Sunday, July 16, 2017

High Summer Readathon signup

Seasons of Reading

This is hosted by Michelle @ True Book Addict, Castle Macabre and Christmas Spirit blogs and runs for two weeks. You can sign up at this link. Michelle's readathon's are stress-free and for the last weekend it will be a Christmas in July readathon!

My reading list:
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
Camp Half-Blood Confidential by Rick Riordan
Cold Fire by Tamora Pierce  (reread)
Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Thank you to Michelle for hosting!


Saturday, June 17, 2017

COYER Summer Reading List Challenge



COYER Summer Reading List starts today and you can sign up at this link.

I am finally getting this post together after working on the list for two weeks. Life has been crazy and I am working my full time job and teaching online again, so that has led to no blogging and little Twitter and Facebook. I am going to try to do better, but no promises. ;)  I am going to do the list of 30 books and try to read at least some of them. Here they are in no particular order.



Orange is the New Black
Digging to America
Beheld
The Dark Prophecy
Camp Half Blood Confidential
Perfect Scoundrels
City of Heavenly Fire
Frankenstein
Fairest
Traitor to the Throne
The Girl from Everywhere
Wayfarer
The Darkest Minds
The Bronze Key
Dorothy Must Die
The Thief
Red Queen
Champion
Uprooted
Frostbite
The Raven Boys
Truthwitch
Winter
In the Hand of the Goddess
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor
One Shot at Love
The Darkest Minds
Dearest
The Upside of Unrequited


Hope to see you all around on social media and hope to get some reading done. Thank you to Michelle, Berls, and Stormi for hosting!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bout of Books Day 1 Update

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Day 1 Update: I was able to attend the Twitter chat, which was awesome as always. I also did the #insixwords challenge on Twitter. I started a new audio for review and got through about half a CD, not sure how many minutes/pages that is. :) I also read another 25 pages in The Girl Who Drank the Moon and it is starting to get a bit more interesting.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bout of Books 19 Signup

 Bout of Books


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th 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 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I know I won't have much time to read, but I can't miss a bout of books! This will be my 14th!! Thanks to Amanda and Kelly for hosting!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon signup

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I am going to go on and sign up for the readathon tomorrow and hope that I actually have time to read some. I am supposedly off work and don't have any real plans. Maybe I can get back in the spirit of reading!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Busy, busy!

So I haven't really been keeping up with blogging again! I am so tired from work that I just eat, read, and then sleep as soon as I get home. I am reading and have finished like 5 books since the last update, but I cannot bring myself to write the reviews. I am hoping to get a wave of energy to just sit down and write, but so far it is not looking good. I may try to write a few mini reviews and do a challenge update soon. I am still here, just not blogging as much. Hope everyone is doing well!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

My March TBR: And the Winner is...


MyTBRList

I had you all vote on three books last week and the winner almost unanimously is...
United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)
Disney Hyperion


I am so excited to finally finish this series! I love Cammie and all the Gallagher Girls and can't wait to get back to their world. Thanks to all who voted and thanks to Michelle for hosting!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My March TBR List

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This is hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. Each month you pick three books on your TBR list and people vote on the one you should read that month.I am posting this a day late, because I just got back home today. Since I was able to finish my book last month, I am going to try again this month. There is not really a theme for this month other than they are all books I need to read.

First Choice:
United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)
Disney-Hyperion

This is the last book in the Gallagher Girls series, which is a fun spy girl series. I have really enjoyed all the rest in the series and keep putting off finishing the series.

Second Choice:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2
Arthur A. Levine Books

So I purchased this when it first came out and I still haven't read it. I am not for sure if I will like the play format, but I do need to read it.

Third Choice:
In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2)
Atheneum Books

I read the first book last year and really liked it. This is about a girl who disguises herself as a boy so that she can become a knight.

Help me choose my next read and remember you don't have to be participating in my TBR list to vote.



