Monday, May 2, 2016

Review: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
Brian's Saga: Hatchet (1) 
by Gary Paulsen

Genre(s): Youth/Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adventure, Classic
Published: November 1986
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (and others over the years)

Official Synopsis:  "On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

More than a survival story, Hatchet is a tale of tough decisions. When all is stripped down to the barest essentials, Brian discovers some stark and simple truths: Self-pity doesn't work. Despair doesn't work. And if Brian is to survive physically as well as mentally, he must discover courage."

Review: I first read this book many years ago (either 4th or 5th grade I think). I remembered the basics and that I liked it. More recently I learned it was only book one of a series. There was more adventures of Brian! But before I read the next book, I decided I better refresh the first book...

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves 103 
So I was hoping to get this up every other week, but last weekend was Dewey's Readathon so it has now been three weeks.  And the rule of the extra week means I went from a semi-moderate haul to, well for me it actually isn't too outrageous for three weeks... But I also just submitted requests for  a few more on Netgalley.  So I better get reading them all!

For Review
 Wolf, en Garde (Wolf #2)Death to the Undead (Sequel to Life After the Undead)The Long Game (The Fixer, #2)BrightwoodThe Deepest BlueThe Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1)Honey So Sweet, Vol. 3Bloody Mary, Vol. 3

Friday, April 29, 2016

Book Blitz! Bait by Kasi Blake-includes Giveaway and excerpt!

Bait (Order of the Spirit Realm #1)

by Kasi Blake

Bait (Order of the Spirit Realm, #1)
 Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July 25th 2014

Summary:  After sixteen years on the run, Bay-Lee joins her emotionally distant father at his New Zealand school. On her first night there, he dumps her on the doorstep and walks away. Big surprise. Minutes later, a bag is thrown over her head, and she’s kidnapped for Orientation. The hunter in charge calls her Bait. According to him, that’s all she’s good for, to be used to draw out monsters for experienced hunters to kill.

Before Bay-Lee can move up to the rank of Hunter, she will have to prove herself, battle wraiths,a reaper in disguise, and a stampeding border monster. With the addition of her classes, she’s going to be way too busy for a social life. Falling in love is not on the agenda.

Then, she meets Nick Gallos. With the intimidating rank of Warrior, Nick is gorgeous, arrogant,and just plain rude to her. It’s obvious from their first meeting that Nick is hiding a dark past overflowing with secrets, and her father is right smack in the middle of it. Nick seems to be using her to get even with her father, and she won’t tolerate that. What a jerk.

So, why can’t she stop thinking about him?

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The snarling beast prepared to charge. A clawed foot pawed at the dirt, stirring up a cloud of dust. Black eyes partially hidden beneath a mass of unruly brown fur stared at her. Its enormous square head tilted to the side. The thing looked like a cross between a wooly mammoth and an alien from a scary movie.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Before The Selection Ends- Theory chat for The Crown

In just one week the very last book of The Selection Series will be out!  I am beyond psyched to read it!  So I am creating this post as a way for us to share out theories and ideas for how it will end, whom she will choose, etc.  

If you have not read the previous books, I highly suggest leaving the post now.  Not that I don't want you here, just I don't want you to be spoiled and for theories to come to light, spoilers of the past books can and will be mentioned. 

If you have already somehow read The Crown (Galley/Arc copy, etc) please no spoiling the actual last book.  This is just for theories.  If you want to share how you thought it would end, feel free.  But don't confirm or otherwise divulge the known ending. Thanks.
So, now let us discuss who we think will take on:
The Crown (The Selection, #5) 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Task it Tuesday-Weekend Recovery!

Task it Tuesday 
Whew!  What a busy weekend.  As many of you may know, this weekend I participated in Dewey's Readathon.  Plus I had the Morro Bay Kite Festival.  So great to see some friends I only get to see 1-2 times a year.  I got a good chunk of reading done. Some on my list, some not. 
This week it is about putting the house back in order and hopefully finish catching up on more that is still listed here.  I have a lot of task goals I want to work on in May so my focus this week is energy recover (I am just drained from the past 4 days) and mostly old tasks.  My blogging really slipped the past two weeks and I want to really give it some good attention this week.  I also still have a TON of yard work to do.  


Understanding the color code used:
Red=Past Due by this date
Blue=What I have done since last update
Black=Not Due or New
*Fun Will never be red & new additions will be added in green.

Blogging or Book related (not reading)
  • Write/post 13 reviews  (1 done)
  • 6 Discussion/other Post (meme styles don't count) (1 done)
  • Finish getting Archive, Genres and Guest Interview pages up to date
  • Catalog 1375 books I own
  • Catch up on comment responses for 2016
  • Responding to all comments made prior to 2016
  • clean up social media and other blogging follows and likes so I actually find the content for those I really have a true, regular interest in.
    1. Twitter
    2. Facebook
    3. Pinterest
    4. GFC
    5. Bloglovin
  • Organize Goodreads shelves for TBR, owned books and kindle books
  • Organize Manga bookcases
  • Update all challenges.  Submit as needed.
  • Go back and add links to all edelweiss reviews.
  • Select readathon snacks and book possibilities 
  • Make list of all items needed for trip, start packing
  • Prepare Dewey update post formats

  • Go through Edelweiss and Netgalley for any MUST have books.
  • 2 new reviews
  • 1 discussion/other post (non-meme)
  • STS post
  • Catalog all March/April ebooks
  • Catalog 100 print books I own
  • Visit and comment on 50 other blog/vlog posts