Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ARC August signup

ARC August 2015
ARC August is hosted by Octavia at Read Sleep Repeat and you can sign up at this link. I am going to try to read at least 2 ARCs, since I am far behind in my reads! I want to read Dearest by Althea Kontis and possibly Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. I am really excited about these two books, so hopefully I can dive into them next month. Thank you to Octavia for hosting this again!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bout of Books 11 Signup

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I love Bout of Books and this is my 7th one! I will be making a reading list and goals closer to time.

Monday, July 28, 2014

High Summer Read-a-thon Wrapup

I didn't do too bad! I finished The Snow Bride and Wanderlove. I read a total of 596 pages, which is awesome for me.
Thanks again to Michelle for hosting!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

High Summer Read-a-thon Checkin

This decided to be the busiest work week I have had since summer reading ended. Things have been both stressful and busy at work and this has left me coming home exhausted and frazzled. I have also been working on the Intro to Children's Lit class I will be teaching starting in a month, so blogging and reading, but mainly blogging has fallen by the wayside. Hopefully good things are coming soon for us at work, but we'll see. So far I have read/listened to 141 pages of the Lost Hero, read 5 pages of Thistle and Thyme, and read to page 145 in The Snow Bride. Hopefully I will finish The Snow Bride today and maybe read a few more pages in the other books.

Thanks again to Michelle for hosting!

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon Wrapup

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon 2014

Work was crazy this week and I was too exhausted to do anything but eat dinner and sleep when I came home, so this was not my best showing on a read-a-thon. I had hoped to comment on blogs, but that rarely happened. I did manage to complete two mini-challenges, but forgot about Twitter chats. I finished A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind at the Door, but everyone in the book club cancelled. I was glad to reread them though and I think they do make for good discussions. I have a couple of books that I am close to finishing, but didn't quite make it before the end of the read-a-thon. In total, I read/ listened to 632 pages, so I did meet my at least 500 pages goal!
Thanks again to April and Kat for hosting!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas in July read-a-thon

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This is part of the COYER Summer Vacation Read-a-thon, but you do not have to be participating in COYER to do this one. This will run July 25 to July 27 and you can sign up at this link.

I have one book on my pile for this read-a-thon so far, The Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber. I loved both of her Mrs. Miracle books, so I wanted to try another Christmasy one by her.
Thanks to Berls and Michelle for hosting!

Day 1: Read 145 pages of The Snow Bride
Day 2: Read 89 pages and finished!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon Day 10 and 11 Updates

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon 2014

Day 10: The Lost Hero- 38 pages
Day 11: The Lost Hero- 76 pages, Thistle and Thyme- 5 pages

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

High Summer Read-a-thon

I am signing up just a bit late for this one. The High Summer Read-a-thon is hosted by Michelle @ The True Book Addict and Castle Macabre and you can sign up at this link. This read-a-thon started yesterday and runs through the 27th.

My reading list for this will be similar to the latest read-a-thons I have partially participated in. I have got to buckle down!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer- I will finish this someday, I will!
Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber- I will be using this for a Christmas in July read.
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Thistle and Thyme by Sorche Nic Leodhas

Thanks to Michelle for hosting!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon Day 7, 8 and 9 Updates

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon 2014

Day 7: A Wind in the Door-120 pages and finished!, Wanderlove- 13 pages
Finished A Wind in the Door just in time! I like A Wrinkle in Time a bit better, but I am curious to see what the teens thought about them both. I am really enjoying Wanderlove and hope that I can finish it before the end of the read-a-thon!

Day 8:The Lost Hero- 23 pages
Not much time for reading, but I did get a little of the audio book in.

Day 9: The Lost Hero- 24 pages, Thistle and Thyme- 35 pages
Mini-challenges: April's Jigsaw Puzzle- This was really fun. Thanks to April for hosting!
Kat's Tune this Title. Loved this! I picked Norah Jones' Come Away with Me to match with Wanderlove. Thanks to Kat for hosting!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon Days 4-6 Updates

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon 2014

Day 4: The Lost Hero- 29 pages
Not much reading today. I am so bogged down with work, housework, and preparing the class that I just can't find time to read. Friday we are going out, so I will probably have an even lower number, but there is always Saturday!

Day 5: The Lost Hero- 13 pages
We went to the Lincoln play/musical which was good and ate at Los Amigos which was really good! However I did not get to read much at all.