Saturday, February 25, 2017

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

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My Lady Jane was the winner for my TBR list this month and it was an awesome choice, so thank you for choosing it! This also works for Beat the Backlist, since it has been on my TBR since it came out. It works for the Harry's Trunk Scavenger Hunt as well for the category Broomstick: since traveling as an animal is pretty unusual transportation as is riding on your husband's back while he is a horse  :)
My Lady Jane
HarperTeen

The story is told in three perspectives by three different authors. First we have Edward Tudor, who in actual history, was king for six years and then died from an illness, but before dying named his cousin Jane as queen to try to prevent England from reverting back to Catholicism. Second, we have Lady Jane Grey, who in actual history, was queen for 9 days and beheaded by Queen Mary I.  Third, is Gifford Dudley, who in actual history was Guildford Dudley, the son of Lord Dudley, Duke of Northumberland who led Edward to name Jane as successor. However the actual history of the characters does not matter much in the book I am about to review. :)

So in our story instead of the battle between Protestant and Catholics, we have Verities and Edians. Edians have the ability to change into animals, as evidenced by King Henry VIII, who could change into a lion and eat messengers whose messages he did not like. When we enter our story, King Edward is dying of "the Affliction." He wishes only to live and kiss a girl, but as he is told he will die in less than a year, he gives in to a plan by Lord Dudley to marry Jane to Dudley's son, Gifford, who is an Edian. The idea is to protect Edians and keep them from being killed by the Verities of whom Edward's sister Mary is one. Jane and Edward have a special bond as close as siblings and when she realizes it is Edward's dying wish, even though she would much rather just spend her time reading, Jane agrees to marry G as Gifford prefers to be called. However no one tells her G is a horse during the day, since his Edian ability is his "curse," and he cannot control his change. In the meantime, Edward realizes he is being poisoned by Lord Dudley and his sister Mary separately and with the help of his sister, Elizabeth, and his dog/ really an Edian, Pet, manages to turn into a bird and flies away. Jane in the meantime is crowned queen, which lasts only a bit, as Mary gathers forces and takes over. It is up to the new Edians, Jane and Edward, G, and another friendly Edian, Gracie to try to save the kingdom and protect the Edians.

First of all, the book is hilarious. The trio authors manage to weave a bit of history into their fantasy alternate history and provide commentary to remind us what is sort of based on history and what is a complete departure. The idea of Edians seems a bit confusing to explain, but is not confusing to read. I tend to not like historical fiction, because I am nit picky about sticking to the facts, but I love alternate history and this is one of the best. I loved the three perspectives and I don't know how they did it, but the three views tie into each other seamlessly. I would not have known it was three different authors had the names not been on the cover. I really want to try the other works by the authors, because I want to see if I can pick out who wrote what parts. I loved the personalities of our three main characters and I loved how well the secondary characters were portrayed. This did not feel like an almost 500 page book. I also liked how they brought in Shakespeare quotes and other cliches and then pointed out it was still a few years off until Shakespeare and other sayings. I highly recommend this one if you like alternate history and/or Tudor times. 5 cups of cocoa!










Sunday, February 19, 2017

Re-Readathon #5 Wrapup



I completely forgot to write my wrapup. I actually did well, I finished one book and read another 100 pages in a second reread. I finished Killer Frost and my reread of the series and I got part of the way through Unwanteds, which I have now finished. Thank you to the host of the re-readathon!



Saturday, February 11, 2017

Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017 signup

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This is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly and you can sign up at this link. I signed up for this last year and did read a couple of fantasy books. I think I will aim for 5-10 books this time, since I have sort of slowed in my reading. I know I want to read Wayfarer by Bracken and finish the Lunar Chronicles this year, so those will be in my reading list. I will list books on my challenge page as I finish them. Thanks to the hosts for this challenge!




My February TBR: And the Winner is...

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I had you all vote on three books last week and the winner by a landslide was...
My Lady Jane
HarperTeen

Thank you to everyone who voted! I am excited to read this one, since I have had so many people recommend it. All three of these authors are new to me and I think I probably have their other books some where on my TBR, so I am hoping to enjoy it and discover some new authors to read. I hope you all had good luck with your picks this time!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Opening Survey of Re-Readathon #5


