Thursday Quotables

Thursday Quotables~ The Invisible Library


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 Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library.

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1)


She was contaminated with chaos, sick with the stuff, and she could only hope that she was right, that it would go away with time. But now she had to hold together and be in charge.


Bradamant sniffed, somehow managing to suggest that the words Of course were simply beneath her. “I can’t see why you didn’t do it yourself,” she said.


He was looking at her with something that took her a moment to identify as trust, as expectation that she could handle things. She had to deserve that trust.


Pure animal terror at the thought of being torn apart by a half a dozen large wolves voted in favour of escape. Explanations could wait.

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ The One

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 The One by Kiera Cass. In this scene, Aspen sneaks America & Maxon out through the kitchens. {pg. 101}

The One (The Selection, #3)

Immediately, I was hit with billowing warmth and the sweet smell of bread rising. For a split second, it felt like home. I expected something clinical, professional, like the big bakeries we had in Carolina on the nice end of town. But there were huge wooden tables with vegetables laid out, ready to be prepped. Notes were left in places, reminding whoever was on duty next of what had to be done. All in all, the kitchen seemed cozy, even for as big as it was.


November 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
More than 500 pgs:
Page Turner: Wrong Number, Right Guy
Middle Grade: Legend of the Guardians
Published in 2017: Rejected Writers Take the Stage
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
Size word in title: The Little French Bistro
2 word title: Game Changer
Debut book: Bitter is the New Black
Food on the cover: The Sweet Life in Paris
Cozy mystery:
From Childhood: Stuart Little
Diverse read: I am Malala
Australian or NZ Author: Tempting Autumn
US or Canadian Author: Faultlines
Not You: The Food of Love
Attractive cover: Across the Universe
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge


Goodreads Challenge

120/120 Complete!!

New to Me Challenge {Authors}

40/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}


Read the Books You Buy

3/155 1.9% {Goal 21-40%} FAILED!

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
April- The Hunger Project: 10 books $50
May- USO: 19 Books $95
June- Breast Cancer Research Foundation 11 Books $55
July- Proliteracy Worldwide 7 Books $35
August- American Diabetes Association 11 books $55
September- Wildlife Conservation Society 7 books $35

October- NAMI

  1. Not Quite Dating
  2. 365 Health and Happiness Boosters
  3. Beautiful Broken Mess
  4. The Sweetness of Honey
  5. Dierdre and Desire
  6. Unexpectedly Hers
  7. Faking It


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- Juked
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
W- When Breath Becomes Air

GWB 2017 Book Bingo



More than 100 years old
Takes place in Spring
About a different culture: I am Malala
Over 500 pages
Pink cover: The Promise Kitchen
Takes place in Fall: Tempting Autumn
Takes place in Winter: The Titan’s Curse
Becoming a movie in 2017
Published in 2017: The Rejected Writers Book Club
Based on a fairytale
Popular Author’s debut: Bitter is the New Black
Last book in a series: The Last Olympian
Takes place in Summer
Read in High School
Author I Have Met
Most Recent TBR Addition: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Translated to English: The Little French Bistro
About mental illness: The Good Luck of Right Now
From Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Graphic novel
Brought me joy: Wrong Number, Right Guy
Debut Novel

eBook Reading Challenge


Audio Book Reading Challenge

80/25 Complete!

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge


Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017


2017 Literary Escapes Challenge


Alaska~ Forged in Smoke



California~ Game Changer

Colorado~ Accidentally Hers



District of Columbia~

Florida~ How to Say Goodbye

Georgia~ The Promise Kitchen



Illinois~ Bone Gap





Louisiana~ Wrong Number, Right Guy

Maine~ Liar’s Key

Maryland~ Every Day

Massachusetts~ The Thing About Jellyfish



Mississippi~ The Haters





New Hampshire~

New Jersey~ Every Exquisite Thing

New Mexico~

New York~ The Sea of Monsters

North Carolina~ Crazy for Her

North Dakota~

Ohio~ Ready Player One


Oregon~ The Rejected Writers Book Club

Pennsylvania~ The Good Luck of Right Now

Rhode Island~

South Carolina~

South Dakota~

Tennessee~ Catching Jordan

Texas~ Faultlines




Washington~ Come Away With Me

West Virginia~ From Rocket Boys to October Sky

Wisconsin~ Kisses on a Paper Airplane*


2017 Audiobook Challenge

75/30 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~ 5/10
Complete 2 Read-a-thons~ 1/2
Complete 5 series~ 2/5
Read 1 Nonfiction book per month~ J F M A M J J FAILED

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

Top Ten Tuesday~ To Read This Winter

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is our Winter TBR. These are the books I am hoping to read this winter. And now that all of my books and I are in the same location (woohoo), I have many more books to choose from!

