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When you’re feeling overwhelmed is time to take a break… or start working on a new team challenge!

So, yesterday I almost stepped down as a NBRC mod. Truth to be told, with real life acting up pretty much since last June, and the madness that was our last team challenge, I was still recovering. Actually, I was ready to throw the towel and quit. I tried to do minimal tasks, and ended up feeling guilty for leaving all work to be done… which in turn made me want to try (and fail) to do books of the month discussions, newsletters, challenges, and overall group maintenance.

It also showed on the blog. No reading time + no posting mood = neglected Harpie’s Nest.

So… I was feeling guilty. And ready to go.  And some time yesterday, a variation of this conversation happened:

Me: I think it’s time for me to go

Mod1: Maybe just take a break?

Me: I’ve tried. And with bad results. We’re in need of another tower teams

A few hours later…

Mod2: I’ve entered in twilight zone because same two thoughts crossed my mind today.

Me: WE’RE DOING IT!!! CHIPMUNKS ARE BACK!

So… we spent my first two working hours brainstorming, talking about rules, and options, deadlines, duration, AND THEME… don’t forget the theme… is quite important for teams names and whatnots…

And yes, I do realize I revealed one of my weak spots… when noticing I’m about to give up, just throw a different challenge my way so I can set my focus in and I’m yours forever!!!!

So…

Have you heard about Tower Teams?
#ttv #iscoming #teamchallenge

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Currently Reading: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn


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254pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Shaye Areheart Book
Available on hardcover, paperback, kindle, ebook and audio
Book Genres: Mystery&Thriller

Synopsis:
WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

Why am I reading this?
It won the poll for June’s Anything Goes. Add the fact that it was recommended a long time ago saying it was better than the hyped Gone Girl, and I’m game. I’m also determined to finally read a Gillian Flynn book – life ALWAYS gets in the way when I try.

It also doesn’t hurt that it first two bonus categories for WOBBLE. Just an afterthought.

How am I reading this?
Kindle

My friends reviews?
Lots of 5 and 4 stars. Quite a few ‘To Reads’. And everything in between to. Seems to me like variety of opinions is the key when looking at this book.

Where am I reading this?
@NBRC. You can join discussion here

Thoughts so far:
Addictive. No better word to describe it. I was tired and sleepy from the busy week and we arrived home awful late, and even so, I HAD to read yesterday’s section. Well, it was my turn to do the discussion questions, but any other time I would gave up in the middle of it and only made questions for the read part. Not this time. And I’m really looking forward to see what happens next. So many variables. So many questions. So many secrets to uncover!

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When Harpies Turn Into Dodos

Hold on to your last melon folks, because the world is about to end!

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What? You don’t believe me? Just look at the signs:

The world is about to end evidence #1

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I added a zombie book to my to read soon pile!

Yes, yes, I’ve been talking about reading Feed. But that’s because it’s written by Mira Grant aka Seanan McGuire and she’s all kinds of awesome. Besides, talking about reading it and ACTUALLY picking it up are two different things. But,The Voodoo Killings is a different thing. I’m actually planning on reading it. As soon as I get all the ARCs almost hitting publishing date out of the way. Why? Two reasons: it’s the right kind of zombies – you know, the ones that are risen by voodoo priests or necromancer driven. The True zombies, not the braaaains ones. But what really made me add it was Kim’s review @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Her opinion on the book convinced me not only it was a book worth trying, it seems like my kind of book. 

The world is about to end evidence #2

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I gave up on the middle of a Ty & Zane re-reading!!!

If that’s not a sign I should start pulling a Chicken Little and start yelling “The Sky Is Falling!” like there is no tomorrow, I’m not sure what it is. Steven couldn’t believe it when I told him. His exact words were “You got bored with Ty & Zane?”. Yep, I can’t believe it either. My remedy for all evil things, my comfort reading, my go-to tool to make me forget world and need some time to get back there again. They’re 9 books on that series and none appeal to me at the moment. Not a single favorite thing. Ohhhhh the pain.

The world is about to end evidence #3

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I got approved for two most wanted ARCs and haven’t read them yet!

Yep. That’s true. I have them for at least two weeks and haven’t touched them yet. Okay, so I needed to read Ink & Bone first to be able to read Paper & Fire, but Stiletto’s release date is in 3 days and I haven’t read it yet. Nor do I feel the call *sigh*

The world is about to end evidence #4

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W.O.B.B.L.E.  starts next Friday and I’m just meh!

This doesn’t make sense to me. I’ve been on this from the start. I talked about it for weeks. I started plotted and planned. I decided to play. Teams are out and I… just feel disconnected. And I’m a green dragon damn it! I demand myself to join the madness and roar our impending victory!

