Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas Spirit Reviews



I am getting close to the end of my Christmas Spirit reads and am working on my last Christmas themed book. So far I have read
The Sound of Sleigh Bells (Apple Ridge #1)
Waterbrook Press


Beth Hertzler fell in love with the wrong guy and they both paid for her decision. Instead of allowing herself to be open to love, she decides to throw herself into her job working with her maiden Aunt Lizzy. As Beth travels around looking for Amish made goods to stock in the store, she falls in love with the work of an Amish woodcarver. Jonah, and begins writing to him after her matchmaking aunt lets her believe Jonah is an old man. Can Beth open her heart to Jonah and can Aunt Lizzy be open to love herself? Christmas love is as simple as a sleigh ride. This was a sweet and stress free read for one of my book club groups and a 5 cups of cocoa read. I don't read much Christian fiction and this is my first Amish read, but I really liked it. The characters work through problems that are not as simple as their lifestyle would lead you to believe.
The Christmas Promise (Christmas Hope, #4)
St. Martin's Press




Gloria, affectionately known as Miss Glory by all those she helps, is faced with the daunting task of helping her fastidious neighbor Miriam, after Miriam's house floods. Miriam has always resented the "trash," people drop off at Gloria's, but Gloria always restores the broken cars, refrigerators, and other donated goods as well as restoring the faith and life of those she helps. Gloria always embraces these challenges as a tribute to her late husband and has one wish to help her lost son. This Christmas she helps a pregnant woman, an abused woman, and receives the best miracle of all. A heartwarming story and another book club read. 4 cups of cocoa!
When Christmas Comes
Mira

This one is also known as Trading Christmas and has been made into a Hallmark movie. I haven't seen the movie, but it was a cute read. Widowed Emily Springer does not want to spend Christmas without her daughter Heather and when Heather says she cannot travel home, Emily decides to surprise her in Boston. Emily and a stuffy Harvard professor, Charles Brewster trade homes. Charles will stay in Leavenworth, Washington and Emily will be in Boston. Emily's divorced friend, Faith, worries about Emily being alone and decides to travel to Leavenworth to spend Christmas with her. Emily is shocked when she arrives in Boston and Heather runs off with a biker rather than spending Christmas with her. Charles and Faith are both shocked to see each other in Leavenworth and decide to make the most of a bad situation. Meanwhile a heart-broken Emily ends up with Charles' brother Ray on her doorstep and they decide to embrace the season. Can all hearts be mended by Christmas?
This was a sweet read too and had a nice storyline. 4 cups of cocoa.
The Perfect Christmas
Mira

This was not my favorite Christmas story by Macomber. Even for predictable romances this one was really predictable and the romance just fell flat for me. Cassie decides to go to a professional matchmaker, Simon, to help her find the perfect man and to have the perfect Christmas, since her bad relationship with her father seems to have ruined both. Simon is rude, but generally effective in his matches, since he uses complicated psychology to achieve them. He promises he will match Cassie with a man named John if she correctly completes three tasks. Cassie's friend, Angie, who recommended Simon, is discreetly in love with Cassie's artist brother, Shawn, and this is all but obvious to everyone, but Cassie. Will Cassie and Angie both get happy endings? Will Cassie allow her heart to mend? I am not saying anymore than that, because it would give away the ending. This was only a 3 cups of cocoa read for me, despite finishing it in a day.
The Christmas Singing (Apple Ridge #2)
Waterbrook Press

Okay I got sucked into this series and the last book I am working on for this Christmas is the third and final one in this series. This is the second one. Mattie always loved Gideon, since she was a young girl, and he seemed to always love her, until she catches him hugging an Englischer woman. Gideon allows Mattie to believe he doesn't love her and she moves away from Apple Ridge and opens her own cake shop. There she mets Sol, who loves hunting and both see that they could have an easy life together each pursuing their own passions, until Mattie's shop burns and she has to return to Apple Ridge while rebuilding. There she must face her past and find out if Gideon's true reasons for letting her leave are enough to make her trust and love him again. Where will she spend her Christmas singing, with the nice man who she trusts but has no passion for or with the one she truly loves, but is not for sure she trusts? Do good intentions outweigh past hurts? This was another sweet only slightly complicated story and I enjoyed it almost as much as the first one in this series. 4.5 cups of cocoa!

