Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday (Er...Wednesday) -Series I've Been Meaning To Start


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Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't

 So, this should have gone up yesterday but I was not finished with it when my internet went down Monday evening and didn't come back until late Tues night (I think we should get a service discount for when you lose more than 24 hours like that).  

Now I cannot say for sure that these are my true tops, but these were the first that came to mind that are high up the list.  I have a YA/Adult mix novel series list and a Manga list here.  So lets get to it.  

 The Novels:

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)

Monday, June 19, 2017

How readers can stay cool this summer

If you are like me and live on the western side of the US, you are likely going through one insanely hot week. And I am not a summer person.  I don't do hot weather.  When it gets too hot, I can't focus on a book and read.  I can't do much of anything.  I just sit on the couch doing nothing.  If you have a good air conditioner it isn't too bad but if you cannot afford one, or the electric bull gets too high here are a few alternative ways to cool down and carry on with that book you are reading.

1. Drink lots of cold water.  Boring but true and best thing to do.

2. Take a washcloth, get it heavily damp (soak and wring out) and stick it in the freezer (in a bad is advisable) for 20-45 min then use on skin to cool down.  Can also us hand towel and wrap around your neck or head. 

3.  If you have long hair pull it away from you body, also get your hair wet and then sit near a fan to read.

4. Frozen treats.  I love otter pops.  They are cheap  (mere pennies each) and chilling.  Also frozen fruit for a healthy alternative.  Other fun things are to make smoothies, slushies or snow cones!  These are all easy to enjoy while you read.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

#COYER. READ ALL THE BOOKS.

COYER




I am participating!  I am just doing the basic COYER.  I like the other but the readathons I cannot do.  I cannot read a week of only ebooks since I cannot take them to work.  This means little to no reading for a week since the readathons are mandatory.  So I will just read as many of my books as I can. :) 


So here I go!  All book reviews will be on Goodreads.  This is the shelf.  

Books read at a glance:

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Would You Rather? Bookish Thoughts

This is a "quick" questionnaire for a round or Would You Rather.  I found this older tag at Sincerely, A Book Nerd.  Ready?  Lets go!



1. Rather read only a series or stand-alone books?
Series.  A am a series junkie.  I feel I can really delve deeper into the world and characters with the extra reading.

 2. Rather read a book whose main character is male or female?
Probably female.  But it really depends on the character.  I can enjoy either.
 
 3. Rather shop only at Barnes & Noble (or other actual bookstore) or Amazon?
An actual bookstore.  I have a local fav that sells both new and used books and all new books are 20% list price so it rival B&N.  I love to browse a physical store. 

 4. Rather all books become movies or tv shows?
Tricky!  If the book was a standalone=movie.  But for a series a tv show or mini series would be more fun and you can not be as rushed for cutting stuff out plus even build more on it (Such as THE 100)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review-The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall 
First Published August 25th 2015 
Published by Point
Genre(s): Horror, Young Adult, Paranormal

Synopsis: "Delia's new house isn't just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females -- an insane asylum nicknamed "Hysteria Hall." However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep "troubled" girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia becomes trapped. And that's when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the hallways in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia learns that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, too, harbors shocking truths within its walls -- truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

And she'll need to act quickly -- before the house's power overtakes everything she loves.

Katie Alender brings heart-pounding suspense, gorgeous writing, and a feminist twist to this tale of memories and madness.
"


Review: This book quickly drew my in. The thoughts and glimpses of what is to come snatched me up before I was even aware fully what this story was about (I started reading it before reading the synopsis). In some ways It maybe moved too fast at first. Even though I was expecting it before I was even a quarter into the book the big drama unfolded rapidly before me.

There is an interesting variety of characters, although honestly I had the hardest time pegging down Delia herself. She just didn't have a character presence one way or another and the whole story was from her perspective. It is not that she was bad, just bland. I felt more for her family that I did her!
Her sister had so much more personality. So did other, more minor characters.

Still, it was an entertaining read. Quick and easy with a few creepy parts. Not quite actually horror but possibly unsettling. I haven't quite made up my mind about the ending. Not good but not bad either. It was just there (like the MC). A bit more excitement or haunted things happening would have been nice. Or if it had been a bit darker.... It just felt that something held this back from being a truly GOOD read. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it yet I saw potential.

 This was my first book by Katie Alender and I would be willing to read more by her in the future.

Friday, June 2, 2017

May's tiny reading results

I did not do a lot of reading this past month.  As stated in a previous post my focus was not on reading so much as organizing and going through some books.  Not to mention May was busy with other things.  We have Festivals we go to and participate in,  Lots of gardening and yard work to focus on before the high heat rolled in, etc.  SO I put reading aside for the most part.  I did do some reading, however and I will share those momentarily.
From my focus on mot reading , by the time June 1st came around, I was practically bouncing up and down wanting to get into a few books.  Which was great since I was also bordering a reading slump feeling and is in part why I focused on other tasks.  Now I have started a couple books and am loving every second I can read.  I started a couple fun challenges as well.  I think June is going to be a GREAT month for my reading and to start to catch up on my Goodreads goal (which is WAY behind).

So here is what I read:
 Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3) 
The only actual novel I read.  And another series completed!  There is always a sense of accomplishment to that.  In short I wasn't too impressed with how they ended this.  Overall, the series just continued downhill after the first book and this one I liked even less than the second book.  I even found myself simply skim-reading certain parts which I rarely do.  Still, I love the cover!

