May 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

73/120

New to Me Challenge {Authors}

25/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}

48/145

Read the Books You Buy

1/93 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

May- USO: 19 Books $95
1. Good in Bed
2. Evermore
3. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
4. Lucinda’s Secret
5. The Ironwood Tree
6. Every Exquisite Thing
7. There’s a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell
8. Bright Lights, Big Ass
9. Landline
10. Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics
11. The Problem with Forever
12. The Haters
13. The One and Only Ivan
14. Paris for One
15. Highly Illogical Behavior
16. Night Diver
17. Such a Pretty Fat
18. The Girl You Left Behind
19. The Glittering Court

June- Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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- Night Diver
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

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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

45/25 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

Mississippi~ The Haters

New Jersey~ Every Exquisite Thing

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

43/30! Complete

2017 Library Love Challenge

43/24 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~ 4/10
Complete 2 Read-a-thons~ 1/2
Complete 5 series~ 1/5
Read 1 Nonfiction book per month~ J F M A M

Post 1 Review per week~ FAILED
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~ Coming Attractions

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is most anticipated books of the second half of 2017. Here are mine.

The Reason You're Alive

The Reason You’re Alive

Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters, #17)

Some Kind of Hero

This Is How It Happened

This is How it Happened

Beautiful Tempest (Malory-Anderson Family, #12)

Beautiful Tempest

The Hummingbird Heart (Haunted Hearts Legacy, #2)

The Hummingbird Heart

The Devil's Triangle (A Brit in the FBI, #4)

The Devil’s Triangle

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)

Godsgrave

Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #3)

Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race

The Curses (The Graces, #2)

The Curses

Ferocious (Vicarious, #2)

Ferocious

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

My Week in Review 2017 #21

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:

We have been graced with gorgeous weather over the last week, and now that I finally have days off again, I am planning my picnic at the park with books. It also means I needed to pick up some summer clothes, so I grabbed some shorts & tank tops recently… now I just need sandals.

Unfortunately, I’ve lost access to the digital library on my computer. I do still have access from my phone, so I’m still able to check out books that way. I figure it’s only a matter of time before I lose access altogether. I have plenty of ebooks and physical books to keep me going, but I’m really going to miss having audio books in the car until I can find a new source… any suggestions? Free sources are preferred, but something inexpensive with access to multiple books per month would also be acceptable.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #20
Top Ten Tuesday~ It’s Summer!
On My Fear of Discussion Posts
Cat Thursday #21
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Thursday Quotables~Show No Mercy
The Friday 56~ Lola and the Boy Next Door
Book Beginnings~ Gemina

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ Coming Attractions
May Challenge Update
Cat Thursday #22
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ The Selection
Thursday Quotables~The Museum of Heartbreak
The Friday 56~ After You
Book Beginnings~ New York Actually

Around the Blog World:

12 #Bookstagram Hacks That Will Change Your Life (Maybe)… from Paper Fury

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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:

The Girl You Left Behind

The Girl You Left Behind

Recently Completed:

Night Diver  Highly Illogical Behavior  Paris for One and Other Stories  Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer

Night Diver//Highly Illogical Behavior//Paris for One//Such a Pretty Fat

Up Next on TBR:

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)

The Glittering Court

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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:

Heart of the Matter  The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)  Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer   Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily, #1)  The Thing About Jellyfish

Heart of the Matter//The Golden Compass//Such a Pretty Fat//Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares//The Thing About Jellyfish

eARCs from NetGalley:

As You Wish  Summer Return  Hygge and Kisses  Second Acts  The Art of Hiding: A Novel  The Book of Whispers  We Come Apart

As You Wish//Summer Return//Hygge and Kisses//Second Acts//The Art of Hiding//The Book of Whispers//We Come Apart

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

Book Beginnings~ Gemina

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 Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

Forbisher, L:… over seven hundred thousand employees across dozens of colonized worlds. Is it that difficult to believe?

The Friday 56~ Lola and the Boy Next Door

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 Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

“I throw up my hands, which I’ve been mehndi-ing with a Bic pen. ‘Do you have any idea how difficult it is to park in this city?'”

