The Friday 56~ Island of Glass

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 Island of Glass by Nora Roberts.

Island of Glass (The Guardians Trilogy, #3)

“His face, his eyes hardened and chilled. His voice flashed, iced fire. ‘You’re saying that my brother was meant to die so I could be cursed?'”

Book Blogger Hop #12

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:

In regards of Banned Books Week (www.bannedbooksweek.org/), what are your favourite books that has been banned or challenged? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

There are so many that it’s hard to pick a favorite! The Harry Potter series, obviously, is one of my favorites, and they have all been challenged. Mark Twain’s work is also fantastic and both Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn have been challenged. To Kill a Mockingbird continues to be one of my favorite books that I read as a child. And I love John Green’s books, most of which have been challenged as well. I could probably keep going and list a lot more!

Book Beginnings~ That Perfect Someone

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 That Perfect Someone by Johanna Lindsey.

That Perfect Someone (Malory-Anderson Family, #10)

It might seem odd to consider Hyde Park your own backyard, but Julia Miller did. Growing up in London, she’d ridden there almost daily for as long as she could remember, from her very first pony when she was a child to the thoroughbred mares that followed. People waved at her whether they knew her or not, simply because they were so used to seeing her there. The ton, shop clerks cutting across the part on their way to work, gardeners, they all noticed Julia and treated her like one of their own.

Let’s see where this leads…

Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ The Elite

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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 The Elite by Kiera Cass. This scene takes place at a party that the Elite are attending between American and some relatives of the Italian princess. {pg. 180-181}

The Elite (The Selection, #2)

“This is delicious!” Orabella cried, raising her glass of wine.
“We’re glad you like it,” I replied, worrying that I was coming across as too shy. They were so loud when they talked.
“You must have some!” she insisted. I hadn’t had anything to drink since Halloween, and I wasn’t very fond of alcohol in the first place. I didn’t want to be rude, though, so I took the glass she handed me and sipped.
It was incredible. Champagne was all bubbles; but the deep, red wine had several flavors overlapping, each coming to the forefront in its own time.
“Mmmm.” I sighed.

Thursday Quotables~ Wanderlost

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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 Jen Malone’s Wanderlost.

Wanderlost

1

“Please, Bree?” Elizabeth’s eyes are like saucers now, as wide as an anime character’s. It’s a total put-on, but for just a second I see the under desperation behind it and it throws me.
She needs me. She needs me.

2

Time for a good ole Aubree-patented truth-stretching. I prop up on my knees, facing backward toward my audience.

 3

When we were lying in his bed, I felt like we opened up to each other, like we made promises, even if we didn’t say them out loud.

On Reading From Multiple Genres

I learned fairly early in my life that I have a pretty short attention span. I tend to get bored if I don’t switch things up regularly. One of the things that has helped me to read a lot more was introducing new and varied genres to my reading list.

While Romance is still my number one genre, and I prefer books from any genre to have a little romance in them, I have come to love multiple genres. I would have never imagined that I would love science fiction, but The Martian is a favorite of mine. Literary fiction was something I figured was reserved for required reading for school, but books like All the Light We Cannot See changed my mind about that. Thrillers used to be a genre I avoided at all costs, but The Girl on the Train was enjoyable. Young Adult, Middle Grade, even Children’s books have made their way back to my reading list… and I’ve read more books over the last two years than I did in the 5+ years previous combined.

Opening myself to new genres, and therefore a multitude of amazing new books, I’ve been able to overcome any boredom I used to run into. Instead of not reading for a while when I lose interest, now I just jump into a different genre. Or I just jump between genres anyway to prevent myself from becoming bored in the first place. My options are pretty much limitless and I’ve found that stepping out of my comfort zone when it comes to books is really easy now… because my comfort zone is basically just good books! There are really only a couple of genres that I still don’t read from (horror and mystery) and some sub-genres that I tend to avoid (vampires), but for the most part I’ll try anything.

Now all of this openness to read new things does come with a few problems… I buy way too many books and my TBR list grows exponentially when new releases are announced. I’ll talk more about these two issues at a later time.

Do you stick to one genre or branch out?

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’s topic is Fall TBR. Since I don’t currently follow a strict TBR list or read seasonally, I have chosen 10 books I hope to complete during the next few months.