The Anime Companion: What's Japanese in Japanese Animation? 
This book has been sitting on my shelves for over 10 years.  It is a very opinionated piece and actually has a small range of variety in regards to anime in mentions.  Lots of repeats and honestly once you have seen a few shows, I think most people get what is talked about in here.  Not much was really gathered.  This might be okay for someone who has only dabbled in 1 or 2 animes and is interested in more.   

Saturday, May 27, 2017

2017 Library Love Challenge Pledge



"Library Love Challenge!
If you love to read and/or listen to books then you also love to buy every book you want to read. And, well, that puts a hurt on your wallet. Checking books (print, ebook, or audios) out from the library can save you LOTS of money and in most places getting a library card is FREE."  Hosted by Angel's Guilty Pleasures and BEA's Book Nook.

Fun challenge I am joining.  My goal is:
Library Card on Fire: read 50+ books 
Tracking my progress here and to join,  click the challenge link above!  

Beat the Backlist and Win the House Cup Challenge

beatthebacklist 
 Hosted at Novel Knight
So I needed some reading challenges to get me motivated on the blog again.  So challenges seemed like a fun way to go.  And this one looks particularly fun.  For this one I am not going to count books I have already read.  Too late.  I am starting this effective now.  Well, basically June 1st since I am on a self inflicted reading ban until then.  

So my goal  is to read 150 books from my TBR (can be my physical TBR that is still unlisted or those on Goodreads).   For details on the challenge click the link below the image.  

Some books on my starting TBR June 1, 2017-Dec 31, 2017 include:
Most recently edited 6/6/17
 Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle, #1) Red: The Heroic Rescue (The Circle, #2) White: The Great Pursuit (The Circle, #3) Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1) The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die, #2) Dorothy Must Die: Stories Vol. 2 (Dorothy Must Die, #0.4-0.6) Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die, #3) The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1) The Donors Dawn of the Jedi:  Into the Void Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories (Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith) The Doll With Opal Eyes


A mini self-inflicted reading ban?! Am I crazy?!

So while I have started back up n here, you may have noticed a lack of content so far.  Well part is that I am taking it easy on here, part lack of free time.  But the biggest thing is obvious if you look at my Goodreads profile.  I have hardly read anything all month.  I can't even think when the last time was that I read so little!

I am not in a slump. I have been switching up my bookish focus for a few weeks.  Instead of reading, I have been cleaning out my shelves, donating old books, starting to list the many books I have, reshelving books, etc. While I still have a lot of listing and some reorganizing to still do I feel so much better about the state of my books.  This has been long overdue.  But come June 1st I am reading with a  vengeance!  I am doing several fun challenges (will post more on some of those soon) to kick it all off with.

Here is to a great month of reading to come!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tracking all those re-reads

Do you like to re-read books?  I do not re-read everything but I do like to re- go through my favorites from time to time.  For that I am so happy Goodreads has added a function for when you have read a book multiple times. It is great to just go in and switch your book back to "currently reading"  then "read" once again when you finish and have it easily count.

Before I always fought myself on do I change the date so ti shows I read another book that year, but then takes it off a previous year, or use another addition but I always felt that shows a strong inaccuracy of books I have read which I did not feel was fair.  Or just leave it alone.  I hated the dilemma.  

Now it is no longer an issue!  Goodreads just tracks the dates and times read.  I have wanted this for several years on there now.  ALthouhg I am not going back through all my old books just to sort and date them all.  Too much.  BUt this year forward, my books read count will be accurate and will not hinder my previous years now unfairly bolster my books read shelf.  


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Do you like the new function on Goodreads?  How did you used to track your books read?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Can You Read a Series in a Month?

Because Reading is better than real life
So I am joining in this fun challenge to read a whole series in a month.  Finishing up a bunch of series I have started has been my primary focus this month.  So while this one is also to start a series, I am choosing one I have technically started but never got to finish the first book due to not being able to renew it.  I now own the entire series but need to start over so this was perfect!
I will be reading : 
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Green is a prequel so I might or migt not get to that one but the 3 main books count for this challenge so I am very excited. More to come in June when this challenge takes place!

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bout of Books 19 Readathon Updates & Wrap-Up

Bout of Books

Day 1:

I started on 
The Anime Companion: What's Japanese in Japanese Animation?  
Pages read: 80 
This has been sitting on my shelves way too long.Sadly, not very impressed so far.

Day 2:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Bout of Books 19 readathon

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 am participating in this fun readathon this coming week!  No goal at this time- just to read what I can.  I have a bit of a full week so it will be tricky but I'll see what I can do.

More next week on my progress, challenges, etc!

I'm Ba-ack!!

Hi everyone, sorry for being away so long!

So I am back, at least a bit.  I am going to be taking things a lot easier though.  And some changes.

Less reviews and lighter style.  Reviews will likely be shirter min-reviews.  I will likely even group a few together.  Maybe more like a weekly or bi-weekly what I have read and my thoughts on them.  I am hoping for more bookish discussions but I don't know what style or how often.  Honestly I am just going to see how this goes.

Possibly a bit more movie, tv or video game talks or mini reviews.  Just as things strike me.  Or other interests.  Maybe as a comparison, maybe part of the post of what I have been reading.  I am not sure yet.

Things like readathons will likely be found here still.  Top ten tuesdays or oher fun memes sporadically tossed in.  While I love Stacking the Shleves I won't be doing those all the time anymore.  Nor sharing every book I get.  If you want that follow me on Goodreads.  Now once in a while I might share a few on a freebies post or a special buy or sale or otspsecretsister stuff but that is about it.