Friday, January 31, 2014

February Random Read- The Fault in Our Stars

Random Reads

This is a meme hosted by Sarah at imlovingbooks.com. You can choose to use Goodreads or create your own list or use your bookshelves.  The idea is to use random.org and type in the number of books on your list. Whatever number you receive is your random read for the month. I have decided  to use the books on my Kindle as my list. I buy or get free far too many books on my Kindle and then never read them. My current number stands at 430. I managed to read last month's book, so hopefully I can keep this up! My number this month is...155, which is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I am really excited about this book, but also apprehensive, because I know it will be really heart-breaking.
The Fault in Our Stars
Dutton Books

I really enjoy John Green's writing and his books always make me think. The review for this one is here.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Splintered by A.G. Howard

This is another book I started in 2013 and just now finished. It is the first in the series and the second one Unhinged is already out. I love twists and this one is a twist on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass.
Splintered (Splintered, #1)
Amulet

Alyssa Gardner is trying to ignore all the bugs and flowers and all their warnings and random sayings. She doesn't want to end up like her mom, in an institution and only eating out of teacups. The rumors are that Alice Liddell, her great great...grandmother, actually went to Wonderland and caused a curse on her family. Alyssa never truly believes this even when she hears bug voices and her art looks like strange locations. However, when what should be a routine visit with her mother turns into her mother almost being strangled by her own hair, Alyssa realizes that her family may truly be under a spell. Alyssa is willing to risk herself and her crush Jed to go through the rabbit hole into Wonderland. There she will try to undue the curse and save her mother. When she meets the enigmatic Morpheus and is reminded of her childhood dreams, she realizes he has been guiding or manipulating her all along. Alyssa will face many choices as she tries to undo Alice's mistakes and these choices will change her forever.

This was a dark twist on the Wonderland story and was even more zanier and macabre than the original. It took me forever to finish this and for the first roughly two-thirds of the story, I didn't really like it. However the end had me in its grasp. I actually want to read the sequel now and did not think I would be writing that! It seems the farther you go into the story, the more you get caught in its madness. I think Alyssa is a great character and I can't choose between her two suitors. Most of the time I think they are terrible based on some of their choices, but again the end! I won't say anymore, because I don't want to give away spoilers, but the last about 60 pages sold this book for me.

Favorite Character: Alyssa, she is innocence in a world of madness and loyal and selfless most of the time. I can't wait to see what she chooses in the next book!

Favorite Quote: "Yet, here I am, all of these things. Both light and dark at the same time. If I were to give in to one side of me, would that mean I'd have to give up the other? My heart aches at the possibility. Somehow I feel like I need both to be complete." I think this is a choice we often face in life, when we make a major change or make a major mistake.

This was an almost a did not finish for me, but I am really glad I stuck it out. I think it is like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and you just have to work your way through it, not really expecting to understand everything, but having those ah! moments when things start to click. You just have to embrace the madness.  It was a dark read, but had a great ending! 3.5 cups of cocoa.

Monday, January 27, 2014

A Winter's Respite Read-a-thon Starting Line



This is hosted by Michelle @ The True Book Addict and Castle Macabre. You can sign up at this link.
It is a stress-free read-a-thon in which you can read books in your TBR including fiction and nonfiction. The Twitter hashtag is #WintersRespite. I love Michelle's read-a-thons and usually do pretty well with my reading on those weeks.

Day 1 Update:
Currently reading: Queste and The Sorceress
Progress: Queste- 51 pages and finished!, The Sorceress- 35 pages

Day 2 Update:
Currently  reading: The Sorceress and Kiss of Frost
Progress: The Sorceress- 38 pages, Kiss of Frost- 21 pages

Day 3 Update:
Currently reading: The Sorceress and Kiss of Frost
Progress: The Sorceress- 31 pages, Kiss of Frost- 18 pages

Day 4 Update:
Currently reading: The Sorceress and Kiss of Frost
Progress: The Sorceress- 31 pages , Kiss of Frost-8 pages