Opening Survey

1. Tell us a little about yourself! I am a librarian and am married with no kids. I love reading, cooking, and gardening, but since it is winter, I can only do the first two right now.  I do have a book addiction and I don't actually know how many books I one, but I would imagine it is 500 or more.
2. Have you participated in a re-readathon before? How often do you re-read books? I think this is my third time participating, because I think I started with the second one. I re-read all the time, particularly if I am in a down mood. I tend to re-read Harry Potter about every year and other books every two to three years if I really like them. Rick Riordan's books are second to HP in the number of times I have re-read them.
3. What is your current favourite book? Heartless is my favorite recent read and I am not for sure what my all time favorite would be.
4. What do you love most about re-reading? Or what makes you wish you re-read more? I love reading about my favorite characters and discovering things I missed the first time around. Sometimes with a re-read I actually like the book better than the first reading, because I am not thinking about the review of the book and I am not as critical.
5. What's on your TBR? What are you gonna read first? I am starting with Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep to finish my re-read of the whole Mythos Academy series. Time permitting I will start Unwanteds so I can restart that series. I read the first two and haven't read any since, so I am re-reading the first two to remember the storyline. If I need a new audio I will listen to Street Magic again.

Day 1: I managed to read 50 or so pages in Killer Frost, but not much else today. The Super Bowl and time with family was important today, so I only read at night.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Re-Readathon #5 Signup


This link I used for this readathon is on Bex's site and here is the link. I have several books I want to reread and one I am working on now, so I had to signup! There are also two cohosts and minichallenges, so it all sounds really fun.

My rereading list:
Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep (in progress)
Unwanteds by Lisa McCann
Street Magic by Tamora Pierce





Saturday, February 4, 2017

My February TBR List

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This is hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. Each month you pick three books on your TBR list and people vote on the one you should read that month. I haven't participated in this for months, because I got so far behind in my reading. February, while short, only has one book club book for me, so I should be able to read other things. For this one, I am choosing three books that have been recommended to me and I am going to have you all choose the one I should read.

My first choice:
My Lady Jane
Harper Teen


So many people have talked about this one and while I am reluctant to try historical fiction that is not based on history, I am intrigued by it. I have had multiple people recommend this title.

My second choice:
The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)
St. Martin's

I don't know much about Indian mythology, but this one sounds captivating. I also love the cover here.

My third choice:
The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)
Greenwillow

I am kind of getting on the whole time travel bandwagon after reading Passengers. This one was a recommended read if you like Passengers.

Please vote on the choices and you can vote even if you are not participating in the challenge. Thanks to Michelle for hosting!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

2017 Bookish Resolutions Challenge January Update

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The 2017 Bookish Resolutions Challenge is hosted by Laura @ Trips Down Imagination Road and Michelle @ Because Reading and you can sign up at this link. For this challenge you must have 2 of 3 main goals, Blogging, Reading, and/or Personal and then subcategories for these goals.


My goals:

Reading Goals

1. Read at least 6 Classics. I barely missed this goal last year and definitely want to reach it this year. No classics so far, but maybe this month.
2. Read at least 70 books this year. I gave up on keeping track of books last year and I want to challenge myself to keep up with it this year. I am up to 7 books, so not too bad so far.
3. Finish at least 4 series. I did not reach it last year, but I want to try again this year. No series finished yet.

Blogging Goals

4. Blog at least 10 times a month. I almost met this goal last year and am trying again this year. I blogged 14 times in January, so good so far.
5. Complete at least half of the challenges I sign up for this year. I came very close to completing this goal, but not quite. I am slowing signing up this year. None completed so far, but I have started 3 of them.
6. Be more active commenting on blogs and on Twitter. By more active, I mean getting on Twitter and/or commenting on blogs at least once a week. Not too bad so far, I have tweeted quite a bit and commented on a few blogs.
7. Review at least half of the books I read. I basically just stopped writing reviews by the end of the year and I would like to do better with this in 2017. I still need to review one new book and I am going to do a combined review of my rereads, but not too bad so far.

Personal Goals

8. Lose at least 20 pounds. I gained back most of what I lost last year and then some, so I would love to lose that weight again and maintain the weight loss. I had lost a little last time I weighed, but this will be a work in progress.
9. Eat and drink healthier. I would like to eat at least a vegetable or fruit a week. I eat horribly and am not in good shape. I would also like to cut down on sodas, because that is all I have been drinking lately. I only had two ginger ales after the first of the month, and both were because I was sick. I have been eating oranges and putting lemons in my water, so I am doing okay here.
10. Exercise more. I would love to exercise at least a few times a month and possibly up this to a few times a week as I get in a bit better shape. I don't want to push things too fast, so for the first month or so, I would like to exercise at least 3 times a month. I exercised at least 4 times this month and am hoping to do better in February.

