what’s the buzz: weekly round-up and book haul
I’ve been pretty much MIA for the last couple of weeks (again). Had some stuff going on (including a relative passing due to COVID and another hospitalised with it) so I hadn’t really felt like blogging so much. Work has also been really busy so I’ve not had a lot of free time.
I’ve been trying to de-stress by playing video games mostly (not really had much concentration for reading unfortunately). I have been playing Final Fantasy XV and really enjoying it (I had previously started the game back when it was released in 2016 but it didn’t grab me, I then tried again in 2018 but the combat was kicking my ass so I stopped again).
This time round I have come to grips with the fighting and the story has pulled me in plus the four main characters are awesome! I’m kicking myself for not getting into it sooner. The Chocobros are really what make this game special though. I love them all (though I have a soft spot for Prompto – he’s so cute and squishy!)
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake pins from Tea No Sugar – these pins were pre=orders and they finally came a couple of weeks ago! Aren’t they amazing??
- Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy 15, Pokemon, Sailor Moon, nier Automata, Hungry Hippo pins/badges from Tea No Sugar – the majority of these were sale pins but what a haul, huh?
- Mixed Final Fantasy badges from Tengu Arts, Laguna and Reno rubber stamps charms from eBay, cards from Square Enix Store – Bit of a theme here haha!
- Yuri and Victor (from Yuri on Ice) Nendoroids from Amazon – my collection of Yuri Nendoroids is nearly complete (only one more to get woohoo!!)
- Victor and Yuri Q Poskets from eBay and Amazon – these were so hard to track down but I finally did it!
- Book sleeves from Book Besties UK – these are all so cute (yep, even the horror one!) I can’t stop looking at them and noticing new details each time.
- Wangxian pin from Rey Pin Store – I pre-ordered this a while ago and it finally came! It’s so pretty – the photo doesn’t do it justice…
- MDZS/TGCF acrylic stands plus keychain from AliExpress: these are super-adorable! I just love them!!
On the blog:
This is Not a Love Story by Suki Fleet | Sometimes There’s Stars by Suki Fleet | Breathless by Jennifer Niven | Fin & Rye & Fireflies by Harry Cook | The Same Place by Gregory Ashe | Signs by Anna Martin | Bright Young Things by Anna Martin | Tempting Hades by Emma Hamm | I Want to Kiss You in Public by Zelda French | Starting from Somewhere by Lane Hayes
Silk & Steel by Ariana Nash | Iron & Fire by Ariana Nash | Blood & Ice by Ariana Nash | The Black Prince by Ariana Nash | King of the Dark by Ariana Nash | Bet on Me by Saxon James | Calling Your Bluff by Saxon James | Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis | Torn Apart by K. Webster & Nikki Ash | Bound Together by K. Webster & Nikki Ash
Know My Name by Chanel Miller | He Called Me Beautiful by Annabeth Chatwin | The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas | Jonty’s Christmas by Barbara Elsborg | Scions of the Black Lotus by J.C. Kang | The All Souls Complete Trilogy by Deborah Harkness | Unfit to Print by K.J. Charles | The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon | Coming Up for Air by Amanda Meuwissen
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty | The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne | Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews | Legendborn by Tracy Deonn | Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder | Pine by Francine Toon | The Crooked Mask by Rachel Burge | Obey the Rules by Leighton Greene | Break the Rules by Leighton Greene | Flying Free by Leighton Greene
Broken by K. Webster | Rock Country by K. Webster | Dare to Hope by T.M. Smith | Live for Love by T.M. Smith | Unclaimed by Laurie Wetzel | His Grandfather’s Watch by N.R. Walker | The Falling Sky Collection by L.A. Witt | Hard Crush by Mira Lyn Kelly | Like the Taste of Summer by Kaje Harper | Gay on a Train by K.C. Wells
Tempt Me by K.A. Tucker | Naked by Todd Young | Corrupted by Todd Young | Jumbo by Todd Young | Angel by Todd Young | Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson | Face Your Demons by Nina Hobson | To See About a Guy by Aria Grace | Save Me Aria Grayson | A Christmas Promise by K.C. Wells
Fighting Chance by T.L. Dasha | Second Chance by T.L. Dasha | Picture Perfect by Emrys Apollo | Lovers in the Dark by Emrys Apollo | Guardian Angels by Emrys Apollo | The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles | The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish | King Family series by M. O’Keefe, S. Doyle & Julie Kriss | Over Me by N.J. Gray | Learn the Rules by Leighton Greene
Hook’s Little Mermaid by Suzanna Lynn | World Whisperer by Rachel Devenish Ford | The Viking’s Chosen by Quinn Loftis | Death in Neverland by Isadora Brown | Cinders & Ashes by X. Aratare | Warrior’s Call by Azalea Moone | Florian by Charlie Godwyne | Noah the Witch by Senovio C. Sparrow | Pre-Apocalypse by Shian Jeen | The Tainted Ones by Brandon Olin
Dead in the Garden by Dahlia Donovan | Alive by Sean Kerr | Hope & Despair by Alan Wild | Striking Sparks by Ari McKay | He’s My Associate by Cay Harrington | Touch Memory by Alice Severin | Safe Haven by Caitlin Ricci | Ned by Karyn Milos | The Truth Untold by Diego Xavier | Special Delivery by Lauren Blakely
received for review
Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell | Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher | Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein | The Project by Courtney Summers | This is Not a Lie by S.C. Farrow | The Gaps by Leanne Hall | The Vines by Shelley Nolden | Calculated by Nova McBee | Salvation’s Kiss by Kathryn Jayne | The Last of Ryn Dvarek by D.R. O’Shea