Day 6: A Wind in the Doo-100 pages
I completely forgot about the Twitter chat. We decided to go out to eat for a late lunch and by the time I remembered the chat, it was already over. I did get almost halfway through A Wind in the Door. I have to read it by Monday for the Teen Book Group, so that will be my focus on Sunday!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon Day 1-3 Updates

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon 2014

I kept meaning to update yesterday and got distracted, so I will just make this a three day update.
Day 1: Wrinkle in Time- 62 pages
I finally went to the eye doctor for an exam to get new glasses and contacts and my eyes had to be dilated. Everything was fine, but the sensitivity to light gave me a migraine, so even though I was off work the whole day, I only read a little bit. I hope to finish Wrinkle in Time very soon and get A Wind in the Door started.

Day 2: The Lost Hero- 46 pages
This was mostly audiobook progress, but I did read a chapter too. I ordered my glasses and contacts today and that took longer than I thought. I finally found a pair that was not too tight and were kind of cute. I only wear my glasses at night after work, so I am not really that picky when I choose them.

Day 3:A Wrinkle in Time 20 pages and finished!, The Lost Hero- 18 pages
Wild day at work and then I had to do some prep work for the Children's Lit class I will be teaching in the fall. I did finish Wrinkle in Time though!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon 2014

The Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon is hosted by My Shelf Confessions and you can sign up at this link.
I almost missed this one! I keep bookmarking things to sign up for later and then forget to signup. This is my fifth time participating in a Wicked challenge.
April and Kat have Twitter parties and challenges to go along with the read-a-thon and they are always a lot of fun.
I am putting several books on my reading list to give me a bit more variety. I am slowly catching back up on my reading. I hope to finish at least three books and at least 500 pages for the read-a-thon. 
My Reading List:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
Violet Eyes by Debbie Viguie
Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross
Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
A Wind in the Door by Madeline L'Engle
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
The Rising by Kelley Armstrong
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike
Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Thistle and Thyme by Sorche Nic Leodhas
Reread: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Reread: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Thanks to everyone at My Shelf Confessions for hosting!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James

This is one of a series of novellas based on the fairy tales.
Beauty and the Beast (Faerie Tale Collection, #1)
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Cecilia believes that the handsome lord that is visiting her will be proposing marriage and the whole town believes this too. When Lord Willington instead tells her he is marrying another girl with better financial and social connections, she accepts this with many tears and with the town's snobbery. When Lord Alexander, someone who has always mocked her, appears at her favorite quiet spot, she immediately accuses him of spying. Lord Alexander on the other hand has had a change of heart and appearance. By day he is his princely self, but by night he is the wolf and the dead witch who cursed him says he will remain so, unless a maiden falls in love with him and the wolf. He has no hope, but as he tries to comfort Cecilia and gets to know her, he begins to dream of a life with her. Unfortunately for the two of them, someone else desires the crown and will not let a silly romance get in the way of his chance.

Jenni James has created a sweet twist on Beauty and the Beast with writing that feels like an original fairytale. The romance is clean and the dark parts are quick with minimal violence.

Favorite Character: Cecilia. I have always liked Beauty in these tales. She is always beautiful on the inside and outside and Cecilia is no exception.

Favorite Quotes: "Girls in forests should always believe what magical beasts say."
"Because when you do not believe it exists, I see the crown upon your brow." 

Overall a very good novella and I can't wait to read the next one! 4 cups of cocoa!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fairy Tale with a Twist Read-a-thon

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Fairy Tale with a Twist is the second read-a-thon for COYER Summer Vacation. You do not have to be signed up for COYER to join. You can sign up at this link. This will run from Friday July 11 to Sunday July 13. I have several fairytale retellings on my TBR stack.

Reading list:
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (I have been reading on this for awhile now. I pick it up and then pick up other books, so I would like to finish it.) Feiwel and Friends
Violet Eyes by Debbie Viguie (Once Upon a Time series) Simon Pulse
Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (Books of Bayern series) Bloomsbury
Violet Eyes (Once Upon a Time Fairytales) Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)

Day 1: Cinder-11 pages
Day 2: Cinder- 56 pages
Day 3: read part of Sleeping Beauty by Jenni James

Wrapup: Well I did not do as well on this one as I wanted, but I did make some headway in Cinder!