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go

The Luster of Lost Things

The Luster of Lost Things

A Dog's Purpose (A Dog's Purpose, #1)

A Dog’s Purpose

Hungry Like the Wolf (SWAT, #1)

Hungry Like the Wolf

Lily and the Octopus

Lily and the Octopus

Remember Me?

Remember Me?



Stormchaser (Cutter Cay #4)


It Started With Goodbye

It Started With Goodbye

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


Down the TBR Hole #23

Time for more Down the TBR Hole inspired by Lost in a Love Story.

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here are this week’s selections:

Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures

Between the Covers by Margo Hammond and Ellen Heltzel
Nonfiction; Writing; Reference
Added March 11, 2012

With wit and wisdom, the bibliophile’s Ebert & Roeper recommend more than 600 books based on what women care about most. Between the Covers is organized around their wide-ranging curiosity—about themselves, friends and family, the larger world—and their concerns, from health to sex to managing their finances. With such sections as “Babes We Love” (Role Models Real and Imagined), “The Babe Inside” (Focusing on Body and Soul), and “Love, Sex & Second Chances,” this unique collection of fiction and nonfiction reflects how women really read.

Verdict: Remove

Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation

Letting Go of the Person You Used to be by Lama Surya Das
Nonfiction; Spirituality; Buddhism
Added: March 11, 2012

The beloved American Lama, a spiritual leader whose inimitable light and lively universal teaching style has awakened the spirituality of thousands, now shares an enlightened approach to change and loss, dealing with difficult emotions such as fear, grief, and anger, and the role of crisis in uncovering our authentic selves. For many people, recent years have been characterized by profound change, whether it relates to financial upheaval, political shifts, or even massive losses of life to disease and violence. Even on the personal level each person must confront the curves life throws his or her way. Buddhism has a great deal to say about change and impermanence and how to meaningfully deal with it. Change–whether on a large or small scale–provides our most important opportunity for learning about ourselves and the nature of reality. From this essential insight Lama Surya Das has crafted a fulfilling and important path to understanding and healing ourselves and finding peace. Full of personal stories, anecdotes, practical exercises, guided meditations and reflections, and pithy original aphorisms, Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be addresses life’s most universal difficulties in a way that is accessible to all. By using memorable concepts such as The Virtues of Adversity, The Pearl Principle (“No inner irritation, no pearl”), and Gaining through Loss, Surya reminds readers that hiding from change and loss is futile. Learning to consciously accept and embrace change leads to a better understanding of ourselves and our own innate divine light.

Verdict: Remove

Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally

Life is a Verb by Patti Digh
Nonfiction; Memoir
Added March 11, 2012

In October 2003, Patti Digh’s stepfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died 37 days later. The timeframe made an impression on her. What emerged was a commitment to ask herself every morning: What would I be doing today if I had only 37 days left to live? The answers changed her life and led to this new kind of book. Part meditation, part how-to guide, part memoir, Life is a Verb is all heart.

Within these pages, Digh identifies six core practices to jump-start a meaningful life: Say Yes, Trust Yourself, Slow Down, Be Generous, Speak Up, and Love More. Within this framework she supplies 37 edgy, funny, and literary life stories, each followed by a ‘do it now’ 10-minute exercise as well as a practice to try for 37 days – and perhaps the rest of your life.

Verdict: Remove

Signs of Life: A Memoir

Signs of Life by Natalie Taylor
Nonfiction; Memoir
Added March 11, 2012

Twenty-four-year-old Natalie Taylor was leading a charmed life. At the age of twenty four, she had a fulfilling job as a high school English teacher, a wonderful husband, a new house and a baby on the way.  Then, while visiting her sister, she gets the news that Josh has died in a freak accident.  Four months before the birth of her son, Natalie is leveled by loss.

