My Week in Review 2017 #17

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:

As I mentioned last week, I saw Beauty and the Beast Sunday night. I absolutely loved it!

I also started another new meme this week, because as we have already determined, I am crazy. Of course, life is crazy busy right now, so it will probably be a few weeks at least before I start another one. I’m still working on scheduling this one.

April was my slowest reading month this year, though I still finished 10 books which is amazing. Of course almost all of those were audio books, so that should tell you about my reading time for the month… it was virtually nil. I am really hoping things will settle into place at work and I’ll be able to spend more time actually reading in May, though the way this last week of April has gone, that might be a pipe dream.

This weekend also marks Cheshire’s 4th Birthday! Sadly my crazy schedule meant I couldn’t get up to see him, but I sent some presents and lots and lots of love his way.

And, because my life is not complicated enough, this week brought more drama when my dad fell and broke his ankle in two places… because my parents don’t have enough medical issues already. Needless to say, my stress level is at a peak at the moment and I really want to just sit in a corner and play with books all day, but that just can’t happen… I have too much adulting to do right now.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #16
Top Ten Tuesday~ Literary Turn-Offs
April Challenge Update
Cat Thursday #17
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~Are We There Yet?
Thursday Quotables~ I’ll Give You the Sun
The Friday 56~ Beautiful
Book Beginnings~ The Burning Page
April Mini Reviews

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ The Cover Made Me Do It
More Than Books #5
Cat Thursday #18
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~The Winner’s Curse
Thursday Quotables~ The Kill Order
The Friday 56~ Stars of Fortune
Book Beginnings~ Hollow City
Review: The Promise Kitchen

Around the Blog World:

Nothing this week

     badge

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:

Evermore (The Immortals, #1)  All the Good Parts  Show No Mercy (Black Ops Inc., #1)

Evermore//All the Good Parts//Show No Mercy

Recently Completed:

Twenties Girl  Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, #1)  The Promise Kitchen

Twenties Girl//Good in Bed//The Promise Kitchen

Up Next on TBR:

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1)  Necessary Madness

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants//Necessary Madness

STSmall

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:

Audio Books borrowed:

There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell: A Novel of Sewer Pipes, Pageant Queens, and Big Trouble

There’s a (Slight) Chance I Might be Going to Hell

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

April Mini Reviews

I’m really enjoying these mini reviews. I have a hard time writing longer reviews, but these bite size morsels are just perfect for me. Here are this month’s audio/library reads:

French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure French Women Don’t Get Fat~ 4 stars

While a book with a lot of recipes is kind of awkward as an audio book, especially when you listen while driving, I actually got a lot out of this one. I like the philosophy of moderation and eating for pleasure, not just fuel. I think the diet mentality within our society focuses so much on the components of food {carbs, fat, protein, macros, micros, etc.} rather than on the quality of the food itself. I am as guilty of eating fake foods as the next person, but I really want to focus more on real, natural foods.

When Breath Becomes Air When Breath Becomes Air~ 5 stars

This is an incredibly moving memoir that is beautifully written. I was caught up in Paul Kalanithi’s life and felt invested in his journey through his illness. When I go to the epilogue, I had tears rolling down my face {which is not always a good thing when you’re driving}. I would recommend this book to everyone!

Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, #1) Mary Poppins~ 3 stars

I thought that I had read Mary Poppins as a child, but after listening to this it is apparent I did not. And while books and movies never match up exactly, there are quite a few differences between the classic movie and the book. I found the Mary Poppins in the book to be a little bit mean and kind of a b-word.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) Across the Universe~ 4 Stars

I am relatively new to the sci fi genre, but I enjoyed this one. There were plenty of twists and turns and some unexpected revelations along the way. I will probably continue the series if I can get to them before my library access expires, because I want to know what happens next!

Queen of Babble (Queen of Babble, #1) Queen of Babble~ 3 Stars

Ok, this one is tough. I thought is was super cute, but then there is a scene towards the end of the book between Lizzie and Luke in the cask room that came out of left field in my opinion. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I just thought it was a little unrealistic all things considered. And I was all geared up to continue the series, until I found out what happens in book 3 and that really kind of turned me off, and might have affected my rating of this book.

Today Will Be Different Today Will be Different~ 3 Stars

I enjoyed this one, though I’ll admit to being a bit confused about the purpose of some of the characters. And by some of Eleanor’s actions. And I 100% don’t understand Joe. But maybe that’s the whole point. The story was all over the place, but then again, so was Eleanor… and I could actually relate to that.

Twenties Girl Twenties Girl~ 3 stars

This was a longer audio book and was a little slow in the beginning as the groundwork was laid and the characters were introduced. I have grown to love Sophie Kinsella and have enjoyed all of the books I’ve read by her so far, though this was not my favorite of her works. It still had the signature humor and quirky heroine, but I felt it lacked some of the chemistry that was so apparent in Can You Keep a Secret? and Remember Me?. Of course, the focus of the story was Lara’s relationship with Sadie and not her romance, so that can be forgiven.

Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, #1) Good in Bed~ 4 stars

I enjoyed this book from the first word to the last! Cannie is incredibly real and flawed, exactly what I look for in a character. The secondary characters are more subdued, but for the most part are very well-rounded. I loved Maxie and Dr. K from the start. I can’t wait to read the second book about Cannie.

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

The Friday 56~ Beautiful

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

Rules:
*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 Beautiful by Christina Lauren.

Beautiful (The Beautiful Series)

“Jensen’s face went ashen again, as though he’d just put that bit of information together too.”

Book Beginnings~ The Burning Page

I’ve added some additional memes to my repertoire and am linking up with Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader.

This meme is a fairly simple concept, we share the first line or so from a current read. This week I’m featuring The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman.

The Burning Page (The Invisible Library, #3)

FROM: Peregrine Vale, 221b Baker Street
TO: Inspector Singh, Scotland Yard

Singh,
For the love of God, can’t you give me anything challenging? London is a stagnant pool, and its criminals are petty, unimaginative, and uninteresting. These last few weeks have driven me nearly mad with boredom. Nothing seems worth my time or attention. Even my research seems a waste of effort. I must have a decent case to occupy me, or else I believe the machine that is my brain will spin out of control.

I wonder what case Singh will find for Vale?

Thursday Quotables~ I’ll Give You the Sun

quotation-marks4

I am joining up with yet another new-to-me meme this week. Because I love sharing quotes from books, the more random the better, I decided to join Bookshelf Fantasies for Thursday Quotables to highlight some great quotes from the books I’m reading.

This week I’m featuring quotes from Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun.

I'll Give You the Sun

I chose 5 random quotes that I loved from this one. Two are from Jude’s POV, 3 are from Noah’s.

 1
There’s something else I’m not noticing: He seems familiar to me somehow, like we’ve met before, but I’ve no idea where or when.

2
Do you have to be so you all the time, Noah?

3
He pops the remaining piece of donut in his mouth and closes his eyes as he slowly chews. I can see the rapture taking him over. Jesus. That must be some donut. I tear my eyes off him, hard to do.

4
I never want to speak to her again and make this very clear. Her voice is static. She is static.

5
In a flash we’re through the door, across the street and into the woods, running for no reason and laughing for no reason and totally out of breath and out of our minds when Brian catches me by my shirt, whips me around, and with one strong hand flat against my chest, he pushes me against a tree and kisses me so hard I go blind.

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Are We There Yet?

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

I’m participating in Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts, hosted by Lexxie over at {un}Conventional Book Views again this week.

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 Are We There Yet? by David Levithan. In this scene, Danny is by himself while in Florence when he finds some snack cakes that he worked on the marketing campaign for. {pg. 122}

Are We There Yet?

Struck by impulse, Danny tracks down the snack cakes. And indeed, there it is: the all-new, cosmetic-free Miss Jane’s Homemade Petite Snack Cake– translated into Italian.

April Challenge Update

New Release Challenge

0/12

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
Published pre-2000: Mary Poppins
UK or European Author: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Backlist: City of Ashes
From a List: When Breath Becomes Air
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
Attractive cover: Across the Universe
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge

11/36

Goodreads Challenge

54/120

New to Me Challenge {Authors}

18/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}

48/145

Read the Books You Buy

1/90 1.1% {Goal 21-40%}

Blogger Shame Review Challenge

8/20

Charity Reading Challenge

January- Eugene Mission: 11 books $55
February- St. Jude’s: 16 books $80
March- ASPCA: 17 books $85

April- The Hunger Project: 10 books $50
1.When Breath Becomes Air
2. Mary Poppins
3. Across the Universe
4. The Eternity Code
5. Come Away With Me
6. Riley Unlikely
7. Dangerous
8. Queen of Babble
9. Today Will be Different
10. Twenties Girl

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
J-
K- Kisses on a Paper Airplane
L- Legend of the Guardians
M- Me Before You
N-
O- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
P- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Q- Queen of Babble
R- Ready Player One
S- The Sea of Monsters
T- Tempting Autumn
U- Under the Wide and Starry Sky
V-
W- When Breath Becomes Air
X-
Y-
Z-

GWB 2017 Book Bingo

gwb-2017-book-bingo-blue

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
About mental illness: The Good Luck of Right Now
From Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky

eBook Reading Challenge

18/24

Audio Book Reading Challenge

26/25 Complete!

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

11/25

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017

12/36

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

Pennsylvania~ The Good Luck of Right Now

Texas~ Faultlines

Washington~ Come Away With Me

Wisconsin~ Kisses on a Paper Airplane*
2017 Audiobook Challenge

26/30

2017 Library Love Challenge

26/24 Complete!