Fun in the Sun Wrapup

Fun in Sun
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I was able to finish If I Should Die by Amy Plum and even finished the review! I also read 86 pages in Wanderlove, so not bad for a busy weekend. I read 159 pages total. Thanks to Kim and Michelle for hosting!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

If I Should Die by Amy Plum

If I Should Die is the last book in the Die for Me series about revenants in Paris. This review will have spoilers for the first two books.
If I Should Die (Revenants, #3)

Kate fears the worst when Violette and the numa take Vincent's body and her fears are proven when Vincent enters her mind and gives her a final goodbye. Kate cannot believe that Vincent is gone and believes there must be someway to save him. The bardia fear that Violette now has the power of the Champion. When Bran, a healer, tells the group that Vincent is not the Champion and that he believes there is a way to reunite him with his body, Kate is willing to go to the ends of the earth for her love. The bardia meanwhile hope to find the Champion who may be closer to home than they think. Can the new Champion save them from the numa and unite all revenants?

I knew how this was going to end since there were hints throughout the series. I did find it a fitting ending, a bit Twilightesque, but satisfying. What I loved the most was Amy Plum's writing style, her descriptions of Paris were beautiful! I am really excited to try her new book After the End to see her style in a bit different plot. I will miss the characters of this series, particularly the secondary characters.

Favorite Character: Jules. I like his humor and his bravery in leaving his family to escape his heartbreak. The novella before this book from his point of view was very interesting and my favorite read of the series.

Favorite Quote: "Mercy is the key. You can force people to follow you but you will never have their love or respect."

Overall, this was a nice, predictable end to the series. I look forward to reading more of Amy Plum's books. 4 cups of cocoa!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Seriously Series Reading Challenge Update #1 and #2

The Seriously Series Reading Challenge is hosted by Kelly at Reading the Paranormal and you can sign up at this link. I am trying for Semi-Serious in all the categories. I totally forgot to update in April so this is my combined 1 and 2 update.

In series rereads I finished the Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott. I read books 2 through 6, since I read book 1 in December. I was going to reread 1 at the end, but since Kelly says you don't have to reread the whole series to count it, I think I will skip one. I want to write a post about the series as a whole and hopefully will get to that. I am trying to make it not have spoilers and that is what is so tricky about the post.

 In series started before 2014 I have finished Perfect Lies by Kiersten White, which finished the Mind Games series and I am almost finished with If I Should Die, which will finish the Revenant series by Amy Plum. I would really like to finish 6 series that I have started before the year is up.

In series started in 2014, I have read the first 4 books and 2 novellas in the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep. I bought books 5 and 6 and hope to finish these before the year is up. I don't think the 7th book comes out until next year, so if I can read 5 and 6, I will be caught up! I am hoping to read the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer too for this challenge. Books 1 to 3 are out now and book 4 comes out next year.

I am really enjoying this challenge and it is helping me to finish some of those series I have for whatever reason put off finishing. Thanks to Kelly for hosting!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

2014 Book Bingo Update #2

2014 Bingo Challenge-01

Book Bingo is hosted by Anne from Creativity’s Corner and Kristilyn from Reading in Winter.
I am trying for a coverall and I am going to have to buckle down to reach this goal. I have finished 17 books so far.

In the TBR category I have read 3 books: Touch of Frost, The Fault in Our Stars and Snow.
In the Mix It Up column I have have crossed off all the squares! I read Opposite of Fate for nonfiction. I read Animal Farm for my classic, Dragonflight for my Reread, The Magician-another reread- for my Free Square, and Fangirl for my Contemporary.
In Series books I have read 4: Kiss of Frost, Dark Frost, Crimson Frost, and The Calling.
 In the Genre column, I have only crossed off two spots. I read Their Eyes Were Watching God-another classic- for my Free Square and I read Attachments for my romance book.
In New Releases I have read 3, Jinx's Magic, Cruel Beauty, and Perfect Lies. 
I am still struggling with finding books to keep my attention. I started off strong and now I just can't find anything I want to read and finish reading. Hope you are doing great on your board! Thanks to Anne and Kristilyn for hosting!

Fun in the Sun Read-a-thon

Fun in Sun
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The Fun in the Sun read-a-thon is the first read-a-thon for COYER Summer Vacation. You do not have to be signed up for COYER to join. You can sign up at this link. You pick books with ocean/beach/lake on the cover or some sort of summer activity. I have a few books that fit this description on my TBR.
Reading list:
If I Should Die by Amy Plum (if I don't finish it tonight) (HarperTeen), Paris in summer
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (Delacorte), summer travels
Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon and Schuster), beach/ocean
If I Should Die (Revenants, #3) Wanderlove Finale (Hush, Hush, #4)

Day 1: If I Should Die- 73 pages and finished!
Day 2: Wanderlove-43 pages
Day 3: Wanderlove-43pages