27 Sep

Top Ten Tuesday~ Fall TBR

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is our Fall TBR. Since I am feeling optimistic and think I’m going to get through way more than 10 books over the next few months, I’m going to include a few series on my TBR list here as well.

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)  City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)  City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)  City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)  City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

The Mortal Instruments series (City of Bones already complete)

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)  The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)  The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)  The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (The Lightning Thief already complete)

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Me Before You

The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl, #2)  The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3)  The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl, #4)  The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl, #5)  The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl, #6)  The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl, #7)  The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl, #8)

The Artemis Fowl series (Artemis Fowl already complete)

Faultlines

Faultlines

Kisses On A Paper Airplane

Kisses on a Paper Airplane

Liar's Key (Sharpe & Donovan, #6)

Liar’s Key

The Future Tense of Joy: A Memoir

The Future Tense of Joy

The Promise Kitchen

The Promise Kitchen

Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray

 

**All covers link to Goodreads, all titles link to Amazon

26 Sep

Monday Update~ 9/26/16

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I’ll be linking up with The Book Date for another edition of It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

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Recently Completed:

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Currently Reading:

The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl, #2)      Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story      Letters from Paris      The Perfect Kiss (Kissed by the Bay #2)      The Form of Things Unknown

The Arctic Incident//Never Broken//Letters from Paris//The Perfect Kiss//The Form of Things Unknown

Louder Than Words      One with You (Crossfire, #5)      After the Woods      One Less Problem Without You: A Novel      The Safest Lies

Louder Than Words//One With You//After the Woods//One Less Problem Without You//The Safest Lies

June      Until We Meet Again

June//Until We Meet Again

Currently Listening to:

Ender in Exile (Ender's Saga, #2)

Ender in Exile

Up Next on the TBR:

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)      Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)      The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)      Between Shades of Gray      Cupcake Overload (Cupcakes, #2)

City of Ashes//Me Before You//The Sea of Monsters//Between Shades of Gray//Cupcake Overload

 

**All covers link to Goodreads, titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

25 Sep

Sunday Post~ 9/25/16

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

This was a mostly quiet week. I was sick for a couple of days, so I didn’t do much on those days, even read. This week was also a week that I visited Cheshire. He was such a good boy this week. He can be very willful and gets kind of aggressive when he plays sometimes, so I usually end up with a few new scratches each time I visit, but not this week.
On a really fun note, my sister-in-law decided that I needed more books {she may have seen Friday’s post}, so she very generously decided to gift me some books from her library. And when I say “some books” I mean approximately 180 YA titles including several series that I have been wanting to read plus some others that she thinks I will enjoy. I now have the complete Mortal Instruments series {plus Dark Artifices & Bane Chronicles}, the complete Percy Jackson series, almost the complete Lunar Chronicles {missing Stars Above and Fairest}, the first 3 books of the Raven Cycle and so many more {Hex Hall, The 5th Wave, some Neil Gaiman titles, etc.}. I haven’t decided if I will include them all in a Stacking the Shelves update, but I will probably break them up and share at least some of them over the next several weeks.

Last Week on the Blog:

Sunday Post~ 9/18/16
Bloggiesta Recap~ Fall 2016
Monday Update~ 9/19/16
Top Ten Tuesday~ Let’s Listen
Review: The Martian
Thursday Thoughts~ My First Audio Experience
Friday Fun~ Recommendations Please!
Stacking the Shelves~ 9/24/16

This Week on the Blog:

Monday Update
Top Ten Tuesday~ Fall TBR
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ June
The Friday 56~ Me Before You

This Week’s Reviews:

None planned

Book of the Week:

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Quote of the Week:

“so yeah, i go into a porn shop looking for isaac and i get another will grayson instead.”

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green {37%}

Last Week’s Goals:

Since my goals were to not stress, spend quality time with Cheshire, and ultimately relax, I would say that I was successful.

This Week’s Goals:

Schedule all posts for week in advance
Schedule October Social Media
Finish 2 books

Notable Posts from the Blog World:

Ramblings from the Stacks- “I Just Read Junk” from I Wish I Lived in a Library
Jo Talks Books: Can Reading be an Addiction? Is That Necessarily a Bad Thing from Book Lovers Blog
20 Books Everyone Will be Talking About This Fall from Modern Mrs. Darcy
My #Bookstagram Ineptitude (And Why I’m No Longer Bothered by It) from It Starts at Midnight

24 Sep

Blog Ahead~ October 2016

Blog Ahead 2016-Oct

I decided to join Herding Cats & Burning Soup for this year’s Blog Ahead Challenge. I have been trying to follow my editorial calendar more closely and to schedule posts in advance. This challenge is ideal for that because we will be writing and scheduling 30 additional posts to what we already have scheduled throughout October.