In Ruins (Something More, #1)

In Ruins

All the Good Parts

All the Good Parts

Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)

The Heist Society

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

A Dog’s Purpose

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

The Raven Boys

Finding It (Losing It, #3)

Finding It

Imperfectly Criminal (Imperfect, #2)

Imperfectly Criminal

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Cinder

Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard, #4)

Beautiful Secret

The Future Tense of Joy: A Memoir

The Future Tense of Joy

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

Mini Fall Bloggiesta 2017

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It’s Bloggiesta time again! If you don’t know what this is, visit the Bloggiesta website for more information…

I’m excited because I am actually off this year for part of Bloggiesta and may get to participate in some of the mini challenges for the first time ever! I’m usually working and unable to participate in the extra events.

So what am I going to work on this time? Here’s my To Do List:

~Create new graphics for 2018
~Update Plug-ins; adding new and removing unused ones.
~Go through Blogging Tools Pinterest board
~Create preliminary 2018 blogging schedule
~Update About Me page
~Update Review page
~Create Blog Ahead schedule for October

I think that’s a pretty good list to work on this time!

If you want to join, sign up here.

Down the TBR Hole #13

One of the newer memes that I found and fell in love with is Down the TBR Hole by Lost in a Love Story. I found this meme featured on Bursting with Books and had never seen anything like it, but I loved the concept. Essentially you go through your Goodreads TBR shelf and take another look at the books that have been hanging out there for a while. You then determine whether you want to keep the book on your TBR or remove it.

  • 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:

Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1)

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Fiction; Middle Grade; Fantasy
Added January 19, 2012

For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken — Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good — powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.

Verdict: Keep

In Her Shoes

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
Fiction; Contemporary; Romance
Added January 19, 2012

Rose Feller is thirty; a successful lawyer with high hopes of a relationship with Jim, Mr Not-Quite-Right, a senior partner in her firm. The last thing she needs is her messed-up, only occasionally employed sister Maggie moving in: drinking, smoking, stealing her money – and her shoes – and spoiling her chance of romance. If only Maggie would grow up and settle down with a nice guy and a steady job.
Maggie is drop dead gorgeous and irresistible to men. She’s going to make it big as a TV presenter, or a singer…or an actress. All she needs is a lucky break. What she doesn’t need is her uptight sister Rose interfering in her life. If only Rose would lighten-up, have some fun – and learn how to use a pair of tweezers. Rose and Maggie think they have nothing in common but a childhood tragedy, shared DNA and the same size feet, but they are about to find out that they’re more alike than they’d ever believe.

Verdict: Keep

The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1)

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Fiction; Chick Lit
Added January 19, 2012

Wanted: One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless–bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler. Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family. Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay. Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employers Hermès bag. Those who take it personally need not apply. Who wouldn’t want this job? Struggling to graduate from NYU and afford her microscopic studio apartment, Nanny takes a position caring for the only son of the wealthy X family. She rapidly learns the insane amount of juggling involved to ensure that a Park Avenue wife who doesn’t work, cook, clean, or raise her own child has a smooth day. When the X’s’ marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny ends up involved way beyond the bounds of human decency or good taste. Her tenure with the X family becomes a nearly impossible mission to maintain the mental health of their four-year-old, her own integrity and, most importantly, her sense of humor. Over nine tense months, Mrs. X and Nanny perform the age-old dance of decorum and power as they test the limits of modern-day servitude.

Verdict: Keep

Baby Proof

Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
Fiction; Chick Lit; Romance
Added January 19, 2012

First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes . . . a baby carriage? Isn’t that what all women want?

Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart. One of them wants children after all.

Verdict: Remove

My Year with Eleanor

My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock
Nonfiction; Memoir
Added January 30, 2012

After losing her high-octane job as an entertainment blogger, Noelle Hancock was lost. About to turn twenty-nine, she’d spent her career writing about celebrities’ lives and had forgotten how to live her own. Unemployed and full of self-doubt, she had no idea what she wanted out of life. She feared change—in fact, she feared almost everything. Once confident and ambitious, she had become crippled by anxiety, lacking the courage required even to attend a dinner party—until inspiration struck one day in the form of a quote on a chalkboard in a coffee shop:

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt

Painfully timid as a child, Eleanor Roosevelt dedicated herself to facing her fears, a commitment that shaped the rest of her life. With Eleanor as her guide, Noelle spends the months leading up to her thirtieth birthday pursuing a “Year of Fear.” From shark diving to fighter pilot lessons, from tap dancing and stand-up comedy to confronting old boyfriends, her hilarious and harrowing adventures teach her about who she is, and what she can become—lessons she makes vital for all of us.

Verdict: Remove

Only 2/5 removed this week, but up to 41/65 overall so far.

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

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