Saturday, May 28, 2016

Stacking the Shelves 104

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It has been 4 weeks since my last post! Yikes!  I have a lot to share and there is no way I will get to it all in this post but let us see how far I can get! To save time, I am just post images.  Sorry, no links.  You'll have to actually look up the book if one catches your eye. And I hope that at least 1 does.  Few things beat the joy of discovering a new book to read.
 For Review
 Gears of Revolution (Mysteries of Cove, #2)Next to Never (Shattered Innocence Trilogy #1)The RosegiverThe Stranger GameI Am Providence: A NovelThe Last Cherry BlossomTakers (Apocalypse in Eden #1)The Haunted Pub

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Task it Tuesday- Read, Review and freshen up!


Task it Tuesday 
So I got through a lot of my books last week!  YAY! Proud of myself there.  I even read one book not shared here.  
This week I added very little.  My focus is on reading, reviewing and trying to change this up a little bit for June.  The list is looking the same, week after week.  I am thinking of maybe setting dates I want them done or removing old goals, done or not, something.  Not sure quite how I want to play this out entirely but I want to change it a little at least. 
So next week, expect some changes! You may not even see what I did this week, I don't know.


Blue=What I have completed



Altercations or notes are in Purple.



As always, especially on reading and fun, I will often do things not listed here as well, just because I feel like it! Gotta have some spontaneity in life!



Blogging or Book related (not reading)
  • Write/post 17 reviews (got 2 up and posted)
  • Finish getting Archive, Genres and Guest Interview pages up to date
  • Catalog 1575 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
  • Go back and add links to all edelweiss reviews.
  •  Visit/comment of 55 posts/videos/etc from fellow bloggers/vlogger
  •  Mental Health Awareness Readathon!
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  • Start prepping Summer reading list
  • Redesign this post for a slightly fresher look in June. Remove things that are not so practical to do at this time.



Reading
  • Read Ashley Bell
  • Read Rebel Nation
  • Finish Ready Player One
  • Finish The 5th Wave
  • Finish Golden Son
  • Read Eldest
  • Finish The Gateway through which they came
  • Finish Black
  • Finish Steampunk
  • Finish Inkdeath
  • Finish Gameboard of the Gods
  • Restart Nameless
  • Finish Lost Tribe of the Sith collection
  • Finish Jesus the One and Only study (progress)
  • Finish Dungeons and Dreamers
  • Re-(Skim) Read Viral Nation
  • Re-read the Walking Dead Compendium 1
  • Read Pride and Prejudice
  • Read By fire, by moonlight
  • Read Daylighters
  • Read Little Women
  • Read Black Moon
  • Read Submissive Fairy Tales
  • Re-Read The Book of Three
  • Read My Heavenly Hockey Club Vol 1
  • Read The BFG
  • Finish Pure
  • Read books 2-3 of the Landover books  (Read Book 2)
  • Finish Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
  • Read Unhinged by AG Howard
  • Read The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (progress)
  • Finish My Hero Academia Vol 4
  • Read Finding Audrey by Sophia Kinsella
  • Read The Dark Side of Innocence by Terri Cheney
  • Read Stop Walking on Eggshells by Mason Kregen
  • Read Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
  • Read Nisekoi Vol 15 (Progress)
  • Read One Punch Man Vol 6
  • Read The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch by Neil Gaiman
  • Read A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forest (Progress)
  • Read Faking It by Cora Carmack 
  •  Read Devil in the Details by Jennifer Traig

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review: Emma's Secret by Steena Holmes

Emma's Secret (Finding Emma, #2) 
Finding Emma: Emma's Secret (2)
by Steena Holmes

Genre(s): Contemporary, Chick-lit
Pages: 254
Published:  June 2013
Publisher: Amazon Publishing


Official Synopsis:  "For two years, Megan, Peter, and their two older daughters, Alexis and Hannah, dream of nothing but being reunited with the family’s youngest child, Emma, who was kidnapped just before her third birthday. When Emma is miraculously found living with an elderly couple just miles from the family’s home, they are hopeful that her return will heal the wounds her disappearance created.

But Emma is vastly different from the sunny toddler they remember. She barely remembers her parents or her older sisters. She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.

Megan is consumed with bitterness, while Peter works later and later nights in the company of his gorgeous business partner. And in the middle of everything, Megan’s best friend has become suddenly distant and secretive.

Then a chance encounter in town leads to a secret that changes everything again for Emma. And Peter must decide between the happiness of his youngest daughter and the trust of his family."


This is book 2 of a series!  Be sure to learn more about book 1, Finding Emma, here!



Review: Bring on the feels and inner turmoil. Be prepared to drop all pretenses of what is black and white when it comes to kidnapping. This story has me sympathizing or even empathizing with every character. Well, all the major players in the book at least. Even the bit characters like Jan and Laurie are well played out though!

If you have not read Finding Emma already, I highly suggest you do so. It really adds so much to this book to understand what has happened already. 


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review: In the Shadows by Kiersten White & Jim Di Bartolo

In the Shadows 
 In the Shadows 
by Kiersten White & Jim Di Bartolo

Genre(s): Graphic Novel, Paranormal, Historical Fiction
Pages: 384
Published: April 2014
Publisher: Scholastic

Official Synopsis: "From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.

Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.

Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can’t."




Review: This was such a different read. Part novel, part (picture only) graphic novel. It flips periodically, back and forth. It is not a straight forward story. Imagination, the ability to follow multiple times lines and the capability to draw conclusions are all needed to truly appreciate this story.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Task it Tuesday-Reading to Insanity

Task it Tuesday 

 As expected, last week was busy.  This week too!  With back-to-back readathons and several group/buddies reads scheduled for this week (and the books don't mix!) I will be reading a LOT this week.  That is my main focus.  Especially on reading the books I just added!  I am otherwise mostly focused on working on things I have already started otherwise.  Not much new besides reading tasks this week.  I have WAY over-commited myself to others so we shall see how much I can handle!  

***Okay, for some reason, things are not all color coding correctly.  I am not going to stress it this week. 

As always, especially on reading and fun, I will often do things not listed here as well, just because I feel like it!  Gotta have some spontaneity in life!

Blogging or Book related (not reading)
  • Write/post 17 reviews
  • 2 Discussion/other Post  
  • Finish getting Archive, Genres and Guest Interview pages up to date
  • Catalog 1575 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
  • Go back and add links to all edelweiss reviews. 
  •  Visit/comment of 125 posts/videos/etc from fellow bloggers/vloggers ( Got around to about 70)
  • Keep up with Bout of Books updates



  • Mental Health Awareness Readathon!
  • STS post

Reading