Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Spring Into Horror Read-a-thon Updates

Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon
I forgot to do an update Monday and yesterday and I am not for sure how much I read each day, so it is a combined update. I got a haircut and color Monday, so I was able to get a bit of reading done while waiting.
Day 1 and Day 2
Currently Reading: Crimson Frost
Pages Read: 72 pages

Day 3
I didn't read at all today. I was going to do the Twitter chat and forgot about it. Oh well, maybe I can remember next time.

Day 4
Currently Reading: Crimson Frost, Cinder
Pages Read: 30 pages in Cinder, 108 pages in Crimson Frost
I finally had a good reading day!

Day 5
Currently Reading:Crimson Frost
Pages Read: 93 pages and finished!
Once I really get started reading the books in this series, they go quick. They are definitely my guilty pleasure reads!

Day 6:
Currently Reading: Gilded Ashes, Perfect Lies, If I Should Die
Pages Read: 20 pages in If I Should Die, 18 pages in Perfect Lies, and 1/2 of Gilded Ashes

Day 7: No reading! It was a beautiful day and I spent most of the day with family.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Into Horror Read-a-thon Reading List and Starting Line

Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon

Spring Into Horror Read-a-thon is hosted by Michelle @ The True Book Addict and Castle Macabre. You can sign up at this link. I am going on and posting my reading list and making this my starting line post. I have several books started that I would like to finish and hopefully I can finish at least two books this week. I am going to have several paranormal books on my stack to count for my "scary" book, since I can't handle anything that is too scary.
My reading stack:
Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep
Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman
Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge (novella)
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger (audio/ebook)
Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike, this sounds like a good dark paranormal thriller
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
If I Should Die by Amy Plum

Thanks again to Michelle for hosting!

Dewey 24 Hour Readathon Wrapup

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Well I didn't manage to read all day and night. I had an unexpected visit from a friend and she really needed to talk. It was almost midnight when she left and at that point I was exhausted and went to bed. However I did meet my hour goal! I read for 4 hours and 20 minutes and I was hoping for 4 hours so I am happy. I only finished one book, but I am really close to the end of Their Eyes Were Watching God. I managed to tweet a bit, comment a bit, and complete 6 mini challenges. It was so much fun and I want to try again in October! Thanks to everyone who hosted!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon Updates

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Well I thought I would be back later, but she stayed awhile and now I must head to bed.
Thanks to everyone for hosting! It was so much fun!
I have a friend coming over and will be back with updates later tonight!

Hours 10-12
Currently reading:Their Eyes were Watching God, Etiquette and Espionage (audio)

Time read: 50 minutes

Mini-challenges completed: On Food and Books

Pages read: 20 pages in TEWWG, 25 minutes of E and E
Hours: 7-9
Currently reading: Once Upon a Midnight Eerie, Their Eyes were Watching God, Crimson Frost, Shen of the Sea

Time read:1 hour and 30 minutes

Mini-challenges completed: Six World Celebration, Bookish Brews: A Coffee Challenge

Pages read: 53 pages in OUAME, 16 pages in TEWWG, 18 pages in Crimson Frost, 40 pages in Shen of the Sea

Books Finished:1 Once Upon a Midnight Eerie

Hours:4-6
Currently reading: Etiquette and Espionage (audio), Cinder

Time read: 1 hour

Mini-challenges completed:Best of Your Reading Year

Pages read: 45 minutes of E and E, 12 pages in Cinder

Hours: 1-3
Currently reading: Their Eyes Were Watching God, Once Upon a Midnight Eerie, Cinder

Time read: 1 hour

Mini-challenges completed: Intro Meme and Paragraph

Pages read: 20 pages in TEWWG, 35 pages in OUAME, and 19 pages in Cinder
I am enjoying it all so far! I have commented on a few blogs, read, and done a couple of mini challenges. I have tweeted now!

