The Weekly Update: 4/3/16

Did I not say---Did. I. Not. Say. Last week. That my computer would probably come back and end up not being fixed?


Toshiba sent me back my "repaired" laptop, BUT IT'S STILL BROKEN. It's still doing the EXACT same thing I sent it in for. I am so exhausted and stressed from all this that I literally put a whole tray of broccoli in the oven the other night and waited half an hour only to realize the oven was off. That's how fried my brain is.

I am never ever ever ever ever EVER buying a Toshiba product again. Even if it's just a decorative mouse pad. Which I'm pretty sure they don't make. And does anyone even use mouse pads anymore? (Did anyone ever?) But that doesn't matter because none of that is the point! The point is I'm never buying Toshiba again!


Anyway, while I once again attempt to get Toshiba to actually REPAIR that one, I've decided to use my old, broken laptop. And by broken, I mean it works, but it's a little slow, I had to buy a wireless keyboard because the track pad doesn't work, and it makes this terrible, annoying noise coming from somewhere in the hardware that I don't know how to fix. But it's better than nothing, I suppose. Except, oddly enough, it actually runs The Sims 3 better, so now I keep wanting to play rather than be productive.

Anyway, that's the only news I have -_-

Blog/Bookish Updates:

Pretty much just the usual. I did take a graphic novel for review, so that’s something a bit out of the norm (though it was a pain and a half trying to figure out how to open it on this Windows 7 computer).

Also, this week on Daniela Ark’s awesome blog there will be an interview of yours truly šŸ™‚

Oh! Almost forgot. Question about Edelweiss for anyone who uses it—once you request a book, does the request button go away? Because I requested a book but then everything got glitchy and it hasn’t showed up under my requests tab, so I don’t know if it went through :-/

Books I Received for Review:

The Labyrinthians by J.A. Armitage | books, reading, book covers
Blood Stain Vol. 1 by Linda Sejic | books, reading, book covers

Books I Finished:

Untaken by J.E. Anckorn | books, reading, book covers
Artificial by Jadah McCoy | books, reading, book covers
Blood Stain Vol. 1 by Linda Sejic | books, reading, book covers

Untaken was not exactly what I was in the mood for (#MoodReaderProblems), but it was still a touching, character-driven book. Artificial was pretty awesome and also kind of not what I expected? But in a good way. I’m getting really bad about this expectations thing lately, though luckily it’s been working in my favor. But aren’t both covers amazing?! Blood Stain ended up being only 90 pages of story with 40 pages of extras -_- but it was quirky and entertaining with nice artwork.

Song of the Week:

“All I Want” by Kodaline – I kind of just chose a song at random this week since I haven’t listened to much music lately, but I like this one, and it’s on my playlist for the book I’m… not really working on at the moment lol but will be again at some point.

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Discussion: Do You Prefer Male or Female Protagonists?
Book Review: How to Date Dead Guys (The Witch’s Handbook Book 1) by Ann M. Noser
Book Review: Nightstruck by Jenna Black

The Sunday Post Link-Up:

Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer šŸ™‚


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  1. Deborah

    I look forward to reading Daniela’s interview with you Kristen.

    But I am so sorry about your laptop. How incredibly frustrating. I hate bad service so I hope they’re apologetic!

    I’ve never read a graphic novel so keen to hear what you think. Not sure it’s my thing but good on you for trying it.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Thanks šŸ™‚

      Ugh, I doubt they’re going to be apologetic. They’re probably going to try and charge me for shipping again or tell me I have to pay because my warranty has now probably ended, but I am so ready to argue with any BS they give me.

      I’ve read a few actually, but I made it a goal this year to try at least five different graphic novel series, so this makes #3 šŸ™‚

  2. Daniela Ark

    I gonna find me a site where there is Toshiba reviews and paste this…

    “SHAME ON YOU Toshiba people for sending my good friend Kristen to SLOWLAPTOPLAND. You know something? we book blogger are are very tight-knit awesome group of people and you mess with one of us you mess with ALL of us! So we will be boycotting Toshiba unless you take care of our good friend Kristen like RIGHT NOW”

    I’m glad you are in SLOWLAPTOPLAND and not in NOLAPTOPLAND though:)

    Kristen!!!! did I not say not more requesting arcs??? especially in April??? so what was that “Artificial was pretty awesome” about??? of course I just went and requested it and I’m probably gonna get rejected because I got the feeling I’m pushing my limits now with my moody, bratty BFF šŸ™‚

    Those covers are indeed COOOOL. Same with the Paracosm one [which I’m not, not not getting ! *footstomping*]

    I’m curios about what you think about The Labyrinthians BUT DON’T TELL ME NOW KRISTEN! NOT NOW! LOL

    1. Kristen Burns

      “You mess with one of us, you mess with ALL of us!” Yes! Love it. I am so serious about never buying Toshiba again though.