Day 5 Update:
Currently reading: The Sorceress and Kiss of Frost
Progress: The Sorceress- 55 pages , Kiss of Frost-  32 pages

Day 6 Update:
Currently reading: The Sorceress and Kiss of Frost
Progress: The Sorceress- 41 pages, Kiss of Frost-16 pages

Day 7 Update:
Currently reading: The Sorceress
Progress: The Sorceress- 55 pages

My reading list:
 No One Else Can Have You Jinx's Magic Queste (Septimus Heap, #4) The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #3) Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy, #2) A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York


Jinx's Magic by Sage Blackwood (Katherine Tegen Books)
Queste by Angie Sage (Katherine Tegen Books)
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale (Harper Teen)
The Sorceress by Michael Scott (Delacorte)
Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep (K-Teen)
A Story Lately Told by Anjelica Huston (Scribner)

I hope to finish at least two books this week! Good luck to everyone and thanks to Michelle for hosting!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Review Copy Cleanup 4.0 February 2014

Review Copy Cleanup 4.0


This is hosted by Celine at Nyx Book Reviews and Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea. You can sign up on either blog and the link to Vicky's is here.The challenge is to read as many review books as you can and any format counts. It will run the entire month of February. I think this is my second review copy cleanup. I hope to finish Jinx's Magic and Perfect Lies. If I can get through those two, then I will pick out a couple of more titles. Thanks to Celine and Vicky for hosting!

  • The Review Copy Cleanup 4.0 runs from 1 to 28 February
  • It starts and ends at midnight according to your local timezone to avoid confusion
  • To sign up, just fill in the linky below. Link to your sign up post directly, please! The linky is the same on both of our blogs, so you only have to sign up once
  • The linky will close on the 15th, so make you sign up before then
  • When you post your sign up post on your blog, either include the challenge button with your post or link it back to this article so that people know where to sign up. Thanks! (:
  • Every book you received for review counts towards the challenge, both e-books and hard copies (even audiobooks for review, if you have those), including all genres and lengths
  • Feel free to use the #RCCleanup hashtag on Twitter for your RCC related tweets or join in the Twitter party at http://tweetchat.com/room/RCCleanup and meet lots of awesome bloggers (:
  • At the end of every week we will post our personal updates, and we’ll include a linky for you to add yours!
  • - See more at: http://www.booksbiscuitsandtea.co.uk/posts/review-copy-cleanup-4-0-sign-up/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BooksBiscuitsTea+%28Books%2C+Biscuits%2C+and+Tea%29#sthash.t51t0ozr.dpuf


  • The Review Copy Cleanup 4.0 runs from 1 to 28 February
  • It starts and ends at midnight according to your local timezone to avoid confusion
  • To sign up, just fill in the linky below. Link to your sign up post directly, please! The linky is the same on both of our blogs, so you only have to sign up once
  • The linky will close on the 15th, so make you sign up before then
  • When you post your sign up post on your blog, either include the challenge button with your post or link it back to this article so that people know where to sign up. Thanks! (:
  • Every book you received for review counts towards the challenge, both e-books and hard copies (even audiobooks for review, if you have those), including all genres and lengths
  • Feel free to use the #RCCleanup hashtag on Twitter for your RCC related tweets or join in the Twitter party at http://tweetchat.com/room/RCCleanup and meet lots of awesome bloggers (:
  • At the end of every week we will post our personal updates, and we’ll include a linky for you to add yours!
  • - See more at: http://www.booksbiscuitsandtea.co.uk/posts/review-copy-cleanup-4-0-sign-up/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BooksBiscuitsTea+%28Books%2C+Biscuits%2C+and+Tea%29#sthash.t51t0ozr.dpuf



    Nyx Book Reviews and myself
    Nyx Book Reviews and myself
    Nyx Book Reviews and myself

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

    Stacking the Shelves and Showcase Sunday #2

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    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea and they are memes for sharing books you've purchased, borrowed, or been sent for review. The books can be physical or e-format. I thought since I follow both blogs I would do a combined share.

