The Friday 56

The Friday 56~ Spaceman

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature Spaceman by Mike Massimino.

Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

“The mistake I made with my PhD was that I forgot to find a team. I thought I was running a marathon by myself, and that’s how I’d trained for it.”

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Holding Up the Universe

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

I’ve missed participating in Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts, hosted by Lexxie over at {un}Conventional Book Views, so I decided that I’m just going to post twice on Thursdays so I can participate again.

What is Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts? Well here’s a description from Lexxie’s site:

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

This week I am featuring Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. This scene takes place with Libby and Jack on their first date at a pizza parlor. {page 256}

Holding Up the Universe

She takes a bite if pizza. I take a bite of pizza. We eat in this weird silence.

And then suddenly the song is playing, as in the song. I wipe my mouth with the napkin and toss it aside. I’m on my feet, hand out.


March Challenge Update

New Release Challenge


Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

Nonfiction: Daring Greatly
On TBR for more than 2 years: Going Home
Middle Grade: Legend of the Guardians
UK or European Author: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Backlist: City of Ashes
Award Winner: Bone Gap
Book about books: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
2 word title: Game Changer
Debut book: Bitter is the New Black
Food on the cover: The Sweet Life in Paris
From Childhood: Stuart Little
Diverse read: I am Malala
Australian or NZ Author: Tempting Autumn
US or Canadian Author: Faultlines
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge


Goodreads Challenge


New to Me Challenge {Authors}

15/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}


Read the Books You Buy

1/79 1.3% {Goal 21-40%}

Blogger Shame Review Challenge


Charity Reading Challenge

January- Eugene Mission: 11 books $55

February- St. Jude’s: 16 books $80

March- ASPCA: 17 books $85

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

A- Angels & Demons
B- The Battle of the Labyrinth
C- City of Ashes
D- Daring Greatly
E- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
F- Finding Myself in Britain
G- Game Changer
H- How to Say Goodbye
I- I am Malala
K- Kisses on a Paper Airplane
L- Legend of the Guardians
M- Me Before You
O- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
P- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
R- Ready Player One
S- The Sea of Monsters
T- Tempting Autumn
U- Under the Wide and Starry Sky

GWB 2017 Book Bingo

About a different culture: I am Malala
Takes place in Fall: Tempting Autumn
Takes place in Winter: The Titan’s Curse
Popular Author’s debut: Bitter is the New Black
Last book in a series: The Last Olympian
Most Recent TBR Addition: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
From Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky

eBook Reading Challenge


Audio Book Reading Challenge


2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge


Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017


2017 Literary Escapes Challenge

California~ Game Changer

Florida~ How to Say Goodbye

Illinois~ Bone Gap

Maine~ Liar’s Key

Maryland~ Every Day

New York~ The Sea of Monsters

Ohio~ Ready Player One

Texas~ Faultlines

Wisconsin~ Kisses on a Paper Airplane

2017 Audiobook Challenge


2017 Library Love Challenge


Reading Assignment

Jan~ Sea of Monsters
Feb~ City of Ashes
March~ The Eternity Code

Bookish Resolutions

Complete 10 Reading Challenges~ 1/10
Complete 2 Read-a-thons~ 1/2
Complete 5 series~ 1/5
Read 1 Nonfiction book per month~ J F M

Post 1 Review per week~ on track
Clean up Bloglovin’ Feed~ in progress
Comment on 1 Blog per day FAILED

Write every day FAILED
Outline & Plot Novel~ not started
Complete First Draft~ not started

Move closer to work~ in progress
Try 1 new thing every week FAILED
Join a club~ not started
Take a class~ not started

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ Dream Dates

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are sharing 10 authors we are dying to meet. I’ve shared some of my favorite authors that I would like to meet in the past, like Nora Roberts and JK Rowling, so this time I’m going to select some different authors that I’ve recently discovered.

As I put this list together, I realized it effectively shows the evolution of my reading preferences over the last year. My list includes Adult, New Adult, Young Adult and Middle Grade authors. There is a Science Fiction author on here! And, most surprising of all, half of the authors that made the list are men!

Can You Keep a Secret?   Remember Me?   Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)

Sophie Kinsella

Losing It (Losing It, #1)   Faking It (Losing It, #2)   Finding It (Losing It, #3)

Cora Carmack

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)   The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman, #2)   The Best of Adam Sharp

Graeme Simsion

Seducing Summer (The Four Seasons #1)   Treat with Caution (Treats to Tempt You, #1)   Stranded with a Scotsman

Serenity Woods

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)   Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)   Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

Cassandra Claire

All the Bright Places   Holding Up the Universe

Jennifer Niven

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)   The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)   The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)

Rick Riordan

The Martian

Andy Weir

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1)   Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics (Mr. Lemoncello's Library, #2)   Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #3)

Chris Grabenstein

Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)   The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)   The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)

Dan Brown

**All covers link to Goodreads

Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2017 #12

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

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:

I was looking forward to participating in Bloggiesta for Spring because I had fun with it last year, but my schedule was too full this week to fit it in. It was review week at work and my boss came down to deliver my review and to sit in while I delivered my assistants’ reviews. This meant all of my extra time during the first half of the week was spent finalizing reviews and getting ready for the visit. {Which went great, by the way!}

I also managed to injure myself {again}, so spent the first part of the week in pain. I pinched a nerve in my lower back which then triggered some sciatica issues. Sitting was the worst, so my commutes were pretty awful. Thankfully it’s better now and I feel like myself again. I really need to start taking better care of myself so I stop having all of these weird issues and injuries.

