Don’t Worry, I’m Still Alive.

Did you miss me? Of course you did. Unplanned hiatuses aren’t exactly uncommon in the blogosphere, and the reason is always “I have been very busy.” Which is true. I have been busy! Just like all of the other blogging slackers! I have been so busy that I have not even made a new goodreads reading challenge for 2014, nor have I even kept track of the books I have read so far this year.

Here is a rundown of what I have read recently:

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

The His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman

Cress by Marissa Meyer

One More Thing (Stories and Other Stories) by BJ Novak

aaaaaannnnnnndddddd

The Rotten Apple by the most handsome husband ever- Chris Stocking (This one comes out on March 22nd!)

ALSO, I started a new job in December. It’s a really good company with some decent benefits and I really like the people I work with. There is a lot of opportunity for growth within the company, which is something I was really looking for in a new job. And it’s full time. Say whhaaaatttt. I know, livin’ the dream.

Chris and I also got our own place. I know, I know, we are finally grown ups. We were married people living with a roommate, but no more! Now we are married people that actually get to open up and use all of our wedding presents (which I stashed away for this very occasion) and I have a whole new set of keys to keep track of. To sum up, in the last couple weeks I have really taken strides to join the realm of adults- I got a full time job, my own benefits, and we moved into our own place. I don’t even do laundry at my mom’s house anymore! (Let’s not mention that it’s only because she lives too far away now) It’s official, Chris and I are fully assimilated into adulthood. Wowza.

In more depressing news, I have been sick this weekend and my voice has been skipping out on me. It has been very unpredictable. The sucky part is that I am on the phone all day at work, so I really hope my voice comes back full time starting ASAP. I would really like to be up and running as usual tomorrow. Chris has been an angel taking care of me- making me a million cups of tea, keeping track of my medicines and when I am supposed to be taking them, and watching endless romantic comedies with me on Netflix (we just finished Runaway Bride). Needless to say, I picked a real winner. He’s marvelous.

Anyway, so ends the Casey update.

Thanks for keeping with me, even though I have joined the ranks of the laziest bloggers. You da best.

Cardial Vasectomy

Just kidding, there is no such thing as a cardial vasectomy. However, I recently watched one of my favorite movies- Stick It– and Joanne is just hilarious.

In other news, I have been neglecting you guys. (The select few that keeps tabs on my blog- I am suddenly reminded of that scene in Yes Man when Munchausen’s By Proxy takes the stage and thanks their followers, by name, for attending.) I know that I have had a pretty shoddy week when it comes to blog posting, but I have been working like a maniac these days. It’s amazing how many hours poor people will pick up, am I right? But, although I have not been blogging, I have been reading. A lot.

I built up a little bit of a stockpile of reviews to post, but Demonglass was the last in my arsenal. But, thanks to my favorite hobby, I have 7 more books to review for you guys. In the future, you guys will see reviews of:

1. Spellbound by Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall, #3)

2. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

3. Indigo Spell by Rachelle Mead (Bloodlines, #3)

4. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Caster Chronicles, #1)

5. Wither by Lauren Destefano (Chemical Garden, #1)

6. Matched by Ally Condie (Matched, #1)

7. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

The reviews for Scarlet and Indigo Spell will probably be informal reactions, though, because I haven’t reviewed the previous books in the series on my blog. But, I still want to talk about them!

This leads me to my next point: I think I need to reevaluate my Goodreads reading goal for this year. Last year, I aimed for 50 books and fell short by 2. This year, I have also set my goal for 50 books, but I am already 11 books ahead of schedule… and it’s only February. Last year’s swing and a miss can be attributed to George R. R. Martin and his epic saga, but this year I am just flying through books. I LOVE IT.

How seriously do you guys take your Goodreads reading goals? Do they push you to read more? Is that pressure helpful, or does it just make you speed read?

So many questions.

Also, I wanted to tell you guys that I was nominated for the Liebster Award! Kristianne over at msnoseinabook nominated me! I am going to have to go through and answer a bunch of questions and nominate others, though. Although I’m tickled that she thought to nominate me, I just don’t know if I have the time for that. 😦 Ain’t nobody got time fo that. We will see how my so-called life progresses this coming week.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by, and if you want to comment with your heartfelt answers to my Goodreads questions, have at it!

I will leave you with this gem I found on Pinterest the other day:

Update!

Hi guys!

I know that I haven’t uploaded a review in the past couple days, but I guess I have been spending all of my time reading! Haha. I just finished Need by Carrie Jones and I will probably be reviewing that next. I am also so excited to say that I finally pre-ordered my copy of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I CANNOT WAIT FOR IT TO GET HERE. It will be here on the 5th!!

In other also very exciting news, this post is brought to you by my new Chromebook! For those of you that don’t know what a Chromebook is, it is a laptop computer made by Google. It is basically the best of tablets and laptops all rolled into one. It is super fast and boots up in 8 seconds. A super plus is that it’s almost impossible to get a virus! I absolutely love it. I just got it yesterday and it is keeping me quite entertained. I have been wanting a new computer for a long time now, but I have just never gotten around to it. Now that I have started blogging, my husband has pushed me to get a new laptop so that I stop using his so often! However, I am awful at making decisions. I first went to BestBuy this past weekend to look at some computers and I liked the Chromebook. BestBuy’s “Google expert” gave me some information about it, but he was literally the most boring man I have ever met, so I didn’t stay long. I was back again the next day and I asked 8 zillion questions… about a different computer. And then finally, after a bunch of research, I came home and ordered the Chromebook because they didn’t have any in stock at BestBuy. Then the most excruciating part: waiting for it to come! I felt like it was a million years, but it was less than a week!

Anyway, I am very excited to be using a new computer and reading new books!

Have you guys gotten any new technology recently? Or ordered any books that you are excited about?

Salutations!

So, I have been thinking of starting a blog for quite some time. The hardest part? Thinking of a name. A friend of mine (also named Casey!) has been hounding me to start one, and I suppose I just finally got the gumption to do it! Right now she is in New Zealand, but I’m hoping that, as one of my main supporters, she will be delighted that I mentioned her on my very first blog post!

Anyway, this blog will primarily be about books since that is what I primarily focus on in my downtime! This past year I read 48 books, just shy of my Goodreads goal of 50. I blame my falling short on the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin (you might know them as the Game of Thrones series, although that is only the name of the first book). If you haven’t read them, they are amazing, just very long– but I highly recommend them!

At the moment, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Goliath by Scott Westerfield in the mail. My husband bought the first book, and I happened to pick it up and read it. I finished in about a day. I loved it so much that I got him the second one for Christmas, haha! Don’t you just love those presents that are also for you? I have read it, but he isn’t quite finished with it yet. So, here we are, waiting for the snail mail to bring the next installment. Hopefully before I leave for work at 3:30!

I know I’m 22, but I have a big fascination with YA books. They are typically a quick read for me, but I can’t stop reading them. I don’t think there is an age limit, per se, but I always feel obligated to read books meant for an older audience.  But I am going to keep reading YA books until the book police come and take them away.

I am also very excited for two books to come out: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (second in The Lunar Chronicles series), and the third book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Fortunately, Scarlet will be coming out in February. Unfortunately, I have to wait until fall of this year for the as-yet-unnamed third Divergent book. Humph. You should read Divergent and Insurgent and also Cinder so you can be just as antsy for the next books as I am!

The first book in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

The first two books in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth

 

 

Anyway, thanks so much for taking a gander at my blog! I hope that you will come back and see what else I have to share with you!