“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” ~ Mark Twain

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween! My Book Haul 10/31/2015

Happy Halloween! My Book Haul 10/31/2015

Happy Halloween!


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.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cat Thursday: Happy Halloween!


Cat Thursday
Welcome to Cat Thursday, hosted by Michelle at The True Book Addict! Cat Thursday is a way to share fun pictures, tidbits, and news of all things cat related!


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Happy Halloween!

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Hope you get lots of candy, either from raiding your kids bags or at the after-Halloween clearance sales!







Sunday, October 25, 2015

New Feature: My Journals

It's not hoarding, it's a collection!
Blank journals are another weakness of mine. Even though I have an entire cabinet full of journals, I can't seem to stop collecting them! Not sure what I'm going to do with them all, but I can't make it out of a bookstore without at least one.

vintage beauties
Got these two vintage beauties from my father. There were actually two of the Records journals, but my husband grabbed one for himself!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness #BookReview

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick NessTitle:  The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author:  Patrick Ness
Release Date:  October 6, 2015
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Source:  Edelweiss

A new YA novel from novelist Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a bold and irreverent novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you're like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions. (Goodreads)

My Review:

Remember Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Scooby Gang? Ever wonder what their classmates thought about all the weird goings-on around town? How they dealt with all the disappearances and monster sightings?  The Rest of Us Just Live Here answers those burning questions!


Monday, October 19, 2015

Bookmark Monday: Pride & Prejudice


Bookmark Monday
Since I collect bookmarks, thought it would be fun to join the Guiltless Reader for her Bookmark Monday posts!


Found a wonderful shop on Etsy called Castle on the Hill and she has amazing book related products! I bought a few items from her, including these Pride & Prejudice bookmarks! She's based in London, but I received my items faster than expected. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

Mr. Darcy and the ladies
Mr. Darcy and the ladies


Saturday, October 17, 2015

My Book Haul 10/17/2015

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.

NetGalley:

I'm a sucker for anthologies, so couldn't resist requesting this collection of vampire short stories. The authors are some of my favorites, so can't wait to read it!

Seize the Night anthology
Seize the Night anthology

A blockbuster anthology of original, blood-curdling vampire fiction from New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, including Charlaine Harris, whose novels were adapted into HBO’s hit show True Blood, and Scott Smith, publishing his first work since The Ruins.


What did you receive this week?








Thursday, October 15, 2015

Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong #BookReview

Led Astray:  The Best of Kelley ArmstrongTitle:  Led Astray:  The Best of Kelley Armstrong
Author:  Kelley Armstrong
Release Date:  September 15, 2015
Publisher:  Tachyon Publications
Source:  NetGalley

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. 

With her signature twists and turns, Armstrong gives a fresh spin on city-dwelling vampires, werewolves, and zombies, while also traveling further afield, to a post-apocalyptic fortress, a superstitious village, a supernatural brothel, and even to feudal Japan.

With tales that range from humorous to heart-stopping, these are the stories that showcase Kelley Armstrong at her versatile best. (Goodreads)

My Review:

Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite writers, so I'm happy that she has a new collection of short stories available! Anthologies are another favorite of mine, so favorite author + favorite genre = a happy reader!


Friday, October 9, 2015

Book Review: llluminae

Book Review: llluminaeTitle:  Illuminae
Author:  Amie Kaufman
Release Date:  October 20, 2015
Publisher:  Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source:  ARCs provided by the publisher via NetGalley and BEA

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra - who are barely even talking to each other - are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents - including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more - Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes. (Goodreads)


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow #BookReview

Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow #BookReviewTitle:  Scorpion Rules
Author:  Erin Bow
Release Date:  October 6, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Source:  NetGalley

A world battered by climate shift and war turns to an ancient method of keeping peace: the exchange of hostages. 

The Children of Peace - sons and daughters of kings and presidents and generals - are raised together in small, isolated schools called Prefectures. 

There, they learn history and political theory, and are taught to gracefully accept what may well be their fate: to die if their countries declare war. (Goodreads)

My Review:

Scorpion Rules has the intriguing premise of a world where the children of world leaders are kept as hostages in order to ensure peace. Should a nation declare war, a child will die. Harsh, but effective. 

While I've never heard of this practice, I'm told that it's actually based on real history. What a fascinating concept! And I thought that the author did a great job bringing this idea to life!


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.



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


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