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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Library Haul #1

It only took me four years, but I finally got a library card! Pretty sure I was spoiled by the last two libraries I belonged to, as they were both new & awesome, but my new library isn't bad. Granted, half the shelves are empty, but they have a pretty good young adult section and it looks like they're working on their fantasy section. Have to say that I'm cautiously optimistic!

Here's my very first library haul:

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia, Missing by Kelley Armstrong, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in this action-packed paranormal thriller, the first book in a new series from New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia.

Missing by Kelley Armstrong

The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve's End is that soon she'll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There's nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They're better off taking a chance elsewhere.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist.


I may or may not have gone a little overboard with my hold requests for new titles, but hopefully they won't all come in at the same time and I can catch up on my reading!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern #BookReview

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine's life has completely fractured - all her freedoms gone.
Title:  Perfect
Author:  Cecelia Ahern
Release Date:  April 4, 2017
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends
Source:  NetGalley

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine's life has completely fractured - all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick - the only person she can trust.

But Celestine has a secret - one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or to risk her life to save all Flawed people.

And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed? (Goodreads)


Review:

This is the type of story that causes chills to run down your spine. Not because it's particularly horrifying, but because this type of dystopian future is all too easy to imagine.

A world where morality police, called Whistleblowers, will arrest anyone accused of being flawed. Then, like Hester Prynne, the accused are marked once they're found guilty.

Instead of having to wear a scarlet letter on their clothes, the accused are actually branded. On their skin. With a branding iron. Like cattle. Branded with a capital F for Flawed.

Their only crime was making a moral or ethical decision that society didn't agree with. Can you imagine the possible abuses? What an easy way to get rid of a rival! Simply call the Whistleblowers and accuse your rival of some made up offense and viola, no more rival. Wow!


Saturday, April 1, 2017

March 2017 Wrap Up

March: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Another month bites the dust! 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 38 books so far this year and 10 books this month:

  1.  Purity in Death by JD Robb
  2.  The Mermaid's Daughter by Ann Claycomb
  3.  Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  4. Perfect by Cecelia Ahern
  5. Liberation by Debra Dunbar
  6. Snared by Jennifer Estep
  7. A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
  8. A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell
  9. Scary Dead Things by Rick Gualtieri
  10. The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo


Sunday, March 26, 2017

My Journals: P is for Pretty

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 seem to make it out of a bookstore with at least one.


browns and golds make the design really pop
Can't remember where or when I picked this one up, but I do remember falling in love with the pretty Celtic design! And while I usually prefer brighter colors, the earth shades work nicely with this design.


plain lined pages
Plain lined pages inside, with a convenient ribbon to hold my place.



Friday, March 24, 2017

March 2017 Write On Review-a-Thon

Create a post on your blog or a social media page with the list of what you’re going to review for the upcoming challenge.
March 24-26

It's been awhile since I last did a review-a-thon, but I'm behind on reviews so maybe this will give me the incentive I need to finally catch up!

How to Participate:


Create a post on your blog or a social media page with the list of what you’re going to review for the upcoming challenge.

The Write On Review-a-Thon is a challenge hosted by Book Bumblings. From Friday through Sunday, we all band together and write as many reviews as possible. It’s a weekend for you to either catch up on reviews or get ahead on upcoming ones. It doesn’t matter if you write one review or 10 - if you write a review, you’re in. 

Join me in this month’s challenge and catch up on your reviews! 

Pending Reviews:

  • Snared by Jennifer Estep
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Perfect by Cecelia Ahern
  • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  • Killing Kate by Alex Lake

Sad to say that my pending list is much, much longer, but this should be enough to get me started. 

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

A single mother’s life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes, in this chilling debut thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
Title:  A Simple Favor
Author:  Darcey Bell
Release Date:  March 21, 2017
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Source:  Edelweiss

She’s your best friend. She knows all your secrets. That’s why she’s so dangerous.

