Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. ~ Groucho Marx

Saturday, October 3, 2015

My Book Haul 10/3/2015

My Book Haul | Alexia's Books and Such

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:

This was a welcome surprise in my mailbox! I adore Lauren Oliver and can't wait to read this one!

Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver
Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver

This sensational new series combines the unparalleled storytelling gifts of Lauren Oliver with the rich knowledge of the notorious relics collector H.C. Chester.


Not sure why I was browsing NetGalley again when I know I have zero self-control, but how could I resist requesting books by two of my favorite authors? I know, I know...I'm weak. But happy!

Led Astray:  The Best of Kelley Armstrong
Led Astray:  The Best of Kelley Armstrong

Two brand new tales anchor this wide-ranging collection from one of urban fantasy's most successful authors. Here is the first time that best-selling fantasy, YA, and crime author Kelley Armstrong has had her stories collected from Otherworld and beyond. 


Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep

As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there's no escaping the spotlight--or the danger.

What did you receive this week?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September 2015 Wrap Up

September 2015 monthly wrap up
Seemed to work last year, so hoping that monthly wrap up posts will still keep me on track!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read 5 books this month:
  1. Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle
  2. Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  3. Small Wars by Lee Child
  4. Not A Drill by Lee Child
  5. Devoted In Death by JD Robb

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Tackling the Email Monster

I can't even...

After Yahoo reinstated all of my deleted emails for the second time, I admit that I sort of gave up. I mean, why bother to wade through them all only to have Yahoo just dump them back into my Inbox?

Or I'd have several tabs open with emails I wanted to deal with later, only to lose them when my laptop crashed or spontaneously restarted. Did you know that pulling your hair in frustration actually hurts?

Admittedly, giving up wasn't a very good solution as my emails just kept piling up, and I was probably missing some important notices. But I've become very good at avoidance over the years.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle #BookReview

Sisters of Treason book reviewTitle:  Sisters of Treason
Author:  Elizabeth Fremantle
Release Date:  June 30, 2015
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Source:  review copy provided by the publisher

Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent reign, Lady Katherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder seventeen-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. Elizabeth Freemantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics. (Goodreads)

My Review:

Historical fiction is one of those genres that I tend to stay away from, but Sisters of Treason caught my eye and I decided to make an exception. So glad I did, as this was a fascinating story!

Despite my schoolhouse love of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, I have to admit that I don't remember much about Lady Jane Grey. I remember that she was referred to as the Nine Day Queen and was beheaded, but not much beyond that. She had sisters? Live and learn!

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