    Library:
    No One Else Can Have You
    Harper Teen


    Just one book from the library this week.
    No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale. I am not for sure if I like the cover, but the plot sounded really interesting. A murder mystery where the best friend has to find the killer, seems like the perfect winter read.

    Bought:
    Just Kindle books this week.
    The Dr. Pepper Prophecies by Jennifer Gilby Roberts (I am looking for twists on Jane Austen's Emma and this one was only $0.99.)
    Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)   The Golem and the Jinni  A Long, Long Sleep

    All three of these were $1.99 deals!

    Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (Katherine Tegen Books) So many good reviews of this one, that I had to try it.
    The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (Harper) Another one with lots of good reviews
    A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (Candlewick) A twist on the Sleeping Beauty fairytale
    Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, #4)
    Hyperion

    Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter (I am going to try to finish the Gallagher Girls series this year and I couldn't wait for it to come back in at the library, so I bought it!)

    Received for Review on Edelweiss: Thanks to Harper Teen












    Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
    This is about a girl who has Cerebral Palsy and a boy who has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and how they become friends. It sounds both sweet and heartbreaking!

    Received for Review from Netgalley: Thanks to Scholastic!


    Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
    This reminds me of The Hunger Games. A girl must compete in a race to try to get a cure for her dying brother and she is not the only competitor. Can she survive and will she find the cure?

    Hope you all got some great reads this week!



    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover by Ally Carter

    This was a book I started in 2013 and just finished. I love Ally Carter's books and the strong female characters she creates. This is the 3rd book in the Gallagher Girls series and could have spoilers for the first two books in the series.
    Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls, #3)
    Hyperion Books


    Macey McHenry's dad is running for Vice President of the United States and Macey is an important part of his campaign. Mr. and Mrs. McHenry want to show a perfect family to the country to try and win votes and poor Macey must act the way they want her to. She spends most of the summer campaigning and is glad when Cammie joins her for a campaign in Boston. This proves to be more important than just being there for her friend, when Cammie stops a kidnapping effort on the rooftop of the Boston hotel. The girls' world is turned upside down as all their training becomes reality. The attempt is foiled, but Macey and the Gallagher Academy itself are in danger. To protect Macey, a Secret Service agent is assigned, who is a Gallagher girl herself and Cammie's aunt. As the stakes get higher, Cammie and her friends try to protect Macey, but things may prove to be more than they seem. The girls are back in one of their most dangerous missions ever, to protect one of their own.

    I absolutely love this series. The girls are both strong and clueless at times. They can speak several different languages, know dozens of ways to disarm a man, but are clueless in the ways of boys. The boy dilemma is cute without becoming the main plot of the book, leaving the girls to be the perfect spies with just a hint of boy drama. I love how the sisterhood comes together to protect each other, even to the point of risking their lives, and how they don't abandon each other no matter what.

    Favorite Character: Cammie. She knows what it takes to make a good spy, but she is also remains true to the thoughts and feelings of a teen girl. She is crushed by Zach at different times, but she keeps her head in dangerous situations. She is extremely loyal and caring.

    Favorite Quote: "Every spy knows that what you don't say is just as important-maybe more so-than what you do."

    What a great series with strong heroines who remain true to their age! I love recommending this series, particularly to middle and high school girls to show them girl power. This one shows that the stakes are getting higher with each book and that sometimes you can only depend on your friends. 5 cups of cocoa!

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    A Winter's Respite Read-a-thon Sign Up


    This is hosted by Michelle @ The True Book Addict and Castle Macabre. You can sign up at this link.
    It is a stress-free read-a-thon in which you can read books in your TBR including fiction and nonfiction. The Twitter hashtag is #WintersRespite. I love Michelle's read-a-thons and usually do pretty well with my reading on those weeks. I will post a reading list and update post sometime this weekend.



    Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

    This was my Random Read pick for January and the first in the Mythos Academy series. I enjoyed this pick and who knows when I would have read it if it hadn't been my Random Read.
    Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, #1)
    K-Teen

    Gwen Frost is a Gypsy with the ability to know someone's secrets and thoughts just by a touch of the hand. Being a Gypsy is a family tradition, her mother had the ability to know when someone was telling the truth and her grandmother can sort of see the future or at least the possible future. Gwen's life is changed forever when a drunk driver kills her mom and Gwen is forced to go to Mythos Academy. Gwen feels guilty about her mother's death, because her mom was trying to help one of Gwen's friends, a friend on whom Gwen used her ability. Gwen tries to keep her gift under wraps, but people at Mythos quickly realize she can find lost objects. Other than when people want to use her gift, Gwen is a loner, not letting people know just how deep her gift runs. The children at Mythos are special, they are warriors who fight for the gods, most as heroes, but a few as Reapers of Chaos. Gwen cannot comprehend how she ended up at such a place, especially since she does not believe the myths at all. When a girl is killed and Gwen is attacked, she begins to believe in the myths and begins to sort of make friends. Daphne is a Valkrie, one of the popular girls, on whom Gwen also spied at one point in the story who is in love with Carson, who is a band geek. Gwen's other "friend" is Logan, a Spartan with a healthy libido, who may actually have a crush on her. As Gwen tries to discover the killer's identity, she along with her friends are put in danger, because chaos is closer than she thinks.

    I love twists on mythology and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. Gwen has a neat talent with her touch magic and is pretty likeable. The suspense and the myth history was great and I like how Estep uses the stories of Norse mythology and mixes it with Greek/Roman myths. The teens are a wild bunch though, who seem to get drunk and sleep with anything that moves. However as one of my professors once said, the Greeks and Romans were a very sexual people, particularly the Greeks who slept with everything, so it is kind of fitting in the book that the warriors inherited this. Estep explains the lax adult supervision on the fact that many will die before they truly live, so the adults let them live it up while they can. It makes sense, but I would make sure to recommend this to high school and up, your more mature Percy Jackson fans.

    Favorite Character: I liked Gwen. She had typical teen thoughts and did not immediately buy into the whole mythological world, even with having her special powers. I think most of us would doubt this until we actually experienced it. Gwen feels the guilt and loss of her mother keenly and it does have an effect on her actions. I like her loyalty and tenacity on trying to find out the truth no matter what.

    Favorite Quote: "In the end, I always wanted to know people's secrets, no matter how dark and twisted they were." Isn't that why we read books?! :)

    I really enjoyed this one and have already checked out the second book in the series. 4 cups of cocoa!

    Monday, January 20, 2014

    2014 Kelley Armstrong YA Challenge

    http://darlenesbooknook.blogspot.ca/2014/01/2014-kelley-armstrong-ya-challenge.html

    This challenge will run from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 and is hosted by Darlene at Darlene's Book Nook. I am going to try for Just a Taste which is 1-4 books. I still need to read The Calling and The Rising to finish the Darkness Rising series, so hopefully this will motivate me to finish the series. There are a few novellas I missed that I might try to get to if I finish the other two books. I also want to read Sea of Shadows by her, which comes out in April. It is a new series, so I don't know if it will count for this challenge, but I still plan on reading it. Thanks to Darlene for hosting!



    Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

    This was my first reread of the year. It has been at least fifteen years since I read Dragonflight; I was actually pretty young when I picked up this series and I didn't understand the umm more romantic parts shall we say, but I loved McCaffrey's world building. I read Dragonsinger first and fell in love with Pern.
    Dragonflight (Pern, #1)
    Del Rey

    Lessa awakes to a great fear; she knows something is wrong in her world, but she can't figure it out. F'lar knows he must find a strong woman to Impress the one queen egg or all Pern is doomed. Lessa wants only to gain back control of her hold from Fax, the conqueror of six holds, including her Ruatha. She is willing to manipulate and destroy both lives and property to be Lady of Ruatha and it is her impetuousness that gets Fax killed and her hold turned over to his newborn son. Her interference also leads to her discovery by F'lar. He sees Lessa's powers of magical manipulation and her strength and knows she can lead Pern. When she impresses Ramoth, the queen dragon, and F'lar's dragon Mnementh flys Ramoth, the two are leaders of Benden Weyr, the only Weyr out of six that remains. Even though the rest of Pern doubts the need of the dragons, F'lar knows the Thread, alien organisms from a planet known as the Red Star, will return and that the dragons' fiery breath is the only thing that can destroy them. When Lessa makes a startling discovery and Thread starts to fall, she realizes she can find the dragons they need to beat the Thread if she is willing to risk her life and Ramoth's to save Pern.