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon Mini Challenges

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I decided to do a separate post with the mini-challenges.
On Food and Books hosted at A Girl That Likes Books
 I am reading Their Eyes Were Watching God and they are constantly fishing in the section I am reading now. This is a recipe my mom made after my dad went fishing in Florida and brought back pounds of red snapper! It is from Cooking Light's website. It was tasty and fairly healthy!
2   lemons 
  Cooking spray 
4   (6-ounce) red snapper or other firm white fish fillets 
1/4 teaspoon  salt 
1/4 teaspoon  paprika 
1/4 teaspoon  black pepper 
2 tablespoons  butter, softened

1 1/2 teaspoons  chopped fresh herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, basil, or parsley), she used basil I believe


Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Cut 1 lemon into 8 slices. Place slices, in pairs, on a rimmed baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Grate remaining lemon to get 1 teaspoon lemon rind; set aside. Reserve lemon for another use.
3. Place 1 fillet on top of each pair of lemon slices. Combine salt, paprika, and pepper; sprinkle evenly over fish. Bake at 425° for 13 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.
4. While fish bakes, combine reserved lemon rind, butter, and herbs in a small bowl.
5. Place fish and lemon slices on individual serving plates; top each fillet with herbed butter, spreading to melt, if desired. Garnish with herb sprigs, if desired.


Bookish Brews: A Coffee Challenge hosted at Fig and Thistle 
My drink would be the Perky Southern Belle: This is the generic sweet and happy southern girl that appears in many books; few exist in real life! ;)
Perky Southern Belle: don't forget to stir and can be iced on a hot summer's day
12 oz of coffee (a cup just will not do)
a drop or two of peppermint extract
a pour of heavy cream (calories don't count in the South)
a splash of bourbon (define splash by type of day you are having)
a spoonful of sugar (again define spoonful by type of day you are having)

6 Word Celebration hosted by Estella's Revenge
Reading separately, but together in time.


Best of the Best: Hosted at Lisa's World of Books
Best Book of Your Reading Year
This year, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is definitely the best book I have read. I loved the twins and their obsession with Simon Snow and fanfiction. Levi was also an awesome male lead and I loved how much he loved Cath reading to him. Fangirl was hilarious and sweet.

Best Children's Book of Your Reading Year
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, which was this year's Newbery winner. What could be cooler than a superhero squirrel! There were some very humorous parts to the story, but some serious parts. Flora, the girl who believes in Ulysses the squirrel, struggles with her parents' divorce and with her mother's lack of interest in Flora. William Spiver, who becomes Flora's friend, deals with his mother's remarriage and his stepfather's disappointment in him. Great story as are all of Dicamillo's!

Best Cover of Your Reading Year/ Best Fantasy of Your Reading Year
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
 Cruel Beauty

I just finished this and loved it. A dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast with perfectly flawed characters. I loved the idea of the importance of being loved for who you really are, flaws and all. Nyx was not the sweet beauty of the original fairy tale and no character is perfect in this story and no one is innocent in this story.




Intro Meme
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

1) Indiana, specifically the southern part
2) Probably Perfect Lies, because I love White's humor and Annie and Fia.
3) Nathan is supposed to bring me a white fluff-filled donut from the bakery when he comes back from his meeting. They are wonderful!
4) I am a Children's and Teen Librarian and Assistant Director at a library and I do most of the collection development and social media for the library. I have a Master's Degree in American History from Purdue with an emphasis in colonial history and an MSLS from the University of Kentucky. I love learning about the past and love doing reader's advisory. Surprisingly I read few historical fiction and that is the area I need to read more to fix up my reader's advisory. I have been married for 6 and 1/2 years to a really great guy, see answer to question #3! :)
5) I am looking forward to reading and hopefully commenting on others' posts.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon Reading Stack and Goals