With the Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall, I will write the review separately, since I am using it for COYER too.









Monday, December 21, 2015

Bout of Books 15 Signup post

Bout of Books


Here is the official blurb: 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, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I love Bout of Books and I started with Bout of Books 5 and fell in love with BoB! The Twitter chats are awesome and it is a great way to meet other bloggers and find new reads. Thanks to Amanda and Kelly for hosting!

I also signed up to be an expert this time! If you have any questions, let me know.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

COYER Signup

ChallengeBTBKickOff

This is hosted by Berls, Michelle, and Stormi and you can sign up at this link.

This COYER challenge is going back to basics, which means free Kindle book, free review copies,
library e-checkouts, and if the ebook is not free, than it has to be under $5. I think gifted books is okay too, but you may want to check with the hosts if you go that route.

I have so many review copies and ebooks under $5 that I need to finish and I am constantly checking out ebooks from the library. I hope to finish at least 3 ebooks before the end of COYER and I would love to read more. I also hope to participate more in the activities on Facebook and Twitter. I don't have an instagram account yet, so I will probably not be on there.

Thanks to Berls, Michelle, and Stormi for hosting!

Lack of posts lately

Well, I have only posted twice this month and both times were wrap up posts for last month's challenges. I have spent the whole first part of this month grading and finally finished last night and my husband has been sick with an infection and bronchitis since the end of November, which included a trip to the ER. Then I thought about blogging and writing the several reviews I needed to write and decided it is too much. I am just going to start over new in January. I may write one review this month, when I finish Doll Bones to finish the Newbery challenge, but I am giving up on the rest of the challenges. Starting tonight or possibly tomorrow I plan on signing up for next year's challenges, so you should see a plethora of posts soon! Thanks to everyone who follows and I can't wait to catch up on all of your posts that I still need to read!

~Sarah

Saturday, December 5, 2015

2015 Bookish Resolutions Challenge: November Update


Bookish Resolution Challenge


So September did not go well and I did not do an update, but I am back on track with October's update. This is hosted by Michelle at Because Reading is Better Than Real Life and Laura at Trips Down Imagination Road and you can sign up at this link.
My resolutions:
1. Read at least 6 Classics this year.
2. Finish at least half of the challenges that I signed up for this year.
3. Finish at least 4 series this year, particularly ones where I have only the last book in the series left to read.
4. Try to blog more, like at least 10 posts a month.
5. Get healthy!

1. I have finished 6 Classics and hope to finish 2 more this month. I finished Dracula and Wuthering Heights and just need to type up my thoughts on Dracula. I have finished this goal, but still want to try to finish my goal for the Classics Challenge I signed up for.
2. I have a lot of work to do on this. I have completed 4 of 10. I should finish at least one more, but I hope to finish more than that. Here is where I stand on these challenges:

I have finished 4 and my goal is 6. It is possible I can finish this, but not likely. I am going to aim on finishing at least one more before the year is out!
preqseqbutton2015 I have met my goal for this challenge! I earned 18 points to complete the Newbie Level!
The Daily Prophecy I have read 3 of 5 for this one and I will be really sad if I fail at this goal again this year. :(
BBRC_2 I have read 2 of 5 for this goal. I will probably not get this one finished.
I have read 8 of 10 here. I need to write up two reviews and finish two more books. It is possible I will finish this one, but I may end up being just a little short on this.
I met my 10 book goal! I am still reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, but it would be number 11.
I Love Library Books Challenge: Since most of my books read this year have been library books, I have completed this one too!
Picture I have one more book left to read and then I am done. I am reading Doll Bones now, so I believe I will finish this one!
I have finished this one. I signed up for 1-3 books and have read 2!
Another one completed! I read 4 books and signed up for 1-5 books.
Again I failed at this one. :( I read three books, better than last year's 2, but did not make it to 10 and will not make it to 10 by the end of the year.

3. This one is completed! I still need to finish a couple of more series for some of my year long challenges, but for this challenge this goal is done!
4. Well, I only did 7 posts last month, so I will work harder on this one!
5. I am back on track on this goal. I hit a rough spot around Thanksgiving, but I am hoping to have lost weight for the year by the end of December.

Thanks again to Michelle and Laura for hosting this! I hope to sign up soon for next year's challenge!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon Wrapup



Michelle's read-a-thon was a great way to get in the Christmas Spirit. I am really feeling the Christmas excitement and anticipation!