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The Harpie Wants To Know

Do you have books signs that the world must be ending?

 

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Waiting for Wobble: aka Harpies can’t say No

Back in 2012, LK had this awesome idea. It was something on the lines: what if, we try to read 2013 books in 2013? It is a daunting task for a person, so, how about we do it as a group? Better yet, why don’t we make teams and turn it into a team challenge?

And that’s how Tower Teams was born. Four months later, we were all busy working on the kick-off of brand new Tower Teams II. This time with more teams, less players for each team, and some cool features.  Some things were really good. Some were really bad. But one thing was clear, we loved team challenges. After that we had Book Buffs Battleship , UnCover It!, Wheelathon, Gladiator Games, and yes, more Tower Teams because our members love that one. What’s not to love about a challenge where you only have to read – whatever you want, at your own pace – with some rules and fun elements, because we are a little naughty.

Well, maybe more than a little. We did have a Leprechaun based event after all. And, the winner was allowed to pick our next team challenge! From a pre-approved list, of course, we are naughty, not completely crazy. Not much, at least. Anyway. Our winner was having some troubles choosing, because she wanted one of each. And that’s when it hit me. Why not give it to her? Well, not all, because we haven’t completely lost our minds yet, but her favorite five. A shorter version or her favorite five. And then we added one more for good measure, actually, we needed an extra B to make it an acronym that was also a word. We already were doing five, why not six? It’s not that crazy, right?

And this time, I wasn’t playing. That was the plan. Staying out to have a break. I need those. I resisted the planning & plotting phase. I resisted when I started writing my assigned one. I resisted when choosing team names & themes & area to mentor. I resisted sign-ups. Then I send some PMs to remind a few members of them. I resisted Karsyn’s and Amanda’s I-want-to-play arguments. I even proposed Steven an alternative because I was staying out. And then one reply did me in. So. yeah. I’m in. I’m so in. Because as we all know, Harpies can’t say No to team challenges.

Wanna know what W.O.B.B.L.E. is?

W is for Wheelathon
O is for Olympics
B is for Battleship
B is for Bingo
L is for Labors of Bookules
E is for Emerge the Victor

You can know all about W.O.B.B.L.E here!

Better yet, click the image below and sign-up(*)

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(*)This is a NBRC team challenge. Participants need to be group members to join the fun.

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Clean Sweep ARC Challenge: Badge, Book, and Candle by Max Gladstone

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One of these days I will learn how to look at a book synopsis and actually READ it.

The day I request this book, was not that day. Otherwise I would notice it was the first of a 16-part serial. And maybe I wouldn’t request it, since I cannot follow serials. I’m a wait-for-the-whole-book-to-be-out kind of girl.

So, why am I not sorry I did? A few reasons:

  • It was good. It was darn good. Pure urban fantasy, with lots of elements and solid characters. And a good plot to boot.
  • It was believable. Usually in books when a blissful paranormal ignorant stumbles with that part of the world, she or he is totally accepted, and info is shared and whatnot. Which is ridiculous. I’m a paranormal reader and if somehow I start seeing people with pointy teeth, one I’ll be running like hell and two, I’ll be thinking I was crazy, somehow I must be dreaming or any other form of rationalization. So yeah, that part was achieved.
  • It reminds me a little of Frank Miller. Better yet, the movies inspired by Frank Miller’s work. It has this Sin City narrative feeling.
  • The ending. Not exactly a cliffhanger, not exactly a resolution. A good starting point to make us continue with the serial.
  • And finally, since it was released back in 2015, all 16 parts are already out, so I can read it as a full book.

The only con for me? The writing style. I prefer a simpler writing. No need for a dozen words to say that it was a cloudy and rainy day. But, that’s a matter of taste. For most Portuguese readers, that will be a plus, since our authors tend to have that kind of speech. And I’m planning on recommend it to some of them.

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange of an honest review

Read as part of the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge hosted by Kimberly @Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Kristin @ Addicted to Happily Ever After

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There Is No Such Thing As Too Many Reading Challenges

I’ve been following  Jeann@ Happy Indulgence  for a while now – love her reviews – and since yesterday I was particularly feeling the itch to continue blogging and I don’t want to start spamming all internet with my book ramblings – I already do plenty of that at goodreads – I focused on exploring her blog instead.

She has a feature called happy blogging, that gives us some insides of how to improve our blogging. Thanks to the how to get followers on social media post, I discovered some really interesting book blogs I decided to follow.One of them, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer is hosting the Clean Sweep Arc Challenge, that, as the name implies, is to make a dent on our ARC pile. So guess what I just did? Yes, there is no such thing as too many reading challenges at once.

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