I am happy with my progress so far. How are you all doing? 




Monday, January 30, 2017

A Winter's Respite Readathon Wrapup

Seasons of Reading

I was able to finish 5 books for the readathon, Heartless, Looking for Me, Midnight Frost, The One and Only Ivan, and The Copper Gauntlet for a total of 1507 pages! That is the best I have ever done during a readathon. A big thanks to Michelle for hosting!


Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

This is book 2 in the Magisterium series and this review will have some spoilers for book 1. I read this for COYER as I received it as an eARC and will also work for Beat the Backlist, since I have had it on my TBR for over a year. It will also work for the Harry's Trunk Scavenger Hunt: Lightning-Bolt Scar, since both Callum and The Enemy of Death have scars, which is part of Beat the Backlist: Hogwarts Mini Challenge. This book is also my January Reading Assignment Challenge Book. Now finally to the review!

The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, #2)
Scholastic Press



Callum Hunt barely survived his Iron Year at the Magisterum and is back home with his father for the summer. Callum's big secret, which his father also knows, but doesn't realize Callum knows, is weighing heavy on everything Call does. He doesn't want to believe he has the soul of the Enemy of Death and he wants to believe Havoc, his Chaos-ridden wolf, really cares about him and is not evil too. When Call sees his father has a secret weapon, one that might kill Call and Havoc, he leaves and finds his friends, Tamara and Aaron. Aaron, as the Makar, has had an interesting summer where the whole magical community is looking to see if he has the enough chaos magic to defeat the Enemy of Death. Little do Tamara and Aaron know that Call is the Enemy of Death and that he doesn't want to fight Aaron. As the three go back to the Magisterium, they hear tell of an attempt to steal a device that could kill anyone with chaos magic, a device that looks similarly like the one Call's father wanted to use on him. The device is moved, but then stolen, and when Call's father becomes the suspect and could be killed, Call and his friends set off to save him. Call believes his father still cares about him and his friends believe in Call, but when the truth comes out, will they all still be friends?


I really like this series and the authors' take on magic. It does have some similarities with Harry Potter, but the twists are different and our "heroes" have dark sides. The second book moved at a faster pace than the first book and I think a little more detail was needed to tie the two together. However it was very action-packed with no slow spots, so it will have high appeal to middle school reluctant readers. I would like to see the female characters have stronger roles, because other than Tamara, the girls were basically just crushing on Callum and even Tamara was not given as much chance to prove herself as the boys were. I did enjoy this one, but not as much as the first one. However, I believe this one setup the third book to be a strong one. 4 cups of cocoa.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Book club book reviews

This month I am going to write short reviews of the two book club books I read this month.
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen
William Morrow Books

Up first is The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James. James presents the story as a diary of Jane Austen's has been found and it tells the story of a long lost love and how this love is reflected in Jane's books. The author does make it believable by mimicking Austen's style and does remind you of the romances in Jane's work, but more tragic. I liked the story and would probably read more by this author. It is not quite as good as Austen, but few things are, so it may not be for more picky Jane fans. The book club liked it, but they don't tend to like Austen so they were fine with it not being as descriptive and conventional. I give it 4 cups of cocoa for the fact that she made her story convincing. 
Looking for Me
Viking


Our second book club book was set part in Kentucky and part in South Carolina and was a family story. Teddi Overman loves antiques and restoring them or creating something new from them. Growing up, Teddi lived on a farm in Kentucky, where her mother was unhappy and wanted Teddi to find a good job as a secretary. Teddi instead runs away and creates a successful antique business in Charleston, South Carolina. Teddi's younger brother loves nature and is sensitive to the ways of animals. Teddi hates leaving him, but loves her job. When Josh runs away into the Red Gorge, the family is devastated. Teddi never truly gives up hope on Josh being alive and as poachers are attacked and one even killed, Teddi begins to suspect her brother and that he is living life as a nature vigilante. Teddi must make peace with her family in order to live her own life. I really liked this one and all the different family dynamics. Teddi learns more about her parents only after their deaths and Teddi is caregiver for her grandmother. Teddi slowly learns Josh's story and deals with the guilt of having to make decisions about the farm by herself. She finally opens herself up to love and trust a man, after seeing the strain her parent's marriage placed on her mother. All the book club ladies (this group is all women) loved this book as did I. It was a five cups of cocoa story for me.