My first Book Outlet order arrived, so many beautiful books {as you will see below}. I am still waiting for another Book Outlet order and a Book Depository order. These will probably be my last big hauls since my new strict budget goes into effect on the first.

The best news of the week, however, is that I am visiting Cheshire this weekend {so while my post is scheduled to go live on time, I will actually be linking up late in the day on Sunday}! I hate that so much time goes by between visits right now with my schedule.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #11
Top Ten Tuesday~ Quick Reads
March Giveaway~ Holding Up the Universe
Cat Thursday #12
The Friday 56~ The 5th Wave
Review: March Buzz Books Monthly

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ Dream Dates
March Challenge Update
Cat Thursday #13
The Friday 56~ Spaceman
March Mini Reviews

Around the Blog World:

Up Close and {un}Conventional- Religion in Books from {un}Conventional Book Views
Ramblings from the Stacks- Series Reading and Genre Fatigue from I Wish I Lived in a Library
Discussion Posts: What Makes You Comment? from My Thoughts…Literally!


It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

Dangerous: Risky Business / Storm Warning / The Welcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) The Good Luck of Right Now City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3) Riley Unlikely: How One Young Woman's Heart for Africa Is Changing the World Oz: The Complete Collection

Dangerous//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows//The Good Luck of Right Now//City of Fallen Angels//The Eternity Code//Riley Unlikely//The Complete Oz Collection

Recently Completed:

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake  Stuart Little  City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)  The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake//Stuart Little//City of Glass//The Last Olympian

Up Next on TBR:

Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island, #2) Faking It (Losing It, #2) The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl, #4) The Promise Kitchen Imperfectly Criminal (Imperfect, #2) City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)  French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure

Heaven and Earth//Faking It//The Opal Deception//The Promise Kitchen//Imperfectly Criminal//City of Lost Souls//French Women Don’t Get Fat


I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

New to the Shelves:

This week’s audio books from the library:

French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure   When Breath Becomes Air

French Women Don’t Get Fat//When Breath Becomes Air

Plus an eARC from Net Galley:

The Idea of You

The Idea of You

My first Book Outlet order {all physical books– don’t judge me, I said it was a huge order!}:

All the Bright Places Are We There Yet? The Bane Chronicles Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #1) Everything, Everything Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1) How to Keep Rolling After a Fall I'll Give You the Sun Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) The Lifeboat Clique Love & Gelato The Museum of Heartbreak Our Chemical Hearts Pippi Longstocking Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here The Square Root of Summer The Start of Me and You To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) The Unexpected Everything Second Chance Summer

All the Bright Places//Are We There Yet?//The Bane Chronicles//Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend//Everything, Everything//Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock//Geek Girl//How to Keep Rolling After a Fall//I’ll Give You the Sun//Illuminae//Jackaby//The Lifeboat Clique//Love and Gelato//The Museum of Heartbreak//Our Chemical Hearts//Pippi Longstocking//Scarlet Epstein Hates it Here//The Square Root of Summer//The Start of Me and You//To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before//The Unexpected Everything//Second Chance Summer

And I bought a Kindle ebook:

Take This Regret (Take This Regret, #1)

Take This Regret

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


Review: March Buzz Books Monthly

March Buzz Books Monthly Book Cover March Buzz Books Monthly
Publishers Lunch
February 2, 2017
Net Galley

For more than five years now, passionate readers have relied on our twice-a-year Buzz Books to sample and discover new books from big authors and breakout talents through exclusive and substantial pre-publication excerpts.

Now we are offering the same robust publication in easier-to-digest monthly packages. You'll find exclusive excerpts of six notable books due for publication during the month of March—but first check out our extensive preview of well over 100 new books of interest coming to market in the month ahead. At the end of most excerpts, you will find a link to the full galley on NetGalley!

Then read a haunting World War II tale by Jessica Shattuck, author of New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding. Also included in the sampler is romance author Kristy Cambron’s latest and a “bonus” debut thriller excerpt. Young adult fiction is represented by three debut titles from authors Kayla Cagan, Elizabeth Briggs, and Ashley Poston.

It’s time for another monthly Buzz Books review. As with my February review, I’ll be looking at the excerpts themselves, rather than attempting to review the collection. I found 2 that sound awesome, 2 that are interesting but not quite me, and 2 that just don’t appeal this time around.

Can’t Wait to Read:
Piper Perish  by Kayla Cagan
Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Might or Might Not Read:
Future Threat: by Elizabeth Briggs
A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

I’ll Pass, Thanks:
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
The Illusionist’s Apprentice  by Kristy Cambron

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Net Galley and the publisher {Publishers Lunch} in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Friday 56

The Friday 56~ The 5th Wave

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

“We ate and slept in the big building. Between five and six hundred people bled out in there, but the floor and walls had been bleached and the cots they died on had been burned. It still smelled faintly of the Pestilence (a little like soured milk), and the bleach hadn’t removed all the bloodstains. There were patterns of tiny spots covering the walls and long, sickle-shaped stains on the floor. It was like living in a 3-D abstract painting.”


March Giveaway~ Holding Up the Universe

Yay, it’s giveaway time again!! I discovered in all of my book buying frenzy in February and early March that I purchased both a hardcover and a paperback version of Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. As I am not the type of bookworm that needs multiple copies of books in different formats or editions, I decided to give one of them away. {I do have an exception to this policy in that I can have a book in both physical and digital format, but only one physical copy of each book}.

Holding Up the Universe

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