my february was particularly busy and exciting…do you know why?!
ARCs are heeeeeeere!!!!!!! I swear this feeling is never going to get old. That moment when years of writing and smoothing knotty words into polished patterns ends in you getting to hold your very own novel. I maybe hugged my ARC of The Boy Who Steals Houses. But this book has my heart, ok? It’s super special to me. And I have all these author-nervous-jitters about if people will like it as much as A Thousand Perfect Notes…
But look !!!! it’s a real book !!!!
(More info on how to request a review copy below!)
I also finally have a new blog design! I feels very satisfyingly fresh and neat and has me all hyped for blogging again. I hoped it’d fix the email issue (my blog doesn’t send out emails to subscribers??) but like IDK HAS IT?! Some people say they get emails. Some say they don’t.
My entire mood is 😑 at WordPress.
Anyway let me know in the poll if you get emails, so I can gauge? Only vote if you have signed up as an email subscriber in the past!
And look, I’m mad that it’s messing up and it’s a bother to keep up with my blog. But you can also catch me on ➸ Bloglovin’ and there’s a WordPress follow widget in my sidebar too. Also try unsubscribing and resubscribing? That might restart it. (fingers crossed lol sob) I’m so sorry for the inconvenient!
➸ Ok so obviously all we need to talk about is my new SON.
If you want to request, you can put in on Netgalley UK and Netgalley US. (I don’t have control over approvals though!) For physical ARCs: if you’re in the UK, contact Team BKMRK and if you’re an Aussie, talk to Date A Book!
It was also intensely exciting to see so many of my blogging friends’ names in the praise list!
➸ Otherwise it’s out in ONE MONTH.
afjdskaldfa am not ready but also am so ready.
You know how I mentioned a deleted Potato scene? Well you asked…and you’re going to get it!! And I’m also conspiring with talented artists to bring us a special recipe and fanart! This is bringing me so much joy, ok? So so much.
➸ Also some other lovely things have been happening…
So many bloggers have asked to interview me (THANK YOU!!) and it makes me shimmy each time. (Seriously, feel free to email me if you want to do an interview! I’m at email@example.com). TBWSH was ranked in the 300s on Book Depository for a day. Which is insane with the millions of books there. It also was on a bestselling Book Depository preorder list and I just…!! Thank you so much for all your hype!
I’m a little author and The Boy Who Steals Houses is a pretty small release (it’s not even at 3K adds on goodreads so ya) in April which is hitting us with some massive US YA titles. So all your support has made my heart so full. 💛
➸ But just in case A Thousand Perfect Notes felt left out…
I got to see the Polish cover for it last week! This is…so much. Like when I dreamed of having a book published, I didn’t even stretch my imagination far enough to think about translation deals?! And it’s coming out in Polish, Romanian, Czech and Slovak! I’m just !!! so grateful! (And also a little bit of a human hurricane of feelings…this is real!? This is real.)
➸ I barely scrapped through to my goal of 18 reads.
It is unfair, I say, sir, that February has only 28 days. I was scrabbling to finish my last read like on the last day of the month. Hahaha…gulp. But I got caught up doing some edits + having a general life meltdown. As one does.
((all covers link to goodreads))
FROM NETGALLEY / EDELWEISS…
I have been seriously blessed by the Netgalley deities holy heck. Usually they hate me? So wow and YAY here! I’m super excited for The Lost Coast because Amy Rose Capetta is a new favourite author!!!
((hover over covers to flip them for a mini review !! and click to see full-length review!))
➸ I’m panicking a bit about how behind I am on…everything. But I’m determined to be really industrious in March. I am going to rule this TBR pile and take a huge bite out of it. I’m also defrosting my nerves about TBWSH’s release by writing a fun just-for-me story (it possibly has heists, monsters, Persephone’s child, and a hate-to-friendship plot).
➸ I’m rereading the WHOLE Grisha series! I was pretending I could read King of Scars without doing this but lmao…you wish, Cait. You wish. Even rereading Shadow & Bone was basically like experiencing a whole new book. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It’s been five years though, ok.
➸ I also adored my splurge of rereading The Foxhole Court trilogy on audiobook…because I am trash for those disaster kids afjdsaklda. I miss it already. Do I have time for all these rereads? Why no. Will I stop??? Also no.
➸ Being a very dedicated author is going well too, thanks for asking. I possibly had one morning where I edited a line and decided to congratulate myself with an hour off to make some chocolate chip biscuits and eat them. Am working hard.
➸ I started watching The Umbrella Academy! Has anyone else seen it?! I’ve only seen two episodes but I love it. Klaus and Five omg. What dysfunctional creatures. I also love how it’s all AMERICAN…and then Klaus struts in with a skirt and an Irish accent. You go, my son, you go. (Total Nathan from Misfits memories haha.) The diversity however…Seven people with powers and only two are POC (one starts off dead). Ok, fren.
➸ did u know…the Pacific Ocean has a 3.5 star rating? Don’t ask me why I was googling this but I was. The Atlantic Ocean is slightly higher at a 3.8 star rating. And look I get it. Lots of castaways in the Pacific. They are probably holding grudges. But shout out to the fact we can star rate the oceans.