I am planning to write all of my Top Ten Tuesday, Thirst Thursday & Hungry Hearts, The Friday 56, and discussion posts for the remainder of the year. I also want to set up my weekly update posts {Sunday Post, Monday Update & Stacking the Shelves} so that I just need to plug in the information each week. I use the same basic format for these posts anyway, so having them set up in advance will streamline the process. I also want to write as many reviews as possible during this time.

This means I’ll be pretty busy through October getting everything set up, but it also means that I’ll have more time to work on other things during November and December {like maybe attempting NaNoWriMo, reading more or hopefully working}.

To find out more information or sign up, click here.

24 Sep

Stacking the Shelves~ 9/24/16

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One of the best things about Saturday’s is getting to join up with the team at Tynga’s Reviews to share my bookish haul from the week.

eARCs for Review:

Running with a Police Escort: Tales from the Back of the Pack

Running With a Police Escort
Thank you to Edelweiss & Skyhorse Publishing

The Right Kind of Guy

The Right Kind of Guy
Thank you to Net Galley & Entangled

eBooks Purchased:
(free for Kindle on Amazon)

Remember When (Remember Trilogy, #1)      3:AM Kisses (3:AM Kisses, #1)      More Than Music (Chasing The Dream, #1)      The Thrill of It (No Regrets, #1)      DRAMA GEEK

Remember When//3:AM Kisses//More Than Music//The Thrill of It//Drama Geek

 

**All covers link to Goodreads, all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

23 Sep

Friday Fun~ Recommendations Please!

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I am running out of books!

OK, technically that really isn’t true. A more accurate statement would be that I am running out of books that I have access to. I have boxes and boxes of books in storage, I just can’t get to them.

But anyway, I’m running out of books that I have on hand for reading and I have gotten to the point where I have exhausted the books available in my local library {it’s tiny}. I can have books transferred over, but first I need to know what I’m looking for, so I thought I would ask all of you for some recommendations.

I am currently on the hold list for The Raven Boys & Cinder to start those two series {as well as for the second books in the Percy Jackson and Mortal Instruments series}, but I am looking for some titles that I might be able to find right away.

I am open to most genres and love YA and Adult reads {plus a few middle grade as well… I am reading the Artemis Fowl and Ender series now}. I prefer Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense & Dystopian, but am open to other things as well. The only books I stay away from are Horror and Vampires {I do like Paranormal, so a vampire supporting character is ok as long as they are well written, but no all vampire books please}.

Leave me a comment below with your recommendations on what I should look for at my library or have transferred in.

Thank you!!

22 Sep

Thursday Thoughts~ My First Audio Experience

Thursday Thoughts

When it comes to books and reading, I was pretty adamant about sticking with the original and reading only physical books. And I usually purchased all of my books as well. It wasn’t until I started book blogging that I became open to exploring other mediums for reading.

I became open to e-books for review purposes, since I’m not able to purchase books, and a lot of ARCs are only available digitally {at least until one is able to attend a conference or has built a relationship with publishers}, but I was still resistant to audio books. That is until discovering that some of the titles I wanted to read were only available in audio format through my local library.

I was a bit apprehensive to check out my first audio book. While many of my fellow bloggers love audio books and speak very highly of them, people in my personal life were less enamored with them. One couldn’t even get through a book because listening to the narration distracted her and made her laugh {she has tried more than one}. But I decided to take the plunge and try an audio book for a book that I needed to return before I was finished with the physical copy.

When I first started the recording it was weird, and I did laugh at the narration initially, but I was drawn in to the story. I had originally thought that I would be able to do other things while I was listening, but for the most part found that it was best if I focused on what was being said. I could do things like clean or exercise while listening, but anything that requires more focus would detract from the story I think.

I was able to listen to a bit of the story everyday in between my computer work and reading. And while the experience is not quite the same as reading, I was still drawn into the story and able to follow along. The narration made it more difficult to form my own impressions of each character though.

All in all, my first audio book experience went well and I am already listening to my second book. I figure I’ll probably have one audio book going at a time since it opens up a few more options {and shortens some hold times} through the Oregon Digital Library System.