    I love how McCaffrey makes the world of Pern so believable. From page one, you can believe Pern exists and her descriptions enable you to build a map in your head of that world. She also creates wonderfully flawed characters, who scheme and make horrible choices, but you somehow want them to succeed.

    One problem with this book is that it is dated. Women definitely did not have as many rights in our society at the time it was written, let alone in a sort of medieval type society like in the book. Lessa and F'lar's first sexual encounter occurs due to their dragons mating and their love making is rape, although Lessa never phrases it that way, F'lar does. Their emotions are so tied to their dragons that they "mate," at the same time. Eventually the two come to "love" each other, but they are really brutal to each other in the beginning and through most of the book.

    Favorite Characters: F'nor. He treats Lessa and F'lar with respect and is willing to do anything to save Pern.

    Favorite Quote: "'I respect your doubts. There's nothing wrong in doubting. It sometimes leads to greater faith.'"

    This is my least favorite in the series, but I do like the series, even if it is a bit dated. I remember the Harper Hall trilogy books as my favorites, so I will see if they remain that way. I never finished the whole series, but maybe with the rereads I can slowly finish.  I can't wait to pick up the next one and get lost in McCaffrey's world of Pern! 3 cups of cocoa.

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

    Stacking the Shelves and Showcase Sunday #1

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    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea and they are memes for sharing books you've purchased, borrowed, or been sent for review. The books can be physical or e-format. I thought since I follow both blogs I would do a combined share. It has been a few months since I shared books, so I am not going to share everything over the past few months. I do want to share the highlights!

    Library:


    My Story Lately Told by Anjelica Huston (I have been wanting to read a biography, so I thought this one would be interesting. I have also purchased the Addams Family to watch when I finish this!)

    Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (I have heard so much about this one, but I am wondering if it will be a little too literary. That was the only complaint I have heard about it so far.)

    Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep (I finished Touch of Frost and enjoyed it, so I wanted to try the next one.)

    Soulless by Gail Carriger (I am loving Steampunk right now and this author came highly recommended during the Bout of Books Twitter chats. Paranormal Steampunk what's not to love!)

    Bought:


    Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (I loved  Fangirl! This was another Bout of Books recommendation and I can't wait to start it.)

    Illumination Night by Alice Hoffman (I use Alice Hoffman's books when I can't be motivated to read. She has a lyrical quality to her writing and I love her descriptions of people and places. This was one I could not get for my work library and could not borrow from the library where I live, so I had to purchase it. ;) )

    Received from The Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa: Thanks to Amy at Tripping Over Books! The Best Secret Santa!!


    Legend by Marie Lu (Favorite read of mine)

    American Gods by Neil Gaiman (I have read quite a few of his, but not this one.)

    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (I loved the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, so I am excited to start this one!)

    Starbucks Hot Cocoa and a cute Winter mug, Hersey-ettes, and my new favorite bookmark:
    I love this! The Snitch bookmark is really nice and what a great idea to wrap it in a page from the story!

    What did you get this week? Thanks to Vicky and Team Tynga for hosting!