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

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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 Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The following scene is part of an email exchange between Jacques (Simon) and Blue. {pg. 78}

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

All right– I have a sneaking suspicion that you’re not 100% committed to your Oreo diet. The guidelines are really pretty basic. No excuses. Breakfast is obviously an Oreo granola bar or Oreo Pop-Tart. No, they’re not gross. Shut up. They’re amazing. Lunch should be Oreo pizza with an Oreo milk shake and a couple of those Oreo truffles my mom makes (a.k.a. the most delicious freaking things in the universe). Dinner is deep-fried Oreos served on top of Oreo ice cream, and for a drink it’s Oreos dissolved in milk. No water. Only Oreo milk. Dessert can be Oreos straight up. Sound reasonable? It’s for your health, Blue.

Thursday Quotables~ Show No Mercy

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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 Cindy Gerard’s Show No Mercy.

Show No Mercy (Black Ops Inc., #1)

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Well, she wasn’t fearless now. She was gutless. After Argentina, she’d turned down stories baby reporters would wet their pants over..

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Or maybe she’d just wanted to get close to him, she finally admitted.

3

And because it was a very big deal that he didn’t want to talk about it and because she didn’t want to make him wish he hadn’t bothered, she blinked back tears and hugged the stuffed dog to her breast. “Yeah. I’m very attached.”

4

And he stayed put. He sensed something intimate and alarming growing between them and he knew he should nip it off. He hadn’t talked this much since… hell, he couldn’t remember ever talking this much andyet every time he was alone with her, she somehow got him to sing like a canary.

5

He wouldn’t let it. And he would not watch the woman he loved suffer at the hands of a madman. Not again.

On My Fear of Discussion Posts

There are so many reasons that I don’t write discussion posts. Mainly, I feel like I don’t have the right way to frame my words so that they are understood. And because sometimes I have an unpopular opinion and I REALLY don’t like confrontation in any form, so I don’t want to get attacked if my opinion doesn’t follow along with the rest of the group. Because quite frankly it has been exhibited time and again that people are more than happy to turn on you if you don’t subscribe to the school of thought that they deem as “right”. This keeps me from commenting on other people’s discussion posts a lot of the time as well.

But I really do want to include more discussion pieces and not rely solely on memes and reviews {though I really love participating in memes}. I want to share my opinions on social media outlets and how they affect perceptions. I want to share my opinions on the need for more diverse authors being published in general and that not every book has to include elements of diversity. I want to talk about ageism, changing perceptions, and what it means to be a blogger. I want to talk about perceived problems with books and that not everyone’s experiences are the same. I want to talk about separating my love of books from the intolerance I witness on social media. I want to create an open forum where people can express themselves respectfully without being attacked, but based on what I have witnessed, I’m not sure if that’s possible.

And I also want to talk about the joys of finding a great used book store, or the feeling of receiving book mail. I want to share the different ways I choose to display my books and the ideas I have for bookstagram photos. I want to discuss the things I love about the book blogging community and what inspired me to become a book blogger. I want to share my love for non-fiction books and total fluff. I want to share how libraries and cover buys have helped me to evolve as a reader, and how reading in my twenties was very different from reading in my forties. Then I wonder if anyone really cares about any of that.

So, now I have to figure out how to overcome the fear so I can share these thoughts and ideas.Unfortunately, even though the virtual world provides a certain sense of anonymity, my social anxiety comes into play and holds me back. And while I know nasty comments are not the same as physical attacks, in my mind they have the same effect. And while I can choose not to publish nasty comments, I still see them, so they still have an impact. Of course, I may not get any nasty comments, especially since I have a relatively small readership, all things considered. So is the fear I have really even justified?

What would you do? Do you let fear hold you back from posting certain things? Or do you just go for it?

Top Ten Tuesday~ It’s Summer!

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is a summer freebie! Because I don’t tend to read seasonally, I decided to focus my list on titles with the word summer in them. So these are “summer” books on my TBR.

Butterfly Summer

Butterfly Summer

The Other Side of Summer

The Other Side of Summer

The Last Days of Summer

The Last Days of Summer

One Paris Summer

One Paris Summer

The Square Root of Summer

The Square Root of Summer

Summer of Supernovas

Summer of Supernovas

The Summer of Me

The Summer of Me

Last Summer

Last Summer

Second Chance Summer

Second Chance Summer

The Summer of Living Dangerously

The Summer of Living Dangerously

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