What follows is an incredibly powerful emotional journey, as Natalie calls upon resources she didn’t even know she had in order to re-imagine and re-build a life for her and her son. In vivid and immediate detail, Natalie documents her life from the day of Josh’s death through the birth their son, Kai, as she struggles in her role as a new mother where everyone is watching her for signs of impending collapse.  With honesty, raw pain, and most surprising, a wicked sense of humor, Natalie recounts the agonies and unexpected joys of her new life.  There is the frustration of holidays, navigating the relationship with her in-laws, the comfort she finds and unlikely friendship she forges in support groups and the utterly breathtaking, but often overwhelming new motherhood.   When she returns to the classroom, she finds that little is more healing than the honesty and egocentricity of teenagers. 

Verdict: Keep

The Breakaway (The Breakaway, #1)

The Breakaway by Michelle D Argyle
Fiction; Contemporary; Young Adult
Added March 11, 2012

When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she’s missing. Escape isn’t high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she’s part of a family-even if it is a family of criminals. But she’s still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she’s falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn’t sure she wants to take it.

Verdict: Keep

So 3/5 this week and we’re up to 77/115 removed.

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


Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2017 #47

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:

First, the big news… I found an apartment!!!! Finally! I don’t move in until sometime next week, but just knowing I’ve got it is a huge relief! It’s less than 10 miles from work, which means my commute will only be about 15 minutes one-way, depending on traffic. After the long commutes I’ve had, I’m pretty excited by this!

Work-wise, this week was insane. Anyone who lives in the US knows of the phenomenon which is Black Friday, the day which starts the season of getting retailers out of the red and into the black in profit and sales for the year {this is where the name comes from, if you didn’t know}. The start of the week was full of preparation, then at 6pm on Thursday night we took off with a bang and are still going!

I spent the holiday here in Washington with the friend that I’m staying with and her family. It was really nice. My family doesn’t make a huge deal over Thanksgiving, so I didn’t feel adrift at all.

Book-wise, I got a lot of audio reading done this week, though not a lot of physical reading. I have a feeling this will be the norm through the rest of the year as I move and get settled in. Plus it’s my busiest time of year at work, so that means less reading time as well.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post an update next week, as I’m not sure when my internet will be hooked up, but I’ll post an update as soon as I am able. In the meantime, would anyone be interested in an apartment tour once I get moved in? I plan on doing a bookshelf tour when I get my book cases set up and organized, but if you’d like to see more, I’ll be happy to do a full tour. Let me know in the comments.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #46
Down the TBR Hole #22
Top Ten Tuesday~ Thankful
On My A and B List Authors
Cat Thursday #47
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Our Chemical Hearts
Thursday Quotables~ Pippi Longstocking
The Friday 56~ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Book Beginnings~ Isla and the Happily Ever After
Book Blogger Hop #21

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #23
Top Ten Tuesday~ To Read this Winter
November Challenge Update
Cat Thursday #48
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ The One
Thursday Quotables~ The Invisible Library
The Friday 56~ Red Rising
Book Beginnings~ How to Keep Rolling After a Fall
Book Blogger Hop #22


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:

Beautiful Broken Mess (Broken #2)  Claiming Alexis (Ace Security, #2)

Beautiful Broken Mess//Claiming Alexis

Recently Completed:

Sweet as Sin (Bad Habit, #1)  Not Quite Mine (Not Quite, #2)

Sweet as Sin//Not Quite Mine

Up Next on TBR:

Groupie (Texas Mutiny, #2)



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

Kindle Unlimited:

Make Me Sin (Bad Habit, #2)  Not Quite Enough (Not Quite, #3)

Make Me Sin//Not Quite Enough

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

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop #21

I am linking up with Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer for the Book Blogger Hop. And what is the Book Blogger Hop? Well according to the meme’s page:

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

What’s your immediate feeling when entering a bookstore, as compared to how you feel when entering a department store? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

When I enter a bookstore I’m excited and slightly anxious {in a “will I be able to stay within my budget” kind of way}. There are so many possibilities and everything is beautiful and the shelves are so neat and there’s the scent of books in the air and I can touch them! And yeah, I’m like a kid in the candy store.

When I enter a department store, all I can think about is how soon I can get back out again. I work in retail and prefer to spend as little time as possible in stores {aside from the previously mentioned bookstores}.

The Friday 56

The Friday 56~ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

“‘Who wants to see the new addition?’ she sang out, pouring herself some chardonnay before marching a troupe of relatives up the stairs.”

Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings~ Isla and the Happily Ever After

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 Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

It’s midnight, it’s sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodin, but that guy– that guy right over there— that’s him.
The him.

Love it!