A single mother’s life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes, in this chilling debut thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. (Goodreads)


Review:

Stephanie and Emily are best friends, so Stephanie doesn't think anything of it when Emily has a work emergency and asks if she can pick up her son from school.

A simple favor that moms do for each other all the time. But then Emily doesn't pick up her son. Doesn't answer her phone. Doesn't reply to Stephanie's increasingly anxious texts. Watching Emily's son for a few hours turns into a few days. Where is Emily?

And so begins an adventure that Stephanie could never have imagined.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

My Book Haul 3/18/2017

Pretend I'm Not Here, Hit The Ground Running, Pretty Fierce, Norse Mythology, and The Secret
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:

Not my usual type of read, but I'm becoming more interested in politics lately and this sounded intriguing.

Pretend I'm Not Here by Barbara Feinman Todd
Pretend I'm Not Here by Barbara Feinman Todd

An accomplished former ghostwriter and book researcher who worked with Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Ben Bradlee, and Hillary Clinton goes behind-the-scenes of the national’s capital to tell the story of how she survived the exciting, but self-important and self-promoting world of the Beltway. (Goodreads)


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Book Review: The Bone Witch

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there's anything I've learned from him in the years since, it's that the dead hide truths as well as the living.
Title:  The Bone Witch
Author:  Rin Chupeco
Release Date:  March 7, 2017
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire
Source:  NetGalley

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. 

Her gift for necromancy means that she's a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. 

But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha -one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles...and make a powerful choice. (Goodreads)


Review:

This story has one of the best openings I've read in a long time:
Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. 

Talk about grabbing your attention on the very first page, with the very first sentence! Too bad the rest of the book didn't live up to that opening sentence.

The chapters alternate between past and present. In the present, a renown Bard has sought Tea out for her story, finding her exiled on a distant beach. I actually preferred the chapters set in the past, watching Tea's journey from child to accomplished Asha.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

My Journals: Amazing Grace

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 seem to make it out of a bookstore with at least one.

Couldn't resist picking this up for my mom!
Amazing Grace is my mother's favorite song, so couldn't resist picking this journal up for her!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Book Review: The Mermaid's Daughter

Have you ever wondered if fairy tales were true? Or at least based on truth, even if they were embellished in the telling? That's the fascinating premise of The Mermaid's Daughter
Title:  The Mermaid's Daughter
Author:  Ann Claycomb
Release Date:  March 7, 2017
Publisher:  William Morrow Paperbacks
Source:  ARC received from the publisher

A modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, this unforgettable debut novel weaves a spellbinding tale of magic and the power of love as a descendent of the original mermaid fights the terrible price of saving herself from a curse that has affected generations of women in her family.

Kathleen has always been dramatic. She suffers from the bizarre malady of experiencing stabbing pain in her feet. On her sixteenth birthday, she woke screaming from the sensation that her tongue had been cut out. No doctor can find a medical explanation for her pain, and even the most powerful drugs have proven useless. Only the touch of seawater can ease her pain, and just temporarily at that.

Haunting and lyrical, The Mermaid’s Daughter asks - how far we will go for those we love? And can the transformative power of music overcome a magic that has prevailed for generations?
(Goodreads)


Review:

Have you ever wondered if fairy tales might be true? Or at least based on the truth, even if they were embellished in the telling? That's the fascinating premise of The Mermaid's Daughter.

We meet Kathleen, a gifted singer suffering from stabbing pain in both feet and the horrible sensation of a severed tongue. Delusion? Or the result of a family curse?

Kathleen, her father Robin, and her girlfriend Harry take turns narrating the story. Each chapter is clearly labeled so there's no confusion over whose POV we're reading. There's also an unnamed narrator, the originator of the curse, acting as sort of a Greek Chorus while filling in the blanks.


Monday, March 6, 2017

My Bookmarks: San Francisco on my mind

Since I collect bookmarks, thought it would be fun to showcase some of my collection!
(Inspired by Guiltless Reader's Bookmark Monday posts)


nice souvenir from an awesome city!
My brother sent me a bookmark from his recent trip to San Francisco. It's been years since I saw the city, so this was a nice surprise! The paper looks handmade and has a nice texture to it. The picture is pasted on, so there's depth to it as well. It's encased in plastic that I can't remove without scissors, so please forgive any glare. 

