Weekend Reads #80: Giveaway Update

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend.

Well, it’s not much of a discussion this weekend. I don’t have a topic. I just wanted to post a blog update.

Yesterday marked the end of my first GIVEAWAY, which I was so excited about that I attempted to post tag posts every day this week in honor of it. Unfortunately, my job made the week so busy and stressful that I couldn’t continue with the post past Wednesday. By the time I got home, the last thing I wanted to do was blog or even look at my computer, so I read instead.

But now it’s the weekend and I’m able to relax. 🙂 Also, as I mentioned in my GIVEAWAY post, the winner will be contacted today. I was excited to choose a winner, which, technically, I didn’t since Rafflecopter randomly chooses the winner. But I was excited anyway because I successfully hosted a GIVEAWAY on here after procrastinating on doing so for so long.

Well, the WINNER has been contacted and I’ve even decided to have a RUNNER-UP, who I’ve also contacted. The WINNER will receive a Book Depository purchase of up to $30USD and the RUNNER-UP will receive a Book Depository purchase of up to $15USD.

I’m excited for them and am glad and grateful for all who entered the GIVEAWAY. Thank you all!! 😀 I really appreciate it. ❤ 🙂

What I’m currently reading:
The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

I really want to like this one, but I just don’t care about the story. It has yet to interest me. It’s about a half-orc dude who wants to unseat his leader. So far, I’m not interested in the world or the characters and I can’t figure out why. I’ve read some reviews of it on Goodreads where some readers criticize the foul language and promiscuity of the characters, but I don’t mind that at all; other readers love that about it, but I really don’t care.

Add to all that the niggling thoughts that pop up in the back of my mind when I read the descriptions of certain characters and I start to feel annoyed by the story and wonder if I’m reading too much into it. I’m at the part where Jackal goes to Zirko for help with his broken arm. I’m… I dunno. The descriptions just don’t sit right with me and I suspect it’s because I’m not feeling the story why the descriptions of the characters are bothering me, why I notice it so much.

I may have to DNF this one, unfortunately. I’m really not feeling it and don’t care to know how things will turn out.

The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

This is the second book in the Tawney Man trilogy, which I’m buddy-reading with Emily at Embuhlee liest. I can’t get enough of Fitz and the Fool. I’m just so hooked!

1001 Islands by K.T. Munson

I took a short break from this to read other books, but I want to hop back to it this weekend. I was sent a copy of it by the author and so far, I like it.

Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

I’m still reading this and still like it, but haven’t made much progress in it because I got distracted by other books. (It’s hard to keep from wandering when it comes to books.) Also, since I have my own copy now, I don’t have to rush to complete the library book.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, illus. by Jim Kay

I’ve refused to purchase any illustrated copies of these books because they aren’t what I expected; but I might get the illustrated version of the fourth book because that’s my favorite of the books. So far, Chamber of Secrets is disappointing because it doesn’t have as many illustrations as I expected it to. I know that’s petty of me to say, but I’ve read the Harry Potter books so many times that I only read these versions for the illustrations.

Well, I hope you all are also having a relaxing weekend.
Let me know what you’re reading.
And CONGRATS to the WINNER and RUNNER-UP to my 1st GIVEAWAY!! 😀 😀

20 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #80: Giveaway Update

  1. Too bad you didn’t like the illustrated edition of Chamber of Secrets, but I totally understand where you’re coming from. Until now I also haven’t justified buying any of the illustrated editions because of the price 🙂


  2. All the books, all the books!
    Thank you so much for hosting the giveaway!! ❤

    I'm currently reading eARC's. I have way too many [damn my lack of self-restraint] ànd I started reading Simon vs. yesterday so… Yup, I have my reading cut out for me. Only 10 more eARC's to go..


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