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I have decided to try for 4 hours of reading tomorrow, which may seem like a small amount, but I usually read less than an hour a day. I also want to participate in some of the challenges and maybe do a tweet or two. I would like to finish two books and finally get back into the groove of reading. This is my first time, so I am excited, but a little worried that I won't be able to keep up. I have my reading stack ready and the books included are as follows:

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep
Once Upon a Midnight Eerie by Gordon McAlpine
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman
Dangerous by Shannon Hale
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike
If I Should Die by Amy Plum
Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge (novella)
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger (audio/ebook)

I will post an update post in the morning! Good luck to everyone!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon Signup

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I am going to try this read-a-thon. I have never participated in Dewey's Read-a-thon, but it looks like fun! I see all the posts of bloggers I follow every time it rolls around and I think each time I am going to do it, so this time I am going to try. I have been in a reading slump funk for over a month now, so I am hoping this will help jump start my reading. I will post a reading list soon and my goals soon. You can sign up at this link.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bout of Books 10 Signup

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I love Bout of Books and I think this is my 6th one! I will make a reading list and goals closer to time.


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, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Hope you can signup! Thanks to Amanda and Kelly for hosting!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Into Horror Read-a-thon Signup

Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon

Spring Into Horror Read-a-thon is hosted by Michelle @ The True Book Addict and Castle Macabre. The signup link is here. You only have to read one "scary" book which Michelle defines as horror, paranormal, thriller, suspense, or mystery. I usually go with a paranormal or mystery. I usually read quite a bit during Michelle's read-a-thons, so hopefully I can break this reading curse I have been on lately! I will make a reading list closer to time. Thanks to Michelle for hosting!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Stacking the Shelves and Showcase Sunday #7


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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. It has been a couple of weeks, since I last did a new books post. I have been trying to read what I own, have for review, or already had checked out at the library. I did purchase three books though. Two are Kindle books and one was a book I had been waiting to purchase in hardcover for a long time!

My Name is Rapunzel  The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

My Name is Rapunzel by KC Hilton I purchased after Rachael's A Month of Rapunzel. I had looked at this book for awhile and after reading all of Rachael's posts, I am inspired to read more retellings!

I picked up The Maze Runner by James Dashner since the movie is being made and all the middle school boys have recommended this one. It was also only $1.99.


The Disney Princess Cookbook

So this was the one I had to have in hardcover. Actually I am not for sure it is even available in ebook. I thought the recipes were cute and easy and maybe when my niece( maybe nieces :)) and cousins are a bit older we can make some of these. I want to try Jasmine's Hummus recipe and a few of the drink recipes. I think this would also be cute for a Princess Party and it is probably about time we had another one of those at the library. :)

Hope you all had some great books this week!

Friday, April 4, 2014

April Random Read- Fire Horse Girl

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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 441. I have yet to finish last month's book Cruel Beauty, but I am still reading on it and liking it so far. This month's book is number 149 which is Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman. This is a YA historical fiction about Chinese immigrants and what it was like to go to Angel Island and how badly the Chinese were treated in the early 1900s. I haven't read any historical fiction yet this year, so this will be a nice change of pace!
 The Fire Horse Girl
Arthur Levine Books  

Jinx's Magic by Sage Blackwood

This is the second book in the series and there will definitely be a third book. This one will have spoilers for the first book, Jinx. I received this as an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books!

Jinx's Magic
Katherine Tegen Books

Jinx survived the Bonemaster and his Urwald magic seems to have strengthened from the encounter. He has promised the trees he will get the Terror, Reven, out of the woods and back to his kingdom. Reven and Jinx are accompanied by Elfwyn, who still suffers from her curse. Reven enters his former home, and he hopes soon to be kingdom, and turns his back on Jinx and the Urwald. Jinx is furious at Reven's lack of support over stopping the killing of the trees and Elfwyn sides with Reven. Jinx goes back to the Urwald and finds out Simon is intent on stopping the Bonemaster and sends Jinx to Samaria and Sophie, so that Jinx will be safe. Jinx is to become a Scholar, but the Scholars abhor magic, so he must hide his true self from his new friends and from those in Samaria. Jinx finds out both Sophie and Simon are in trouble and he doesn't know how to help them. Jinx realizes he may have to expose the Urwald in order to save the two people who are like his parents. Meanwhile there is a prophecy about him and he is completely unaware of it.