Close up



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mini Blog Ahead 2017

Since I have a long history of signing up for challenges and failing miserably, decided to keep my streak alive and sign up for the Mini Blog Ahead Challenge hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup!

Since I have a long history of signing up for challenges and failing miserably, decided to keep my streak alive and sign up for the Mini Blog Ahead Challenge hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup!

Details:

This challenge is all about getting ahead in your blogging by scheduling an additional 15 posts.

Any post counts so long as it's completed and scheduled, but it can't be posted until after the challenge ends.

My Goal:

Since I don't have anything ready for March yet, I'm going to bend the rules a bit and work on getting 15 posts total. If I get my groove on, will try to schedule 15 posts for after the 15th as well.

There are two discussion posts sitting in my draft folder that need to be completed. And I have more journal and bookmarks posts I can schedule. Plus who knows how many unwritten reviews! Honestly, I'm afraid to add them up in case I wind up in a corner somewhere, rocking and weeping in despair. Kidding! (sorta)

Fingers crossed I break my failing streak!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

My Book Haul 2/25/17

The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day, The Mermaid's Daughter by Ann Claycomb, and The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo
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:

An interesting assortment of titles have found their way to my mailbox this year. Outside my usual genres, but all look intriguing!


The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day
The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day

Anna Winger knows people better than they know themselves with only a glance - at their handwriting. Hired by companies seeking trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real mess of other people’s lives at arm’s length and on paper. But when she is called to use her expertise on a ransom note left behind at a murder scene in the small town she and her son have recently moved to, the crime inevitably gets under Anna’s skin.

***

The Mermaid's Daughter by Ann Claycomb
The Mermaid's Daughter by Ann Claycomb

A modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, this unforgettable debut novel weaves a spellbinding tale of magic and the power of love as a descendent of the original mermaid fights the terrible price of saving herself from a curse that has affected generations of women in her family.

***

The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo
The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

When a middle school girl is abducted in broad daylight, a fellow student and witness to the crime copes with the tragedy in an unforgettable way.

What happens to the girl left behind?





What did you receive this week?


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review Buzz Books 2017 YA Spring/Summer

Buzz Books are one of my favorite ways to discover new authors, so I'm incredibly happy that this edition knocks it out of the ballpark with so many awesome reads!
Title:  Buzz Books 2017 YA Spring/Summer
Release Date:  January 13, 2017
Publisher:  Publishers Lunch
Source:  netGalley


Our sixth edition of Buzz Books: Young Adult provides the special excitement of Winter Institute and takes it even further with samples of the best in forthcoming young adult novels months ahead of their actual publication. (Goodreads)


My Review:

Buzz Books are one of my favorite ways to discover new authors, so I'm incredibly happy that this edition knocks it out of the ballpark with so many awesome reads! Here are some of the samples that really got my attention:

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr reminded me a little of the movie 50 First Dates. Unlike the movie though, Flora's memory erases itself several times a day. Thankfully this didn't happen until she was ten years old so at least she has those long-term memories to help her get through the day. Then everything changes. She remembers something. A kiss. From her best friend's boyfriend. Uh-oh. Can't wait to read more and see what happens to Flora when she sets off to reconnect with the boy who gave her a new memory!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

TBTB Secret Santa Exchange 2016

The Broke and the Bookish host a Secret Santa Exchange every year and it's one of my favorites! I love buying gifts for a fellow book lover and have loved everything I've received from this exchange. That being said, I think that my Secret Santa this year really knocked it out of the ballpark!

Sneak peek of my Secret Santa goodies.
Sneak peek of my Secret Santa goodies.
I was good this year and waited until Christmas
morning to open my gifts. (wasn't easy!)

So many goodies!
So many goodies!

penguins!
Look at this adorable card!
I mentioned that I loved penguins, so my Santa found a penguin card for me. Very cool!


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