I was able to finish Wonderland Creek and read a total of 480 pages in this book. I also read 230 pages in The Sound of Sleigh Bells and am about 30 pages from the end. I read a grand total of 710 pages, which is pretty awesome for me!

Thank you again to Michelle for hosting!



Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon Midweek Check in




The best way to start getting into the Christmas spirit? Joining Michelle's read-a-thon! Michelle hosts the read-a-thon at Seasons of Reading and the reading challenge at Christmas Spirit.

I have read 47 pages in The Sound of Sleigh Bells and 100 pages in Wonderland Creek, so not too bad so far! I hope to get a lot of reading done today while I rest up from Thanksgiving.

Thanks to Michelle for hosting! Hope everyone is in the Christmas spirit!




Sunday, November 22, 2015

Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker

This was one of our eight titles for the Freshman Reading Challenge and unfortunately none of them picked it. :( It is actually a sweet read and series by the Kentucky born author. This will count for the Road Trip Reading Challenge as my book for Tennessee.
Wildflower (Wildflower, #1)
Poppy

Bird Barrett and her family have spent the last few years singing and playing at honkytonks, bars, and small venues. At these venues, Adam, Bird's older brothers' best friend, often visits and the two have a challenge of finding the best fountain coke. Bird has a secret crush on Adam and longs for a friend to talk to, but as a homeschooled traveling musician, friends are hard to come by. Then one night, her dad loses his voice and Bird becomes the lead singer and is discovered by a music agent for a big country music label. She must decide between performing with her family or becoming a star, between Adam and her career. Most of the action takes place in Nashville, which is why it is my Road Trip book for Tennessee.

Like I said earlier, this is a sweet story with a little heartbreak and tension thrown in, but otherwise it is an easy and stress less read. Bird is a likable character who is thrust into the limelight and must learn how to cope. I think this is more appealing to a middle school age audience, because the romance is light, the interactions are innocent, and the plot is a bit more appealing to that age. Overall I enjoyed it and will probably pick up the next book in the series. 3.5 cups of cocoa!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Christmas Spirit Read-a-thon



The best way to start getting into the Christmas spirit? Joining Michelle's read-a-thon! Michelle hosts the read-a-thon at Seasons of Reading and the reading challenge at Christmas Spirit. You can sign up for the read-a-thon at this link. You have to read at least one Christmas book, but can include other types of books on your list. 

My Reading List:
Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin
Champion by Marie Lu
The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall
The Christmas Promise by Donna Vanliere
When Christmas Comes by Debbie Macomber

Thanks to Michelle for hosting!

Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge signup post



This is hosted by Michelle at her The Christmas Spirit blog and you can signup at this link.
I am just starting to get in the Christmas spirit and loved the challenge last year, so I had to signup again. This one also has a read-a-thon, which I will signup for next. I am signing up for Mistletoe (2-4 books) and Fa La La La Films, since I know I will be watching several. I have 2 Christmas books for bookclub, so I know I will read The Christmas Promise by Donna Vanliere and The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall. I have a couple of Debbie Macomber Christmas books checked out, so I hope to get to them as well.
Thanks again to Michelle for hosting! 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

My November TBR: And the Winner is...

MyTBRList

This is hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. Thank you to everyone who voted! I had 11 votes which is the most I have ever had on this! It was close between two books, but the winner is...
Champion (Legend, #3)
Putnam
I will finally finish this series! Legend is one of my favorite books ever, so I have high hopes for this one. I have trouble with finishing series, particularly the last book in the series. Thank you again to all who voted and I can't wait to see everyone's winners this month!










Saturday, November 7, 2015

My November To Be Read List

MyTBRList

This is hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. I took a break in October, because I just was not reading fast enough and my book club books were huge. I want to try to finish out the year doing the meme. For this month's choices, I am going to give second chances to a few books that did not make the cut at the end of voting.

First Choice:
Champion (Legend, #3)
Putnam

I booktalk this series all the time and loved the first two books, but yet I haven't read this one. Legend is one of my all time favorites and still I can't bring myself to finish the series. This is a romantic dystopia with a strong female lead.