I am still working on the last book club book of the month, but I think it is going to be a DNF for me, so I am going to post this without that review.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Beat the Backlist Challenge signup

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This is hosted by Austine and Tia at novelknight and you can signup at this link.
My goal is to read 20 books off of my TBR list, particularly at least 10 books I own.
I would like to finish:
Cress and Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Books 2-4 of the Alanna series by Tamora Pierce
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
and many others that I will add at a later date.

I think I am going to signup for the Hogwarts House Challenge as well, because it looks like fun.

Thanks to the novelknight bloggers for hosting!


Friday, January 20, 2017

A Winter's Respite Readathon Check in

Seasons of Reading

So far I have managed to finish two books! Heartless, which was awesome, and Looking for Me, which was also a good read. I think it was around 600 pages I have read so far! I have also started Midnight Frost. I am really excited about my progress so far. If I didn't have to work tomorrow, I would join the 24in48 challenge, but since I work and then we also go to our brother and sister in laws tomorrow, I know I could not get in 24 hours. Hope everyone is doing well with the challenge!

Goals for week 2: Start Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier (another book club book) and keep reading Midnight Frost. I may also read on The Copper Gauntlet if I get time. I definitely need to read quite a bit of Thirteen Moons and would love to finish Midnight Frost (100 pages in as of now). 


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 Bookish Resolutions Challenge signup

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The 2017 Bookish Resolutions Challenge is hosted by Laura @ Trips Down Imagination Road and Michelle @ Because Reading and you can sign up at this link. For this challenge you must have 2 of 3 main goals, Blogging, Reading, and/or Personal and then subcategories for these goals.

My goals:

Reading Goals

1. Read at least 6 Classics. I barely missed this goal last year and definitely want to reach it this year.
2. Read at least 70 books this year. I gave up on keeping track of books last year and I want to challenge myself to keep up with it this year.
3. Finish at least 4 series. I did not reach it last year, but I want to try again this year.

Blogging Goals

4. Blog at least 10 times a month. I almost met this goal last year and am trying again this year.
5. Complete at least half of the challenges I sign up for this year. I came very close to completing this goal, but not quite. I am slowing signing up this year.
6. Be more active commenting on blogs and on Twitter. By more active, I mean getting on Twitter and/or commenting on blogs at least once a week.
7. Review at least half of the books I read. I basically just stopped writing reviews by the end of the year and I would like to do better with this in 2017.

Personal Goals

8. Lose at least 20 pounds. I gained back most of what I lost last year and then some, so I would love to lose that weight again and maintain the weight loss.
9. Eat and drink healthier. I would like to eat at least a vegetable or fruit a week. I eat horribly and am not in good shape. I would also like to cut down on sodas, because that is all I have been drinking lately.
10. Exercise more. I would love to exercise at least a few times a month and possibly up this to a few times a week as I get in a bit better shape. I don't want to push things too fast, so for the first month or so, I would like to exercise at least 3 times a month.

Thanks to Michelle and Laura for hosting! This is a fun challenge and one that you can make work for you!



2017 Challenges Signup Part 2



This is hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate and you can signup at this link. Although I haven't reach my goal of six the past two years, I still want to aim for six books. I do manage to read classics when I participate in this, so I keep signing up in hopes of reading six.


Retellings Reading Challenge 2017

This is hosted by Jo at Once Upon a Bookcase and you can signup at this link. I love retellings and twists, so I had to sign up for this. I am picking Medium, because I know I have 4 retellings I want to read this year and I suspect I will read at least 5, so 5 to 8 is a good range.

2017 Challenges Signup Part 1



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This is hosted by Julie and you can signup at this link. I am aiming for the L'Engle level again and hope to read some of the new Newbery's announced next week.





This is hosted by Bev and you can signup at this link. I love rereading, so I knew I wanted to sign up for this one again. I am going for Feeling Nostalgic which is 8 books and I should be up to rereading this many.

 
 This is hosted by Sandy at Somewhere Only We Know and Holly at Words Fueled by Love and you can sign up at this link. I am trying for Level 1 again and am aiming for 4 series again. I didn't quite reach 4 last year, but I know of at least two series that I want to finish this year and I am sure there will be more.