    Saturday, January 18, 2014

    Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

    This is my first finished read for 2014 and it was the perfect way to start off the year! Rowell captures that first year of college so perfectly. We all try to make our way in the world that first year and have to deal with the good and the bad in ways we don't in high school. Your world expands in so many ways that first year of college and Rowell shows this through Cath and Wren.
    Fangirl
    St. Martin's Press

    Cather and Wren are each other's whole world, or at least Wren is that for Cath. The two have spent most of their teen years writing Simon Snow fan fiction (think Harry Potter) and Simon and Baz, two of the main characters of the Simon Snow fiction, are sacred to the two girls. Things change shortly before the two start college. Wren decides she does not want to room together and wants people to know her as a single person, not as a twin. Cath is crushed and hurt by her sister's antics and dreads starting college and having a roommate that she doesn't know. She ends up with Reagan and Reagan's "boyfriend" Levi. At first Cath tries to ignore both Reagan and Levi and focus only on her fanfiction "Carry On, Simon Snow," about Simon and  Baz really being gay and loving each other, which is not part of the canon, but in the fanfic world it is just as good. Life intervenes and Cath must focus on her school work, betrayal by a classmate who basically steals her work, and her dad's depression and sister's problems. What hold her together is her sarcastic, tough roommate and Levi's affections. When she falls for Levi, Cath must figure out what is really important and how to trust someone, when you've been hurt.

    I loved this book so much, from Cath's obsession with Simon Snow to her blindness of Levi's feelings and even her tough, but caring roommate. Cath learns there are both good people and bad people in the world and she learns you cannot remain numb and expect to enjoy life. Levi is maybe the sweetest male love interest ever and we all need a Levi. Meeting your college sweetheart is an awesome experience and I have been happily married to mine for 6 years now. I think Rowell definitely presents that well.  This is a definite read for those who have been through their first year of college and I would love to know if others think her descriptions are dead on. Cath's experiences with Reagan, Levi, and even her English teacher reminded me so much of freshmen year that I became nostalgic.

    Favorite Character: Levi. He is probably my favorite male love interest ever! He is so sweet and loving, but also a bit clueless. I also love that he loves when Cath reads to him, best scenes ever!

    Favorite Quotes: "'You give away nice like it doesn't cost you anything.'" Levi lauged. 'It doesn't cost me anything. It's not like smiling at strangers exhausts my overall supply.'"

    "'In the right light, you are such a nerd.'"

    "'Happily ever after, or even just together ever after is not cheesy,' Wren said. 'It's the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.'"

    What an awesome start to the new year! This will definitely be in my top books of the year and it is going to be hard to top! I have already purchased Attachments, because I can't wait to start another of Rowell's books. Definitely 5 cups of cocoa!!

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    Bout of Books Day 7 and Wrapup

    Bout of Books

    Day 7 Update
    Currently reading:  The Magician, Splintered, Touch of Frost
    Pages read: Splintered- 25 pages, Touch of Frost- 15 pages,  The Magician- 30 pages

    Overall I did not do too bad and met all my goals! I commented on 11 blogs, found 4 new blogs to follow, did 5 mini-challenges, and finished 2 books (Fangirl and Dragonflight). I also participated in all three Twitter chats and sort of understood what was going on and how to Tweet! I read a total of 664 pages, which is great for me. Thanks to Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal for hosting! Hope everyone had a good time and I can't wait until May!

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

    Bout of Books 9.0 Day 6

    Bout of Books
    Day 6 Update
    Currently reading:  The Magician, Jinx's Magic, Splintered, Touch of Frost
    Pages read: Splintered- 6 pages, Touch of Frost- 60 pages, Jinx's Magic- 44 pages, The Magician- 20 pages
    Comments posted-3
    Twitter chat-1

    Friday, January 10, 2014

    Bout of Books 9.0 Day 5

    Bout of Books
    Day 5 Update
    Currently reading:  The Magician, Fangirl, Dragonflight
    Pages read: Fangirl- 65 pages and finished!, Magician- 36 pages, Dragonflight- 34 pages and finished!
    Books finished- 2
    Comments posted- 2
    New blogs following: 1 Never Too Fond of Books,
    Minichallenge- 1 Create a Story -- Never Too Fond of Books
     The rules by Mandi Kaye
    1. Open your current book to the last page you read.
    2. Using the last word of every line, create a poem or story. You must use every word (but they do not have to be in order), and you may add punctuation as necessary. If a word is split between the end of the line and the beginning of the next one, you may choose whether or not to use it.