Second Choice:
Dearest (Woodcutter Sisters, #3)
HMH Books

I loved the first two books in this series about sisters Saturday and Sunday. This one follows sister Friday who is a seamstress. The books are based on the lives of seven sisters whose brother was the famous Jack of the Jack tales.

Third Choice:
Oblivion (Nevermore, #3)
Atheneum
Oblivion by Kelly Creagh. Kelly worked at Louisville Free Public Library until her writing career took off. I loved the first two in the series, with their gothic type horror and romance based on Edgar Allan Poe. This finishes the series and I am anxious to see what will happen to Isobel and Varen.

Which second chance book do you think I should read this month? Remember you don't have to be participating in this meme to vote!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

2015 Bookish Resolutions Challenge: October Update


Bookish Resolution Challenge


So September did not go well and I did not do an update, but I am back on track with October's update. This is hosted by Michelle at Because Reading is Better Than Real Life and Laura at Trips Down Imagination Road and you can sign up at this link.
My resolutions:
1. Read at least 6 Classics this year.
2. Finish at least half of the challenges that I signed up for this year.
3. Finish at least 4 series this year, particularly ones where I have only the last book in the series left to read.
4. Try to blog more, like at least 10 posts a month.
5. Get healthy!
1. I have finished 4 Classics and hope to finish 2 more this month. I am about a third of the way through Dracula and I have to read Wuthering Heights for book club. Wuthering Heights is a reread, so it will not count for the Classics challenge, but will count for this challenge.
2. Well, I am about halfway through most of my challenges. I have reached my goals for 2 of 10, so I just need to work on the other 8. Ha!
3. This one is completed! I still need to finish a couple of more series for some of my year long challenges, but for this challenge this goal is done!
4. Well, I only did 8 posts last month, so I will work harder on this one!
5. I am back on track on this goal. I am back at my starting weight, so I just need to actually lose weight and not keep eating like an elephant and I am good. I do need to get some more fruit and veggies in, so I may make that the goal for this month.

Hope you all are doing great with your goals! Thanks again to Michelle and Laura for hosting!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa



I just signed up for this! This will be my third year participating and it is so much fun. The link to sign up is here. I highly recommend it!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

This will count for the Reading Road Trip Challenge as my book for Alabama. This was also a book club book.


So I debated back and forth on reading this, decided not to read it, and then our book club chose it as a book. I had also been tempted by an older woman who told me, you need to read it and listen to Atticus' defense of his actions. I struggled with the idea that Harper Lee never wanted this to be seen again, but after reading it, I can see its importance and hope that she will be at peace with the decision that the publisher made.
Go Set a Watchman
HarperCollins

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all-time favorites and is one of most people's all-time favorites, mainly because of Atticus Finch. In Go Set a Watchman, 26 year old Jean Louise Finch is returning home from New York to visit Macomb County, Alabama, her home. Called Scout when she was younger, she is now Jean Louise and is expected to act like a southern lady, virginal and demure. Jean Louise tries to behave to please her Aunt Alexandra, but as usually she gets into a bit of trouble. Jean Louise has one issue that she feels most people in her world do not have, she is color blind. Being raised by Calpurnia, a black woman, and Atticus, a white man who represented a black man in a rape trial, Jean Louise never developed the idea that races are different. Now it is the time of segregation and the fight against integrating the schools and Jean Louise is trapped with knowing integration is right and hating that the Federal Government has forced it on her beloved South. Along with this, she witnesses Atticus and her boyfriend/ best friend Henry Clinton attending a Citizen's Council meeting and she feels everything she has ever known was a lie. What do you do when your idol falls and how do you rebuild when your hero becomes human? What is the truth and how do you live with views that differ from those you love?

I was sad about Jem being gone by the beginning of the story and that some of the beloved characters from the first story were absent or only had minor roles. Harper Lee examines the South after WWII and Jean Louise returns home to fear between the races and the struggle of reconciling the past with the present. The South was still entrench with state's rights and fear of a strong government and where the poor whites and blacks fight to survive. Lee does not sugarcoat all of the racism in the South or in the North at the time, but brings it to light in a way that does affect our view of the characters of To Kill a Mockingbird. This is a powerful book and Lee has not destroyed Atticus in this, but rebuilt Scout. We all face the moments when our parents become fully human to us and when we have to build our own consciences that may not fit in with our pasts or with the ones our loved ones hold. Growing up is hard and fighting for what we believe is hard, but it is something we must do. Sometimes we must be the Watchman, the one who embraces the role of being the only voice dissenting a majority opinion, the only voice that is willing to stand up for what you believe. A Watchman does not abandon its community, but stands strong in it. As is To Kill a Mockingbird, this is a beautifully written book and one that needed to be told. It is not as polished as To Kill a Mockingbird, but it is powerful. This ranks right up there with To Kill a Mockingbird to me. 5 cups of cocoa!