Reading Assignment

Jan~ Sea of Monsters
Feb~ City of Ashes
March~ The Eternity Code
April~ Come Away With Me
May~ Show No Mercy

Bookish Resolutions

Complete 10 Reading Challenges~ 3/10
Complete 2 Read-a-thons~ 1/2
Complete 5 series~ 1/5
Read 1 Nonfiction book per month~ J F M A

Post 1 Review per week~ missed 1 week
Clean up Bloglovin’ Feed~ Completed!
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~ Literary Turn-Offs

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is the exact opposite from last week, ten things that instantly make me NOT want to read a book. As I mentioned last week, I will read just about anything, but there are some things that just make me say “No” right off the bat.

  1. Horror, blood and gore~ I’m not a fan of the horror genre in movies or books, and I don’t like there to be a lot of blood and gore in anything I read or watch. It’s just not my thing.
  2. Vampires~ It’s no secret that I am not a fan of vampires and tend to avoid books where the MC or pivotal characters are vampires. There are of course some exceptions to this rule, and there are a few books with well written vampires that I enjoy.
  3. Accepted abuse~ Abuse can play a part in advancing a plot, but it needs to be addressed as abuse and there needs to be some sort of punishment for the abuser, or at the very least, escape for the abused. This applies to animal abuse, as well as child abuse or domestic abuse. If the abuse is not addressed and seems to just be an accepted practice, I can’t read further.
  4. Politics~ I don’t discuss politics and I don’t want my stories to be filled with politics either. Reading is an escape for me and there is too much politically motivated stuff in my real life, so I want none of it in my reading life.
  5. Flat characters~ I mentioned last week that I can forgive an awkward plot for great characters, unfortunately the reverse is not true. If the characters are one dimensional and not fully fleshed out and human, no plot, no matter how great, is going to safe the story for me.
  6. Fraudulent experts~ This applies mostly to non-fiction and/or self-help type books where people claim to be experts in a particular field and have no real training or education. Especially when it comes to people who claim things like depression aren’t real and you can change your attitude and everything will be great.
  7. Mean Girls~ I am just not a fan. If there are mean girls, they need to not be central characters and will hopefully get their comeuppance in the end. I prefer to see strong, nurturing, supportive relationships between characters.
  8. Authors who make offensive statements on social media~ This one is kind of a hot button for me. I realize that authors are people and have their own opinions, but after some of the posts I saw on Twitter a while back it started affecting my desire to read their books. One author in particular posted something so offensive to me {and I was not in the group of people that the post was directed at} that I took their books off my TBR. This whole incident prompted me to unfollow ALL authors on Twitter {the worse offender} to keep the magic of books, and the mystery of the authors’ lives, intact for me.
  9. A religious agenda~ I have no problem with religion in books if it helps with the plot or in the development of the characters, but I do have a problem with books written as a work of fiction that are trying to promote a religious agenda. I have done some study on most of the world’s religions and support everyone’s right to believe and worship in their own way, but don’t try to force your beliefs on me in a work of fiction.
  10. Forced diversity~ Don’t take me wrong, I love diversity in books and agree that we need more diverse reads written by diverse authors. BUT I want genuine diversity, not diversity that is forced into a book to try to appease the demand. Diverse characters need to be researched {if the author is not personally affiliated with the ability, race, religion, gender, etc.} and well written, not a hodgepodge of stereotypes. I would personally prefer the author not include a diverse character if they cannot write the character in a real, genuine way.

My Week in Review 2017 #16

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:

This has just been a weird week. Between more staffing issues at work, getting sick {again}, and life in general, I didn’t get much reading done this week and I didn’t get a review up this week. I’m hoping next week will be a little more normal.

Today I’ll be having brunch with my family, then dinner out with a co-worker and movies with my team. We’re going to see Beauty and the Beast finally!

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #15
Top Ten Tuesday~ You Make Me Want {to Read} You
April Blogoversary Giveaway!
Cat Thursday #16
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
The Friday 56~ The Handmaid’s Tale
Book Beginnings~ Illuminae

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ Literary Turn-Offs
April Challenge Update
Cat Thursday #17
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~Are We There Yet?
The Friday 56~ Beautiful
Book Beginnings~ The Burning Page
April Mini Reviews

Around the Blog World:

Nothing this week

     badge

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:

Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island, #2) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) The Opal Deception  (Artemis Fowl, #4) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) Oz: The Complete Collection The Promise Kitchen Twenties Girl

Heaven and Earth//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows//The Opal Deception//City of Fallen Angels//Oz: The Complete Collection//The Promise Kitchen//Twenties Girl

Recently Completed:

Today Will Be Different

Today Will be Different

Up Next on TBR:

Face the Fire (Three Sisters Island, #3) Faking It (Losing It, #2) The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl, #5) City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) Imperfectly Criminal (Imperfect, #2) All the Good Parts Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, #1)

Face the Fire//Faking It//The Lost Colony//City of Lost Souls//Imperfectly Criminal//All the Good Parts//Good in Bed

STSmall

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:

Audio Books Borrowed:

Lucinda's Secret (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #3)  The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #4)  Every Exquisite Thing

Spiderwick Chronicles Book 3 & 4//Every Exquisite Thing

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