Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bout of Books 20-Daily Updates

Bout of Books

  Bout of Books

I signed up last week for twitter updates but then figures a running post of updates here would be easier to link to.


End of Day 1:

Finished:
The New Hunger (Warm Bodies, #1.5) 

Started/Made Progress in: 

 A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil, #2)  Thunderlight (The Dragonian, #2)  Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2) 

Pages read:345

 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Tome Topple Readathon- Round 4

This is my first Tome topple readathon!  I wanted to participate in the last one but other challenges made this nearly impossible as it was all about the short books I was reading lol.  But this month I have a few I might get to in the next couple weeks.  Be sure to click the link to check out one of the hosts (Thoughts on Tomes) announcement videos. 

This runs today (4th) until the 17th. 

The challenges
1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome
5. Read an adult novel

My TBR:
 The Right Hand Of EvilA World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil, #2)The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil, #3)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)Skip Beat! (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 9: Includes Vols. 25, 26  27The Walking Dead, Compendium 2 

These will fullfill all requirements and then some of I do them all.  I am not placing them yet as I am not sure which I will actually finish.  One is sort of a cheat since I already (even if barely) started it prior to today. I will periodically update this post either when I finish a book or at least mid challenge.  It all depends how much I read.  I have 4 other challenges on goodreads I am also doing so this month is going to be some CRAZY reading!


End results:

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

REVIEW: These Things I've Done by Rebecca Phillips



These Things I've Done by Rebecca PhillipsGenre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Published: August 2017
Pages: 352
Published by: Harper Teen

Official Synopsis:  "A contemporary YA perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Jessi Kirby, THESE THINGS I’VE DONE is the story of a seventeen-year-old girl who accidentally caused her best friend’s death and, a year later, is still grappling with the consequences.

Before:
Dara and Aubrey have been inseparable since they became best friends in sixth grade. However, as they begin their sophomore year of high school, cracks in their friendship begin to form, testing the bond they always thought was unbreakable.

After:
It's been fifteen months since the accident that killed Aubrey, and not a day goes by that Dara isn't racked with guilt over her role in her best friend's death. Dara thought nothing could be worse than confronting the memories of Aubrey that relentlessly haunt her, but she soon realizes it isn't half as difficult as seeing Ethan, Aubrey's brother, every day. Not just because he's a walking reminder of what she did, but because the more her feelings for him change, the more she knows she's betraying her best friend one final time."



My thoughts:  A touching story of how one girl copes after losing her best friend. But not just a simple loss-oh no. Her friend died right in front of her and she (along with some others) holds herself responsible. I can't even begin to properly get the emotional baggage that must come with.

Friday, July 21, 2017

24 in 48 Readathon July 2017


 

So I am joining this VERY last minute.  It started per the12 am ET start time so I am already over an hour behind...

Starting line-up
The Heir (The Selection, #4)The Crown (The Selection, #5)The RulesThe Saints (Quarantine, #2)Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone, #2)Skip Beat! (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 9: Includes Vols. 25, 26  27

 Most of my reading will be on Saturday as I work a short shift on Sunday.  I have no idea if I can do 24 hours but I will try!

Hour Zero Qs:

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017 Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

 

Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2017

 It's a tie!!!

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened 


I loved both of these so much!!!

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2017

All In (The Naturals, #3) 

Honestly, I loved this series.  It just gets better and better but this one was my favorite of them as I finished it this year.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

Legion (Talon, #4) 

I had though I would have gotten to this already, but my library has been delayed in getting copies and I've been too broke to bookshop.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year 

The Silver Mask (Magisterium,  #4) 

I've really been enjoying this series and am eager for this upcoming release

 

Biggest Disappointment

  The Ring and the Crown (The Ring and the Crown, #1) 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday- Best Books I've Read In 2017 So Far.


 

Best Books I've Read In 2017 So Far.

I have had a bit of a slow read year.  Mainly because I actually have not been reading many graphic novels which is weird for me. But still...  Also I have found myself trying to finish up several series so I can have start new ones.  Therefore, I've been doing a fair share of re-reads.  So to keep things fair, I will not be sharing any of those on this post.  These are the 10 books I read for the first time that I enjoyed the most.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)
All In (The Naturals, #3) Raising Dragons (Dragons in Our Midst, #1) 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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


toptentuesday

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