Hero by Mike Lupica

So I read this for my September TBR and am just now writing the review, which is why I did not participate in the challenge this month. I hope to do so again in November. This will also count for Reading Road Trip, since most of the story takes place in New York.
Hero
Philomel Books

Zach knows his dad Tom Harriman is a hero who is always fighting the "bads," but he has no idea how much of one he is, until his dad dies. When Tom dies, his powers pass to his son Zach. Zach had no clue his dad could run like the wind or defeat men twice his size, or take on an entire gang and destroy it. Zach goes through all the emotions of being a "hero," anger at his dad, fear of himself, and finally the same sense of duty his dad had. As Zach's powers grow, he realizes that his dad did not die accidentally in a plane crash, but was murdered. With the help of a mysterious old man and his best friend, Kate, he will have to unwrap the mystery, find out who the "bads" really are, and save the possible future President of the United States. It is all in a day's work when you are the Hero.


Great quick read that is full of action and twists. It is also an easy read, which will be perfect for our freshman reading challenge! Lupica throws in Knicks basketball, a school bully, a best friend/future potential girlfriend, and a family legacy and wraps the story up nicely in barely over 300 pages. He also leaves it open for a sequel. I think for our challenge it is perfect, since it would interest a young teenage boy, particularly one who may struggle with reading. 3.5 cups of cocoa!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Sign of the Book by John Dunning

This was a book club read, a Reading Road Trip read, and a read for RIP X. This is part of a series, but the only one in the series I have read. I hope there will not be any spoilers, but since I have not read the first three in the series, there may inadvertently be spoilers.
The Sign Of The Book (Cliff Janeway, #4)
Pocket Books


Cliff Janeway is a no nonsense kind of guy who enjoys books and running his bookshop and who still remembers the rough and tumble life of being a cop. His bookshop is in the rough side of town, but his former career prepared him well for it. Cliff has another love, his girlfriend Erin, who has a past he does not know about completely. When Erin asks him to investigate the murder of her first love, Robert, Cliff goes to Paradise, Colorado to meet Robert's wife and Erin's childhood friend, Laura. Laura just so happens to be the prime suspect in the murder. Laura seems to be innocent, but claims to have shot her husband, which leads Cliff to believe she is hiding something. Along with Laura's confusing admission of guilt is the fact that in the Marshall's home there are rare signed books, which would be worth thousands. Was this a crime of passion, a crime by a hurting child, a crime of greed, or something even more sinister? Cliff must get to the bottom of the crime, before he loses the one person who means everything to him, Erin.


This seemed to be a cross between a hard-boiled detective novel and a suspenseful mystery. This is full of language, so it was interesting trying to listen to the audio and turning it down every time the f-bomb was dropped, which was about every 10 minutes. Despite a bit too much language, this was a surprising and suspenseful read. I did not completely see the end coming and the twist with the child who had autism were really well done. I can tell we have learned more about autism since 2005, but much of the materials was actually well-informed for the time. Cliff was a likable character, but a bit of a chauvinist in his responses to women and it almost cost him everything, so well done to Dunning on creating a character flaw that was not necessarily obvious, but played a big role in the end. Despite the language, I would read more in this series and I loved the discussion of books in the mystery. 4 cups of cocoa!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I read this book for the Classics Challenge as a Classic with a Person's Name in the Title. This was also a book club book.
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
Signet

Marissa and Matthew Cuthbert decide to adopt a young boy to help Matthew, who is getting older and is a little unwell, with the chores. Imagine Matthew's surprise when a red headed talkative girl is waiting for him at the train stop. Anne is everything Marissa and Matthew are not. Anne talks and imagines while the Cuthbert's are private and practical. Anne obsesses about her looks, while they are more interested in the farm. The whole community of Avonlea wonders about Anne, including her friend Diana and Gilbert Blythe who seems to have a crush on her. Anne worries that the Cuthberts will take her back, since she has been with two families already and worries about her red hair. Anne's temper and stubbornness earn her a few foes, but her charm and love of life make her more friends. As she grows from 11 to 16, she matures and decides teaching is the career for her. When tragedy strikes, Marissa realizes just how much she needs Anne and Anne learns that sometimes home is the best place to be.