    This was really hard and it doesn't quite make sense, but is was really fun!These words are from page 268 of Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey. 

    The hundred years marks the table, we slammed. Lessa’s mind is going, missing, left, but they see our cautious help. Up ahead we can shake briskly between this intermediate, imbalanced evening. We turn alive…to die. Did we?

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    Bout of Books 9.0 Day 4

    Bout of Books

    Day 4 Update
    Currently reading:  The Magician
    Pages read: The Magician- 26 pages
    Comments posted: 2
    New Blogs Following-2 Writing My Own Fairy Tale, Coffee Bean Bookshelf,
    Minichallenge 1 Double Date Book Challenge -- Writing My Own Fairy Tale
    For this minichallenge we had to recommend two books that we think people should read together.
    For this I chose Persuasion by Jane Austen and For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund.
    For Darkness Shows the Stars is a retelling of Persuasion in a society that is rebuilding after wars and natural disasters and is a bit dystopian. The romance in both books is beautiful and I loved them both. I did this for the Classic Double Challenge hosted by Melissa at One Librarian's Book Reviews. My review and comparison is here.
    For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1)
    Balzer and Bray

    The cover is also beautiful!


    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

    Bout of Books 9.0 Day 3

    Bout of Books
    Day 3 Update:
    Currently reading:  Fangirl
    Pages read: Fangirl- 92 pages
    Twitter chat-1 2 total. Hooray!
    Comments posted: 1
    Minichallenge 1 Introduce Someone to Your Favorite Genre -- Doing Dewey
    I commented "I am really enjoying YA Steampunk. I haven't read a whole lot in the genre, but my favorites are the Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross and the Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld. I love the mix of history, strong female leads, and machines. Also the steampunk clothing is really cool. I particularly like the alternative history of WWI in the Leviathan trilogy. I hope to start some of Gail Carriger's books soon! Thanks for hosting!"

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

    Bout of Books 9.0 Day 2

    Bout of Books

    Day 2 Update:
    Currently reading:  Fangirl
    Pages read: Fangirl- 5 pages
    Post comments: 1
    Minichallenges:1 Reading Tactics List -- Sarah Says Read Posted a comment on her blog
    New Blogs to Follow: 1 Storybook Girl

    Work kicked my butt today! Then I came home and cooked and cleaned the kitchen, which took the entire rest of my night. I will definitely read more tomorrow!!

    Monday, January 6, 2014

    Bout of Books Day 1

    Bout of Books

    Day 1 Update:
    Currently reading: Dragonflight, Fangirl
    Pages read:Dragonflight- 33 pages, Fangirl- 173 pages
    Post comments: 2
    Minichallenges:1
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     Book Buying Spree -- Bookish Comforts
     Imagine if you will: you’ve just received some FANTASTIC news! You have won a $100 book buying spree! Now comes the hard part though: what books will you buy?! For this challenge, you’ll be creating your book buying spree wishlist.

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    These are all books I would love to own and all but one of them are books I have not read yet!

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

    Bout of Books 9.0 Goals

    Bout of Books

    My goals for this year's Bout of Books:
    Complete at least 3 mini-challenges
    Find at least 3 new blogs to follow
    Comment on at least 10 blogs
    Finish at least 2 books

     Splintered (Splintered, #1) Dragonflight (Pern, #1) Fangirl Jinx's Magic

     Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, #1) The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #2) Queste (Septimus Heap, #4)

    My reading stack:
    Splintered by A.G. Howard Amulet Books(finish up 2013 starts)
    Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey Del Rey (reread)
    Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell St. Martin's Press
    Jinx's Magic by Sage Blackwood Katherine Tegen Books
    Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep K-Teen
    The Magician by Michael Scott Delacorte Press(reread)
    Queste by Angie Sage Katherine Tegen Books (finish up 2013 starts)

    Hopefully I can finish up at least two of these, since I have already started all of them! Good luck to everyone!