Showcase Sunday #126

Showcase Sunday

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here ~Vicki at Books, Biscuits, and Tea

From The Author
Vicarious by Paula Stokes
Vicarious (Vicarious #1) by Paula Stokes – I make these neat little bookcharm necklaces (check out my instagram @piratevanrock to see them!) and I made Paula a few. She was nice enough to send this in return. I’m really excited to read it. One, because Paula’s writing is amazing so I know I’ll love it. But also because cute-sy contemporaries just haven’t been holding my attention lately and I think this is just the thing to get me out of my slump.

For Review
Blog Tour
The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout
The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout – Aaaannnnndddd yet here is another contemporary YA. In my defense, JLA hasn’t disappointed me yet, so I doubt this will be anything less than amazing. I’ll still read ones from authors I know and love, but no more unknowns for a while.

Girl In The Shadows by Gwenda Bond
Girl In The Shadows (Girl On A Wire #2) by Gwenda Bond – I adored Girl On A Wire, so I’m over the moon about their being a second novel. I can’t wait to return to Gwenda’s circus world!

For Review
Without You by Kelly Elliott
Without You (Love Wanted In Texas #1) by Kelly Elliott – Annnddd…this is why I’m done with contemporaries. It’s not the whole reason, but it’s the cherry on top. You’ll see a review up for this soon, but suffice to say I did not enjoy this one.

Swag 4-30-16
Just the pretty poster this week. Another gain from going to my nearest (open) drive-in theater. I mentioned last time that a new one near me is opening soon and I’m still very excited about that. The new one will be much closer to me. Right now, I have to drive 30-45 minutes to get there. That’s not so bad on the way there, but it sucks late at night on the drive home. I enjoyed this movie, though I didn’t adore it the way everyone else seems to. It’s a solid 4 stars for me, enjoyable and visibly stunning but nothing Earth-shattering. Also, the size of the orangutan REALLY bothered me. Under no circumstances should an orangutan be larger than a bear. I don’t care the reason, that shit pulled me right out of the movie.

New Laptop
Laptop 4-30-16
You might have noticed my silence over the past few weeks. It’s partly because my life has been busy and I’ve been relatively unmotivated to blog, but it’s also because I’ve been having computer issues. My old laptop, a Sony Vaio I’ve had for about 5 years has been acting up for quite a while. I’d finally had enough, I cleaned everything off it and then my husband hit the reset button. All laptops come with an option to wipe it back to factory settings, if you know what you’re doing. My husband did it to his laptop months ago when it kept blue-screening on him as mine was now. I went to bed and he set it to run. This is not a short process it takes hours to complete. Somewhere in the night it must have encountered a fatal flaw because when I got up the next morning, it would start up but it wouldn’t get far before saying “Windows could not be installed, please restart the process” and then restarting itself to pop up the same message. It just continued that way on a loop until I removed the battery. I cannot be without a laptop…and they aren’t quite as expensive as they once were. picked out this one. I won’t lie, the color was a big selling point. But so was the terabyte hard-drive and the $300 price tag. The only thing I’m unhappy with is the the 4 gigs of RAM. But even that isn’t a huge deal because you can expand RAM relatively easily. Anyway, long story short, this is Maguire. May she live longer than her predecessor!

That’s all I have acquired over the last 2 weeks. What have you gotten? Let me know in the comments!

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