Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and I shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week.
Starting this week, Clock Rewinders will no longer have a linky.
The past two weeks have taught me that I do not have the time nor energy to shoulder the responsibility of hosting a growing meme. Neither does Tara. I do not think that either of us expected that people would want to participate in something that was originally our own feature, and one that we did on our own for over six months until we were approached by another blogger who wanted to join. I know that many people really enjoy Clock Rewinders, but if I am being honest, I know that I cannot keep up with it if CR continues to grow. Quite frankly, last week I was feeling overwhelmed enough that the thought of completely stopping CR crossed my mind.
And so, it is with many apologies that we are reverting back to what Clock Rewinders was always intended to be: a place for Tara and I to promote each other, share what happened around the blogosphere, and talk about the books we read or are looking forward to reading. These are the things that I feel are most important to building community: spotlighting other bloggers and talking about books. I can do that on my site. You can do that on your site. But I can’t do that if I’m stretched between my blog and everyone else’s that participates. My Sundays are being consumed by Clock Rewinders, and that’s not even including the time I spend on Friday and/or Saturday to prepare my own post.
While I know that this may upset many of you, in the end, Tara and I have to do what is best for our blogs and how much time we are realistically capable of devoting to CR (and blogging in general). You are still welcome to continue posting your own Clock Rewinders post every Sunday, or Monday as Tara is doing it. But we won’t have a linky. If you choose to continue posting we do want to make sure you are acknowledged in some way, so please let us know if the lack of linky will not deter you from posting your own CR.
On a Book Bender Recap
- Joint Review with Kelly: Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews – Tragic case of death by swooning.
- Top Off Tuesday — I want my semester break to be like this!
- Review: Catching Fire + Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – Catching Fire instills more stark horror. | Mockingjay is stunningly bleak and hopeless.
- Kristin Cahore Book Signing
- Who Am I Stalking  — Jess @ Gone with the Words
- Bout of Books 4.0 Goals + Updates
Meanwhile, in Amanda’s World…
- The beginning of the week was really rather stressful for me, and I pretty much made my Internet presence minimal through Thursday morning.
- Rather than spend a lot of time on the Internet, I read. It was good. I don’t think I’ve had a four book week in months.
- This week has been FULL of Bout of Books planning. Have I ever told you guys how freaking difficult it is to put together a readathon?
- I said Kelly’s Tumblr was like going on a peen safari.
- Amy @ bookgoonie just TOTALLY understands me.
On 25 Hour Books
- A Deed Without a Name 
- Clock Rewinders 5/7/2012
- Ava of the Gaia [mini review] – too many pet peeves to enjoy
- Bout of Books 4.0
Around the Book Blogging Community
- The ever awesome Bookish Brunette is looking for an associate reviewer/partner-in-crime. Great opportunity!
- Isalys has a great discussion about genres going on over at Book Soulmates.
- M.R. Merrick had two very amazing and insightful posts this week. The first was about why critical reviews are necessary. This is from an author’s point of view, but I think it’s vital for bloggers to read, too. The other post he wrote was about the path to success. While, again, geared towards authors, I think it can be applied to any career (or, let’s face it, hobby).
- Tahereh Mafi announces a new novella! WARNING: if you haven’t read Shatter Me, DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO. There are major Shatter Me spoilers.
- Thea Harrison gave us an excerpt of Lord’s Fall of Chapter 2. Dragos is back!
- Jeaniene Frost (in conjunction with Vampire’s Book Club) is giving away two advance reading copies of Once Burned (Sarah/saz101)! If you haven’t entered this yet, it’s INTERNATIONAL! Go! GO!)
amanda top off tuesday — This term disturbs me slightly. Am I supposed to take my top off?
get people to read my book on blogger — Step 1: Don’t be a douche canoe. Step 2: Well, um, step one pretty much covers it. In case you need more help, I once wrote a post about five things you should never do if you want someone to review your book.
list of don’t likes in boyfriend — I once made a list of qualities important in a boyfriend. Ex. “Must not have more boob jiggle than I do.” (the boyfriend passes this requirement, by the way, in case you were wondering)
shirtless men in water — Does this week’s Top Off Tuesday count?
please tell me the answers to the questions on accelerated reader to the hunger games — No.
vempayrs sexy galrs imege.com — Searching the first time didn’t get you what you wanted, so why the other two?
torture shirtless man blog — Is that what you really think my blog is? For shame.
*in an effort to take the focus off books I received, I’m switching to Tara’s Goodreads stats section that gives me a little more leeway to discuss books I’ve been thinking about (in some way or another) during the week. Any books listed are specifically ones I’ve read/am reading this week, or books I’ve bought, downloaded for free (legitimately, of course), or added to my wishlist for the previous week only.
Read in 2012 (40)
- Darkhouse by Karina Halle (7)
- I loved the horror parts, but rest I waffled on a bit.
- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson (7)
- Ahh! This was a brick at 655 pages. I’m so glad I could finally finish this trilogy, but the latest installment took a good 200 or 300 pages to get to a point where I didn’t want to put it down.
- Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday (8)
- Loved the second book in the series! It was a big improvement over The Perfect Dish, which I started, and then abandoned at 33% when the predictability of it all bitch slapped me in the face.
- Pyxis by K.C. Neal (7)
- I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I don’t think it will be reviewed on the blog, but you can find my Goodreads review here.
- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
- listening to this one, and since I’m not driving, I’m stuck somewhere around Chapter 19. But it’s awesome! Libba Bray is an amazing narrator. She’s up there with Luke Daniels. I’ll pick this back up at the end of May when I start working again.
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
- I picked up all the Cashore books in preparation for the signing last Sunday.
- Fire by Kristin Cashore
- Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
- The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
- I won a signed copy through a giveaway on Supernatural Snark. A big thanks to Jenny and Harlequin Teen!
- What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
- Amy sent me this after she and Jess discovered I haven’t read any Sarah Dessen yet. Thanks, Amy!
Free Ebooks (23 unread)
- Red Fox by Karina Halle
- Kelly bullied me into downloading this one.
- None. Sadly, I haven’t added a book to my wishlist since APRIL. Nothing has caught my fancy lately.
Bout of Books
Eeeee! Bout of Books starts TOMORROW. I made a vlog. If you didn’t see it yesterday, watch it now! Also, go sign up if you haven’t yet. There’s still time!
Fellow Clock Rewinders
Rather than the linky, Tara and I are instead going to list people who participate in CR at least twice a month. We still want to acknowledge you all in some way, and this is our way of doing so.