This story is as charming and heartwarming now as when it was written a hundred years ago. I was surprised how easy a read this was and about how the humor translates so well in this day as it did way back when. I can see why elementary students all the way to adults love this book. I am only sorry I waited this long to read it and I would love to find time to read other books in the series. This is definitely a 5 cups of cocoa read! I highly recommend this classic and if you have not read it, you need to pick it up!

Monday, October 12, 2015

FrightFall Read-a-thon Wrapup

Seasons of Reading

FrightFall Read-a-thon was hosted Michelle at True Book Addict, Castle Macabre and The Christmas Spirit. I did not managed to finish a book, but I made progress in several books. I read 100 pages of 5th Wave, 100 pages of Inhuman, listened to 2.5 CDs of Daja's Book, and read 296 pages of The Last Runaway, so overall not a bad reading time!

Thanks again to Michelle for hosting!



Friday, October 9, 2015

Frightfall Read-a-thon Midweek Checkin

Seasons of Reading

FrightFall Read-a-thon is hosted Michelle at True Book Addict, Castle Macabre and The Christmas Spirit. This is my midweek check-in a few days late.:) I am about 100 pages into The 5th Wave and it is appropriately creepy! I have switched to reading Inhuman by Kat Falls, because the 5th Wave is not going to work for our freshmen challenge, just a few too many curse words. Since it is with the school, we have to watch our words. :) I have managed to read 100 pages of Inhuman in one day, so that tells you it is pretty good. It is creepy and fast-paced, so I think the freshmen will like it. I have also listened to 2 CDs of Daja's Book, which is a relisten. Poor Dracula has only been read for a couple of minutes. I pick it up before bedtime and then I fall asleep. I hope to find the time for it soon. I am going to have to focus on the Last Runaway soon, since I need to finish it by Thursday for the book club.

I hope you all are having a spooky time with your reads!


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Frighfall Read-a-thon Reading List and Starting Line

Seasons of Reading

It is time for spooky reads and Michelle at True Book Addict, Castle Macabre and The Christmas Spirit blogs has a read-a-thon to get you in the Halloween spirit. You can sign up at this link.
For the read-a-thon, you only have to read one "scary" book. This can be a mystery, thriller, Gothic novel, or something similar for those of you like me who do not read horror. My scary book is going to be Dracula by Bram Stoker, since I also chose it for RIP X this year. I also hope to read some on The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, which is kind of spooky in itself and is another RIP X read. I need to finish Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker, which is not spooky at all, but I have to finish it for the high school reading challenge that I conduct with the high school librarian. If I have time I need to start The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier and read more on Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee for two of my book clubs. I will be lucky to finish any books this week, but hopefully I can get some reading accomplished! Thanks again to Michelle for hosting!



Saturday, September 26, 2015

FrightFall Read-a-thon Signup

Seasons of Reading

It is time for spooky reads and Michelle at True Book Addict, Castle Macabre and The Christmas Spirit blogs has a read-a-thon to get you in the Halloween spirit. You can sign up at this link.
For the read-a-thon, you only have to read one "scary" book. This can be a mystery, thriller, Gothic novel, or something similar for those of you like me who do not read horror. I think my scary book is going to be Dracula by Bram Stoker, since I also chose it for RIP X this year. Otherwise I am going to see what else I need to finish that week for the rest of my reading list. As always thanks to Michelle for hosting!



Monday, September 21, 2015

Re-Readathon #2 wrapup


This was hosted by Bex at An Armchair by the Sea. Well I did finish The Iron Trial and managed to read about 10 chapters of HP and the Order of the Phoenix and about 40 pages of Little House on the Prairie. I did not quite make my three book goal, but I did finish one book and I had fun! Thanks to Bex for hosting! I would definitely do this re-readathon again!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Re-Readathon Challenge: Favorite Rereads List


This is hosted by Bex at An Armchair by the Sea and you can sign up at this link.
For this challenge, Bex asked us to list our favorite rereads or books we would like to reread. For me there will be lots of fantasy reads, mainly middle grades or YA.

