound of, that is.

NetGalley notification
Don’t tell me you don’t get even vaguely excited when you see this notification. Even though I don’t know if it’s an approval or rejection 😂

The other thing that I’m curious about is: when do you usually read your ARCs? How long before or after their publishing date? Or do you read and review whenever you like?

A dash of sugar…

Here are some casual shots I took this week 😉

My phone camera made the yellow more intense than it was😊

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  1. Wonderful pics!! You’ve got interesting looking books there… curious to hear your thoughts on those books!
    Thanks for commenting on my review post on Behind Closed Doors an hour ago! In hindsight, I thought my voice was a bit too controversial so I re-wrote it to make it less controversial yet honest to my feelings at the same time lol
    If you are inclined to, please visit : https://bookfiendsite.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/review-behind-closed-doors-by-b-a-paris/

    Thank you!

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  2. I hope things improve for you soon. I am also snowed under with arcs at the moment as I requested a lot more than I realised and got them all. I hope you enjoy your reads for this week.

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  3. April Showers bring May Flowers…and I hope that your days brighten up soon too. I understand what you mean, and we all go through it. You were brave to talk about it and I am pulling for you. Sending positive vibes your way. xo

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  4. Hope you feel better soon.

    As a tea addict (seriously I can’t cope without a cup of tea in the morning), I love the idea of this post.

    I don’t understand why anyone would pick to review a book they don’t like the sounds of either. Just doesn’t make sense.

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  5. So sorry you’re going through a bit of a rough patch right now. Hopefully your month improves and its smooth sailing for you soon. As far as ARCs from Netgalley, I try to read them the month the book publishes. I also post my review usually within 2 weeks prior or up to publication date.

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  6. Aww, I hope things get better for you soon! I try to post my ARC reviews around their publication date so I organize everything in a calendar and read in that order. Sometimes a book will come around that makes me push everything else to the back burner but the calendar usually keeps me pretty organized.

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    1. Thank you so much for your support!! I agree with you, I think books are coping mechanisms in that they help you escape real life for a while😜 It’s just glorious!


  7. it’s not requesting books I don’t like .. more like trying to find new books and you might just not like it.. It’s not a guarantee! I try to finish my ARCs as early as possible.

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  8. I hope you feel better soon! I do get super excited when a mail from NetGalley pops up! But I’ve been trying to avoid requesting books from there because I’ve more than 20 NetGalley books still waiting for review 🤦‍♀️

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  9. Hang in there. Everyone goes through rough spots. I try to read my Netgalleys by the publishing date. It doesn’t ways work though!

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    1. Thank you, Allie😘! It passed for the time being and that’s a testament to the saying ‘This, too, shall pass’, eh?

      I’ve started scheduling this month, hopefully I get most of them done, if not all😁 And I agree, it’s a good thing I don’t have a strict posting day(usually).


  10. I am currently reading one book that comes out on the 15th. My NetGalley list is out of control. I have so many that have been sitting on my Kindle for ages and I just haven’t gotten around to reading them. So hopefully 2018 will make a dent in that list 🙂

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