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

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer 2016 Mini Bloggiesta Wrap Up

Summer 2016 Mini Bloggiesta Wrap Up
Yet another Bloggiesta has come and gone! I like the mini weekend editions as it gives me a chance for a quick clean-up without too much pressure. Let's see how I did!

Original Goals:


  • update TBR page
  • back up blog
  • update Review page
  • remove at least 25 dead links
  • finish pinning 2009 reviews on Pinterest
  • attend Twitter party, June 19th at 11am EST

Totally forgot about the Twitter party and didn't quite finish pinning my reviews, but managed to complete my other goals. Guess it pays off to keep my list managable!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Summer 2016 Mini Bloggiesta

Summer 2016 Mini Bloggiesta

It's time once again for a Mini Bloggiesta!

What is Bloggiesta?

In short, Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Our awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two! It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta! (source)


Saturday, June 11, 2016

My Book Haul 6/11/16

The Ones, The Ones, Dark Matter, Timebound, Mind Readers, Paranormal Public, Elsker, Gifting, Spectral Tales A Ghost Story Anthology, Time Warper Fated, Shearwater A Mermaid Romance, Rippler, Deception, Alex Finch Monster Hunter
In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the titles.

NetGalley:

The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker
The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker

We are not all created equal.

Seventeen years ago, Cody and her boyfriend James were two of the lucky babies from 1% of the population randomly selected to receive genetic engineering....Themes of justice, discrimination and terrorism mix with actual science to create a frightening version of our near future in this pulse-pounding thriller.



Friday, June 10, 2016

30 Days of Books, Days 15-19

Jenni Elyse is hosting a fun 30 Days of Books event! I'm not posting every day, just thought it was too fun to pass up so am posting here and there.


Favorite male character

The male lead of whatever book I'm currently reading. If it makes you feel any better, I don't have a favorite actor or singer either.

Favorite female character

See above.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Diary of Anna the Girl Witch by Max Candee #BookReview

This was a really fun story that read like it was aimed at a younger crowd, but this doesn't detract from the books overall enjoyment in any way.
Title:  Diary of Anna the Girl Witch
Author:  Max Candee
Release Date:  January 1, 2016
Publisher:  Helvetic House
Source:  Review copy provided via NetGalley

Set in the Swiss countryside, “Diary of Anna the Girl Witch” blends ancient folklore with a classic coming of age tale about a young witch on the brink of womanhood.

Anna Sophia has always known she was different. She just didn’t know how different until now. (Goodreads)


My Review:

Imagine knowing that you were different, but not quite sure how. That's how Anna Sophia felt; different, but not able to pin down the why or how. All she knew for certain was that her thirteenth birthday was going to be special, practically life altering. And it turns out that she's right!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

30 Days of Books, Days 9-14

30 Days of Books, Days 9-14
Jenni Elyse is hosting a fun 30 Days of Books event! I'm not posting every day, just thought it was too fun to pass up so will be posting here and there.

A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. A co-worker wanted to read this, so challenged me to read it so we could compare notes afterwards. I'm not big on classics but caved to her pleas and wound up really enjoying the story! Too bad she never read it and I had no one to discuss it with.

Favorite classic

Little Women, as it was the first book that made me cry. Haven't read it in years, but I still remember sitting on the couch, bawling my eyes out, shocked that a book could actually make me cry.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Blog Tour: Little is Left to Tell by Steven Hendricks

The book starts off with the gentle tale of a rabbit family. Everything seems lovely...until the bombs drop. As the bunnies deal with the aftermath, Mr. Fin makes a sudden appearance in his garage, tinkering with his boat.  Huh?
Title:  Little is Left to Tell
Author:  Steven Hendricks
Release Date:  October 7, 2014
Publisher:  Starcherone Books
Source:  Review copy received from TLC Book Tours

Readers enter a narrative rabbit hole through bedtime stories that Mr. Fin, a man with dementia, conjures for his long-lost son. 

Virginia the Wolf writes her last novel to lure her daughter home. 

A rabbit named Hart Crane must eat words to speak, while passing zeppelins drop bombs. 

Mr. Fin tries to read the past in marginalia and to rebuild his son from boat parts. The haunting fables in this lyrical first novel trace the fictions that make and unmake us. (Goodreads)

Review:

To be honest, this was a tough read. While beautifully written, it felt disjointed and confusing to me and I struggled to finish.

The book starts off with the gentle tale of a rabbit family. Everything seems lovely...until the bombs drop. As the bunnies deal with the aftermath, Mr. Fin makes a sudden appearance in his garage, tinkering with his boat.

Huh?


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May 2016 Wrap Up

May 2016 Wrap Up
My month in review. Let's see how I did!

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 4 books this month:

  1. Buzz Books 2016 YA Fall/Winter
  2. Progeny by Tosca Lee
  3. Elixir by Ruth Vincent
  4. Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris

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