      It’s definitely better having a slow laptop than no laptop. And sometimes it’s actually not that slow, at least to use the internet. It’s mostly the stupid noise that bothers me. Though I haven’t tried Photoshop yet…

      Haha, I’m flattered that you apparently trust my word on books so much. But I am so not sorry even though this also means that you’re going to blame if you hate all these books once you read them šŸ˜› But oh goodness, I’ve been so bad about updating the free book section so Paracosm has been there for like a week, it’s probably not even free anymore. Don’t worry about The Labyrinthians, it’ll probably be off of Netgalley by the time I get around to reading it lol since I don’t have it scheduled until about a month from now.

  3. Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

    Well, that blows about your computer. That happened to my old computer, took it in to Geek Squad and they had it for like 2 weeks to tell me they did absolutely nothing to it -_- Thank goodness I have a sister that knows how to build a computer, because I got one beast of a computer now lol. I did finally pull my ancient laptop out, though! It’s SO SLOW. Well, except the internet. But if I want to save a photo, forgetaboutit. It takes 10 years. xD And now I’m rambling. Have a great week!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, it’s just getting ridiculous. But at least Geek Squad didn’t get your hopes up by saying it was repaired -_- I’m envious of your computer lol. I haven’t actually installed Photoshop on this one yet, so I don’t know how slow it might be with that. But it’s still all I’ve got, so I don’t have much choice! You have a great week too šŸ™‚

    1. Kristen Burns

      Hmmm, damn it. If the button went away, then I would know for sure that my request didn’t go through, but now I’m still not sure lol. Thanks šŸ™‚

  4. Lola

    You really have the worst luck! How can they send it back fixed and it still doesn’t work, don’t hey test this or something? That’s so frustrating! I can imagine why that makes you stressed, especially as you already were so long without it and now it still isn’t fixed.

    I still use a mouse pad, it’s cute with a pink milk carton and strawberries on it. I can’t work without one. I guess I am the odd one out?

    I am looking forward to the interview with you on Daniela her blog!

    And yes I totally get that, moodreader problem. Especially when you start a book you think you’re in the mood for, but it doesn’t seem quite right and what you’re in the mood for after all. Those books do have pretty covers indeed! I hope you’ll have a great week!

    1. Kristen Burns

      I really do! I’m so aggravated at Toshiba.

      Lol I don’t know, maybe I’m the odd one out. I’ve just never liked using mouse pads because they limited my movement too much, and now I haven’t used a mouse in years since I’ve just used track pads.

      Thanks! I’m kind of nervous for people to read it even though it isn’t like it’s all that different from posting on my own blog.

      Yeah, I thought the book would be what I was looking for it, but it just wasn’t. Not the book’s fault though, so it was still a good book. But I just love the covers! You have a great week too šŸ™‚

  5. Greg

    No mouse pads. Just sayin. šŸ™‚ I can’t believe they sent it back not fixed, but actually- yes I can. I have a Toshiba TV actually and it’s not very good, the sound quality is pretty bad and movies sound better on my computer than they do on the TV! So I’m not a big Toshiba fan anyway. I have a similar situation to Molly in that a friend of mine built mine- he does it for fun which was nice cause I was needing an upgrade anyway. So I got lucky that way.

    The Labyrinthians looks good, I’ll have to check that out. Artificial looks dystopian maybe with robot guy in the background?

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, I was never a fan on mouse pads, and now I haven’t even used a mouse in at least five years because I’ve just used the track pads. But good. A fellow Toshiba hater. Ok maybe you don’t *hate* them lol, but I’m so serious about never buying their products again. That is great that you had someone who could build you a computer though!

      In my review for Artificial (which will be posted on Friday) I actually mention how I haven’t read anything THAT sci-fi in a while because it’s got androids, dystopia, genetic engineering, and it’s set on another planet lol. It sounds like a lot to take in, but it actually works really well.

  6. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Oh Sims 3! I love that game but I’m pretty sure there’s some kind of time warp in there because I’ll sit down to play it just for a few minutes and then Wham! It’s 3 hours later. I haven’t even loaded it on my new computer because I cannot be responsible with it but it’s so fun! I’m so sorry about your laptop. How frustrating! Hope this week is better!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Seriously, I’ve literally forgotten to eat while playing the Sims before lol. It sucks you in, and suddenly you’re playing for 8 hours and it’s 5 in the morning. There is no such thing as playing for a few minutes. It’s either all day or nothing lol. But yeah, I wasn’t really tempted to play on the other one because it ran horribly, and I wasn’t planning on installing it once it was repaired, but now that I’m using this computer it’s so tempting!

      Thanks šŸ™‚ At this point I don’t even have hope for the Toshiba and will probably just use this until it completely breaks lol.

  7. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

    Argh, I think I would have taken said laptop and jumped up and down on it. The Sims 3 though, that is a plus, when I used to play it my PC would go so slowly.

    I don’t know much about Edelweiss I am afraid, prefer Netgalley but hope you get sorted out.

    Have a good week!

    1. Kristen Burns

      I’d rather jump up and down on top of whoever “repaired” my computer and sent it back to me still broken -_- I’m not sure if the Sims thing is good or bad though lol, since it’s so distracting! I keep forcing myself to do more productive things, but dammit it’s like this constant itch that I want to scratch!

      I still haven’t decided whether or not to risk sending two requests through Edelweiss since I do really want that book :-/ But this is one of the many reasons I also prefer Netgalley.

      You have a great week too!