1. Harry Potter series: Of course this series is number one and I try to reread it every other year or so. I always get stuck on book five, because the ending tears me to shreds and also Umbridge is the most evil villain of all times and I spend the book so mad at her. The third book is one of my absolute favorite books ever, so obviously this series is tops.

2. Chronicles of Narnia series: Currently my husband is reading this series to me at bedtime. This is our time to bond over a series we loved as children and it makes me happy that he is willing to do this for me. I was in middle school when I discovered this series and he was much younger when he and his brother would read this series together. I have trouble relaxing and falling to sleep and being read to is one of the few things that actually helps me to sleep.

3.Rick Riordan's fantasy books: Percy Jackson and the Olympians is another favorite series of mine. I picked up the Lightning Thief when I first started working full time at the library and was stuck at our branch. I had cleaned the entire library and no one was inside, so I decided to browse the shelves and look at some series books to see if we needed to purchase the next in the series. I picked up the Lightning Thief and that was that. I still need to finish Blood of Olympus and I know it is because I am afraid it is truly the end of Percy and Annabeth's journey.

4. The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel: Loved this series although the end rips me to shreds. I love how he mixes in all the different mythologies, shows the depths we will go for love, and how the sacrifices in the end still manage to make me tear up, even though I have read it three times.

5. Legend by Marie Lu: Another favorite read of mine and yet another series I keep putting off the ending book. I love her writing and each time I read Legend like I have never ever read it before. I have to read Champion at some point, but I am still afraid of letting this series go.

6. Pern series: Another series I have not finished, but that I like to pick up the first few books and reread. I am hoping to start Dragonquest really soon. I love McCaffrey's world-building and even though I get ticked off at her male leads and want her female leads to be a bit more kick-butt, they are still well developed characters.

7. Little House on the Prairie series: To me these remind me of my childhood. I am rereading them for the first time since middle school and they remind me of being read to as a young girl. I know there are some issues with the depictions of Native Americans and if I ever have children I will discuss this as I read these to my children. I always loved the way the family held together through everything.

8. These are books I plan to reread some day. All of Sarah J. Maas's books. I still need to finish Heir of Fire and start Queen of Shadows, but I loved the first two in the Throne of Glass series. A Court of Thorns and Roses blew me away and I am so excited that it is a series. I thought it was a standalone for so long. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is another one I would love to reread and I can't wait until Carry On comes out.

Thanks Bex for this challenge! I loved thinking about what I like to reread and strolling down memory lane!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

My September TBR: And the Winner is...

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This is hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. And the winner is... a tie between

Wildflower (Wildflower, #1)  HeroThe 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

This was the highest number of responses I have ever had with this challenge, so thank you everyone who voted! All three titles had three votes a piece and we just could not break this three way battle. So Random.org determined that the winner is...
 Hero

 I went to Random.org and the number it chose corresponded with Hero's number in my original Google form vote, so Hero it is! However, this just proves I need to finish all three books this month, so I am going to try to do it. Thanks again to Michelle for hosting this!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Booking Through Summer Reading Challenge Wrapup

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This was hosted by kimberlyfaye reads and BookNerd Betsy. 
I did a poor job at getting into the social aspect of things, but not too shabby with my reading. I think I may have commented a few times, but forgot the mini-challenges and forgot to comment on most of the posts I read. However I still enjoyed it! I wanted to finish 10 books and I managed to finish 12, so not too bad!
This is my completed reading list.

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
Persephone the Phony by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Aphrodite the Beauty and Artemis the Brave by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
El Deafo by CeCe Bell

Thanks to the two great hosts and I had fun! 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Re-Readathon #2 TBR and goals


This is hosted by Bex at An Armchair by the Sea and you can sign up at this link.

I would like to finish at least three rereads. I have started the Iron Trial, which I need to reread for a reading challenge at work and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I always get bogged down in the fifth HP and I am hoping this rereadathon will keep me motivated to finish it in a timely manner.
I had also started rereading the Little House on the Prairie series and hope to read Little House on the Prairie, since I managed to reread Little House in the Big Woods earlier this year. Another possibility is Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey, since I read Dragonflight last year and want to reread the series or at least reread what I managed to read of the series when I was younger.

Thanks to Bex for hosting!