Do you listen to audio books?

21 Sep

Review: The Martian

The Martian Book Cover The Martian
Andy Weir
Science Fiction
Broadway Books
October 28, 2014
Paperback; Kindle
387
Library

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars's surface, with no way to signal Earth that he's alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Mark won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

Armed with nothing but his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength--Mark embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

I had never heard of this book until the movie came out, and even then, I really didn’t have a lot of interest in it. After hearing a lot of commentary about the story, I started entertaining the possibility of adding it to my TBR. Then I saw it at the library and picked it up on a whim… and I am so glad I did!

While not in my normal genres, I loved this book. It is wonderfully written, full of humor, and has terrific characters. It incorporates fantasy about Mars with real knowledge of the space program.

The story develops in a series of logs posted by the main character Mark Watney, and includes regular narrative of the action back on Earth, as well as communications between NASA and Mark.

Mark’s will to survive, and humor in the face of adversity drive the book and make the reader invested in the outcome. The race to rescue Mark and bring him home shows that humanity can join together and put aside differences to help those in need.

All in all a great read, and while I don’t usually venture into Science Fiction, I think I would definitely seek out more of Mr. Weir’s work.

20 Sep

Top Ten Tuesday~ Let’s Listen

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is an audio freebee. Essentially we could be any topic we wanted as long as it was something to listen to. I had a really hard time with this one! I just recently started listening to audio books and am only on my 2nd one, so I couldn’t do that one for a top 10. I finally decided on my favorite sounds. So in no particular order, here are my 10 favorite sounds.

Orange Tabby Cat on White Fabric Bed Cover

Cats purring~ is there really anything better than the sound of kitty purrs. They are a sign of love, trust, relaxation, and happiness.

Cheshire snoring~ when he gets into a really deep sleep, little snores escape and they are so sweet!

Green Leaf Tree

The wind in the trees~ just rustling the leaves

Vegetable Food Cooked on Frying Pan

Food sizzling~ bacon, veggies, it doesn’t matter what it is, just the sound of food sizzling in the pan is amazing

People Playing Violin

A full orchestra~ I played an instrument for 8 years, so maybe that’s why I love a full orchestra. I also enjoy a string quartet.

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Acoustic guitar~ so much of popular music is so electric, but the sound of an acoustic guitar, accompanied by a melodic voice, is still my favorite.

Free stock photo of sea, nature, sunny, beach

Waves crashing~ when I still lived in Southern California, I would head down to the beach some mornings just to watch the waves and listen to the sound of them crashing on the beach. One of the most soothing things I have ever found.

Sliced Lemon on Clear Glass

Carbonation fizzing~ the best thing about carbonated drinks is the sound of the bubbles fizzing. Of course bath bombs in water have the same sound happening as well.

Free stock photo of light, road, landscape, nature

Silence~ it’s really rare to have complete silence in the modern world, but I do like to take a few moments each day with nothing turned on to just be.

Free stock photo of vacation, eiffel tower, paris, camera

A camera shutter~ I don’t know why, because I hate having my picture taken and I’m a terrible photographer, but I love the sound of the shutter clicking on a camera.

What are some of your favorite sounds?

 

19 Sep

Monday Update~ 9/19/16

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Happy Monday! I’m linking up with The Book Date again today… let’s see what I’m reading now…

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Recently Completed:

Ender's Game      City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)      A Stolen Life

Ender’s Game//City of Bones//A Stolen Life

Currently Reading:

Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story      Letters from Paris      The Perfect Kiss (Kissed by the Bay #2)     The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl, #2)  Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Never Broken//Letters from Paris//The Perfect Kiss//The Arctic Incident//Will Grayson, Will Grayson

The Form of Things Unknown      One with You (Crossfire, #5)     After the Woods      One Less Problem Without You: A Novel      The Safest Lies

The Form of Things Unknown//One With You//After the Woods//One Less Problem Without You//The Safest Lies

Currently Listening to:

Ender in Exile (The Ender Quintet, #2)

Ender in Exile

Up Next on the TBR:

June      Louder Than Words      Until We Meet Again      How To Say Goodbye      Cupcake Overload (Cupcakes, #2)

June//Louder Than Words//Until We Meet Again//How to Say Goodbye//Cupcake Overload

 

**All covers link to Goodreads, titles link to Amazon {affiliate}