The end is not necessarily a cliffhanger ending, but some parts of the story are unresolved. I enjoyed this one almost as much as the first and I like seeing Jinx become a stronger although not quite adept wizard and to see him finding his own way. I enjoy Blackwood's world building and you can't help rooting for the Urwald. (No pun intended ;) ). I can't wait until the next installment.

Favorite Character: Jinx. He makes huge mistakes, especially when reporting others' emotions, but he gives second chances and he is loyal to his friends.

Favorite Quotes: I like the humor and simple wisdom of Blackwood's writing.
 "People will believe you are who you pretend to be...as long as you don't give them any reason not to believe it."
"Anything that starts with 'if I had' is always a waste of time. The question is, what are you going to do now?"

There are some really funny parts and really dark parts to the story. The characters are flawed and make mistakes, but they are likeable. This is a great junior fiction series. 5 cups of cocoa!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Snow by Tracy Lynn

This is part of the Once Upon a Time series. The books in the series do not have to be read in any order and there are several authors who write in this series. This one is a retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Once Upon A Time)
Simon Pulse

Despite being a duchess, Jessica's life has been hard. Her mother died shortly after childbirth and her father blames her for his loss. She was raised by the cook and servants, but her happy childhood is cut short by the arrival of her stepmother. Anne is not a completely bad stepmother in the beginning. She is very interested in science and wants to turn Jessica into a proper lady. Anne uses mysterious means to try to conceive a child and only Alan, her minstrel, knows these means. He is forbidden from speaking the truth by an enchanted necklace and one of his job is to hold her magic mirror as she looks at her youthful beauty. Anne finally snaps when she cannot conceive a child and begins to take out her problems on Jessica. At that point Jessica becomes a servant and is renamed Snow. When her stepmother decides to take the most drastic measure of all, Snow flees to the city and meets the Lonely Ones, people who have animal body parts. The Lonely Ones grow to love Snow and try to protect her from her past and from her stepmother, who may not be finished with Snow.

I loved the twists with the Lonely Ones and with the stepmother being a scientist of sorts instead of just a witch. I did not see the romance coming in this book, so that was a nice surprise. This is my first book by Tracy Lynn and I enjoyed her writing!

Favorite Characters: Jessica/Snow. She is loyal and loving and willing to give second chances.

Favorite Quote: "My whole life I've searched for... another world, with adventures, and magic, and now that I have had a taste- I want to see more."

I love this series and this was a great addition. 4 cups of cocoa!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Take Control of Your TBR Pile Wrapup

Take Control of Your TBR Pile 2014


The Take Control of Your TBR Pile is hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Well I did finish a few books on my TBR. I read and reviewed Flora & Ulysses by Kate Dicamillo, which was really cute and heartwarming. I also finished and reviewed Dark Frost and am still loving this series! I also read Snow and Attachments and hope to review them soon. I fell one short of my goal, but I did read 5 books last month. The other book was not on my TBR list, but I needed a 5th/6th grade read. I read the Case of Origami Yoda, which was hilarious and perfect for that age group. Thanks again to Kimba for hosting and I hope you all knocked out some TBR books!


2014 Book Bingo Challenge Update #1



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Book Bingo is hosted by Anne from Creativity’s Corner and Kristilyn from Reading in Winter.
I am trying for a coverall and am doing ok so far. I have finished 11 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, except the 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 2: Kiss of Frost and Dark Frost.
In the Genre column, I have only crossed off Romance. I read Attachments for my romance book.
In New Releases I have read 1, Jinx's Magic.

Hopefully I can get in the groove of reading again. 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!